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Governor Palin and the Fiorina Furor

Posted by Adrienne Ross on May 8, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

The other day, I ticked some people off when I blogged about the whining going on as a result of Governor Palin’s endorsement of Carly Fiorina for the California Senate race. Seems like some who disagreed with the governor took it personally and assumed I was talking about them. The truth is if the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t force the sucker on. If you weren’t whining, obviously I wasn’t talking about you, so pass it on to those who were. Some people on other venues were indeed whining, and if those particular individuals have a problem being called out, that’s too bad. Like Governor Palin, I’m bold enough to stand by my statements.

I have always been the first to say we are not going to agree with anyone 100% of the time, including someone who has garnered as much respect as Governor Palin. That’s life. Nonetheless, I simply cannot get used to the vehement anger displayed by some whenever she does something with which they don’t agree. I say again what I’ve said before: the very thing that drew people to her is the very thing that makes people furious with her when she doesn’t do what they expect. They were first drawn to her for being a maverick, a free-thinking, principled individual who is willing to take the heat to do what she believes is right. This same quality annoys the snot out of people when what she believes is right is not what they believe is right.

Again, I don’t have a problem with tasteful disagreement. Welcome to America. But I have read comments on various venues where people have whined, complained, and made accusations about her character. A few have determined they will no longer support her. You know, the “you didn’t do what I wanted you to do, so I’m taking my toys and going home!” mentality. Why…because their character didn’t govern her decision? Mature people, on the other hand, have just acknowledged they disagree and engaged in adult conversation about it.

Now, when looking at the full picture, it is obvious to me that her endorsement of Carly Fiorina was the common sense decision. She is the conservative with the best chance in this race. Others disagree with this. That’s cool, too. But the whining?

FoxNews.com reports:

Despite facing fierce criticism from her supporters, Tea Party hero Sarah Palin isn’t backing down from her endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP’s U.S. Senate primary in California.

Palin’s endorsement surprised and outraged many of her supporters who expected her to pick Tea Party favorite Chuck DeVore.

[…]

But Eric Odom, chairman of Liberty First PAC, a Tea Party-fueled political action committee, called Palin’s endorsement an “unforgivable sin,” and her second strike after endorsing her 2008 running mate John McCain in his Senate race.

“This one is much worse, though,” Odom wrote on his blog, arguing that Fiorina is not a “commonsense conservative.”

“The first strike was painful, but tolerable,” he said. “This second strike is downright confusing, dishonest, and leaves me feeling cheated.”

“Unforgivable sin”? “Dishonest”? “Cheated”? Too bad I didn’t have this quote to use as an example last week when I taught my students the definition of hyperbole.

Thankfully, most people I have conversed with or have been quoted do understand the governor’s free spirit and refusal to be controlled by any person or any particular movement.

One such person is Palin faithful, Jason Recher. Recher’s analysis:

“The governor is never one to go with the flow,” Jason Recher, a spokesman for Palin said, explaining that the former Alaska governor respects the differing opinions but is sticking by her choice. “She is a very independent person, and she shakes things up in establishments — including grassroots establishments — all the time.”

Anyone who paid the slightest attention to the governor’s career knows Recher’s comments to be factual. Governor Palin’s actions are nothing new.

Another such person is Rita Heidkamp. Her perspective:

In Fairbanks, Alaska, Tea Partier Rita Heidkamp said she has no personal position on the California endorsement. But it’s Palin’s choice to make, and no one else’s, said Heidkamp, whose group — the Fairbanks 912 Project — organized a local Tea Party tax day rally.

“She should endorse whoever she thinks is the best candidate,” Heidkamp said. “That’s her right and her responsibility.”

Thank you, Heidkamp. Governor Palin doesn’t make these decisions lightly. It is indeed her responsibility to make an endorsement that sits well with her conscience. Clearly, Fiorina is that person, and the governor highlighted exactly why in her Facebook note.

I left the following comment on Team Sarah:

It amazes me that after all we know about the governor and her track record in AK, some still don’t seem to “get” that she is her own person and will stand by her own principles. She is no puppet on a string. After all, isn’t that what we say we love about her?

The endorsement has been made. Now, the onus is still on Fiorina, DeVore, and Campbell to take care of their business. The election is theirs to win or lose, and the governor has said many times how much she loves contested primaries. So we’ll see what happens.

As I wrote previously, I agree with Governor Palin: Fiorina is the only common sense choice in this race.

Read the full FoxNews.com article here.

(H/T Ian Lazaran)

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4 Responses to “Governor Palin and the Fiorina Furor”

  1. joydbrower said

    Adrienne, another excellent – and very thoughtful – piece about the Palin endorsement of Fiorina. I have given this much thought since the orig. brouhaha last week and, in fact, have come full circle in my thinking: Namely, although I had earlier been swayed that DeVore was the “true” Conservative in this race (Campbell’s past anti-Israeli/pro-Palestinian stance needs to be better known by more Calif. voters!), from the get-go I realized that he had little chance from the voters at large (including tens of thousands – maybe more? – of Independents) of unseating that dispicable Boxer. And if we hope to accomplish ANYTHING in the next Congress, getting people like Boxer OUT and other far more conservative reps IN is what our primary goal should be. And the person that has the best chance of that is the dynamic Carly Fiorina that would present a terrific challenge to Boxer. Insofar as DeVore is concerned, I believe that he does, indeed, have a place in public life – but NOT, at this point in time, as a US Senator.

    Another point that will NOT go unnoticed is that two very powerful women are running as GOP candidates for top spots in the California primaries this year. Granted, they have obscene amounts of money to back them, but out here in La La Land, it takes boodles of cash to get elected. Yes, a sad fact of life, but a fact of life, ne’ertheless!

    Another little factoid is that perhaps Whitman’s very strong coattails might help Fiorina, too. After all, these two women reached the top echelon in their respective fields; and although, in the long run, Whitman’s tenure was more successful (at eBay) than Fiorina’s (at HP), the fact that they were top CEOs is nothing to sneeze at.

    And that comes back to Palin. With this endorsement – and, I believe, Fiorina’s eventual win in November – Palin will absolutely have polished her bona fides in the political realm to a fare-the-well and will garner more support – and important middle-of-the-road & Independent support (including even – gasp! – RINOs!!) than if she had NOT stepped up to the plate for Fiorina. This move has truly elevated her beyond the narrow confines of the Tea Party Movement and will go a long way to setting the GOP course on a Conservative path in the long run.

  2. I have personally felt the vitriol over Sarah Palin’s pick to unseat Barbara Boxer. I must agree with Governor Palin, that California’s problem, is one of finance, so why not choose a person with extremely good business sense. “NOW,” is the problem in California, doubt very seriously, California can wait till “LATER.”

  3. Murray said

    Is this the same Tea Party that showed their true colors in the polls at SLRC and CPAC. Granted they were gamed but other recent Tea Party polls have not shown much loyalty to Sarah Palin. Tea Party — big deal. With the Fiorina issue, Palin shows her leadership abilities, once again, by following her own convictions and seeking political approval from no one. This movement needs her more than she needs it.

  4. Lee said

    Ms. Ross:

    I would accuse you of plagiarism, but I hadn’t exactly written it down yet, so that doesn’t seem to fit. You are obviously of a mind and mentality superior in many ways to most people I deal with on sites like this. Two points in particular bear note:

    1. “…I ticked some people off when I blogged about the whining going on as a result of Governor Palin’s endorsement of Carly Fiorina for the California Senate race. Seems like some who disagreed with the governor took it personally and assumed I was talking about them. The truth is if the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t force the sucker on. If you weren’t whining, obviously I wasn’t talking about you, so pass it on to those who were. Some people on other venues were indeed whining, and if those particular individuals have a problem being called out, that’s too bad.”

    I often get this same reaction when I post one of my forceful–well, actually, the term is, “scathing”–criticisms of too many conservatives. I know where you’re coming from, and have tried that same advice before. Unfortunately, not many are able to understand it.

    2. “A few have determined they will no longer support her. You know, the “you didn’t do what I wanted you to do, so I’m taking my toys and going home!” mentality. Why…because their character didn’t govern her decision?”

    Typical reaction among purist conservatives. The Tea Party movement has done much to show the value of people on the conservative/Right cooperating and setting aside differences in favor of common ground and/or the common overall cause. Unfortunately some are still learning–or who have not yet started to learn–this lesson.

    That being said, some good can come out of this. Palin’s actions are shaking out the chaff from the wheat among her professed supporters. What will remain after all the shaking will be a solid and evermore-devoted base capable of accomplishing many things. Let us keep that in mind.

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