Hung Out to Dry

If ever there was a time for conservatives to stand up for Sarah Palin, now would be it. Palin is certainly a front runner for the Presidency, even as a TEA Party outsider in the Republican Party. This makes her an easy target.

Oops, did I say target? The absolute ridiculousness with which the left has attempted to tie Jared Loughner to Sarah Palin should have every Republican up in arms. The ease with which Loughner’s actual political leanings and mental stability can be documented should add fuel to a conservative fire that overturns years of a subtle left-wing bias in the media. It should be pretty obvious right now which way the mainstream leans.

So why aren’t conservatives standing up for Palin? When given the chance to stand up for Palin and shred the media’s unjust attacks, Newt Gingrich stated that Palin is the one who needs to be more careful about what she says. Immediately left-wing bloggers seized on Gingrich’s words and reposted them with glee.

Shortly after the Tuscon shooting, left-wing loudmouth Keith Olbermann associated Loughner with Palin. Though he obviously put his foot in his mouth, speaking out of ignorance, mainstream Republicans did not respond. Finally Palin did.

The result? Palin was attacked by the left for responding. But she was also attacked by the right. Ross Douthat, supposedly a conservative New York Times columnist (yeah, I hear they found bigfoot and UFOs too), echoed the establishment complaint that Palin’s response was unpresidential. I wonder if anyone ever confronted Andrew Jackson, blood flowing from an open wound, gun still smoking, fresh from winning a duel (or losing as he did on one occasion) that he was acting unpresidential.

This one was a slam dunk. Loughner was a druggie, fed on 9/11 conspiracy theories and hatred of women in power. He didn’t listen to talk radio and certainly wouldn’t have followed the details of Palin’s TEA Party successes this past fall. Republicans had a chance to take on the the lies that were coming out and show the country exactly how the left had chosen to politicize the shooting. But they didn’t.

I have tried to reconcile the lack of conservative response. The person who came closest to defending Palin and the TEA Party movement was the President himself when he called on Americans not to blame each other or point fingers.

Most likely, mainstream potential candidates are trying to avoid putting themselves in a situation where they face the same grueling attacks that Palin has. Possibly, some establishment candidates may be secretly satisfied to see their stiffest competition for the 2012 primaries knocked out as a result of the media’s unnecessary roughness.

3 Responses

  1. I am baffled as to why politicians are reluctant to stand up for Palin. It could be seen from the beginning that the Tuscon shooting being tied to her was an extremely poor ploy to blacken Sarah’s name. (I mean REALLY, it was extremely pathetic!) I think it’s just sad…

  2. This article is right on the mark. Nothing looks more presidential than someone defending their potential opponent when he/she has been wronged and we let Obama do that instead of us. I can recall (on a much more local level), people who, although supporters, would say about me, “Well, I agree with her but her approach could be different.” Some of those same people later ran for public office or positions within the GOP. Sure enough, immediately they were maligned and called radicals. The only reason the other candidates don’t have to fight off the media is because the press doesn’t care about them. They are generally boring and have not been put in a position to consistantly defend themselves on a level like Palin. The other Presidential hopefuls may THINK they know what it is like to be attacked, but they do not have a clue. She is in a completely alternate universe from them possessing a star power they do not understand. Sarah Palin may not be my first choice but I’ll continue to defend her against a ridiculously rabid press.

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