Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Dan Fagan has managed to shock us again. Shock number one came at the beginning of August when the Alaska talk show host apologized for the manner in which he had repeatedly criticized Governor Palin. He wrote in the Anchorage Daily News:
For some reason I had convinced myself it was my job to run down and criticize others. It is one thing to analyze policy and issues. It is an entirely different thing to tear down someone's character with personal attacks.
I will tell you I am ashamed of the way I have conducted myself publicly in recent years and frankly I am embarrassed by it too.
Read that entire article here. It was enough to knock some off their chairs.
Well, hold on because shock number two came yesterday when, in the Alaska Standard, Fagan acknowledged that Governor Palin actually knew what she was doing when she resigned, as she is now free to effect change, fundraise, and resurrect the Republican Party--and there is no one else who can do so as effectively.
Palin’s book tour has led to a revival of her status as leader of the conservative movement.
A new Washington Post poll released Monday found Mrs. Palin outpacing party rivals for the affection of core Republican voters. At 18 percent, she was the single highest vote-getter among the party faithful as the "person who best reflects the core values of the Republican Party." She had three times the number of votes received by key rivals such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Did she make the right decision in quitting? Will she end up better serving her country on the road campaigning for others instead of being tied down to the Alaska governor’s job? Does the Republican Party have a better chance of taking back the house and senate with Palin on the campaign trail? Could Sarah Palin end up saving our republic because she quit as governor? You betcha!
Read his entire article here.
Previous conversations along these lines have opened up a sea of debate as to Mr. Fagan's sincerity, as to whether he's truly seen the light. I refuse to sit in that seat of judgment. Instead, I'll focus on the words spoken by Governor Palin herself the day she announced her resignation:
My choice is to take a stand and effect change – not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities – and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.
I do not want to disappoint anyone with my decision; all I can ask is that you TRUST me with this decision – but it’s no more “politics as usual”.
Governor Palin has our trust. She earned it a long time ago. We trust her instincts, her record, and her willingness to serve the people. Yesterday, Dan Fagan acknowledged that our trust has been well-placed.
It's amazing what kind of revelation one can receive from one rogue Alaskan.