Friday, February 10, 2012
As I was driving tonight, I was listening to Michael Savage, which generally I do only in small doses. Tonight only confirmed the wisdom in that approach. For someone who prides himself on being brilliant and well-versed in every issue of the day, he certainly appears to be out of the political loop. He asked a question that shocked me: "What ever happened to Sarah Palin?" as if she has gone AWOL without a trace. And he was serious. He then went on to say that she has flamed out.
Flamed out? Is he talking about the same Governor Palin Scott Conroy wrote about today in an article called "Sarah Palin Set to Re-emerge at CPAC," an article which, in spite of its title, actually acknowledges that she hasn't gone anywhere?
Despite her lower profile in recent months, Palin has left a mark on this presidential cycle through her frequent TV appearances on the Fox News Channel, which she conducts from a home studio in Alaska.
Governor Palin has been the go-to player of presidential politics on Hannity, On the Record, Justice w/ Judge Jeanine, and Special Report. She even made an appearance on Bill O'Reilly's The Factor, something viewers had not seen in many months. Is this the same Governor Palin Michael Savage thinks has disappeared into the night? He even stated that he knows more about these things than the rest of us do, and he proceeded to tell listeners how much he likes what she has to say but isn't a fan, that women don't like her, that she would not have been an electable candidate, blah, blah, blah. What universe do such "brilliant" people live on?
Anyone paying attention knows full well that the Governor, while remaining mostly in Alaska lately, has probably had more successive television appearances than she had when many expected her to throw her own hat in the 2012 GOP presidential ring. While I, like many others, never wanted to hear her say, "I don't need a title to make a difference," she certainly has demonstrated that she meant exactly what she said. Even without a title, her opinions have been sought after, and her wisdom has been echoed. She has talked about the necessity of vetting in this primary election season. She has pushed for the primary process to continue for the purpose of producing the best candidate who can defeat President Obama. She has laid out the positives of each candidate, while pointing out areas of weakness or aspects of each record that need clarification. She has repeatedly worked to unify the party by maintaining that every GOP candidate is "infinitely better" than President Obama. Without question, she has been an important part of this 2012 election cycle, and her influence does not appear to be waning at all.
Perhaps Mr. Savage will emerge, from wherever he's been hibernating, to catch Governor Palin this weekend as she gives the keynote address that multitudes of conservatives will gather to hear tomorrow at CPAC, or to tune in the next day when Chris Wallace interviews her on Fox News Sunday. The question, therefore, to pose to Michael Savage--self-professed know-it-all that he is--would be "Where have you been?" because Governor Palin hasn't gone anywhere. On the contrary, she has remained in the fight to progress this country and to help make sure the next four years are better than the previous four. She has stayed in the battle without the support of the establishment, without selling her soul to DC insiders, and yes, without a title. However, she has done so with the support of we the people who recognize that she is still the boldest common sense, politically astute conservative voice in the country today.
Not only has her flame not gone out, but Governor Palin continues to set aflame the masses of Americans who love their country, respect their Constitution, and embrace the message of American restoration that she regularly trumpets--and is asked to trumpet. In fact, she blows that trumpet so loudly, so clearly, and so consistently that the only way one can miss it is if his head is buried in the sand.