Monday, March 4, 2013
The political climate in this country becomes more and more ridiculous with each passing day. Add Governor Palin's name to the mix, and things get increasingly ridiculous by the hour. Since 2008, a formula has been concocted. It goes something like this: In need of media exposure? Mention Sarah Palin. Can't competently run a campaign? Blame Sarah Palin. Want to sell books? Write lies about Sarah Palin. Trying to boost network ratings? Produce a movie mocking Sarah Palin. Indeed, we are living in the Attack Sarah Palin Era.
And now the ultimate in asininity: Unhinged because Governor Chris Christie hasn't been invited to the Conservative Political Action Conference? Do all of the above--that is, mention, blame, lie about, and mock Sarah Palin. Surely, this makes sense because, after all, it must be her fault Christie hasn't sold people on his conservative credentials. This is the tactic employed by former Bush aide, Matthew Dowd.
David Edwards writes:
President George W. Bush’s former chief strategist Matthew Dowd is slamming the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for snubbing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) while inviting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), who he asserts “wasn’t competent enough to keep a Fox News contract.”
Wall Street Journal editor Paul Gigot on Sunday told an ABC News panel that CPAC had made a mistake by not inviting Christie after he pushed Congress for Hurricane Sandy relief funds and backed some gun-control legislation following last year’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
“If I were CPAC, I would have invited Christie and let him say what he wanted on guns or anything else,” Gigot insisted. “And if you disagree with him, boo him or what have you. But this is a time that the Republican Party needs to have a debate, and a pretty raucous debate.”
“CPAC, to me, has totally diminished its credibility as an organization,” Dowd agreed. “And you invite Sarah Palin, who wasn’t competent enough to keep a Fox News contract? But she’s invited to CPAC meeting?”
Somehow, in full Palin Derangement Syndrome mode, Dowd attempts to link this CPAC episode to Governor Palin's freedom from FOX News, except he presented it incorrectly, which is what people like Dowd do. So let me see if I understand this. Christie was perceived to be snubbed; therefore, Governor Palin is incompetent--so much so that she couldn't keep her FOX contract? Sure, that makes perfect sense.
Where do we even start to dismantle this nonsense? First things first: The former Bush strategist, who clearly is too incompetent himself to check the facts before running his mouth, doesn't understand how things really went down with FOX, so let's help him out. Governor Palin didn't lose her job with FOX. Her contract was up for renewal and she opted not to re-sign.
In case facts matter to Sir Einstein:
Real Clear Politics reported:
It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP.Tony Lee shared:
A source close to Palin confirmed to Breitbart News that Palin declined FOX News' offer to renew her contract, and the two parties seem to be parting amicably.The Washington Post noted:
Sarah Palin has cut ties with Fox News Channel.
Now that we have taken care of that little pesky detail known to us decent people as truth, let's take a look at why Governor Palin might have been asked to speak at CPAC, as if it isn't obvious to anyone who's been even half-heartedly paying attention the last few years. Clearly, no one with a modicum of common sense would fail to understand that she continues to resonate with we the people. Her message of conservatism finds a home with patriots who believe in the Constitution, expect the government to get out of our way, want the President's feet held to the fire, are concerned about our children and grandchildren, understand we must rein in spending, recognize that Americans deserve to keep more of what we earn, despise crony capitalism, honor our military, and are committed to preserving the liberties for which these brave military men and women daily jeopardize their lives.
Furthermore, name just one other person who has been so maligned, so ridiculed, and so vilely treated for simply responding to the call to serve and taking a stand for America. It's impossible. In the face of these intense attacks, instead of running and hiding, Governor Palin continues to fight and has no intention to stop fighting--FOX News or no FOX News. In fact, without FOX, she is free to take the message to a wider audience, rather than being confined to preaching to the choir. Let's not forget, too, that she did just happen to secure a little something we call the nomination for the vice presidency--the first woman to do so on a Republican ticket. A simple Facebook endorsement from her translates into financial support, boots on the ground, votes, and victories for candidates across this country. No one else can boast of such influence--and certainly not Chris Christie. Combine these facts with her stellar record as Governor of Alaska, and undoubtedly, there should be no conservative conference to which she has not been asked to speak. Period.
In addition, the organizers of CPAC aren't stupid--certainly not as stupid as Matthew Dowd. Governor Palin draws a crowd. There will be people who normally would stay home who will hop a train, take a plane, rent a car, or charter a bus to make it to Washington, D.C., and they'll do so for one reason only--and it ain't the hope that Governor Christie might make a surprise appearance. They'll make the trip because Governor Palin is speaking. People might be intrigued by Chris Christie's bully tactics, but they ain't going to CPAC just to see him. Sorry, but that's just the truth.
So while Dowd and others have their panties in a wad because their GOP fave isn't invited to CPAC, perhaps they should spend some time figuring out why he might have been passed up. His love affair, as some saw it, with President Obama after Hurricane Sandy has been a sore subject. His flip-flop on Obamacare hasn't endeared him to true conservatives. His support of gun control does not sit well with respecters of the Second Amendment, nor did his attack on the NRA. Additionally, Chris Christie's past positions on illegal immigration, climate change, education, and the 9/11 mosque have not been without conservative controversy.
Did Dowd not find any of these things worthy conversations to be had, or is it just easier to blame and insult Governor Palin for something she had nothing to do with? To my knowledge, she didn't invite herself to CPAC and did not authorize the decision not to invite Governor Christie. Agree or disagree, he wasn't invited, obviously, because he wasn't deemed deserving of an invite. And if his presence was wanted there, I'm sure her speech wouldn't keep them from squeezing him into the program.
Blaming Governor Palin for everything is starting to get as old as President Obama's blaming, well, President Bush for everything--and former Bush aide, Dowd, of all people, should know how antiquated that is.
Matthew Dowd could learn a thing or two from someone many consider to be the personification of the spirit of CPAC, President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan quoted the 11th Commandment many times: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican." While it's rather obvious that I do not believe in an extreme interpretation of that commandment, and I think President Reagan would agree that even one's own political party should be held accountability, and healthy debate encouraged, I do believe that Dowd and other elitist Republicans should discontinue their obsessive need to excoriate Governor Palin every time something doesn't go their way. It serves no purpose other than to make themselves look little, bitter, and altogether out of touch.