Guest Submission By David Booth
What does the political class – both Republicans and Democrats – agree on? Governor Sarah Palin. The truth about why there is bipartisan support against the Governor among the veterans of both political parties: they fear her. She favors, after all, a redistribution of power – from the parties to the individual voter, the lobbyists to the governed, the judges to the constitution. And worse for them – she’s serious about it.
The fear is palpable. Starting with Barbara Bush wishing she would stay in Alaska(did she ever say the same about Barack Obama staying in Chicago)? The frantic support among Washington pundits of Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Tim Pawlenty, even Jon Huntsman as reliable government stewards who were the only serious adults in the race. The Republican insiders know the “way things are” and fear change from the outsider. Even a loss to Barack Obama would be preferable to these people, because then Jeb Bush could save us all in 2016. Not that he cares enough to try now.
This past Friday I made my way to the Iowa Machine Shed in Des Moines for the C4P meetup, not knowing what to expect, hoping to meet some of the terrific people I see on C4P everyday. I did meet Nancy6, Ian Lazaran, Mimijane, Nicole, Sapwolf, and many others from C4P and O4P. I also met Peter Singleton, Mark Young of Physicians for Palin, as well as local folks in O4P from my own blue state of New York. I did not expect to find myself standing in front of Todd Palin when Peter Singleton started speaking, then to actually meet the Governor, and to later be in the picture of Sarah and Todd on the cover of the Washington Post Politics page on Saturday.
I did expect to see a great speech from the Governor in Indianola, and it was worth standing in the rain for several hours! I was also excited to see the Governor promote a real jobs plan of that would pump jobs back into the economy, restore confidence to Americans, make energy a priority again and start to relieve the pressure of our unsustainable debt.
Going to Iowa took me back to my formative years, growing up in a small town in Oklahoma. It reminded me of the first time I was politically aware, when the rest of my class in Guymon, OK, was for a peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter. I was the lone Republican who favored a bumbler by the name of Gerald Ford.
I want to address the fact that as a supporter of the Governor, on the principles and policies she espouses, it is remarkably like supporting the post pardon President Ford. The parallels are not exact but it feels the same.
As a supporter of Gov. Palin, people ask, and you’ve all heard this –
“Is she really going to run?”
“How can you support her?”
“She’s gotten rich, hasn’t she?”(nobody ever asks that about Hillary and Bill)
“Is she smart enough?” (Rick Perry got his own dose of this recently from the media)
Liberals constantly attack her looks and family because they don’t have anything else. At this point in time, that is most of the electorate, even the Republican electorate has yet to divine what Sarah Palin is. A skin deep knowledge from a group of voters not engaged at this early juncture.
My point is, folks: None, zero, zip of what the media and the politically unaware focus on has to do with her policies and her words. It’s all superficial. The same thing happened to Ronald Reagan when he ran against the aforementioned Carter. He was too old, too stupid, an actor… Go back to Goldwater, Coolidge, even Lincoln, the media theme is always the same.
I have the confidence in Governor Palin, more so after meeting her and seeing her speak in person, that she can define her policies and goals to win over the electorate, both in the primaries and in the general election.
To people who ask why should I – or anyone, support her? She’s the only candidate willing to make the necessary positive change to save our great nation. Her concerns in her speeches and writings are the same I have and share with my friends and family – the broken federal government and the need for reform. Almost no other political figure is willing to address federal government reforms beyond lip service. It’s up to her to convince the voters and I believe she can and will.
Lastly, who would you rather have at the coda? In the days before the November 2012 vote, when Obama is tightening the race through an assortment of outright disinformation, payoffs and political surprises – who would you rather have there to clearly communicate the conservative message – Rick Perry? Mitt Romney? Ron Paul? Michelle Bachmann? Or a winning Sarah Palin? She is my choice now, and on Tuesday November 6, 2012.