They just can’t quit her. Mark Hemingway at The Weakly Standard:
Matt Lewis has a column today over at the Daily Beast headlined, “You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin: It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point.” I don’t really disagree with much of what Matt says when it comes to noting that Palin’s speaker-circuit pandering and Hee-Haw witticisms have become cringe-worthy—speaking as a Christian, I was pretty dissappointed last year when Palin referred to waterboarding as baptism for terrorists. As usual, Matt makes some very good points so I encourage you to read his column.
However, I am interested in why Matt felt he needed to offer up a personal mea culpa here. Despite her recent and much criticized speech in Iowa and feint at presidential ambitions, it’s not really news the epitaph to her political career has been written. And yet, the gratuitous media persecution of her and her family has, and continues to be, entirely shameful and unjustified. See the CNN anchor mocking her daughter’s assault, as recently as this October.
Anyway, like Matt, I wish Sarah Palin had been able to show more poise and grow as a politician amidst being hysterically accused of not giving birth to her own child and shooting a congresswoman. I wish she had fulfilled her term as governor instead of cashing checks on the lecture circuit making cornpone jokes and shallow observations.
But I still don’t feel I was wrong about Sarah Palin in that I felt comfortable voting for her in 2008. The real problem lies not with Palin so much as our slanderous media pursued someone they found threatening to their myopic liberal consensus so doggedly and cruelly that they undoubtedly had a hand in creating the problematic, tabloid figure she’s become all these years later. Maybe Palin isn’t entirely a victim, but because she seems to be an unsteady figure in 2015 it is by no means vindication for what her critics said and did to her in 2008.
It is quite obvious to me that Sarah Palin has no intention of running for office again, and I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to have my entire life put thru microscopic attention and put myself and my family thru years of unrelenting hostility and harassment. Not to mention that it is pretty clear that the GOPE hates her as much or more than the Democrats do.
So she said fuck all this noise and took the money and ran. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy her haters so they kept attacking her. She has enjoyed a lucrative career by being a Designated Hate Receptacle and she has earned every penny of it and more.
I never thought Sarah Palin was perfect, but she is a lot better than her haters give her credit for. Part of me wishes she had chosen a different path and remained in government, but what you want isn’t always what you get.
Was Sarah Palin ready to be POTUS in 2008? Of course not, but she wasn’t running for that job. As VPOTUS she would have had the chance to learn and grow. She was a successful governor before her haters in both parties conspired to bring her down. She would be be a good senator now.
But haters gotta hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.