- By Ian Ransom
Sarah Palin's November 16th guest-appearance on Oprah Winfrey's talk show is weeks away and leftist hyenas are already emerging from every fetid lair imaginable, quivering with excitement at the prospect of a bloody "kill." Progressive saliva is dripping from bared fangs. Liberal talons are being gnawed to the proverbial quick.
"I can't wait for this interview!" panted a Democrat acquaintance of mine. We ran into each other at the grocery store last night in Carmel Valley. I was looking for an admittedly sinful pint of my favorite brand of ice cream. She, apparently, was looking for some sort of Rachel Maddow Halloween costume in frozen froods, which is actually a great place to look for a Rachel Maddow costume, when you think about it. In any event, my friend required a mere five seconds to raise the subject of Palin's imminent summit with the Big O. I guess the word "Hi" is now considered grounds for liberals to automatically assault conservatives in public places.
"Sorry, Ransom, but your dear Sarah is gonna get what she deserves, once Oprah sits her down. Do you even have the nerve to watch?"
"Gee, I imagine I'll look at the transcript and probably see some internet footage, Linda, but I don't think Sarah's admirers are particularly neurotic about this appearance, one way or the other. We tend to think she can hold her own. We don't put any stock in media spin."
"Hold her own?" gasped Linda, absently yanking a few strands of hair from her scalp. One of her eyelids was twitching involuntarily. The Left one. "You've got to be kidding me. Ian! She's so irrelevant. Even you must see that by now. That wolf-killer has no place in political discourse."
"You mean, except for the discourse you're holding about her right now? By the way, Linda, have you been drinking?"
"Well, you might want to consider it. You seem a bit wound-up."
Don't get me wrong: I like Linda, a little, and it's no surprise that she had to get some Palin-hatred off her chest. The woman's Birkenstocks were practically on fire to begin with and she knows that I'm an avowed conservative. Our chance encounter at Safeway, however, underscores what I perceive to be a vast and telling difference between the conservative approach to Sarah Palin and the approach taken by so many minions of the Left.
As conservatives, we see Palin through the lens of common sense and character, because these are traits that Sarah mirrors back, as it were, to like-minded citizens with eyes to see and ears to hear. Imperfect, but unquestionably decent and real. Palin also reflects something back at the Left, but when the mirror of Sarah's all-American integrity and straightforward dignity is lifted in that direction, liberals do not like what they see staring back at them in the glass.
That's because they, too, see themselves. Funny things, mirrors.
We live in a perilous age for American Exceptionalism on the both the national and personal fronts. For the Left, emotions have become "accomplishments." Not content to revere the pursuit of true character, people instead cloak themselves in characteristics. It is an illusory time, and this is one reason why we witness such an astonishing polarity in the way Americans view Sarah Palin. This is one reason why we witness the almost obsessive penchant of the Left for screaming like rabid howler-monkeys when it comes to Palin. Eschewing all rational context, they must fixate upon (and arbitrarily isolate) Palin's characteristics because characteristics are all that they are equipped to comprehend, because the strength of her character cannot be withstood. It's foreign to this Age.
Knowing this much, let's not be too shocked when "friends" and fellow citizens rudely accost us while white-knuckling their shopping carts, or when overexcited media denizens like Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch purport to offer us cynical nonsense like the "Five Best and Worse-Case Scenarios" concerning an Oprah/Sarah couch-chat that hasn't even happened yet.
"Going rogue" is an adventuresome endeavor, friends. It may even get a little bumpy. But will Sarah Palin get to her destination with head held high, with or without the endorsements (or potential entrapments) of billionaire talk-show hostesses? You betcha.