In American Conservative Daily's "News and Views" for January 29, 2011, David Coughlin devotes a portion of his opinion piece to commentary on Gov. Palin:
The more time that the Mainstream Media devotes to attacking her is more proof that Sarah Palin is the Democrat’s worst nightmare and deserving of more conservative attention. Among the most astonishing phenomena of the current political scene in the U.S. is the relentless percussion of hatred, animadversion, revilement and outright dissimulation hurled against Sarah Palin, the mirror image of the orgy of adulation which Barack Obama enjoyed prior to his election and in the auroral days of his administration. The media have clearly gone beyond the limits of reason or propriety. Let’s enter the world of Sarah Palin for a moment:- JP
What the Democrats and their supporters earnestly fear is not only that Palin may be around for the indefinite future, but that she is indeed potentially electable in 2012 and must be stopped at all costs. This is perhaps the principal motive for so libelous a spectacle as the left’s all-out debauch of vilification. To the business-as-usual politician and/or media hack, she’s simply maddening:
- If she grants interviews to Oprah or Barbara Walters, she’s accused of wanting to be a celebrity; If she denies those interviews, she’s labeled a coward.
- If she’s quiet when viciously attacked, she’s accused of hiding; If she speaks up, she’s described as injecting herself into the story.
- If she addresses health care reform, bailouts, and QE2 via columns, Facebook, and Twitter, she’s accused of not engaging in unscripted conversations; In 2008, she was criticized by many for calling it like she saw it and going off script at campaign events.
- When she resigned as Governor, she was labeled a quitter; I assure you that if she hadn’t resigned, she would have been painted by many as a self-centered hypocrite who didn’t care about Alaska.
- Many on the Left and Right are ready and willing to pounce on Sarah Palin’s every move. The question is why, and the answer is simple: She’s just a regular person like you and me:
- She’s a regular person who has managed to pack convention halls and book signings, to release two bestselling books, to launch a successful and unconventional television series, to boost the ratings of every television show she has appeared on – and she has done it all just by being herself.
- To top it all off, she’s -- heaven forbid -- happy.
- While running a city and a state, she managed to keep her values intact.
- She sustained a successful marriage and prioritized her children.
- She kept smiling and loving life.
- She even made time for those 5 a.m. runs.
Palin also has something else, something not possessed by previous targets. She has a following...
- They say she’s not smart enough. (Translation: She doesn’t speak our pretentious language.)
- They claim she’s too controversial. (Translation: She stands by principle, even when it’s unpopular.)
- They declare she’s not presidential. (Translation: She doesn’t play by our rules, and that scares the crap out of us.)
- They insist that her TV series proves she’s not a serious politician. (Translation: If she pulls a Reagan, we’re screwed.