In all walks of so-called educated, sophisticated life, people are pigpiling on Sarah Palin as US election day draws near. Everywhere I go, otherwise intelligent people repeat the same droning mantra: she’s stupid, she was a bad choice, she’s out of her depth, she’s a joke.
I’m not going to argue the points. Believe me, I’ve tried, and no amount of logic or facts seems to get through to those who prefer to retreat into intellectual laziness, and accept the bully-boy hate-mongering of the Obama media in order to join the herd to join in on the trite, assinine jokes. But I suggest reading this piece by Greta Van Susteren, the former CNN and current FOX News legal analyst, and a liberal feminist:
Governor Palin is very smart. You may not agree with her on issues — but that does not mean she is not smart. People who don’t agree with YOU are not stupid. Sometime YOU are the stupid one.
She is a lot smarter than many journalists who say/write she is not. I am appalled by the arrogance of some who call themselves journalists. I don’t know why the gross disregard for this woman and her accomplishments — is it because she a woman? or because Hillary isn’t around to take the whacks? or it is the “herd mentality” where they all copy each other and then label it “conventional wisdom?” Some of the so called conventional wisdom turns out to be completely wrong but the journalists never revisit their mistakes and admit how stupid they were earlier. God forbid that a journalist should mumble the words “I got it wrong.” It is absolutely disgraceful the personal insults hurled at the Governor of Alaska.
I can understand not agreeing with her — whether it be on one issue or many and that is our job– but you are so wrong if you think this woman is not smart. Let me repeat: she is a lot smarter than many journalists who I hear yapping about her. (And I am around journalists from all news organizations all the time and I hear some pretty stupid stuff from them…or stupid predictions like “Obama [the day before the New Hampshire primary] is going to beat Hillary in New Hampshire.” NOT!
Plus get this – the journalist below can’t even a get a quote right in interviewing her? Who is the dummy?
Here is a fact: Governor Palin is also more accomplished than many (most?) journalists…make no mistake about it: it takes a lot more to be a mayor or a governor than a jounalist. A mayor or governor must be chosen by the people. To be a journalist, you just announce, “I am a journalist.” There isn’t even a test!
And yes, I am a defense attorney at heart…I will stand up to the crowd – in this instance the journalists who are so arrogant and so wrong. It makes me sick to see people so unfair to anyone. I hated it when I worked 24/7 for about 12 years for poor people as a young lawyer. I hated the unfairness…I hated the discrimination against my poor African American clients (and 99 per cent were African American.) I hate the unfairness and meanesss now, too – the discrimination against this woman. I hate to see anyone whacked unfairly. It is not right and you all know it. Question the Governor (and other politicians) about issues – that is our job and we should do it — but the insults? Give it a rest.
And if you can’t “give it a rest” because you are petty…how about at least getting the quote right instead of exposing yourself a fool?
And watch this 5-minute clip of a Palin rally in California from October 4, in which an uber-liberal-feminist, President of the L.A. chapter of NOW (the pro-choice National Organization for Women), Shelly Mandell, endorses the Alaska governor and her running mate. If you watch any major news source or read any newspaper, you would never know this happened:
Now, if you still feel Sarah Palin is a bimbo to be dismissed, ask yourself the following questions:
1) Do you judge all individuals by their worst moments? Do you dismiss all individuals entirely because they flub an interview question here or there?
2) Do you hear the flubs of other candidates discussed by news readers, pundits, or comedians in the same context, with the same intensity, with the same sense of glee? Do you dismiss another V-P candidate because he thinks “Jobs” is a three-letter word? If you discovered that there was a double standard being unfairly applied to one particular candidate, would you try to find out why?
3) Do you wonder why items like the Mandell endorsement, or the massive Palin rallies around the country where enthusiasm and crowd size dwarf those of Barack Obama, are unreported or dismissed by the media?
4) If you have been convinced that Sarah Palin’s experience makes her unqualified to be Vice-President, how were you convinced that Barack Obama’s experience makes him qualified to be President?
5) When a child was being bullied in the schoolyard, were you the type to a) stand up for the victim, b) avert your eyes and cower away; or c) join in on the torture?