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    Why I Am So Intolerant

    Why I Am So Intolerant

    If you have noticed, I am very intolerant of cheap shots and snide comments directed at Sarah Palin, particularly when those cheap shots and snide comments come from conservative bloggers and Republican politicians.

    Perhaps I react this way because when Palin Derangement Syndrome first struck this blog was not yet established, and I just stewed.  In many ways, PDS — along with Obamamania — was the motivating factor in my creating this blog in October 2008.

    This account of the first days of PDS by Kay Hymowitz in Sarah Palin and the Battle for Feminism (h/t @SissyWillis), brings back the memories:

    When Sarah Palin took the podium in St. Paul to accept her nomination for the vice presidency in September 2008, calm and collected feminists might have recalled the old saw: Be careful what you wish for. Here she was, an ambitious political woman with the sort of egalitarian marriage that would put the Swedes to shame. Here she was, a charismatic, working-class heroine who oozed folksy provincialism with the naturalness of Lyndon Johnson in the same breath as she cheered her Hillary Clintonesque assault on the “glass ceiling.” Yes, here she was—clinging to her guns, her religion, and her babies, and saying, and apparently believing, all the wrong things.

    But “calm and collected” are not the words that come to mind to describe the feminist response to the governor from Alaska. The young feminist Jessica Grose, writing on the popular website Jezebel just after the Republican convention, was—well, we’ll let her describe it: “When Palin spoke on Wednesday night, my head almost exploded from the incandescent anger boiling in my skull. . . . What I feel for her privately could be described as violent, nay, murderous, rage.” Grose’s readers left more than 700 comments, according to the late New York Sun, including one from a reader who wanted to “vomit with rage.” Other haters damned Palin as a traitor to her sex or an “insult to women,” as Judith Warner spat in the New York Times. “Turncoat bitch!” the comedian Sandra Bernhard railed in a performance caught on YouTube. “You whore in your cheap fucking . . . cheap-ass plastic glasses and your hair up!” Writing on a Washington Post blog, Wendy Doniger, a Hinduism specialist at the University of Chicago Divinity School, topped them all: Palin’s “greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.”

    No one on our side has an obligation to support Palin just because Palin has been a target of almost unbelievable hatred merely for being.  Support whomever you want, and make the case for other Republican candidates, but don’t join the mob as some people did in the wake of the Tucson shooting.

    Palin is not just another potential Republican candidate.  Palin is someone who has endured attacks by the mainstream media, entertainment establishment, and left-blogosphere second to no one currently active in Republican politics.

    Palin’s political and economic survival under this assault is why Palin’s supporters in the Republican Party are more motivated than those of any other potential candidate. 

    And it is why people like me, who currently are open-minded as to the field of potential candidates in the absence of knowing who will run, will not support any Republican candidate during the primaries who attacks Palin.  (Yes, the Lombardi Rule still takes effect after the primaries are over.)

    Palin may not run, and if she runs, she may not win the nomination.  But any other Republican candidate who thinks the way to win is to softly mimic the Palin haters does so at his political peril.

    Update:  I’m also becoming intolerant of trolls.

    Update 1-24-2011:  Palin in USA Today, on how an inspirational leader is not enough, we need someone who lifts us up rather than puts us down, America’s Lifeguard (h/t HotAir):

    I had the privilege of coming of age during the era of Ronald Reagan. I like to think of him as America’s lifeguard. As a teenager, Ronald Reagan saved 77 lives as a lifeguard on the Rock River, which ran through his hometown of Dixon, Ill. The day he was inaugurated in 1981, a local radio announcer famously declared, “The Rock River flows for you tonight, Mr. President.”

    The image of the lifeguard seems to represent what Reagan was to America and to the freedom-loving people of the world. He lifted our country up at a time when we were in the depths of economic, cultural and spiritual malaise. We were told that we must accept that the era of American greatness was over; but with his optimism and common sense, President Reagan held up a mirror to the American soul to remind us of our exceptionalism.

    And as we all remember, Reagan was the media’s first choice for Republican nominee, and the media did everything it could to see that he was electable.

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    If Palin runs, anyone whose expectation is that other GOP contenders and leaders, politicians and pundits who support other candidates should not attack Palin had better start preparing for a huge disappointment. Beginning with the contending for Iowa caucus goers votes, knocking Palin out of serious contention will be Job One for a half dozen other candidates, and the acrimony will make the inter-party "incivility" of recent days look like quiet time in a kindergarten.

    God bless you. i don't understand PDS, and have debated/argued Palin's strengths – AND her weaknesses – with hundreds of people who are otherwise entirely reasonable; when it comes to Sarah Palin, they become LUNATICS.

    she's my candidate of choice, but as a realist i understand the obstacles she's facing should she decide to run. for "conservatives" to join in the type of vicious attacks advanced by the left is unforgivable.

    At this point, I don't care about "electability". Not in the slightest. I (and, I suspect, a large fraction of the American electorate) am sick to death of politicians afraid to take a stand.

    Dang straight, Daniel … focusing on "electability" means focusing upon the conventional-wisdom-driven status quo that put us in the fine-kettle-of-fish we're in today.

    Forget "gravitas", forget flowery erudition, forget the now-traditional definition of "Presidential" that so many seem to be fixated upon … as I have said before, Ms. Palin, or someone like her who is just as willing to emphasize the 800-lb gorillas of fundamental truth that the "nuanced" are missing, may be just what we need to CTL-ALT-DEL our political system.

    The Re-, er Progressives fear and loathe her, for basically the same reason that the professional/political complex that stretches across both major parties fear and loathe her … if one who refuses to be groomed and gatekept by such as these gains credibility with the American people, the influence of these self-appointed groomers and gatekeepers will be reduced to insignificance, if not outright obsolescence … especially when such an "upstart" espouses principles of individual liberty and restrained governance that will reach well beyond their tenure in office, if adopted (again) by We the People.

    That is why they are focusing their fire upon her, and will do so to anyone like her.

    That is why we need to stand with her, and anyone like her … from someone who leaves a comment supporting such principles on a blog in the face of the sneers of "smart" people, to someone with a vast public voice (and therefore becomes a big target) like Ms. Palin.

    All these give voice, not necessarily to something "new", but to principles that MILLIONS of Americans have already REASONED OUT for themselves to be sound … but are pooh-poohed by those who consider themselves "thinking people" because their application might not make things "fair" in their eyes, or might harsh their mellow by allowing credible criticism of their recreational and lifestyle choices.

    They strain at gnats … and swallow camels of dysfunction, and destruction, whole in their highly-credentialed ignorance.

    We can no longer afford to defer to them, if we want to sustain a functional nation. That is why we need those like Sarah Palin.

    "… because their application might not make things "fair" in their eyes, or might harsh their mellow by allowing credible criticism of their recreational and lifestyle choices."

    "They strain at gnats … and swallow camels of dysfunction, and destruction, whole in their highly-credentialed ignorance."

    There is the voice of Hebrew Prophetism and the Protestant Principle: glorious, pungent, pellucid, vigilant, leonine. I do love it so!

    @ J. E. Burke: It's not politics, Burke, it's character.

    Well I'm just a pore dumb redneck and can only believe the evidence before me. Palin ended the careers of many crooked Republican Pols up there in Alaska. Now other Republican Pols attack her. I can only assume they are afraid she will end their crooked careers as she has already done.

    There may be another reason, I will require proof. I contend the proper answer to any Republican Pol attacking (not disagreeing) Palin should be "oh, you're crooked too?"


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