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    Erick Erickson: “moving on from Sarah Palin is like leaving Scientology”

    Erick Erickson: “moving on from Sarah Palin is like leaving Scientology”

    I guess that makes me a Scientologist, because I’ve posted repeatedly that Palin holds a special position because there is no one — not even George W. Bush — who has been the subject of the Democratic, mainstream media and left-blogosphere smear machine to the extent Palin has.

    So yes, I do take it personally when conservatives lash out at Palin not because of her policy positions or what she’s done or not done in her career, but with personal invective.

    It’s not religion, its a cold hard understanding of what is to come, and how those who call Palin a diva or a tease or any of the other names coming from media conservatives do damage to us all.  Palin is simply the test case for how the Republican nominee, whoever that person may be, will be treated, and we pile on her at our own peril.

    Erickson’s post is here.

    It’s feeding on Ann Coulter’s claim that Palin supporters are scary:

    Simply by waiting to announce, Palin has driven media conservatives mad.  It all seems so familiar.

    The nonsense coming from Coulter and Erickson and others is why I am not overly optimistic about 2012, regardless of what the polls now show.  We are our own worst enemies.

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    […] And she just completed 3 new jackalopes today: Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Erick Erickson. […]


     
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    Mutnodjmet | September 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Kevin Dujan of HillBuzz just wrote a open letter to Palin, which was brilliant and inspiring. In it, he refers to her as the American Artemis: You are our American Artemis, when we need an epic hero more than ever.

    With that in mind, I have a take-off I would like to share.

    Dialog, tailored a bit from a quote in Richard Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series:

    That politico in Alaksa,” Zoe said. “You turned him into a jackalope.”

    Ah, yes.” Artemis nodded, satisfied. “I enjoy making jackalopes…”

    And she just completed 3 new jackalopes today: Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Erick Erickson.


     
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    Karensky | September 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Professor, this post has stirred up the hornet’s nest. A vertible Republican riot. Good on us. IMO Palin doesn’t need to run for POTUS. While she is in the woods, a place she actually likes, she is free to do and say what she wants. One poster points out that the left automatically gets 40% and then asks can Palin get the other 10%? Doh, she only needs 5%+ 1 vote. Another points out that she QUIT her Governorship and that disqualifies her for further office. Let’s admit that Alaska is small potatoes (kudos to Dan Quayle) and she believes that she has bigger salmon to fry. Cue the Momma Grizzly meme.
    Oh and Palin didn’t mention the Republican Party, she rarely mentions the Republican Party and that is what gets the Republicans all riled up. I can’t say that since 1988 the Republicans have gotten much right on the economy and the culture so what are we talking about? Time for a 3rd. party? Not since Lincoln and later Teddy R have we had a successful third party bid for POTUS. Hmmmm funny when the Republican Party splits the offshoot wins the prize but when the Dems split……


       
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      leeatmg in reply to Karensky. | September 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      I don’t think anyone here thinks that her quitting the governorship disqualifies her for the office, only that it’s a fair point of discussion regarding her fitness for office. One could argue that the same reasons she gave for resigning in Alaska (she was hurting the state because or the firestorm of criticism surrounding her) could apply to her as President – would she resign the Presidency if the fire got too hot, citing the fact that she was “hurting America?” I doubt it, but it’s a fair question based on her history. To be sure, though, this is a contentious topic and has stirred up quite a discussion.

      Professor – thanks to you for hosting such a remarkable blog in a sea of mediocrity. It’s great that we can have (mostly) a reasonable and intelligent discussion here. It’s why this blog replaced another on my menu bar – read it every day, at least a few times.

        “… don’t think anyone here thinks that her quitting the governorship disqualifies her for the office, only that it’s a fair point of discussion regarding her fitness for office.”

        Exactly. Speaking as a strong supporter of hers, it is fair to bring up and she should have to defend it. I’m satisfied with her reasons, but the issue needs to be aired again, if only because opponents will be sure to try to define her by it.

      In a way, she does need to run. “To say to the left, your crushing smear campaign will not prevent one me running, and it won’t work on anyone else either.” T o nip that in the bus.

      If for no other reason.

      BUT, I would contend that there are many GOOD REASONS why she should run. For one, She was our standard bearer last time, and because of her, McCain almost got to even against an opponent who had the entire media on his side. Against overwhelming odds, this woman, who is a phenomenon, saved McCain from a 60/40 loss. To say she should now be nothing more than a cheerleader is both sexist and demeaning, and damaging to our party.

      We need her clear vision for the difficult days ahead. She won’t dither – and you have to admit the world would be an entirely better place if she was sitting in the White House right now. There’d have been no bowing to dictators. No tax-cheats in charge of the treasury. No Czars. No Fast&Furious. And probably no need to raise the debt ceiling (unless of course, Dems still controlled both houses)

      She has done more to influence the debate against Obama than anyone else over the past few years – armed with the simplest of tools, her Facebook account. On every single issue, she has called him out, stood her ground, and forced a change in the debate. Remember, they took out the ‘death panel’ language that they denied existed?

      She has to run. And we have a golden opportunity.


     
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    David R. Graham | September 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    “The nonsense coming from Coulter and Erickson and others is why I am not overly optimistic about 2012, regardless of what the polls now show. We are our own worst enemies.”

    Concur. Several reasons we are our own worst enemies, known, no need to recount.

    “Palin is simply the test case for how the Republican nominee, whoever that person may be, will be treated, and we pile on her at our own peril.”

    That is the heart of the matter. One: don’t play the enemy’s tune or dance to his gig. Two: don’t try to control the wind. Three: say what you mean and mean what you say. Four: what you talk about do, what you cannot do do not talk about. Five: be still and observe developments – and practice the Eleventh Commandment.

    And I am disappointed in retire05’s fusillading, even attempted enfilading. Unbecoming. Quite against the welfare of the party, the government and the nation.

    “Sudden and relentless reform.” She has given there the strategic goal (re-form the USA) and the tactical means (sudden and relentless movement towards the goal). That is a fighter speaking. Fighters frighten crony capitalists such as Erickson, Ingraham and Coulter. The job of fighters (professional soldiers) is to protect the vulnerable from liars, cheats and thieves. Michelle Bachmann, also, is a fighter, but she attacked her benefactor, thus demonstrating disloyalty, the greatest of all sins! God help us!

    The unease with Mitt Romney is aroused by his lack of presence as a fighter, a warrior. A good man otherwise, a skilled politician, bureaucrat and businessman, no doubt, but a POTUS is first and foremost a battle commander, a warrior, and Mitt is not to that manner born. Ditto Herman Cain, a fine businessman, and Newt Gingrich, a fine professor: neither is a battle leader. Ron Paul likewise, a fine medical doctor but not a warrior. There are fine leaders who are not warriors. In fact, most fine leaders are not warriors. Warrior is a calling, not a job, a profession, not a career. POTUS is par excellence a warrior’s role. Head of State, no matter the polity, always is and always will be a warrior’s role. In our system, in civilian dress and status, but a warrior.

    Christie and Ryan are not warriors. They are lawyers, which is close to warrior, but they are not called as warriors per se. (Same for Scott Brown.) Lawyer is not the same as warrior and not, therefore, automatic fundamental qualification for POTUS. There are warriors who upon retirement become lawyers.

    That leaves Perry, Bachmann and possibly Palin. All are warriors, although Bachmann and Perry have, at least through proxies, attacked a fellow warrior, which, in the profession, is not done. That the Bush warrior and civilian formation of the Republican Party has attacked Perry is not a good or commendable thing. The Perry and Bush formations are both American.

    I do not see anyone qualified who the Democratic Party could advance for the role of POTUS other than Stan McCrystal and there is little to no chance of that happening.

    Still, that does not mean a non-warrior cannot or will not be elevated to the role of POTUS, bad as that always is.

    So, this side of Election Day 2012, I commend letting the winds blow as they may, enjoy the drama, work for whomever warrior one desires as POTUS, help define their concepts for re-forming the nation, including in contra-distinction to those of other warriors seeking the opportunity, and abide the finitude of one’s opinions and frame of reference. “Sudden and relentless reform” is the goal. Cunning, charitable, committed speech and action are the means.

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