Palin: No Nicey-Nicey

2009 August 18
by bc3b

There are dozens of these (opportunities to criticize Obama), altogether. They are Obama’s “shadow cabinet,” with the advantage over his more presentable official cabinet that they can avoid congressional scrutiny in almost everything they do. They didn’t need to face the Senate confirmation revelations that lost Obama so many of his earliest cabinet appointments. A mere Internet search for quotes reveals that many of them are capable of great candour, at least in the radical leftist environments from which most of them came.

The mainstream media focus is nevertheless not on them — rich and easy pickings had they been Republican appointments — but instead on Sarah Palin’s appalling characterization of Obama’s health-care agenda as not merely “socialist” but “evil”; and on her use of the term “death panels” to describe proposed bureaucratic arrangements for deciding who should be entitled to medical treatment, and how to advise the old, seriously handicapped, and ill on euthanasia options.

Needless to say the proposals themselves had been couched in “feelgood” language, with public relations campaigns at the ready in case someone like Palin called a spade a spade. She did so in full knowledge of how that publicity machine would respond.

It is assumed she will be running for president on the redneck ticket. But as we saw last week, she does not need any office to get results. For after many nice legislators had condemned her for her “unreasonable” criticisms, the U.S. Senate finance committee this week dropped a key provision to which she had referred, from the House health-care bill before them. According to the ranking Republican member, it was dropped “because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.”

That’s a very nice way of saying that Sarah Palin had a point. And it is a point that would have passed unnoticed, had she confined herself to “nice” language.

With a couple of Facebook posts, Sarah Palin not only changed the direction of the health care debate, she also made herself a target of the left and establishment Republicans. Paul Begala referred to the former Alaska governor as “half a wack job” on CNN. She also came under fire from the editorial staff of NRO (led by Rich Lowry, the ultimate metrosexual man) for her over-the-top, inflamatory rhetoric.

We need more Republicans like Sarah Palin who have the courage to do the “right” thing without being afraid of attacks from the left, most particularly MSM. Unfortunately Sarah Palin is like a voice crying out in the wilderness, with (as Yahoo’s cartoon pointed out Sunday) little support from the rest of the GOP. Many Republicans value the priase of the media more than their grass roots supporters. I would say the men in the GOP act like grade school girls, but that would be an insult to grade school girls.

Here’s the entire article.

And, as FNC says, Sarah Palin isn’t going away any time soon.

Hat tips:, real clear politics and Ottawa Citizen.

sarah_palin.jpg sarah palin image by jreneguerreo

Make a choice. Do you want me to be nice or effective? Better yet, I’ll choose.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 August 18 6:12 am
    INC permalink

    I just finished looking at a column by Thomas Sowell in which he also agrees with Sarah Palin:

    But when you select people like Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to give “independent” guidance, you have already chosen a policy through your choice of advisors, who simply provide political cover. The net result can be exactly the same as if those providing that guidance were openly called “death panels.”

  2. 2009 August 18 6:18 am
    INC permalink

    Yesterday the NRO editors took a shot at Sarah Palin in an editorial for her language of “death panels”. They joined the RINOs and Dems in doing this.

    Andy McCarthy and Mark Steyn shot back, I’m thankful to say.


    Palin Was Right on the “Death Panels” — A Dissent from Today’s NRO Editorial

    Re: Re: Palin Was Right

    Does a ‘Death Panel’ Already Exist?


    Give me liberty or give me death panels

    I’m with Andy. I think Sarah Palin’s “death panel” coinage clarified the stakes and resonated in a way that “rationing” and other lingo never quite did. She launched it, and she made it stick. So it was politically effective.

    But I’m also with Mrs Palin on the substance….

    And finally I don’t think this is any time for NR to be joining the Frumsters and deploring the halfwit vulgarity of déclassé immoderates like Palin. This is a big-stakes battle: If we cross this bridge, there’s no going back.

  3. 2009 August 18 6:50 am
    bc3b permalink

    That’s what bugs me so much about cowards like Rich Lowry and most of the Comgressional GOPers – they are more concerned about not offending anyone than they are in being conservatives.

    I used to subscribe to National Review, but have not read it in years and have no desire to.

  4. 2009 August 18 6:53 am
    brucefdb permalink

    The left hates her because she stands for everything they are trying to destroy.

    But these so-called R men from the east hate her because she makes them look like the sissies they are.

  5. 2009 August 18 7:32 am
    justrand permalink

    If you are going to get ACCUSED of being inflamatory and “devisive”, no matter what you say…you might as well say what you want!

    McCain played footsy with the media and the Dems for years and years. He thought that they LOVED him. As soon as he got the nomination they butchered him…and his running mate.

    Palin is speaking openly and plainly. Her remarks essentially forced Obama to start promising “NOT to kill Grandma”. When the President has to promise “NOT to kill Grandma” he has lost control of the message.

    btw…the Dems are even trying to debate this anymore. They are moving into 100% 24×7 demonization of the “messengers” (i.e.: US!). Even though the guy shown on CNN toting a rifle near the Obama “TownHall” was an OBAMA SUPPORTER…and BLACK, the news is now all aghast at “Obama Protesters Carrying Weapons”. They have found their Boogie-Man.

  6. 2009 August 18 8:36 am
    phineas gage permalink

    LOL! I love it!

    Eat it, Dick.

  7. 2009 August 18 9:32 am
    bc3b permalink

    Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll has Obama at -9 (overall 49% approval/50% disapproval).

    The strongly disapprove is 40, while the strongly approve is 31, so 80% of those who disapprove, strongly disapprove. Only 63% of those that approve, strongly approve.

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