Governor Palin Will Decide Her Own “Role”

By Stacy Drake

Yesterday, Ian Lazaran posted this in response to Jennifer Rubin’s most recent Washington Post, anti-Palin installment. Is it just me or does it seem like Rubin always posts these pieces directed at Governor Palin, on a Wednesday? Anyway, in Rubin’s latest she writes (emphasis mine):

[W]hen one talks to Republicans in private gatherings, on the Hill, and even in Tea Party gatherings it is rare to find anyone who labels Palin as the party’s leader or who looks to her for guidance on major issues. This is not a slur on Palin; she has an important and essential role in rallying the base, getting under Obama’s skin and debunking much of what passes for conventional wisdom.

It is laughable to think that Jennifer Rubin is spending much time at tea parties talking to the folks about who they look to for “guidance on major issues.” I’ll happily retract my last sentence if anyone has attended a Tea Party and personally witnessed Jennifer Rubin taking pulse of the people there. But for now, I’m not buying it.

Now, concerning what Republicans say in “private gatherings”… I really have no idea what the sort of Republican Rubin must spend her time with, say in their private gatherings. Most of the registered Republicans I know happen to be Palin supporters, but once again, I think Rubin is pulling her conclusions from her own vivid imagination.

Rubin’s fables are not the issue however. What she did in that paragraph was to suggest that Governor Palin is good for the party in a certain “role,” just not a leading one. This is becoming a familiar tone with some in the Republican establishment.

Last Sunday, Bill Kristol said on the Fox News Sunday Panel that:

She could play a big role supporting someone else and articulating issues – and not running this time.

It seems that the talking heads are trying to push a ‘Sarah Palin as activist, not candidate’ narrative. At least they admit that she is “important” and has the ability to “rally” Conservatives. They especially like when those rallies turn into money for the Republican party.

What these over-sized egos of the pundit class do not seem to understand is that Governor Palin is an effective leader, and not just in an activist role. They ignore her many accomplishments as an executive, and show disdain for her unconventional approach. They downplay her support with conservatives in their columns and on their panels, but they themselves are not members of the grassroots, which is where Governor Palin receives most of her support. So, how would they really known what kind of support Governor Palin truly has? Their criticism is condescending at best but it also lacks credibility, most notably when they cite Daily Kos pollsters as their “empirical evidence.”

Nobody knows if Governor Palin is running for President or not. Thankfully, it is not up to “chattering class” to declare what “role” she will play now, or in the future. Governor Palin will decide her own roll.


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3 responses to “Governor Palin Will Decide Her Own “Role”

  1. Joy

    Stacy, my patience is just about worn out with EVERY member of the GOP “chattering class!” What they DON’T know could fill a football stadium! But then, again, maybe they DO know (or feel in their gut) more than they would like to reveal.

    I’ll add my two cents’ to the argument re whether or not Palin “will run” for POTUS (“Nobody knows if Palin is running for President or not,” to quote you), and it’s just this observation (borrowed from others more knowledgeable than I): Namely, Palin’s already running for POTUS – isn’t that obvious? She has established a very strong team of advisors, writers, communicators, etc., and speaks out on a regular basis on a range of national/Presidential topics. Only Newt – out of all the pack of “show ponies” – has the quick take and instinctual grasp of the issues as does Palin (at least he speaks out more frequently and eloquently than the others).

    Another revealing fact is Bristol Palin’s buying a “five-bedroom” (!!) home in Arizona – hellooooo!! I’d call that a savvy move with the money she made on DWTS, PLUS sounds like a spot-on base of operations for someone who expects to spend a LOT of time in the Lower 48 over the next 18 months!!

    The “elites” have had to acknowledge Palin’s effectiveness (only the diehard fault-finders try to suggest that Palin was the reason that the GOP won “only” six new seats in the Senate – NOT eight – and then go on to gleefully pound Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell). It only proves that not ALL Conservative candidates could win ALL the very competitive races. DUH!!

    The Beltway Boys & Girls (Rubin, Parker, Perino et al) would love to WILL Palin into a corner of activism only, but Palin is, de facto, already a MAJOR factor in 2012 – and it ain’t purely as an “activist!” She’s a natural-born leader and will find her way, no matter what.

    In her case, I’m confident that she’ll be a hard-working/fighting & very viable candidate. How everything falls out, however, from New Hampshire to Iowa and all the other voting stops along the way remains to be seen – and THAT’s the $64 question! That’s what the chattering classes are already thinking, if not yet saying, fearful of even HEARING those words wherein a reality they cannot bear to imagine just might come to pass!

    The other thing of which I am VERY certain is that no matter how “the cookie crumbles” in 2012, Palin will end up on her feet and strong in her faith, not basing her life’s work and family happiness on one election cycle/outcome.

  2. chris

    Palins signals that she is going to run for President. Many of the Palin’s supporter websites have had donate links for a long time. Palin’s PAC seem to point to a run. I doubt if she will participate in any Republican primary debates or give any serious interviews. Just tweets & facebook.
    It would be to Palin’s financial advantage to continue with her FOX gig. Increase her funds by donations. After the Republicans narrow down their field of many she can announce that god wants her to run. She”ll either get the Republicans endorsements without any debates or she’ll go third party.
    She’ll have her loyal supporters get her on the ballot state by state similar to Perot’s third party run. Except without Palin’s personal funds and without a platform.
    All the makings for good entertainment for political junkies.

    • Gary P

      Are you kidding?

      I know of no legitimate efforts that are legally raising money, except for “Draft Sarah Palin 2012” which is registered with the FEC for the purpose of such an effort. If anyone has a link to anything other than that, or SarahPAC, I’d be very cautious about sending money.

      When Sarah runs, there will be an official campaign for all of this, separate from SarahPAC.

      As for interviews, where have you been? Besides lengthy and substantial interviews on policy Sarah has granted Fox News, she’s been quite engaged with other media. She recently gave the New York Times a very lengthy interview, as did her staff. Also had Good Morning America come to Alaska for a sit down.

      Of course, as she has said, she won’t deal with corrupt media outlets, or biased reporters with an agenda. She doesn’t have to.

      Oh, and I guess you have missed the dozens of op-eds in every major national newspaper she’s penned to go along with policy statements she regularly posts on her Facebook page. I guess you don’t realize that every one of her Facebook notes are published world wide for 100s of millions to read. The media does the work for her.

      Since Sarah Palin is a REPUBLICAN, and will run as a REPUBLICAN, being on all of the state ballots isn’t going to be an issue. Not sure where you get the third party nonsense.

      As for debates, she certainly cleaned Joe Biden’s clock in 2008, in the most watched vice presidential debate in history.

      I almost hate to say this, because it’s fun to watch progressives talk nonsense, without a lick of knowledge to back it up, but here goes …. I suggest anyone who thinks Sarah Palin doesn’t know how to debate head over to You Tube and look up the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial debates. She took on a sitting Republican Governor, who had been a long time US Senator, and just destroyed him.

      Debate between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama would be brutal. He wouldn’t last past the first round.

      If she runs, she will be in it to win it. In 20 years she’s only lost one political contest that she had control of. Every election she has won, she has won in a major landslide.

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