By Gary P Jackson
We enjoy the writings of John O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan was a special adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Back in 2008 he penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal entitled Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Sarah Palin and indeed they were.
Here’s a little taste of what he wrote:
Being listed in fourth place for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” as Sarah Palin was for 2008, sounds a little like being awarded the Order of Purity (Fourth Class). But it testifies to something important.
Though regularly pronounced sick, dying, dead, cremated and scattered at sea, Mrs. Palin is still amazingly around. She has survived more media assassination attempts than Fidel Castro has survived real ones (Cuban official figure: 638). In her case, one particular method of assassination is especially popular — namely, the desperate assertion that, in addition to her other handicaps, she is “no Margaret Thatcher.“
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Inevitably, Lloyd Bentsen’s famous put-down of Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice-presidential debate is resurrected, such as by Paul Waugh (in the London Evening Standard) and Marie Cocco (in the Washington Post): “Newsflash! Governor, You’re No Maggie Thatcher,” sneered Mr. Waugh. Added Ms. Coco, “now we know Sarah Palin is no Margaret Thatcher — and no Dan Quayle either!“
Jolly, rib-tickling stuff. But, as it happens, I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.
As you know, last week President Obama’s disgraced Car Czar took to the pages of the pages of the New York Times to not only validate Sarah Palin’s fears about ObamaCare’s death panels, but tell readers they are a must.
Wednesday night O’Sullivan, talking about Mitt Romney’s absolute thrashing of Barack Obama in the debate on healthcare, talks about death panels as well, once again noting Sarah was right:
Romney’s answer on Obamacare was a model one: crisp, clear, authoritative; the president’s initial statement and reply were not dreadful, just rambling and nervous. And the longer he went on, the less confident (and so persuasive) he was. His attempt to argue away the importance of death panels was the nadir — call it the revenge of Sarah Palin.
I tend to agree. As a Conservative I’ve been incredibly frustrated by Romney’s attempts to justify RomneyCare, something he’s not only NOT run from, but continued to embrace. I thought he made several strong distinctions not only between the mechanics of the two plans, but how both pieces of legislation were passed and signed int law. RomneyCare was a true bi-partisan effort, while ObamaCare was passed in the dead of night only after bribes [using over a billion tax payer dollars] and parliamentary tricks.
Sarah Palin was right when she noted there were death panels in ObamaCare, and has been vindicated over and over since making that statement.