By Gary P Jackson
Recently I wrote about Tagg’s Romney’s assertion that his father, Mitt Romney never actually wanted to be President, and would have “gladly stepped aside” had someone stepped up. In that piece I expressed my complete disgust at Mitt Romney and his henchmen who have been trashing Sarah Palin for over 4 years now, and continue to this day.
I’m still completely angered that Romney allowed his people to spread hate and lies about Governor Palin, all in an effort to clear the field for Mitt, and yet, Mitt didn’t have his heart in the campaign at all. Frankly I can’t print some of my feelings, as I would violate my own policy of not allowing excessive profanity on our pages!
As you can imagine, the article stirred up a lot of emotions from both Palin supporters and Romney sycophants. Some claiming Mitt could do no wrong, and others recalling the many times Mitt’s crew actively slandered Governor Palin.
Reading the comments, our resident political scholar Norman Klenman weighed in from the Great White North. Below is his commentary.
By Norman Klenman
While I do not deny that a vile mean stupid attack on Palin existed, and may have taken a toll according to the observations of many wise conservatives, I personally discount that reading. Because while it may look to many that Palin was “driven” from the field, she actually commanded the high ground the entire time and acted herself, and was not, essentially, acted upon.
I admit this view is contentious, but to support it is to undervalue Ms Palin’s enormous strength, value and position. She could indeed have entered the fray had she so wished. But with her instinctive vision she realized that this was not her day. It was not her time. The great shapes of the national contention were not aligned, yet, for the massive change in the nations’ political stance which her candidacy would have challenged.
Sarah Palin could have entered, and won, but would have not led a unified party toward the changes which the national strategy demanded in 2012.
With superior vision she recognized this, and chose to withdraw to the sidelines and let the fates unroll as they would.
For example: a unified party would not have so stupidly permitted the CNN debate to encourage inferior candidates to publicly destroy each other and in the event, their pary. Ms Palin would not lend herself to so unstrategic a usage. Anyone could have forseen that this foolish competition would simply destroy an already tenuous Republican party, to the sole advantage of the Democrats.
The remarkable truth which eventually emerged was the rise as an unexpected competitive force – Mitt Romney – who put up a spirited fight from the most unlikely beginnings, and indeed won almost exactly half of the American voters against an incumbent, with all the strength of the incumbency, and the overwhelming support of the national communications network (less the half dozen independent media voices for him).
Romney, though an unlikely candidate, brandishing a weak support team, showed decency, strength, and conservative ideals and even the promise of the conservative program for the nation. Republicans should not feast on the dead liver the campaign became. Instead, they should at last recognize the strength, intelligence, effulgent promise of the phenomenal candidate they are blessed to have, Sarah Palin.
The new campaign should begin now, and should be directed by herself and her own chosen staff, with full and generous party support. The campaign should begin now. Single, singular, convinced, its direction urged forward like an arrow in flight, brooking no distractions from within. The enemy without is the target.
Go for the heart of the system which threatens American exceptionalism. Without regret, without delay.
You already have your leader. Sarah Palin.
I tend to agree with Norman, that Sarah looked at the landscape in 2012 and saw it just wasn’t her time.
It’s hard to read the Governor at times, far too many try to parse her every word, looking for hidden meanings, but I do know that Sarah is a student of Ronald Reagan, and in hindsight, when Reagan ran for President in 1972, and even 1976, the nation simply wasn’t ready for him. It took the catastrophic Carter presidency for Americans to fully embrace Reagan’s common sense Conservative message.
Americans, evidently, are not as smart as they used to be, and signed up for another four years of the worst, most dangerous occupant of the Oval Office in our nation’s history.
Who knows what Sarah will do, but I hope she is looking long and hard at 2016, because looking at the slugs the Geniuses of the GOP™ are already pushing on us, we are in big trouble!