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Sarah's Sense Of Smell

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: if you want to understand what Sarah Palin is up to, just listen to her.

She's not a political sophisticate, folks. She doesn't wrap everything she says in layers of nuance and meaning. She doesn't have secret agendas and she doesn't spin wheels within wheels. She says what she thinks.

For the latest example, witness her declining to attend this year's CPAC conference.

This is the one that's gotten so much attention for its open-door policy towards sponsors: they're allowing in the John Birch Society and GOProud (not "OutRight," which I said before and would be an awesome alternative name gay conservatives), which has quite a few people in a tizzy. And she's not carrying a grudge over last year's dustup, where she was announced as attending before she said no, saying she'd never confirmed it.

No, Palin has a simple explanation for skipping: she's displeased with the conduct of CPAC's leaders. More specifically, CPAC head David Keene's coupling an offer to support FedEx in a legislative battle with UPS with a request for a couple of million dollars in donations.

Anyone who didn't see this coming ought to turn in their Junior Palintologist badges. (Me, included.) Because anyone who knows anything about Palin's past should have connected the dots.

When Palin first ran for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, she lost. As a sop, she was given a seat on the Alaska Oil And Gas Conservation Commission. It was supposed to be a pat on the head, a place where she could quietly sit and show her loyalty.

But she didn't play along. She found some seriously rank corruption while there, and tried to expose it. And when she was thwarted, she publicly resigned, cited precisely why she did so, and filed complaints that eventually led to quite a few powerful Alaskan politicians (Republicans, no less) losing their jobs and paying hefty fines.

Then, a few years later, Palin ran for Governor on a "clean government" platform -- and won.

The lesson to be learned here is that Palin absolutely does not "go along to get along." If she finds something morally repugnant, she will not turn a blind eye -- no matter how it might benefit her personally. She might not become a crusader, but she will pointedly distance herself from it and make it abundantly clear that she finds it unacceptable.

In an ironic way, the repeated "ethics scandals" that drove her from office bear this out. The vast majority of the complaints were found to be utterly groundless, and the few where there was even a trace of substance were incredibly minor and technical. Considering how thoroughly every aspect of her life has been gone over, if there was any real dirt, it'd have come out ages ago.

With CPAC, she sees the situation very simply: Keene made an offer to support FedEx while simultaneously asking for their support. Perhaps in the eyes of the law he didn't quite solicit a bribe or propose a quid pro quo arrangement with the shipping titan (their money in exchange for CPAC's political clout), but the simple perception is that he did -- and that's exactly the kind of bullshit Palin fought -- and beat -- in Alaska.

(Palin's too much of a Christian and a lady to openly call the defense of the deal "bullshit" and Keene "a scumbag," but I've rarely been accused of either, so I can speak more freely.)

I recall vaguely at the time the Keene/FedEx mess broke thinking "oh, great, what a dipshit," but shrugged it off as small potatoes and "the price of doing business." I didn't get on board some grand crusade against Keene, because I had things I thought more important.

That might have been a mistake. Tolerance for that kind of conduct is a real problem. It needs to be stomped down, and stomped down hard, whenever it rears its ugly head -- no matter on which side.

It's a lesson our current president could stand to learn. Look at the people who Obama has chosen to associate with and surround himself with, only casting them aside when they prove too much of a liability. Jeremiah Wright. Tony Rezko. Valerie Jarrett. Timothy Geithner. Van Jones. Andy Stern and the SEIU thugs. ACORN. The list goes on and on.

Not one of them would have lasted five minutes in Sarah Palin's circle of friends and advisors, no matter how burnished their Republican credentials would have been.

So, instead of CPAC, Palin will be attending the first national convention of the Tea Party folks. A gathering of people who, quite frankly, have no use whatsoever for the national leadership of the GOP (or the Democrats, for that matter) and are looking for others who aren't so enamored of the Inner Circles that they have forgotten simple principles and common decency and common sense.

Sounds like a pretty good match to me.


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My biggest problem with hav... (Below threshold)
Lisa:

My biggest problem with having Palin as a presidential candidate is this: She quits. Now, if she were elected President, and finds corruption, does she quit again?

This is a serious question, and I'm NOT a Palin basher. I like her, just as I liked GW. But I'd rather have them as neighbors than as a President.

Where is her staying power when she did the unthinkable (in my book) by resigning the governorship?

Thank you for all serious replies.

Sarah Palin just refuses to... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Sarah Palin just refuses to stay in any of the "boxes" the media and her enemies (including the media, of course) put her in!

Good for her, and bad for them.

2010 is Sarah's chance to help numerous WORTHY candidates win KEY races. I believe she will be VERY sucessful in that.

Lisa, you want "serious rep... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Lisa, you want "serious replies" to THIS:
"Where is her staying power when she did the unthinkable (in my book) by resigning the governorship?"

She left the Alaskan political landscape, treasury and regulatory environment VASTLY better than she found it. She did NOT quit under a cloud of suspicion, scandal or crisis. She avoided the "lame duck" year of ineffectiveness that plagues States as the Legislature is increasingly enboldened to ignore them. Etc...etc...etc...

Those who wanted her stay did NOT want her to stay because they cared deeply for Alaska. [GAAACK!!] They (and you) wanted her to stay so she would remain unable to participate in ANY activities in the "Lower 48".

EVERY TIME she left the State the media across the USA made it THE STORY! No other Governor was treated this way...they routinely visit other States and other countries. Not Sarah. If she even THOUGHT about traveling outside Alaska she got SUED!

She's free now...she's no quitter...and she's a force to be reckoned with!

Thanks for the explanation,... (Below threshold)
PJ:

Thanks for the explanation, Jay. I knew there must be a good reason why she declined to speak at CPAC.

CPAC represents the ossifie... (Below threshold)
jim m:

CPAC represents the ossified DC establishment GOP. The same GOP that supported Scozzafava and other RINO's.

Palin shouldn't find herself alone in turning her back on them.

She does not believe She is... (Below threshold)
914:

She does not believe She is owed a reign over the public like certain unnamed big eared fools in D.C. And has the common sense not to play the shamestream's game's.

We need more real public servant's like Her and ZERO tyrant's like Barry, the RINO's and all their lobbying underlings.

Re: Oil and Gas Commission<... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Re: Oil and Gas Commission

So she was a politically appointed member of the a committee of which she was unqualified to serve. And she quit her post after a year..seems to be a pattern.

She also lied about Alaska oil production and took oil lobbyist money for her campaigns.

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/energetically_wrong.html

Lisa, Sarah Palin could res... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

Lisa, Sarah Palin could resign as governor or she could have continued to be driven into personal bankruptcy by operatives of the Democratic Party. I think she made a rational decision that her replacement as governor would continue her policies and by resigning she and her husband could keep her family financially solvent. Would you like to tell us, Lisa, what you think she should have done?

Also, please tell us what living Republicans, if any, you currently support. Seriously.

Lisa: You sound a great dea... (Below threshold)
Burt:

Lisa: You sound a great deal like a Moby to me. If you really wanted the answer to your questions you would have read the book.

I agree however, that she shouldn't be president. I am not really sure she even wants it. In her current position she has the unique ability to put the current president, both houses of congress and both parties into paroxysms of fear with facebook and twitter messages. She is undoubtably the most powerful woman in the world without any silly election.

You basically you are sayin... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

You basically you are saying that Palin has the perception to see the edge of the slippery slope and the moral backbone not to put a foot over the edge. That would separate her from nearly all politicians and differentiate her from all democrat politicians as shown by the recent bribery given and solicited by dem politicians to pass the pos health care grab of the inept trifecta (O/P/R). mpw

Onward Sarah Palin - We're ... (Below threshold)
Every Democrat I Know...:

Onward Sarah Palin - We're right behind you!

Anytime I hear 'unqualified... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Anytime I hear 'unqualified to serve', I immediately think of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

Good to know it isn't becau... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

Good to know it isn't because of the John Birch Society's sponsorship of the CPAC event.

We'd be very disappointed if Sarah came out against John Birch. She's known to be a supporter.

I was surprised and interested to learn that the John Birch Society was still in business. But, as this recent NYTimes where-are-they-now feature indicates, they are still kicking, based in Grand Chute, Wis., (near Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay), still believing in what its leaders call a satanic conspiracy to take over the world. In Birch's heyday (the late 1950s and early '60s), the conspiracy was pretty much Communism, with its quest for global domination. The JBS was famous for a tendency to see communism everywhere. It's leaders back then opposed the civil rights movement on the grounds that it was a Communist front, and that the spreading movement to fluoridate water (as a cavity-fighting measure) was also a Communist plot.

In fact, here's a closeup of the John Birch Society's magazine on the desk of Sarah Palin back in 1995 when Sarah Palin was a member of the Wasilla City Council. Here's the original from which that closeup was cut.

Palin is distancing herself from the mainstream and embracing the fringe. Looking forward to seeing how that works out in the 2012 election.

Brilliant, Jay - <blo... (Below threshold)

Brilliant, Jay -

"Look at the people who Obama has chosen to associate with and surround himself with, only casting them aside when they prove too much of a liability. Jeremiah Wright. Tony Rezko. Valerie Jarrett. Timothy Geithner. Van Jones. Andy Stern and the SEIU thugs. ACORN. The list goes on and on.

Not one of them would have lasted five minutes in Sarah Palin's circle of friends and advisors, no matter how burnished their Republican credentials would have been."

And that's precisely why Sarah is so popular with average Americans. There's an old saying: if you hang around the barn long enough - even if you don't touch anything - eventually you'll start to smell like manure.

Curious, isn't it, that Sarah the Simpleton seems to have figured this out a long time ago, while "The One" smells worse with every passing day.

"Palin is distancing her... (Below threshold)
914:

"Palin is distancing herself from the mainstream and embracing the fringe. Looking forward to seeing how that works out in the 2012 election"

She'll do fine if She run's. I do not know who would want to put their family thru the media slimefest though? That will probably disuade Her from running. It would Me.

Hey SG:You Fringe ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Hey SG:

You Fringe People like BIll Ayers and Rev Wright, not to mention our FISTING [ED] CZAR?

"The lesson to be learned h... (Below threshold)
glenn:

"The lesson to be learned here is that Palin absolutely does not "go along to get along." If she finds something morally repugnant, she will not turn a blind eye"

Which is why all the "Insiders" in both parties are scared to death of her. Lots of really lush applecarts primed to be upset as the money runs out.

Lisa and everyone is forget... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

Lisa and everyone is forgetting that when you run for president, the BEST thing is that you get to run against someone. That's why someone as poor a candidate as McCain can get close to 60 million votes -- because of the nightmare alternative.

Now, when voters are faced with the choice of Palin (who helped Alaska have a higher probablity to continue to have conservative governance by resigning to her liutenant, than letting the Dems have a chance at an open seat), or the joke of a human being we have now as chief, who will the vast majority of real Americans prefer? I'm serious, think about that Lisa. Sarah or the Joke of a human in 2012? Will your choice be for our nation, or to continue this international laugh parade?

"I am not really sure she e... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"I am not really sure she even wants it. In her current position she has the unique ability to put the current president, both houses of congress and both parties into paroxysms of fear with facebook and twitter messages. She is undoubtably the most powerful woman in the world without any silly election."

Very true, Burt.

She had, and has, more relevant experience than the current immature President.
I still haven't decided whether or not I think she should be Prez.
But she keeps looking better and better.

"Jeremiah Wright. Tony Rezk... (Below threshold)
'poke:

"Jeremiah Wright. Tony Rezko. Valerie Jarrett. Timothy Geithner. Van Jones. Andy Stern and the SEIU thugs. ACORN. The list goes on and on"

Ask yourself would Renaldus Magnus, Abe Lincoln, or John Adams associated with these people?

Dan Reihl really lost respe... (Below threshold)
astonerii:

Dan Reihl really lost respect from me because of his actions on this issue.

Justrand, you have some ner... (Below threshold)
Lisa:

Justrand, you have some nerve assuming I'm trying to discredit Palin. I appreciate your view, but the snotty attitude was not necessary. For the others who felt I was trying to slam Palin, get a life. To be critical of Palin is NOT a cardinal sin. I reiterate that I do like her, but perhaps as the chair of the RNC, not President. I don't think that opinion makes me suddenly makes me a damn liberal.

jp2 "In fact, here's a... (Below threshold)
Marc:

jp2 "In fact, here's a closeup of the John Birch Society's magazine on the desk of Sarah Palin back in 1995...", etc.

Funny, never knew their magazine strangely looked like a looseleaf binder as both of those images seem to depict.

Could it be just a single page out of their magazine vice the entire thing?

Could it be something entirely different than what you are attempting to suggest?

Could it be, as most Palin critics are, full of shit?

Of course you're free to provide any other proof of her support of that organization but frankly I doubt you can.

Lisa.... "My biggest pr... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Lisa.... "My biggest problem with having Palin as a presidential candidate is this: She quits. Now, if she were elected President, and finds corruption, does she quit again?"

First of all I doubt she'd ever run for President and even if she did it wouldn't be before 2016. Eight years is a political lifetime, remember both Nixon and Reagan were loudly pronounced as DEAD politically at some point early in their careers.

Neither case came close to being true.

As to your point:

So she quit... and based on what she felt to be in the best interest to her state and not so incidentally her family considering all the BS lawsuits she endured and incessant and highly personal attacks on her family.

Didn't Biden quit his job as Senator for a "higher calling?"

Didn't obama quit for a "higher calling?"

Both political parties have members that have quit for higher office or what are generally called "personal matters," what's the difference?

Hey HUGO CHAVEZ ARE YOU STI... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Hey HUGO CHAVEZ ARE YOU STILL SMELLING THE BRIMESTONE AFTER OBAMA??? YOU LITTLE VENZUAIALAN RATFINK

Tea Party people are upset ... (Below threshold)
Clay Barham:

Tea Party people are upset with 10 to 17% unemployment. How do we reverse this condition? Most jobs are found in smaller business ventures, not industries traded on the stock exchange. Smaller businesses must be created en masse, as not all survive, assuming the environment is friendly to them. Today, government turns the environment unfriendly to entrepreneurial ventures, as taxation, regulations and bureaucratic discouragement runs rampant. Economic growth happened in America, as described in SAVE PEBBLE DROPPERS & PROSPERITY, seen on claysamerica.com. America has drifted into a way of life discouraging private innovation and creativity as politically incorrect, and this must change. Claysamerica.com

Good Post. Seems Republica... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

Good Post. Seems Republicans are continuing to request 40% of earmarks. I think someone isn't learning.

"Where is her staying po... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Where is her staying power when she did the unthinkable (in my book) by resigning the governorship?" ~Lisa

Burt said what he said because anyone who "likes" Palin would know why she resigned. She told us why. Palin took the job to serve the public. She couldn't do that from the courtroom defending every move she ever made since first grade and go broke in the process. As Jay said, if you want to know what Sarah Palin honestly thinks, just listen to her.

"Unthinkable?" Maybe you s... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

"Unthinkable?" Maybe you should examine your decision making process, it's obvious you judged that superficially. Do you vote for people who wear glasses or have red hair?

Lisa,Being a quitt... (Below threshold)
Raymond:

Lisa,

Being a quitter cannot be equated to a being a weakling. In jobs alone, those who stay put in their current jobs just stayed because they cannot have better chances somewhere else. I quit my post for a better pay. Does this makes me weak or I am just smart? always think outside of the box, lisa, so that you will be able to know and understand everything, good or bad. On the political side, There are many corrupted leaders there that do not quit even though they are being criticized, why? It is because there personal corrupted interest is at stake! Look at Sarah Palin now: She is even more powerful now that when she was a governor. Her supporters grew by 2 millions, at least, and are still continue to grow. By 2011 and 2012 she will have millions of loyalist legions that can bring her to the whitehouse in 2013. One thing more Lisa, in political leadership, one does not not to be educationally elite, the best quality is GREAT COMMON SENSE AND BEING PROACTIVE, in which, Sarah Palin has these kinds of qualities.

I am 100% agreeable with Ra... (Below threshold)
Leesa:

I am 100% agreeable with Raymond's comments. Being a quitter does not mean being a weakling. I remembered Sarah Palin saying she does not need a title in fighting corruption among the Washington Elites and she added that she does not care if she die, she die. If you analyze it and smart enough to think outside of the box, Sarah Palin is brave, has guts, has common sense, has moral principle and has proactive character which are enough great qualities to become an effective leader of this great nation. I must admit that President Obama has intellectual skills to become a president but somehow he is failing. Why?? He is not brave enough to fight for what is morally right. He does not have guts to stand for the American people particularly on foreign and domestic affairs. He is being corrupted by those cronies that surrounds him. I am sorry to say this but he is not the One who is for a real change and hope. Among the GOP top contenders, Mitt,Huck, Pawlenty and Crist are reactive leaders and fencesitters avoiding to stain their image in order to protect their handsome image and personal interests on 2012. Sarah Palin is a proactive leader willing to sacrifice herself for the best interest of all the Americans. Sarah Palin is a true leader of the American people. She is the Joan of Arc of the United States.




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