PostHeaderIcon Palin Derangement Syndrome Explained

I have wondered why Sarah Palin is such a polarizing figure. Some of us adore her, and she drives the Left out of their minds. I had put it down to the universal demonization of her by the lame-stream media, as she delightfully refers to her tormentors, but I think S.E. Cupp has nailed it:

It seems everyone wants a piece of Palin these days. Some are fans, some are hostile foes. But regardless, we just can’t stop talking about her. Will there ever be a time when we decide that we’ve figured her out and there’s nothing else to say?

And then it hit me. The reason Palin has become such a lightening rod, a kingmaker and a punching bag, a celebrity and a power player, is simple. It’s because she’s so gosh darn happy.

For her fans, like the ones I had the pleasure of meeting in Chicago, she’s refreshingly upbeat and resilient, the bubbly friend from childhood who was always great at cheering you up and cheerleading you on.

But for her detractors, nothing raises the ire of cynical liberals more than a happy-go-lucky, totally unburdened, freethinking and self-assured conservative woman who has everything she wants and then some. And without anyone’s help.

Sure, she’ll tell you that Todd, her parents and her children are an invaluable support system. But after eight years of hearing that George W. Bush was a nepotism experiment gone wrong, Sarah Palin has made it here (wherever this is) on her own. John McCain’s imprimatur certainly launched her into the national spotlight, but she became the youngest and first female governor of Alaska all on her own.
How dare she?

Liberalism, after all, needs to imagine an unhappy populace. Passing sweeping entitlement programs and convincing voters that big government is the answer only works if people are frustrated with their stations in life.

It now occurs to me that a big part of her charm is exactly her cheerful positive demeanor and the way she seems almost unaffected by all of the hostile arrows constantly flying her way. Perhaps it is time for another (cheerful) Morning in America, with folks who actually respect the Constitution running the show. How does Palin/Rubio 2012 sound? Not enough experience as politicians? Methinks that be a good thing. â—„Daveâ–º

2 Responses to “Palin Derangement Syndrome Explained”

  • Daedalus says:

    True, a good sense of life is certainly a plus. When it comes to running the nation, however, I think a great deal more is needed. I suppose, if she choses to run, her knowledge of economics, international relations and domestic politics will be subject to some investigation. At this point I am not overly impressed. On the other hand her antagonists might qualify for “rabble of the year” if such an award was given. I haven’t seen a candidate capable of beating Obama yet, I sure hope one surfaces before 2012. There is always the possibility that “O” will totally self destruct, he has sure shown some proclivity in that direction.

  • Troy says:

    While I am not especially inspired by Governor Palin, I can say the same about every other probable candidate. And, I can say that I am totally negative regarding Romney and Gingrich.

    I found interesting your comment RE: “Not enough experience as politicians?” because I have been musing myself over the notion of political experience. What does this term really mean? Experience running a country? Hardly. If this was the requirement we could never elect a new president. No – I fear what it really means is experience in under-the-table deal making, lying with deny-ability, stroking special interests, etc. Your implication is correct — who needs this. It is not lost on me that the 2 men I consider the most effective presidents in my lifetime neither had much in the way of formal education. They seemed instead to reply on an innate sense of what they thought was right.

    I have long thought that what a true statesman/woman really needs is experience making executive decisions, a clear vision for the future that they can articulate to the nation (and to their staff), and both the ability and the willingness to delegate. The notion that a president should come into office an expert on everything that might come across his/her desk in an exercise in fantasy. Unfortunately, a fantasy that far too many of the sheeple are willing to believe — along with the belief that government can deliver them something for nothing.

    As for Obama self destructing, I really don’t see it (trying to see him through the eyes of his supporters that is). If Soros has truly abandoned him, that is another matter altogether. I consider Soros and his merry band of financial manipulators far more dangerous than Obama and it will be interesting to see who he supports next, assuming the Obama link is truly severed.

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