Usually with a campaign of vilification such as being directed against Sarah Palin, the object of the campaign sooner or later lapses into embarrassed silence and tries to hide somewhere in order to make the abuse stop.
That seems to be the goal for those who are accusing Sarah Palin of everything from complicity in mass murder to anti-Semitism. However, the Enemies of Palin may have not reckoned on the nature of their target. Palin will not only appear on Monday night’s episode of Sean Hannity’s TV show but will address a meeting of the Safari International Club in Reno, Nevada, on Saturday, Jan. 29. This last will be at a time in which Congress will be mulling over new gun control laws in the wake of the Tucson Safeway Massacre.
According to the Hill, “The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee’s speech is expected to touch on ‘her past hunting experiences and how politics affects the current state of hunting and fishing.'”
In other words, no retreat, no surrender.
What makes Sarah Palin different from all of the other conservative targets of liberal hate? Michael Van Der Galien thinks he has the answer.
“Some advisers undoubtedly told her to keep her mouth shut, to let this one go. But that’s not Palin’s style. No. She’s a self-styled momma grizzly. Although it’s easy to make fun of this term, the fact of the matter is that she does embody the grizzly-attitude. She fears nothing. When cornered, she lashes out. She plays offense at all times, not just when so-called ‘experts’ think it’s convenient. And big pappa grizzlies don’t impress her one bit. She’s determined to protect her cubs – whether they’d be her own career, her ideals, her policy views, her children, or her allies – against all cost. And that’s precisely what makes her so dangerous to the left.”
To understand Sarah Palin is to understand her choice of an animal totem-a concept in Native American spiritual beliefs-which is that of the mama grizzly. It is not just an interesting political symbol, though it is all that. It is very much who she is. Mess with her or with someone or something she cares about, and you’re going to get claws across the throat. And she won’t care about how people bleat about style or nuance or appropriateness. You’ll be bleeding out and she will have won again.
This approach to life and politics unsettles many conservatives, who see Palin as wildly popular with the base and worry that she can’t win against Barack Obama. Many are wondering how she can be denied the nomination so that someone less colorful-Mitch Daniels has been mentioned-can get it instead.
This desire to throw Palin under the bus reminds one of a story from the Civil War. When hearing that Ulysses S. Grant was going to be given the command of the Army of the Potomac, a minor functionary whose name escapes me complained to President Lincoln that Grant was unsuitable. Grant was a drunkard, a failure in private life, and had almost lost the Battle of Shiloh. Lincoln had a two-sentence rebuttal that was proved by subsequent events. “I need him. He fights.”
So there you are. We (and not just Republicans but all Americans) need Sarah Palin. She fights.
Sources: Liberals Blame Sarah Palin, Tea Party for Giffords Shooting, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, January 9th, 2011
Sarah Palin Attacked for Use of the Term ‘Blood Libel’, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, January 12th, 2011
Palin to deliver address at gun convention, Jordan Fabian, The Hill, Janaury 14th, 2011
Palinism, Michael Van Der Galien, Hot Air, January 13th, 2011