We've watched senators pen Op-Ed pieces in rebuttal to Sarah Palin on cap and trade. We've seen Moveon.org spend millions of dollars to run ad campaigns against her. We've seen the Vice President of the United States show up in what was once a little unknown district in upstate New York to counter the Palin effect. These are the acts of liberals coming out of denial.
Those who have called Sarah Palin a moron or an idiot and those who have called her Caribou Barbie and politically irrelevant have been doing so at their own peril since the presidential campaign ended a year ago. If you check with those who have actually lost to Palin politically throughout her career, they're not talking of her in those terms. They always describe her as a force to be reckoned with, even if they are giving quotes for hit stories.
It looks like the kool aid drinkers have decided to wake up and smell the coffee.
ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: "Just when you thought you wouldn't have to spell 'Dede Scozzafava' anymore, the Republican nominee in that upstate New York special election is back -- lashing out at Sarah Palin and others who worked against her bid."
Scozzafava may have a time of it trying to convince her small wing of liberals who try to pass themselves off as moderates in the RINO movement to start a civil war withing the GOP, but she sure as heck is going to try.
And Scozzafava has this message for the Club for Growth and otherIn other words, Dede Scozzafava wants to work against Republicans who oppose Barack Obama because Sarah Palin exposed a problem in the GOP's candidate selection process. In a representative republic, the last time I checked, the representatives are supposed to be chosen by the members of the republic, not a backroom committee. Apparently, Dede has a more politburo-like vision of what a representative republic should be.
Republicans who are vowing to bring down moderates.
"There is a lot of us who consider ourselves Republicans, of the Party of Lincoln," she said. "If they don't want us with them, we're going to work against them."
Those in the Republican party who intentionally moderate because of a false notion that the electorate is liberal or hide a liberal ideology behind the R next to their name unwittingly aid and abet at best, and as in Scazzafava's case join liberals who heed the president's call to "fundamentally transform the nation" when they complain that the TEA Party and Palin wing is trying to purge the Republican party of them. The last time I checked, the GOP was opposed to Obama.
The baseless childish pettiness and vindictiveness of the Alaska bloggers that was once at the heart of the Palin smear campaign may also be on its way out as the real grown ups start taking Palin more seriously. There is at least one Alaska blogger who might just finally be willing to accept this.
Shannyn Moore has cast aside the silly lines about word salads and Sarah Palin's wardrobe to take a more serious approach toward the growing monster that Palin is becoming for the left. You can almost visualize Moore standing over the political body of Dede Scozzafava as she traces the "slaying" all the way back to Palin's first intra-party goring of John Klein for Mayor of Wasilla.
Moore writes on the Huffington Post:
Many people regard Sarah Palin as a punch line. That's too easy. In fact, she's more of a threat.King Kong, once taunted as a dumb ape and turned into a circus freak show is breaking free from the reigns and headed straight for the Empire State Building. Those who once thought laughing at the monster and taunting it would make it go away are finding that they have actually manifested their worst fear. Those people are now climbing into airplanes and soon will be taking real shots at the monster as it climbs to the top of the tallest political building in the country, the U.S. presidency.
As for complaining about the path of political bodies that Sarah Palin has left behind her, just remember it's going to be a typical meme for the left and for RINOs who are slain by the greatest female political warrior to ever unsheathe her sword. It goes like this. Out of touch politician who still smells of smoke from the backroom filled with corrupt party insiders gets taken out by reformer and corruption fighter Sarah Palin. "Victim" joins the anti-Palin movement.
The cat is out of the bag and the genie is out of the bottle. The swords will be drawn on both sides, not just in defense of or in attack on the person of Sarah Palin, but for the very heart and soul of America and what it stands for. Strict constructionist/small government conservatism is about to do real battle with statism and its radical followers who apologize for America and want to remake it in some twisted image of a bunch of failed Utopian thinkers.
Liberals and RINOs have owned the board for years. It's always been their rules and their game. Yet, at the right time, the silent majority is silent no more. It's a real fight now. Don't hate our players. Hate your game.
There will come a time when those who stand for integrity, principle and good governance will all be in one party and all those who don't will be in the other party. You will be able to tell "the bad guys" by the "I hate Palin" buttons they'll be wearing.
UPDATE and writer's note: Watch the mainstream media coverage of Palin's book tour as well. They are going to be taking a hit from the chapter in her book about the media and at the same time they are going to have to admit that Palin is huge. Norah McDonnell on MSNBC this morning even admitted this tour was going to be big for Palin. She also said in a conciliatory way that she doesn't expect to get a call from Sarah real soon.
Will the media try to lampoon her again? Or will they grow up and start reporting the facts (the 5 W's as Sarah always asks them to do). I expect a more grown up approach to the tour, but don't expect the media to stop trying to find a real legitimate "gotcha" moment that will have legs instead of ginning up stuff. They already got slammed for ginning up the "coin issue." The pit bull has already bitten quickly when journalists get out of line, so expect the MSM to realize they have not beaten this poor dog into a corner. On the contrary, they've made her a more dangerous animal.
Rob Harrison wrote an excellent piece on Conservatives4Palin that explains what we should look for from the media: Look for the Smoke Machine. I think there are going to be too many people looking more skeptically at the smoke. This should keep the media on guard about getting too crazy.