by Ben Crystal
For someone the Democrats have declared irrelevant, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin seems to be surprisingly relevant. According to the left, Palin hasn’t been a real factor since 2008. Yet every time she so much as makes a run to the grocery store, liberals scrutinize her behavior like disgraced Internal Revenue Service thug Lois Lerner reading Tea Party tax returns.
While conservatives, many of whom genuinely like Palin, invite her to break bread with them at various functions, liberals whine about her near omnipresence — all while fawning like groupies in an effort to entice her as an interview subject. I’d suggest the quest for ratings and subsequent advertising dollars drives them to seek out Palin the way lepers sought out Mother Teresa; but no self-respecting liberal would be in it just for the money and fame, right?
Monday morning, Palin graced the studios of NBC’s “Today Show,” where Matt Lauer attempted to press her on Obamacare — something Lauer’s fellow NBC talking head Chuck Todd was either unwilling or unable to do to President Barack Obama last Thursday. Of course, Lauer may be bright enough to know Palin equals ratings; but he’s clearly not bright enough to have learned Palin equals smarter than the women who make MSNBC such a ratings “success.” Palin dispensed with Lauer as easily as Michael Moore dispenses with anything coated in powdered sugar.
People who are being told today if you — and some of them are still being told — “Well, if you like that insurance policy and that coverage, you still will be able to keep it. It’s just going to cost you a little bit more.” That’s the point, if it’s going to cost you more, then it’s not the same policy.If NBC, which is as redoubtable a Barack Obama Administration mouthpiece as White House press secretary Jay Carney, thought Palin’s views were worth their airtime, logic would dictate that the unbathed liberal masses would concur. Unfortunately, logic and liberalism collide as often as MSNBC and decent ratings. Yet the perfectly named left-wing hate speech blog Talking Points Memo reacted to Palin’s entirely accurate remarks about the lies Obama told to keep his train wreck on the rails by changing the subject.
When asked by Matt Lauer about her alternative plan, Palin gave a rambling answer that echoed her infamous 2008 interview with Katie Couric, in which the former Republican vice presidential nominee awkwardly struggled to name a newspaper or magazine she often read.
Lauer invited her to talk about Obamacare’s face-plant, and the liberals come up with: Palin is stupid, because… um… 2008!
Part of the left’s assaults against Palin stem from the same misogyny that has defined the Democrats for as long as Democrats have skittered across the fruited plains. These guys really don’t like women who don’t do what they’re told. They also seem to have a problem with women who look like women, but that’s a conversation for another day. Their attacks on Palin are virtually reflexive. Every time she speaks, Bill Maher’s staff gets jumpy. In fact, anytime any conservative woman raises her flag, the Democrats’ hate machine redlines its tachometer.
But part of this latest assault on Palin stems from the Democrats’ increasing desperation over the implosion of Obamacare. Keeping in mind that the Democrats consider politics vastly more important than everything, up to and including life itself, any dissent represents a commensurately grave threat. When someone like Palin takes to the airwaves to voice her discontent with Obama’s train wreck of a power grab, liberals go apoplectic.
To be honest, I don’t think Palin should run for President in 2016 for a number of reasons — among them, her own safety. From the so-called “Occupy” riots to pretty much anything involving more than one union thug, the Democrats have demonstrated a propensity for violence at the drop of Carlos Danger’s zipper. Combine their lack of compunction with the white-hot rage that Palin still inspires more than half a decade since they first declared her “irrelevant,” and you’ve got a perfect environment for some loon in a “Che’” T-shirt to trade his life for a week’s worth of admiring references on Ivy League professors’ Twitter feeds. They’re pressing a $2 trillion fraud, something for which non-Democrats risk serious prison time; and they’ve already attacked her children more than once. I doubt they’d hesitate to push one of their followers over the line between “foaming at the mouth with anti-Palin hate” and Mumia Abu-Jamal.