ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR: Sarah Palin?
For all her detractors’ cries of “irrelevance” and “she’s just a reality show entertainer” (those two being among the nicer epithets), Palin goes on, election cycle after election cycle, populating Congress with her endorsed candidates in a cost-effective manner, and in such numbers that the likes of Karl Rove with his 1% success rate can surely view only with hidden admiration, if not downright envy. In what is perhaps the most interesting aspect of Palin’s year of achievement, in instance after instance where Palin was ridiculed for a straightforward statement (e.g., “death panels” or the true history of Paul Revere), her most strident critics have agreed, in whole or in part, with her views. But 2014 saw the most impressive of this historical revisionism.
After Russian president Putin invaded the Ukraine and annexed the Crimea, video surfaced of Governor Palin’s 2008 speech where she predicted exactly that occurrence should then presidential candidate Barack Obama be elected. Palin sounded a deserved note of triumphalism in March:
“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” Palin posted on Facebook, saying she said “told-ya-so” in the case of her “accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine.” “Here’s what this ‘stupid’ ‘insipid woman’ predicted back in 2008,” Palin said. “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”
Palin’s post has been shared by more than 16,000 Facebook users and “liked” by more than 70,000.
The Democrats saw the danger immediately, and moved to neutralize her as a candidate at all costs.. She has responded with an oblique approach.
Since Sarah Palin ran for Vice President, it seems that all of the Democrats went after her to delegitimize her and her outlook. Unfortunately, a lot of Establishment Republicans did the same – they agreed with the Dems that she represented a dire existential political threat to them and their Inner Circle Cronyism as well. So that bit about Karl Rove’s 1% success rate must really bite, eh? Principles intruding on their little party stuff? Well, how DARE a person of the middle class from less schools and not part of the Washington DC Beltway think she was?
I think she’s showed them.
Very similar to the dead, gone, invisible, irrelevant TEA Party, right? Yet it seems that each election cycle, more run and more get elected as being TEA Party folks at all levels of government. While the MSM loves to fondle the charts that say fewer and fewer people support the TEA Party, it’s all they seem to talk about during election cycles and those espousing TEA Party principles (Constitutional boundaries and values, fiscal frugality for Government in the face of an $18 Trillion national debt) keep getting elected.