A while back I said that I would no longer consider any negative "news" about Sarah Palin short of hearing that she'd murdered someone, and even then much would depend on when and who. Now I've decided that I will take every opportunity to sing the praises of the greatest American woman I've seen in my lifetime.
A bit ago I was reading an assessment of the Palin-Gibson interview written by a fellow blogger here, but what struck me most were the comments that followed, most of which I wouldn't accommodate here for this simple reason: anyone who doesn't like Sarah Palin is the worst kind of partisan. They are not assessing her as a person, they are not assessing her ability and potential, they are merely filtering their opinion through their biases.
Any decent American would be happy to have the Palins as neighbors.
Any rational person can see how unpretentious and humble they are.
Does Sarah Palin have flaws? Sure, but they appear to be far fewer than other politicians, most notably her opponents, And as previously noted, Gibson applied a different standard in interviewing Sarah than he did with Obama. If his demeanor and ABC's editing didn't convince you they were out to get her, you didn't want to see. When Gibson sprung the "Bush Doctrine" on her, the way he did it removed any last shred of doubt that this wasn't an interview, this was just another attempt to discredit her.
The proper way to ask the question would be something like: "Do you support the Bush Doctrine in which we would launch a preemptive attack against a country we learned was planning to attack us?" But Gibson wasn't interested in the answer, he was interested in seeing whether Palin was up on every term and nuance.
But it's the answer to such a question that's far more important than whether someone knows the label for it. In fact, I didn't know what Gibson meant when he posed the question, and I'd put my knowledge of current events up against most anyone.
Yesterday, O'Reilly talked to Willie Brown, and forget the financial crisis, the Brown interview should have been the news headline of the day.
Brown says the Democrats are in trouble – that even if they understand what Palin represents, they are going about combating it all wrong. Mr. Brown followed that with so much praise for Palin you'd have sworn he was non-partisan. And he's not alone. Kirsten Powers, who had formerly been just another Democrat hack, has not only praised Palin, but she's excoriated Democrats who have been so vile in their criticism and tactics.
That's very encouraging. It means that through the noise and hysteria, Palin is being admired on both sides and recognized for the exceptional woman she is. Greta Van Susteren just ran an interview with Todd Palin over two days, and he's as amazing as the Governor is – quietly self-assured, soft-spoken, theirs is clearly a marriage of equals. The interview was heartwarming, and every American should be proud that people like these would be representing them. Anyone who doesn't feel that way is not someone I'd want to know.
Greta followed each segment with an interview of a French documentarian who spent four hours filming Governor Palin, and he was effusive in his praise of her. The most notable thing he said was that not once in four hours did Sarah express anything that even hinted at irritation. He found her to be always pleasant and unflappable. That's who I want as my leader, her intelligence and strength having already been well documented.
Also last night, I came across an article on Times Online about Palin and her Church. Some African minister had apparently spoken at the church a number of times and Palin is on tape expressing amazement that he touched her (physically) and that his prayer helped get her elected Governor. But this same minister, back in Africa, accused some woman of witchcraft and he really meant it. That prompted comments from the gallery to the effect that indicated that Palin herself was a religious wacko.
In fact, every comment was to that effect except for one nut who seemed sincere when he said that witchcraft is a serious problem in Africa. That seemed odd to me, so I decided to submit my own comment which, now six hours later, has still not posted. I wrote:
"I see, a guest speaker defines a woman, but twenty years of Obama listening to "No, no, no, not God bless America, it's God damn America"… that don't mean nothin'."
And so it goes, the unprecedented assault continues unabated, but I hope and think that most Americans aren't buying it, if for no other reason than the attacks are so vicious that it becomes apparent that the people behind them are the real crazies.
Every one of us has quirks, some of us have disturbing peccadillos, and some of those people have held high offices. We now know that Jimmy Carter is an anti-Semite. Should we assume he only became one after leaving the Presidency? But the point is not that he's a bigot. Rather it's how little effect it had on his daily affairs while in office.
But as Mike Huckabee said on Hannity and the Other Guy, also last night, "Next we'll be hearing about how Palin tore the tags off her pillows."
And if Sarah Palin didn't know what the "Bush Doctrine" was (which I wouldn't concede even a little), she does now. That's how it works.
Besides, what Bobo doesn't know could fill a book. Maybe that will be his third "autobiography?"