The San Francisco Chronicle shot some footage at the Iowa State Fair last Friday that has been making the online rounds this week. The video shows a woman who claims to be from Alaska, heckling Todd Palin by calling Governor Palin a “sellout” for resigning from office.
This line of attack is common with the governor’s foes for many reasons. For one, it’s much easier to spin the fact that she stepped down from her post than it is to explain the complicated circumstances that led up to her decision. It certainly takes less time. Second, Governor Palin’s political enemies don’t have anything else. The governor has been fully vetted in public view over the past three years, and there isn’t anything else for them to latch onto. The left-wing press even sued to have all of her emails released to them, only to come out with nothing but message after message of a good public servant doing her job, and doing it well.
I wrote a piece back in December of 2010 called “Why Governor Palin Resigned.” I gave an overview of the section in Going Rogue where the governor wrote about her decision to step down. In the book, the governor writes about the avalanche of politically motivated frivolous lawsuits that were taking their toll of the state. They were bogging down her administration, costing Alaska time and resources in a fight that appeared to have no end unless she did something drastic. As you can tell by Todd’s reaction in the clip, the lawsuits were also taking a financial toll on the Palin family. Her decision to pass the ball to her Lt. Governor weighed heavily on her for sure. But there is no doubt that it boiled down to doing the right thing for the State of Alaska, and the right thing for her family.
The woman in this clip claims that the governor “sold out.” I would ask her, to whom exactly did the governor “sell out”? It certainly wasn’t to the powers that be in the northeast who control the federal government and the airways. Nobody in the political class, or media class, own the governor. She has never “sold out” her character to advance her political career. She has never turned away from her reform-minded independent nature to become something that she is not, but that typical politicians are. Sarah Palin is not a typical politician because she is not for sale.
Did she make some money after her resignation? Yes she did, so what?! We’re Americans; we’re supposed to be capitalists, remember? Governor Palin earned every dollar she made, so why begrudge another person honest success? She made the best for her family after being handed a very bad situation. Plus, it’s not as if all that Governor Palin has done since she left office is make money. She has been on the front lines fighting against the “transformation of America.” She played a key role in the takeover of the House in 2010, and she brings light to issues that many in D.C. would rather she not. She has one of the most powerful voices in the realm of politics today, whether Fox News will admit it or not.
Most C4P regulars know exactly why Governor Palin stepped down, but I’m sure most Americans don’t fully understand it. That’s why when stuff like this pops up, or a future campaign opponent levels this attack against the governor, we will continue to respond and set the record straight. I don’t believe the woman in the clip cares whether or not Governor Palin resigned. I think she wanted to take a free shot and found Todd Palin standing in the line of fire. People like her don’t care why the governor made the decision she made. They have simply found an easy talking point to trash the governor with, and they won’t stop until more Americans understand the truth.
“The same people who had wanted nothing more than to throw me out of office were suddenly outraged that I was obliging.” – Sarah Palin