Since we’ve handled the lame Dick Cheney remarks already, it’s now time to deal with the even-lamer byproducts of his statement among the left and other GOP establishment loyalists – particularly when they complain about such statements being countered with actual facts and logic.
This seems to be the case with Conor Friedersdorf at the Atlantic via the National Journal who’s decided Cheney was “right” and that it’s not only “silly” to point out why Palin was more-than-qualified to be Vice President by commonsense Americans, but it’s even “sillier” to defend her when the GOP Establishment sells her out to gratify their overweening egos.
Does this sound like someone to you who is confident in their position? Or does this sound like someone who’s a little annoyed at the fact that the energy of this election-cycle continues to undeniably lie with the Tea Party who’d prefer the rest of the GOP grow spines and not let us do all the heavy work?
Mr. Freidersdorf (or as Thomas referred to him in the past, “Coco Lederhosen”) writes”
The country will be better served if Mitt Romney chooses a running mate who is actually prepared to be president should it become necessary. It makes sense that a vice president who played so active a role in managing the response to a terrorist attack would find it galling that so many Republicans say that Palin is qualified for the same job.* Not that Palin’s fans will see it that way.”
In all of Mr. Friedersdorf’s talk about the importance of being “prepared,” he sure comes to the table completely unprepared with actual facts or details to make his case. It’s a simple acceptance of a narrative passed on by a frightened left and an equally frightened GOP establishment who fear their time is running out.
Do writers like this ever ponder that Palin might be qualified by the standards of the grassroots, the actual voters? Further, does it ever cross their minds that we don’t particularly care about the opinions of those in Washington who have worked to give us politicians like we have today, who have been there far too long, and who have bankrupted us with insurmountable debt while lining their own pockets?
Does he not realize that Dick Cheney once supported Rockefeller and needed explaining to by Art Laffer of what happens when you raise taxes on Americans back when he was a staffer for Ford? Then, that same staffer went on to serve as Vice-President to sit on the first Republican administration in history to add a historic five trillion dollars to our unpaid debt. Why on Earth would any of us care about the opinions of someone like that other than to continue pointing out the obvious insecurities and fear residing among those good old boys?
The establishment elite’s definitions of “capable,” “prepared,” and “ready” are nothing but background noise at this point.
He then goes into complain at the various defenses Palin has received:
“The tea party-affiliated conservative pundit Lloyd Marcus has given voice to the inevitable backlash, e-mailing out a statement on Sunday night that said, in part, “To suggest that Sarah Palin does not possess the necessary qualifications to serve in the White House is ridiculous on its face. Ever since she was selected in 2008 by the Republican Party’s nominee for president, then ratified by the GOP membership at the Republican Party convention, she has proven time and time again to be an extremely capable, inspiring, and visionary leader.” Put another way, he’s citing her success as a figurehead in the tea party as evidence that she was qualified to step in as president, serving as head of the executive branch and the United States military.
That’s a silly argument.
What’s sillier is the determination of many in the GOP to keep defending Sarah Palin. That’s always been a fruitless enterprise, and it’s a particularly quixotic one at this moment, for it’s very difficult to see how raising her profile could help the GOP during the 2012 election cycle.”
What Lloyd Marcus said in defense of Governor Palin explains precisely why she would not only make a good president, but she’d also be one of the best ones we’ve ever had. Considering her stellar record that not any of the current candidates being considered can measure up to; the grassroots also realize the purpose behind the money and effort spent on trying to undermine that record. Further, Palin wouldn’t be able to inspire Americans to get behind the candidates she endorses if she didn’t have a solid record of reform to display – the heart of what truly frightens the noise-makers.
Where was Mr. Friedersdorf Friday when Gov. Palin was asked to get to Texas on behalf of Ted Cruz? Where are Conor’s endorsements and which candidates are pleading to get them? Right now, I can show him the races in which Governor Palin’s endorsements have made a massive difference in this current election cycle…
1.) Richard Mourdock (Indiana)
2.) Deb Fischer (Nebraska)
3.) Sarah Steelman (Missouri)
4.) Ted Cruz (Texas)
5.) Orrin Hatch (Utah)
As you can see, it’s no wonder the establishment and the rest of the spineless GOP talking-heads are passive-aggressively angry at the Tea Party and their unwillingness to sell out the only lady who’s taken the entire message to new heights: to a place of hope and true change.
No doubt, a “silly” place, right Coco?
Update by Doug: Friedersdorf has been attacking Governor Palin — while lauding Obama’s nonexistent qualifications — for quite some time. Read this 2009 post by former C4P contributor C. Brooks Kurtz to get an idea of Coco’s brainpower … or, more accurately, lack thereof.