Why Ayotte Should Step Up in Defense of Governor Palin

The day an “informal adviser” to the Romney campaign said Palin had “poisoned the well” for possible female GOP running mates in the 2012 election caused many conservatives to respond immediately.  We all know the familiar sounds of “informal” and “anonymous.”  They don’t mean anything.  Yet, I believed then and I believe now that it would behoove Mitt Romney to at least make some mention in Governor Palin’s defense if he wants his own VP selection to survive – especially since the mainstream media insist on using them and their records to condescend to Governor Palin.

The following article is in the NY Daily News and its headline says it all: “Mitt Romney vice presidential contender may resemble Sarah Palin, but the New Hampshire Senator has earned a serious reputation.”

For starters, and it’s not important, but let’s correct the obvious; even on Kelly Ayotte’s best day, to say she “may resemble” Sarah Palin at all is a bit of a stretch.  When it comes to physical appearance, even the homely Hollywood actresses picked to portray her cannot measure up. 

 But the article actually goes on attempting to measure Ayotte; who’s never had an ounce of executive experience in her life, to Palin with regard to Ayotte’s “serious reputation.”

“Ayotte would check several of the boxes considered most desirable in a running mate.

She has broadened her national-security resume on the Armed Services Committee and is married to an Iraq war veteran.”

Impressive!  While I am not here to degrade Senator Ayotte’s experience, I’d like to contrast that to Governor Palin’s record.  (h/t Stacy and Whitney

  • Governor Palin shared strategic command over the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard:

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.

And while I also appreciate and thank Senator Ayotte’s husband for his service to our country as an Iraq War Veteran, it also should be noted that Governor Palin’s own son is now over there doing the same thing for his country as well. 

The article continues:

“And the mother of two young kids could help Romney with women.”

How about the mother of five beautiful children who range in all ages including one who is serving his country right now?  Would women not appreciate that?  It should also be mentioned that Sarah Palin has grandchildren.  Does Kelly Ayotte?

Then of course, the strike!

“The freshman senator’s chief drawback are fears that she would be compared to Palin.”

Uh, no.  Especially when you are aware of the facts – something the media doesn’t hold much of a regard for.  As a general matter, how would a “freshman” senator measure up when we saw with our own eyes how a sitting Governor of the fourth most powerful seat in the nation, a former mayor, and former oil and gas regulator was treated and continues to be treated to this very day?

Did it ever occur to the NY Daily News that Kelly Ayotte had to be elected to become a “freshman senator?”  And how did she get elected?  Whose endorsement was it that helped her? 

Since Romney won’t come out and criticize his “informal adviser” who’s out there pushing this false narrative about Governor Palin, these media outlets are able to keep using it to degrade her.  Meanwhile they pit her up against Ayotte when we know they’re just going to turn around and attack Ayotte in the exact same way they attacked Palin in 2008. 

Ayotte’s record is fine.  But compared to Governor Palin’s, it’s lacking.  If Romney is seriously considering her for VP, or any other name being floated around out there, it’s best he and his team correct these lies in lieu of contributing to them by remaining silent.  Otherwise, they’ll be around to bite him soon – and of course, somehow and someway, Governor Palin and/or her supporters will get the blame.

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