Today, Scottie Hughes demonstrated that reality has escaped her. Anyone remotely familiar with the political landscape knows that Governor Palin is as down-to-earth as one can get. No one has made herself more accessible to regular, everyday people than she, which makes sense because she is a regular, everyday person. Very often, after giving a speech, she spends close to an hour shaking hands, taking pictures, and signing autographs. She goes above and beyond in the time spent with people. Whether it’s a rope line, a NASCAR race, or a packed auditorium, she has opened herself to those who have sought a moment of her time.
From personal experience, I can state unequivocally that she has often spent that time in the trenches despite the fact that her aides have tried to move her on because of a tight schedule, perhaps even for security reasons. Always, she tries to shake another hand, ask another name, allow another picture. So when Ms. Hughes not only suggests, but states outright, that Governor "Call Me Sarah" Palin has lost touch with the people, I have to assume she’s lost touch–with reality. In fact, her assertion is so absurd, it almost doesn’t even merit a response. I’ve already said more than Scottie’s "Open Letter" deserves, and it has been covered here and here. I want to share one more take-down. Kevin Scholla, who is acquainted with Scottie Hughes, wrote a note of his own:
Sarah Palin doesn’t owe me anything. In fact, we all owe her a great debt of gratitude. No one gets inside President Obama’s head more than Governor Palin, no one drives the Left bat crap crazy like her, and no one can energize conservatives quite like the Mama Grizzly. Thus, no one can spread the message of common sense conservative principles as well as Palin can.
Earlier this month at CPAC, Governor Palin stole the show. Her Big Gulp speech is the most talked about aspect of the conference, leading to new web sites promoting liberty, and sparking a reinvigorated discussion on the importance of rebuilding our country. Governor Palin is doing her job.
Governor Palin did not grant interviews at CPAC. After her high noon address that Saturday, she left Maryland. Once I realized she wasn’t sticking around, my reaction was as follows. Finish writing my recap of her speech for SarahNET, start to get The Palin Update radio program ready for SarahNET Radio, and go eat. Apparently eating was also on the mind of another conservative but unlike my burger and Caesar salad, she ordered the sour grapes.
Scottie Hughes has done a wonderful job in recent years promoting conservative values from the perspective of a working mom. She has always been a friend to SarahNET Radio and she’s always spoken highly of Governor Palin. She’s gone toe to toe with the obnoxious Piers Morgan on gun issues and she’s served as a tremendous ambassador to the Tea Party movement. All of this makes her column “An Open Letter to Sarah Palin” not only curious but flat out disappointing and hurtful.
In the piece Hughes writes that she’s worried Governor Palin is losing touch. Her examples of this include wearing a Chick-fil-A shirt and attending a Phoenix Suns game. To most people that would be considered a comfortable, fun Friday night.
She then brings Bristol Palin’s Dancing with the Stars adventure in to the conversation for seemingly no reason. I’m not sure what Hughes is missing here, but Palin’s association with Big Gulps, Chick-fil-A, and network television is essential if we are to ever reach the vast amount of Americans who enjoy these things on a daily basis.
Hughes then gets into the crux of her piece which is a complaint that Sarah Palin did not grant her an interview. She blasts Palin for making a “rush to the exits” and for not “shaking the hands of those who you inspire.” This reminds me of the dad who doesn’t like a ball player because Heaven forbid the slugger didn’t sign an autograph for his kid. Maybe that player has something serious going on in his mind. Maybe he had to take batting practice. Maybe, he didn’t hear your request. In the same ilk, Hughes has no idea why Governor Palin left when she did. One thing is for sure though, it certainly wasn’t so she could rush to a Hollywood party, as Hughes insinuates.
Worse than making these incorrect assumptions, Hughes made them public. She knows as well as anyone how unfairly Governor Palin is attacked on a consistent basis, yet now she’s joining the mob. Hughes was my guest on The Palin Update in late January. Speaking on SarahNET Radio Hughes called the Left hypocrites when it comes to Sarah Palin. She called out the makers of the movie Game Change for presenting falsehoods regarding the Governor. “Governor Palin can’t do a single darn thing right to the Left and unfortunately to the moderates of the Republican Party she can’t either,” Hughes told me. “But she still holds strong with those of us that are close enough to the base. The true conservatives will not blame Governor Palin for the McCain loss.” But they will blame her for not giving a special, exclusive interview to a particular reporter? So, if it’s the Left and moderate Republicans who go after Palin and the conservatives who defend her, where does that leave Hughes? I always thought she was a conservative. Has something drastically changed in two short months?
In her hit piece, Hughes writes “One of the best attributes of today’s Republicans is that we do not hide behind the curtain and only come out to chat when there is a teleprompter present.” To say that line is unfair would be a gross understatement. As we learned after major technical difficulties shut down her screen at the 2008 Republican National Convention, the last thing Governor Palin needs is a teleprompter. Further, anyone who has met Governor Palin knows how generous she is with her time and thoughts.
Governor Palin works so hard every day, often battling not only the Leftist (and now apparently Right-wing) pot shots but also the very limiting time constraints. She is pulled in many directions at all times. To say she is more concerned with celebrity than substance is frankly a flat out lie and mischaracterization.
Read the rest of Kevin’s article here.
Ms. Hughes reminds me of others who have gone before her who turn on the Governor whenever she doesn’t do something they want or expect her to do. It’s truly pathetic.