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Howard Kurtz’s Questionable Credibility

Among the political cynics out there warning conservatives to run from the word “impeachment” where President Obama’s lawlessness is concerned, we find Howard Kurtz.

Before delving into that though, let’s point out a few facts.  First, it is a FACT that President Obama and the administration has refused to enforce the laws on the books many times on illegal immigration.  It is a FACT that when states try to create their own legislation to take matters into their own hands, the administration spends more energy fighting them than they do securing our borders.  Immigration aside, it’s a FACT that Obama and the Executive Branch has circumvented Congress many times to abuse power, ultimately bending the rules for friends while sticking the rest of us without choices.

It is also a FACT that Governor Palin is not merely playing politics here.  She said in her video posted to Facebook that this wasn’t necessarily a right or left issue.  She called for unity because ultimately all Americans (including legal immigrants) will suffer as a result of this latest government-created crisis we find along our borders.  Governor Palin is doing what politicians on the right should be doing: standing on principles while inviting those on the other side to join her for a better America.

However, that cannot be said for some of the usual Republican suspects out there calling for Americans to once again sit down and shut up – this isn’t the right time to hold a lawless President accountable just as it wasn’t the right time to defund ObamaCare.

We’re supposed to sit back and allow the left to destroy the nation, have innocent Americans suffer as a result, and allow establishment members of the GOP to benefit electorally when frustrated and desperate voters head to the polls in the next few election cycles thinking that maybe by voting for an “R” that we’ll get something different.  Well, we know better.  As Governor Palin described, much of the crisis in D.C. rests in the hands of the establishment on both sides of the aisle.  If you remember her Facebook post from a few weeks ago, she actually mentioned the possibility of leaving the GOP – a “party” seemingly hellbent on leaving her and the rest of us behind anyway.

So knowing the true context of political play, parties, D.C. games, and finger-pointing traditionally found on cable news networks, let’s take a look at Howard Kurtz’s latest piece on Fox News.  He begins by saying:

There is simply no downside for Sarah Palin in calling for Barack Obama’s impeachment.

She grabs a nice bit of media attention. She rallies her conservative base. She gets to talk about it on Fox. And since she holds no elective office, she doesn’t have to worry about whether her rhetorical broadside has the slightest chance of succeeding.

He starts by marginalizing her call for impeachment by claiming it’s a no-brainer that it’d be a popular position for her to take.  If that’s true, then why aren’t others out of political office putting their strong names on the line to make such a bold statement?

The "nice bit of media attention" works both ways as Kurtz should know by now.  If Governor Palin’s message had not resonated with millions of Americans who’ve been crying "enough is enough!" for a while now, it could have played out negatively — and once again someone like Matt Lewis or one of his buddies over at The Week would be writing their billionth article telling us that her political future is finally over (and they’d really mean it this time!).

But since he’s willing to admit that it’s a popular position to take, why would there be political consequences to anyone in office who votes for Articles of Impeachment as he implies?  There is no "rhetorical broadside" when someone has a list of 25 impeachable offenses along with the overwhelming majority of the country who are being forced to live by rules that others are actually encouraged to avoid by our own government who are supposed to be there serving us.  These are the "bold colors" Reagan mentioned, the kind that inform frustrated Americans of real alternatives and the kind that get conservatives elected in major landslides.  Common sense aside, Kurtz actually invalidates his own point by admitting "various GOP congressmen have openly mused about impeachment."

It seems to me if anyone is guilty of showing phony rhetorical broadsides, it’s the politicians we elect — the same ones Kurtz and the Washington Post complain Palin is putting "on the spot."  The elected ones know what Americans want hence the rhetoric.  Yet when it comes to doing something concrete, we get loose promises of lawsuits which Governor Palin rightfully said you cannot bring to "a gun fight."  (BREAKING: BOEHNER RETREATS!) The reasons some of those Republicans won’t follow through with their rhetoric are reasons only they could understand including promises made to special interests who donate to their campaigns.

He then suggests that the IRS scandal could have been impeachable but because thousands of Lerner emails were mysteriously lost, that it’s fruitless — even though this is the same Lerner who plead the Fifth and even though this news broke weeks after the emails regarding the Benghazi scandal proved (see Bill O’Reilly) that a sitting president and his team were more interested in a re-election campaign than telling the truth about their own sad incompetence.

The fact is Governor Palin always takes major risks in being bold.  We thank her for that.  As such, she’s gaining the support of the American people on a lot of these matters and her street cred continues to grow every time she’s proven right on issues like ObamaCare’s death panels or the Ukraine Invasion.  She also made some stunning predictions last night about Obama’s use of the court system to continue his fundamental transformation that nobody else seems to be talking about today at the risk of looking foolish when it actually eventuates.

D.C. is full of people who are guilty of rhetoric.  Governor Palin just gets blamed for it.  This explains the media’s attempt to downplay why Palin’s message was so well-received and why they’re already making excuses for those on Capitol Hill who could very well retreat.  But if and when they do, it won’t be her fault, it’ll be their own.  Further, it remains up to them to be bold and truthful with their constituents instead of some special interest that they may believe are due some special favor.

He ends his piece by saying:

Sarah Palin was a powerful force in the 2010 elections, boosting some candidates to victory with her coveted endorsements and still being talked about as a presidential possibility. But with the rise of figures like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, she hasn’t been talked about much in 2014 at all. That, at least for now, has suddenly changed.

Interesting that this is the same Howard Kurtz (writing for CNN at the time) who claimed Governor Palin suffered a "fall from media stardom" after she initially declined to renew her contract with FOX News.  When she eventually renewed months later, he was silent about it.

Further, the politicians he mentions (Rand Paul and Ted Cruz) were both Palin-endorsed.  He doesn’t mention though that Governor Palin’s endorsements have gone on to be successful in years like 2012 (Cruz, Fischer, Flake, etc.), as well as her endorsements in 2014 (Ernst, Sasse, Bongino, Ricketts, and McDaniel).

Yes, I mentioned McDaniel because the people experienced firsthand what the GOP Establishment is capable of in terms of doing things we only thought possible on the left including race-mongering and promises of free giveaways….making their shenanigans well known.

It’s part of the continual "great awakening" that Governor Palin has helped to nurture.  Because of their shenanigans and inactions, it becomes more apparent why all people are suffering.  Governor Palin’s influence on the political scene has been well-earned because it’s not just about one election or another — it’s a longstanding fight on our behalf that’s made us all that much stronger as a movement.

Howard Kurtz didn’t understand that when he worked for CNN, and he certainly doesn’t seem to get it now.





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