The Conservative Love Affair With Sarah Palin Is Finally Over

palin-2-0617Courtesy of The Daily Beast; Matt Lewis writes…

It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point.
Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt?

In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York calledit a “long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech” and National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke said she slipped into self-parody. And there’s more. The Examiner’s Eddie Scarry, for example, contacted several conservative bloggers who were once Palin fans, but have since moved on.

But here’s my question…what changed?

Oh Matt, Matt, Matt. Nothing has changed. Palin has always been the same old North Woods witch. Lazy, spiteful and ignorant. All that has changed is how she has aged…

palin-neck1_zpsa085d01dShe has become too coarse for you – both in looks and language. Matt still maintains she had potential, but even he has to concede that she is finished.

It’s probably time to concede that the early critics of Sarah Palin had a point, and that they shouldn’t have been tarred and feathered and (in some cases) nearly purged from the conservative movement. I’m not excusing the vilest attacks, of course, but for a long time, there was close to zero tolerance of anything remotely critical of Palin (or, at least, even mild criticism would evoke stern rebukes), and that was wrong. And, as evidenced by the spate of articles coming from conservative venues this week, it’s also over.

Kathleen Parker who has always been a critic has an article in The Washington Post:

Not that long ago, Palin was a breathtakingly attractive politician of a rare sort. A governor who had challenged Big Oiland won — she could wow a crowd like few others. Republican strategists desperate for a running mate for John McCain who brought some razzle-dazzle saw her as the game-changer.

It mattered little that they didn’t know much about her. Whatever she might lack in intellectual heft, they apparently reckoned, she made up for in “hot-ness.” Even McCain, a veteran of so many political wars and campaigns, was fooled by Palin’s charms.

What Republicans didn’t know about Palin, however, did hurt them. Despite her many talents, she was “clearly out of her league,” as I wrote in September 2008, drawing a deluge of hate. What is accepted as conventional wisdom now was, by the way, just as obvious then.

Let’s be honest. Any man of Palin’s comparable deficits, no matter his winning ways, would have been eliminated from consideration within minutes of opening his mouth.

Parker believes that Palin has been sacrificed by the GOP. She doesn’t mention that Palin was a very willing participant in this charade. She quit her job for fame and fortune.

And now I’m going to have a look at the Hannity appearance in detail.

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One Response to The Conservative Love Affair With Sarah Palin Is Finally Over

  1. Memphis, NY says:

    my favorite line from the Daily Beast
    “Is it possible that Kathleen Parker saw something I didn’t when she attacked Palin? I saw it as strangling the conservative baby in the crib; Parker probably saw it as snuffing out a monster.”

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