January 21, 2011
It's not betrayal if we do it!
There are two things I love about Sarah Palin. One is that she's the overall best chance that small government libertarians and constitutionalists have of getting someone of a libertarianish bent into the nation's highest office, and the second is that I love the way she drives the left wild, and causes them to seriously miscalculate.
That the left will target her at every opportunity is something I have come to expect -- the attempt to blame her for the deranged acts of Jared Loughner being a perfect example.
This is not to say that criticism of or opposition to Palin has been limited to the left. Far from it. While I am not a kneejerk Palin supporter, I have tried to address Republican criticism of her before. I well remember the idea that those on the right who criticised Palin were guilty of "betrayal," and I spent some time in this post attempting to address the concerns John Hawkins expressed in a PJM piece titled "Why Sarah Palin Fans Feel Betrayed -- It's bad enough when she is mercilessly bashed from the left. But it really stings when Republicans lay into her."
Even though I like Palin I didn't feel personally stung or betrayed, so I had some trouble understanding why some people on the right felt more stung than I would as a libertarian.
Right now I find myself wondering whether all of the conservatives who complained about feeling stung by conservative criticism of Palin then are feeling stung by it now.
Professor Jacobson has a couple of posts discussing a prominent conservative call for a sea change in thinking about Palin -- the idea being to ditch her candidacy now before the presidential race has even begun. Jacobson asks, simply, why now?
I can't be certain that I know why. But I do have this blog, so I feel like speculating, OK?
I doubt that it is a coincidence that this is happening as Newt Gingrich is positioning himself as the best choice to be the presidential nominee. In the spirit of the same clever Machiavellian opportunism that has always characterized him, he and his supporters are trying to take political advantage of the latest bout of (IMO) shamefully manufactured media outrage.
Don't think people on the left aren't noticing; Cythnia Tucker was almost clucking with glee yesterday:
Many people on the right think that this is a great time to get her out of the way, and they are perfectly happy to use the manufactured outrage which resulted from the media attempt to pin the Loughner shooting on her for their poliotical gain. Timing is of course leverage, and I think it answers the "Why now? question.
I think it's shameful.
But for similar reasons to the ones I gave last year, I am not feeling particularly "betrayed." I'm just smelling that same old stench that has long made me have to hold my nose and vote for the bastards.
Once again, I truly hope I am never asked to pull the Gingrich lever.
posted by Eric on 01.21.11 at 11:16 AM
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