Sunday, May 9, 2010

Reloading Sarah

[Posted by Jake]

Great piece on Sarah Palin in the USA Weekend section of the Delaware County Daily Times. It's a tough decision deciding what's more enjoyable -- learning more about this compelling woman and her wonderful yet typically flawed family, or anticipating the kneejerk animosity from the mainstream media and their flaming partisans over this innocuous article.

I don't know what it is about the former Governor of Alaska that gets the left wingnuts so worked up, but watching the CNN and MSNBC talking heads explode every time she zings another Democrat sacred cow is riveting theater. Can you ever remember any politician's book, traditionally light journalism, being subject to such annoying over-analysis and hairsplitting? And who in their right mind really thought that her "reload" cheerleading was a clarion call for violence?

Military/gun metaphors are widespread in our society. Weren't Andy Reid and Joe Banner in the Eagles' "war room" during the recent NFL draft, promising they weren't rebuilding, they too were "reloading"? Didn't Obama "batten down the hatches" to keep the Democrats in "lockstep" to pass the "mission critical" health care reform? Weren't Republicans just "non-essential personnel" trying to "shoot down" this legislative "dud"? Something about Sarah Palin just seems to "trigger" hypocrisy and double standards.

For the time being, I think I'd rather just go on appreciating her and the diverse group of attractive Republican women like Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice and Michelle Malkin who are bringing fresh "ammunition" to public debate across the nation. They represent a welcome "leave" from the churlish entitlement mindset and crisis-mongering of the Democrat majority.

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