Skip to comments.Criticism Of Palin Is Reflexive, Not Substantive
Posted on 06/13/2010 2:28:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina over Chuck DeVore in California, and Terry Branstad over Bob Vander Plaat in the Iowa governor's race. In doing so, she rebuffed standard "tea party" picks for candidates who were more mainstream.
As usual, the mainstream media has found a way to criticize these choices.
With a few surprising endorsements in recent Republican primaries, the self-styled rogue of GOP politics has reaped an angry response from some of her own supporters and a fresh round of speculation about her own presidential ambitions in 2012.
...Shelby Blakely, executive director of the Tea Party Patriots' online publication, New Patriot Journal, said Palin's endorsement has become "so undependable, it's marginalized itself." While she once thought highly of Palin, Blakely said that over the past two years the "Going Rogue" author has gone more establishment, and Palin's failure to criticize her own party is bothersome. "There's room for criticism (all around)," Blakely said. "If you're not willing to call it where you see it, that's useless."
I find analysis such as this especially humorous given the recent round of articles praising Palin for her astute electoral picks. With Palin, though, nothing can ever go without criticism if she's picking correctly, she's making somebody mad, and so she's clearly doing something wrong. It's a convenient narrative for those who are simply seeking to marginalize the tea party movement, the Republican Party, and conservatism in general.
I’m not sure it differs much from reflexive support.
That didnt take long...
The circular firing squad
There are those for whom ideological purity trumps all other considerations. That a candidate won't win a particular election while being "pure" seems a worthwhile sacrifice - never mind that you will have no significant influence on your opponent, once they're in office.
Perhaps Palin recognizes that reality and endorses candidates accordingly? If so, good for her. Keep people on their toes so they have to be diligent and not become complacent or take her endorsement for granted.
Sarah's resilience to ankle snappers is high on the list of character assets I like about her. GWB never gave the press mob, nor the purists of conservative flame, nor the microbe brained cheapies of MSNBC so much as a passing scowl. Like the tadpole trolls here at townhall, Sarah & GWB both know that they would only feel fulfilled with attention. Screw them.
A Classic All-American Girl
success story. No wonder they hate her! And, speaking of self-made success stories of Female Republican persuasion..How about that Meg and Carly!!
Poor twits...Hillary Coattails & Nuthin'Else Clinton...Don't-Call-Me-Mam Boxer...Red Maxine Watters...Whew..! No wonder they're burning with jealousy and rage in Demoland.
Let's recheck His Infantile Majesty's resume, shall we? Any evidence he had as much leadership experience as a night shift as't mgr. in a Circle-K Mini Mart? NOPE. NEIN. NADA. NUTHIN. NYET.
I’m not sure what that has to do with my observation.
In other words Sarah should just do what she thinks is the right thing to do. That Tea Party person complaining is complaining because Sarah is being her own woman and not towing anyone’s line. These Tea Party ‘establishments’ don’t speak for the people either. They just really want to. That ain’t Tea Party, Alice.
Yep, dimoKKKRATS hate jobs but we have some here on FR who are stepping up to the plate to help the dimoKKKRATS out in trying to destroy Sarah.
Interesting how the Palin haters call her a RINO when many arn’t even registered Republicans or vote for RINO Ron Paul
the Libertarian who knows he would not win listed as such so lists himself as a Republican.
If all your teachers couldn’t instruct you, what chance do I have at this remove?
True. Both reflexive support and reflexive criticsm are of course not good.
But when you have somebody like Palin doing most things right and taking it to Obama on a daily basis, I think there is a lot more reflexive criticism on display here than there is reflexive support.
Bottom line: ‘Cuda likes to win and a Rino who can win is better than losing to a Maoist. Sheer political calculation which pisses off the purists who would rather go down in flames. Most of them are either too young or don’t remember the compromises Reagan made as both governor and president.
Seems to me that the sentiment about reflexive support or opposition goes both ways. I’ve never had strong feelings toward Sarah Palin one way or the other but anyone who assumes something less than rabid support is opposition might want to ask themselves if their support is reflexive rather than reasoned.
We saw this with Fred Thompson and all it did was drove people away.
They are called PAULTARDS.
You got that right! I wonder if my words will post before they show up here and tell us how bad Palin is or how we shouldn't call her "Sarah", or how she's a quitter and a RINO. (did I miss anything?)
Yeah, the Fred Thompson campaign wasn’t being backstabbed by Myth Romney, the Rontards and Gomer Huckleberry, it was the Fredheads that drove him from the field. Does Mr. Spock have a goatee where you live?
I’m not going to argue with you. You’ve proven my point.
Rather than give me a reason to agree you attack. Guess my name will go on “a list” now. ((Shrug))
(did I miss anything?)
I had one poster complain because I used her first name "Sarah" in my posts.
Nevermind the fact that I also use the first name Mitt in my posts (and I'm no fan of Mitt).
How could I have forgotten that??? LOL
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