Why Sarah Palin so angers the left

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Pat Buchanan

One won­ders: What did Sarah Palin ever do to in­spire the rage and bile that ex­ploded on her se­lec­tion by John McCain? What is there ei­ther in this woman’s record or re­sume to elicit such fe­line fe­roc­ity?

What did we know of her when she was in­tro­duced?

That she was a mother of five who had brought into this world a baby boy with Down syn­drome, thus liv­ing her Chris­tian be­liefs. That she was a small-town con­ser­va­tive who had risen from mayor of Wasilla (Pop. 9,700) to be gov­er­nor of a state twice the size of Texas.

That she was a re­former who had de­throned an Old Boys’ Net­work by dump­ing a sit­ting Repub­li­can gov­er­nor. That she had taken on Big Oil, taxed the com­pa­nies and re­turned the money in $1,200 checks to ev­ery ci­ti­zen of Alaska. And that she had cut a deal with Canada to build a pipe­line to bring nat­u­ral gas to her fel­low Amer­i­cans.

And, oh, yes. She was “Sarah Bar­racuda” — a fierce high school ath­lete, a run­ner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant, a Fem­i­nist for Life and life­time mem­ber of the NRA. In­tro­duced by Mr. McCain, she praised Hil­lary Clin­ton and pledged to fin­ish her work by smash­ing through the glass ceil­ing in which Hil­lary had made 18 mil­lion cracks.

What, in any or all of this, is there to jus­tify the feral at­tacks within min­utes of her in­tro­duc­tion? What had she done to cause this out­burst? An­swer: ab­so­lutely noth­ing.

No. Sarah Palin is not re­sented for what she has done, but for who she is: a Chris­tian con­ser­va­tive who be­lieves un­born chil­dren are gifts of God, even those with birth de­fects, and have a God-given right to life.

Nor­mally, the press is re­luc­tant to rum­mage into the pri­vate lives of pub­lic ser­vants, un­less their con­duct af­fects their du­ties or they preach virtues they hypo- crit­i­cally do not prac­tice.

Yet, no sooner was Palin in­tro­duced, than the me­dia went berserk over the news that her 17year-old daugh­ter is preg­nant. As one in three births in Amer­ica is out-of-wed­lock and Hol­ly­wood cel­e­brates this life­style, why did The New York Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post splash this “news” on page one above the fold?

How does Bris­tol Palin’s preg­nancy dis­qual­ify Sarah Palin to be vice pres­i­dent? Why is it even rel­e­vant?

They did it be­cause they thought it would dam­age Sarah Palin in the eyes of a Chris­tian com­mu­nity they do not com­pre­hend.

So out of bounds was the me­dia that Mr. Obama, in an act of de­cency, de­clared Mrs. Palin’s fam­ily off lim­its and re­minded the me­dia that he was him­self born to a teenage sin­gle mom.

If one would wish to see the fa­mous lib­eral dou­ble stan­dard on naked dis­play, con­sider.

Mrs. Palin’s daugh­ter was fair game for a me­dia that re­fused to look into re­ports that John Ed­wards, a Demo­cratic can­di­date for pres­i­dent, was con­duct­ing an il­licit af­fair with a woman said to be car­ry­ing his child and cheat- ing on his faith­ful wife El­iz­a­beth, who has in­cur­able can­cer. That was not a le­git­i­mate story, but Bris­tol Palin’s preg­nancy is?

Why did the se­lec­tion of Sarah Palin cause a sus­pen­sion of all stan­dards and a near riot among a me­dia that has been so in the tank for Barack even “Satur­day Night Live” has sat­i­rized the in­fat­u­a­tion?

Be­cause she is one of us — and he is one of them.

Barack and Michelle are af­fir­ma­tive action, Prince­ton, Columbia, Har­vard Law. She is pub­lic schools and Idaho State. Barack was a Saul Alin­sky so­cial worker who rus­tled up food stamps. Sarah Palin kills her own food.

Michelle has a $300,000-a-year sinecure do­ing PR for a Chicago hospi­tal. Todd Palin is a union steel­worker who aug­ments his in­come work­ing va­ca­tions on the North Slope. Sarah has al­ways been proud to be an Amer­i­can. Michelle was never proud of Amer­ica — un­til Barack started winning.

Barack has zero ex­pe­ri­ence as an ex­ec­u­tive. Sarah ran her own fish­ing fleet, was mayor for six years and runs the largest state in the union. She be­longs to a main­stream Chris­tian church. Barack was, for 15 years, a parish­ioner at Trin­ity United and had his daugh­ters bap­tized by Pas­tor Jeremiah Wright, whose ser­mons are sat­u­rated in black­power, anti-white racism and anti-Amer­i­can­ism.

Sarah is a rebel. Mr. Obama has been a go-along, get-along cog in the Da­ley Ma­chine. She is Mid­dle Amer­ica. Barack, be­hind closed doors in San Fran­cisco, mocked Mid­dle Amer­i­cans as folks left be­hind by the global econ­omy who cling bit­terly to their Bi­bles, big­otries and guns.

Barack has zero for­eign pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence. Mrs. Palin runs a state that is home to anti-mis­sile, mis­sile and air de­fense bases fac­ing the Far East, com­mands the Alaska Na­tional Guard and has a sol­dier-son head­ing for Iraq.

Barack, says the Na­tional Jour­nal, has the most left-wing vot­ing record in the Se­nate, best­ing So­cial­ist Bernie San­ders. Mrs. Palin’s stances read as though they were lifted from Rea­gan’s 1980 “no pale pas­tels” plat­form. And this is what this me­dia firestorm is all about. Pat Buchanan is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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