Sunday, August 12, 2012

Outstanding Analysis:"After Trashing Sarah Palin, GOP Establishment Uses Palin to Defend Ryan"

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

After Trashing Sarah Palin, GOP Establishment Uses Palin to Defend Ryan

Do you remember the days after John McCain lost? Remember how the Republican establishment treated Sarah Palin? They criticized her clothes. They accused her of spending too much on clothes with campaign funds and then accused her of trying to take those clothes despite them being lent to her to wear on the campaign trail as they suggested she was a white-trash dresser. Remember who the establishment working for the McCain camp accused her of destroying the campaign and outed her on many of the things she had done putting a twist on it to make her look even worse?

Well, think about that and then read how the Republican establishment is using Sarah Palin to defend Paul Ryan.

The LA Times writes:

Longtime friends and campaign workers for Arizona Sen. John McCain have been talking to Vanity Fair about what Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's candidacy as vice president did for the GOP ticket in 2008.

"A Little Shop of Horrors," said one unnamed aide.

Perhaps they want to keep the governor -- still a hot-button favorite among social conservatives -- off the ticket in 2012?

In a just-published piece by Todd Purdum in the August Vanity Fair, McCain aides said they still suffer a kind of survivor's guilt. (An earlier version of this post misspelled the author's last name as Purdam.)

"They can't quite believe that for two frantic months last fall, caught in a Bermuda Triangle of a campaign, they worked their tails off to try to elect as vice president of the United States someone who, by mid-October, they believed for certain was nowhere near ready for the job, and might never be," Purdam writes.

A former reporter for the New York Times and husband of former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers, Purdam has a few nuggets of news. Reports of tension between Palin and McCain are, well, true.

She maintained "only the barest level of civil discourse" with Tucker Eskew, the operative assigned to be her chief minder, Purdam reports. Mark McKinnon, a longtime McCain admirer and a former Democrat who told insiders he would never work against Barack Obama in the general election, signed on to be Palin's "whisperer," the calming influence. And Obama, on learning of Palin's selection, said Palin would never have time to get up to speed. "I don't care how talented she is, this is really a leap," said Obama, telling aides it had taken him four months to learn how to be a national candidate.

But for the most, the piece reads more like juicy political speculation than news. Many of the quotes are from aides who would rather not be named. And it's hard to read the title -- "It Came From Wasilla" -- as anything but an insult, at least to anyone who's a person who came from somewhere.

Palin refused to talk to Vanity Fair for the piece. At work on her own book about her life -- to be published jointly by HarperCollins and the Bible-publishing house Zondervan -- the self-described pit bull-with-lipstick  from Alaska will get plenty of ink for her rebuttal.

In the meantime, here come the knives.

This e-mail is from the Republican establishment after trashing Palin after McCain lost:

Dear Conservative,

If you're like me, you were both stunned and pleased to see Mitt Romney choose a running mate as bold and conservative as Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan is one of the leading lights in the conservative movement and has done great service for our cause.

Now the real battle begins. We know exactly what the Radical Left has in store for Paul Ryan--they'll do exactly what they did to Sarah Palin. The Left (aided by the Liberal Media) will throw everything but the kitchen sink at Paul Ryan in the most relentless, vicious, personal way possible. They will try to smear his name, his family, and his record in order to strangle his candidacy before it gets off the ground. We can't let that happen. Not this time. We need your help.

You remember what they did to Sarah Palin: trying to find everything they could on her, attacking her family, calling her the most vile names imaginable, even questioning if she was the mother of her own child. If you don't think the same thing is being planned for Paul Ryan even as we speak, well, you're in for a big surprise on Monday.



The liberal group Act Blue has already launched a "Stop Paul Ryan" fund dedicated to running ads smearing Ryan's record. And the Obama campaign has been putting out assaults on Ryan all weekend, accusing him of not caring about women. And trust me, they've got a lot more bile where that came from.

Here's the thing--we shouldn't be surprised by any of this. Whether you're talking about Dan Quayle, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, or Sarah Palin, this is what the Left always does to conservatives when they appear on the scene!

Here at, we are committed to fighting back. Our plan is to run TV and online ads in battleground states where funds allow, introducing Paul Ryan on OUR terms, not on the Democrats' terms or those of their buddies in the liberal media.

We will respond to every single charge with FACTS, we will disseminate the truth to a growing email list, and we will run the online and TV ads in battleground states where funds allow. We are not just going to sit around and watch another conservative get slimed while we sit idly by, wringing our hands like there's nothing we can do.

There is A LOT that we can do to fight back. Donate $35, $50, or even $100 right now to join us.

I don’t know about you, but I swelled with pride yesterday when Paul Ryan walked out on the deck of that aircraft carrier and told his story. That’s what a leader looks like, and that’s what the American people are looking for. Barack Obama and the Democrats do not have a record that they can run on, and they know it. The only way for them to win up to this point has been to smear Romney, and now Paul Ryan.

That cannot be allowed. We must defend this good man.

Just so you know, I've been a mayor, an ambassador, a HUD undersecretary under Jack Kemp, State Treasurer, Ohio Secretary of State and a successful businessman, author and educator. I’ve been through a lot of campaigns.

I know exactly what’s coming for Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney. We cannot sit back and wait for the Left to attack. The time to act is now.

I’m ready to go to battle. Will you join me?


Ken Blackwell
Posted by Bungalow Bill

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