Jews for Sarah Palin Website Launched, About Palin
The Report was in Sunday’s NewsMax email (currently #2 on this page at NewsMax), and the site referred to is, Jews For Sarah Palin. On the subject, I found another site that summarized why Jews hate Palin: “She’s conservative, working-class, and Christian.” How revolting! But in the NewsMax report, I particularly found this excerpt interesting:
Jewish support for Palin is gaining traction. Shortly before the 2008 election, Republican vice presidential candidate Palin garnered an approval rating of just 37 percent among Jewish voters in one poll. But Forward observes: “Even though American Jews have repeatedly disapproved of her in large numbers in poll after poll, giving her abysmally low approval ratings, her recent high-profile jabs at the president have earned her support from some of the most prominent Jewish conservatives today.”
One of those conservatives, Norman Podhoretz — former editor of Commentary — went so far as to say in a March Op-Ed piece for The Wall Street Journal that he would “rather have Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office than Barack Obama.”
My immediate reaction was…DUH! Of course, there are two sides to this: 1) the approval of Palin, and 2) the disapproval of Barack Obama. Norman Podhoretz is a conservative. With respect to Obama, other than possibly (contrary to his campaign rhetoric of course) maintenance of activities in Iraq and Afghanistan and predator drone strikes against terrorist activities, and the prolonged use of Guantanamo Bay for captured terrorist suspects, what could there possibly be in Obama for a conservative to like? And I don’t blame Obama for these…ahem…”adjustments.” It is one thing to crow on the campaign trail. It is quite another thing to become president and be informed of the realities of the world and your responsibilities as president. Had he been true to his rhetoric, there would have been a mess in the middle east and we might have suffered more offenses of who knows what severity. And instead of sliding steadily, his approval might be hopelessly in the basement, and with nearly 3 years to go! The public might be seeking other solutions. But, what is awful are Obama’s policies.
And who is Obama, anyway? Where are his qualifications? Chris “thrill up my leg” Matthews, often gushes about Obama as “an intellectual.” I’ve read lots of real intellectuals. They are often wacky, and so can be their acolytes like Obama. Not only do Harvard degrees not impress me, Harvard professors don’t impress me. If Obama’s education has helped to misdirect him, the attainment of power can only boost his self-possession. But the course of the policies of Obama and the Democratic Congress are a plunge into unconstitutionalities without precedent in their scope if not their nature, and toward fiscal calamity. Even if it were true, which it is not, that Sarah Palin had the aptitude of a grape, she would be a relief from Obama if she could only arrest the fall. But, don’t count me among those who doubt Palin’s fitness to be president.
To begin with, I’m certain that a liberal Democrat woman with exactly the same life and career experience, would be considered by Palin’s very liberal critics to be a rising star. And, I’m not saying that those critics are disingenuous. I’m saying that they don’t know what they are talking about; that’s why they are liberals. And yes, some on the conservative side have picked up the ubiquitous prattle. And not only those who are only echoes of the clamor. Back in November, the marginally conservative David Brooks of The New York Times blurted on ABC’s This Week that “She’s a joke!” and described her as “a potential talk-show host.” Brooks is a bright enough guy: another bright guy with his head in a box. By my lights at least in his evaluative powers, David Brooks is a joke.
Even George Will wrote a column on Palin in February in which he said, “She is not going to be president and will not be the Republican nominee unless the party wants to lose at least 44 states. (like Goldwater)” and he cited, “The latest Post-ABC News poll shows that 71 percent of Americans -- including 52 percent of Republicans -- think she is not qualified to be president.” A lot of people think that, and the fact that they think it indicates little or nothing of its truth. But it is certainly some indication that electability might require changing some minds; not an impossibility. I’m not arguing that Palin is an uncommonly profound political philosopher and statesman. . . woman. . . person. But, guess what? People don’t want that, either. What Palin has is a character and presentation that draws crowds like no politician of my lifetime, including Ronald Reagan. Her rise was fairly meteoric, largely owing to those qualities. Republicans had better devise a way to exploit that in one fashion or another.
Being president ain’t brain surgery. Among presidents of this century, I account only Reagan and Roosevelt (though destructively so) as great leaders. By that measure, most of them have been “a joke.” And by that measure, indications are that if she mobilized the support, Palin would not be. And, she is instinctively conservative and her experience suggests that she confidently deals with other people, both on her side and not. In the article on Palin, George Will also typically succinctly, and in this case, quite accurately summed up Obama: “America, its luck exhausted, at last has a president from the academic culture, that grating blend of knowingness and unrealism.” Palin knows right and wrong and lives in reality, and is a demonstrable leader to boot.