I remember jumping off my couch and screaming “YES!” at least twice during Sarah Palin’s 2008 RNC acceptance speech, and I remember thinking at the time (even posting on my then-blog) that she’s the real deal, presidential material.
A lot has happened since then, and Sarah has endured the most damning and damaging coordinated campaign to discredit and destroy her undertaken in my lifetime. With people, including herself, discussing the possibility of a Sarah run for the presidency, I wanted to go back to that evening, to remember what she’d said that had me leaping to my feet and that had the leftist journolisters terrified, convinced that she’d help McCain beat BO (thus beginning the coordinated Alinsky-style all-out assault on her):
I wanted to jump off my couch and shout “YES!” again, just as I did two years ago, but too keen is my awareness that people hate her, loathe her, and that those who don’t, simply don’t see her as president. I’m not talking lunatic lefties, either, but normal, everyday moderates on both the left and the right (that vast swath of the middle that any presidential candidate must win). Do you think that she can overcome this? Can she get back that blank slate she had in 2008?
I’m still convinced that the 2012 election is the election that literally determines our future as a constitutional republic (i.e. whether we can become one again or not), and I’m still not willing to gamble our entire nation on a bet that is far from a sure thing.