Sarah Palin’s farewell speech from her office of Governor of Alaska on Sunday seems to have, if nothing else, convinced most of the punditry which had written her off that she will not go quietly or in any other way into that good night.
Fred Barnes, on Fox News, recanted his earlier assessment that Sarah Palin would spend some time in the Wilderness. Instead, Barnes suggested that Sarah Palin would be a major force in the conservative movement and would likely be a formidable Presidential candidate in 2012 or 2016.
On the other hand, Hot Air’s Allahpundit relates how an anchor on MSNBC suggested that Sarah Palin’s appeal stems from the fact that she is–well–hot. To be fair, some of the guests scoffed at the idea, pointing to Sarah Palin’s independence, her hailing from Alaska, and her authentic sensibility.
A quick read of the Sarah Palin farewell speech indicates another source of appeal. Sarah Palin is willing to take it to the right people and institutions. For example:
“And it is our men and women in uniform securing it, and we are facing tough challenges in America with some seeming to just be Hell bent maybe on tearing down our nation, perpetuating some pessimism, and suggesting American apologetics, suggesting perhaps that our best days were yesterdays.”
That was a pure nod to Ronald Reagan. And who might be doing that, might one ask?
“And first, some straight talk for some, just some in the media because another right protected for all of us is freedom of the press, and you all have such important jobs reporting facts and informing the electorate, and exerting power to influence. You represent what could and should be a respected honest profession that could and should be the cornerstone of our democracy.
“Democracy depends on you, and that is why, that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So, how ’bout in honor of the American soldier, ya quite makin’ things up. And don’t underestimate the wisdom of the people, and one other thing for the media, our new governor has a very nice family too, so leave his kids alone.”
That was a nice finger wag at the mainstream media which doubtless will enrage most of the media, but will delight everyone else. It was taking the high ground over the Fourth Estate without responding in kind to the systematic viciousness with which it has treated Sarah Palin and her family.
Indeed this was no Richard Nixon snarling that the media wouldn’t have her to kick around anymore. She’ll still be available for that, but did serve notice that she will kick back and it will smart right readily when she does.
The term ‘Farewell Speech’ was perhaps misnamed. The speech was a farewell, of sorts, to Sarah Palin, young governor of Alaska. But it was also a hello to Sarah Palin, national figure and, perhaps, world historic figure in the mode of Ronald Reagan. The fury of the attacks upon her by the Left only prove that they think it too and that they are very afraid.
Source: Palin’s farewell speech (Full transcript), International Business Times, July 27th, 2009
MSNBC anchors wonder: Is hotness the key to Palin’s appeal?, Allahpundit, Hot Air, July 27th, 2009