Palin Already Almost Forgotten

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By David Frum

“I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets…”

– From Sarah Palin’s statement announcing her decision not to run for president.

Um, probably not. Sarah Palin’s political voice had dwindled well before she announced her decision not to run. Now it will sink altogether into inaudibility. She will be no kind of force in future national discussions. She will have no sway over party debates. She will retain some starpower for a little while longer. She may for another cycle or two be able to help certain candidates for certain political offices raise some money. Even that will fade within two more years or four. Her political career was brief, bizarre, and sordid. But now at least it is definitively finished.

Palin will never become a party elder stateswoman. Over the past three years, it became apparent to all but a handful of cultists that her only interests were money and celebrity. She had no concept of public service, and no capacity to serve even if she had wished to do so. Soon even those last cultists will quietly abandon the argument. We talk often these days about makers and takers. Sarah Palin was the ultimate taker. She abandoned her post as governor of Alaska to cash in on lectures and TV. She squeezed her supporters for political donations and spent the money on herself. To adapt an old phrase, she seen her opportunities and she took ‘em.

In the end, she exploited, abused, or embarrassed almost everyone who had believed in her. Most embarrassing of all: she was never even a very good con artist. Everything that was false and petty and unqualified in her was visible within the first minutes of encountering her. The people she fooled were people who passionately wished to be fooled. To that extent, what was important in her story was not the faults and failings of Sarah Palin. There have always been grifters in politics. What was important in her story was the revelation of conservatism’s lack of antibodies against somebody with the faults and failings of Sarah Palin. That’s the story that should trouble us still.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. honeybabe1941
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 20:41:50

    i’m so grateful that palin has finally told her supporters that they were fools to send her money, that she is only interested in herself. i am hoping that she is the kiss of death to anyone she promotes (like joe miller, remember?)


  2. WakeUpAmerica
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 21:18:40

    Like a month old egg, she has turned rotten. Her stench precedes her.


  3. barney1
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 01:50:41

    That woman is an idiot and a total fraud. She created a lot of hate in this country and I hope she gets it all back three fold.


  4. climber357
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 08:01:18

    Sarah is a fraud and a farce. Her ¨brilliant¨ political tease included a pink elephant stampede, mama grizzlies, spudnuts, butter on a stick, and offering to run as a ¨mystery candidate.¨ She expected campaign workers to pay her instead of the other way around.

    Seventy percent of Republicans did not want sarah to enter the race. In other words, seventy percent of Republicans did not want to look at sarah´s face.

    She is losing power by the minute. Her days of bullying US citizens, from state politicians to the cashiers at Wal-Mart, are numbered.


  5. CO
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 12:02:17

    Thanks! Syrin, for posting this.
    He is spot on and for a conservative he was spot-on her from the

    The part of ‘conservative-crazy’ that fell for her charade is indeed troubling. The msm who went along for the ride troubling as well.


  6. Gem
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 19:40:11

    I think it is silly that everyone who was associated with her is now washing their hands of her. They are only coming forward now that the press has worked hard (Where do I begin thanking them? Dunn, McG, Griffen, Phil Munger, you, Mudflats, etc.) to get the truth out. Now it is fashionable to speak out, but she, too, is finally being thrown under the even bigger bus.

    Lyda Green said it first, but no one in high places were listening.


  7. Mo Inkslinger
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 15:46:19

    I can only hope that more people will continue to talk and uncover the Palin lies. I don’t want this fraud of a woman on the national stage even if the role is only as a cheerleader.


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