The Palin Emails
Vol: 117 Issue: 14 Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The media has had five days to pore over the prodigious stack of emails released by the State of Alaska covering the governor’s office correspondence while Sarah Palin was in office. They had hoped to find evidence to support the caricature they had constructed of her during the ’08 campaign.
Indeed, so desperate was the liberal media that they made it into something of a contest. The New York Times challenged its readers to help “identify interesting and newsworthy emails, people, and events that we may want to highlight.”
“Interesting and newsworthy” would not be like the time that Sarah Palin took on the oil industry on behalf of Alaska – and won. “Interesting and newsworthy” to the New York Times would be evidence that Sarah Palin committed a crime.
The Washington Post found itself in the same boat as the New York Times – desperate for dirt on Palin but unable to find any on their own. Like the New York Times, the Washington Post asked its readers to help.
Like the New York Times, the Post came up empty.
So did all the other newspapers already committed to the destruction of Sarah Palin; the BBC, the UK Guardian, the LA Times, Mother Jones and MSNBC, just to name a few.
The New York Times published a piece about the feeding frenzy, even as it led the charge.
After five days of review by uncounted tens of thousands of readers who submitted more than 2,800 annotations, the Times ended up publishing exactly. . . eight.
If there was a ‘gotcha’ in there anywhere, I couldn’t find it. I did find many of the reader comments ummm, interesting.
Bob from New York City writes, “I don’t remember the NYTimes asking the public to go through Senator Obama’s emails to find newsworthy materials.”
More to the point was Marty from Hill Valley, CA: “I don’t recall you soliciting help from people to review the 2,000 page healthcare bill…nor did you do it yourselves.”
But “Crazywater” summed it up for me with this observation from the Tarheel State:
“This is pathetic and quite creepy.”
The number one criticism raised by Palin’s critics was that she said she prayed over Alaska’s budget and asked God for guidance.
National Journal included Palin’s prayer for God’s guidance on the Alaska’s budget in what it featured as the top 10 “revelations” from her emails Sunday. “I have been praying for wisdom on this … God will have to show me what to do on the people’s budget because I don’t yet know the right path … He will show me though,” Palin was quoted as saying in an email.
The Associated Press also found Palin’s prayer worth a special mention while portraying her in a negative light. “At least once, she prayed for strength,” the newswire exclaimed. “Other times, she fired off messages to her aides, most fierce when the subject was defending her record or her family.”
To offer my own favorite quote from the Palin emails, “Unflippinbelievable!”
This is easily among the most astonishing things I’ve seen to date. America continues to conform itself to the outline prophesied by the Apostle Paul in his letters to Timothy.
“Speaking lies in hypocrisy and having their conscience seared with a hot iron,” Paul says, writing of the final days of Church Age society.
The issue at hand isn’t Sarah Palin. Rather, it is the spittle-spewing, teeth-grinding, blood-curdlingly hateful reaction that Sarah Palin evokes from the media and the Far Left.
That is what I want you to see — but I want you to see it in context.
In 1996 Sarah Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. The population of Wasilla as of 2010 was 7,831. Elected the youngest-ever governor of Alaska in 2006, her administration was so successful at cutting waste and corruption that only one year later, she was tapped as John McCain’s running mate.
There is no real explanation for Sarah Palin. She shouldn’t be where she is. Sarah Palin wasn’t the first woman to occupy the second slot on a losing presidential ticket.
Geraldine Ferraro broke the VP glass ceiling three decades ago and Ferraro was both politically experienced and extremely well-connected. But Geraldine Ferraro, on her best day, never came anywhere close to Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin is too young and too inexperienced to be this hugely successful or to attract this kind of blind, white-hot hatred. Yet she does. Why?
Sarah Palin is a private citizen who served barely twelve years in state and local politics, is not in office now, has never held national office, and who has all but written herself off as a candidate for 2012.
From the Palin emails and the reaction to them, that hatred seems to primarily be rooted in her very public reliance on God. If she weren’t such a vocal and fundamental Christian, she would probably have gone back to Wasilla (pop 7,831) vanishing quietly into the Alaskan wilderness.
Sarah Palin evidently frustrates the mainstream media, unwilling to accept that Palin could possibly be that squeaky clean, despite having been one of the most carefully-vetted candidates for national office in the history of the Republic.
I’m not saying that Sarah Palin is sinless, doctrinally pure, saintly, brilliant or any of that. I confess that personally, I find her folksy charm a bit annoying. It isn’t really about Sarah Palin.
The worst thing the media can say about Sarah Palin as revealed in her emails is that she is ‘too trusting’ in God. And for the ideologues of the Left and the media that serves them, that’s the worst thing possible.
It isn’t Sarah Palin that the media hates – she is just the visible representative. She is what she is because of her faith – it is her faith that is the object of the media’s fury. It is her faith that made her a national media target.
If they can bring down Sarah Palin, then her faith goes down with her.
“Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good . . . “
If politicians were countries, Sarah Palin would be Israel.