DID PALIN RETREAT OR RELOAD?

Don E. Smith, Jr.

Since Senator John McCain announced that Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, was the Vice President nominee on presidential ticket back on August 29, 2008, Palin has been in the forefront of American politics. For almost three years, she has been under public scrutiny more than any public figure and while she has been criticized for many positions, rightfully or erroneously, she has rolled with most of the punches, except one – “quitter.”

On July 3, 2009, Palin announced she was resigning as governor of Alaska and turning over the office to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell (now the current governor). Many Conservatives and Republicans saw this as a sign that she was unable to finish what she had been elected by the people of Alaska to do.

Yet, Real Clear Politics, recently reported of a ‘sweeping epic” of a documentary that shows Palin’s side of the story as to why she quit. The movie is called The Undefeated and was made by Stephen Bannon (“Generation Zero” and “In the Face of Evil”).

In 2009, the Anchorage Daily News reported Palin’s resignation was due to the “attacks on her…[has] cost [the] state government millions of dollars” and “not going to things that are very important, like troopers and roads and teachers and fish research.”

She was quoted as saying that her staff had spent “countless, countless hours” dealing with “these frivolous ethics violations” and it was all a “huge waste.”

While as of the end of May 2011, Palin has not confirmed her run for the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the Untied States, but the movie and her recent “One Nation Under God” tour has fueled speculation.

“It’s so important for Americans to learn about our past so we can clearly see our way forward in challenging times; so, we”re bringing attention to our great nation’s foundation,” said Palin at her SarahPAC.com site.

The question remains, will the term “quitter” stick with her?

Conservative commentator Steven Rosenblum, of the Blog Talk Radio show Conservative Republican Forum, said Palin’s reason for quitting was understandable.

“For me it is not an issue of her being a quitter”,” said Rosenblum. “I believe she stepped away for the benefit of the State of Alaska.”

He concurred with Palin’s 2009 statement and said because Palin was “getting sued right and left and using the very laws she put into place to root out corruption.”

Conservative Diva Daria DiGovanni, who also co-host’s Rosenblum’s show, explained the ethics laws Palin pushed into place were because of the Republican corruption.

“The problem with the ethics laws were that anonymous tips could be filed and each one had to be investigated,” said DiGiovanni. “So someone named Mickey Mouse could file an ethics charge.”

DiGiovanni said with Palin spending so much time defending the charges, it was bankrupting her family and preventing her from doing her job.

“Ultimately she was exonerated of all the charges,” said DiGiovanni. “But when in the history of the United States has the Vice President of a losing ticket been prevented from going back and doing their job? Most of the time, the candidate will go back into obscurity, but not with Gov. Palin.”

Yet with Palin being the victim of an “unprecedented level of character assassination,” as DiGiovanni said, will Palin’s resignation still label her a quitter?

At the time of Palin’s resignation, Diane Student, the commentator for The Freedom’s Wings Show (also on Blog Talk Radio), believed Palin was.

“Initially, I wrote in my blog that she was a quitter,” said Student. “I thought who would want to vote for her? She would only have two years of experience and did not finish what she started. I thought she had gone the way of a celebrity and would go on the road collect her speaker and writing fees.”

In the last two years, Palin has been attacking President Barack Obama and using Facebook and Twitter, and Student has been impressed.

“When I saw Palin’s show [Sarah Palin’s Alaska on the Discovery Channel] what I saw was the real thing,” said Student. “She was a real person who believed in conservative ideals and she did not go the way of the celebrity.”

Student said Palin’s documentary has further sparked her interest.

“What impressed me about it is that when she asked Stephen Bannon to produce several videos, he responded by putting up $1 million of his money up to make a full length documentary,” said Student. “If you notice, Palin is premiering the documentary in Iowa and New Hampshire in the order of the primaries.”

Student further said that she is on the fence about Palin, but she is open to becoming a fan.

“One thing that is for sure is that we will not get an October surprise. If the liberal media could have found anything about her, they would have used it by now,” said Student. “Frankly, we need someone like her in the White House. We need to go to the other extreme [from Obama’s extreme]. We do not need another Jeb Bush-type who is a RINO.”

However, Rosenblum does not believe she will run for President because she is enjoying the role of kingmaker and traveling the country. She would not wish to put her family through the grief of a Presidential campaign.

“I don”t think she wants to put her children, Trig or Piper, through another campaign and I believe she will use her tour to help someone like Michelle Bachman run for President,” said Rosenblum. “Recently, she announced she was moving to Arizona and I think she could run for Senator John Kyl’s seat.”

Student disagreed and asked why would Palin only wish to be a senator when she has the potential to be President?

DiGiovanni agreed with Student and said that Palin’s “kingmaking” track record has been impressive.

“Look at how many people have won office thanks to her support,” said DiGiovanni.

Palin’s SarahPAC claims that she has supported at least 60 people who have won gubernatorial, congressional and senatorial seats.

Yet, DiGiovanni believes Palin has been able to talk over the heads of her critics, both Democrat and Republican, and show herself as the conservative the country needs. She further believes the movie will show she is much more than a quitter, but could be the first female President of the United States.

“Palin is under attack because she is the feminist ideal. She is a mother, wife and worked her way up through politics without the coattails of her family or an influential husband. Gov. Palin shows that the Republican party is not the party of stuffy, old, rich white guys,” said DiGiovanni. “I was a fan of Sarah Palin long before she was John McCain’s Vice Presidential nominee. I had heard her on Glenn Beck’s old show and I heard her on Larry Kudlow’s show and I thought, ‘she needs to be on the national stage’.”