Janice Shaw Crouse

Why, in the wake of her resignation as Governor of Alaska, do the mainstream media continue their efforts to destroy Sarah Palin? What right do the likes of Maureen Dowd and her ilk have to continue their mean-spirited attempts to besmirch and tarnish Palin’s success in politics by their scornful attacks on her and her family? She is beautiful and accomplished, has a hunk of a manly-man as a husband, and lovely children, but the media elites continue on a warpath of ridicule and derision. Her family’s success is denigrated; they are described as “blue-collar” or derided as Alaskan “hillbillies.” Previously, children of politicians were protected, but the Palin children have been subjected to unprecedented vitriol.

The campaign of personal destruction will not die; her recent resignation provides fodder for those who frantically hope that by writing her political obituary they can remove her from contention in 2012. Newsweek just published a hatchet piece by some left-wing freelancer. The National Post just ran a piece deriding her “loopy notions and puny world view.” Earlier in the month, the New York Times stooped to publishing a piece claiming that Sarah’s hair is thinning! There is even a new superhero comic book about Sarah that portrays her as less than heroic. The Huffington Post and Daily Kos are doing their usual put-downs. Ridiculous ethics complaints continue to be filed against Palin.

Yet while the character assassination continues, SarahPac, Palin’s political action committee, has raised $733,000 since it was formed at the end of January, with an additional $200,000 raised in the few weeks since she announced her resignation. While there is hopeful speculation by the left that Palin is leaving politics, it is highly unlikely. Even if she does, her time in the spotlight of the 2008 election and its aftermath made significant advances for conservatives and women. It’s time for American women to say “thank you” to Sarah Palin.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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