Disclosure: I write this on the night of the Florida primary election results. Mitt Romney has won a historic landslide victory in the Sunshine state and in an attempt to temper the rhetoric and attacks he reached out to his opponents and saluted them as "gentlemen" and "serious and competent competitors". He focused his speech on the future and directed himself to President Obama, "Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it's time for you to get out of the way!" Not to break with past performances, Newt Gingrich displayed no common courtesy or gentility in his concession speech. He failed to phone his opponents to congratulate them on their victories and went as far to urge one of them to retire from the race. If there is overabundant discord in this primary the responsibility falls squarely on the little man from Georgia and his confederates to whom I direct this post. I would have liked to direct my comments tonight towards the general election and Mr. Obama but since the signal has been sent from Mr. Gingrich that he will only be more bitter, more vengeful, and more discourteous I must point out some inaccuracies and fallacies that have been stated over the last two days. Let me also disclose that I am now, more than before, convinced that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to confront the President and the democrats this fall. I believe in Ron Paul and Rick Santorum but this victory and the Romney know-how seems to be the perfect storm that the President has been fearful of this campaign cycle. I will continue to urge Mr. Gingrich and his supporters to tone down the rhetoric and stop the attacks on free markets, capitalism, and meritocracy.
Now to some ridiculous statements from the former governor of The Last Frontier state.
The former Republican Vice Presidential nominee has made a flurry of rash accusations in the last two weeks against the "elite", the "establishment", and the "old guard" in defense of her preferred presidential nominee Newt Gingrich. While lacking the political courage to formally endorse she has on multiple occasions come to the aid of the struggling former congressman to no avail.
When attacking the "establishment" Mrs. Palin fails to recognize that as the former governor of Alaska and the former Vice Presidential nominee for the GOP against Barak Obama. By definition she is the very core of the establishment. That makes her more establishment than nearly anyone including Matt Drudge the ultimate outsider whom she has wrongfully attacked as the elite media. Simply because she lost the election and has chosen celebrity over office does not make her any less a part of the establishment. She attacks men and women in the media and elected office that have more character and honor than she demonstrates by playing politics and tacitly endorsing Newt Gingrich without committing to the candidate fully. It is cowardly and shows the worst side of career politicians that fear being on the wrong side of history and without a paycheck. Like John McCain said, "Courage matters."
Palin goes on to criticize the "old guard" for their "Stalin-esque rewriting of history." One thing she shares with Newt is a propensity for hyperbole and epithets to attack anyone that holds a contrary opinion than her own. Stalin-esque? Really? Part of the problem with people like Mrs. Palin and Mr. Gingrich is they don't understand that words mean something. How can she compare Bob Dole to Stalin? Nearly as absurd is Gingrich calling Mitt Romney a Massachusetts liberal that is pro-gun control, pro-abortion, pro-tax increase, and anti-religion. Words carry meaning and blatant lies and false comparisons are despicable i.e. worthy of contempt or scorn; vile.
Mrs. Palin further criticizes the old guard, those closest to Ronald Reagan during his tenure in office, including: Reagan's Vice President George H. Bush, Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State Ellitot Abrams, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, former Majority Whip Tom Delay, former House Majority Leader Dick Army, former Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, Reagan speech writer Pat Buchanan, Reagan biographer Lou Cannon, and anyone else who has the audacity to voice concern about Mr. Gingrich or relate a negative narrative. Somehow, according to Palin, they are not entitled to their view of Mr. Gingrich. She would have us believe that she has a clearer picture of the former congressman during the Reagan administration even though she did not know the players nor was she yet the influential insiders that she is today. Demonstrating slight regard for the American electorate she has divorced reality and entered the realm of absurdity.
Running to defend Mr. Gingrich from Stalin-esque tactics the Gingrich campaign and others have relied on the former First Lady Nancy Reagan and a speech she gave in the mid 90's in which she says "Ronnie handed the torch to Newt". They sighted this clip as the ultimate evidence that Newt Gingrich is the heir of Reaganism hand picked by the Gipper himself and played the tape again and again to prove it. Now to their chagrin sources close to Nancy Reagan have said the former First Lady was not actually speaking about Newt personally but was referring to congress in general. They go on to say that the speech was not written by her at all but by the host of the Goldwater event where the speech was given. Foiled again!
Lastly, Mrs. Palin attacks the "elite". The former governor is part of Americas top earners. After being catapulted to the national scene as the Vice Presidential nominee of the GOP, Mrs. Palin has written best selling books making millions on her newly found fame. She is reported to be paid upwards of $100,000 dollars per speaking engagement and requires more than your average Hollywood super star including first class or private jet flying arrangements (nothing smaller than a Lear Jet 60), a suite and two single rooms in a "deluxe" hotel, a laptop and fully stocked printer, bottles of water with bendy straws, and all meals and incidentals must be covered as well. And let's not forget that upon becoming the nominee for the conservative party she spent over $150,00 dollars on European designer clothes and handbags with RNC money. Mrs. Palin is hardly in a position to slight the "elite".
She is the very essence of the elite establishment. Mrs. Palin could call just about anyone in government or the media and they would take her call. With one call she could have a nationally televised press conference. If that isn't an insider with access to the highest pinnacles of power I don't know what is. Her grass roots down to earth persona has been totally corrupted by greed, ambition, and fame. Tonight the people of Florida spoke loudly and Mrs. Palin and Newt Gingrich have shown no respect for the electorate and continue to drive discord into the GOP and the presidential primary. Untruths and falsehoods must be confronted and treated like the desperate political lies that they are. Mitt Romney, taking the high road said tonight that, "A competitive primary does not divide us. It prepares us". By that standard Mitt Romney will be the most prepared candidate of all time since his GOP rivals are taking their cues directly from the DNC playbook.