Why, you ask, is their so much cowardly and downright rude criticism of Sarah Palin from liberal Democrats, and even moderate Republicans (not to mention the McCain campaign)? The answer is easy. Fear.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters say Alaska Governor Sarah Palin helped John McCain’s bid for the presidency, even as news reports surface that some McCain staffers think she was a liability.
Only 20% of GOP voters say Palin hurt the party’s ticket, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Six percent (6%) say she had no impact, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
[emphasis mine - Sean]
Sarah Palin represents new energy and new vitality for the conservative movement in America. Conservatives see her as someone who unapologetically stands up for conservative values. She may not be an awe inspiring speaker, her manner may be down-home, but her obvious belief in common-sense conservatism is beyond question. When you are right you shouldn't have to apologize for it—and she doesn't.
Compassionate conservatism is a mistake. Moderate republicanism is a mistake. John McCain failed to rally the base because the base is conservative, and John McCain is not.
The base hungers for an unapologetic conservative. There will be a lot of searching for answers in the next two years. A lot of trying to figure out where the Republican party should go, what it should be. There will be skirmishes between the conservative and moderate factions of the party—maybe even outright war. But the answer is really very simple: stand up for what you believe in.
The Republican party has proven beyond a doubt that they cannot outdo the Democrats at being the bringers of entitlements. Conservatives don't believe in entitlements and can't muster the enthusiasm required to spend other people's money in really creative and wasteful ways. Conservatives would rather find a way to solve a problem without making people dependent on government. And that is what they should do.
Conservatives will never be as good at hiding their true agenda as liberals are. They simply don't have as much practice at dissembling. Americans have never really liked a truly liberal agenda, and because of this liberals are accustomed to masking their purposes in order to get elected; the press aids and abets them. Conservatives on the other hand have not shown any aptitude whatsoever for hiding their motives, and the press shows their plans in the worst possible light in every case.
Conservatives are good at being right. They are good at using reason rather than emotion to guide their actions. They are practical. They stand upon solid moral ground. They should not be afraid to state their true reasons for wanting to pursue a conservative course.
It really is that easy.