They’ve Got the Wrong Girl

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila, Author and Political Commentator

Despite the fact that it has been over two weeks since Sarah Palin’s revelation that she will campaign for John McCain this election year, I continue to receive anxious emails from readers who feel she has betrayed them.  Even her recent endorsement of Rand Paul hasn’t quelled the tide of concerns over her allegiance to McCain.  I have to admit that when the announcement hit, I wasn’t inclined to address it in a column.  Of course, I noticed that many quickly labeled her a RINO.  Others called her the enemy.  Some said she’s slapping tea party patriots in the face.  But with a wide array of pressing issues facing our country, Palin’s endorsement of McCain truthfully didn’t rank high on my priority list.  However, my readers have repeatedly asked me to share my opinion.  So here it goes.

In late 2008, Sarah Palin accepted John McCain’s invitation to stand beside him on the Republican presidential ticket.  Despite some differences when it came to policy and issues, she believed he would be a good leader for our country.  She spent a great deal of time on the campaign trail defending the notion that McCain was the best choice for America, that his personal and political characteristics merited our votes.  Why would anyone expect a different attitude from her now?  What would you think if Palin—despite the fact that McCain is virtually the same political figure today that he was a year and a half ago—suddenly decided not to support him?  Would you conclude she had lied to you in 2008?  Would you assume she’s playing strategic games?  I certainly might.  The first question on my mind would be:  So he was good enough in your mind for the role of President, but doesn’t cut it for Arizona Senator?

In her recent op-ed in USA Today, Palin disclosed the reasons why she chose to speak at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville.  Two sentences in particular resonated with me:

“It’s important to keep faith with people who put a little bit of their faith in you.”

“I made a commitment to them to be there, and I am going to honor it.”

Those quotes epitomize the woman you voted for.  What inspired you to pull the lever for her in November of 2008 is precisely what has led her to stand by McCain in the 2010 Arizona campaign.  McCain put his faith in her in 2008.  She’s keeping faith with him now.

This column is not an endorsement of John McCain. McCain wasn’t my 2008 Republican presidential nominee and he’s often not my ideological ally.  To be frank, although I possess great reverence for his service to our country and the strength of character he must possess as a result of what he endured, McCain earned my vote in 2008 because of his running mate. I hence advise you to do what you should before any election:  Research the candidates and their records, forget about who’s endorsing them, and follow your gut in embracing the leadership you believe is best for our country.

Despite Sarah Palin’s fame and propped up celebrity status, you can still envision her doing homework with her kids and sitting around the TV on family movie night.  That’s why you like her.  Because you think she’d choose her family over her career.  Because you feel she’d rather say what she means and face the backlash than lie and savor the praise.  Because you sense that at the end of the day, she’d prefer to be comfortable with her choices than have us approve of them.  And because you believe that she wouldn’t abandon her word to win a popularity contest or safeguard her political future.  Well, guess what?  She stood beside John McCain in 2008 and she’s standing beside him now.

Most refreshing to me in the political arena aren’t those who articulate their policies the best, pledge allegiance to the establishment to get ahead, or play it safe to win pats on the back from both sides of the aisle.  It’s those who follow their principles…not the higher moral order of their party or political ideology, but the convictions they carry on the inside, the ones that guide their simple, everyday choices.

In 2008, Sarah Palin called Americans “to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House.”  If people were expecting her to have a convenient change of heart, I think they’ve got the wrong girl.

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Frank Spangler
11 years ago

Mike Hukabee is my choice

james williamsd
11 years ago

to anyone who reads this, think about this one, what do you call a president who inherits a recession, and three years into his administration still has double digit inflation and double digit unemployment? Give up yet, RONALD REAGAN. People, wake up, AMERICAN INDEPENDENT PARTY, no more of these lackey democrats or republicans. Ask yourself this, have they both betrayed you? I know they have me, wonder about all the jobs being in
Well, just look back a little at history and you will see how goold old Richard Nixon (REPUBLICAN) normailized relations with them and set this process in motion.
Also remeber Bill Clinton and NAFTA. I truly hope people will not be stupid enough to listen to the propaganda of ones like Sarah Palin and
Fox News and start voting for an Independent Candidate. If anything will help this country, it will be a third party and not another rehash of the trash, called either republican or democrat, I used to vote republican, but that is over with forever

james williamsd
11 years ago

question authority and always, never believe what a politician tells you, check out what they have done, not what they say they will dolet us not forget some of our past republican friends “I am not a crook!” and of course “Read ny lips, no new taxes” (instead we will just increase the old ones) think people, think for yourself that is

Gabe Baglione
11 years ago

I loved Palins views what she stands for but when I read here she was backing McCain I may change my mind. i voted for McCain becaue of her or was not voting at all

james williamsd
11 years ago

for all you palin phobics here is my email, will enjoy your comments, they certainly are funny here
[email protected]
wake up and join the A.I.P.

james williamsd
11 years ago

oh, and by the way, she is not governor palin, remember, she quit

james williamsd
11 years ago

i will never vote for a republican again, and never have voted for a democrat. i really hope any one out there who reads this will be intelligent enough to realize that voting for the two parties is truly throwing your vote away, dont listen to the propaganda minister sarah palin, do some research on her and you may find out you dont really like what she stands for, at least supposedly

james williamsd
11 years ago

sarah palin proved a few things to me, she knows how to quit, promote a book, and get foolish people to follow her, she now campaigns for mc cain, who is one of the most liberale so called republicans there is. and of course, works for fox news now, let us not forget imus and his comments, and also s e cupp, who is an atheist by her own admission, “but defends christianity” what a joke they all are anymore. I really hope the tea party people are not stupid enough to united behind this mouthpiece for the republicans “sarah palin” democrats don’t fear sarah palin, republicans fear the tea party and are trying to use her to get them to throw their votes away on the republican party rather than vote for what we lack so badly, a third party that does not owe or have ties on any special interests

Barbara A
11 years ago

Sarah has my vote. Knowlegable, keeps her word wheather its popular or not, but most of all SHE IS HONEST. I’m not totally conservative, but she is the best. I only hope the Repulican AND Tea Party support her or, if divided,. Obama will be back.

11 years ago

Sarah must unite the GOP and the Tea party. Together it’s a no brainer. Sure victory!!

Joe Alex
11 years ago

I am a huge Palin fan. Although I did not like her endorsement of McCain I understand it as loyalty to the man who brought her down from Alaska. Although not an Arizona citizen I will probably be backing McCain’s opponent. Sarah still ranks highly in my estimation.

D. Hersh of Ontario, CA says:
11 years ago


D. Hersh of Ontario, CA says:
11 years ago

MORE SIGNIFICANT than their fear of Sara Palin is the leftist media, Democrat party AND every power broker in the American progressive movements fear of what she represents!

Really want to make an impact on GOVERNMENTAL CORRUPTION? Here are some thoughts on how to “get the ball rollin”:

1. Vote ALL current representitives OUT OF OFFICE (Democrat AND Republican……both Congress and Senate).

2. Vote only for candidates who commit to cut representitives saleries IN HALF (Congress and Senate).

3. Vote only for candidates who commit to pass TERM LIMITS (Congress and Senate).

4. Vote only for candidates who commit to restrict representitives healthcare to that of the American citizen (Congressmen AND Senators).

5. Vote only for candidates who commit to restrict representitives retirement to the same Social Security constraints as that of the American citizen (Congressmen AND Senators).

RJ of Long Beach, NY
11 years ago

Sarah Palin is a class act, and as a class act, she has to endorse McCain. I respect John McCain, but I have no love for him. In his heart, he is a progressive. However, he is a patriot, and we would have a safer nation today if he was President. He is also not a lawyer, and like Sarah Palin, we need more non-lawyers in the Congress and White House.

I would have a lot less respect for Sarah Palin (and I hope she does run for President) if she did not support McCain. Nevertheless, i am routing for JD Hayworth! If he looses to McCain, I would rather have McCain in the Senate than a member that follows Chuck Shumer or any of the other hard-core leftists in the democratic caucus.

Marsha Hare
11 years ago

I have been reading all the other responses and many of them have been exactly what I believe. I love Sara, and even more, reading her book. She is a wholesome woman, christain, and has values and morals. She has been so abused, that if a person reads about all of them, it could start to resonate, causing even us to maybe believe some of them. I have heard some people mouth some of the really stupid things they say about her, such as she is “not ready” ;”she is not very intelligent”; she does not know much about forighen policies”; and the one that makes me the maddest, is the Katie Coric thing, I would have done the same as Sara did, I would have not dignified the stupid things Katie wanted her to say, so the news media could rip her a part. They did it anyway. Well, I love her, and think she would be a “hell yes” of a President, but I cringe at what she may have to go through to be one. More than any other time, meaness started with the Clinten’s, and if Hillary runs against Sara, “All hell will break loose”. and I mean it litteraly. I fear for her life now, and then, yes yes yes. We need to pray pray pray for her and for God’s protection over her and her family. There are some bad ones out there and they not stop at anything to further their agenda. I agree with one person, who said Obama doesn’t want to run again. I have thought that for a while, observing what he has been doing. This bunch, including the Clintons, are for the beliefs thay have along with the power. I think Obama is there and will continue to be there, but I think he has to produce what they want or they will put someone else in, at any price. He knows that and has been doing pretty will untill we have risen up to fight him and them. If he does not do what the plan is, he knows he is out, and the next is in. I hope it is Sara and her running person. She is wonderful and inspiring. I love her. Marsha Hare

Scottie Bruce
11 years ago

I have read all the posts and vary from shock at a minority who dwell in the past to agreement with a majority. who have seen Sarah develop. Yes! Sara has loyalty, the most honorable trait. God bless her. She has come a long way this past year despite the odious press which, with Obama, are destroying our country. I do feel that she has time to develop any skills she may need for the presidency before 2012 but, be it then or later, she will one day shine as another Margaret Thatcher. Go Sarah!

Marshall Henderson
11 years ago

Some say that we are not ready for a female president. Were we ready for a black president. One who was raised on institutional support and wants to discredit and undermine our very way of life? Do not be fooled by his facade. Palin, I believe is the real thing.

Judy S.
11 years ago

I so admire Governor Palin’s integrity, honesty, faith in GOD, intelligence, leadership experience, patriotism, stands up strong for what she believes in, staunch support of our United States Constitution, family values, enthusiasm, etc., etc. Such a person could do Americans proud as the President of our United States of America. YOU GO, SARAH in whatever future decision you make to help our Country with my family’s full support. Thank you. Love, Judy S.

11 years ago

Medina for governor in Texas would be like Obama in the presidency. She has no experience in business and no track record from which to be judged.. Texas has the best economy in the nation..We want to keep it. that way. We don’t need a learner at this time. Governor Perry has done a good job, ,believes in conservative values and is a godly man and stands up for what he believes. Sarah
knows how to pick them and Governor Perry has my vote.

Evelyn Mellinger
11 years ago

The news reported that Scott Brown supports McCain–what did Megan say about Sarah Palin?
McCain will be a stumbling block–get the McCains out of the way.

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