Why They Hate Sarah Palin
Additionally, Palin's background has caused issues for her. She is what most politicians pretend to be: just a regular person who climbed up through the ranks. She doesn't come from old money or a famous family. She didn't go to an Ivy League school. She hasn't spent decades kibitzing at New York and D.C. cocktail parties with people who view themselves to be the elite of American society. To the contrary, Sarah Palin is a PTA mom, hunter, and Wasilla beauty queen from small town America who attended five different colleges.
With a pedigree like that it wouldn't matter if she cured cancer and turned lead into gold; to some elitists in both parties she will never be acceptable.
The woman didn't even go to an Ivy League school, for God sake -- and has she ever been on a yacht? And don't get them started on those dreadful beauty pageants and the hunting. Maybe if she had hunted foxes in her youth, it would be understandable, but moose? Oh, and the worst thing is that accent. A New York accent or a Boston accent, well, of course, that would be fine -- but Alaskan? Imagine bringing her to a dinner party in the Hamptons. People would just titter at her every utterance until they could barely finish their Chardonnay and caviar! For snobs who think like this, Sarah Palin will never be up to code.
Another reason -- in Rome the first thing a new emperor would do when he took the throne was to try to maneuver his potential rivals out of the way. Given her charisma, popularity, and the enthusiasm she generates among conservatives, Sarah Palin is the candidate most likely to be Barack Obama's most dangerous foe in the next presidential election.
So when liberals smear her, they're smearing the person whom they fear they have to go toe-to-toe with in 2012. When they make rape jokes about her children, as did David Letterman, they're trying to send her a message: "Don't run for president or we'll go after your children to get to you." When they file laughable ethics charge after ethics charge against her, they're doing it not because they think she did anything wrong, but because they're hoping the sheer number of false charges will take some luster off a woman known for fighting corruption.
The attacks from the Left are probably not so surprising to most people, but the ones from the Right may be slipping in under the radar. How many nasty anonymous comments about Sarah Palin have been made by supporters of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, or one of the other candidates running in 2012? A smear campaign already being organized by any of the potential contenders seems doubtful, but as we all know, the campaign season starts earlier and earlier each cycle and many of these attacks are likely aimed at hurting the probable frontrunner for the nomination.
There is also another angle to this -- Sarah Palin's views are much more representative of the average conservative in flyover country than even some Republicans would like. That's true of Republican moderates who desperately want to see the party abandon its conservative roots. Other Republicans who've been in Washington a little too long may grudgingly give lip service to conservative ideas, but truthfully, they believe all wisdom comes from D.C. These are people who never really liked Reagan and who view their constituents as their servants, instead of vice-versa. A prominent Republican politician like Sarah Palin, whose influence and success are totally dependent on keeping the hoi polloi in the base happy, is a threat to their agenda.
What Sarah Palin's future holds is unknown, but one thing is for sure: if she runs in 2012, she will inspire legendary enthusiasm from her supporters and a blitzkrieg of hatred from her enemies.