It wasn’t hard to notice that no Republican “leader” came to the fore condemning the racist and sexist attacks against Nikki Haley by fellow Republicans during her primary season. Nor have any of them said anything about the sex-based ad hominem attacks against Sarah Palin, which continue to this day.
During the Conservatives4Palin meetup in San Diego this past weekend I warned that wonderful group that attacks on Palin would most certain all be based in the gutter, framed on mental state and sexuality. I also predicted, btw, that they would eventually go after Todd Palin in the same manner. I repeated that warning Monday on Tammy Radio, noting there as well that there would be no more free shots at Sarah Palin; we would answer and expose the rank sexism which we’ve already seen emerge in both parties against women who dare to knock on the door of power. Here’s a relevant clip from that Monday show, addressing direct attacks on Palin and the silence of so-called Republican “leadership” when Republican women are smeared:
Today, four days after my warning and right on cue, the Mitt Romney campaign launched a depraved sexist, personal attack on Sarah Palin. In a Time Magazine article with a title also meant to dismiss: “Beyond Palin: Assessing the Rest of the GOP Presidential Field,” Romney advisers and a Republican operative flail about like Alfalfa and the Our Gang kids panicking that Darla might come knocking on their clubhouse door:
One adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 frontrunner, says of Palin, “She’s not a serious human being.” Another Romney intimate warns, “If she’s standing up there in a debate and the answers are more than 15 seconds long, she’s in trouble.”
And a nationally experienced Republican operative had this gem to add:
One of the most experienced Republican national political operatives in the country suggests that while Palin might be envied and sleek, she lacks the endurance required for a protracted nomination fight. “She’s like a cheetah. She can run really fast, but not really long.”
Perhaps the Romney camp would prefer to just stuff Palin in a kennel and deposit her on the car roof for a long roadtrip. It would make things so much easier!
Keep in mind, everything being said this close to the presidential race is an approved campaign or party line. The Romney advisers were not speaking out of turn; they were speaking their candidate’s mind.
So, let’s interpret this–the Decent Man-of-Faith Mitt Romney is so decent, so trustworthy, that his first plan of action, his first choice of attack is to call into question not Palin’s ideas, or strategy, or approach, but her very humanity; an attack which blatantly attempts to dismiss her as a silly girl, someone not with whom he disagrees, but beneath complete human status. Normally, your first plan of attack is your best, most thoughtful plan. This says volumes about Romney’s nature and character and it will not be forgotten.
Romney’s flip-flopping and hypocrisy on most every important issue during the last campaign is chronicled by Conservatives4Palin. Perhaps Romney knows his lack of character and political opportunism make it impossible to confront Palin on the issues. But if he’s hoping for the traditional conservative ‘turning of the other cheek ‘ this time around, he’s got another thing coming,
And the Republican operative? Attempts to reduce her to an animal, literally, and a cat, no less. Sleek (attractive) and fast (dangerous), but also, essentially, not serious. An interesting conjunction and indicative of established Romney and frightened Republican party line.
Here’s a word of warning to all the establishment politicians who think dismissing or denigrating Sarah Palin will pay off. The tact has been tried and has already failed. The same smear was tried by Nikki Haley’s opponents, and it helped propel her to victory. Why? Because the American people are sick and tired of gutter-tripe tossed at women who dare to pursue their American dream.
We already know of the rank and obscene sexism rife in the Democrat Party. Men in the Republican Party were supposed to be more decent, have more character, and be more understanding of the diversity and strength of the American people. So here’s a suggestion to you more decent, more Godly, more in-touch Republican Elitists, contemplating the gutter from which to smear Palin, or Haley or any other conservative woman–instead of working out your issues about women while campaigning or in public office, work them out in a psychiatrist’s office and let the women who are striving to right this nation get to work.
Reagan to Palin: Romney Campaign Staffers Attack Sarah Palin
UPDATE: Mittens and the Anonymous Numbskull Team Respond!
And now I will translate his decidedly ridiculous, certainly Not-Presidential, Obama-like passing-of-the-buck shoulder-shrug: “Who? Me? I have no idea what’s going on here. What? Who? Not me! I have no clue what’s happening. Time says they’re anonymous, so OMG, we’ll never know! But sure wasn’t me! What a shame. They=numbskulls. Sarah=Smart. Okay?”
Uh, no, not okay. We have two options here–either Romney has such a lack of control of his staff that they feel free to personally disparage a major conservative leader to Time magazine, without any regard to what Romney or the campaign wants, or…Romney knows exactly what happened and why, and by whom.
After all, what sort of “advisers” is Time going to be willing to talk to for a major story about presidential hopefuls? And when Time calls and asks for comment, which advisers will a camp offer? But let’s pretend Mittens really has no clue and is the Massachusetts version of Chauncey Gardiner–there’s a thing called “demanding answers from your staff” and then firing those responsible especially because they supposedly went behind your back causing, as the Irish might note, “the troubles.”
Instead, we get this pathetic, immature response from Romney where he claims ignorance about the national scene, even from his own campaign. Whether he’s clueless or thinks we are, he has “the troubles.”
I’m now gonna do the entire Romney camp a favor by providing a Newsflash for them, and I will preface this with the fact that there was one person I gave money to during the 2008 presidential primary season–and that was, tah dah! Mitt Romney.
Newsflash: the game has changed. We know the old rules and Romney and every other Republican who fancies himself ‘presidential’ will be held responsible for what his proxies say and do. If you’re not sure, Mittens, how to handle an influential political woman, first you can stop with the pandering and proceed with genuine respect. You and your proxies attack her on the issues, not personally. It’s that simple.
And one other piece of advice for Mittens and Anonymous Numbskull Team: Grow Up. You have seriously misjudged how to deal with The Girl in the Room.