Sarah Palin Responds to the Obama Attack With a Challenge

Putting It In Perspective

As I reported on Monday, Obama for America ran an ugly little ad designed to paint former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and “far-right” conservatives as “racist.”  In addition to simply lying and omitting much of the video clip from Hannity used in the ad, it was factually inaccurate in every way.  Worse, the ad itself seemed to support the actual case Governor Palin had made in the Hannity appearance, as Ben Shapiro on Breitbart makes plain.  Governor Palin responded on Tuesday via Facebook, challenging President Obama to a debate since he’s made her the focus of his attacks.  While many conservatives wish Sarah Palin was running, the fact is that she’s not, and we ought to ask what sort of president goes after private citizens rather than his opponents in making his attacks.  In part, Gov. Palin responded by reminding readers that this is a typical leftist diversionary tactic:

“The far Left continues to believe American voters are not smart enough to grasp the diversionary tactics it employs to distract us from the issues our President just doesn’t want to talk about – issues that affect us all every day and must be addressed.”

This is quite true.  Rather than talk about the pressing issues facing our nation, including the skyrocketing costs of energy and food, persistently high unemployment, and green energy scams for the sake of political cronies, Barack Obama has tried these last several weeks to shift the focus onto anything but the job he has done as President.  Naturally, the state of the Union at present isn’t conducive to his re-election, and as Governor Palin points out, he wastes no time in changing the subject, this time, using her as the target of his attacks and his narratives about conservatives.  Gov. Palin happily fields the challenge:

“I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s “enemy of the week” if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the issues Americans are actually concerned about. (Remember when I said you don’t need a title to make a difference?)”

Isn’t it funny?  In successive weeks, President Obama has had to resort to attacking Rush Limbaugh, and now Sarah Palin, neither of whom is seeking the Presidency.  Why is it that he can’t focus on the question of the Presidency?  Obviously, it’s because we would then necessarily focus on his record, and he might actually get the vetting the media didn’t conduct in 2008.  Sarah Palin states a laundry list that covers a good deal of the shortcomings of this president:

“Just off the top of my head, a few of these concerning issues include: a debt crisis that has us hurtling towards a Greek-style collapse, entitlement programs going bankrupt, a credit downgrade for the first time in our history, a government takeover of the health care industry that makes care more expensive and puts a rationing panel of faceless bureaucrats between you and your doctor (aka a “death panel”), $4 and $5 gas at the pump exacerbated by an anti-drilling agenda that rejects good paying energy sector jobs and makes us more dependent on dangerous foreign regimes, a war in Afghanistan that seems unfocused and unending, a global presidential apology tour that’s made us look feeble and ridiculous, a housing market in the tank, the longest streak of high unemployment since World War II, private-sector job creators and industry strangled by burdensome regulations and an out-of-control Obama EPA, an attack on the Constitutional protection of religious liberty, an attack on private industry in right-to-work states, crony capitalism run amok in an administration in bed with their favored cronies to the detriment of genuine free market capitalism, green energy pay-to-play kickbacks to Obama campaign donors, and a Justice Department still stonewalling on a bungled operation that armed violent Mexican drug lords and led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people”

That’s quite a hefty list, and as Governor Palin points out, it’s not exhaustive, but it offers just a sample of all the things Barack Obama seeks to avoid by shifting the focus onto others, including Sarah Palin.   She finishes with this, and I think it’s indicative of the sort of campaign that I hope the current crop of GOP candidates will eventually run:  We need to focus on Obama, his past associations, and the obvious philosophical distinctions between what they offer, versus what Barack Obama has wrought, and what sort of thinking has led to this disastrous Obama administration, and all its negligent or even subversive policies:

“This latest ad is quite odd, but also quite telling. It shows that our President sure seems fearful of discussing the economy, energy prices, and all the other problems people need addressed. And intended or not, now that his ad opens up the discussion of Barack Obama’s radical past associations and the radical philosophy that shaped his ideas about his promised “fundamental transformation” of our country, I welcome the media to join ordinary Americans in finally vetting Barack Obama. The media failed to do so in 2008 to the detriment of us all. Maybe this time around they can do their job.”

I’d encourage you to take a look at the whole response directly.  Governor Palin doesn’t waste much time defending against an out-of-context attack on her statements, instead turning this around and placing the focus where it belongs: Squarely on Barack Obama, and his wretched policies, and even more wretch politics.

 

 

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  • Carmtom13

    Thanks Mark for writing this article. Lets see if BHO takes up Governor Plains challenge. I doubt it. She has been living rent free in his head since 2008.

    • trav45

      Why we would accept this?  It’s elevating her to his level, and she is not even close.  Sarah is a has-been, desperately trying to keep up her game in order to rake in the money. Having said that, I would pay good money to watch Obama eviscerate her in a debate.

      • Carmtom13

        Governor Palin is an equal to BHO and i doubt it if he would eviscerate her or anyone else. As far as her making money that’s capitalism. You have the libs talking points down pat.

  • Sue Lynn

    Time for another donation to SarahPac!!!!!!! Great post …Great reporting Mark!!!!

  • RebinTexas

    While none of the gop candidates have the substantive and consistent record of Sarah, I only wish I thought one of them could rouse the base as well or turn things around and go after bho as well as Sarah does. Thanks Mark – you make a fellow Texan proud.