Sympathy for Sarah Palin
Conservatives are having no trouble spinning Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-Alaska) surprise cut-and-run from her office as an act of personal heroism that will help her political career. Fox News anchor Stuart Varney, running the network’s coverage right now, has opened the gushers, saying that Palin “represented real people with real values” and that by resigning the way she did “she was speaking the way, I think, Americans want her to speak.”
- Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), also on Fox, had fulsome praise for Palin, saying that she showed “backbone” by quitting her job, and that the fact that she “drove the left crazy” emphasized what a strong candidate she was.
- Mike Huckabee, who might be/have been a 2012 contender against Palin, said that “what she’s showing is what a lot of us loved about her: Her spunk.” He said that her supporters wouldn’t punish her decision: “They’re going to feel like she was, in essence, hounded from the opportunity to serve.”