Pop quiz: What kind of things would a guy who was Mayor of San Francisco, a city which voted for President Obama over John McCain by more than 70 percent, say about Governor Sarah Palin?
He’d say stuff like this:
I actually went back and watched Palin’s [Republican National Convention] speech a second time. I didn’t go to sleep until 1:30 a.m. I had to make sure I got the lines right.
Her timing was exquisite. She didn’t linger with applause, but instead launched into line after line of attack, slipping the knives in with every smile and joke.
And she delivered it like she was just BS-ing on the street with the meter maid.
She didn’t have to prove she was “of the people.” She really is the people. (Emphasis added)
The next day, Brown said on CNN that as a columnist, he was obligated to offer “a candid assessment” and “to state otherwise would absolutely be a misrepresentation.” Brown continued praising Palin: “She did a tremendous job. She put herself in a position, where as a newcomer, she attracted just as much attention, if not more, than Barack Obama did in his [Democratic National Convention] speech.”
Of course, anyone can concede that someone with whom one disagrees is a good orator, but what of that person’s substance? Brown did not stop there. He went on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss the threat she posed to Barack Obama:
She’s a threat to Barack Obama because, first, just like Barack Obama was 18 months ago, she’s a new person, on the scene. Number two, she’s got a terrific personality. Number three, she is a true maverick. And a combination of all those, plus being a woman, gives her an edge that McCain didn’t have going into his convention. But coming out of his convention, her presentation, she’s thrown the Democrats for a loop, and they are not yet back on stride.
Brown further noted that Palin “took on the good old boys in Alaska. She clearly is not so much of an advocate of things that she can’t tolerate a different view.” He also noted that he was not surprised by the lamestream media’s personal savagery towards the Guv because “they were absolutely enthusiastic, profusely, about Barack Obama, and they don’t want anybody, frankly, to touch Mr. Obama.” He said that the media’s attacks were due to Palin’s failure to meet certain “standards”, such as not being “like the Washington insiders” and not having been a pundit on news talk shows.
O’Reilly noted that the media, such as the San Francisco Chronicle for which Brown writes, were threatened by Palin’s opposition to far-Left positions, such as abortion-on-demand, because her success would make traditional positions “acceptable” in the public discourse. Brown prefaced his answer by saying, “First and foremost, I don’t think that her philosophy is unacceptable,” due to the policies of President George W. Bush, but before one takes that as a slight, given Brown’s earlier crack at Bush in the same interview, he said something we Palinistas have been saying for three years: “Even as Governor of Alaska, she doesn’t intrude, allow her philosophy to get in the way of achieving successful goals for all of her State.”
Fast forward to July 2009. After being nearly bankrupted by frivolous ethics complaints, Sarah Palin announces she will resign the Governorship of Alaska. The Left-wing press is in a tizzy, the “quitter” meme is created and Willie Brown writes another column:
The pundits are wrong. Conventional wisdom is wrong. Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Alaska governor was a brilliant move.
Palin has some of the best political instincts I have ever seen. She became a pop-culture superstar overnight when John McCain made her his veep pick, and she’s still second only to President Obama among politicians the public is interested in. Even in liberal San Francisco, she’d be front-page news if she ever came to town.
But that kind of celebrity comes at a high price. What a lot of people don’t know is that Palin entered Alaska politics as a reformer attacking the corruption of the state’s Republican establishment. As such, she was the darling of the Democrats – until she hooked up with McCain.
The pundits call her a quitter, but let’s be honest – the pundits never liked her to begin with. Better to take one hit for stepping down and move on than to stay in Alaska and die a death by a thousand cuts.
Governor or not, Palin is still the biggest star in the Republican galaxy. After all, who else have they got? (Emphases added)
From Willie Brown’s mouth to Palinistas’ ears. Have at it, Nicole!