Ben Voth at American Thinker has a great post up today. He discusses the perceived ups and downs of media narratives over the last eight years where Governor Palin is concerned and explains how her unique journey has delivered a major win for America.
Twenty-sixteen may turn out to be the year of the woman after all. The woman of the year is Sarah Palin, who eight years ago was crucified by assorted media and elites in order to usher in the new transformation of America promised by Senator Obama. Obama upset the heir apparent, Hillary Clinton, in a bruising Democratic primary fight, where establishment party politics succumbed to the youthful populism of Barack Obama. His old-guard rival, John McCain, appeared an easy mark until the rogue upstart from Alaska electrified the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2008. Palin’s feminist populism recharged the Republican connection with populism, even in the political headwinds of an economy heading south with each passing week.
He goes on to explain the mainstream media’s treatment of Palin:
The sexist trashing of Palin is a hallmark of America’s arrogant ideological culture that puts women, African-Americans, gays, and all identity communities in their proper marginalized social place when they fail to adhere to the left’s ideological doctrines.
He talks about her unconventional political move to resign as Alaska’s governor in 2009 and how that has benefited the country:
Since that time, Palin has played the kingmaker in political races across the American landscape. The gradual erosion of Democratic Party power in local politics is in large part orchestrated by the political campaign fought by Palin since she stepped down from her post in Alaska. The decision to endorse Donald Trump over a strong field of conservative Republican presidential candidates in 2016 – one year before his inauguration – may have been one of the most risky yet decisive actions taken by Palin.
In many ways, a woman made Donald Trump. Palin took the arrows and bullying of an elite class. Her church was destroyed. Her family was attacked. She never stepped out of the spotlight or refused to speak up for her populist vision of America. Had Palin’s endorsement gone another way, Trump might not have taken flight in the broad field of 19 candidates deployed by the RNC.
The inauguration of Donald Trump will be Sarah Palin’s revenge, and it will pose a long-term threat to identity politics as we have long known it.
You can read Mr. Voth’s entire piece here.