“But I will tell you … I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up.” These words might well serve as Sarah Palin’s political epitaph. While few might care if she sits down, there are many, including members of the Republican Party, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee for instance, who think she should shut up. Shutting up unfortunately isn’t a Palin strong point. Having been infected with the Tea Party’s interpretation of freedom of speech: the right to blurt out whatever hateful nonsense happens to flit through one’s mind, she has proven herself incapable of keeping her tongue under the control of her brain.
Tea Party followers can afford to indulge in rash, or even irrational speech. This organization isn’t actually a political party, and its members don’t have to worry about getting elected, but if Sarah Palin is not ruling out a run for the presidency in 2012, she needs to give more thought to what she says in public.
The Tucson shootings provided both Barack Obama and Sarah Palin equal opportunity to prove that they are worthy of the Oval Office, and highlighted why Mr. Obama is, and Ms. Palin isn’t. The president seized the moment, and came up with a speech that pushed all the right buttons to boost his image. Sarah chose to focus on her favorite topic, Sarah Palin, selfishly portraying herself as the true victim in this affair, and once again belligerently lashing out at those who would try to prevent her from exercising her God-given right to recklessly shoot off her mouth whenever the urge strikes.
Her latest attack of verbal diarrhea came at the expense of breast-feeding mothers. With her usual lack of ability to focus on the real issue, she declared that the only reason for Michelle Obama to be urging mothers to breast feed, is the high price of milk. This mother of a large brood, conveniently overlooked the fact that, nursing children are not generally given cow’s milk to replace breast milk, but instead drink baby formula.
These types of statements are even bringing condemnation from within her own party. Mike Huckabee joined Republicans saying Palin should have controlled her urge to lash out at all things Obama. This wasn’t the first time she drew fire form a Republican party notable. On the occasion of her infamous “blood-libel” speech, Newt Gingrich suggested she be “…more careful and think through what she’s saying and how she’s saying it.”
This would-be contender in 2012 should have learned something from her run for the office of vice president in 2008. Her lack of ability to take direction from people with more experience than herself saw John McCain’s campaign disintegrate and her own political ambitions left temporarily in tatters.
Sarah Palin undoubtedly employs professional speech writers, but seems unwilling to let others put words in her mouth; and as she proved in 2008, believes that she knows better than anyone what to say and when to say it. If this were true all would be well, but instead she displays an uncanny knack for always saying whatever might prove most damaging to her political future.
As she says herself, Ms. Palin will not sit down and shut up, nor will she ever be president of the United States.