Jun 7, 2009 84 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Sarah Palin is popular because she speaks unvarnished Conservatism. Notice how after her convention speech, the Left went after her with a ferocity unprecdented in modern times, even violating the sacred boundary of not attacking a candidates minor children?
Now why would they be so angry and ferocious? Fear. Fear that they might actually lose the election. Why be so afraid of her? For the answer to that, look only to the reason why she is so popular: she speaks unvarnished Conservatism
It’s what Americans actually want, and they know it.
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. â€” Governor Sarah Palin paused Friday afternoon in front of a monument bearing the Declaration of Sentiments, an early feminist touchstone.
â€œWe anticipate no small amount of ridicule,â€ she read, and remarked: â€œSome things never change.â€
Americaâ€™s most famous Republican elected official quietly took a commercial flight into sleepy Central New York Thursday and spent Friday on a private tour of landmarks of early feminism â€” Harriet Tubmanâ€™s house, the Womenâ€™s Rights National Historic Park, and the National Womenâ€™s Hall of Fame â€” for the low-key beginning of a week-long return to the lower 48 states and another step in the attempt to recalibrate her public image.
Palin, consumed by the media freak-show during last fallâ€™s presidential campaign and its aftermath, is taking a deliberately low-key path, and making sure to link the visit to her responsibilities as governor.
Sheâ€™s traveling with her husband, Todd, and her 14-year old daughter, Willow, as well as her sister and nephew, and the public events are deliberately focused and on a human scale. She has a single political aide, spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton, and two volunteer advance men. Her staff have scheduled no mass rallies or major addresses and made no attempt to court the media, or even inform it of her plans, which have been announced piecemeal by the groups hosting her.
She is to participate in a march to raise money for autism research Sunday in Westchester and accept an award on Long Island for her work on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.
But as the first woman on a national Republican ticket, the partyâ€™s top grass-roots star and an obvious contender for the 2012 nomination, sheâ€™s a sought-after guest whose every move will be studied for political intent. And for some, the buzz is too good to pass up. Sheâ€™s expected to join former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at a Yankee game. And though she riled Washington allies earlier this year by turning down an invitation to headline this weekâ€™s joint fundraiser of the House and Senate Republican campaign committees in Washington, she may now stop by the event, a source said, though Stapleton declined to comment on her schedule.
But Palin, whose popularity at home declined after the presidential campaign, is trying to keep the core of the trip focused on her native Alaska: She’ll be the headliner tomorrow at an event in Auburn marking the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s statehood at the historic home of former Secretary of State William Seward. Sewardâ€™s 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia â€“ Sewardâ€™s folly, as it was known at the time, though the label is discouraged around here â€“ may have been the most controversial Arctic acquisition until McCain chose to add Palin to his ticket. Local authorities say they expect more than 20,000 people for the Founderâ€™s Day event linking Auburn and Alaska. And Palin will be holding meetings in Washington, D.C., and Texas on a natural resources issue, Stapleton said likely negotiations over a key pipeline project.
Friday, though, Palin started her day at Tubmanâ€™s five-room house in Auburn.
â€œThis is so good for our country,â€ she told the president of the foundation that manages the house, Karen Hill. She admired a 1960s-vintage painting of an angel hovering behind a young African-American boy.
â€œShe knew something had to be taken care of and she stepped up and she did it,â€ Palin said of Tubman after leaving the house.