...Sarah Palin, A Reason Why
In 1962, having lost to Jerry Brown in an attempt to win the
California governorship on the heels of having lost the
presidential election to Jack Kennedy, Dick Nixon held a press
conference in which he snarled to his media torturers that he
was finished with politics, growling, "You won't have Nixon to
kick around anymore."
Needless to say, Nixon, a victim of what Whitaker Chambers called "the conspiracy of
the gentlemen" who had rallied around their hero, the traitor and fellow gentleman Alger
Hiss and who hated Nixon for his role in exposing the Soviet spy, was written off as
finished in American politics. His press conference itself became one more example of
his unfitness for the presidency.
Nixon was not finished despite the common wisdom. He simply lowered his shoulders
and largely unseen by the hostile media, plowed ahead. For the next six years he
crisscrossed the nation, tirelessly campaigning for Republican candidates for Congress
and state offices and amassing a vault full of IOUs in the process.
Six years later, in 1968 he called the IOUs in and walked away with the Republican
presidential nomination, and then the presidency itself.
THE FAMOUS PRESS CONFERENCE
I don't have the vaguest idea of what led Sarah Palin to hold her sudden press
conference and announce she was stepping down as Alaska's governor, but I have a
sneaking suspicion that she knew exactly what she was doing.
Like Nixon, Sarah Palin has been a target of a relentless
and vicious attack by the conspiracy of the gentlemen, now
known simply as the "elite"—all those who went to the right
schools and live in the right places in Washington and New
York and speak and socialize only with each other.
Like Nixon she has been personally and financially dam-
aged by their attacks. Astonishingly, however, the incred-
ible barrage of slanderous aspersions hurled at her and
her family has failed to put a dent in her popularity. The
gentlemen may despise her but the great mass of the
American people recognize her as one of their own and
they love her for it.
Like Nixon, her press conference itself was as loudly denounced as foolish and
unintelligible with many of the "gentlemen" pronouncing it as her swan song, and with
some even speculating there were some dark and hidden meanings behind it, the least
offensive being that the lady is entente, a gentleman's way of saying she's pregnant.
She offered this explanation: "How sad that Washington and the media will
never understand; it's about country. And though it's honorable for countless
others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term,
of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for
the decisions I make.
"I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values
of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national
security, and much-needed fiscal restraint."
Look at it from Mrs. Palin's perspective. Aside from the matter of the timing of her press
conference, the reason for which is known to herself and family alone, may have been
the result of the urgency she feels exist at this moment in our history.
THE BATTLE AHEAD
While everybody else seems focused on 2012 and the presidential election I'm
convinced her eyes are set on 2010 and the crucial congressional elections, and given
that focus, time's a wastin' and there isn't a moment to spare.
I think she is fully cognizant of the fact that her beloved America is in dire
straights and Barack Obama's relentless drive to change this nation into a
European style socialist state with the massive loss of freedom that entails
must be halted now.
Driving the socialist Democrats out of control of Capitol Hill is the last and best hope
By freeing herself to plunge into the battle, Sarah Palin has cleared the way. If I'm right,
for the next 17 months, like Nixon, she'll crisscross America not only campaigning for
conservative GOP congressional candidates but sounding the alarm that individual
freedom and prosperity are threatened and the threat must be addressed now.
The message is clear and must be shouted from the roof tops—America cannot survive
unless the legislative power is stripped from the hands of the slavishly compliant
Democratic majority which follows obediently the demands of a man determined to
change the character of this nation into that of an authoritarian Marxist state where all
but the elite will be equally miserable.
When America was last threatened by the incredible ineptness and bungling
that was the Carter administration, divine providence gave us a new George
Washington to save the nation—Ronald Reagan.
This time in Sarah Palin we may just be getting a new Joan of Arc.
Ora pro nobis
|Phil Brennan, a veteran
writes for NewsMax.com
and edits and publishes
Wednesday on the Web.
A native New Yorker, he
moved to Washington in
1956 where he worked in
the public relations field,
assignments as the
Washington end of the
After working on the
Nixon campaign staff in
1960 he was named
director of public
relations and special
projects of the House
During his years on
Capitol Hill he also wrote
the "From Washington
Straight" column for Bill
Review. He was
uncovering the Bobby
Baker scandal which
resulted in the jailing of
the secretary of the
Senate, a close confidant
of Lyndon Johnson. In
1964 during the
Goldwater campaign he
organized the GOP Truth
Squad and served as its
In 1968 after working as
assistant for a member of
Congress, he moved to
Boca Raton, Florida
where he continued his
journalism career and
wrote two unpublished
novels and a series of
non-fiction books, the last
being a history of the
Shroud of Turin.
Phil is a veteran of World
War II, having served in
the US Marine Corps
from 1943 to 1946. He is
a widower and the father
of seven children. He
served as sacristan at St.
Joan of Arc Catholic
Church in Boca Raton
and is a trustee of the
Lincoln Heritage Institute.
He is a member of the
Association of Former