It’s pronounced KOOK-you-ler
Looks like the allegations that Palin quit the Alaska governorship to cash in on her national profile stung; the former half-term governor dispatched her “personal attorney,” Thomas Van Flein, to write a guest post on her Facebook page rebutting the charge.
It was a modest piece in that it failed to compare Palin with Old Testament favorite Queen Esther and only likened her to US President George Washington. An excerpt:
Palin’s lawyer asserts that the half-term governor’s record on ethics complaints is 26-0-1, with one still pending. Of course, he fails to mention that the Troopergate investigation found that Palin had “unlawfully abused her authority.”
Van Flein is the same attorney (an awfully busy man) who put the original spin on the Troopergate findings during the run-up to the presidential election:
Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein disagreed with Branchflower’s conclusions. “In order to violate the ethics law, there has to be some personal gain, usually financial. Mr. Branchflower has failed to identify any financial gain,” he said.
Steve M. over at No More Mister Nice Blog had an interesting post yesterday about Palin’s prospects for a presidential run in 2012. Steve thinks she’ll probably run. He also makes an excellent point about the effect Palin’s hard-right strategy has already had on the field of possible contenders:
The party has ceased to be (as John Podhoretz, quoted by Douthat, puts it) “bilingual”—Republicans don’t even try to talk in the language of the center and left. So when 2012 rolls around, there won’t be one Palin running for president—there’ll probably be a dozen. They’ll all talk like her. They’ll all snark off at liberals and Democrats like her. They’ll all call Obama a totalitarian socialist, just like her. In the primary season, they may even all try to blow off the non-right-wing media, just like her—they’ll certainly all express contempt for it.
And that’s a big reason why the nomination isn’t hers to lose—she’s going to be joined at the fringe by her primary opponents. Because that’s the message of the entire modern GOP, not just its Wasilla branch.
Steve’s likely right about that, though I tend to think she’ll milk every last nickel out of the prospect of running but then ultimately decline. In fact, I can see Palin crafting an “I’m not throwing my hat in the ring” Facebook post using the fait accompli of her influence in moving the party rightward as an excuse for staying out of the race herself. It might go something like this:
Unlike the totalitarian, terrorist-pal Marxist currently occupying the White House, I’m not in the public eye to achieve and abuse power. From a servant-leader’s perspective, the important thing is that our message—a return to real American values—is championed by the party.
Thanks to our efforts, the GOP has returned to its roots, so I believe now I can best support our efforts to return this country to its Founders’ original intent by hosting Fox News specials and posting my thoughts on Facebook to hold our leadership accountable. If you join me in that goal, please donate generously to SarahPAC.
I’ll admit there may be an element of whistling past the graveyard in my assessment. Under normal circumstances, I’d like to think the idea of this country electing an un-vetted, inarticulate, messianic, half-wit extremist like Palin is remote. But then there’s George W. Bush.
And to quote fellow Roastafarian StrangeAppar8us, “every seemingly sane nation is only ever two or three traumatic shocks away from a total psychotic break.“ That’s why I sincerely hope Palin plans to take the money and run.
As for the probability that the rest of the GOP has internalized Palin’s approach, while I think that’s likely, I still believe there would be a big difference between a Palin presidency and the presidency of a garden-variety GOP schmuck who rode to power using Palin’s talking points without truly believing him or herself the modern reincarnation of Queen Esther sent to guide Real America through the End Times.
Pretending to be nuts is one thing. Actually being a kook with the world’s most fearsome a nuclear arsenal is another.