In an interview this evening with Greta Van Susteren, Governor Sarah Palin explained that the American  people have grown weary of President Obama’s excuse-making.  She laid the groundwork for a wider argument against the epidemic of corruption that rules among the elites and their pet intelligentsia inside the beltway. Taking a direct jab at the president’s obsession with spending, she said pointedly: “It’s the spending, stupid.” She also took the time to address the incessant fear-mongering by President Obama and his shills in the press. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that she seems to be building upon a theme that has come to dominate politics these days.  There’s really no avoiding the fact that the country is suffering through a ‘man-caused disaster,’ and that man’s name is Barack Obama.

 

 

Governor Palin was careful to point out specific examples of Obama’s flip-flop on the debt ceiling and on raising taxes in a recession.  In 2006, then Senator, Obama laid out all the reasons he thought raising the debt ceiling was immoral.  Five years later, as Governor Palin reminds us, Obama has reversed his position completely.  Now, not only does he want a gargantuan increase in the debt ceiling, but he seems to have likewise reversed his moral argument.  The question implied by Palin hangs unanswered in the air above Washington DC: If it was immoral then, why is it  suddenly moral now?  She understands the answer: In Washington DC, self-contradictory moral pronouncements are made by people who think they can get away with it.  It’s the adopted nature of Washington politicians to hold moral and economic principles as flexible given the political expediencies of the moment.

The Alaskan presidential prospect also addressed the role of Congress in this ongoing debate.  While she was careful to point our her respect for John Boehner’s efforts to find a workable plan, she went to some lengths to explain that the Republican ought not compromise on the core of the agenda for which they were elected.  This warning, sent politely across the airwaves, nevertheless stressed a point she has made repeatedly:  The time for compromise on common sense, conservative fiscal principles is over.  In a moment reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher, she urged the house Republicans not to “retreat and wave a white flag” and surrender on the issue.  After all, the merits are entirely on their side, and the country simply can’t abide this spending-crazy government, particularly in the midst of all the suffering, as she said, “exacerbating the problem” through this president’s policies.  She’s quite right, of course, inasmuch as the American people have become fatigued with President Obama and the economic and fiscal disaster his policies have both deepened and prolonged.

The lasting impression with which the interview will leave viewers is the commitment she’s made in supporting the allegedly dead ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance.’  As this writer informed you earlier, the truth is that the Senate could still bring the bill up for a vote.  The problem, of course, is that Democrats control the Senate, and they’re under strict instructions to let no Republican bill, particularly that one, onto the floor for debate.  The last thing Democrats can afford is to have people calling their Senators demanding passage on a bill their President has promised to veto.  That’s a position Obama wants, and badly needs to avoid in order to have any chance at re-election or holding on to a slim majority in the Senate after 2012.

As has always been the case, Governor Palin is much more in touch with DC events than most would believe, but she appears now to be gearing up for an imminent fight.  She’s staked out a position that makes it perfectly clear where she stands, and there can be no doubt that she understands the critical issues at hand.  After all, this wouldn’t be the first time she waged a campaign against the corrupt establishment in a distant capital.  The stakes have grown larger, along with the scale, but the basic pieces of the puzzle look surprisingly familiar.  It wouldn’t be the first time she challenged a bankrupt, ruling-class oligarchy, and more to the point, it won’t be the first time she’s won.  Having penned a Facebook note entitled Lame Duck President over the weekend, one realizes the term is something she knows well, having unseated a corrupt administration in Alaska.  Now, looking forward to 2012, she stands poised to make yet another head of state into a lame duck, and he’s becoming more conscious of his worsening predicament.  He hears footsteps closing from behind, but strangely unfamiliar to him, it may be the sound of snow-shoes.

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