John Ransom
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It’s no big surprise that Hollywood liberals would band together in an Occupy History moment to try to rewrite the story of the 2008 presidential campaign. No surprise too that they’d cast Sarah Palin as the out-of-control villain who blew up John McCain’s campaign for the movie.

If you could buy liberals for how much they know and sell ‘em for how much they don’t know, you could make a large fortune. You might even make enough to fund the whole welfare state.

So it should shock no one that the HBO mockumentary Game Change is just  another in a long list of hit pieces aimed by the progressive left at one of the most unique political figures of our time, Sarah Palin.

But what should shock and outrage you is that the veneer of credibility that allows Hollywood’s latest bash-Sarah-scheme to thrive, is that it has been funded by contributions from conservatives just like you.

Love her or hate her- and I happen to love her- she’s unique, in the same way that Harry Truman was, and even- gasp!- Abe Lincoln, another political figure mocked for not caring about the difference between a fish fork and a salad fork.



And like Lincoln, Palin has proven awfully cagey at the political arts, parlaying her 15 weeks of VP-ticket fame into a formidable, long-lasting industry.

And that’s what really galls liberals. Left unchecked, they think, she might even become – double gasp!- president of the United States.

Imagine if we allowed people like Sarah Palin, who have a whole lot of common sense and actually believe in the ideas of reform, to run our country and kicked out the Ivy League Baby Boomers trapped in their golden cage.   

After all, elite progressives think that you need to be Harvard, Yale or Princeton-trained in order to most effectively squander the trillions of dollars that Obama-Bush have on various schemes- green schemes, jobs schemes, healthcare schemes, mortgage schemes, global warming schemes, foreign policy schemes- to as little effect as the political administrations who have killed the last decade of economic development.   

And squandering money gives them the perfect excuse for asking for more money. That’s liberal politics practiced at the elite level, by both parties.

And in furtherance of their abuse of money, the funds that you and I donated out of our want to John McCain v.08 has been the logistical lifeline for those who have trashed Mrs. Palin the most.

Because the “inside” information in Game Change- and every other attack on Palin-was supplied by people who were paid by the McCain campaign to try to get John McCain and Sarah Palin elected. These were self-professed Bushies, who were, in fact, so insecure and so unsure of themselves that they always insisted on being described as “Senior Policy Advisor to John McCain,” like somehow the rest of us cared what they were called.    

And they are the same people who are now describing Game Change as an “out-of-body experience,” or as “true enough to make me squirm” on every mainstream media outlet and every liberal blog they can find.   

Nobody is more popular on the Huffington Post or MSNBC right now that those Bushies who screwed up the country by: 1) Screwing up the country in the first place and; 2) making sure Obama was elected in 2008 as a result of them screwing up the McCain campaign too.  

Not 24 hours after Mrs. Palin changed an otherwise apathetic Republican National Convention in Minneapolis- where the locals were rude and the enthusiasm by delegates over the McCain candidacy was stunted- into an event of a lifetime, with her stunning and charming debut that enthralled delegates and TV audiences, these same McCain staffers were leaking fabricated and exaggerated information to the press about her.        

And it’s un-freakin-believable that the rest of us picked up the tab for their malpractice.

It’s painful for me to write about this, because I supported John McCain when practically no one else did.

Throughout 2007 and 2008 I was whole-heartedly a McCain guy- and often times the only McCain guy, because I believed then, and I think I have been proved correct, that McCain was the only candidate who could extricate the U.S. successfully from Iraq with the surge strategy he advocated.

And without the surge, Iraq may have become what Afghanistan has become for the U.S., a quagmire- only much, much bigger and more painful than Afghanistan.

The result would have been grave for both the U.S. and the GOP. The successful resolution to the Iraq problem before George Bush left office, has allowed the GOP to move on to other, more pressing domestic issues, like taxes and spending. For too long, Iraq took up all the resources of the party, and that’s how conservatives lost control on spending. 

So let’s just say that in the intramural fight between Palin and the McBush staffers, I have pretty pure motives and the pedigree to prove it.

That makes me qualified, obligated and not a little pained to say this of John McCain, just as Benjamin Franklin observed of one of his contemporaries: In some ways McCain has been a good man; in all things he has been a brave man; but in some ways and in some things, John McCain is still absolutely out of his mind. 

While I can forgive him many of his personal foibles- his monumental meltdown in the fall of ’08, his disorganized and disinterested campaign, the creation of McCain-Feingold and other disastrous policies; yes I can forgive these things, but I can never forget that he allowed your generous campaign contributions to fund the continuing attack on Sarah Palin by people who worked for him.  

And nor should you.

Don’t forget, always remember and demand more from our candidates.   

And if you have the time, please forward this to Mitt Romney as a cautionary tale for 2012.


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John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.