The long knives have been out for Sarah Palin since her emergence on the national stage just over two years ago. Katie Couric infamously mocked Sarah Palin and her family on tape even while the Republican Convention was still going on... long before her "objective" interview with her. But that was just the beginning.
Recently there was this silly effort by leftists to make fun of Palin for admonishing activists not to "party like it's 1773" yet. Not just random bloggers, mind you, but that paragon of fairness and balance from PBS, Gwen Ifill, lept at the opportunity to make fun of Palin for getting a date wrong. The problem, of course, was that Palin was correctly referring to the year of the Boston Tea Party. Ooops.
But then today, we see that Jonathan Martin with Politico has put out a piece trying to make the case that Palin is a "Diva." In the article, he writes "[a]ccording to a source familiar with the situation, she backed out of planned interviews with conservative talk-show hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin the morning she was scheduled to talk to them." Again, there's at least one problem... that is, Mark Levin says that this is an outright lie. On Facebook, Mark says, "Sarah Palin never backed out of any interview with me. Period. And John Martin, the reporter, never contacted me to ask me directly. I insist on a retraction. " Sarah Palin has her faults, but it sure makes one wonder how accurate this piece is when at least part of it is a flat out lie.
But that's not the only example today. Jim DeMint was on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News last night. During the interview, the Senator made some comments about the state of the Republican Party - pointing out, essentially, that he "doesn't want to watch the Republican Party betray the trust of the American people again." Amen. But, what does RealClearPolitics put up as the headline?
They wrote, "DeMint threatens to leave GOP if agenda is not limited government." Jim DeMint did not "threaten" to leave the GOP. He said he doesn't want to be a part of a Republican Party that is like that - and that this is not what Republicans are about across America. See here for the full video. To be honest, I don't want to be part of a Republican Party that is interested in perpetuating the power of its leaders... so you know what? We set out to change the face of the Republican Party - to get it centered on limited government and defending the Constitution instead of self-promotion, earmarks and compromise in the false name of pragmatism.
This is only the beginning, of course. Senator DeMint will find himself as the ever-increasing focal point of criticism, by the press and, perhaps more, by Washington establishment insiders who feel threatened by anyone willing to stand up to their big-spending, back-scratching, Senate "club" ways. Senator DeMint dares to suggest that the old guard needs to change or go home. He dares to criticize pork-barrel spending and the corrupt appropriators who continue to do it. And most of all, he dares to fight against an establishment built around perpetuating itself rather than liberty, by backing candidates who are willing to challenge that establishment.
One thing is certain. If other people are gunning for you, you are doing at least some things right.
But think twice when you read any story or headline about good conservatives who are fighting the fight.