The Cowardly Character Assassination of Sarah Palin

Sunken ships loosen bitter lips.

failed McCain campaign, for
all its high-minded talk of honor, duty and courage, is
now teeming with unscrupulous gossipmongers. Seems the dishy staffers forgot to crack open their copies of Sen.
McCain`s bestseller, Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember.

Rest assured: Their cowardly
character assassination of Sarah Palin
won`t be

The finks turned to
Newsweek and
Fox News to spread petty rumors about Palin`s intellect
and character. The magazine peddled anecdotes from
sources horrified that Palin greeted top advisers at her
hotel room—gasp!—"wearing
nothing but a towel"
"wet hair."
Fox News reporter Carl Cameron

breathlessly reported
that his unnamed McCain
sources told him Palin lacked
"a degree of
knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate"

because, they claimed, she didn`t know which countries
were parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement
and "didn`t
understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a
series, a country just in itself."

Let`s assume for a moment that the
McCain rumormongers are telling the truth about Palin
(and I don`t believe they are). Who would it damn more:
Palin, or McCain and his vetters, who greenlighted her
for the vice presidential nomination? Don`t need a fancy
Ivy League degree to figure that one out.


introducing her to America
, McCain praised her
independence and backbone: She

"stands up for what`s right, and she doesn`t let anyone
tell her to sit down."
The inside snipers are
now roasting her for that very attribute—redefined as
"going rogue"——because
she had the nerve to try to schedule media interviews on
her own. The nerve of her!

Palin`s response to the campaign
fragging? At a late Wednesday night airport press
conference in Anchorage, immediately upon landing home
after the election defeat, she smiled cheerfully. The
Alaska governor shrugged off the
"foolish things"
said by the McCain saboteurs, and simply said,
"It`s politics. …
It`s rough and tumble and you`ve got to have a thick
skin just like I`ve got."

Hollywood savaged Palin.
Journalists mocked her. Liberal blogs slimed her.
Opponents cursed her, Photoshopped her,

hacked her e-mail

hanged her in effigy,
called her

, Bible-thumper and bimbo, and

her husband and

. But nothing Palin endured during the
election season compares to the treatment she`s
receiving from these backstabbing blabbermouths who
worked on the same campaign she poured herself into over
the last three months.

Sarah Palin worked her heart out.
She energized tens of thousands to come out when they
would have otherwise stayed home. She touched countless
families. I didn`t agree with everything she said on the
campaign trail. But she vigorously defended the Second
Amendment and the sanctity of life more eloquently in
practice than any of the educated conservative
aristocracy. And she did it all with a tirelessness and
an infectious optimism that defied the shameless,
bottomless attempts by elites in both parties to bring
her and her family down.

Liberty needs a virtuous people to
survive; self-governance requires virtuous leaders. "Knowledgeability"
is a necessary trait in political life, but it is not
sufficient. The elitist critics of Palin, so blindly
enamored of Barack Obama`s ability to hold forth for
hours on theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, ignored the
Founding Fathers` counsel: Character counts. In times of
adversity and crisis, it counts more than
instant trivia recall and bloviation skills.

"The most important thing I have learned, from my parents, from
teachers, from my faith, from many good people I have
been blessed to know, and from the lives of people whose
stories we have included in this book,"
John McCain
wrote in Character
Is Destiny,

"is to want what they had, integrity, and to feel the
sting of my conscience when I have risked it for some
selfish reason."

John McCain not only failed to make
that message stick with the electorate, he apparently
couldn`t persuade his own staff to heed his advice and
practice what he preached.



Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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