GOD NOT G.O.P.
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
June 24, 2010
I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I am in Governor Sarah Palin.
(Most of the Palin-groupies have probably stopped reading already.) For the rest of you who might be interested in my reasoning please let me explain.
When she blew in onto the political landscape she carried more wallop than the Kansas tornado that lifted Dorothy into the Land of Oz. While most “conservatives” were gasping for air as they tried to breathe life into the stogy Maverick McCain campaign, Mrs. Palin filled the atmosphere with helium as she single-handily lifted the hopes of America’s “family values” voters.
She was to the McCain campaign what spinach was to Popeye. In my lifetime I have never seen a candidate with such immediate rock-star appeal. While the Obama-loving media swooned over the man with three Muslim names, cries of “Sarah” reverberated all across fly-over country. Obama was a Madison Avenue creation, while Governor Palin was the second coming of Dorothy. She was the girl next door. She held the same values as Mom and Pop America and her poise and presentation reminded us that there was “no place like home.”
“Home is where your heart is,” and Governor Palin had the heart of the girl next door. In a matter of weeks she was a household name. Rarely do honorable women ever reach the status where “first-name only” brings immediate recognition…Hillary, Madonna…and now Sarah.
It must have been overwhelming for her. No one is ever prepared for fame…especially when it is so sudden and meteoric. Even when her warts were exposed, pregnant daughter, special needs child, her sense of dignity and grace, spiced with Christian salt, made her irresistible to a truth –starved electorate.
As my friend Flip said, “I think Sarah is God’s man.” Oh how we longed for her to be.
How do I write this without sounding so critical? That is really not my aim. Although I asked many of my friends who were swooning over her, “Where is the male Sarah Palin” deep down I was praying that she really was a gift from God. Like Esther of the Old Testament, perhaps she was the answer to a prayer, a brave woman that the Lord had sent to do a man’s job.