John Ziegler Sarah Palin: Having Faced Her Political Death HeadOn Palin’s the Ultimate Freedom Candidate

To jog your memory, John Zeigler is the filmmaker of Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted. He spent a lot of time with Sarah and her family after the 2008 presidential election. Today Ziegler says he is changing his mind on a Palin presidential run.

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Before getting into this, I note that Zeigler  believes Obama will be reelected, and I want to make it clear that I share none of that opinion. However, after Palin was on with Sean Hannity this week talking about the Tucson shootings, Ziegler says this (and he thinks she will run):

I still believe barring a disaster Obama will be reelected, but I now see nothing to lose and lots to gain by a Palin candidacy. She is the only candidate who has the ultimate freedom of having already faced her political death head on. As Winston Churchill famously said, “There is nothing more exhilarating than being shot without result,” and while thankfully Palin only knows this truth metaphorically, all that she has endured gives her incredible independence. Everyone else will inevitably melt (like even grizzled veteran John McCain did) when they get close to the blast furnace that will be going up against the Obama juggernaut. Far more than anyone else in conservative history, Palin has been forced to prove just how fireproof her convictions are and how deep her resolve is.

Quite simply, no one else in the potential Republican field will be as trustworthy to conservatives on the issues, and less likely to back down, than Sarah Palin. She has shown beyond any doubt that she can literally handle anything that the pressure of running for president could possibly present.

Then Zeigler’s mind goes off into some far dark place where a conservative should never dwell for even a second:

Would she win? Probably not, but there is no Republican who would be close to being favored today against Obama.

Instead, a Palin candidacy would guarantee, by far, the best chance to have true conservative principles articulated in a fearless fashion on the grandest of stages, which hasn’t really happened (with apologies to Ronald Reagan) since 1964.

I do concur, and this conversation is going on all across the InterTubulets. Check out the conversation at HillBuzz which includes Sarah and “white-haired, pasty-faced Republicans (White men). Don’t miss the comments. I got to HillBuzz via The Conservative Pup who has some strong opinions about a Sarah presidency (see comments) as does David Lemon, the most talented sculptor of the most beautiful bronzes anywhere. A thanks to Lemon for the Zeigler-Palin article.

  • Ziegler’s kind of a self promoter supreme, so take it with a grain of salt I would say… but if he really thinks Obama’s in the catbird seat he must not have must confidence in conservative policies, nor concern for the damage of liberal ones.

    IMHO, Obama has had the luck of the devil, and the seeds have been sown for his own destruction by terrorists, inflation, or worse… as the racial and class divides he’s created or exacerbated have put deep scars on this society.

    A dollar crash, double digit inflation, and/or continued high unemployment are more than likely to accompany Obama going into the next election… where’s the juggernaut in there, I don’t see it

    As for Palin, I adore her… but unlike Ziegler, I’m in it to win it and would need to see a plan to reduce the high negatives stuck to her by the MSM and American Lefts despicable 2-year smear campaign… if the GOP doesn’t take it back, I’ll be retiring abroad… seriously

  • Maggie, thanks for the link, appreciate that. Will read the other links you posted.

    RR, you know I love you dearly. I am in it to win too. I can’t explain it without sounding like a kook, but I have a deep settled feeling, a peace in my heart, if you will, about going all out for Palin, if she runs. If she doesn’t, that’s a new ballgame. I have for some months been pretty sure she will announce in her own good time. But if she doesn’t, that’s OK too. I will still throw heart and soul into whomever runs against the Won, or any demmie candidate.

  • It is far too early for me to support any candidate, much less one who hasn’t announced his or her candidacy. Here’s what I do know: Obama already announced the beginning of his 2012 campaign. He said his goal is to raise a billion dollars. He has the financial support of Hamas and perhaps even Hezbollah. He has the support of the entire state run media. Barack Obama would like nothing more than to compete against Sarah Palin. It would guarantee his reelection because no moderate American will vote for Sarah Palin. I may be wrong, of course, but I don’t think I am. In any case, time will tell.

  • Mustang, I have read and heard this many times, that ‘no moderate American will vote for Sarah Palin.’ It confuses me a little, because I’m beginning to think that I don’t know what a ‘moderate American’ is. Could I ask you what your definition or description of a moderate American is? This is a genuine request, and not one for the purpose of arguing with you.

  • I think a moderate is someone who carried away by political ideology. For example, someone who thinks he or she should vote for Barack Obama because we are America and it’s time for a person of color to lead us. Such a person may not approve of abortion, but won’t become riled when the federal government wants to spend money on stem-cell research. I call these people “fence sitters,” and I think form a political standpoint, that’s where most people are. It isn’t their fault, really. They have become confused by churches who preach social justice, and it makes sense to them that somehow, the government is responsible for us. Rightly or wrongly, I think most voters fit into this category.

    Personally, I see myself as moderate right —in the center of right— and somewhat pragmatic as I evaluate Palin’s chances on a national ticket. Of course, we shall see whether she even runs for the presidency, and whether the GOP will endorse her. By the way, no one is paying me big bucks to offer political analysis but you have to appreciate the fact that my opinions don’t cost you anything. My opinion is that Palin doesn’t appear presidential, and while I agree we couldn’t do worse than Obama — I do hope our standard is much higher than that in the next election.

    • I meant “isn’t” carried away …

  • Thanks for that explanation, Mustang. Well-stated, and I believe I understand your view. I appreciate it.

  • First, while I agree that we shouldn’t be making Obama our standard for a candidate. Sarah Palin is a much better candidate than Obama could ever be. The sleeping giant has awoken and are not simply going along with Obama’s policies like a robot anymore. I don’t think that Obama can count on nearly the amount of the black vote that he captured during the 2008 election. Many of those simply voted just so we could have the first black president and won’t vote again. Plus, many others simply gave Obama a chance and many of those, while they may like him personally or personality wise, have come to realize how radical his policies are. I will support Sarah Palin if she runs. There are others like Herman Caine, Sen. John Thune, and Gov. Pawlenty, who are considering entering the presidential race and from what I’ve heard from each of them so far I would vote for any one of them also.