William Daley, former Obama chief of staff and member of the infamous Daley family of Chicago, published an op-ed in the Washington Post Sunday. He accused Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, former vice presidential candidate and, apparently, still the most powerful female politician on the planet, of single handedly causing what he calls the Republican Party’s “dysfunction.” Daley apparently means the current struggle between the establishment and conservative wings of the party and the rise of outsider candidates for president such as Donald Trump. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz.
Daley’s thesis depends on adhering to the black legend of Palin as a kind of psycho bimbo, who inexplicably rose to national prominence and garnered such immense amounts of political power. It relies on one ignoring Palin’s wildly successful partial term as a governor and her even greater success in electing conservatives to Congress and various state houses such as Ted Cruz and Nikki Haley. The oped proves that even though Palin has been relatively quiet recently, save for a few rhetorical bouquets thrown in the direction of Donald Trump, that the Mama Grizzly haunts the nightmares of liberals rent free.
There may be a method to Daley’s madness. By accusing Palin of wrecking the fortunes of the GOP (which has captured Congress and a myriad of down ballot offices) he can distract from the awful situation the Democrats are in. Vox, of all places, recently pointed this out.
“But there are also thousands of critically important offices all the way down the ballot. And the vast majority — 70 percent of state legislatures, more than 60 percent of governors, 55 percent of attorneys general and secretaries of state — are in Republicans hands. And, of course, Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Indeed, even the House infighting reflects, in some ways, the health of the GOP coalition. Republicans are confident they won’t lose power in the House and are hungry for a vigorous argument about how best to use the power they have.
“Not only have Republicans won most elections, but they have a perfectly reasonable plan for trying to recapture the White House. But Democrats have nothing at all in the works to redress their crippling weakness down the ballot. Democrats aren’t even talking about how to improve on their weak points, because by and large they don’t even admit that they exist.”
Even worse, the Democrats at the top of the ticket are in no better shape.
“Instead, the party is focused on a competition between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over whether they should go a little bit to Obama’s left or a lot to his left, options that are unlikely to help Democrats down-ballot in the face of an unfriendly House map and a more conservative midterm electorate. The GOP might be in chaos, but Democrats are in a torpor.”
It should also be pointed out that Clinton is under criminal investigation by the FBI, and Sanders is a self-admitted socialist, neither a good pathway to the presidency.
If Sarah Palin is responsible for this state of affairs, one imagines that the lady cannot but accept it in good grace.