Manhattan Lefties Talk Palin

By Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila

Last week I attended a cocktail party on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s an unfortunate part of life every now and then for this prefer-a-basketball-game-and-soft-pretzel New Yorker. With that being said, any opportunity to mingle with members of New York City’s left-wing elite serves to provide both a wealth of amusement and—quite often—column-worthy entertainment.

This particular party happened to occur the same day it was revealed that Sarah Palin will be keynoting a tea party rally in Iowa on September 3. So, Palin came up quite a bit. What did some of Manhattan’s finest lefties have to say about her?

Here are the top five sentiments that were expressed throughout the two hours I lasted (special thanks to the veggies and dip for keeping me there long enough to overhear this fun):

5. SHE’S SCARY BECAUSE SHE’LL ACTUALLY DO WHAT SHE SAYS. That’s right, folks. They know she’s the real deal. They know that if she says it, she means it. And that scares the living daylights out of them.

4. SHE’S WAY TOO LIKABLE. They admittedly fell in love with Barack Obama’s charisma, and they know darn well that the only person in the GOP field who can match that—or, dare I say, surpass it—is Palin. P.S.—When someone brought up Mitt Romney, many found that awfully funny.

3. SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK HER MIND. Palin’s fearlessness is what unnerves them the most. This group was all too excited for a “more subdued,” “less nervy” 2012 Republican alternative.

2. SHE’S “ANNOYINGLY REGULAR” AND PEOPLE LOVE IT. The fact that Palin would never fit in at their cocktail parties is a plus, and they know it.

1. SHE CAN WIN. “What do you think would’ve happened if Palin had been calling the shots in 2008?” I asked. One poor gentleman looked like he’d seen a ghost. “I think we could very well have had a President Palin,” he replied.

Interesting, isn’t it? Now of course they repeatedly retreated into their left-wing, media-fed talking points about how she’s “inexperienced,” how she’s “a quitter,” and how she’s “just not smart enough to be president.” But it was clear to me that they didn’t actually believe an ounce of it. Sure, they had to say those things. That’s their job—to echo left-wing talking points. But those talking points provided them with no comfort whatsoever.

It showed on their faces.

It showed in their voices.

And it showed in their panicked need to follow up so many of their statements with, “She could win. She could really win.” On that last point, I’d have to say I agree.


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  1. Wally Thornton says:

    She is a great American, and if she runs I will certainly vote for her…..As for winning, I don’t know. There are just too many people who feel put upon in this country. The other night
    at dinner in one of Kansas City’s good restaurants I heard a guy in the next booth going on about how they eat out at places like this two to three times per week, get great deals on such things as Helicopter rides, and for a few dollars more, flying lessons, etc, etc. Then the subject of tax breaks for the rich came up. This fellow then launched a discussion about how unfair this is to “regular guys like us.” With that kind of attitude from someone who is obviously pretty well off does not bode well for Conservatives in my opinion. As much as I hope Obama loses in 2012, there just too many people who still think he is the Messiah and will provide even more for them if only he has a chance to prove it….

  2. John P, Northern Cal says:

    When Sarah joined the last presidental race with McCain, I felt that somebody finally brought some balls to the campaign. Go Sarah!!! God Bless Sarah and the United. States of America.

  3. Tom Corbett says:

    …and the countdown begins. I can’t wait to see Sarah Palin in the White House. The MM and the left can say what they want but I love nothing more than clueing them in about what she did in Alaska as governor. Most of the left that I talk to aren’t aware of how forceful a leader she is. All they know is what the MM spoon-feeds them and as they start to understand the truth about Sarah – well it’s just fun to watch them get a little green around the gills!!

  4. KENNY M says:


  5. Thomas H. Seigo says:

    Anita, Holy Cow girl (no pun intended)! You appear to be well informed on the politics of BHO and I am eager to learn more! Please advise where I can tap into this wealth of information that you espouse….PLEASE!

  6. Sandy from Colorado says:

    I find it most interesting how the left is afraid of a strong, conservative woman. They applaud the strong, liberal woman, the whole “glass ceiling” thing. Liberals are scared of Mrs. Palin so they resort to Jr. High name calling. Says more about them than they would ever want to admit. They can have Hilary, Sonia, Janet & Nancy. We are very happy with Sarah, Michele Bachmann, Kelly Ayotte, Nikki Haley, …

  7. Thomas H. Seigo says:

    While I presently support Bachman’s bid (she was fantastic on FOX’s debate), I would dearly enjoy having Sarah Palin as my first choice. Imagine this: Palin for POTUS with Bachman as her VP! GOOD LORD, please let Palin run and please let her choose Bachman as her VP!!!!! Then everyone step aside and watch these great ladies work cohesively for the good of AMERICA!

  8. Chuck V. says:

    We have two uncommitted persons in Palin and Perry. It would be interesting is Palin would throw her “hat” in the campaign since Perry will Saturday. As one candidate said last night, during the debate, “the more the merrier(sic)”

  9. Jim W says:

    Palin is a neo-con taking advantage of the ignorance of the masses Tea Party fans who jumped on the bandwagon. She has demonstrated her willingness to compromise on fundamental principles of constitutional government. No one who can get the nomination of either major party will do what needs to be done. Ron Paul would – but the GOP will never allow him to receive the nomination. If it could keep the mike out of his hands, it would.

  10. Bob Davis says:

    I like most of what Sarah stands for. However, I’d rather opt for the candidate that has stood by his word in the public eye for more than 30 years, and who will keep us OUT of wars rather than running around the world LOOKING for our next one. There is only one candidate that will bring home the troops; set the nation and thus the economy on a positive path; GET RID of the IRS; audit and phase out the Federal Reserve; stop foreign aid to countries that hate us; deal properly with illegal aliens… I could go on, but if you don’t like it so far you won’t like more. That candidate is Texas Congressman Dr. Ron Paul. He may not win a beauty contest, but he IS our best hope to win back our country.

  11. Ron W says:

    @Bill- Ron Paul has a lot of common sense views that are refreshing, However his foreign policy views – especially on Iran scare the h___ out of me. I believe the Mullahs and Persian barbarians would eat Ron Pauls lunch and spit it back in our face. Michele and Sarah know what is at stake and what it will take to defend our freedom.

  12. kellie says:

    It’s a good thing that Alaska only has one electoral vote as Sarah has lost her popularity here. When she bailed as governor she lost support. That’s too bad as she is very bright and I like her ideas but she did not show she will stick with the job. I would still vote for her, though. ANYONE AGAINST OBAMA.

  13. Chet Hale says:

    Just one other thing. She will fiercely defend her family and will not ever apologize for standing up for them regardless of what others think. She surely won’t travel around the globe apologizing to all the other countries for America’s stand on anything we believe in.

  14. Charles says:

    Palin would be an improvement from what we presently have as President. She is a very intelligent Lady. Go Sarah

  15. Charles Says says:

    Palin would be an improvement from what we presently have as President. He is a very intelligent Lady. Go Sarah

  16. Chet Hale says:

    Great article and insights! Of course she scares the hell out of the left. She will do what she says she will do…been doing it all of her life! She can not be swayed off of her core values yet she will listen to opposing ideas. She has the determination to win the right fights…she pulled her little children in little red wagons and then sleds in the winter when campaigning for mayor of Wassila, she will hunt moose, kill it, skin it, butcher it, for her family’s meat supply like most all Alaskans. That in itself scares the far left!

  17. Rick says:


    The only problem with Ron Paul is that he is a total isolationlist when it cones to forgen policy and he actually believes that 911 is our fault. He is also rather not a social conservative
    Yep he is a fiscial conservative and has some of the best ideas for our economy but the other stuff makes him a bad choice for president, in my opinion

  18. James Laubach says:

    I was just thinking about those lefties bashing Sarah and Ron. Do you realize those folks are very very dependent upon the “Red States” for every ounce of food and fuel they consume. Perhaps we should just cut it off and see if they will still blast us conservatives

  19. Bill says:

    Take a good look at what Ron Paul has been saying for many years and you’ll see why his supporters keep growing. That is if you’re not afraid of the truth. No show just substance.

  20. Scott Yaw says:

    I have also attended similar NY cocktail parties where similar discussions have taken place. As a hard-core conservatives, I find these elitist phonies entertaining….at least for the term of a party.

  21. Gerry Ashley says:

    It’s very simple: The LEFT/Liberals have ACCEPTED the Barack Obama ideology that we need to be apologetic to the rest of the world for America’s greatness.

    Think about that: We’re supposed to be ashamed for having built a country that has so much success in raising the standard of living, not only ourselves, but so much of the rest of the world.

    So it’s natural that they would reject (and try to demonize) anyone who is unabashedly proud of our country as is Sarah Palin. She’s the most PRO-AMERICAN politician I’ve seen since Ronald Reagan.

    As to her inexperience? Seriously? And Obama’s experience, by comparison is what… voting Present in the Senate?

    Spending American deeper in debt than any other president?

    Driving us to the point where our credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in our nation’s history? Yeah, I know… that’s not entirely his fault. But to the Obamanites, it’s somehow Bush’s fault.

    Yep, it’s no wonder the left wing gutter-trolls and social elite fear Sarah Palin. She’s a proud American who won’t bow to anyone. She’s a fiscally responsible conservative who might just be able to steer this ship back into the right direction. What left wing loonie WOULDN’T feat that?

  22. Eric Eaton says:

    That point of her having no experience always floors me. What experience did Mr. Obama have when he was elected (other than campaigning)? She has considerably more administrative experience than he.

  23. Carol Ann says:

    We Palin supporters KNOW she can WIN! It is just when she will enter the race formally, that we don’t know…

    She is just who America needs!!!!!! She has my vote for sure!

    2012 Palin for President..

  24. Anita says:

    Gerald G: I think you’re on the wrong website…This is AMAC, not Aarp. We don’t drink the fool=aide here! Sitting on our hands, hardly. Since your O has been in office we’re working hard to stop his wrecking ball & protect all of our assets. Read Agenda 21( good search) it. The new GREEN agenda…”When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced his plan ‘to fundamentally transform the global economy based on low-carbon, clean energy resources,few realized he was calling for a new global tax to be designed without public scrutiny…. The UN’s one nation, one vote system has been used since its founding to render the U.S. impotent, regardless of the fact that we are its major financial donor. ….Banning the press and global tax opponents from its July 13-14 tax design meeting in Tokyo, Japan, for example, is anathema to a democratic process, but the UN is not a democracy. Rather, its “unelected” self appointed bureaucrats” use a collaborative decision-making process’ to reach ‘consensus’ with no debate or expressed opposition…This green agenda is the new Marxism that requires government ensured economic equity…. In the U.S., federal and state legislatures were bypassed when then-“President Clinton “signed an executive order to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development to implement Agenda 21. Federal grants continue to flow to local governments to carry out the UN’s green agenda across America.It’s estimate is at least $1.9 trillion annually for the next 40 years or $76 trillion” [By Cathie Adams, Eagle Forum International Issues Chairman]3. Democrats Bury ëCommunity Transformationí Plans in Health Care Bill. [11-6-09]: “In the bill, the Affordable Health Choices Act, community transformation plans would be carried out using federal money and be overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC would distribute the money as well as coordinate the various state, local, and ‘community’ entities responsible for carrying out the plans.
    “…both state and local governments are eligible for the grants, & are’national networks of community-based organizations’…. The transformation plans must include ‘activities’ for all ages, beginning in public schools, which focus on eating healthy food, adequate amounts of physical activity….’Every time our friends on the other side start talking about community organizations, we usually think ACORN…” There’s a lot more to read, & it will give you a wake up call. If you agree join the fight,or maybe you just want to sit on your hands,& be run over by the Marxist trains.

  25. Papoose says:

    @Marty Blueroad! Vice President my foot, whomever YOU choose for pres. is a LOSER! PALIN for PRESIDENT!

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