by Eric Dondero
This is precisely what left-libertarians don't get. The oh-so-hip Reason crowd, the look-down-their-noses policy wankers at Cato, the completely culturally clueless Lew Rockwell-ites. They just don't get our right-libertarian love for this looker from Alaska.
As a number of longtime readers of LR are aware, I had the pleasure in my life of spending 2 hours with Sarah Palin waving signs on a busy median, on a very busy street in Anchorage in 2006. She was running for election to Governor. I was up there petitioning to repeal the Anchorage smoking ban on bars and bingo halls. (We got on the ballot but lost hard 70 to 30%). Jason Dowell, then Libertarian Party of Alaska Chair, and I were driving on North Star. We saw the Palin crew on all four corners, (at least 40 of them.) Jason looked at me, and said, I'm endorsing her. I told Jason, let's make it official and wave some signs with them for a few minutes.
We were whisked to the median with Sarah. She hugged Jason and shouted to all her supporters, "the Libertarians are endorsing me... We've got the Libertarian support." Jason was then right by her side for the next 2 hours waving signs. I was off a bit with some of Sarah's other family members.
What I recall? She is very petite. She's very bubbly, and always upbeat. What you see on TV is pretty much what I saw. And yes, she's stunningly beautiful.
And now a reporter for the Daily Caller, Mark Judge gets pretty much the same impression of Sarah, after only a few seconds. He shouts out the question on everyone's mind. Sarah, who's your favorite band?
Here's his lead-up:
As word flashed through the crowd that Palin had appeared and the mob began to crowd her, I knew I had to act fast. I also realized this was an epochal moment. Conservatives are always talking about how the culture of a nation is more important than economics or health care policy or the kind of cars we drive. Rock and roll is interwoven into the history of America, and a person’s views on it, even if that person is a famous politician, can be very revealing.And the answer everyone's been waiting for:
Who’s my favorite band?” she repeats. She leans forward and then it comes: “VAN PALIN, LIKE VAN HALEN!” And she’s gone.Judge adds:
I was also taken aback by her looks. Sarah Palin is the kind of woman for whom the term “stunner” was invented, which is one of the many reasons liberals hate her.Yup! And this is another reason the left-libertarians despise her like their liberal allies.
Palin is still a humdinger at 47. And she's got pizzaz, spunk and glamour.
To left-libertarians it's not about looks, culture, image, celebrity. To the Cato, Reason, Ron Paulists and most of the Libertarian Party crowd, it's all about "the issues."
This is a big item that separates us right-libertarians from the rest of the libertarian movement. We do care about culture, celebrity, image, other matters than just someone's position on monetary policy, and privatization of local garbage collection. Libertarianism is all-encompassing for us. It's a lifestyle choice.
Sarah Palin gets it. She epitomizes right-libertarian on the issues, and most assuredly culture. Her answer on favorite rock band of all time, confirms that.
Van Halen? You betcha! My all-time favorite band as well, Sarah.