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July 15, 2009

"Sarah Palin, political genius" by Willie Brown a Democrat

Willie Brown, Mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004 & Speaker of the California Assembly from 1980 to 1995 had this to say about Governor Palin:

Sarah Palin, political genius

SF Gate

by Willie Brown

The pundits are wrong. Conventional wisdom is wrong. Sarah Palin's decision to step down as Alaska governor was a brilliant move.

Palin has some of the best political instincts I have ever seen. She became a pop-culture superstar overnight when John McCain made her his veep pick, and she's still second only to President Obama among politicians the public is interested in. Even in liberal San Francisco, she'd be front-page news if she ever came to town.

But that kind of celebrity comes at a high price. What a lot of people don't know is that Palin entered Alaska politics as a reformer attacking the corruption of the state's Republican establishment. As such, she was the darling of the Democrats - until she hooked up with McCain.

After the election, with Palin back home but positioning herself for a 2012 presidential run, it was clear she would catch nothing but ridicule from Alaska's Democrats. It was not going to be pretty.

If Palin wants to play on the national field, she has to be free to move around. She has to be able to drop into Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee and help Republican candidates raise money. She has to be available for radio and TV.

She has to be like Gavin Newsom, free to roam around the country, safe in the knowledge that things will pretty much take care of themselves back home.

Instead, Palin faced the prospect of being constantly pinned down in a state that is a day and a half away from the rest of America. She would have been totally isolated in every sense of the word.

Now she can study up on issues where she is lacking and become a full-time political celebrity.

The pundits call her a quitter, but let's be honest - the pundits never liked her to begin with. Better to take one hit for stepping down and move on than to stay in Alaska and die a death by a thousand cuts.

Governor or not, Palin is still the biggest star in the Republican galaxy. After all, who else have they got?


Wild Thing's comment.......

Like they say, "Even a broken clock is right twice a day."

I lived in California for 27 years and I’ve never liked Willie Brown’s politics but this man is right on target on this one. Willie Brown doesn’t pretend to be anything he’s not.

She won’t have McCain’s RINOs to hold her back any more! Unlike many Republicans, Sarah Palin gets it. She knows whats wrong in the country and she knows how to fix it. It is the conservative values that the Republican party has let go of for too long, and kissed up to the dem lites in the party and the rinos' .

Based on her initial announcement alone, we can infer that this brave and beautiful spirit is drawing up plans for a metaphorical big game hunting expedition throughout the country with a focus in the DC wilds. The MacArthur quote was not an idle comment. Free of the legal and political shackles, Sarah Palin will take the fight to preserve the Constitution and US Sovereignty into enemy territory. It is an urgent and righteous cause. We the people are ready to join the fray. All she has to do is signal when ready.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 15, 2009 06:48 AM


If Willie Brown thinks Sarah Palin is on the right track, I will for once agree with him. Brown is a very astute politician, so I hope he is right on this.

Posted by: TomR at July 15, 2009 06:21 PM

With all the attacks on her, one thing is for sure, the democrats take her seriously and consider her a legitimate threat.

Go Sarah knock'em dead,

Posted by: Mark at July 15, 2009 07:40 PM

Tom, yes politics is one thing Brown
does know.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 15, 2009 08:08 PM

Mark, they sure do. They are talking
on Fox right now about how Maureen (spelling)
Dowd has once again attacked Palin.
Dowd is a total lost cause, they should just
ignore her jealous bantering in her articles.
I wouldn't waste my time reading what she
has to say.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 15, 2009 08:10 PM

Your comments are 'spot on'. Like youI have lived in California, my whole life, in fact. Like you I do not agree with Wilie Brown in any way but I will say that if there is anyone who knows how to develop and run a Political Machine, it is Willie Brown. I find it intersting that he would see this and make a public statement about it.
I have a feeling that there are a number of Backroom Democrats who are dreading the day when Sarah starts attacking the Left. When she does it will with all guns blazing, and there will be a lot of us supporting every move.
Obama's campaign told us that, "they were the ones we wee waiting for". Wrong, Sarah is the one we have been waiting for.
Go Sarah

Posted by: SEAN. at July 15, 2009 09:04 PM

SEAN, thank you and you put it beautifully
I love the blazing guns part. I agree too
about the Backroom Democrats this has got to
be the most dreadful thing of all to them.
Sarah Palin doing what she does best.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 16, 2009 12:22 AM