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January 03, 2010

"Sarah Palin, Man of the Year"

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year

Charleston Daily Mail

by Don Surber ( a columnist with the Charleston Daily Mail )

2009 was an extraordinary year in which ordinary people did extraordinary things not because they were the easy things to do, but because they were the right thing to do. The people ranged from young Hannah Giles who jump-started her journalism career by donning a hooker’s garb to bring down the racketeer influenced corrupt organization known as ACORN, to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who culminated the decades of his life that he worked toward airline safety simply by landing an engineless plane on the Hudson River.

Michael Paul Mizzone, a carpenter’s business representative, pulled Josef R. Bruckuf, 82, out of a burning house, severely burning himself in the rescue. Police Sergeant James Crowley refused to buckle under presidential pressure and apologize for arresting a belligerent man. Economist Douglas W. Elmendorf refused to buckle under presidential pressure to cook the books for Obamacare.

The list of such candidates was long as the United States and Canada are nations that still celebrate and nurture rugged individualism. We still produce people like Stephen McIntyre who demand proof before they sign onto the global warming fad.

And lest we forget, the Netherlands gave us Jasper Schuringa, who saved Flight 253. The Dutch have our gratitude.

While each of the finalists was deserving, there can be only one man of the year — Sarah Palin. In the pantheon of people who stood up this year for that which is right, no one else stood taller or looked better.

She endured the most and came to symbolize the majority of American citizens who are stunned by the attempt to rapidly dismantle this great nation of ours and transform it into another Euro-weenie socialist country that apologizes for trying to save the rest of the world over the years.

The cynic in me said I should honor the person most responsible for reviving the conservative movement — Barack Obama. His arrogance and over-reach gave people pause. The plunder of the treasury in February caused even apolitical people to question his true motives. His slide to 44% approval among voters came lightning quick and we all know that thunder follows lightning.

But conservatives make lousy cynics. Skeptics yes. We refuse to act now, think later. This is why so many of us were cool to the theory of global warming. Climategate proved us correct. We may be suspicious, but being conservative means never saying things will not get better someday. Usually tomorrow. Conservatives are patient. Wait till next year became the battle cry by August. We shall see how that works out in November.

This post originally was written as the runner-up slot. Most readers thought Sarah Palin would be the first Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog, but I had other plans. Just as in the Miss Alaska contest a quarter-century ago, she would be the runner-up. Rush Limbaugh’s CPAC speech was a magical moment in American history and so he would win.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that while Rush Limbaugh deserved the award, Mrs. Palin did even more for the conservative movement, and therefore for America, this year than even he did. In the final days, they switched places.

Naming Sarah Palin as Man of the Year is the only logical conclusion to a year when Americans who petitioned their government for a redress of grievances were smeared as “un-American” by the people who are temporarily in charge.

And still the people rose up.

Mrs. Palin has endured more slings and more arrows than any other politician in America. She may not have gone into any burning buildings, but she was singed nonetheless. Had Obama’s mansion deal received one-tenth the scrutiny that her shopping for clothes received, we conservatives would be grousing today about President Hillary. All things considered, Mrs. Clinton would have been the better president than this one.

The personal attacks on Mrs. Palin this year were so vile that if she were the Rutgers women’s basketball team, David Letterman would have lost his job. But CBS put profits above decency. Letterman had no problem calling her a slut and her daughter a slut on national TV; it upped his ratings as liberal misogyny is alive and well and profitable.

His offer of a half-assed apology with an invitation to come on his show and boost his ratings was met with an the iciest No of the year, so cold that it actually shocked him into giving a real apology.

Mrs. Palin moved on, marching to the beat of the American drummer. She caught hell from the left for another year, and began firing back. Her Facebook posts are well-written and thought out. Tagging Obamacare as having “death panels” rattled the lefty cages and woke up Americans to the rationing of health care that was right around the bend.

Not all the criticisms of her were without substance. Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep. She stood up for what is right and held her head high as she marched forward — ever forward.

Half the people of the United States love her for hanging in there. They love her for sharing their values of home, hearth and country. They love her for being of the the people, by the people and for the people.

Oh, not the elites and the elitist wannabes. The little potty-mouthed drones on the left think they are so sophisticated as they mock 14-year-old girls, babies with Down syndrome and people who shop at Wal-Mart. The Washington Post’s book reviewer bragged that she did not read Sarah Palin’s book. Ignorance is now a status symbol for the left.

Ordinary people did read her book and they were impressed. The people who shop at Wal-Mart bought 1 million copies of her autobiography in just 2 weeks. Thousands of them stood in line by the thousands in the freezing nights of November and December just to get her autograph. She is of them — a hockey mom who is naive, unsophisticated and learning just how rotted from within America’s political system has become. She beat corruption in Wasilla. She beat corruption in Alaska. And well, she finished 2009 with a higher approval rating than The Won.

She did this despite nearly universal adulation in the press for him and nearly universal condemnation in the press for her.

The people know the elites hate her. Dumping on her has gone beyond the point of reason. The Tina Feying of her backfires anymore. We get it already. The more they mock her, the deeper the resolve of her fans. The odd thing is, her detractors slam her because Sarah Palin boosts ratings. They are trying to stop the hurricane with a beach umbrella.

Her appearance on Oprah Winfrey pushed Oprah’s ratings — which have sagged since Oprah publicly endorsed Obama — up by 68%. Mrs. Palin gave Oprah her highest ratings in 2 years, easily topping the appearances by anyone named Obama.

She is genuine. Her beliefs in freedom, in independence and in community service reflect how she was raised. She does not hide who she is. There are no ulterior motives. There is no one underneath her bus.

The question anymore is not whether she is ready for the presidency — unlike our current president, she has had her mettle tested in fire several times now and passed with quite more than a gentleman’s B+ — but rather the question is whether she is too pretty to be president.

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog for 2009.

The other finalists:

Rush Limbaugh, Man of the Year Runner-up.

and you can go HERE to see the others.


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


And to the women libbers that will be offended by Sarah being referred to as a man. Taken as a verb, the word "man" means to take charge of a job. This Sarah Palin does with vigor.

Go get em Sarah! Keep up the great work!

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

Posted by Wild Thing at January 3, 2010 04:55 AM


Almost done reading 'going rogue'.Sara gets my vote.did a tour of duty in the 80's on a isolated lighthouse in Alaska.the local villages gave us great support,and always checked in on the radio when storms hit.short story.

Posted by: Chief at January 3, 2010 10:02 AM

I was a Sarah Palin supporter before McCain picked her to run, still m.

Posted by: Bob A at January 3, 2010 10:44 AM

Great article. Sarah took the hits and bruises the MSM and Dems dished out. She stood tall and reminded us of what a difference there is between the DC establishment and the rest of us. She is Man of the Year to Middle America.

Posted by: TomR at January 3, 2010 10:57 AM

What a great tribute to one of the great people of our time.

I have always believed that God blesses this country and its citizens, by providing leaders who are up to the challenges. Sarah Palin is that person now.

It has been amazing to watch her over the past couple of years. She has within her, a super sense of conviction to do whatever it takes, to make a situation right. She did it as a Mayor, as a Governor, and now as a leader of the Conservative Movement.

The reason she continues to move forward in her popularity and in her quest is that she never waivers. She speaks the truth and cuts to the basics of the situation.

She knows how to get things done, yet never loses sight of where she came from and what she believes in.

Posted by: Sean E. Hanagan at January 3, 2010 11:58 AM

Great Post. I do take exception to the idea that resigning the governorship was anything wrong. She had an informed and able Lt. Governor, she felt that her presence was costing the State large amounts of money defending itself, and distracting the goings on of government. I just don't see it as a mis-step. And, knowing the character of the conservative Alaskan, I would wager that her phone number was in the governors rolodex in case she left anything unexplained. In short- She didn't bail on them.
One classy lady, and clearly a threat to the liberal left. Their slurs and snaky remarks say it all. Go Sarah! Hell Yes, "Man of the Year"!

"Never Forget The Ft. Hood Texas 14 of 11/5/09!"

Posted by: Frankly Opinionated at January 3, 2010 12:14 PM

This has to smoke some liberal butts, Go Sarah Go.

There are subtle rumors that she is about to announce a decision, hurry up gal so we can get behind you.

Palin-Bachmann or Bachmann-Palin this mule will pull for both of them.

The wrong doing is the politics of personal destruction used by both sides and they want my respect!!! Not one Iota and that includes 'my friends' John!!!

One term for the 535 plus one!!! Take no prisoners!!!

Posted by: Jack at January 3, 2010 01:52 PM

Sarah has my heart and my vote!!!

Posted by: Ron Russell at January 3, 2010 02:17 PM

Definitely Man of the Year!
She has bigger balls than the current CinC and his merry thieves have combined.

Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired at January 3, 2010 04:25 PM

Sarah is a great choice, as well as, the Tea-Party Participant (WNDs 2009 ´Person of the Year´), and WNDs runners-up included, Sarah Palin, Hannah Giles and James O´Keefe, Climategate "hacker", and Rush Limbaugh, at

Posted by: Anon at January 3, 2010 05:19 PM


"Obama presses review of nuclear strategy, Pentagon is rethinking the unthinkable: Making major changes to Cold War arsenal," By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff, January 3, 2010, at

Impeach Obama

Posted by: Anon at January 3, 2010 05:33 PM

I'm a serios Palin backer! She's the total package. Beautiful, smart, Christian, C-O-N-S-E-R-V-A-T-I-V-E and she makes them go insane with hate.

Semper Fi, Sarah!

Posted by: Billy Ray at January 3, 2010 06:41 PM

Chief, that is great, that you so much for sharing about that.

Anon, thank you so much for the links.Wow, and the information.

Thanks everyone for your input and thoughts about this article.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 3, 2010 11:16 PM

Happy New Year everybody. Now lets get O'Vomit impeached, convicted and dispatched to hell.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at January 4, 2010 11:44 AM