She’s back. And, she likes the fight a fellow female conservative firebrand is showing in Washington.
Former Alaskan governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Democratic health care reforms would hurt care for the elderly, sick and disabled in a statement posted on Facebook and that as Americans find out more details of about the proposals, “our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!”
When Mrs. Palin stepped down from office in late July she said she had no plans for the future other than to work on her book. The statement issued Friday afternoon is her first contribution to national political dialogue since her resignation speech and post-resignation interviews with the press. She’s made other statements to bat away rumors about an alleged divorce with husband Todd and gave a speech to the National Rifle Association, but the Friday Facebook statement was a direct shot into Washington’s most contentious political issue.
True to form, she didn’t mince words.
“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care,” she wrote in her statement. “Such a system is downright evil.”
The former governor praised GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann for highlighting “the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff” in remarks on the House floor. In that address, Mrs. Bachmann said, “Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money would be better spent on somebody else.”
“If you are a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy, watch out” Mrs. Bachmann warned.
That speech struck a chord with Mrs. Palin. “I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors,” she wrote of Mrs. Bachmann.
The two women do have one thing in common besides their conservative values. Liberal media personalities like MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann frequently criticize Mrs. Bachmann, much in the same way they attacked Sarah Palin. On Thursday evening Mr. Olbermann aired a montage of clips of the congresswoman that portrayed her in a negative way and called her “our favorite wingnut.”