To say the last year has been a rather rough one for Sarah Palin would be an understatement. While she remains a constant favorite among millions of ultra-conservatives, she’s made an absolute fool out of herself on several occasions. I even wrote an article last summer expressing a legitimate concern that something just isn’t right with her.
But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago when she gave a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit that her bizarre behavior finally gained true national notoriety. Sure, many of us have known Palin has been a babbling buffoon for years, but after her speech in Iowa I even saw Republicans starting to distance themselves from the “queen of the tea party.”
Heck, even Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly publicly slammed her idiocy.
So, when she was set to take the stage at the annual CPAC conference, most of us anticipated yet another incoherent word salad from the former Alaskan governor.
Except, we didn’t get that. In fact, her speech was praised by most as thoughtful and sincere. I can admit that her speech itself, when taken at face value, wasn’t bad at all. The primary subject of it was centered around veterans and the respect that we should show to these brave men and women who risk their lives to protect this country.
But while most of the media heaped praise on Ms. Palin, I saw through exactly what she was doing.
Just a few weeks removed from quite possibly the most embarrassing moment of her career, Palin’s public imagine was broken. Not only were liberals mocking her, but even quite a few conservatives had distanced themselves from her.
This speech at CPAC was nothing more than her attempt to try to exploit our veterans in an attempt to repair her own public imagine. After all, who’s not going to praise a speech that was focused on honoring our veterans? Even now, if you go to her Facebook page, her camp has put together several memes focused on promoting several quotes from her speech where she honored our nation’s military. While there’s noting technically wrong with that, in my opinion, this entire situation reeks of nothing more than a public relations move to try to divert some of the negative attention Palin’s name has generated over the last few months.
She knew full well nobody would bash a speech aimed at offering respect to our men and women in uniform. But the thing is, her speech contextually made no sense for this conference. Nobody needs a special reason to thank our veterans; they deserve any and all praise that they get, and we should be doing our best to make sure they’re actually taken care of as well. But a public figure such as Palin, someone who desperately wants to be politically relevant again, doesn’t give a speech that’s out of place such as this without there being some sort of ulterior motive behind it. And coming off her disastrous showing in Iowa, I fully believe that Palin saw this next big-ticket speaking engagement as an opportunity to use the admiration and respect our veterans deserve to help her repair the damage she’s done to her public brand as of late.
So, while I’ll commend Palin for giving our veterans the respect that they rightfully deserve, I can’t help but feel that this speech was more about her trying to repair her public image rather than anything else. Because if there’s one thing Palin does better than anything, it’s trying to make everything about her – even when she’s exploiting veterans in the process.
You can watch her speech below and decide for yourself if you’d like, then hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think: