Sarah Palin supporters, in a desperate effort to avoid having their shining light tagged as a quitter have started comparing her to several famous "quitters" of the past.
At first, the comparison was to Barack Obama. He "quit" the U. S. Senate to become president. That is a laughable comparison and I did not think the Palin supporters could come up with anything worse...until I read syndicated columnist Roger Simon moments ago.
Simon, perhaps working too hard to get around the conventional wisdom that Mrs. Palin's press conference Friday was more bizarre than fried onions on an ice cream sundae, compared the half-term Alaska governor to a true hero of our nation, former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole:
But you can see why some in the media were shocked and dismayed. Imagine abandoning your office! Imagine quitting and deserting the voters who elected you!
Though this is what Bob Dole did in 1996, didn’t he? Dole resigned his Senate seat to run for president. I remember it. I was standing right there when he did it. And I don’t recall anybody accusing him of being a quitter. Or of being pregnant.
While Simon makes some solid points about sexism in the media, the Dole comparison is insulting When Dole left the Senate late in the '96 campaign, it was after he served more than three decades in Congress. It was after he had been his party's vice presidential candidate 20 years earlier. And more than anything else, it was a half century after he lost the use of an arm while fighting for his country in the Second World War.
And Roger Simon is comparing a man who has given his entire life for his country to someone who has spent 2 1/2 years as governor of Alaska.
Sarah Palin quite because she couldn't stand the heat. That sounds more like Eliot Spitzer than Bob Dole.