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Richard Viguerie: The Race is on to Define Sarah Palin; If Republicans don't do it, Liberal Democrats Will

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MANASSAS, Virginia, Sept. 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- Within the next week, Governor Sarah Palin will be defined forever in the eyes of the public, Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com said.

In a statement, Viguerie said:

"A critical rule in politics is: Define or be defined. Fairly or unfairly, Dan Quayle's image was set within days of his selection as a candidate for vice president, and, forever after, the media sought out evidence that fit in with that pre-conceived image.

"Liberal Democrats are working quickly to Quayle-ize her. They are downplaying her experience and expertise, and trying to define her as 'just a little housewife from Alaska.' And, with the help of their friends in the media, they will get away with it – if the Republicans let them.

"There is no one who presents all pluses and no minuses. Sure, it would be better if she had more foreign policy experience, and if she had won the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes, while flying the space shuttle and curing cancer. But she is someone who represents the values and worldview of the American people.

"And she has the toughness to be president. She has spent her political career standing up to powerful men ranging from the state Republican chairman to the previous governor to the presidents of Exxon-Mobil and British Petroleum. Honestly, who is more likely to be another Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher – Sarah Palin or Joe Biden? Sarah Palin or Barack Obama?

"By many measures, she outshines Barack Obama in terms of experience, especially in fighting political corruption and making us energy independent. And while he has spent the last couple of years running for president, she has spent the last couple of years running a state.

"As for Joe Biden, he has foreign policy experience, all right – the wrong kind of foreign policy experience. He and those who represent the Harvard-Princeton-Yale 'best and the brightest' way of thinking have caused untold suffering for the world's people. They extended the Cold War by decades, did almost nothing as terrorists waged war on America in the '90s, and stood by as genocide was committed in Rwanda and Darfur.

"In the effort to beat Sarah Palin, liberal Democrats will play to every sexist stereotype that has kept women 'in their place' in the past. They consider conservative women 'uppity,' and won't stand for Sarah Palin being vice president and someday president.

"They are terrified at the prospect that the first woman vice president and possibly the first woman president might be a conservative Republican. A few years ago, they were likewise terrified by Clarence Thomas and the prospect that that the country's most powerful African-American would be a conservative Republican. They trashed Clarence Thomas and continue to trash him in the most racist and hateful ways, and they won't hesitate to do something similar to Sarah Palin.

"If Republicans think they won't do it, they don't know liberal Democrats like I do."


NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation magazine), one of the "conservatives of the century" (The Washington Times), and one of 2008's "top 25 influencers" among Republicans (NewsMax magazine). His latest book is Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big-Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.