By John Cardillo
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s recent go-’round with late night talk show host David Letterman should send a loud and clear message to the focusing but still largely scatterbrained Republican Party: When dealing with liberals, don’t allow them to dismiss you as stiff and stuffy. Don’t take the high road. Get in the trenches and push the issue.
Relentlessly. Until you win.
Letterman has become a very outspoken liberal commentator and a critic of all things right and GOP. When he made the comment about Palin’s daughter being impregnated by A-Rod, it was inappropriate. I don’t know whether or not he knew it was the 14-year-old Willow at the game with her mother or if he was referring to 18-year-old teenage mom Bristol, but the point is that it doesn’t matter — Letterman was wrong, and his “joke” was in poor taste.
That’s when Palin, as both a mom and smart politician, struck. Of course, Letterman told her to take a joke, and liberals laughed at her. The mainstream media tried to deflect by re-quoting Tina Fey spoofing Palin. But Palin didn’t let up. In fact, she instead turned up the heat, characterizing Letterman as perverted and implying that he thought it okay to make jokes about pedophilia. Subsequently, she raised the stakes even further by demanding an apology for women everywhere. Even Joy Behar, liberal loudmouth from ABC’s The View, was on Palin’s side of the debate.
Then something really interesting and rare happened in a media-centric battle between a conservative and a liberal — the conservative won. In the end, Letterman was forced to give a long and, at least in my opinion, personally embarrassing on-air apology.
Why? Because the country swings right, and people are sick and tired of liberals and progressives. They are sick of the assaults on religion, family, security, prosperity, and American values.
After seeing this, one can only imagine what might have happened had Arizona Sen. John McCain not dismissed Ayers as “some washed up old terrorist” that he “didn’t care about.” One has to wonder what would have happened if McCain asked Obama direct questions about socialism and his past associations in the trio of presidential debates.
Republicans will never win a thing if they continue to “take the high road.” I set off the phrase with quotes because it is a nonsensical concept. Liberals want conservatives to ignore things that would damage liberals, and when conservatives don’t do that, liberals call it “low.” Well, I for one would like to see more of our candidates go for low blows.
In the meantime, as we enter into important discussions about energy and healthcare and taxes, the outcome of which will affect America, Americans and their freedoms for years and possibly generations to come, I hope Sarah Palin taught the GOP something with the way she handled David Letterman. I really do.
John Cardillo, a former NYPD officer now considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on online safety and security, is president and CEO of Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., an Internet security company which specializes in online crime and predator detection, online child safety, and the protection of Internet end users from criminals and sexual predators. Cardillo lives in Miami, Florida and, in his spare time, can be found astride his Harley-Davidson, in the Florida Keys, at the shooting range, or on South Beach. He has been contributing to America’s Right since January 2009.