"Naming Sarah Palin as Man of the Year is the only logical conclusion to a year when Americans who petitioned their government for a redress of grievances were smeared as 'un-American' by the people who are temporarily in charge," Don Surber explained this morning, speaking for all of us outside-the-Beltway tea-party types out here who have had enough of being told by our betters what's best for us and having unwanted big-government initiatives rammed down our throats.
"I noticed in my blog stats that someone from Weymouth Wrentham (Thanks to publius in the comments for correction) [where Scott Brown lives] was googling 'sarah palin endorsed scott brown?'" we wrote Scott Brown on Facebook this afternoon:
Don't know if that was you or one of your people, but it's a good question, which I have been thinking about a lot myself. I agree with Don Surber that Palin is the "Man of the Year." My own thoughts on the subject in my latest blogpost, "Cojones with Lipstick."Am sure your campaign has considered the possibility, weighing the pros and cons carefully. For my part, I encourage you to seek Palin's support. She is DYNAMITE!!! and much loved by red staters like me behind enemy lines here in Massachusetts, not to mention the vast army of tea party people across the nation. Her charisma and common-sense understanding of how the world works are totally energizing. If you haven't already, I urge you to read Going Rogue. Let's ROLL!!!!!
Supported by the Bay State GOP — although reportedly given a comparatively paltry sum by the national Republican Senatorial Committee — Brown may be playing it safe, preferring not to rock the boat in his challenge to same-old, same-old Democrat shoe-in candidate Martha Coakley. We've been encouraged by his embrace of the "41st Senator to stop Obamacare" meme but still don't know. Does Scott Brown have the "manliness" — In the conservative Harvard gadfly Harvey Mansfield sense — to challenge the status quo? Mansfield explains:
Manly men defend their turf, just as other male mammals do. The analogy to animals obviously suggests something animalistic about manliness. But manliness is specifically human as well. Manly men defend not just their turf but their country. Manliness is best shown in war, the defense of one’s country at its most difficult and dangerous. In Greek, the word for manliness, andreia, is also the word for courage.
Palin's got andreia. As we wrote in a post on the topic back in March of 2006:
Looking at the geopolitical landscape out there, we'd be inclined to say Professor Mansfield's definition of manliness is expansive enough to include all creatures great and small, female and male, from bower birds and peacocks to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — the new President of Liberia who sat proudly with the Leader of the Free World in the Oval Office this afternoon — to the Muslim woman word warriors like Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali who are just saying no to those who would put them in their place.
No one's going to put Scott Brown in his place. He will decide. What's it going to be, Senator Brown?
Update: Stat surge thanks to link in Michelle Malkin's "Buzzworthy" column.