One thing you can say about Sarah Palin is that she’s not going to take any crap from the media, willing to call anyone out without a day going by. Not even on Thanksgiving did she take a day off from media slapping. Palin’s North Korea slip, which I just didn’t see as anything noteworthy, inspired heavy breathing by many, including Palin herself, who thought it wise to strike back using an Obama slip to make her point.

From her Facebook entry:

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate — from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…

Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe — even news anchors.

The only problem with Palin’s overly defensive crouch is that her “occasional” verbal gaffes began her national rise. From Katie Couric to Charlie Gibson, where she obviously couldn’t define the Bush doctrine, Palin’s awkward introduction after the Republican convention is seen as quite different from Obama’s eloquent entry, even amidst the usual candidate misstatements.

Is it because Obama reins from Harvard, just like George W. Bush? Sarah Palin having gone to many schools before she finished college, with a stop along the way to have children in the middle.

Is it more about class than anything else? Obama’s exalted position, as well as Bush’s lineage through political aristocracy, versus Palin’s simple struggle against the establishment.

For many of Palin’s die hard fans it is, as they see how Palin’s judged as a double standard from Obama, but also George W. Bush, who was certainly no brighter than Palin, but came with a political pedigree that led to a pass into the privileged presidential hopefuls club. These same people working hard to keep Sarah Palin from riding her fan wave to the nomination for the simple reason that the Republican intelligentsia thinks she’ll get creamed in the general election.

Sarah Palin had better learn to be more judicious with her defense, however, a strong performance a much better offense, because if she doesn’t get a thicker skin and just keep on moving she’ll be judged a serial complainer, someone who is constantly blaming someone else for her own slips, misstatements, gaffes, whatever you want to call it. She’s made her point time and again about the media. A confident person knows when it’s time to push back, laugh along with everyone else at your own mistakes, or simply ignore the critics.

Man up, Sarah.

If you want to play in the big leagues either suck it up or make fewer mistakes. Because you simply do not have the political track record of Hillary Rodham Clinton to be worthy of a perpetual pass.