Yesterday I found myself after I got home surfing through the free movie channel from Comcast and noticed The Verdict a movie I remembered from 1982.
It was a great picture with Jack Warden as Newman’s friend who arranged an easy settlement case for the down and out drinking lawyer played by Newman. There is a sequence in the film that is one of the turning points. Ambulance chaser Newman is being offered a settlement on the case and the following exchange takes place:
Frank Galvin: How did you settle on the amount?
Bishop Brophy: We thought it was just.
Frank Galvin: You thought it was just?
Bishop Brophy: Yes.
Frank Galvin: Because it struck me, um, how neatly ‘three’ went into this figure: 210,000….
eventually he thinks it over and decides he can’t settle, he dramatic speech ends thus:
…I came here to take your money. I brought snapshots to show you so I could get your money. I can’t do it; I can’t take it. ‘Cause if I take the money I’m lost. I’ll just be a… rich ambulance chaser. I can’t do it. I can’t take it.
Just a reminder to the young, you could live pretty good for a couple of years on $70k in 1982.
What does this have to do with Sarah Palin? Just this:
There are a lot of people with their hands out waiting for Sarah Palin to run. They are political consultants, staff folk etc , people who make big money as consultants pocketing the contributions that ordinary Americans and rich donors make to campaigns. Sarah Palin has made more money in the last two years then she did in the time before the 2008 elections. If she runs she will draw an incredible amount of campaign donations from people who love her and these guys are looking at those figures and dividing by 3.
I want Sarah Palin to run not because she is the only great choice to be the president this country needs, (Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann would certainly qualify as well) but I think she is the best choice as a leader to take the country in the right direction. That’s why I’d like her to run.
Unfortunately I suspect a lot of professional consultants, including some close to her, want her to run because they see a meal ticket that will keep them in cigars and whiskey for years.
Nobody who doesn’t have a healthy ego considers running for President. I’m sure she has a healthy ego and is confident in herself and her ability and I’ve already predicted she will run and win, but as she makes her final decision, I would hope she takes this piece of advice from an admirer:
Make sure you are running for yourself, not for those around you. You are a young woman and the White House will still be there for many years and if you choose to wait. None of us will think any less of it.
Above all pray on it and make sure the voice you hear whispering in your ear is the one you think it is.
Good Luck and God bless.