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Marc Ambinder: Palin Was "Presidential-Esque"
CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | January 12, 2011 | Lauren Seifert

Posted on 01/12/2011 4:32:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On Wednesday's Washington Unplugged, CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder weighed in on Sarah Palin's video statement responding to critics who have blamed her for Saturday's shootings.

"It's a remarkable video for several reasons," Ambinder said. "If you look at the video, and you look at the scope of what she says, it's almost presidential-esque. "

Ambinder noted to CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante that her response before President Obama's scheduled remarks Wednesday evening elevates her status as a prominent Republican, "I think it makes her the most prominent Republican, in a sense, to respond or to 'prespond' to what President Obama is going to say tonight."(continued)

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TOPICS: Arizona; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; arizona; freepressforpalin; giffords; obama; palin; presidentpalin; sarahpalin; tucson
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To: roses of sharon

“Together we trive” ? What a gay slogan.

41 posted on 01/12/2011 5:11:02 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: mas cerveza por favor


42 posted on 01/12/2011 5:12:27 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: jeltz25

Governor Sarah Palin is excoriated by the left and some of the right because she doesn’t fit well with the elites - she is not one of them.

She is just a regular American who resonates with other regular Americans. And the more they love her, the more the liberals hate her. Polls aside, she has a good chance now of defeating Obama in 2012.

The more they pile on her, the better she gets. She is in fact a unifier because she speaks straight over the heads of the media and articulates what most Americans think.

As far as her experience is concerned, she is better qualified than Barack Obama ever was and we know all about her. We know some things about Barack Obama and none of them are inspiring.

People don’t want to see the same old faces in the Republican primaries.

Go Sarah!

43 posted on 01/12/2011 5:13:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dianne Sawyer also described her as “almost presidential” tonight.

44 posted on 01/12/2011 5:15:16 PM PST by alnick
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To: Argus

The only problem with Sarah’s speech is that it was released too soon. An hour before Obama’s would have been good.....

45 posted on 01/12/2011 5:47:58 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: madison10
That’s why the LSM keeps going after her...they KNOW she’s the best.

YES! I've thought this from day one - she is so fabulous that they felt they had to destroy her - she is their worst nightmare. Just imagine if she were advocating wealth redistribution, unions unions unions, abortion, and illegal immigration - they'd be licking her feet.

46 posted on 01/12/2011 5:59:14 PM PST by Aria ( "Remember, attitudes are contagious, so make sure yours are worth catching." Sarah Palin 9-18-2010)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d vote for her twice

47 posted on 01/12/2011 5:59:35 PM PST by Skeez (O)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This speech needs to go viral on the internet.....That was the speech America needed to hear.... Sarah Palin is the best there is out there, you can have Romney huckleberry and everyone else..... This was the most Presidential I have heard anyone in two years, maybe longer........did you see her eyes....she never looked away, she never showed any signs of reading even if she was....she was absolutely great They're really going to attack her now. I salute you Madam President

48 posted on 01/12/2011 7:18:26 PM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: jeltz25
That said, as a fan of hers I have to say I don’t get the solo video thing. I think it comes off as a bit cold/distant and doesn’t really have the personal connection.

That's a good point. Anyway, I respectfully disagree with the general tenor of the article. I think Palin did herself a disservice with her remarks. Were the accusations against her outrageous? Of course. All the more reason they don't need to be dignified with a response IMO. Palin seems to have difficulty remaining silent when she is accused. (Remember David Letterman's tasteless comment about her daughter? I don't think she should've dignified that with a response either.) I think she just gave her detractors more ammunition to accuse her of using a tragedy to further her own image.

I think Palin should've just said that this situation is a terrible tragedy, and that she is praying for the victims to have a full and speedy recovery. Period.

In general, when you are insulted, I think the best response is no response. If you're someone as popular as Palin, you have millions of people who are willing to jump to your defense--I don't think you need to defend yourself directly, or at least not in public.

I don't expect mine to be a popular opinion, of course, YMMV.

49 posted on 01/12/2011 7:27:58 PM PST by rissole
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To: rissole

I agree she does tend to respond more personally than others, but I think she’s gotten better at being more selective. There was a time when she’d respond to everything. The media likes to goad her.

The Letterman example you cited wasn’t all her. She was asked about on an interview with Matt Lauer. She didn’t bring it up first. I suppose she could have given a no comment. She didn’t really say all that much, and it sort of grew over the next day or so.

It can be tough deciding when to comment and when not to. If you say nothing then they just repeat it over and over and it goes unchallenged and it becomes accepted and people believe it.

That was one of my big complaints with W. He had this hands off attitude. He’d never repsond to anything, just let the media and the democrats and the left bash him incessantly, lie constantly, etc... He’d say “well, I’m the President and I’m above that, I don’t want to go down to their level”. But he’d just take it and look what happened. His approval tanked, the GOP’s standing tanked, and it led to Obama and dem dominance for 2 years.

He did a great job addressing the critics and the lies in Decision Points and on his book tour. He was great on Oprah, Leno, the Lauer interview on NBC. If he had done stuff liek that when he was in office and responded that way I think things would have been different.

So, I don’t think you needto respond to everything. But when the natl media and many in the dem establishment pretty much spent the past three days singling her out as the culprit and being responsible for a mass killing and assassination attempt, I think that rises to the level of something that merits a reply.

50 posted on 01/12/2011 8:47:35 PM PST by jeltz25
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To: chickadee; 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah came across MUCH better:

No mob of gushing teeny-boppers (for a FUNERAL??), no teleprompter, and NO souvenir T-shirts.

Prayers UP for the families.

51 posted on 01/12/2011 10:02:20 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: jeltz25

That was a good analysis. While I personally feel that Palin would have helped her image more if she’d simply expressed her condolences over the tragedy and, if she felt the need, added no more than something like, “This is not a time for either side to be accusing the other,” I think you made many excellent points.

52 posted on 01/13/2011 7:25:18 PM PST by rissole
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