How can she be elevated any more than she already is? It’s literally impossible to be more elevated than she is. She’s up at Everest while most are still way down at the base camp.
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 one thing Obama gets. He’s always in public, always before adoring crowds and cheering throngs. Even his race speech was before an audience and not just a video of him sitting down somewhere.(If it had been it would have come off much worse). Look to 2007. Hillary announces her candidacy on a video from her living room with just herself. Obama announces his before thousands of cheering supporters in Springfield, IL. Which came off better? Who won the nomination. He’s always being seen with people, always connecting, always being photographed and showed as the center of an adoring mass.
I think a statement in front of an audience is always better. Now, I realize she’s not going to call for some crowd to show up to see her talk about this. To her credit, Gov Palin also usually appears in public and has seen her share of adoring crowds.
In this case, I’d have just released the statement, I don’t really see what the point of the added video was. But, if people like it, great.
I thought it was an elegant tribute to the dead that she chose this moment to go to the extra trouble of making a video.
But oh man: it’s such a battle of unequals. Palin puts out a pitch-perfect speech, and The President Of The United States responds by releasing a range of funeral T-Shirts.
You can’t make this stuff up.
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.
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.