Skip to comments.Attn. Media and Politicians: It's All About Palin
Posted on 09/20/2010 8:24:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
FROM: Mark Halperin
TO: Coastal Elites, the Media and Establishment Politicians of Both Parties
RE: Sarah Heath Palin
Don't underestimate Sarah Palin. Yes, she is hyper-polarizing: she sends her fans into rapture and drives her detractors stark raving mad. But she can dominate the news cycle with a single tweet and generate three days of coverage with a single speech (as she did this past Friday in Iowa). Her name recognition is universal.
You are right to complain that she is not offering specific policy proposals and that her inaccessibility to media outlets other than the one that pays her Fox News puts her beyond the kind of scrutiny and accountability we have come to expect for our leaders.
But the mistake you are making is to assume that Palin needs or wants to play by the standard rules of American politics. Or that it even occurs to her to do so. Trash her all you want (even you Republicans who are doing it all the time behind her back) for being uninformed, demagogic and incoherent, and brandish the poll numbers that show fewer and fewer Americans think she is qualified to be President. Strain to apply political and practical norms to Alaska's former governor. You are missing the point.
Surely you've come to accept the reality that as a businessperson, Palin is a genius. The gusher of revenue from her speeches, books and television deals sweeps away any doubt that she can brilliantly harness her energy, charisma and popularity into a moneymaking bonanza.
But what you need to appreciate is that the same dynamics of supply and demand that Palin has cleverly exploited for financial gain also make her inimitably formidable as a political force.
Take this weekend's Des Moines, Iowa, speech, for example...
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
Halperin is a snarky twit. Palin says more about her policies in less that 140 characters that most lying politicians say in an hour on DeFace the Nation.
Think that Palin is the sound choice for 2012 or not, it’s the heighth of insult to see the Times act out the part of honest critique here.
The Times is an arm of the DNC, pure and simple. Nothing they have to say is of any value on topics concerning politics. Of course that’s unless you want to see the surface of the Marxist brain in action.
So Mark Halperin is openly giving marching orders to all self-respecting Republicans. Right. Well, what have they got to lose at this juncture? At least he didn’t just say: “Sarah Palin is a mean old witch and everybody who votes for her is a doody-head.”
I just love getting helpful advice from sworn enemies.
The writer treats the crushing of Castle and Murkowski as losses for the GOP, without apparently realizing or alluding to the fact that those primaries were colossal wins for Conservatism.
If he doesn’t ‘get’ that, then he has no important perceptions to impart.
Boy! They sure get mad when the Republican in question refuses to play the game their way.
There is a great video on the page, the one with the picture that says “I like Sarah”.
The point of the video is to point out in a snarky way that Sarah is not specific and people read into her speeches what they want, but she is very clear to me - and the people listening obviously get it.
Of course, the obvious point to us, that Obama spoke for the whole election on “Hope and Change” and the common electorate never knew what he meant, doesn’t occur to Time.
Hilarious! Too funny!
I don’t see how she runs, however, until she gets her republican base poll numbers up, which remain dismal, and then the next hill is that of polling well with the independents, who will elect the next prez. What do you think?
I had to laugh at Halperin wetting his pants because Sarah got more publicity from her speech in Iowa than all the others combined at the Values Voter convention (as though he cares) about VV.
It’s a long time to 2012 but I think she should formally announce and get to work establishing what she wants to do in office.
I see no reason for conservatives in this election to play coy with the voters. She should establish what she wants to do and why and start selling it like crazy—in between playing kingmaker—Flat tax, regulatory reform, school vouchers, all that desperately needed stuff, and force her prospective opponents to either agree or debate her. I want to vote for a president with a plan not just a pretty face.
I particularly like it when they pretend to give advice to Republicans how to win, or appeal to ‘more’ of the American public. This always involves adopting the Leftist game plan to some degree or another.
These sages think that isn’t a transparent tactic. I’m not sure what they are being paid, but it’s too much.
>>”I dont see how she runs, however, until she gets her republican base poll numbers up, which remain dismal, and then the next hill is that of polling well with the independents, who will elect the next prez. What do you think?”<<
Palin’s 76% Favorable Among Republicans Tops Others in GOP
Best wait until after the midterms for her personal policy delineation.
Rasmussen’s new poll—showing the majority of the country in agreement with her and disagreement with Obama, her approval numbers way higher than his, and the majority of independents now approving of her—could not be more timely for this latest garbage.
Oh that's rich, coming from someone in an MSM which has YET to subject Barack Obama to NEAR the scrutiny to which they've given Sarah Palin. She doesn't have to appear on talk shows to be investigated and scrutinized; they've been doing that since the minute she was announced as the Repub. VP nominee. If she ever decides to run for President, I don't know if they'll be able to write anything NEW about her, since they've been trying to bring her down from the beginning, and have been throwing anything they can find against the wall to see if it will stick. So far, nothing has, and that has made them barking lunatics when it comes to her!
Sarah Palin? They’ve given more scrutiny to young Miss Christine O’Donnell in the last two weeks than they’ve done for Mr. Obama since 2004!!! Heck, I’m betting we know her college grades and have seen her birth certificate!
This is the most extreme hypocrisy imaginable. Palin wanted more than anything else to play by what she hoped were the standard rules of American politics, until she discovered that the standard rules include trashing any conservative woman with a chance of success. Once the mainstream media devoted more effort to researching her past and her children each day for a month than they have devoted to investigating Obama in his lifetime, Palin gave up on finding professionalism in the DNC's propaganda arm.
So, was her daughter pregnant or just a little chubby? Was she her baby's mother or grandmother? . . .
I think she will announce right after the midterms, no need to distact people before then.
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