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Attn. Media and Politicians: It's All About Palin
Time Magazine ^ | September 20, 2010 | Mark Halperin

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 ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; halperin; iowa; palin; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 09/20/2010 8:24:56 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


2 posted on 09/20/2010 8:27:17 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 09/20/2010 8:30:12 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

4 posted on 09/20/2010 8:30:19 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


5 posted on 09/20/2010 8:32:32 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


6 posted on 09/20/2010 8:33:02 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: DoughtyOne; Chaguito; onyx

Boy! They sure get mad when the Republican in question refuses to play the game their way.


7 posted on 09/20/2010 8:34:57 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Attn. Media and Politicians: It's All About Palin

Bob Becktel of FoxNews apparently got the talkingpoints memo. He was saying this morning that Palin is the detriment to the GOP.
8 posted on 09/20/2010 8:35:30 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Chaguito

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.


9 posted on 09/20/2010 8:38:06 AM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: sinanju

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?


10 posted on 09/20/2010 8:38:51 AM PDT by RitaOK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
First they ignore you (DONE)
Then they mock you (DONE)
Then they fight you (You are Here)
Then you win. (2012 here we come)

But the most important thing to consider is, what does it mean to win. Is winning a Sarah Palin presidency, or simply a Tea Party candidate as president? What if she doesn't run, but extracts a high price for not jumping into the race.

Gov Palin might decide she prefers the roll of William F. Buckley to Ronald Reagan. And that is the key, she has positioned herself such that she doesn't need to win the presidency to win the game. She may never be queen, but she will certainly be the king maker. She is building a machine for electing conservatives that will finally give us a way to fight the well funded RINO campaigns, like Romney, Gingrich and the rest.
11 posted on 09/20/2010 8:41:04 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: sinanju

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.


12 posted on 09/20/2010 8:41:07 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: TomGuy
He was saying this morning that Palin is the detriment to the GOP.

She's a detriment to the GOP ESTABLISHMENT - like every conservative is. THANK YOU goes to the TEA PARTY grass roots citizens throughout the country.
13 posted on 09/20/2010 8:42:50 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.

Screw being president. Make her the head of the RNC.
14 posted on 09/20/2010 8:44:43 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial President. EVER.)
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To: RitaOK

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.


15 posted on 09/20/2010 8:44:51 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

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.


16 posted on 09/20/2010 8:45:35 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: sinanju
when the Republican in question refuses to play the game their way.

BINGO!
17 posted on 09/20/2010 8:47:23 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: RitaOK

>>”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?”<<

Huh?!

Palin’s 76% Favorable Among Republicans Tops Others in GOP
http://www.gallup.com/poll/141341/palin-favorable-among-republicans-tops-others-gop.aspx


18 posted on 09/20/2010 8:54:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: sinanju

Best wait until after the midterms for her personal policy delineation.


19 posted on 09/20/2010 8:56:46 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: TomGuy

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.


20 posted on 09/20/2010 9:01:15 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: sinanju
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.

One of the oldest rules in conflict is to threaten two mutually exclusive goals. It allows you to concentrate all of your effort, but prevents your enemy from presenting a unified front.

Right now there are two options open for Gov. Palin. (1) Run for the presidency. For this the dems and the MSM need to mount an all out blitz to try to destroy her before she can grab complete control of the party apparatus. (2) She can be the spokes person for the tea party. To oppose this the MSM must deny her coverage and keep her out of the news. Since the democrats don't know which she will do they are constantly changing tactics and undermining their own campaign and credibility.

Alinsky says to destroy a movement you must freeze it, personalize it, and then destroy the leader. This is because destroying the leader is much easier than destroying the movement. We must hold off declaring a leader, or allowing the MSM to declare one for us, until the last possible minute. So long as Gov. Palin remains a member of the Tea party what they can do is limited. When she becomes the personification of the conservative cause there are no limits to the mischief the MSM can get up to.
21 posted on 09/20/2010 9:04:19 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.

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!

22 posted on 09/20/2010 9:23:33 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

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!


23 posted on 09/20/2010 9:31:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: sinanju
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.

You see it as playing coy but I see it as her not having made up her mind, as yet. Her main focus is on helping conservatives get elected this year. Do you see anyone else throwing their hat in the ring now and they aren't working full time getting conservatives elected.

Those who know their plans on running are very quiet in all aspects, IMO. No doubt, planning their strategy now against SARAH and not the real enemy, the 'rats. Then they will appear on the scene and say 'vote for me'. The GOP establishment will not pick Sarah as their choice. Lots of strategy behind the GOP scenes right now - not for the best interest of our country - but for the GOP establishment.
24 posted on 09/20/2010 9:44:44 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Heck, I’m betting we know her college grades and have seen her birth certificate!

Good point!

25 posted on 09/20/2010 9:45:16 AM PDT by jslade (People who are easily offended, OFFEND ME!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.

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? . . .

26 posted on 09/20/2010 10:26:11 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: sinanju

I think she will announce right after the midterms, no need to distact people before then.


27 posted on 09/20/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too right!


28 posted on 09/20/2010 1:27:08 PM PDT by SuziQ
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