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'Sarah Palin's Alaska': The Most Expensive Campaign Commercial Ever?
http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2010, 12:35 PM | Glynnis MacNicol

Posted on 11/22/2010 11:24:06 AM PST by Maelstorm

Any remaining doubts that Sarah Palin is the most media savvy politician out there should have been erased entirely with last week's premiere of her new TLC show Sarah Palin's Alaska (SPAlaska!).

Back in March when rumors that Palin and producer Mark Burnett were shopping a reality show first surfaced speculation that the proposed series would be about Palin's family were quickly shot down. Two weeks ago during a spashy premiere party for the show, hosted by Discovery, the savvy team promoting the show insisted to attendees it would not be political. Of course, within minutes of last week's premiere, in which (blurred out) write Joe McGinniss -- who has rented out the house next door to the Palin's in order to research his new book -- featured prominently, both claims were quickly proven untrue. The show is nothing if not an extended political commericial for (decisive! adventurous!) Sarah Palin, starring her family members, each of whom get their own shout-out in the opening credits.

Conclusion? Essentially Palin has convinced TLC to pay her six figures every week to convince the country she is presidential material (making Mark Burnett her Karl Rove?). Or, at the very least, she possesses the kind of decisive backbone required to stun a Halibut with a billy club (part of last night's mother/daughter day with Bristol) and by extension her political opponents.

The result is apparently enough to convince Frank Rich that she has a shot at being President.

Thanks to the in-kind contribution of this “nonpolitical” series, Palin needn’t join standard-issue rivals like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty in groveling before donors and primary-state operatives to dutifully check all the boxes of a traditional Republican campaign. Palin not only has TLC in her camp but, better still, Murdoch.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; palin; sarahpalin; tlc
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To: umgud
Don't know about last night, but the 1st week was a records breaker at nearly 5 million viewers.

And now the bigger question. How does this translate into votes for the GOP Primaries. Seriously if she can get 5,000,000 people a week to tune in to an infomercial you have to figure she can get them to the polls during the primaries. McCain won the nomination in 2008 with 9,838,910 votes during the primaries. So 5,000,000 puts her half way there, if of course she can transform viewers into voters.
51 posted on 11/22/2010 12:08:18 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Maelstorm

Glynnis is just jealous because Sarah Palin has GOP elephant socks and she doesn’t.


52 posted on 11/22/2010 12:08:56 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: umgud
Do you think anyone would watch Mitt’s Massachusetts?

ROFL..... that is the POST OF THE DAY! (or week)

(had to correct your spelling of 'Massachusetts' though, sorry, I'm a confessed spelling Nazi)
53 posted on 11/22/2010 12:09:19 PM PST by Enchante (What if the Olberdork returned to the air - and no one notices.... or cares?)
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To: Non-Sequitur
How many other candidates get a multi-hour campaign commercial, get a cable station to foot the bill, AND get a seven figure salary for filming it?

How many other candidates could produce something which is as genuinely interesting and fun to watch? FWIW, we upgraded our cable service specifically to see this series.

As for political remarks, this series has less of it than your average 30 minute M*A*S*H episode.

54 posted on 11/22/2010 12:11:01 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Ronaldus Magnus...the Tampico Tiger. That’s him. Been to his church in Dixon a number of times. The year before last, we had our Division 13 Kiwanis meetings there. Now they’re held at KSB Hospital in Dixon.


55 posted on 11/22/2010 12:11:32 PM PST by bcsco
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

LOL! That was just perfect - you betcha!


56 posted on 11/22/2010 12:13:56 PM PST by gramho12
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To: BillM

I liked Sarah telling Bristol....”there’s a lot of fish in the ocean.”


57 posted on 11/22/2010 12:14:26 PM PST by FES0844
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To: Maelstorm

I watched the show again this weekend (thanks to the ping on FR I which reminded me)... I really like the show for what it is... an unvarished look at the Palins.

I can’t see her getting my vote in the caucus though...

Like Huckabee - she could get a talk show and do much better for the cause...

IMO, neither can win a Presidential election, and at this point I would put Romney in that group too.


58 posted on 11/22/2010 12:16:00 PM PST by IOWAfan (Iowa Hawkeye Football Fanatic)
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To: Maelstorm
Has there been any feedback from the Alaskans as to how they have accepted the documentary?
59 posted on 11/22/2010 12:20:35 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: DaxtonBrown

Not as stupid as your comment newbie.


60 posted on 11/22/2010 12:21:59 PM PST by boomop1
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To: boomop1; DaxtonBrown

I read DB’s comment as satire.


61 posted on 11/22/2010 12:40:32 PM PST by Jay Thomas (A thankful prostate cancer survivor!!! Praise be to Jesus Christ!!!!!)
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To: Maelstorm

Yes, it was. I didn’t expect that it would be, but it was good. I enjoyed every second, but especially when she told of her baby shower at the range and why she loves telling that story. After all this time of Republicans always offering the other cheek, always accepting blame, always letting the left define the terms of the debate, here finally is someone who loudly declares, “We’re rewriting the paradigm, boys! Buck up or get back in the truck!”

Gender would matter not one whit to me, but I have to admit that I like that she’s of mine.


62 posted on 11/22/2010 12:41:04 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: bcsco
We loved Sarah telling Bristol “Don’t back off, reload” (or words to that effect).

We enjoyed her telling Bristol there were other fish in the sea.

Ha haaaaa!!! In your face, Levon Johnston!

I know that's not his real name.

63 posted on 11/22/2010 12:44:39 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: antiRepublicrat

I was in a hospital hallway today, heard somebody snarl, “How could they even give somebody like that their own show?” And I knew immediately from the grammatical errors and the implied thuggery that he was talking about Palin’s Alaska. It sure put a smile on my face.


64 posted on 11/22/2010 12:45:48 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: convertedtoreason

Their business analysis is crappy and biased as well.


65 posted on 11/22/2010 12:51:40 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: jazusamo

I enjoyed the show very much! I just feel that we Americans are so fortunate to have Sarah amongst us. Wholesome, witty, decisive, and confident about her life. We would truly be blessed to have such a leader. But it is not in our hands. All of need to become like Sarah Palin and quit the liberal whining, the politics of personal destruction and the whole entitlement mentality. Go Sarah and big kudos to Todd, the strong silent one!


66 posted on 11/22/2010 12:52:02 PM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: Non-Sequitur
I'd say the key word is "candidate," and the answer would be Reagan.

Many people had media careers before announcing their candidacy for high office.

Recently, John Kasick (a former Representative) hosted a weekend show of FNC for several years, and occasionally guest hosted until he announced his candidacy for Governor of Ohio.

J.D. Hayworth (a former Representative) had a daily radio show until he announced his candidacy for Senator from Arizona.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a thriving movie career before he announced his candidacy for Governor of California.

Ronald Reagan had a successful movie career, followed by a TV and radio career before he announced his candidacy for Governor of California.

Palin is just the latest, albiet during a time of greater media diversity.

-PJ

67 posted on 11/22/2010 12:52:11 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: DaxtonBrown

Daxton Brown said “ But she is really stupid and has trouble tying her shoes.”

I disagree. Sarah seems very intelligent and the comment about tying her shoes is really stupid.


68 posted on 11/22/2010 12:54:19 PM PST by Sam Clements
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To: ExTexasRedhead
The Most Expensive Campaign Commercial Ever?

And she's getting paid for it. No wonder they're afraid of her. LOL

69 posted on 11/22/2010 12:55:55 PM PST by SouthTexas (WE are the Wave)
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To: jazusamo

I’m sure it is exploding some Republican insider’s heads too.
Absolutely...I’d like to hear some of their comments, I’m sure they’re not pretty. :-)

How about Barbara Bush saying Sarah should stay home in Alaska?


70 posted on 11/22/2010 1:01:31 PM PST by Jolla
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To: Jolla

Barbara Bush has served this country well from 1980-1992. She is entitled to her opinion. I don’t agree with it, but she shouldn’t be demeaned or insulted because she expressed it.


71 posted on 11/22/2010 1:04:10 PM PST by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: Mr. Thorne

I need some GOP Elephant workout socks like that. Watched last night and enjoyed every minute. Also loved the extra attention Todd got several times during last nights episode. He is a great guy, Dad and supports his wife 1000%.


72 posted on 11/22/2010 1:09:19 PM PST by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I like her shows.


73 posted on 11/22/2010 1:09:19 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Maelstorm; onyx

I watched both of them and I don’t really like tv very much. I thoroughly enjoyed them. I was surprised that I did. Granted I am a fan of Sarah’s, but even if I wasn’t, I would have enjoyed the shows. Beautiful scenery, and fun to watch Sarah. She is so likable and down to earth. Oh did I mention that she’s gorgeous?


74 posted on 11/22/2010 1:12:01 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: carton253

Who was demeaning or insulting her for her opinion?


75 posted on 11/22/2010 1:13:15 PM PST by Jolla
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To: carton253

Piss on her, she should keep her catty comments to herself.


76 posted on 11/22/2010 1:13:34 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: Non-Sequitur
How many other candidates could make a multi-hour campaign commercial that people will TUNE IN TO WATCH so much so that it SELLS advertisements rather than being bought and paid for AS an advertisement?

TLC is going to make out just fine with the arrangement, so the argument that it is some sort of “contribution in kind” is crazy talk. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement, a ‘win-win’ scenario.

77 posted on 11/22/2010 1:18:19 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Jay Thomas; boomop1; DaxtonBrown

2 for satire, then.


78 posted on 11/22/2010 1:22:17 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Jolla

That was a proactive post that didn’t work very well. LOL!


79 posted on 11/22/2010 1:26:51 PM PST by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: mojitojoe

Why? You don’t! LOL!


80 posted on 11/22/2010 1:28:23 PM PST by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: Sam Clements

It was satire, and I and at least 1 other, thought it was hilarious.


81 posted on 11/22/2010 1:29:50 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Grams A

I loved it. Great show.

Next week looks like a tear jerker though.


82 posted on 11/22/2010 1:37:03 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (I'm not Anti-Obama - I'm Pro-America)
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To: Maelstorm
'Sarah Palin's Alaska': The Most Expensive Campaign Commercial Ever?

No, but it may be the most PROFITABLE campaign commercial ever! HAHAHAHAHA! Lib heads are exploding all over the Lower 48! Not only is Palin popular, but she's making the lib-approved TLC network money doing it!

83 posted on 11/22/2010 1:45:56 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("The Constitution is not an instrument for government to restrain the people..." -- Patrick Henry)
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To: Servant of the Cross

You have it exactly right. If Sarah Palin is such a moron then what are they wringing their hands about? I’ve noticed that those who dislike Sarah are those who dislike us. How dare we, the common people, think of electing someone who is of the same cloth as ourselves, as our founders, as the very settler’s who colonized this nation? They instead want some one who is chosen by them. Who is deemed credible and serious enough because they have placed their stamp of approval on them. Take Mitt Romney for example. He has worked for Republican and even conservative candidates but where has he stuck his neck out for the issues that matter to us? I can’t find it. If anything he has stood in Sarah’s shadow while letting her fight the fight. If it had been up to them the line would not have been held on health care and cap and trade instead they would’ve been offering their own version of those bad wrong headed bills. God knows Mitt Romney signed into law a piece of legislation not unlike Obamacare. That alone should disqualify him as a credible candidate for anyone who is really a conservative but a lot who make such claims are not. They are something else entirely. If the Republican party leadership wants to save itself a lot of grief they should get behind Palin early but they won’t. Instead they will make her even more powerful a force even as they seek to minimize her.


84 posted on 11/22/2010 1:46:25 PM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: kittymyrib

I visited Homer in early June 2010. Homer is a bit off the Alaskan tourism trail but it is a nice place to visit for 5-7 days if you don’t mind the drive or waiting for a flight. Homer is a great base to fish for halibut, cod, and salmon, bear viewing in Katmai, or kayaking on the Kenai peninsula.

I am thinking the trip to Big River Lake (first show) also originated from Homer.


85 posted on 11/22/2010 1:58:47 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: Jay Thomas

[I read DB’s comment as satire.]

I thought it was obvious. And I’ve been here since ‘98 under different SNs.


86 posted on 11/22/2010 2:41:48 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: boomop1

It was satire, and I’ve been here since ‘98 under different screen name.


87 posted on 11/22/2010 2:43:29 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Maelstorm

btt


88 posted on 11/22/2010 3:00:44 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: DaxtonBrown

RD 10-4, excuuuuuuse me.


89 posted on 11/22/2010 3:40:08 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Maelstorm

Sarah is brilliant.


90 posted on 11/22/2010 3:41:53 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Maelstorm
...she quit halfway through her first term and shows up in the audience of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Er....we have a president who quit half way through his first term as Senator and showed up on American Idol, David Letterman and Comedy Central. So what the beef George?

BTW-Sarah made 8 million bucks, TLC gets 5 million views for each episode, and the TV audience finally gets to see something worth while on TV besides grumpy liberals.

91 posted on 11/22/2010 4:00:47 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: Maelstorm

I agree...the first one was good but the second one was better. I love she unapologetically shoot, clubs and guts fish and generally doesn’t kowtow to the politically correct crowd. Can you IMAGINE any other candidate playing up and being proud of the fact that they are gun owners?


92 posted on 11/22/2010 4:04:57 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Maelstorm

I agree the show is a real boost to her candidacy but it has a nice standalone quality to it, too. It and Going Rogue before it are a great revelation as to how remarkable an ordinary person can be. She is going to BE our president, I am convinced. She was born to the job, but more importantly we were born to hire her for it.


93 posted on 11/22/2010 4:44:25 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: Maelstorm
Or, at the very least, she possesses the kind of decisive backbone required to stun a Halibut with a billy club (part of last night's mother/daughter day with Bristol) and by extension her political opponents.

Seems to me that decisive backbone is a prime qualification for the presidency. Something the alien Usurper totally lacks (ref: James Carville on the redistribution of presidential cojones).

94 posted on 11/22/2010 5:53:59 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Logical me
Thank God for Sarah. Both shows were a real breath of fresh air in the real American. Can't wait for the rest of the shows. Bristol was fantastic. What a gutsy girl.

What goes largely unnoticed is the fact that they, all of them, are NOT actors. They are what you see. Their comments are really theirs not ghost writers' like those who author books by a certain -resident I could mention.

95 posted on 11/22/2010 7:11:04 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Qwackertoo

It’s the interaction between Todd and Sarah that my wife and I love. They tease each other, they have byplay, they’re just so… normal. We can relate to them.

And Todd Palin = Captain America. Ha! Love it. They seem like people you’d want to be around.

Fun show. Fun family.


96 posted on 11/22/2010 7:18:58 PM PST by Mr. Thorne ("But iron, cold iron, shall be master of them all..." Kipling)
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