Saturday, April 10, 2010

So....What Makes Sarah Palin So Newsworthy?

Two FaceBook comments on my piece about Governor Palin's superb putdown of Obama's insulting her voicing her opinions on his absurd nuclear policies from a couple of long time Joshua's Army members raise an interesting question:

PoliticalCynic:"Sarah is so digging her own grave. Trying to grab headlines will back fire."

Christian Atheist:""Trying to grab..."? Some people are actually newsworthy.
Unlike we blathering Facebook nonentities. e.g. Who really cares what I think?"

So..what is it that makes Sarah Palin so newsworthy?

By any normal standards, she shouldn't be. She's the failed VP candidate on a losing ticket, which in itself is normally a ticket to oblivion. Not only that,but she's the ex-governor of a small state that most of the elite media types and leftist politicos think of as the ultimate in disposable flyover country.

So why does she still generate headlines almost effortlessly? Why is she still arguably the hottest political ticket in America?

The way I see it, there are a number of reasons, some of which she was born with or acquired on her own and some that were given to her, believe it or not, by her worst enemies.

For starters, there's Sarah Palin's ninja political skills and her use of language.

Think about Sarah Palin, we have someone who a year ago was a ridiculed figure, the failed vice-presidential candidate of one of the most inept and poorly run presidential campaigns in memory. Normally, one would have expected her to fade away like most losing ex-running mates into respectable anonymity. With your average losing VP candidate, most people scarcely remember their names a year later.

Yet in Sarah Palin, we have someone who has shown the political mojo to transcend this and become arguably the most watched and famous political figure in the entire country.

That should give the astute observer a clue that we're not simply talking about some semi-literate chillbilly with a pretty face and a few nifty slogans.

Although when she does adopt a slogan, notice how well she uses the language - death panels for instance, the all-too-accurate phrase that perfectly defined the contempt for human life and Orwellian nature of of ObamaCare and stuck to the debate like superglue. Was there a better catch phrase uttered that crystallized the inhumane, bureaucratic nature of ObamaCare?

Aside from the fact that she was entirely correct about those 'death panels' and what they symbolized, her framing the debate in that matter turned the whole thing around, almost killed ObamaCare and provided her and her GOP compadres with a flagship issue for the midterms and beyond.

She's one of the most natural politicians of our age, with an inborn gift for communication that resonates with her fellow Americans. And even with all the fame and fortune that's come her way, she still manages to come across somehow like a normal, everyday person, like someone you'd meet in the supermarket trying to decide whether steak would fit in the budget this week...albeit in a somewhat more polished version nowadays.

Remember, it was Sarah Palin who first perceived the vast amount of discontent with the status quo among her fellow Americans with business as usual as done in Washington that later coalesced into the Tea Party Movement. And she locked on to that energy like...well a barracuda. Even better, she was smart enough to do it in a way that preserved her independence and to do it outside the GOP establishment.

Even more potent is the gifts she's been given by her worst enemies.

From the minute she accepted the Republican nomination, the Obama Administration and the Angry Left mobilized every operative, media ally and dirty trick they could muster to not only destroy her politically but to destroy her and her family personally.

From massive media attacks, bogus ethics complaints back in Alaska and an organized attempt to bankrupt the Palin family orchestrated from the White House to heavily edited TV interviews from Democrat shills like Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson to a media blitz focusing on her pregnant daughter and her baby son Trigg and foul-mouthed attacks by 'comedians' like Sarah Bernhard and David Letterman, nothing was considered out of bounds for a woman who strayed off the Left's reservation and who actually chose to give birth to a Down's Syndrome child instead of simply vacuuming the kid into oblivion.

Even Candidate Obama got into the actions..remember his 'lipstick on a pig' trash talking after Palin's convention speech?

And all this had a curious effect.

Most Americans generally don't approve of bullying woman or their children, even in the political arena. At heart, we are still a culture that protects women and children.

As I wrote at the time, trashing Sarah Palin and her family in this over the top fashion and driving her from office was the worst mistake the Left ever made. Not only did it engender some sympathy from a lot of Americans who perceived it as unfair, it freed Governor Palin up to write her book and become a national force.

Targeting her crystallized the opposition to Obama around her and simply made her an even bigger star than she already was, because people viscerally perceived how frightened the Left is of this woman simply by the obscene and personal hatred they kept throwing at her and her family.

And the more they throw, the bigger audience Sarah Palin gets, the broader her smile and the more headlines she generates.

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yzernik said...

Did you notice how Obama compared Palin to Ahmadinejad in his interview with Stephanopoulis today? It was shocking, and also very revealing of how Obama cannot distinguish between good and evil.

Anonymous said...

She is one smart cookie and that is what they can't accept. Their view of a conservative person, epsecially a conservative woman, was upended by the intelligent, pretty and happily married Palin. They can't wrap theri ignorant heads around the fact that the majority of the country relly can identify with her and not their elitist, self-important, big government view of the world.
And you bet, the thing they hate the most about her, is the fact that she gave birth to Trig. Talk about eugenics and Nazis. Welcome to the world of Obamacare.

politacynicNH said...

Really? The smart Pubs are flying under the radar and letting Miss Piggy ham it up in front of the camera. They love that she keeps flapping her gums. The cameras are off of them. She will flame out as Romney or who ever rises.

Thank god the Pubs are so Kind to Sarah- The Gibson interview was just for fun.

Some of Sarah's fodder

"Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast." --an angry McCain aide describing Palin's $150,000 shopping spree

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone. She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom." ―an anonymous McCain adviser complaining to CNN about Palin going off-script

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?" ―Alaska State Senate President Lyda Green, who is a Republican

"If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself. If Palin were a man, we'd all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she's a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true." ―conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, writing in National Review

No, I don't. But you know what? That's not what she's running for." ―McCain adviser Carly Fiorina, asked if Palin has the experience to run a major company

"I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Sen. McCain made." ―Colin Powell, endorsing Barack Obama for president

"I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she's a woman and a conservative." ―Sarah Palin's mother-in-law, Faye Palin, indicating she may vote for Obama

Charlie GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?
PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.
At this point, Gibson surely earned an Emmy nomination with his acting to avoid breaking out in laughter.

And she tried under Gibson’s persistence to walk away from her quote that the Iraq war was a war from God:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?
PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote.

I hope you guys have more than Sarah?

You do have a real candidate don't you?

Freedom Fighter said...

Very droll, Cynic!

Let's see what you've got here:

1) Quotes from McCain staffers like Steve Schmidt, who are looking to shift the blame on someone else besides themselves for running one of the most inept campaigns in history.

2)A quote from a member of the GOP establishment Palin took on who is related by marriage to one of the corrupt members of the State Energy board whose resignation she forced.(FYI, Palin left office leaving a budget surplus, higher energy dividends for all Alaskans, a new natural gas pipeline started that will provide lots more money for Alaska but had been stalled for thirty years by bureaucratic ineptitude and a record high approval rating by her fellow Alaskans).

3)The dyspeptic musings of Palin hater and RINO Kathleen Parker.

4) Colin Powell? Like he was ever going to not vote for Obama?


A)For one thing, Palin's correct. You can see Russia from parts of Alaska.And she's also one of the few governors who has ever participated in international negotiations with other countries.

B) The quote Gibson mentioned was in fact inaccurate.

C)You really ought to check out John Zeigler's documentary, which shows how both the Gibson and Couric interviews were heavily edited to make Palin appear clueless and stupid.

I met her in Alaska before she went national, and I can assure you that she's neither.If anything else, her political skills ( which I don't think even you can deny)should show you she's no fool.

At this point, I don't know if Palin is actually a candidate for 2012,but before you believe everything you read, you ought to do yourself a favor and find out more about her.