On Palin; No Animus, No Condescension

In my piece yesterday at Pajamas Media I wrote:. . .thrust-and-parry between a candidate and the media can both sharpen a candidate’s edge and enliven his footwork to his benefit; one smooth slice, well-timed, can topple both press and opponent, and linger in a voter’s memory as a satisfying match they want to see replayed . . . This is something Sarah Palin (and for that matter, the Tea Partiers) may wish to keep in mind for 2012. Palin is perfectly capable of deft bladework, but too often cho … [Read more...]

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O'Donnell "stupid" on 1st Amendment; um…wait

I think the most nefarious and reprehensible game the press plays--beyond spiking stories to protect the politicians they love--is the trick they have of creating blaring headlines for distorted or misreported stories, and then, in a day or two, or three (or, in the pope's case, four - always four) they either run a discreet "correction" no one sees, or an even more discreet "clarification" that runs under a nothing-headline and usually turns the original story (and newly-established … [Read more...]

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Journolist: Listening So You Don't Have To!

Git along little dawgiesOver at RCP Jay Cost is asking what's so bad about journolisters?It's a good piece, and I urge you to read it, but here's what I think:Journolisters discourage listening among their readers and the general public, and if people are not listening, they are not thinking, either; they're just following the moo-path, which appears to suit the journolisters just fine, since it is the one they're forging.When Jeremiah Wright's America-damning, race-tainted rants were … [Read more...]

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Sarah Palin is Alive! – UPDATED

Longtime readers know that, while there is much that I admire about Sarah Palin, I am still on the fence about any notion that she should run for president.My reservations stem in part from some of Palin's own moves, but it may be her base that really sours me on her; not even mild and constructive criticism, rendered with a dollop of sympathy can be endured by some members of Palin's over-protective base.I understand why they are overprotective; no politician in my memory has ever been … [Read more...]

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"Where's the Left's Palin?"

Taylor Marsh, who is a very smart woman whose knee does not jerk, asks the question, and it's a revealing one. Despising her as they do, the question suggests that -beneath the disdain- they appreciate what she brings with her. At least Marsh does:Mrs. Palin's politics aren't for me, and though I pine to see hot headliners from the left, instead we get the likes of Claire McCaskill, Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama blue dog duds, with no women of any wattage in sight.As much as they … [Read more...]

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G. Washington, S. Brown & Idealism

This is both interesting and sad:Over at dotCommonweal, Robert Imbelli had a brief post on the buzz-producing "Yes" from Scott Brown on yesterday's jobs bill. While many analysts have spent the last little while dissecting the vote itself, Imbelli noticed a much quieter (yet much more depressing) note in the story:Three hours before the jobs-bill vote, the Senate chamber opened with its 117-year tradition of reading Washington's Farewell Address on his birthday. The current lawmakers … [Read more...]

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Family Guy goaded Palin into a mistake

I didn't see the whole episode, but this scene in Family Guy has apparently gotten Sarah Palin upset:Both Gov. Palin and her daughter Bristol have responded.Sarah Palin writes:People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her c … [Read more...]

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Yep, She's a Natural!

H/TAs Camille Paglia said - Palin is a natural.Which is one reason why -for some- she must be destroyed.A politician who has the ability to laugh at himself, and to convey a sense of being completely comfortable in his own skin, is a politician who brings with him the intangible, unmeasurable gift of touching people where they live, in their gut. And that makes people feel safe, and reassured. As we saw in the last election, marketing and PR can certainly persuade. But if people have a … [Read more...]

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Palin Press: Putzes in Print

Love Sarah Palin or not, one has to admit the press is so undone by her that they are both aggressive and passive-aggressive in their hate, and they betray themselves continually in all sorts of ways. They betray their snobbism; they betray their spitefulness, and most emphatically, they betray the fact that our "fourth estate" is populated mostly by perpetual adolescents.Our press, with a few exceptions, is largely made up of people who, at age 14, decided they were sophisticates who knew … [Read more...]

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Palin on Limbaugh

I did not get to hear it, but the transcript is here.My take on Palin's appearance yesterday on the Oprah Winfrey show has generated a pretty rousing and entertaining debate in the comments thread, and I have updated it with this link to Melissa Clouthier, but I wanted to also quote Melissa here, because her post is very interesting and serious:[...] here’s Sarah Palin going into hostile Obama-loving territory on Oprah. She was on edge, and fought defensiveness, much like her interview with K … [Read more...]

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