Saturday, November 21, 2009
Most of the media hate Sarah Palin. Given the hyperfocused offensive targeted at her, the simple conclusion is that the left-wing establishment views the former Alaska governor as the greatest threat to the current Democratic monopoly on power in Washington.
Certainly Mrs. Palin's book tour is generating a lot of enthusiasm across the country, with thousands of admirers flocking to each stop. The book itself, "Going Rogue," was locked in at No. 1 on best-seller lists for weeks before it was officially available for sale. Mrs. Palin's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" attracted the largest audience the program has enjoyed in two years.
Given the critical media assault, Americans wouldn't have a clue that her new book discusses weighty policy issues such as the benefits of the free market and lower taxes, the limits of government regulation, "cap and trade," foreign policy and states' rights or that Mrs. Palin has a Facebook blog providing excellent critiques of the government takeover of the health care industry. CBS squawked that the book was the work of a ghostwriter, as if that would be a novelty for a politician. Associated Press devoted an unprecedented 11 reporters to "fact check" Mrs. Palin's book.
The wire service did not conduct similar reviews for accuracy of recent books by liberals, such as the late Edward M. Kennedy, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (when he was a senator), Barack Obama (before he was president) or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. Nor was such a thorough examination conducted on recent political books by Republicans Rudolph W. Giuliani or Newt Gingrich. We are still waiting for the same media outlets to dismiss President Obama's speeches on the grounds that they are ghostwritten.
Newsweek managing editor Dan Klaidman declares that "there have been these questions about her gravitas, about her seriousness." If Newsweek's argument isn't convincing, the magazine's choice of a cover photo of the former governor in very short jogging shorts was meant to add to the overall impression. Newsweek must have been desperate to get that picture showing her somewhat scantily clad because the publication broke a contract that the photo would be used only in the runners magazine for which it was taken. Mrs. Palin is an avid runner, and the shot was appropriate for its companion story in Runner's World.
Newsweek's headline on the cover is equally bizarre. "She's bad news for the GOP - and for everybody else, too," it states somewhat hysterically. Time magazine apparently also tried to get hold of this racy portrait. Not to be outdone in sexist innuendo, MSNBC's "Morning Meeting" host, Dylan Ratigan, resorted to the trick of doctored photos by showing Mrs. Palin's head juxtaposed on a supersexy female body clad only in a bikini or an exceedingly short skirt and open blouse. Where is the outrage from feminists?
Mrs. Palin has a tough job ahead to try to overcome this media onslaught. But all the attention should inspire the former governor, too. Her political appeal scares the left, which is quite an endorsement.
And Palin's interview with CBN earlier this week, just in case you missed it:
Steve Schmidt, who managed the campaign and is a chief target in the book, doesn't think much of "Going Rogue."....Schmidt gave his verdict on the book, due in stores Tuesday, in an interview with me: "It's total fiction," he said. Just to address some of the claims: Trevor Potter, the campaign's counsel, told The Atlantic that the campaign did not bill Palin for vetting. Schmidt told me it's "not true" that he used an obscenity in front of Piper. As for the $150,000 tab for Palin family clothes and accessories, "Her account talks about the fact that she was resistant to all this stuff. That's just not true," one campaign aide told me. This aide's take: "The book fully reveals her. Dishonest, small and petty."And then the article goes on to cite the AP "fact-checking" article that has been proven to be way off base and the Huffington Post. I know, I know. Shocking, isn't it? We know for a fact that she did complain about the clothes and was in no way responsible for the $150,000 bill. Even Palin's enemies have admitted that. So, Schmitty just lost any last shred of credibility.
....The aides themselves are both shocked and not shocked."People knew that's what she was like" but they are nevertheless incredulous that she published a book like this, one of them told me. "It's like, 'What's she so angry about?' She was picked to be vice president of the United States. She had an exceptional opportunity. Everything is someone else's fault. There's no accountability. It's mean-spirited. But if you look at the record, it is what it is."
What's she so angry about?
Oh, I don't know. Maybe that you guys called her a whack job, among other things, and leaked to the press about her like the little sissies that you are. She kept this stuff under her hat - you guys were the ones that went whining to Carl Cameron. It's not uncommon for there to be tension between the P and the VP teams; what's uncommon is for staffers to whine to the media about their own candidate. Just proves to me that you cared more about your own political skin than you did about winning.
And I have to say, I thought that Palin was gracious to the McCain staffers in the book. She was neither small nor petty. Of course, you would have to actually read the book to know that. Contrary to the media reports that make it sound like she hates the world, Palin was extremely good-humored and even made some excuses for the actions of the McCain staffers. The media line that she's out for blood is a myth. Read the book for yourself if you don't believe me. It's nothing like the media is painting it. It is candid, to the point, and funny. Really funny. The lady has a sense of humor.
If you read it, you'll know what that means:)
With the possible exceptions of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, no modern era politician has been more derided by the media than Sarah Palin. And the attacks do not stop with her. They include nasty rumors about her family and even the mocking of her children.Also, run out and get a copy of People magazine. It's the one with Johnny Depp on the cover. Some good Palin stuff in there, like Sarah and Todd's favorite toast:
Palin has responded to some of the vitriol in her new book, "Going Rogue," hoping to give readers her side on controversies like the expensive clothes, the interview gaffes and Alaska's "Troopergate" case.
How have the media received the former Alaska governor's side of the story? Not well. She is being called a whiner and an ingrate, among other things.
Uber-liberal Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says: "There is absolutely nothing in Sarah Palin's past that suggested she was ever going to let the past go. She's always been petty. She's always been vindictive."
Let's get this straight: Media people like Tucker can hammer Palin all day long, but if she defends herself, she's petty and vindictive.
Aren't the American media swell?
It is worth noting that the left has not been able to knock Palin out despite trying very hard. A study by the Culture and Media Institute looked at a two-week period during last year's presidential campaign. During that time, the nightly network newscasts ran 18 negative stories about candidate Palin for every positive story. Fair and balanced? Give me a break.
Somehow Palin has gotten under the skin of the far left. Feminist Naomi Wolf and crazy-left Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson put forth the latest propaganda. Independently, they dubbed Palin the new Evita. What are the odds of Wolf and Robinson, who operate worlds apart, both referencing Argentine Eva Peron at pretty much the same time? Coincidence? Sure.
Peron was a demagogue who appealed to the common man. She was also an incompetent leader. The song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" has immortalized her.
So I am expecting a new song, to be sung by Bruce Springsteen, entitled: "Don't Cry for Me Wasilla, Alaska." I hope the lyrics aren't whiny.
My theory is that liberal America fears Palin. Even though a CBS News poll has her approval rating at just 23 percent, a whopping 37 percent of respondents say they are still undecided about the former governor. That means millions of Americans are potential converts to her populist cause. Bad news for the left if the country turns against the Obama administration.
Thus, the liberal media are hunting Palin, trying to drive a stake through her heart once and for all. But the woman is tough, wily and unafraid. She's driving them crazy.
"May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it!"
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I gotta say, it's a great read. Even if you hate Sarah Palin, even if you don't think she's qualified for anything above dogcatcher; if you don't believe a word she says - it's still a great read. Take it as a great piece of fiction, if nothing else.
It's funny as all get-out. That's what I took away the most - how hilarious it was.
I also had to reshape a few of my opinions. Given what Palin had to say about her legislative director, I guess I can throw my John Bitney post in the trash.
As far as accuracy goes, look: this is her story from her perspective. I take everyone's point of view with a grain of salt, including hers. Five people can see a murder and walk away with five different accounts of the murderer.
And I don't expect every conversation in there to be verbatim the way it actually happened, obviously. You don't remember every word that was said twenty years later. But she can't preface every conversation with the disclaimer: "I don't remember the exact wording, but it was something like this...." You should be able to figure that out by yourself.
I loved her personal stories. I loved her stories of the thoughts going through her head during the campaign. It was flat-out funny. When she described the staffers emerging from the bus and lighting cigaretts walking away looking like a cloud of smoke with legs... It's just funny. The stuff Joe Biden was doing before the debate... crack me up.
It's just an overall good book. Policy and philosophy is scattered throughout with an extra push at the end. I loved the part where she talked about Andree McLeod calling her. Sarah would just put her on speakerphone and do her stuff while McLeod would drone on and on...
She presents a different take on some things than what I thought was the truth. It's interesting to me what she included and what she left out. I'm not going to go into detail - you're just going to have to read it for yourself.
Read it - even if you hate her guts - it's entertaining if nothing else.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Therefore, I have decided to get lost for a few days. C4P will take good care of anyone who frequents this blog, I'm sure. I'm even thinking of skipping Palin's interviews until I have a chance to read the book. I'm not a big fan of spoilers. There's no book signings anywhere near me, so I'll have to settle for savoring the book itself.
(sigh) We'll see. Good luck, fellow barbarians. Enjoy the coming Week of Sarah. If nothing else, it's going to be a lot of fun! See you in a few.
Of course, Mitchell quotes the flawed AP article, but what did you expect?
Also, a good article here about Sarah Palin vs. the 21st Century Progressive.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Glenn Beck had a special that I've been waiting for for quite some time last Friday. Clifton B. of Another Black Conservative was there, Adrienne Ross of Motivation Truth was there, and Robin from Conservative Black Woman was there. The special should have been a lot longer. They should have made a weekend special out of it for like three hours or so, and just let everybody loose. This is a discussion that we don't have nearly often enough:
Clifton B. talks about the experience on his blog here, here, and here.
Robin of Conservative Black Woman touches on it here.
And Adrienne Ross talks about it here.
Really? Still Making Things Up?
The book tour starts this week, and I look forward to it! I'm most looking forward to meeting many of you, shaking your hands, and telling you,"Thanks for loving America." I'll give you a scoop here and tell you what's on the book's Dedication Page – it's dedicated to you – Patriots – who love the U.S.A. as much as I do.
Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the AP somehow nabbed a copy of the book before it was released. They're now erroneously reporting on the book's contents and are repeating many of the same things they spewed during the campaign and afterwards. We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, "fact checking" research! Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hasan's associations, etc. Amazing.
We'll keep setting the record straight, and we'll keep reminding some in the media that Americans are very tired of their non-objective reporting. A great, recent post that accomplishes this is a Conservatives4Palin post. It's got some nice fact checking included. As always, they did a great job holding some of the media accountable for spreading more misinformation and for making things up. You can read it here. Enjoy!That C4P post was called "Fact-Checking the Fact-checkers." I wonder if they read my post....
And I can't wait to see you! God bless the fight for freedom! Keep up the great work, Patriots who love this country.
- Sarah Palin
Ah, it's probably a coincidence. I think they actually got it from Mark Steyn. Still, Sarah reads C4P! She gets a kick out of the antics of Nancy and and the girls too, I'll betcha!
Hillary Clinton is open to coffee with Sarah:
I've often thought that it would be very interesting if Hillary or Bill came out and endorsed Sarah. Very interesting. Bill had this to say soon after Palin was announced last year:
Then he got on the bandwagon with Obama. I can't help but think that Bill's strategy would have been much more effective against Palin:
"I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there; why she's doing well. People look at her, and they say, 'All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family. I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married.'"
Clinton said voters would think, "I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They're wonderful children. They're wonderful people. And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy."
If they had handled Sarah the Bill Clinton way, they wouldn't have ticked off the ordinary barbarians the way they did. That Chicago machine way is going to backfire, big time. Bill Clinton is a natural politician. He's an instinctive politician. So is Sarah. I do not agree with the Clintons at all, but I never thought I'd see the day that I'd looked back on the Clinton years as rosy.
"My view is ... why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don't we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?....
She's an instinctively effective candidate and with a compelling story," Clinton said in an interview with CNBC. "I think it was exciting to some that she was a woman," said Clinton. "I think she, I get why she's done so well. It's a mistake to underestimate her. She's got good intuitive skills. They're significant."
In other videos, Guiliani says Palin's great for the GOP:
Bill Kristol says Palin wouldn't bow:
I honestly don't care too much about the bow to the Japanese. But he didn't have to go all the way parallel to the floor. A slight head bob would have sufficed.
And Liz Cheney defends Palin against Juan.
I'm sorry, Juan, did I hear you say "no reason?" My temperature just rose about ten degrees. Everybody should stay clear of me for at least a few minutes.
O'Reilly put Palin on his patriots list:
I honestly think he has a crush on her:)
He talked to Fox and Friends about his interview with her this morning:
CNN's John King went up to Alaska to get the resident's thoughts on "Going Rogue":
Here's John King's full report. Sean Parnell weighs in on Sarah:
While we're in Alaska, let's go to Governor Parnell who is following in Sarah's footsteps:
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he has the best interest of polar bears at heart, but he doesn't intend to let the federal government's expanded protection for bears get in the way of the state's continued prosperity.Sean's a good guy. He's got near the approval rating Sarah did for awhile. I actually think that his approval rating is really Sarah's. It's what hers would have been had all of this political partisan junk not followed Sarah back to the state after the election. As soon as the partisan junk was gone, the approval rating shot right back up. But that's just my opinion. I don't live there.
Like his predecessor, Sarah Palin, the governor is suing the federal government to overturn the listing of the iconic symbol of the Arctic as a threatened species, a move made last year that he believes could threaten Alaska's lifeblood: petroleum development.
"Currently some are attempting to improperly use the Endangered Species Act to shut down resource development," Parnell says. "I'm not going to let this happen on my watch."
I am, however, proud of this next little tidbit:
Here's Sarah at a Norwegian thingy in Alaska:
The uniquely Midwestern accent of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin caused some University of Wisconsin researchers to wonder why a person who grew up in the small town of Wasilla, Alaska would sound like someone from the movie "Fargo".
Phrases like, "you betcha" and her habit of dropping the "g" in words that end in "ing" ("talkin" instead of "talking") moved three UW linguists to trace her speech roots to the Midwest.
The researchers determined that her speech was heavily influenced by the people who settled the Wasilla area in the 1930s from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
I just thought that was kinda cool.