February 20, 2010

Silly stuff...

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Can Sarah Palin translate celebrity into real political power?:

Well, it's kind of silly to call her a "celebrity." Just imagine that she was somehow removed from the realm of politics, and could give no political speeches, or do anything political. Would people still be interested in her? Would paparazzi be following her to get shots for People Magazine? Of course not.

By Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writer
Sarah Palin has proved that she can draw a crowd. What she has yet to demonstrate is that she can translate the appeal of a phenomenon into a political force that can attract or mobilize sizable numbers of voters....

Rick Perry's typical rally was 200 people; with Palin by his side he attracted over 9,000. It's a pretty dubious notion to say that she's not going to affect votes. I'd say the burden-of-proof is on the nay-sayers.

..."Sarah Palin will have to choose to be either the leader of a movement or the leader of a nation. She can't be both," said Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. "Right now, she is a figure like [George] McGovern or [Barry] Goldwater, two candidates who led the most intense movements in our country's political history, but who couldn't win the middle."...

Totally silly. McGovern was leader of a movement that America didn't want. If America had favored his movement, then he could easily have been both. And Goldwater never tried to be a movement leader. Cliff White organized the movement, seizing upon Goldwater as its rather-reluctant figurehead.

...Democrats regard Palin as mostly a Republican problem, someone capable of throwing the Washington political community into a lather with a Facebook posting or a tweet, but not yet a credible potential presidential candidate or leader of a broad-based opposition...

What a lie. Whistlin' past the graveyard. As Rush says, "They always let us know who they are afraid of." And it is obviously Palin. No other Republican draws one tenth the attacks she does.

...Palin has many detractors, even within the GOP. They deride the content of her tea party speech as being long on grievance but short on substance. They mock her for the notes scribbled on her palm during that appearance and what they see as inconsistencies in her statements...

Right. They mocked Reagan for telling cornball stories he read in The Readers Digest. How did that work out, huh experts? I'd bet you a hundred bucks she did that writing-on-the-hand thing deliberately, just to pull their chains.

...But as one GOP strategist, who declined to be identified in order to speak more freely about her, put it, "Palin has a following that is thoroughly uninterested in experiences on issues and instead is completely motivated by attributes. They'll take her authenticity over her ideas every day of the week."...
Rubbish. I've been to a Tea Party, flab-wit. Tea-partiers and Sarah Palin are both very much about ideas, and they have no need to make a big song-and-dance about them because they are the same ideas. Elitists of both Left and Right think of ideas as something that involves putting experts (like themselves) in charge. When conservatives say, "Let's let ordinary citizens make their own choices," they say we have no ideas. They can't "see" ideas that involve putting experts out to pasture.
...But the others should be paying close attention, Castellanos said. "Mitt Romney, Pawlenty and every other Republican contender ought to be worried," he said. "An authentic, populist voice has emerged as the anti-Obama and that voice doesn't belong to the Republican establishment. It belongs to Sarah Palin."...

So why didn't you put that quote at the top of the story, Mr Genius Political Reporter? "Burying the lede" is the common term I think.

...Those in Palin's circle said there is no single person to whom she turns most often for advice. There is no Karl Rove to George W. Bush, or Lee Atwater to Bush's father. "It's not like there's this last person she talks to before she goes to bed to get her marching orders," said one person knowledgeable about her operation who declined to be identified in order to share information. "It's her instincts and her thinking that's driving this."...

They sneered at Bush for supposedly being a lightweight led by Karl Rove. "Bush's Brain" they called Rove. Now they give Palin no credit for NOT having a Rove. Stupid. In fact both of them are smart politicians who win elections by courting the derision of elitists.

Posted by John Weidner at February 20, 2010 2:29 PM
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