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Too early to write off Sarah Palin. She will be back, says Leonard Doyle of The Telegraph.

Never did care for Letterman and never thought he was funny.  But apparently many think boring is funny so I’m in a minority or he wouldn’t have that job.

This was a long piece and so I didn’t post all of it. The rest is at the link below.

Sarah Palin may have quit as governor of Alaska, but after gauging the mood in Washington, Leonard Doyle says it’s too early to write her off

By Leonard Doyle
Published: 9:30PM BST 11 Jul 2009

Last Tuesday, Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin showed up on a beach in a fisherman’s bib and waders, hoping to clear the air about her decision to quit her job by the end of the month. But instead of providing the answer to whether she intends to launch a “Palin for President” bid for the White House in 2012, she became fodder for David Letterman, the late-night comedian.

“Is it just me, or is anybody else here having naughty thoughts about Sarah Palin in those waders?” he asked, pointing to endlessly looped footage of the telegenic governor clothed in rubber.

A few weeks ago he was advising her to update her “slutty flight-attendant look” and made an outrageous on-air sexual jibe about her daughter, which he later only half-apologised for.

When the jeering died down, it was not immediately clear whether Palin still had her eyes on the White House. Some of the governor’s friends believe her real aim is to develop a lucrative career on the lecture circuit, perhaps with her own TV talk show – indeed Levi Johnston, the estranged father of Palin’s grandchild, claimed last week that he had heard her talk several times of how nice it would be to take advantage
of the lucrative deals currently on offer. But her currency is based on the likelihood that she will declare herself as a presidential candidate some time next year.

And if anyone from small-town America can grow up to become president, surely it is Sarah Palin. She remains by far the most attractive woman in US politics. Even in her grungy, blood-streaked overalls, she cut a compelling figure for the cameras. But why she quit the top job with 18 months still left to serve remains a mystery.

Speaking to the journalist Andrea Mitchell, she said it was because she “loves Alaska”. She then complained bitterly of multiple and frivolous ethics investigations which had effectively paralysed her administration. The governor was also incensed at the growing mockery of her infant, Trig, who has Down’s syndrome.

America’s liberal elite chortled at the explanations. When someone pointed out that she shot her first rabbit on her back porch aged just 10, the media deemed that, at 45, she had shot herself in both feet.

More jeers were to follow every time the governor updated her thoughts on Twitter. In one early morning burst, she wrote: “Couple of thoughts for the day on beautiful bright AK morn: ‘You have to sacrifice to win. That’s my philosophy in six words.’ “

The governor’s BlackBerry produces half a dozen such haikus on any given day.

“Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy,” was how The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd summed up the situation. Vanity Fair magazine, the bible of America’s chattering classes, dissected what it called Governor Palin’s “narcissistic personality disorder”. On the cable news channel MSNBC, someone described Governor Palin as “incompetent”.

But it was Maureen Dowd’s spoof column, headlined “Sarah’s Secret Diary”, that captured the condescension in which so many sophisticates view her. “No one understands me. It’s like I’m speaking some Eskimo dialect or something,” Ms Dowd wrote, channelling Governor Palin’s style. “Andrea Mitchell follows me all the way to Kanakanak Beach and I get a French manicure and set up this huge photo op for her, even though she spooked the salmon.”

The liberal caricature of Governor Palin has previously been that she is a hopelessly erratic leader. Now she was being redefined as a “quitter” who could not stand the heat of political battle, and is therefore unfit for the Presidency.

The media is often a poor predictor of events in the US. It was slow to identify Barack Obama’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination and the Presidency. It completely missed the story of the global economic collapse. And thus predictions about the end of Sarah Palin’s political life seem premature.

Even though the Democrats believe they are unassailable in the face of a leaderless Republican Party, the country’s mood is fickle. There are signs that the tide is already turning against President Obama in some areas as he struggles to end the worst recession since the 1930s. In Iowa, a key bellwether state, his polling numbers are declining sharply.

THE REST OF THIS EDITORIAL HERE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/12/2009 at 05:29 PM   
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The Alaska governor’s resignation shows how shallow Republicans have become.  Oh Boy.

Yeah I know.  This is supposed to be a conservative site. But wait. 

Three major papers here have stories on her, all somewhat different slants with this being the harshest by far. I’m betting you haven’t read this article in the states, and I thought BMEWS should post it.  I thought you should see it and then have at it using I hope some logic instead of anger alone.
Truth to tell, I do not want to believe this. Any of it. But Andrew Sullivan seems to have done a bit of research. As a political writer he must scan speeches and attend his fair share of them as well.

I have read this fellow often, and this is the first time I’ve read anything like this by him. 

Is there food for thought here?  Look, I was one of many years ago who really did think Ross Perot was the answer.  I believed in him. I wasn’t alone. And look what happened. 

One thing is true and some of you have pointed it out as well.  The party seems to have a leadership problem these days.  It almost seems to be tossed by waves in the ocean going this way and that with no firm direction. Drew said it better, but you get the drift.

Question for you folks. Ya think there’s any truth to this? Even a little? Cause if there is, where does that leave us?

From The Sunday Times
July 12, 2009

Palin leads the right into a reality TV vortex

Andrew Sullivan

Writing about Sarah Palin always presents a quandary. Does one operate under the usual assumption that this is a rational figure, a serious politician, a rising Republican star . . . or do you acknowledge the copious evidence that she cannot tell the truth, has delusions of grandeur, has no policy record to speak of and quit her job as Alaska governor halfway through her first term because she is, in her own explanation, “not a quitter”? I think that you have to proceed under the assumption that this is a joke of a candidate and a symptom of a political party in the middle of a mental breakdown.

Mind you, I love the idea of Sarah Palin: a brassy, no-nonsense enemy of bloated government and corruption. That was probably John McCain’s rough idea of who she was in the five minutes his staff vetted her, and on the one occasion he’d met her, before offering her a chance to be leader of the free world. The idea of Sarah Palin, though, is sadly not the reality of Sarah Palin.

The reality of Sarah Palin is that politics is a means to her higher goal: celebrity. Every action she takes is designed to make sense . . . if you believe that government is really a version of a reality show. The remote, David Lynch-style location, the family often in trouble with the law, the pregnant teenage daughter and her impossibly handsome redneck boyfriend, the boyfriend’s angry sister, an ornery Alaskan trooper, a few moose and mysterious pregnancies . . . and, well, the mini-series never ends. The best guess I’ve heard of the real reason for her abrupt departure is: “I’m a celebrity . . . get me out of here!”

No one yet understands the real reason for a first-term governor just quitting on Friday, July 3, with no advance notice. If it were planned, why did her husband have to travel 300 miles to be there? Why do it all on a federal holiday before the Fourth of July? As Bubble from Absolutely Fabulous might note: “Who can say?”

A blog reader scanned every single governor of all the states for the past century to find precedents. There are plenty of examples of governors being arrested, being impeached or dying. But only two others in American history have just up and quit: Eliot Spitzer, New York governor, involved in a professional escort service after he had vowed to clean up the state; and Jim McGreevey, whose gay lover blackmailed him. Palin has quit for no apparent reason.

If it were to spend time with her family, it would be understandable, but she insists that’s not the case — and if you’re prepared to run for national office months after giving birth to an infant with Down’s syndrome, it’s a little odd to quit the governorship of a state when you have only a year and a half to go. It doesn’t make sense politically since it implies she could do the same thing at any moment in any future office. Why should anyone vote for someone who could quit for no good reason at any time?

But trying to makes sense of Sarah Palin is a fool’s errand. I spent a lot of time last year trying to figure out how her bizarre pregnancy story could make any sense at all — it doesn’t — and came up with nothing but a suspicion that large parts of it were made up. If you present the facts to Palin spokespeople, they seem offended and regard you as some liberal hater. But the facts reveal she lies all the time about almost everything and so is probably improvising about her reasons for resigning.

I’ve now compiled 32 incontrovertibly untrue statements of fact that she has uttered in the public record and never retracted. They are not the usual political lies — spinning or shading the truth; they are demonstrably, empirically untrue in the public record. Some are trivial: Palin said on television that she asked her daughters to vote on whether she should accept the vice-presidency offer; but that story contradicts details given by Palin herself, who said she accepted the offer on the spot.

Others are more serious: Palin lied when she said the dismissal of Walt Monegan, her public safety commissioner, had nothing to do with his refusal to fire Mike Wooten (her former brother-in-law, who was at war with her family) from his job as a state trooper; in fact, the Branchflower report concluded she repeatedly abused her power when dealing with both men.

Palin lied when she repeatedly claimed to have said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” to the famous “bridge to nowhere”, an expensive, pork-barrel government project; in fact, she openly campaigned for the federal project when running for governor. I could go on. But the truth is, she’s a reality-show star vaulted to national prominence by a Republican party now so devoid of talent and desperate for some kind of support that it gambled on the political equivalent of Susan Boyle. One who couldn’t even sing.

My own bet is that there is another scandal out there that would have forced her resignation if she hadn’t pre-empted it. Yet as plausible is the simple notion uttered by the only person in the melodrama who seems halfway sane: Levi Johnston, the teenage father of Palin’s grandson: “I think the big deal was the book. That was millions of dollars.” With a multi-million-dollar book deal, Palin can now become the darling of the right-wing media in America without the tedious duties of actually, you know, governing something. If the book contains scandals we have not yet learnt about, it could be explosively big in the mainstream; if it’s a hagiography, it could sell well with an adoring religious base.

And this helps explain the broader problem with American conservatism right now. It is less a movement than an industry. From Fox News to talk radio to conservative publishing houses, it has created an alternate and lucrative media reality that is worth a fortune to those able to exploit it. Alas, these alternative media thrive on paranoia, hatred of liberal elites and growing extremist rhetoric made worse by a hermetically sealed echo chamber of true believers. Anyone criticised by the left or even by the establishment right is a martyr in this world. In America, martyrdom sells. And Palin is a product worth lots of money.

She wants some of it; and she has no actual interest in governing America (even though she’d love the title of president). She referred to giving up her “title” as governor, not her “office”. In this, she is the ultimate Republican of this degenerate moment: all culture war, no policy; all identity politics, no engagement with practical answers to difficult public problems; and all hysterical opposition to Barack Obama, no actual alternatives offered.

Since even epic scandals heighten celebrity rather than diminish it, Palin’s future is secure. Her party’s? Getting bleaker by the day.

http://www.andrewsullivan.com

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/12/2009 at 05:00 PM   
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