Crying Uncle (The Media vs. Sarah Palin)

by Steve Flesher, courtesy of YAHOO!

In what appears to be a collective effort to wipe her off of the national political map, Sarah Palin’s most vocal critics seem to have accomplished the exact opposite.

From the 2008 presidential campaign, to her return to Alaska, to her resignation as Governor and her successes as an author, Fox News contributor, campaigner, and reality TV star, her critics just cannot seem to do what they are begging everyone else to do: forget about her.

In another collective attempt to shut the door on everything-Palin, many articles have surfaced in this past week alone begging journalists and pundits to go on a metaphorical Palin-fast. But in doing so, these same authors seem to forget that such pleadings have to make the headlines first, thus defeating the purpose of making the request.

In truth, Palin’s critics cannot come to a solid conclusion on her. If she’s not stupid, she’s a woman smart enough to orchestrate hate speech to the degree which results in mass shootings. If she’s not taking down Democrats through her efforts to campaign on behalf of the tea party, she’s blocking the successes of establishment Republicans who the Democrats suspiciously claim are the only kind that can win elections. If she doesn’t need to go away and disappear forever, she needs to run for President in 2012 to guarantee Obama another victory.

If the President is doing a good job in such a way that Americans are happy, should it matter who his opponent is in 2012? This point in and of itself allows objective observers the opportunity to understand that in the minds of Palin’s opponents, it’s more about making sure she never gets close to winning the nomination than it is making sure Obama wins a re-election. In a time when the nation is supposed to be uniting, how can it be good for America when the President’s own base is spending more time attacking a woman who is not currently holding elected office anywhere than they are at convincing others that he’s a good President?

Perhaps Ann Coulter was right in her July 2009 column, Forgetting Sarah Palin, saying her [Palin] critics would not have her to “kick around anymore — at least not with Palin’s hands tied behind her back by her public office.”

Coulter was of course referring to the onslaught of frivolous ethics charges waiting for Sarah Palin after she returned from the 2008 campaign trail which cost the taxpayers of Alaska millions of dollars and Palin herself a half million in legal fees.

Palin had been Governor for more than a year before accepting McCain’s offer to campaign as his running mate. Yet, it was after the 2008 campaign when Palin’s crowds drew in record-breaking attendances, when her Vice-Presidential debate drew in 70 million viewers, and when her face began appearing on every magazine cover that these ethics charges began pouring in.

After her resignation, the rumors began in even-larger numbers. Still, Palin continued to fulfill her promise to her supporters to move forward with her own agenda. She has had two massive bestsellers, gave Barbara Walters and Oprah their biggest viewing audiences in years when appearing on their shows for interviews, successfully campaigned for countless candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, and has had enormous success with her TLC show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Sarah Palin indeed proved herself a force to be reckoned with after helping the Republican party pick up more seats in the House of Representatives than any party had since 1948. Objectively, it appears the ethics charges and the various attempts to attack her by her opponents had done little to her influence on voters that mattered.

In many ways, this could explain to Americans why many in the media immediately began connecting the dots from the shooting in Tucson earlier this month to Sarah Palin within hours of the tragedy. After Palin immediately posted a message on her Facebook page sending prayers and well-wishes to Congresswoman Giffords, the sole focus became on awaiting her response to the criticism of her alleged “rhetoric.” Her opponents shouted because she said nothing for four days. Then, after she finally did respond, they shouted at the words she used which made it apparent to many that no matter what Palin says or doesn’t say, the same people are going to respond exactly the same anyway.

If all that wasn’t enough, her critics are now citing a tabloid story which alleges that Todd Palin had an affair with a female massage therapist. That same tabloid today has printed the facts which state the Anchorage police claim that none of the evidence collected on the therapist showed any connection to Todd Palin.

After watching how Palin’s success continues to grow and after watching how these various rumors continue to be proven wrong, perhaps it sheds light on the motive of the various journalists begging for a Palin-story hiatus. Perhaps it also shows that Palin is fully capable of playing along because it is clear now more than ever before, her opponents will cry “Uncle!” long before she will.

The only question is, how much further will they help her along? Because while it remains arguable on whether or not Palin supported or opposed a “Bridge to Nowhere,” it has become absolute that her ideological enemies are on one of their own.


2 thoughts on “Crying Uncle (The Media vs. Sarah Palin)

  1. Sarah Palin might just be the most assailed, castigated, and maligned person in America. The acrimony is everywhere you turn (television, the internet, newspapers, magazines, the checkout line at Safeway). There’s no escaping it. Palin Derangement Syndrome. In observing the rabid left, you might come away thinking she’s more notorious than Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, and Gary Ridgway combined.

    Just after reading Steve’s post, I bring up Yahoo, only to find that Sarah Palin is #1 in “Trending Now”. The reason? Another hit piece. This one, by a “research librarian” named William Browning. An article with comments like “It’s ironic how Palin jokes about Barack Obama’s plan for ‘national greatness’ when Reagan’s ideals were the same.” AND “To top it off, Reagan’s own children are aghast Palin is using their father’s image to further her own agenda. ABC News reports Ron Reagan Jr. called the Palin show ‘a soap opera.’ Patti Davis, Reagan’s daughter, said ‘you’re kidding me’ when she was told the former Alaska governor would speak at her father’s ranch.”.

    Oh yes. Of course. I often rely on Ron Reagan Jr. and Patti Davis for their astute political insights. Two head cases. Sure. About as much as I’d rely on Meghan “Yep” McCain (whose quotes follow)…

    “I called her ‘the Time Bomb.’ From the minute Sarah arrived the campaign began splitting apart. And rather than joining us, and our campaign, she seemed only to begin her own.”

    “Joe the Plumber — you can quote me — is a dumbass. He should stick to plumbing.”

    “I love people that tell me ‘I’m doing damage to the GOP’, yeah cause Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Sen. Ensign, Gov Sanford and the entire Bush administration have nothing to do with the GOP’s problems, no…it’s my 5″1 ass in a pushup bra thats the real problem with the GOP…”

    “Most of the old school Republicans are scared shitless of that future.”

    “one day you can just wake and run for Senate, no matter how lack of experience you have.”

    “…people so see me as sort of this rebel and this new Republican, which I take pride in, but a lot of sort of older Republicans seem to have a problem placing me.”

    Meghan McCain REALLY thinks she’s edgy, exciting, and dangerous. She’s an annoying little snot. Her writing “…I was given a doggie bag. Woof woof.” makes Tori Spelling look like a literary genius, by comparison. Meghan… Take this piece of advice from someone who was born in Encino: Drop the fake “Valley Girl” affectation. Also… Go screw yourself, you senseless moron.

    Back to the Palin hit piece I mentioned earlier. Here are two comments left by a typical illiterate leftist America hater…

    “the similarities between reagan and palin is they both are idiots and they hate america”
    (after being informed Reagan has been dead since 2004) “reagan is burning in hell and sarah palin will one day too”


    The strategy of the left is (and this is very significant) to EQUATE MUSLIM FUNDAMENTALISTS WITH FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS. Evangelicals are portrayed as being extreme. Using this perverse construct, people like Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, etc. are compared to Islamic extremists. This is done by the left, with the hope that the public will view the two groups as one in the same.

    The strategy of the left is to PORTRAY REPUBLICANS AS IGNORANT, RACIST, “BIBLE-THUMPING”, VAPID “HOMOPHOBES”, AND “WHITE TRASH”. As far as who the real radicals are, there is an attempt to turn the tables… TO PORTRAY CONSERVATIVES (and/or Tea Party “members”) AS ANTI-GOVERNMENT ANARCHISTS. The left is engaged in projection.

    If you are white, a Republican, and straight, you are labeled “dumb white trash”. Those are the three requirements. Being a Christian is an added bonus. This is what happens to any potential “threat”. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are two of them. It was almost amusing to watch the Palin obsessed leftists fritter away a Saturday afternoon posting vengeful remarks. They are CONSUMED, and I absolutely love watching them spin their wheels. It’s eating them alive.

  2. I think more than a few Americans are insanely jealous of Sarah Palin. She did not have the background of a future governor let alone VP nominee. Yet she accomplished both. Now she is raking it in. People listen to her and on it goes.

    I bet plenty of Americans who could not get elected Dog Catcher wonder why they aren’t writing best selling books and getting all over TV and having people pay attention to them.

    It’s jealousy at it worst. But envy which isn’t a bad thing. Instead of trying to drag her down why not try to accomplish what she has?

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