Sarah "the Wacko Diva" Palin jumped back into the news this week with the release of the Zeigler interview (embedded below, discussed here). Since I caught the interview's release early in its news cycle it has been interesting to see the new coverage of this interview release -- especially in light of Palin's incessant whining throughout the interview that she was unfairly treated by the press.
Many news agencies picked up on the 'media criticism" angle and touted that in their headlines. "Palin: Media Portrayal Would Be 'Prettier' If She'd Been Dem VP" is the ABC News headline, pulling from Palin's comment:
"Had I been chosen perhaps to run as a reformer on the Democratic ticket, you would've seen an absolutely different, and I think if you will, a much prettier profile of Sarah Palin and the Palin family."
Some picked up on Palin's slam of Katie Couric -- who dared to ask what newspapers Palin read (Gasp!, how dare she!) while other news reports focused on Palin's criticims leveled at the media with respect to Caroline Kennedy current coverage, and a few columnists pointed out the same obvious point I made in my initial post -- that Kennedy is vying for a seat as one of the nation's 100 U.S. Senators -- and therefore is judged by a lesser standard than Palin's effort to be one 72 year-old heartbeat from the Presidency.
But an item over the conservative website Hot Air caught my eye, and it's particularly noteworthy in that here we see the conservative viewpoint -- and it isn't pretty. Here's Hot Air's January 9, 2009 "Quote of the Day" (emphasis mine):
"She tells us she was a victim of sexism. She tells us she was a victim of class prejudice. She complains about her media treatment - then insists she never watched any of it. She deplores the unpleasant personal comments directed against herself, while offering up some equally unpleasant personal comments of her own. She repeatedly shades the truth in order to escape blame for her own mistakes. (She won't for example let go of our claim that there was some insult to Alaska embedded in Katie Couric's simple question: 'What do you read?')
A smart politician rebuffs all invitations to speak about his or her own hurt feelings. It's not just that such talk sounds whiny and weak, although it does. Much more seriously, such talk betrays a self-involvement that alienates voters almost more than any other personal quality. Through the 2008 election, Barack Obama repeatedly said 'It's not about me. It's about you.' Exactly so! But Palin's replies to Ziegler make clear that for her, the election was about her. The next election will be even more so, because she has collected so many more grievances along the way."
And the "grievances" link at the end of the quote above points us to a National Review Online column written by conservative David Frum, who doesn't hold back at all in his criticism of Palin in a commentar titled "She Doesn't Have a Well-Informed Worldview":
Mrs Frum appeared on The O'Reilly Factor last night to discuss Gov. Sarah Palin's interview for John Ziegler's "How Obama Got Elected" project. But the negative words quoted in the headlines aren't Danielle's. They were the words of Sen. Rick Santorum, invited onto the show to champion Palin.
It's pretty bad when even your supporters call you ignorant.
Frum debunks the consistent post-election blame shifting posed by other conservative Palin-supporting apologists who claim it's all the fault of McCain's campaign staff's mishandling of Palin, with the obvious point that this most recent interview is as bad or worse than anything that happened under McCain's watch:
Now Palin is hiring her own handlers, making her own decisions, speaking freely. And if anything, the results are even worse than they were in 2008.
Watch the Ziegler interview yourself, and you will see what I mean. Ziegler represented a new and subtle kind of danger for Palin, the overly friendly interview. Ziegler's questions were all traps, no less dangerous for being set unwittingly. Palin stumbled into every one.
Again and again, Ziegler invited Palin to engage in self-pity and self-excuse - and again and again she accepted.
She tells us she was a victim of sexism. She tells us she was a victim of class prejudice. She complains about her media treatment - then insists she never watched any of it. She deplores the unpleasant personal comments directed against herself, while offering up some equally unpleasant personal comments of her own. She repeatedly shades the truth in order to escape blame for her own mistakes. (She won't for example let go of our claim that there was some insult to Alaska embedded in Katie Couric's simple question: "What do you read?")
And there's sting in the slap Frum gives his conservative readership who still support and defend Palin:
I appreciate that NRO numbers many die-hard Sarah fans among its readership. Perhaps you were charmed by the Ziegler interview, or anyway sympathetic. But remember: In the last polls before the election, 59% of Americans condemned Palin as unready for the presidency. In the course of the campaign, her support among white women plunged by 21 points. Among independent white women, her support declined even more sharply by 24 points. By the end, half of independent white women expressed a "strongly negative" view of Palin.
Palin's most fervent supporters today are comprised mostly of anti-abortionist extremists - the same extremists who pressured the McCain campaign into picking Palin over the more obvious (and much better vetted) VP choices McCain had at hand.
Given their continued efforts in Palin's behalf, as exemplified in this newest interview release (which already has garned almost a million views on YouTube) Palin and her supporters are ready, willing -- and completely and totally able -- to bury Palin's chances in the 2012 race.
If having the Couric YouTube interviews available for replay in the 2012 campaign wasn't enough to bury Palin's chances, we now also have Palin's pathetic post-election attempt to throw blame at the media and not accept responsibility for her own poor preparedness -- all the while continuing to demonstrate her innate ability to reveal her simple-mindedness in an interview -- even when she's tossed softballs by a sympathetic interviewer.
It wasn't Couric who did you in, Sarah, it was you -- all you.
Sing it, Sarah, as only you know how -- and thank you from all of us liberals and progressives. We may well have not succeeded at electing Barack Obama without your assistance.
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