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Some Conservative Media Critical of Palin's Whining

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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Comments (9)

steve:

speaking of whining-- I'm really sick if liberals whining about Sarah. I guess you really do fear her popularity among REAL people which will --IN THE FUTURE--
outweigh the never-ending sniping of mindless, clueless, easily led libs.

Lee Ward:

Poor, poor Sarah. Nothing is her fault -- it's all the fault of those eeevil liberals and the eeevil media - and of course those eeevil McCain handlers who ruined her chances, and let's not forget the eeevil Tina Fey and the eeevil Katie Couric.

So much eeevil in this world...

Herman:

Uh, Steve, is there such a thing as an UNREAL person???

I don't fear Caribou Barbie at all. She's definitely NOT the Second Coming of Margaret Thatcher. I do, however, fear Bobby Jindal a little.

ke_future:

lee, i'm curious, you use the phrase "anti-abortion extremist" what, exactly, does that entail? i mean, how does one become an anti-abortion extremist?

epador:

Thanks for the video link Lee. I enjoyed it. Can't figure out what interview you saw. Must have been a different one.

Lee Ward:

Ke-future - I consider single-issue voters as 'extremists' and there are a lot of Palin supporters who are single issue anti-abortionist extremists.

One way to measure their extremist viewpoint would be see the extent to which they support Palin merely because she's anti-abortion.

Another way would be to ask these same Palin supporters "Would you continue to support and promote Palin for President if she held all of the same views and beliefs she does now *except* she was pro-abortion instead of anti-abortion?"

There's a lot of anti-abortion extremists who support Palin.

epador - no problem - rest assured that I will do all I can to make sure Palin is the GOP nominee for President in 2012.

andrew:

Why is the Left whining so much, she was just answering the questions the guy asked her about media bias. What's she supposed to do lie and say 'I think the mainstream media is doing an excellent job, they don't play favorites and are doing their mighty best to keep the public as well informed as possible.'

ke_future:

so you think that the following single-issue voters are also extemists?

gay rights?
civil rights?
environment?
global warming?
2nd amendment activists?

interesting that you really point out the anti-abortionists. personally, that is not a hot button issue for me.

i'm more interested in limited government issues, tax issues, national security, energy, the role of the constitution, etc, than i am in social issues at the federal level. yet i for the most part liked palin.

i think you are over simplifying her appeal to conservatives of all stipes (other than the pundits and professional insiders).

Lee Ward:

>>"so you think that the following single-issue voters are also extremists?"

Yes, by (my) definition any single-issue voter is an extremist - and anyone who votes solely on the basis of those single issues could be (and often is) described as environmental wackos, or gun nuts, or gay activists, etc.

>>"interesting that you really point out the anti-abortionists."

They're backing Palin, and are a driving force behind "Team Sarah" the non-profit group that numbers 60,000+ and that are actively promoting her 2012 candidacy. Palin is the subject of the post.

>>"i think you are over simplifying her appeal to conservatives of all stripes (other than the pundits and professional insiders)."

I don't believe she has broad appeal among conservatives - just the active, vocal, and 'motivated financially' backing of the anti-abortion extremists.

If she appears to be electable as 2012 approaches then more of the broader group of conservatives will line up behind her, but right now - as is evidenced by the post - some conservatives are backing away from Palin - in part because of the extremists who are backing her.

If someone asked me "who will be running in the 2012 Republican primaries" Palin is the only name I can cite with certainty.


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