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Disagreeing with The Anchoress (UPDATED)

It's rare for me to do so, in fact I can't recall offhand when I've last done so, but I surely do here:

You know what? I don't like game-players, I just don't. I especially don't like them in politics, which is why I like so few politicians, any more.

And it seems to me that Sarah Palin is going out of her way to play a game, here, and I can't say I'm admiring it. I know some do. I know some feel that the press has treated Palin very badly, and so she's entitled to treat them badly, too.

...

Palin is ducking and dodging them, not telling them where she's going; she's playing cat-and-mouse. And some people like it, admire it; they're diverted by it.

Well...Sorry...I'm not. I think what she's doing now seems childish and spiteful, and frankly if I want to vote for childishness and spitefulness in 2012, I can vote for Barack Obama.

Palin is a Christian, and part of our Christian adventure -- and it is admittedly a hard part of it, sometimes -- is to respect the inherent human dignity in other people, even if (and here's where the rubber meets the road for the Christian) those same people are incapable of respecting the inherent dignity in you. To make buffoons of the press by walking out the front door while they're waiting out the back is one thing -- that can, once in a while, even seem like a merry, Beatlesque trick -- to put reporters in a position where they're not sure where they're heading, when they have equipment and travel considerations as well, becomes a bit more risky. Lugging equipment into unplanned territory can invite real problems and even be dangerous. Palin -- Chris Matthews' opinion to the contrary -- is not stupid. She is savvy enough to know all of this. And she is Christian enough to know that playing fast-and-lose with people, especially when it's just to get a little of your own, back, is a step too far. And it's small.

Wrong.  Plainly wrong.

Palin is taking control of the meme as best she can.  Palin is turning the tables on these media pimps and whores who are interested in doing nothing more than finding that which they can use as a bludgeon.  Palin is attempting to show that they don't wield the control they think they wield.

More power to her.  She's manipulating the manipulators... and I think it's grand... moreso, I think it proves that she's no where near as stupid as the manipulators would like us to think she is.

UPDATE: The Anchoress in email reminded me of the last time we disagreed... it was a small, tiny little dustup over communion... but thankfully, that ended well.


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Even Obama, widely and open... (Below threshold)
Jeff Medcalf:

Even Obama, widely and openly fellated by the press, has no duty to the press. How much less, then, does Palin have? Especially because Palin is, at least for now, a private citizen.

She and all the the other c... (Below threshold)
CZ:

She and all the the other candidates ARE playing a game, a game of media diversion and the MSM is looking like the fools that they are.

With no one candidate to focus an attack on they are crappin' their pants while chasing many shadows.

So far, it's working brilliantly. Just my observation.

Anyone who, as a matter of ... (Below threshold)
sam:

Anyone who, as a matter of public policy and operating principle, makes a habit of kicking leftists in the nuts is all right with me.

I can't understand why the ... (Below threshold)
Mark W:

I can't understand why the press people believe they have some "right" to follow and report on Sarah Palin. They have gone out of their way to belittle her in any way they can and then act upset that they aren't welcomed by her with open arms. Frankly, they're lucky she doesn't spit on them.

Maybe once this arm of the Democrat party drops their foray into "advocacy" journalism and returns to the actual standards of journalism that once existed the people of this country will once again have a little respect for "reporters."

If the media think Palin's ... (Below threshold)

If the media think Palin's bus tour is news they should cover it. Palin has no obligation to help them do their jobs. Certainly she does not owe them any more than the courtesy of not running them over with the bus.

I disagree with the Anchore... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I disagree with the Anchoress as well. I don't think Palin is showing any disrespect to the journalists as individual human beings. She might be showing disrespect to their vocation. But considering that the media has already evolved from an institution that reports events/facts to a 24/7 commercial for the liberal agenda then fine let them play her court jesters for a while. I like Sarah Palin. I could vote for Sarah Palin for president, but she remains undeclared and until she changes her mind, I listen to what she has to say but that's about it. I think bringing Christianity into this particular situation is a bit of a stretch.

The media's demonstrated ti... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

The media's demonstrated time and again that they're not reporting in an impartial manner. At what point can we go "Okay, it's clear that the media's not going to give anyone they ideologically disagree with a break - so why play by their rules?"

I really wish it were otherwise, and the press actually served a function as an impartial watchdog on BOTH parties. Ain't gonna happen, barring a hard reality dope-slap that brings them to their senses...

re:6News media in ... (Below threshold)
epador:

re:6

News media in Western history has consistently been about distortion. Its a Hollywood fairy tale that the pure as the driven snow objective reporter used to slay the dragon of evil corruption. Get over it. What is obnoxious now is that so many members of the media lie to themselves and others about their objectivity, and so many believe them.

Hear hear for Palin.<... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

Hear hear for Palin.

I have been saying forever that I think Palin will take it to the edge, but eventually not run, and that she has probably been SO successfully smeared by the media that she cannot win.

I am starting to seriously re-think both ideas.

In essence, she is being a true revolutionary. She is raising a banner that says, "Now, you must choose. Do you want someone who WILL overturn today's natural order of things, in favor of the priciples of our founders and fathers? Or do you want to march with the collective meia, cultural academic, and political elites who have gotten this nation to the point that it is right now?? Take your choice, but you must choose. Do so." Her treatment of the press shouts this message every day.

It's hella risky. We (collectively) may not truly be in a revolutionary mood. She may make too many of us nervous, while others are committed to the Daily Hate, and cannot let it go. She could get stomped.

Or she could win.

I'll make this kind of weird observation. Whenever Reagan or W. Bush approached a debate with a Democratic nominee, I got a bit sick to the stomach out of nervousness. I just felt that the Dems were, not "smarter", but "slicker", more wordy and academic, and thus would likely win. Many times I chose not to watch, just to read the aftermath.

How do I feel about Palin taking to the stage against Obama? Hah! She'd mop up the floor with him. He'd spew a bunch of academic crap, and she'd hammer him with the realities of the business and energy world that he will be oblivious to all his life. She'd crush him, I'm convinced, and shock the hell out of millions when she did.

Just a gut feeling, but I stand by it.

I don't get the female angs... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I don't get the female angst. It is like women go out of their way to be offended by other women. That may sound sexist, but it's true.

Palin is doing the right th... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Palin is doing the right thing. It has been already stated above, but she out of all politicians do not owe the vindictive, whiney press anything at this point. If she declares, different story. ww

Color me unsympathetic towa... (Below threshold)
James H:

Color me unsympathetic toward anybody. If reporters really disliked this game, they would stop following her around.

By all rights, the press should reassign their political reporters to cover Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain -- all of whom are actual, announced candidates for president.

Stephen Macklin @ 5 wrote:<... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Stephen Macklin @ 5 wrote:

Palin has no obligation to help them do their jobs. Certainly she does not owe them any more than the courtesy of not running them over with the bus.

Indeed, whereas 0bama threw his own grandmother under the bus (getting real crowded under his bus).

Dave D @ 6 opines:

I think bringing Christianity into this particular situation is a bit of a stretch.

I tend to agree, and it is clear the Ailinskyites have no respect for Christianity and will manipulate any such kindness to their perverted advantage. Short of life threatening danger, I see no reason to help them at all.

And of course James H is dead on with his:

By all rights, the press should reassign their political reporters to cover Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain -- all of whom are actual, announced candidates for president.

That they are allowing themselves to be so distracted says a lot about their judgment, none of it good.

The Anchoress just plain do... (Below threshold)
J:

The Anchoress just plain does not like Palin and is reacting to everything she does in a negative way. Where the Anchoress gets into deep water is when she tries to rationalize a gut feeling that is just not explainable. She should just stick with I don't like her and be done with it.
Palin is taking, or attempting to, take control of the situation and go around the press to the people to talk to us. Got to admire her. In a war, the one that controls the battle field, usually wins. Time will tell. Read the Anchoress for religious items, but her arguments about Palin lack deep thought.

By all rights, the press... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

By all rights, the press should reassign their political reporters to cover Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain -- all of whom are actual, announced candidates for president.

That they are allowing themselves to be so distracted says a lot about their judgment, none of it good.

For me, it says a lot about the lack of public interest in these candidates as well!

When was the last time ,if ever, any of you had a post on Tim Palenty or Rick Santorum, for example? Yawn is right!

I'd like to know where thes... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I'd like to know where these opinions were when Lady Di was killed in that horrendous auto accident. I don't remember anyone blaming her for her own death. It all fell on the paparazzi. Maybe I missed it. Palin isn't even doing anything reckless (as Di and her entourage did) and yet gets blamed for what "might" happen. There is nothing fair about it.

The fact that the media foc... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The fact that the media focuses on Palin is no surprise. It's far too early for there to be a legitimate front runner in the campaign. That being the case we have a lot of weak candidates that lack the ability to focus the debate on the issues.

Santorum will never go anywhere. Gingrich is a candidate from 2 decades ago and is well out of step with the party. Cain is unknown.

Palin has name recognition and an ability to bring an issue to the fore. She makes news so the media covers her. The media also hates her so they are intent on finding some way, any way, to discredit her. They will cover her until they do or until she is no longer news.

Palin is doing what all GOP... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Palin is doing what all GOP members should be doing: Reminding the people of the greatness of America and contrasting what we should be promoting versus the disasterous policies of the Obama Administration.

The MSM can't get way so they are bawling like spoiled children. Sarah isn't leting them into her sandbox because they want to knock down her sand castle and let their dogs take a dump in it.

The most important thing is that she is out there getting press while the rest of the GOP contenders and RINOs are getting nothing.

exactly, keep watching, wil... (Below threshold)
from the road:

exactly, keep watching, will get better

Santorum will neve... (Below threshold)
James H:
Santorum will never go anywhere. Gingrich is a candidate from 2 decades ago and is well out of step with the party. Cain is unknown.

All of that is true. But at the same time, reporters supposedly pride themselves on their duties as members of the Fourth Estate and so forth.

Which means they would be better served by paying attention (whether good or bad) to the actual candidates, rather than a whole gaggle of them following Sarah Palin the might-be presidential contender.

Her bus tour is basicly a publicity stunt to build buzz as she ponders, very publicly, the "will I or won't I" decision. And the media help her by dutifully playing their part in the spectacle. No law says they have to.

DadveD and MarkW both said ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

DadveD and MarkW both said it perfectly. I won't reiterate. But the way the media is behaving over it shows, again, their unhealthy fixation with her. It's not as if they have any real interest in her other than what they can use to further trash her. She resonates with people and that simply cannot be allowed to happen.

How many times has Obama ignored them, neglected to do press conferences, gave them the slip and retaliated against them when their coverage does't drip with enough worship and admiration? They briefly whine about it and yet still, they apologize for him, fawn over him and have a driving need to constantly remind us what a friggin genius he is.

Actually, the press' obsess... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Actually, the press' obsession with Palin is a good thing. They desperately want her to run because they believe that they can trash her enough that she will lose.

The best case scenario is that she does not run but she draws the fire of the press while the field sorts itself out. Her public presence will drive the political discussion to issues of fiscal responsibility, entitlement reform and smaller government. She then is in a position to endorse a candidate that has not been preemptively trashed by the media and can campaign for that candidate bringing attention to them but drawing the media's fire.

I don't think that the media can resist trying to cut her down even when there is an established nominee. The media's hate for Palin is irrational. She should use it for this country's advantage. I think she may.

Palin is running all right.... (Below threshold)
Art W:

Palin is running all right... running away alike a scared little child.

Running away from her GOP competition -- by not declaring and therefore not engagin her competition on the issues.

Running away from the media -- and from hard questions like "what newspapers do you read?"

Running away from hard work -- just like she ran away from her job as Governor.

Palin is running... like a scared little child.

It's frustrating for you Ar... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

It's frustrating for you Art W is it not? It's frustrating because you have all these emotions you need to vent and, gosh darn it, Palin will not cooperate and do you the favor by declaring she is running for president so you can ramp it up even more. All you can do is repeat the stale "she's a quitter" meme and maybe you're even getting a bit tired of having to rely on the same old, same old time and time again. Do you really, honest to goodness feel, that she owes you a declaration this very minute that she is running?

Ultimately, though, it is still safer to be following Palin's bus than being under Obama's.

For the most intelligent pe... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

For the most intelligent person to ever comment on this blog you sure say a lot of stupid things, ArtW.

Palin's scared to engage on... (Below threshold)
Art W:

Palin's scared to engage on the issues.

That's not frustrating... for me, since I have no intention on voting for her.

She's didn't finish her term as governor because it didn't pay as well as what she's making now.

The funniest part is that the only thing she's proving is PT Barnam's addage that there's a sucker born every minute. The longer she doesn't engage on the issues (knowing she'll be a laughing stock once she does) the more money she makes.

I guess folks like DaveD enjoy being manipulated by folks like Trump and Palin. Fortunately there are enough Republicans who don't have mommy issues who see Palin as the transparent attention and $$ whore she truly is.

Can't see how it's "working... (Below threshold)
Chico:

Can't see how it's "working brilliantly," if winning the presidency is her object. Her unfavorability ratings are consistently above 50%.

You don't get anywhere with those kind of ratings in a presidential race, but winning the presidency is not her object. Fleecing the boobs, bible beaters and bubbas is. She is succeeding "brilliantly" at that.

She will run, because the day after she's not running, her and Bristol's appearance fees will plunge to Alan Keyes levels.

I predict that Sarah and Tonya Harding will be wrestling in five years.

The thing that jumps out at... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

The thing that jumps out at me about Palin, is that she is radical. Not the screaming irational type, but a genuine game-changer. Teddy Roosevelt was one of those, for example, and so were Abe Lincoln and Grover Cleveland, people who were not supposed to be significant but who changed politics and government. I'm not saying Palin will ever be President, because she has limits that bother me, and she's frankly too green to avoid all the torpedos in a long campaign.

My gut says she's not running, she's got smarter plans. It's not football season, but has anyone considered that Palin may be doing some downfield blocking for the eventual GOP nominee, provided we get someone worth the nod this time?

"Ultimately, though, it is ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"Ultimately, though, it is still safer to be following Palin's bus than being under Obama's."

Great line DaveD.

For the most intelligent... (Below threshold)
jim m:

For the most intelligent person to ever comment on this blog you sure say a lot of stupid things, ArtW.

Art W thinks that IQ is like a golf score: The lower the better.

jim m wrote:<blockquo... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

jim m wrote:

Art W thinks that IQ is like a golf score: The lower the better.

Heh. Indeed!

"I guess folks like DaveD e... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"I guess folks like DaveD enjoy being manipulated by folks like Trump and Palin. Fortunately there are enough Republicans who don't have mommy issues who see Palin as the transparent attention and $$ whore she truly is."

I would have expected more from an intelligent man, butt, well you know.

The statement on manipulation by Trump and Palin is merely projection. I have never made a comment about Trump and my earlier statement about me being open to voting for Palin did not suggest a preference in a multiple candidate field in which she has declared herself a candidate. I suspect the only Republicans you would warm to are those who would desire to nominate or are in of themselves a weak enough candidate to assure Obama's re-election. If you do believe I am currently posting from Palin's bus, and you feel about her the way you do, and you are confident the rest of the country would feel the same way you do then you should be encouraging me instead of trying to insult me for supporting Palin because she would boost your guy's chance for re-election. If you feel she is too weak in her character and credantials to warrant serious consideration for the presidency then my guess is that same problem did not bother you when you pulled the lever for Obama in 2008.

"Are you so stupid... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"Are you so stupid, Alex,"

All modesty aside, Bruce, I am quite probably the most intelligent man to have commented on this blog at any point during its existence.


Welcome to the light.


26. Posted by Alex | May 28, 2011 11:31 AM | Score: -10 (10 votes cast"

Art would have to move up a few levels to reach Alex imbecilic IQ.


Why doesn't Sarah lead the shamestream to where they will never otherwise travel?

Unemployment lines, gas stations, soup kitchens? Show them Barry's legacy of 'its the economy stupid' and report on some real news..

Palin isn't playing games a... (Below threshold)
yttik:

Palin isn't playing games at all. This hype about her "cruelty" to the press is manufactured BS. I just watched Piper put her little body between her mom and some reporters. The next day her and Palin were actually handing out flowers to the press.

You know, Sept 14 has an ex... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

You know, Sept 14 has an excellent point there. The media are relentlessy following the person they like the least and complaining that she doesn't give them everything they want. If they luckily end up where she's speaking, they're amongst the people they hold the most contempt for; gun-toting, bible-thumping bitter-clingers.

What are they afraid of? What are they running from? Some poor sap standing in the unemployment line? Someone paying for their gas with money they had to pull from a retirement account?

It's safe to trash Palin and portray her admirers as rubes and bitter-clingers - all the while reporting thousands in her audience as "a few dozen". Quite another to interview the man on the street and find he's got no fondness for their savior, Obama.

"For the most intelligen... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"For the most intelligent person to ever comment on this blog you sure say a lot of stupid things, ArtW."

It's usually the stupid ones who are constantly telling you just how intelligent they are, Oyster. Their proof isn't in the comment, so they've got to do something so you'll know just how unintelligent and crude you are in contrast to their refined and lofty selves...

It appears I'm pretty late ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

It appears I'm pretty late to the party and I'm not sure I'll add much, but here goes.

Rick is right, this is about having control over one's own life. Palin is a private citizen right now. The media is free to follow her around if they choose to, but she has no responsibility to assist them in their chosen behavior. And she certainly has no obligation to turn control or partial control of her life over to them.

My impression is that The Anchoress gets this wrong because of her own expectations of what Palin will be doing at some time in the future. Of course The Anchoress has the right to her own opinion and to share it if she wishes. I would even agree with her about this being game playing on Palin's part IF Palin had already declared. But she hasn't. Even if Palin does declare at some future time that will only prove The Anchoress had the correct expectations, not she was justified in catagorizing Palin's behavior as game playing.

She also does herself no honor and you no favor by reminding you of any previous disagreements.

wasn't the story last week ... (Below threshold)
halfacarafe:

wasn't the story last week that Palin was a "media whore?" Here's your new headline:

MEDIA WHORE ENDANGERS MEDIA. MSM WETS THEMSELVES OVER LACK OF ITINERARY.

Sometimes a vacation is just a vacation.

Yo, media types and meaning... (Below threshold)
Tom Moeller:

Yo, media types and meaning searchers...

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

(and wetting oneself, while covering a non-story, is lack of control)

unless that cigar is in Bil... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

unless that cigar is in Bill Clinton's humidor.




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