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WaPo publishes positive Palin piece

Matthew Continetti will not be making many friends in the MSM or cultural elitist circles with this one:

Think you know Sarah Palin? The former Alaska governor has been in the spotlight ever since John McCain named her as his running mate on Aug. 29, 2008. Yet, while practically everybody has an opinion about Palin, not all of those opinions are grounded in reality. Many of them are based more on a "Saturday Night Live" caricature than on the living, breathing, 46-year-old mother of five. The real Sarah Palin is a complex woman who has risen in no time from obscurity to the stratosphere of American politics, fusing celebrity and populism in novel ways. Now that she's laying the foundation for a possible presidential run in 2012, it's worth taking a moment to separate the facts about Palin from the fables.

1. Palin cost McCain the 2008 election.

She didn't. CNN's 2008 national exit poll, for example, asked voters whether Palin was a factor when they stepped into the voting booth. Those who said yes broke for McCain 56 percent to 43 percent.


2. Resigning as governor was rash.

No one expected Palin's resignation on July 3, 2009, just 2 1/2 years into her term. Her hastily composed and clumsily delivered farewell address left many observers confused about her motives. Some of her critics were only too eager to fill in the gaps with conjecture and hearsay (She's being investigated by the FBI! Sarah and Todd must be headed for divorce!). If there was one thing everybody knew for sure, it was that Palin's career in politics was over.

But none of the rumored scandals ever broke. The Palins remain married. And as for Sarah Palin's career, it's taken off. She plays a far greater role in American public life than she did before she left office.

There's more, much more and it's all good... surprisingly and astonishingly so for Palin.

Can't help but make me wonder what the Washington Post is up to.


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First, and good article. T... (Below threshold)

First, and good article. The Liberals are going nuts in the comments section. Too funny.

Damage control. In anticip... (Below threshold)

Damage control. In anticipation of the shellacking that liberals will take in two weeks, specifically from Tea Party-endorsed candidates.

Actually, the WaPo has been the only major newspaper with a liberal-leaning editorial page to give fairly decent coverage to conservative issues; for example, they admitted that they had published the John Lewis/Emmanuel Cleaver "n-word" smear against the Tea Party without first verifying the allegations.

So the WaPo deserves some credit where credit is due.

For some reason, I'm remind... (Below threshold)

For some reason, I'm reminded of the Far Side cartoon which shows the man speaking to the dog. What the dog hears most definitely isn't what the man is saying. So, in that vein, I present the five statements and the internal dialog of a bored Palin hater...

Think you know Sarah Palin?
(blah,blah, blah, blah... get on with the list, let's see how many I get right.)
1. Palin cost McCain the 2008 election.
(blah, blah, blah, blah, irrelevant stuff, I know she did.)
2. Resigning as governor was rash.
(yackitty-yack yack yack unimportant explanation, I know different)
3. Palin and the tea party are destroying the GOP.
(Woo, hoo! Happy dance! Dum-dum-dum-dum dada de da, dum de dum-dum...)
4. Palin is extreme.
(blah, blah, who cares? Woman wears glasses, for cryin' out loud, with LASIK or contacts she wouldn't need to. But that sexy librarian look... rowr. Wonder if she's done any p0rn? Hey a Sarah-Todd sex tape... let me check fleshbot.com... I'll bet I could really get extreme with her! Hur, hur, hur...)
5. Palin is unelectable.
(Who cares? Nobody _I_ know would vote for her, and who really gives a shit after that? I think I'll look agan for that S/T tape...)
Looking over the comments on that actual article, I was struck by how many there refuse to see what's going on around them. They believe the Dems ARE looking out of them and their best interests, despite indications to the contrary.

All you've got to do is believe the system is working, and you won't want to change it.

On 9/11, we realized that the normal procedures for hijackers (shut up, do what they tell you, don't attract their attention, put up with the inconvenience because they usually don't want to hurt hostages and the author) weren't the way to go. The hijackers changed the meme, and since then ANY hijacker has to be assumed to want to kill everyone on the plane, and if you wanted to live the hijacker had to be taken out - no matter what the hijacker was saying.

I think politically we're at that point with the Dems. You can't believe what they say - whether it sounds good or not. "Hope and Change' is a good slogan, but what comes afterwards? Obama's 'fundamental transformation' looks more and more like the economic equivalent of flying a jet into the Twin Towers. Pelosi and Reid are trying hard to block the cockpit doors. We force them, and take control - or as a country we're going to experience an epic fail that we may not be able to recover from.

Can Palin fly the plane? It's hard to say - but Obama's got us headed towards disaster, and shows no signs of deviating. Could ANYONE pull it out? We'll find out.

And a hundred years from now, the history books are going to be brutal on his tenure.

As a D.C. area resident (No... (Below threshold)

As a D.C. area resident (Northern Virginia) I have noticed the WaPo becoming much more even handed over the last year, and particularly over the past few months. Perhaps this is an attempt to rescue its plunging sales (they're having trouble giving away copies of their tabloid edition for free at Metro stations) and a recognition that the area isn't as blue as had been assumed - lawn signs for Fimian (Republican candidate for VA11) significantly outnumber those for Connolly (incumbent Democrat), which is a substantial reversal from the past few election cycles.

I don't get it. So they ra... (Below threshold)

I don't get it. So they ran an opinion piece from an editor at the conservative Weekly Standard. What's the big deal? My excessively liberal local papers run a few conservative columns and occasionally a guest opinion piece with a conservative theme. I mean, it's an OK piece and all, but it's not like this is a WaPo editorial or a 'news' piece. They're probably just thrilled that they're going to be receiving piles of angry, spittle-flecked rebuttals to drive their letter page for a week or two - if you can't fire up your base just ahead of an election with your own pathetic party's record, why not fire them up by reminding them how much they hate the other guys?

The WaPo loses money on eve... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The WaPo loses money on every paper they sell. They thought that obama would have given them a bailout by now. With a GOP controlled congress in the offing they realize that if they want some federal subsidy they had better even out their reportage. If we get the same old GOP as we had before 2006 then my guess is that it will work. I'm hoping not.

The Weekly Standard?... (Below threshold)

The Weekly Standard? William Kristol is pushing Palin, she'll be a neocon puppet.

Wherever galoob goes, idioc... (Below threshold)

Wherever galoob goes, idiocy follows.

It could easily be a rope-a... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

It could easily be a rope-a-dope.

1. The rabid left HATES, HATES, HATES!!!11!!! Sarah Palin.
2. The rabid left truly believe Sarah Palin is unelectable.
3. The rabid left really wants Obama re-elected.
4. Therefore, they will begin to play nice relative to Sarah Palin...right up until she becomes the nominee.
5. Then you will see a return to the vitriol against Sarah Palin, with a fierceness the likes of which we can't even fathom at this point in time.






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