Tag: Sarah Palin
So Sarah Palin tells Barabara Walters that she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012.
Now, she has a big following, which I understand has extended to her daughter Bristol on Dancing With The Stars. I don’t watch the show, so I can’t say for sure, but if my Facebook friends are any indicator, Bristol’s longevity on the show is due solely to the fans (I hear Tea Party?) and not due to her skill as a dancer. I also understand that both Bristol and Willow demonstrated less than cultured restraint when Facebook commenters dissed the new reality show that attracted considerable viewers, but we’ll not let the children as a reflection on the character of the parents come into this discussion (more than I’ve already introduced.) Nonetheless, that following has significant influence on popular culture. Can it have similar influence on political culture?
Let’s examine the hypothetical possibility that Ms. Palin might somehow get elected. Who would be her handler? That’s a question I cannot answer, and wonder if DI readers might have a thought on the matter.
As far as I can tell from what I’ve seen and what I’ve read, she has virtually no knowledge of national security, foreign policy, how Washington works…..pretty much any clue about governance on a federal level. (Opinion, folks. Let it pass with the hypothesis.) Governors are like that. George W. Bush was an exception, having grown up around it, but then he also had Karl Rove. Bill Clinton was also an exception, but then he had been around major politics for a long time prior to his election in 1992. He was and remains a naturally skilled politician that managed to navigate the warrens of D.C. that President Carter couldn’t (familiarity with warrens?) Reagan had national presence and a loyal group of advisors. Carter had virtually no national experience and it showed in some of his decisions, but he attacked Washington in his campaign (sound familiar) and as we all know, won.
So who does Sarah have? Karl Rove is less than supportive (if you read Media Matters) and probably would not be on hand to advise her. Randy Scheunemann is her foreign policy advisor. Andrew Davis is her political (campaign) advisor. Kim Daniels (legal?), and Fred Malek (financial advisor?), Bill Kristol (The weekly Standard editor and press secretary?) have all been linked in the press, but according to a NY Times article are no longer in daily contact.
So if the hypothetical could happen (remember, a professional actor got elected) and the Mayans were wrong, neglecting the very possibility that her own party would resist inanity (please! it’s hypothetical) thus rendering her ineffective…
…who would advise her so that we don’t go down in flames while she learns the ropes?
At Salon.com, Amy Benfer has roasted Bristol and Levi with an article beginning with this paragraph worthy of bronzing (the entire article constitutes a clinic on how to write, IMO):
She has been a (perhaps unwitting) symbol of her mother’s ultimate pro-life commitment; he cut off his mullet and agreed to wear a suit for the Republican Convention. She spent her first year postpartum making bank telling other young women not to even think of having sex; he was dubbed “Sex on Skates” by New York magazine and stripped down to his skivvies for cash. But perhaps, like the boy who pulls your pigtail on the playground, all those differences and petty squabbles were a sign of true love; according to this week’s Us Weekly magazine, it was all just a prelude to a big white Alaskan wedding: Bristol Palin, abstinence educator, and Levi Johnston, Playgirl model, have announced their (second) engagement.
I am pleased that, so far today, I have kept to my pledge to avoid discussing Sarah Palin on this site. Ooops.
Yes, the media makes and breaks politicians. They tell us who the “serious” politicians are before the race has even begun, and it always seems to be about who can raise money. At his blog, Matt Taibbi writes thoughtfully about this issue of the way the media caricatures politicians:
The political media has always taken it upon itself to make decisions about who is and who is not qualified to be taken seriously as candidates for higher office. Without even talking about whether they do this more or less to Republicans or Democrats, I can testify that I witnessed this phenomenon over and over again in the primary battles within the Democratic Party. It has always been true that the press corps has drawn upon internalized professional biases, high-school-style groupthink and the urging of insider wonks to separate candidates into “serious” and “unserious” groups before the shots even start to be fired.
Taibbi’s post then morphs into some observations about Sarah Palin, who has constantly complained that she is not being treated fairly by “the liberal press.”
Here’s one example. Here’s what Michelle Goldberg, writing for the UK Guardian, has to say about Sarah Palin: Evidently, Palin’s pre-debate handlers judged her incapable of speaking on a fairly wide range of subjects, and so instructed to her to simply disregard questions that did not invite memorised talking points or cutesy filibustering. They probably […]
Someone is having quite a bit of fun at Sarah Palin’s expense. Make sure you click around when you visit this site. Especially the red phone. She’s got it coming, of course, since “Joe the Plumber” has already given more interviews than Palin. Here’s another reason she has it coming: The office of the Republican […]
I’m currently reading Rob Walker’s 2008 book, Buying in: the Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are. I’m finding Walker’s chapter on “Hello Kitty” especially interesting in its own right and also because his description of the success of Hello Kitty has helped me to understand Sarah Palin. Walker repeatedly points out […]
What’s the problem with having Jane Sixpack as Vice-President? In other words, what’s the problem having Sarah Palin occupy an office that puts her a heartbeat from being in charge of the United States? Newsweek’s Jon Meacham weighs in: Palin sometimes seems an odd combination of Chauncey Gardiner from “Being There” and Marge from “Fargo.” […]