If you’re expecting a catfight here, click off. Hillary and Sarah are sisters. We want to discuss the Big Media strategies of Hillary Clinton versus Sarah Palin. Sisterhood first:
Imagine the explosion in the heavens and of camera lights when Hillary and Sarah Palin eventually meet! That eventual meeting is the great fear of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and the Big Blog Boys.
Sarah Palin will be interviewed today by the treacherous Oprah Winfrey who never met a presidential candidate she could support, never met a woman she could support, but somehow managed to betray her mostly women audience in order to back African-American Barack Obama – while denying that race was her motivating factor.
Sarah Palin in her new book writes (via Margaret Thatcher) that she now knows what Hillary Clinton always knew about Barack Obama and the Big Media Men and Big Blog Boys: “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
Interviewed on two Sunday television chat shows Hillary was asked about meeting Palin and it appears there will be a power summit, the likes of which we have never seen (Hillary supporters should prepare for escalating attacks on Hillary from the Obama thug machine as it grows increasingly weak and fearful):
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fished for a coffee date with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her book “Going Rogue” — and one day she will get it.
Clinton, in Singapore with President Obama, was asked about Palin’s hat tip to her in her book, out this week. Clinton, a 2008 presidential candidate, and Palin, John McCain’s running mate, have never met.
Palin writes, “Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup of coffee, I know that we will fundamentally disagree on many issues. But my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail. A lot of her supporters think she proved what Margaret Thatcher proclaimed. ‘If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.‘”
George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s This Week asked Clinton if she would sit down with her.
Clinton replied, “Well, you know, I’ve never met her. Look, I’d look forward to sit down and talk with her. Obviously we’re going to hear a lot more from her in the upcoming weeks with her book coming out and I would look forward to having a chance to actually get to meet her.”
Hillary replied to the Stephanopoulous question as to whether Big Media was fair to her with a veiled storm cloud, a threat we hope she delivers on, “Well, you know George, I’ll leave that for my book if I ever write another one.”
On NBC, Hillary raised a battle standard reply that Palin and her will likely meet:
Over at NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked Clinton not only if she would have coffee with Palin-but if she would read her book. Clinton was even more enthusiastic about meeting Palin in this reply.
“Well, I absolutely would look forward to having coffee. I’ve never met her. And I think it would be, you know, very interesting to sit down and talk with her,” Clinton said.
“And I’ve got more than I could say grace over to read, but obviously in the next week there’s going to be a lot of attention paid to her book. And I’m sure that, you know, I’ll see excerpts printed and, you know, snippets of interviews as I, you know, channel surf in, in Singapore and in Shanghai and in Beijing. But, you know, I’m ready to have a cup of coffee. Maybe I can make a case on some of the issues that we disagree on.“
That answer is 100% Hillary – ready to stand her ground and also try to reach common ground.
The waves of fear came from Asia as Obama continued his variation of Austin Powers – Obama, International Man of Boobery.
Big Media took notice of the possible Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin summit with typical sneers about “polarizing” women and coffee “klatch”.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of the best known and most polarizing women in American politics, says she’d like to grab a cup of joe and talk shop with another famous female politician who provokes strong opinions: former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin, in her introductory speech to the nation, praised Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. The Left Talkers sought to drive Palin out of the presidential race in the same way the Obama thugs tried to coordinate plots to drive Hillary away as she won primary after primary:
The Big Blogs acting as Frank Nitti to Obama’s Al Capone are now degenerate sewers. At one popular PINO Big Blog a woman lawyer who purports to be a progressive is dispensing gifts as a reward to winning a perverse lottery betting on when Sarah Palin will be driven out of the presidential race. The demand for Hillary Clinton be driven out of the presidential race is now a demand for Sarah Palin to be driven out of the national ticket. The “Democratic” Big Blogs are accusing Palin and her family of faked pregnancies, incest, and being white trash – mere variations of the accusations against Hillary. This time the victim is Sarah Palin. These pitchfork progressives are why we created the category of PINO (progressive in name only).
Big Media is all of a sudden concerned about “experience”. Big Media boosted the unqualified Obama and ignored the issue of experience during the primary. But now, experience is all. The attacks on the latest woman candidate is due to the power of that candidacy:
The “gun-packing, hockey-playing woman,” as the Republican strategist Karl Rove described her, instantly bolstered Mr. McCain’s wobbly conservative base, which rejoiced over the selection of an anti-abortion evangelical Christian.
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Sarah Palin’s Big Media strategy is to fight. We agree with her. Big Media is not a conduit of information but rather a self interested political party determined to enforce its will and it must be fought ferociously.
In Hillary Clinton Vs. Big Media we detailed the stakes:
We audaciously hope that Hillary will speak out against Big Media power. We audaciously hope that Hillary will, for once, put aside some of her wonderful graciousness and point out the inciting and exploitation of sexism and woman-hating by Barack Obama himself and the Obama campaign.
Big Media must be confronted. Hillary knows the malignant power of Big Media:
“There’s a reason for the resentment. The level of dismissive and condescending comments, not just about me—what do I care?—but about the people who support me and in particular the women who support me, has been shocking. Shocking to women and to fair-minded men. But what has really been more disappointing to me is how few voices that have a platform have spoken out against it. And that’s really why you seen this enormous grassroots outrage. There is no outlet. It is rare that you have anybody on these shows or in a position of responsibility at major publications who really says, ‘Wait a minute! What are we talking about here? I have a wife! I have a daughter! I want the best for them.’ ”
The Big Media Party must be confronted.
Political campaigns used to desire “free media” by speaking to issues and policies. The goal was to run a good campaign, with good policies, and the best candidate thereby garnering “free media” coverage of their campaigns. This is no longer true.
Big Media, as represented by the Tim Russerts and Chris Matthews and many others, is no longer just a referree. Big Media wants to be paid homage. Big Media wants their agenda adopted as policy by the candidates.
A shameless candidate like Barack Obama goes on Meet The Press not to appeal to the voters, but to appeal to Tim Russert.
Hillary Clinton tried to fight Big Media but she was handicapped by a unified Big Media determined to tear her down and because of a campaign that stuck to the old truism that you don’t pick fights with those “who buy ink by the barrel”. But the old truism is not the new truism in the age of Youtube and the internet. Big Media can be fought because there are alternative media which can be marshaled against the Big Media Party.
Sarah Palin too wants to fight Big Media and she actually has a chance to do so and win.
Why did Hillary fail in the fight against the Big Media Party and why can Palin succeed where Hillary failed?
Hillary gently took on Chris Matthews to great effect (“I don’t know what to do with men who are obsessed with me”) and mocked Tim Russert on a televised event that echoed a Saturday Night Live sketch which featured Big Media “personalities” at debates asking Hillary tough questions (and the first question on an issue usually so that Obama could get a clue from her as to how to answer) and asking Obama if he needed more pillows or fluffed pillows.
Hillary failed to win the fight against the Big Media Party because Hillary was under attack from all corners. Hillary was attacked by the PINO Big Blog Boys as well as their masters at Big Media. Ironically, Hillary received the fairest and most balanced coverage from Fox News. But the Fox News fair and balanced treatment of Hillary had ulterior motives in wanting to keep the Democratic fight going.
Fox News is not a Hillary friend, but rather a constant enemy, even though during the primaries it was mostly fair and balanced. Fox News is increasingly up to its old tricks and attacks against Hillary. We have suggested that Republicans and Fox News (particularly Sean Hannity and increasingly Glenn Beck) realize that Hillary is The Republican Secret Weapon but the Hillary hate does not die easily at Fox News and other right wing outlets.
Hillary has close to no Big Media allies. Hillary also, during the primaries had few allies on websites. Other than HillaryIs44 there were no other Hillary support sites. There were a few websites which tried to be fair and eventually became Hillary friendly websites but for too long Big Pink was all alone. We were right and strong but outnumbered by the PINO Big Blog Boys and the Big Media outlets on the internet.
Sarah Palin might succeed in her fight with Big Media. Sarah Palin does have allies in the right wing of the Big Media Party. Sarah Palin still has enemies within the right wing of the Big Media Party but they are mostly useless to stop her. David Frum, who coined the term “Axis of Evil” for George W. Bush, is an example of a Palin right wing enemy:
Clinton plunged back to work in Arkansas, winning re-election in 1990 to an unprecedented fifth term in the governor’s office. He honed his credentials as an effective chief executive, and sat for interviews with the country’s toughest journalists. In January 1992, on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, a cover story on Bill Clinton proclaimed: “The first primary has been about IQ rather than cash — and Clinton is the easy winner.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
Now it’s Palin’s turn. In a recent Gallup poll, 63% of Americans said they would “never” consider voting for her for President. A candidate for president would normally wish to counteract such a negative impression. Palin’s post-campaign actions have reinforced them.
Instead of attending to her job as Alaska governor, she quit halfway through her first term.
Instead of following Charles Krauthammer’s advice to “go home and study and spend a lot of time on issues,” she has cashed in on the paid speaking circuit, always off the record.
She has declined to face questioning from the press. She has been drawn into an unseemly public flame war with the father of her grandchild.
She did no fundraising for the two Republican gubernatorial candidates on the ballot in November. She has had little of substance to say about the huge public decisions of the first Obama year. What she has said has been inflammatory and untrue: especially her accusation that the Obama plan would haul Down’s syndrome children before “death panels” empowered to deny them life-saving medical care.
Now come the book and the book tour. According to an AP report about the book (which hasn’t been released yet), anyone who hoped it would reveal a more thoughtful side to Palin is in for disappointment. The book is a folksy personal story, spiced by score-settling against her campaign colleagues and the media.
Unburdening yourself of grievances can feel good. But given that Palin’s detractors have depicted her as thin-skinned, aggrieved, and vindictive, it hardly seems smart to publish a book that confirms the negative impression.
Frum attempts to depict Palin’s enemies as benign “campaign colleagues and the media.” Palin should not listen to Frum. The “campaign colleagues and the media” Frum wants to protect by advising Palin to ignore want to kill Palin politically. It’s kill or be killed. Palin does not need that type of “colleague” and she certainly does not need to fear Big Media.
Palin took on David Letterman when all advised her against it. Palin substantively won and now Letterman faces a future of divorce proceedings and scandal.
Andy Barr at Politico tries to play campaign advisor to Sarah Palin. Barr prescribes “Five Book Tour Goals”:
Here are five goals that Palin’s tour and media blitz could help her achieve:
Reconnect with her base [snip]
Major cities are not the focus of her tour—in fact, she is flat out ignoring most of the biggest metropolitan markets in the nation. After kicking off Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Palin heads to places like Fort Wayne and Noblesville, Indiana, Roanoke, Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama, communities that resemble the kinds of towns where she electrified crowds as a vice presidential candidate.[snip]
“This is going to help build her machine for whatever she intends to do with it,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, a Palin supporter who serves as the president of Susan B. Anthony list, a group that supports candidates who oppose abortion rights.
The limited book excerpts that have surfaced so far suggest that Palin feels wronged by the McCain campaign and that she finally intends to go public with her grievances.
One chief target appears to be Nicolle Wallace, a former communications aide to McCain’s campaign who is thought to be behind several extremely unflattering blind quotes disparaging Palin shortly before Election Day.
According to excerpts, Palin also holds Wallace responsible for orchestrating an extremely damaging interview with CBS’s Katie Couric and the McCain campaign and for choosing to isolate the former governor from the press.
Republicans who consider themselves Palin fans are hoping she’ll be careful to avoid engaging in a public war with former staffers and others she perceives to have wronged her.[snip]
Stick it to the media
There’s been one consistent theme in the public remarks Palin has made since the campaign ended—the mainstream media is biased and unfair.
Send a message to the establishment
Palin has never been close to establishment elites and has a rocky relationship even with Republican Party leaders. And there are few signs that she needs their affirmation to remain relevant.
The book tour gives her an opportunity to flaunt that independence, as well as flex her political muscle by attracting huge, friendly crowds that will serve as a reminder of her popularity.
Burnish her image as a serious figure [snip]
The former Alaska governor has taken steps of late to show more sophisticated policy credentials, writing op-eds and detailed criticisms of the House and Senate health care bills on her Facebook page.
Big Media types want to paint a portrait of a crazed woman seeking payback against those who “wronged” her. But what Palin is doing is making sure that the “campaign colleagues” and Big Media are seen for what they are: Palin enemies whose critiques should be dismissed. We wish Hillary would have discussed forthrightly former “campaign colleagues” like Donna Brazile who pretended to be impartial while trashing Hillary and speaking Obama campaign talking points.
With unflattering pictures Big Media will try to destroy Sarah Palin and she is right to fight. It’s not Glenn Close acting as a crazy woman, as Hillary was portrayed, but Palin will be painted as a bimbo sex pot object who is a total air head.
Sarah Palin is right to fight back and call out the garbage which is Big Media.
Hillary Clinton grows stronger.
Big Pink is no longer alone as the single website defending Hillary.
Big Media continues to die, and no Big Media
health care plan bailout will save it now that Big Media has lost its credibility.
Hillary Clinton we expect will one day join Big Pink fully, and fight Big Media alongside Sarah Palin.