The idiocy or willful blindness is amazing to watch for those with eyes wide open. Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton are almost striped bare but all Big Media does is “deck our kings” and queens with ill-fitting clothes.
No matter how overt Hillary Clinton is, now matter how forcefully Bill Clinton propels the verbal darts, no matter how many veils Sarah Palin removes – Big Media creates a whole other reality.
The psychos continue to turn Sarah Palin into a sidelined cheerleader with rah-rahs for the boy players. Sarah Palin won’t run for president the psychos insist. But look at the evidence with your own eyes. We report, you decide. Is this video, produced by Sarah Palin’s campaign operation, a presidential ad?:
The wisdom or success of a Palin presidential run is not the question. The question is how much more naked does Sarah Palin have to be about her intentions before the psychos and Big Media acknowledge reality?
She’s running and running fast. At the very least Palin, like a sharpshooting billiards player who sets up angles and has the balls strategically lined up, is setting up the table. Mark Halperin has put aside the Hopium and taking No-Doz:
“TO: Coastal Elites, the Media and Establishment Politicians of Both Parties
RE: Sarah Heath Palin
Don’t underestimate Sarah Palin. Yes, she is hyper-polarizing: she sends her fans into rapture and drives her detractors stark raving mad. But she can dominate the news cycle with a single tweet and generate three days of coverage with a single speech (as she did this past Friday in Iowa). Her name recognition is universal.[snip]
Trash her all you want (even you Republicans who are doing it all the time behind her back) for being uninformed, demagogic and incoherent, and brandish the poll numbers that show fewer and fewer Americans think she is qualified to be President. Strain to apply political and practical norms to Alaska’s former governor. You are missing the point.[snip]
But what you need to appreciate is that the same dynamics of supply and demand that Palin has cleverly exploited for financial gain also make her inimitably formidable as a political force.
Take this weekend’s Des Moines, Iowa, speech, for example. You all perceived it as a rambling nothingburger of a diatribe, with a convoluted, self-pitying screed about the media. And you considered the trip itself a missed opportunity, since Palin held no meetings with grass-roots activists and didn’t lay a foundation for the kind of voter contact essential to compete in the Hawkeye State’s caucuses.
But ask yourself why Palin was in Iowa this of all weekends. Remember that she herself negotiated the date for the Iowa Republican Party’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner. This allowed her to conveniently skip the Values Voter Summit simultaneously going on in Washington, where most of the other potential 2012 Republican candidates appeared. By choosing Iowa over Washington, Palin avoided having to compete head to head with her would-be rivals and dodged the event’s concluding straw poll. Meanwhile, Palin got more weekend coverage than all the other prospects combined. Not everything she has done thus far has been obviously calculated, but her choices overall have been too savvy to be coincidence or luck.”
From the very beginning we denounced those who referred to the Tea Party movement as “teabaggers”. We saw the potential force that was developing. Tea Party activists were derided. Not so much now. So continue to deride Sister Sarah at your own peril Big Media and Hopium Guzzlers.
Likewise Sarah Palin has been derided. Shortly after Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain we read something quite silly that confirmed to us how smart this lady is. We thought her selection by McCain was inspired and said so on the very day her selection was announced. The selection of Palin was not happenstance. There were a lot of organized people lobbying for her selection. A lot of things about Palin are not happenstance and instead a very deliberate, very intelligent, calculation on her part.
What was the article, a silly piece to be sure, that told us so much about Sister Sarah. It was an article in the New York Times about her hair:
“Hair, of course, is never just about the hair. Intentionally or not, hairstyles help answer the voters’ throw-down question: “Who does she think she is?”
Hillary Clinton struggled for years to achieve hair credibility. Now Ms. Palin’s upsweep is being praised and derided across the Internet. Do her bun and bangs signal that Ms. Palin does not want to attract attention to her appearance — even as she wants to remain presentably attractive?
Of course, a hairstyle may not tell you about her views on universal health care. But how Ms. Palin honed her image can be glimpsed at the Beehive, a tiny pink-collar haven in Wasilla, a mountain-rimmed community of less than 10,000.[snip]
Ms. Palin’s appointments were multitasking events, Mrs. Steele recounted. The governor would sit in full foil, checking her BlackBerry, writing speeches and chatting with customers as her daughter Piper played nearby.[snip]
As Mrs. Palin became a public figure, Mrs. Steele said, she gave more thought to her image.
“She’s very involved in her look and how she’s perceived,” Mrs. Steele said. “We would talk a lot about how if she looked too pretty or too sexy, people wouldn’t listen to her. How important it was for people to see her as an intelligent, smart woman. It was comical when her hair was down, how big a difference that would make, especially when she was running for governor.”
Eventually, Mrs. Steele suggested that Ms. Palin put up her hair because “Sarah wanted to look more professional and ready to work and not come across as high maintenance and fussy.”[snip]
The two experimented with full bangs, side-swept bangs, clips, curls, twists and blond streaks. “We just kept polishing her look,” Mrs. Steele said. “We would try more warm, red and coppery highlights or more of a contrast with pale highlights, not to be severe but just more striking.”
Put aside the sexism and misogyny that such an article displays so vividly (we confess to mocking male John Edwards in The House, The Hedge, And The Hare). That Sarah Palin has been so attentive and perceptive, from the outset, about her image and the need to control that image informed us that this was not the bumbling bimbo many sought to turn her into.
John Edwards knew his pretty looks, smooth skin, and truly beautiful hair, along with that lovely smile was an asset to be exploited. Smart politicians know looks matter and that they can be used to send a message. Sarah Palin devised her appearance not to be a sex bombshell (recall that sexist Newsweek cover of Sarah in sexy gym clothes) but to take advantage of her attractiveness as well as send a message to her “base” that “I am one of you.”
Hillary Clinton, once said, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” Hillary knows the tricks of appearance and message sending via clothes and looks.
[Don’t miss other Hillary humor including this arch bit of hair humor from Hillary: “Frankly, Mr. Mayor, I think your new hairstyle is the right way to go. After all, in Washington, the coverup is always worse than the truth.” –to Rudy Giuliani, after he gave up his combover.”]
At the risk of belaboring the point, Sarah Palin chose a hairstyle that would appeal to middle America not coastal elites. Palin knows who she is and who her voters are. This is no dummy cheerleader to be mocked without paying a price (just ask David Letterman). Palin and her “do” courtesy of The Beehive is not as overt as a mullet but she gets her message across to those she wants to communicate with.
Back to Halperin’s wake up call to Big Media and coastal elites:
“The past 22 months have been replete with situations in which Palin has refused to adhere to the conventional playbook of presidential contenders and party honchos. That posture, along with — let’s face it — her watchability, star quality and good looks, is what keeps her core supporters hanging on her every word. Her followers forgive her sloppy syntax and seemingly haphazard methodology — to them, this makes her accessible, relatable and real. The more she is attacked and belittled, the more they rally to her defense. And when she has laid hands on her chosen 2010 candidates, such as Nikki Haley and Christine O’Donnell, she is able to transfer that protective shell, shepherding them through the slings and arrows of “the politics of personal destruction” to victories against Establishment favorites.”
The current crop of Dimocrats have learned too late that whatever “charms” Obama has will not transfer to others. Yes, appearing with Palin can hurt some, but those that can be hurt by such an appearance are not people Palin worries about. In addition, smacking Obama about helps candidates who want to win succeed. Smacking Palin about gets you into trouble if you are a Republican or a snarky comedian:
“Palin’s strength also derives from the unwillingness of you Republicans to take her on or to call her out for her more detrimental candidate selections and statements. [snip]
Most of you Republicans are afraid to challenge Palin publicly, in part because you recognize that she speaks to the mood and emotions of the Tea Party and other conservatives better than anyone else. Her anti-Washington barbs and taunting denigration of the President and his policies hit home and get out the vote. She is almost certainly going to be in a position to take a victory lap of sorts on Nov. 2.
Palin is operating on a different plane, hovering higher than a mere celebrity, more buoyant than an average politician. Some of you are too young, or too forgetful, to recall the breathless fusses over Donald Trump and Warren Beatty when they toyed with presidential bids, or how much oxygen Ross Perot sucked up when he ran in 1992. You may think Palin is full of hot air, but there is enough of it to power her from Alaska to the Republican nomination in 2012, and until she unambiguously takes herself out of the running, or until the nomination is definitively won by another, she will remain both a force and a force field.
All of you are certain she can’t win the presidency — and as of today you are right. But the nomination is another kettle of salmon, and she bears more in common with the past three presidential winners than with the passel of hopefuls clamoring for donations, press attention and straw votes. She is like Obama: the camera loves her and both sides of the political spectrum hang on her every word. She is like Bush: able to communicate with religious conservatives and Middle Americans. Most of all, she is like Bill Clinton: what doesn’t kill Sarah Palin makes her stronger. So as the world gets ready for the midterm elections and for the start of the epic contest in which Republicans will pick their champion to go into battle against Barack Obama, be advised: Palin is very much alive and, despite what you think, extraordinarily strong.”
We’ll discuss Naked Bill Clinton and Naked Hillary Clinton in Part II. Let’s end with what Bill Clinton says about Sister Sarah Palin:
“Former president Bill Clinton had words of warning for Democrats who think Sarah Palin could be the best thing to happen to President Obama in a 2012 presidential bid – “It’s always a mistake to underestimate your opponent.”
“In the Republican primaries she’s very popular with the conservative base. She gets more people to come out,” he told me. “And she hasn’t won all of her endorsements, but she’s won most of them. And you know, she’s a compelling, attractive figure.”
I sat down with the former president as he kicked off the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative. Palin, who recently made a high profile trip to Iowa, was the subject of Mark Halperin’s “One Nation” column Monday. I asked Clinton to react to Halperin’s take on the former Alaska governor that “Most of all, she is like Bill Clinton: what doesn’t kill Sarah Palin makes her stronger.”
Clinton laughed and then offered his own observations.
“I do think she’s a resilient character. And we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative,” he told me.
“I think she’s clearly a public figure who is, who speaks well and persuasively to the people who listen to her. And she’s somebody to be reckoned with,” he said. “And she’s tough.”
Clinton recalled when “people were making fun of her” he read about Palin’s husband finishing the last 500 miles of Alaska’s Iron Dog race with a broken arm.
“Now, where I come from people like that. They think that’s pretty good,” he said.”
Bill Clinton, a billiard player who knows how to set the table, had more than Sarah Palin in mind when he declared “…we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative.” But that’s all for Part II.
Tomorrow the Republicans will officially release their “Pledge to America” (full text HERE) follow-up to the “contract”. Many in the next few days will be distracted by that publicity stunt or venture into arguments about the generic ballot and what that says about the coming elections. Others will look at the entrails as “Wal-Mart Moms” abandon Obama Dimocrats and yet others will focus on the latest insults attacking Tea Party activists and the utter stupidity of such comments.
We have better things to do. We be looking at almost completely naked people who are thinking long term and planning… planning.