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Politico’s next act: Real News Organization or Gawker (no offense to Gawker)

Politico’s next act: Real News Organization or Gawker (no offense to Gawker)

Politico’s latest cheap shot at Sarah Palin

I’m not sure that this is the worst we’ve seen from Politico, but it’s right up there with Politico’s Cheapest Shot Yet from August 2011.

From Maggie Haberman at Politico covering CPAC, Sarah Palin’s next act: Candidate or ‘Kardashian’?

Politico Palin next act

In January 2009, Sarah Palin had the world on a string. A potential Republican presidential field-clearer for the presidency, every sentence she uttered was news. A Fox News contract awaited her. So did book deals.

Four years later, Palin is without a clear option for elected office — or a clear sense she has an interest in any position of real public influence. She never took an active, leadership role in the tea party movement, beyond showing up at a scattered handful of events and talking it up on television. For many Americans, her name is now primarily a punchline and if she is envisioning a comeback, it may simply be too late.

It’s hard for Politico to fathom, but maybe candidate or Kardashian are not the only options.

In the 2012 cycle, Palin picked wisely.  She backed Deb Fischer, leading a Daily Beast writer to declare, Sarah Palin’s Latest Triumph? Deb Fischer Wins Nebraska GOP Primary.  She also backed Ted Cruz, attending rallies for him and leading him to thank her profusely:

As you know, I am not the first or the only candidate to benefit from Governor Palin and SarahPAC’s courageous support for conservatism. Senators Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Rand Paul, and other common-sense conservatives are proof that Americans are ready to return to our nation’s founding principles.

Palin also tried to prevent the disaster which became Todd Akin by strongly supporting Sarah Steelman in the primary.

As has become typical in Politico attacks masquerading as news analysis, eventually Habermann gets to the facts showing Palin’s political prowess in 2010 and 2012, but only after a smear headline and introductory paragraphs intended to marginalize her and create a caricature.

Ben Shapiro said the other day he wanted to “smack” Politico.  They deserve it, metaphorically speaking, as the latest hit job on Palin demonstrates.


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Palin is one of the most…if not THE most…influential women in the U.S.

She doesn’t need any government office, and I imagine she can appear on TV or radio at will, on any outlet.

Plus, she gets to be a mom and wife. Not remarkable Habermann can’t fathom her.

For a “dumb weather girl from a hick college” (as some have portrayed her), she’s done pretty well, I think: governor, put corrupt politicians (from her same party, no less!) behind bars, negotiated very favorable terms from international oil companies, VP candidate, strong political influence, TV show, raised a large family and stayed married.

The funny thing is, all the people that have all that negative stuff to say about her, haven’t done 1/10 the thing’s she’s accomplished. For me, being a talking-head on TV has the same level of ‘life goal’ as spending a night in the drunk-tank.

Steelman finished third in a three-way primary and if she had stayed out of the race it is unlikely Akin would have won.

Since Steelman was the last to get in, at Palin’s urging, it is completely false to make out Palin as some sort of hero in that race. The truth is exactly opposite.

Former CEO and Marine Captain John Brunner could have self-funded and beaten McCaskill. Steelman’s entry made it possible for McCaskill’s pro-Akin ads to influence the outcome.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Estragon. | March 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Missouri has open voting in primaries. As such it was an own goal.

    Looking at the district voting – Steelman’s strongest districts were heavily invadedby Ds .

    But Missouri has a rep for a distinct brand of stupidity. In this case fully deserved.

    Cole DeLaune in reply to Estragon. | March 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Actually, you are incorrect that Steelman was the “last to get in” and acted as some sort of badly timed unfortunate spoiler. If memory serves, she was the first to officially file for the 2012 race, and did so immediately after the 2010 midterms in November or December of that year.

Does Maggie Haberman at Politico also do palm readings.

Kardashians are publicity hounds. Sounds more like Michelle Obama than Sarah Palin.

Smears of Palin by POLITICO aren’t as annoying as the smears/attacks done by those whose side she is on. IMO she seems fairly content with what she is doing – speaking her opinion on things. Imagine – the nerve of Palin to think she can furnish her opinion to those who might be interested in hearing it.

There are few in the Republican party as politically perspicacious as Sarah Palin. That is why the left’s political assassination machine went after her so persistently.They feared her more than any other conservative as an opponent.

Candidate or ‘Kardashian’?

Any doubt that if airhead (but rather good) actress Ashley Judd enters the race against Senate minority leader McConnell next year just who* will get the favorable reporting?

It used to be that the media just ignored those who held views with which they fundamentally disagreed. Now that they are no longer the gatekeepers, they must destroy liberal apostasy. Intelligence, integrity, and competence matter not; total adherence to the church of the coastal elites does.

*Remember how Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman were treated by the media when up against some of the more poorly intellectually equipped Democrats?

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to bains. | March 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Oh I am hoping that she does then I can see all those nude shots & sex scenes that I can’t view at those sites because I would be a pervert.

    But it will be political . I am also up for Mitch in his Boxers. He has time to tone up something lean & mean.

    The downside is maybe that other D babes will be stripping off.

BannedbytheGuardian | March 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Sarah has sent them into a spin because she Is writing a sure to be best seller . It looks to be a mix of personal views & a discussion of what has become of Christmas.

It’s Nov release is perfect.

Uncle Samuel | March 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Politico is the Perez Hilton of Political news sites.

*itchiness is their default mode.

One should not insult Perez by comparing his somewhat entertaining gossip site to Politico. Perez actually tries to stay relevant when it comes to Hollywood news.

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