Sunday, February 07, 2010

Palin and her "telepalmer" launch 2012 bid at Tea Party Convention

Make no mistake, though she couched it in her usual weasel worded evasiveness, for all effective purposes, Sarah Palin announced her candidacy for 2012 in this Fox interview. And she used her speech at the Tea Party convention last night to stealth-launch her campaign. Didn't watch it myself, but judging from the reviews, it was chock full of the same anti-Obama smears and vapid slogans from the failed 08 run.

None of that is particularly interesting. The only notable aspect of the speech happened during the brief, and most probably pre-screened, three question Q&A afterwards. It seems the Yukon Grifter had to write crib notes on her hand to answer the simple question about what three major policies would a conservative administration address in office. Yep, just like most of us did at least once in grammar school to cheat on a test. Oliver Willis has addtional videos and of course, Memorandum has dozens of reactions.

What I found the most disturbing about this freak show is that somewhere between 100-200 media people covered this event, that drew an estimated 600-1000 people, as if it were major news instead of a gathering of fringe kooks and GOP operatives. And not a soul but me seems to be concerned about the ethical implications of her using her new Fox gig as a platform to promote herself, bringing a whole new meaning to the term, "bully pulpit."

I seem to recall a great deal of concern trolling when Chris "Tweety" Matthews floated the idea of running for Congress. Everyone agreed he would have to quit his teevee gig. But then again he was going to run as a Democrat. I suppose the IOKIYAR rule is in effect for Wasilla's former mayor.

Adding: I think Sully is right. There's a tendency on the left to treat her as a joke, as too dumb to be elected, but she's not stupid. She's uninformed, uninterested in detail and thoroughly self-involved. But never underestimate the ability of a clever and manipulative woman to fool otherwise intelligent people to get what she wants. The more I think about it, the more I think this telepalmter trick was a deliberate ploy to draw mockery from the liberals. It will only endear her to the tea party crowd all the more.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, it worked for Obama.

11:52:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's amazing to me how a totally empty meme like this persists and is seen to have content by those whose heads have none.

Who doesn't use a teleprompter and particularly in a day when the slightest stumble or slip -- even an inadvertent blink or grimace can begin a snarking frenzy and spell disaster for anyone ( except George Bush.)

We've forgotten the odd, radio controlled device Bush used during the campaign debates and we've forgotten the idiotic and clumsy speeches and somehow a president who is prepared is presented as pathetic.

So thanks for reminding us just how stupid people can be, how childishly empty-headed and thoughtless; how ill informed and bratty the Republican constituency is. If this country is not worth saving, it's because of you personally and don't forget that when populist revolutions occur, the first to be put up against the wall by the elitist leaders behind them, are people like you.

9:54:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Fogg, as always, you've said all that needs to be said.

11:49:00 AM  

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