Friday, July 10, 2009

A 70/30 take

Sarah Palin absorbed some water from Peggy Noonan today, but The Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti arrives, ready to patch up some of the holes.

Continetti's the author of the upcoming book, The Persecution of Sarah Palin, and while that might sound like something John Fox and John Ziegler could have co-authored, going on his piece today, it sounds like he's only about 70%/30%, pro-Palin.

Here's some of the 70% (ea).

Throughout her career, Palin has seemed most "appropriate" at moments when she senses that the populace is diverging from the political class that rules over it. Palin exploits the split and wins office as the tribune of the people.

That is what happened when she saw that Wasillans were tired of the nonideological, nonpartisan, unexciting mayoralty of John Stein; when she saw self-dealing among Republican insiders in Anchorage and Juneau; when she saw that Alaskans were tired of Frank Murkowski and the lobbyist culture he nursed and protected.

That is what she and John McCain tried to do last year, when Americans had grown tired of George W. Bush and Republican misrule (things didn't work out the way they'd hoped). The next time Palin sees a gap separating the people and their government, she may try to jump in and fill it.

Here's some of the 30% (ea).

A rare and necessary talent for a great politician is the capacity to ignore or laugh off the critics' most vicious assaults. FDR had it. So did Reagan. When Palin spoke at the 2008 Republican convention, it seemed as though she had it, too. Her commanding performance gave the impression that the previous week's falsehoods, exaggerations, myths, insults, and smears did not matter to her. Not one bit.

This doesn't seem to be the case anymore, however. Over time, the attacks on Palin--on her character, intellect, appearance, femininity, and family--clearly got to her. One associate told me that, after the election, Palin made a habit of listening to talk radio, attempting to track what pundits were saying about her.

.... She could hardly give a speech in which she did not mention elite condescension and her ill-treatment at the hands of Katie Couric and leftwing bloggers. Her public performances became personal testimonials to the damage the media can inflict on a person's reputation and career. Palin was right, of course. But these were arguments for polemicists to make, not statesmen.

And here are some very cool summer cabins, where you can read the upcoming book.


narciso said...

That's ridiculous, except for the Ziegler
interview, she has very lightly referred
to Couric and Gibson, in Miami, Anchorage and Evansville, and not at all in Auburn.

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