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Monday, January 11, 2010

Polishing Palin

This has to be one of the single most idiotic posting from Ed Morrissey on HotAir, ever.

Not so much in it's evident ego-massaging, and metaphorical finger-banging of Sarah Palin, but because of the reader comment highlighted at the end:

Palin has the most valuable commodity a Presidential candidate can have – a base. Between roughly 23% of Americans and 68% of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin. She alone has the kind of intense following. She alone can fill a large hall or small stadium anywhere in Republican Country. This is similar to the following that sustained Nixon through two defeats and his ’self-destruction’ in 1962 to win the White House in 1968.

Like Nixon, Palin needs some rehabilitation to her political image caused by the relentless attacks of the elitist media, the knife-work of the relatively talentless Republican Party pros like Steve Schmidt and her own self-inflicted wounds from the post election period that were born out of inexperience at this level of political combat. Like Nixon, Palin can re-make herself in the controlled environment of television. Instead of being tortured by smug media types like Katie Couric, Palin can demonstrate her better understanding of issues and articulate a case against Obama. She can be folksy and plain-spoken and above all, ’smart.’ All hail the Conservative Oprah!

The “New Palin” is crucial to the expansion beyond her base of true believers to be a viable presidential candidate. The obvious place for Palin to re-tool her political image is FOX television. FOX’s viewers are Palin’s potential voters. It is ironic that FOX president Roger Ailes is the genius TV producer who erased candidate Nixon’s flaws in a controlled environment and facilitated the greatest political comeback in American history, is at the helm at FOX.

Do Ed and this clown really think the American public are stupid enough to fall for Palin propaganda? Well, there already are some, but don't expect to gain any more followers.

Claiming that some "image polishing" is going to make her miraculously more qualified to be President is not only pathetic, but laughable. And claiming that Nixon benefited from Ailes' expertise isn't exactly something I would be bragging about. The man presided over what is arguably the most corrupt administration in American history.

The American voter has much more at their disposal now versus the late 60s. Information travels instantaneously from one source to another, people can spot more easily now than ever when they are being manipulated. That is, unless they are too lazy to do their own research.

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