Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Been called worse things...

Sarah Palin, in her softball interview with Fox's Greta VanSusteren, calls bloggers 'kids in pajamas sitting in the basement of their parents' home".

As Pierre Eliot Trudeau once said, "I've been called worse things by better people."

I'm sitting comfortably in my own home with my laptop, reading the news online and processing how I think and feel about a particular item then finding facts to back up and refute what I'm thinking. Palin might want to rethink her media strategy if she's going to be calling bloggers by names.

Palin is making a comfortable place for herself in the Republican Party with dozens of interviews over the last couple of days. The ones who are looking bad are the McCain team. When is someone going to stand up to this woman's lies. Three times in the last two days, I've seen Palin, softshoe around the book banning issue with no forthright correction from any journalists. She says her critics claim she wanted to ban books like Harry Potter, then she goes on to state that those books weren't even published when she was Mayor of Wasilla.

Correction, Sarah. The record shows that you were in fact Mayor of Wasilla (meth capital of Alaska) from 1996 to 2002 (yay, for term limits!). My paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone (renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the American market) was printed in 2000 but the hardcover had been printed in the UK in 1997. The Potter phenomenon swept through the world from that moment.

'Course we could give Sarah the benefit of the doubt on this one since it was in 1996 that she first asked town librarian Mary Ellen Emmons if she would remove books from the collection. But by the next two occurrances, Harry Potter was sweeping the world. Finally the librarian left from the pressure, as did several other department heads who were sent "loyalty letters". Some left, some were fired.

Kind of reminiscent of the Bush chant, "You're either with us or ag'in us."

Palin may be adopting the newly identified tactic of the right to shun and ignore some of the press while cultivating others like Fox News. Seems to have worked for them before, let's hope the world keeps their eyes open on Sarah Palin - 2012 is not so very far off.


jem said...

Palin says she's hoping
God will show her whether or not to run in 2012. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081111.wpalin1111/BNStory/VideoLineup/

Deb Prothero said...

I'm hoping God shows her some kind of door! Unfortunately with these softball interviews, Palin is gaining traction within the Republican party network.

The result is McCain's team look like angry guys beating up on a poor girl. She might come out of this smelling like a rose.

penlan said...

Sounds as though the media is treating her a lot like a certain Prime Minister of a certain country.

She's now getting more press & coverage than Obama is - & she's done nothing to warrant it. She's an attention seeker of the highest order. She began campaigning for Prez the day after the election, maybe even before.

Deb Prothero said...

Penlan; I think you're right about this observation. It seems likely that, barring a catastrophic error, Palin will be a Republican candidate for the primaries at least in 2012.

This may be good or bad, depending on how well Obama is able to weather the storm he's walking into. Palin attracts a lot of attention and I'm personally surprised at how well the McCain/Palin ticket did.