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Media Buzzards Offer Up Another Palin Post-Mortem

posted at 12:30 pm on May 10, 2011 by

The latest Palin rehash by Joshua Green isn’t the worst thing I’ve read about her. In fact, about half of it is complimentary in a way. But the entire piece is framed by Green such that whenever Palin turns left she’s smart and has a great future but the moment she turns right she’s a self-destructive loose canon. This is Palin’s history as written by a somewhat sympathetic liberal:

As governor, Palin demonstrated many of the qualities we expect in our best leaders. She set aside private concerns for the greater good, [i.e. a collectivist, group first approach] forgoing a focus on social issues to confront the great problem plaguing Alaska, [i.e. she wasn't a social-con in practice] its corrupt oil-and-gas politics. She did this in a way that seems wildly out of character today—by cooperating with Democrats and moderate Republicans to raise taxes on Big Business. [i.e. she moved to the center left] And she succeeded to a remarkable extent in settling, at least for a time, what had seemed insoluble problems, in the process putting Alaska on a trajectory to financial well-being. [i.e. she raised corporate taxes] Since 2008, Sarah Palin has influenced her party, and the tenor of its politics, perhaps more than any other Republican, but in a way that is almost the antithesis of what she did in Alaska. [i.e. she moved right instead of left] Had she stayed true to her record, she might have pointed her party in a very different direction. [which direction? to the left of course]

Seen through Green’s eyes, all of Sarah Palin’s success was a result of moving left and all of her failures were a result of moving right:

Let’s stop here and go back for a moment to the convention speech—the alchemic moment of excitement and fantasy when Sarah Palin became the star of national politics. Listening to it today, you can practically hear her shift registers, the state figure morphing into a national one, the old Palin becoming the new. She touches on the pipeline, the corruption, how she broke the oil companies’ “monopoly on power” and ended a “culture of self-dealing.” But all of that is overshadowed by the full-throated assault on Barack Obama, rooted in deep cultural resentment, that became the campaign’s ethos and remains Palin’s identity. What resonate are her charges that Obama wanted to “forfeit” the war in Iraq and that he condescended to “working people” with talk of “how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns.”

I wonder if “deep cultural resentment” is code for racism? Come on, let’s not pretend we haven’t been having this argument for three years now.

Of course the truth is that Barack Obama did want to forfeit the Iraq war. He said so himself in 2007 when he opposed the surge as a failure even before it had happened. And the line about religion and guns was his line not hers, albeit recorded surreptitiously. The press, and I suspect Joshua Green fits the mold, was eager to prevent these obvious failures from harming Obama’s candidacy, just as they were to protect him from his own long time associations with Bill Ayers and pastor Wright. Palin refused to play along and that made her a target.

The press sent a squadron of reporters to Alaska to investigate her and that impulse has never really let up, as we see from this article. But Joshua Green doesn’t acknowledge where he fits in to the overall scheme of Palin travelogue writing. He knows he’s doing it of course, but there is no real curiosity about why this cottage industry continues to pay or more specifically what is required to make it pay.

So while Green’s piece may be a bit more sympathetic than, say, the dishonest sleaze put out by Michael Joseph Gross last September or what’s coming next from Joe McGinnis, it’s just the other end of the same continuum. In every case, Palin is a failure in need of explanation. In some cases that’s semi-thoughtful, if politically slanted as here, and in others it’s Joe McGinnis comparing her to Hitler on national TV. It’s the difference between feeding the dog Kibbles and red meat.

I had a look over my archives and noticed the number of threats Palin has endured in the last 12 months. Remember the envelope of white powder sent to Dancing with the Stars? How about the death threats she received in the wake of the media’s execrable coverage of her Facebook map? How about the stalker who’d threatened to kill her family and was found by the FBI about 50 miles from her house.

And that’s just the serious stuff. I’m leaving out all the endless nonsense like the big splash when Sarah Palin’s daughter fixed her hair in Haiti. That was an international news story believe it or not. Ah well, just move on to the next attack. Did you know that Trig isn’t really her baby?! Maybe Joshua Green can write a 3,000 word piece about how Palin, a victim of her own hubris, failed to overcome the Trig-truthers when she had the chance. There’s at least one more Alaska vacation in it for some enterprising journalist.

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The new oil revenue plan was really more complicated than just “raising corporate taxes”.

It installed a sliding scale, when the price of oil rises, the rate rises, and when the price of oil falls, the rate falls. This ensures that the system is more fair and predictable for both parties concerned.

Another point is that there is an investment fund the state manages that is funded by the oil revenue, but it does not go into the state’s general fund, but every resident of the state gets a dividend check out of the fund every year, since the state constitution stipulates the people own the natural resources of the land.

These has been some criticism of the legislation, but it’s mostly oversimplified and ignores the actual results.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

It installed a sliding scale, when the price of oil rises, the rate rises, and when the price of oil falls, the rate falls. This ensures that the system is more fair and predictable for both parties concerned.

These has been some criticism of the legislation, but it’s mostly oversimplified and ignores the actual results.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

This. ;)

gryphon202 on May 10, 2011 at 1:57 PM

This. ;)

gryphon202 on May 10, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Thanks.

It also was loaded up with incentives to increase exploration and production, which have been effective.

Critics don’t talk about that much.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Palin refused to play along and that made her a target.

But McCain did play along and that made him a loser.

davidk on May 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

the_nile on May 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

But McCain did play along and that made him a loser.

davidk on May 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Yep, and she turned out to have been right, while all of McCain’s high priced and arrogant advisers (Scmidt) were wrong.

What a newsflash.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Before the 2008 election I think Palin did manage to earn the support of many AK democrats. Her recast during the election changed all that despite making her a superstar on the right.

lexhamfox on May 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Before the 2008 election I think Palin did manage to earn the support of many AK democrats. Her recast during the election changed all that despite making her a superstar on the right.

lexhamfox on May 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Cause that’s how Dems operate. It’s always how they operate. They work to utterly destroy an opponent while they’re vamping for the cameras and reciting their talking points, and then when they’re back in the cloak room, it’s “good game.”

gryphon202 on May 10, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Before the 2008 election I think Palin did manage to earn the support of many AK democrats. Her recast during the election changed all that despite making her a superstar on the right.

lexhamfox on May 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM

The orders came from the DNC in Washington that she must be destroyed. The reaction of the Democrats nationally had a whole lot to do with it.

Remember Anita Dunn, the Mao-loving White House Communications person, the architect of the “War on Fox News”? She worked for a AK Dem during Palin’s run for Governor, and she put her Dem friends in DC on the alert to watch for her rise in 2006. Her husband is a big time leftist lawyer, who may to this day be the Council to the President. I don’t remember offhand.

Some national Dems had their eye on her already, but they weren’t ready for it when McCain put her on the ticket.

They panicked and went ballistic.

It hasn’t really stopped since.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The article itself does explain the sliding scale and how it came to be. Green argues that Palin adopted the Democratic proposal and wedded it to her own in order to get it passed.

In any case, it’s clear that adopting Democratic proposals is Green’s idea of how to be a winner as a Republican.

John Sexton on May 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

The article itself does explain the sliding scale and how it came to be. Green argues that Palin adopted the Democratic proposal and wedded it to her own in order to get it passed.

In any case, it’s clear that adopting Democratic proposals is Green’s idea of how to be a winner as a Republican.

John Sexton on May 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

The sliding scale was neither a Democratic nor Republican “idea”. It was actually based on a vote via the people years before, but the AK Legislature (who at the time were run by very RINO Repubs and a Dem Gov. named Knowles) was never instated because they assumed it would drive away not only the oil comp’s but also the up and coming out of staters to set up their businesses…. which in turn made those whom were Alaskan, angry. And that is when it turned back to a Repub Legislature and Repub Gov.

upinak on May 10, 2011 at 6:01 PM

In any case, it’s clear that adopting Democratic proposals is Green’s idea of how to be a winner as a Republican.

John Sexton on May 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Yes, that is to be expected.

Damning with faint praise, hoping to disillusion Palin’s conservative base by calling her a liberal, while at the same time scaring off independents with the “crazy snake handler Christian whacko” narrative, undermine her family appeal by trying to say she and Todd have both had affairs, ect.

She gets attacked to damage all segments of her support base at once, and taken together it creates many conflicting suppositions.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Hard to go a day without a Palin thread, huh. Even one as lame as this.

Kissmygrits on May 10, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Hard to go a day without a Palin thread, huh. Even one as lame as this.

Kissmygrits on May 10, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Why in the world would anyone want to go a day without a Palin thread?

That is simply insane.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Why in the world would anyone want to go a day without a Palin thread?

That is simply insane.

Brian1972 on May 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

♥ lol ♥

Fallon on May 10, 2011 at 7:23 PM

♥ lol ♥
Like the hearts :)

IowaWoman on May 10, 2011 at 7:36 PM

But Joshua Green doesn’t acknowledge where he fits in to the overall scheme of Palin travelogue writing. He knows he’s doing it of course, but there is no real curiosity about why this cottage industry continues to pay or more specifically what is required to make it pay.

All it takes is an approving nod from the Democrat Party, and the reason they approve is because Sarah remains a THREAT to their Communist agenda of forcing Socialism, and all of its FAILED policies, down America’s throat.

Democrats believe that Americans are STUPID. I hope there are enough Americans around with some common sense, and the curiosity to do the research, around before the elections hit to prove them wrong. ;o)

DannoJyd on May 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM

The sliding scale was neither a Democratic nor Republican “idea”. It was actually based on a vote via the people years before, but the AK Legislature (who at the time were run by very RINO Repubs and a Dem Gov. named Knowles) was never instated because they assumed it would drive away not only the oil comp’s but also the up and coming out of staters to set up their businesses…. which in turn made those whom were Alaskan, angry. And that is when it turned back to a Repub Legislature and Repub Gov.

upinak on May 10, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Well holy sh!t! You mean to tell me that Alaskans know how to manage their own affairs without government interference help?! Who’d have thought?

gryphon202 on May 11, 2011 at 7:33 PM