Meghan Stapleton, advisor and spokeswoman to Governor Sarah Palin, resigned yesterday to spend more time with her family, and we all know what that means: another media feeding frenzy. A recent Daily Beast interview with Stapleton suggests her departure is an essentially unremarkable development over the normal course of a political career, but that won’t stop the buzzards of the Left from swooping in for the kill.
Stapleton tells the Beast’s Shushannah Walshe that Palin was a capable politician with whom she maintains a positive relationship, despite a decreasing need for Stapleton’s services as time went on:
“She is in control of her own message, Stapleton said, from her home in Alaska. “Her Facebook and Twitter is her own. I find out about Facebook and Twitter when others email me. She does it on her own. She is in control of her own message. No one has a better voice than the governor and no one can speak better to her than the governor […] I think what some people still haven’t fully embraced is that she is so different than any other politician and the politician everyone is used to and used to reporting on have a massive infrastructure with no immediate connection and she has that immediate connection and doesn’t want to lose that immediate and direct connection to the people,” she said. “Reporters and others in the establishment and the elite cannot just grasp it….She thrives on that connection. It’s a great asset.”
A political aide who worked with Palin in Alaska noted that Stapleton did not have national experience when she embarked on the former governor’s wild ride. The key to her success, this aide suggests, was also her biggest problem: She “was trying to give Palin what Palin wanted which was somebody to say, ‘Yes governor, you’re right.’ And that was her downfall.” Stapleton counters this, saying that she did challenge her boss at times: “Everything that I did I always did knowing or feeling that it was representing the governor in the best of my abilities. Was I a ‘yes’ man? We challenged each other all the time, but ultimately [she did] what she felt was best.”
Walshe attempts to interject some animosity between the two, however, by noting that “the former governor has yet to issue a goodbye statement, or even so much as a sympathetic Facebook post,” and noting that, while the governor “demands loyalty of the people around her…that loyalty is not always returned.” The former statement is pure speculation as to her intent, of course (presumably Stapleton wouldn’t be so complimentary if their relationship ended badly), and the latter comes without a scrap of supporting evidence, aside from Walshe’s assurance that it’s “been widely reported.”
Predictably, other lefties want in on the action. Deranged Palin conspiracist Andrew Sullivan compiles links to bloggers who are “just asking questions,” I’m sure. The Huffington Post’s Jeanne Devon offers a retrospective on the reign of terror of Palin’s “loyal rabid lapdog,” which apparently began just as Team McCain began “to realize that they had nominated someone that was not only utterly unqualified, but also in the middle of a devastating political scandal at home.” The Democratic Underground crowd reacts with their usual measured grace. And the Hollywood Gossip blog rejoices that the “amateurish” “loose cannon” is no longer making things worse for all concerned. (Yes, because who better to evaluate sound political strategy than people paid to obsessively follow which celebrities are sleeping together and getting arrested?)
There’s something unseemly about the obsession to either gleefully mock or infer sinister undertones to every mundane event related to Sarah Palin, and it’s indicative of the Left’s pettiness and utter lack of restraint in the face of opposition. While we here at NewsReal may have been critical of the governor lately, there’s no doubt that the Left still fears her—and not entirely without cause.