The Perils of Palin


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After Tucson, Ariz., shootings, Sarah Palin’s unfavorable rating in the CNN poll rose from 49 percent before the midterm elections to 56 percent now. It was not the left-wing charges that Sarah Palin had somehow incited the Tucson shooter by her aggressive political rhetoric that did her damage. Polls show that voters discounted these statements and even Rep. Giffords’ husband has made clear that there was no political motive involved. It was Palin’s response to these attacks that got her in trouble. Her highly publicized accusation that the criticism was a “blood libel” turned voters off. As sincere admirers of hers, we hope she learns a lesson from this exchange.

The lesson is simply this: She should not become a battering ram hammering at liberal critics — getting down into the mud with them — answering every attack, no matter how low, personal or undeserved it is. She is a potential presidential candidate for the Republican Party. As such, she needs to keep her own head unbloodied and intact. Battering rams don’t find that easy to do.

The left plays Sarah like a fiddle. They pile on with totally outrageous attacks aiming at her personal life, her children and her family, and — now — linking her to murder. These disgraceful attacks do not score points with the voters. In fact, they tend to trigger a sympathetic feeling toward Sarah when they are leveled. But, for some reason, Palin feels compelled to answer them, to reply, to tell her side of the story (aka the truth).

The result of the exchange is that both sides lose: Her attackers and Palin herself both suffer.

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  • Bob the Aussie

    Sorry Dick. As much as I respect you, this aprticular take on Palin is one of your crappiest and nonsencical ever. Palin's response was extremely dignified and measured. She has been waiting long enough patiently while the accusation were piled on her and almost the entire "Conservative" leaadership kept cowardly silence.
    This is your own cowardice and confusion that is responsible for the alleged slump in Palin's popularity.
    Appart from that, to quote the communo-fascists tolls of propaganda as a plausibe sources of opinion on a public stand is just laughable.
    I have the impression that you Dick have joined your collegues from the "establishent" in looking for any pretext to push Palin out of the race.

    • Mainely Steve

      Bob,
      As I was reading this stupid piece from everyones favorite political whore, I was thinking of a response suitable enough to match my anger. I don't have to, you did it for me. Thank You. The only thing I would add is that this is the same guy who told us the Repubs. would take 100 seats in the house and control of the Senate.

    • ajnn

      The only jews that were offended were the elitist bozos for whom their last attended religious service was theirbar-mitzvah'.

      Only 'faux-jews' were offended.

      (i) Palin hit the nail on the head with her metaphor. This IS a classic 'blood-libel'.

      (ii) 'blood libel (and attendant lynch-mobs) are not a 100% european phenomenon. The Muslims have been lynching jews for 'blood-libel' claims for centuries. one well-known example is the '1849 Damascus Blood Libel' lynchings.

      I know that one because the Muslims destroyed the world's oldest Bible (the Aleppo Codex) in that lynching.

    • vladdy

      Bravo!

    • Joanie68

      You are correct. Very poor article by Morris and I wrote to him on his Facebook page asking for a reply but he did not reply.
      He is talking like part of the Establishment for sure and needs to get on the side of Tea Party Patriots, the TRUE commonsense Conservatives, not just those who "manage" candidates.
      Palin's not presidential? Was his Bubba presidential with Monica? Has Obama been presidential the past few years? No way. I want Palin's type of honesty.

  • Bob the Aussie

    Sorry Dick. As much as I respect you, this aprticular take on Palin is one of your crappiest and nonsencical ever. Palin's response was extremely dignified and measured. She has been waiting long enough patiently while the accusation were piled on her and almost the entire "Conservative" leaadership kept cowardly silence.
    This is your own cowardice and confusion that is responsible for the alleged slump in Palin's popularity.
    Appart from that, to quote the communo-fascists tolls of propaganda as a plausibe sources of opinion on a public stand is just laughable.
    I have the impression that you Dick have joined your collegues from the "establishent" in looking for any pretext to push Palin out of the race.

  • BLJ

    I agree that Palin would be better off not responding to these losers. However, this woman has been attacked by these cretins virtually non-stop since she came on the national scene. If she was a Dem or a liberal I am sure the MSM would be howling.

  • zsqpwxxeh

    Thank you, Dick Morris. Brilliant strategy for Palin. It might even work for you as well. Give it a try.

    Take the High Road and shut up.

  • Bob the Aussie

    The other part of the story is your ridiculous appraisal of Obama's stand. That traitor was keeping the deliberate silence while his propaganda machine was grinding Palin to the ground, with your own (I mean the GOP's leadership) cowardly acquiescence.
    There is no doubt that you will be most happy to have Palin pushed aside therefore it is convenient to you that the Letf is doing the dirty work for you.
    Those statemants about your alleged sympathy for Palin and your alleged "recognition" of Palin's political pheneomenon cost you nothing. They are as cheap as they are worthless.
    I'm sure that Palin will recover from that slump but I'm not sure that the GOP's nomenklatura will rebuild its moral stand.
    Those weasely, furtive jabs made at Palin by you, Krauthammer, Rove, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Huckabee and the slimy silence of Romney are the best indication of the GOP's intellectual and moral implosion.
    You the least quallified to judge Palin's behaviour.

  • Bob the Aussie

    P.S: Apology for my not so perfect English. It is entirely self-taught. However it doesn't make me to love America less.

  • Bob the Aussie

    P.S: Apology for my not so perfect English. It is entirely self-taught. However it doesn't make me to love America less.

  • Bob the Aussie

    I disagree BLJ. As we all know very well, Bush rtied to be above "that all" and never bothered to respond to the smear campaign conducted against him by the American communo-fascists.
    How has it worked for him?

    • BLJ

      Bob the Aussie. Personally I would like to her husband kick one of those pinheads butts. I would even put my money on Sarah.

      The problem is that she faces a double standard and the more she responds the more she will get. I think if she just ignores these tools then in the long run she will benefit.

    • Underzog

      Excellent point, Bob the Aussie.

      There is nothing wrong with Sarah Palin fighting back against the Stalinist smears leveled before her. In fact, it is nauseating to demand that she not do so from both the Left and the Right.

      Nor does the Left play Palin "like a fiddle." They have a foam-at-the-mouth hatred for her. It is what Ann Coulter would describe as the Goldstein effect (named after Goldstein in 1984).

  • Bob the Aussie

    Yes, I've been looking for the righ phrase; TSUNAMI OF HATE. That was tsunami of hate that has been unleashed on Palin while you were silent…

  • Bob the Aussie

    And the last (possibly) observation: Palin, no matter how brilliant, genial, honest an skilled she is cannot win alone against the entire Obama's propaganda machine while being repeteadly stabbed in her back by the quasi-conservative weasels.
    No one can.
    Even Reagan wouldn't survive in todays enviroment and even Reagan didn't face the sets of problems of such a magnitude that Palin would face if she won the Presidency.
    There is no replacement for her though. No matter how dilligently will you be looking for the substitute.
    The idea that all those cowards and back stabbers caving in to Obama could take on Putin, Ahmadinejad, Hu Jin Tao or Chavez is just laughable.
    The latest incident confirms that Palin is the only one capable of rescuing America from the abyss.
    And only then my own, even more cowardly, Eunuchalia shall follow…

  • Renee Rogers-Perry

    @Bob The Aussie, said of Obama "deliberate silence while his propaganda machine was grinding Palin to the ground." made me cheer. He is right on about that. Has anyone else commented about Obama's silence when his minions talk the trash while he stands aloft as if he is not culpable for what they say? Hogwash! Glad I am not the only one who recognizes this tactic Bob! he is one devious perpetrator of comments through his sources!

    • BLJ

      Obama is the worst thing to happen to this nation since it's birth. He is an American hater and worships at the altar of Marxism. To expect him to do anything honorable is a fantasy.

  • Robert From Sarasota

    You are 100% correct. Palin is her own worst enemy. She has no experience in communications and is easily "tripped up". But for me, her VOICE needs to be worked on. I would rather listen to fingernails being pulled down a chalkboard than hear her piercing screeches. In my opinion, she should just concede that she is not Presidential material, and just be a force to help elect persons who know, understand, and will abide by the Constitution. She can be a big help in getting out the vote.

    • zsqpwxxeh

      1) "Palin is her own worst enemy." This after years of vicious attacks and threats to her and her family.
      2) "She has no experience in communications." This after innumerable speeches, broadcast commentaries, interviews, press conferences.
      3) "She is easily tripped up." Like during the latest Tucson hate-fest, when she fell flat on her face after being accused of inspiring homicide and America laughed at her.
      4) "Her piercing screeches." Sounds just like Hillary Clinton, huh? Dumb broad.

      You're about as politically tone-deaf as Dick Morris.

    • vladdy

      One wonders from what worthy perch a person would stand on to look down and "analyze" Palin's capabilities. No experience in communications? Well, I suppose other than a degree in it and two years of constant coverage and responding, along with speaking to crowds of thousands and probably extra polishing since she has been in the spotlight, no, she has no experience.

      "pierceing screeches" is getting perilously close to the kind of conservative-female hate the left indulges in. I'm sure you have a comparable phrase to describe Obama's pompous tone and that you have spoken up about his lack of "experiencein communications."

      I, for one, like her voice. She is authentic. She is real. She is American. She is assertive, while at the same time, not setting herself on a thrown from which to criticize the "little people." She speaks my language.

      Your PDS is showing.

  • wolf

    You mean her get out the vote screeching is ok?

  • refudiateobama2012

    Morris seems to believe that the people who didn't like Palin's response actually read or heard it in its entirety. The media told their listeners and readers only two thingsabout her statement: 1. She was playing victim 2. She offended Jews by her use on "blood libel".

    Palin's statement was solid and if I may say, presidential. Her tone was perfect and her words were solid. Morris' comments make me wonder if he took the time to watch her video.

    • refudiateobama2012

      One other thing. Palin didn't single herself out for defense. She defended the Tea Party, talk radio, the people of Arizona, and everyone else who had been maligned by the media.

    • ajnn

      The only jews that were offended were the elitist bozos for whom their last attended religious service was the 'bar-mitzvah'.

      Only 'faux-jews' were offended.

      (i) Palin hit the nail on the he4ad with her metaphor. is IS a classic 'blood-libel'.

      (ii) 'blood libel (and attendant lynch-mobs) are not a 100% european phenominon. The Muslims have been lynching jews for 'blood-libel' claims for centuries. one well-known example is the '149 Damascus Blood Libel' lynchings.

      I know that one because the Muslims destroyed the world's oldest Bible (the Aleppo Codex) in that lynching.

  • gah

    Morris' big problem when discussing Palin is: it appears that he has not bothered to read either of her books, he doesn't seem to have read any of her op/eds or other Facebook notes, he probably hasn't listened to any of her interviews since 2008, and it is glaringly obvious that he didn't watch the 8 minute video during which the 2 seconds of "blood libel" came from. He reads all the anti-Palin BS circulating on the internet, probably calls a few other talking heads, and them comes up with stuff like this.

    I would be willing to bet that 99 percent of those bashing Palin over her response never watched the entire video, or read the transcript of her address.

  • http://dukas.net dukas

    I think Moe is right. She showed us on facebook, but the seasons change, now she must transend.

  • no1grandma

    Palin is head and shoulders above the politicians, pundits and propaganda media because she does fight back… for all of us. Her straight and heartfelt postings make her that complete rarity, an honest citizen politician. Suggest the Rinos, leftists and old guard (including but not limited to you, Rove, Newt, Bush family) lamestream media stop giving useless advice to the conservative women leading the Republicans out of the wilderness. To all of you…sit down and shut up.

  • phaenestia

    Dick, please save your comments. Apparently your are part of the blabbering crowd who would wish SP to get out from the politcal scene.. Too obvious your opinion seems to me is based on what your cohorts think.

  • diamondmair

    Mr. Morris, if I may recommend, check out HillBuzz – Rush Limbaugh's reference to "the Babes of HillBuzz" notwithstanding, they are a group of gay men who campaigned for Hillary in 2007-2008 – Kevin, the heart & soul of HillBuzz, is now engaged in stiffening the spines of conservatives, in that "we" aren't going to take the attacks from "liberals/progressives" lying down anymore. The 'high road' is all well & good when both sides play by the same rules; in case ya hadn't noticed, "libs/progs" have been setting the rules {and changing them as they see fit} for the last 30 years or so.

    As Øbama told HIS followers, "if they bring a knife, you bring a gun" and "get in their faces" – that seems to be the only manner of 'dialogue' libs/progs comprehend; of course, THEY'VE been the schoolyard bullies for a long time now – it's WAY PAST TIME for the rest of "us" to stand up to them. Sarah, Kevin, and in my own small way, me, are doing that – the vast majority of Americans are becoming fed up with L/Ps telling "us" how to live our lives – and Sarah is doing on helluva job letting it be known.

    I guess what I would request of YOU, and all other folks of conservative leanings, is that if you can't say something nice about Sarah, don't say anything – she has more intestinal fortitude and love of this nation than any combination of Cocktail Party/soggy cucumber & mayonnaise sandwich Republican "insiders". {And I'm being NICE here; as a former woman Marine, I COULD get much more …………………………. colorful …………………………… in my writing.}

    Semper Fi'
    DM

  • Vern

    What utter nonsense. What’s she supposed to do, just let them tear into her and not respond? If her poll ratings went down because of her response to those scurrilous charges then the people being polled are a bunch of idiots. If you are any kind of a leader you respond yourself, you don’t send lapdogs out to do your work for you. That’s the what all the idiots in Washington do now. As governor of Alaska Palin said what she was going to do and then she did it. That’s the kind of politicians we need, not someone who sends lackeys like Morris out to do their dirty work for them.

  • chiefEngineer

    Very short term thinking. It was being “above it all” that encouraged the Left. They only understand force and pain a countermeasures. If the Americanis Boobisus cannot support someone of honor and guts than Sarah can sleep at night knowing that she stayed true to her values.

  • PhillipP

    Can't wait to hear what she has to say about her husbands involvement with a prostitute. Maybe she'll be quiet about that.

    • Underzog

      Am I supposed to believe that Todd Palin preferred sex with that ugly woman over Sarah and even paid for it?

      I expect the Lib/Commie smears and psychological warfare to be better than that. I'm disappointed.

    • Angelo

      what crap….!!!!!!! where is the proof.???????????

      • The_Lord_Regent

        It's a case of transference. PhillipP is talking about his own husband's romp with a barf-tackular prostitute.

    • vladdy

      How much are they paying your for spreading garbage? Whateve it is, not enough. Uneffective..

    • Jim

      What about Obama's closet homosexual romps?

  • davarino

    I remember in the early days of Rush when the left were constantly hammering him and picketing him. He would respond and needle them and point out their comedy which would egg them on even more. Eventually they realized all they were doing was giving Rush free face time and popularity. The more they hit, the more Rush gained. I think to stay silent and take it only causes her and other politicians to fade into obscurity and allow the left to feel they have succeeded. If Dick is right then Palin has still done the repubs a favor by putting the conservative message out there which few repubs are doing, but if the opposite is true then she will only gain in popularity and be a force to be reconed with. I think she is honing her skills and two years from now will be a hammer. I love her for having conviction and standing up for what is right, just like Reagan

    • ajnn

      Morris' point is that Limbaugh and others can doi that because they are in the entertainment business where any publicity is good publicity. Palin is in a different business

      • davarino

        Ok then, how well did it work for George Bush to sit and take it and not respond? Let me say that I respect Dick Morris and believe he has great political insight, but I am afraid that there are those in the repub party that are working to undermine Sarah. Either way it works out for all of us for her to keep doing what she is doing. If she disqualifies herself like what Morris is saying then she still has gotten the message out and been the battering ram, and goes on to entertainment. If on the other hand she is successful with the current strategy then she is the most popular, most understood, and I say will have defeated her critics.

  • dirtybird

    Like my father used to say… If you get down in the mud with a pig, you end up looking like a pig yourself. The difference is that the pig likes it.

  • Liberty

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't……I'll take damned if you do…. every time…..
    Go Sarah!

  • Veralto

    When the slanderer is allowed to freely demagogue all things conservative, it can only mean that the conservative movement believes the slander. Sara Palin had every right to respond to the tsunami of libelous slander from all corners of the blamestream media and their left-wing followers. To not do so would be tantamount to agreeing with them.

    I was disheartened by Dick Morris' parroting that the use of "blood libel" is somehow incorrect in this instance. If that term has any meaning, this was it. The entire conservative movement was libeled, and Sara Palin was the only representative to stand up put the left-wing in its spot.

    • ajnn

      The only jews that were offended were the elitist bozos for whom their last attended religious service was the 'bar-mitzvah'.

      Only 'faux-jews' were offended.

      (i) Palin hit the nail on the head with her metaphor. This IS a classic 'blood-libel'.

      (ii) 'blood libel (and attendant lynch-mobs) are not a 100% european phenominon. The Muslims have been lynching jews for 'blood-libel' claims for centuries. one well-known example is the '1849 Damascus Blood Libel' lynchings.

      I know that one because the Muslims destroyed the world's oldest Bible (the Aleppo Codex) in that lynching.

  • paulmari

    Get with the program Dick and admit it – Sarah is the real deal!

  • Lightning Jack

    Firstly, there is no such word as "Blood Libel" in Webster's, The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, or Garner's Modern American Usage, or any other American dictionary that I know of. I could be wrong, but so far there appears to be no universally accepted or published American grammatical definition for this term.

    Therefore, irregardless of the fact, that the term did originate back in the early part of the century and was used to falsely accuse Jews of using the blood of innocent victims in their religious practices, it was never given an official definition as such in the context of American grammar, usage or style.

    One would think the "Hooked of Phonics" quislings in the liberal media, especially CNN would at least know how to check a dictionary to verify a word or phrase of someone they wish to falsely attack or smear.

    Therefor, Sara Palin was perfectly justified in using the term "Blood Libel" to accurately defend herself and describe the liberal media's attempt to libel her personally for the blood of innocent victims murdered in the Tuscon tragedy.

    If Dick Morris, as well as many other Palin critics could have researched this, they would have discovered that it was they, not Sara Palin who did not understand the true stylistic meaning of the word.

    • ajnn

      The only jews that were offended were the elitist bozos for whom their last attended religious service was the 'bar-mitzvah'.

      Only 'faux-jews' were offended.

      (i) Palin hit the nail on the head with her metaphor. This IS a classic 'blood-libel'.

      (ii) 'blood libel (and attendant lynch-mobs) are not a 100% european phenominon. The Muslims have been lynching jews for 'blood-libel' claims for centuries. one well-known example is the '1849 Damascus Blood Libel' lynchings.

      I know that one because the Muslims destroyed the world's oldest Bible (the Aleppo Codex) in that lynching.

    • scum

      One wonders why SP would use the term if there's no real definition for it. LOL LOL
      Ah, I love the stench of Neo-cons fighting in the morning.

      • zsqpwxxeh

        Smells like…scum.

    • alan g

      I truly think that morris is trying to look out for Palin. I’ve seen him on many show’s. He is a strategist, not an opponent of Palin. Clearly, whenever Sarah palin speaks up for herself or for whoever, the only things that gets publicized are the snippets that can be used against. What can be more clear than the “blood libel” comment. Palin fans like us know what she meant. But the publics perception is determined by snippits. It is unfortunate but true. Morris understands that, and I think that deep down inside we fans understand that too. If I had a choice, I would want Morris to be her advisor. She may not always listen to him, but at least she would know what to expect.

  • vladdy

    The whole "blood libel" thing (and probably the essay by Morris) is part of the left's "rhrow everything against the wall and see what sticks" tactics.

  • genesis

    remember it's not just Palin got attacked by the left, they attacked Rush, Tea Partiers, Sean and others as well. This is why I admire Palin more, she does not act (or not act) based on whether or not it helps her presidential bid, she is willing to get her hands "dirty" to help a friend. On that regard, this woman is very presidential to me, and for sure she is beyond most of the politicians in Washington, if not all of them. There is indeed a disconnection, between people like Palin who care about honor, and the ones who only have the perspective of political calculation.

  • RAM

    Is this in essence Morris offering his professional makeover services to Palin-as-candidate?

  • Amused

    How long are people going to support the DELUSION , that Palin's going anywhere in 2012 ?

    As for anything that jumps out of her mouth , it's all irrelevant , whether or not the left or right put their spin on it .,…..she's good for tv shows ,and that's it . Oh and just so SOMEBODY says it , Palin's use of the specific term BLOOD LIBEL , just shows how utterly dumb she really is .