Chasing Sarah: The Boys Behind the Bus

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As my friend and blogging colleague Doug Powers put it: “Reporters whining about Palin are like kids who can’t reach the cookie jar because she keeps moving it.”

For more than two years, Palin-bashing journalists (on the establishment left and the right) have mocked the conservative supernova while milking her for headlines, circulation, viewership and Web traffic.

They lambaste her as trivial, while obsessing over her shoes, glasses and hair — and turning one of her misspelled words on Twitter into Watergate.

They label her a grievance-monger for calling out media double standards and then kvetch, moan and wallow in a pool of self-pity when she doesn’t spoon-feed them coveted political scoops.

They call her dumb and then run around in circles trying to figure out her “mystery” tour and blame her for “faking them out.”

They blast her for incompetence, but grudgingly acknowledge that she is a master of social media who has changed the rules of the presidential campaign game.

The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta griped that “reality TV star Palin” was “treating pol reporters like paparazzi — needing and hating, inviting and making chase.” Perhaps Franke-Ruta needs a reminder of what a truly parasitic press-pol relationship looks like. I have stacks of Obama 2008 profiles exulting over his glistening pecs and soaring oratorical skills, followed by countless spurned-lover laments from reporters disappointed about the control freaks who stage-manage his every press appearance.

What makes Sarah stand out in the national GOP field is that she is beholden to no one and controls her own destiny. She doesn’t need media kingmakers to make her. They need her. She doesn’t need newspaper or TV producers to drive her story. She drives them. Crazy.

The unhinged reaction of the Palin-hating convoy reveals what its attendants fear most: a politician who doesn’t fear them.


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  • tagalog

    My favorite Palin Bus Tour moment was when the MSNBC guy got all hot and bothered because he was afraid that she might be displaying the American flag from her bus for the purpose of making financial gain from it.

    Hey, dude, look at the Obama logo…

    Maybe if she had burned the flag at each stop of her bus, that would have been OK to MSNBC.

    • Toa

      Heard about that today- ROTFL….That's known as "any old port in a storm". That poor guy must've been as desperate as Andrea Mitchell was in '09 when she was trying to shove through the crowd to confront Palin with the (gasp) "SHAMEFUL" Newsweek cover she was featured on. The look on Andrea's face as Sarah laughed at her was unforgettable.

  • mlcblog

    Brilliant as usual, Michelle. Thank you.

  • voted against carter

    Reagan was an actor for 20 years BEFORE he became a politician. 

    This is one reason he was able to LOOK so in control (which he ALSO was) 

    He understood the theatrics of politics better than ANYone else at the time. 

    Keep the message simple and easy to understand. 


    Reagan WAS a MASTER politician, there is NO denying that. 

    To day we MIGHT be witnessing the birth of the NEXT MASTER politician in the Reagan school. 

    Altho it remains to be seen in that she might not run,.. and America will be poorer for it if she does not. 

    All I can say is Carter / Reagan 1979. 

    And we ALL know just how THAT worked out thank God. 

    The Leftwing nut LIBRATARDS know in their bones that Sarah Palin,… 

    IS Ronald Reagan ALL OVER AGAIN. IT TERRIFIES them to no end. 

    ESPECIALLY the ones who are OLD enough to remember Reagan. 

    So they are trying with EVERY thing they have to,… 

    destroy her in a pre-emptive strike. 

    If you have heard ANY of her recent speech's, you understand. 

    Sarah Palin REALLY IS the real deal. 

    Not some pre-packaged made up configuration like their hero Barry. 

    The Left senses this and has reacted like expected. 

    IF she runs against barry in 2012,… 

    She WILL CRUSH him with indisputable numbers. 

    Compared to barry she is Exactly what America will NEED to repair 

    ALL of the damage wrought by the Dumb-O-cRATs and barry and his UNION masters. 

    This is ONE MORE REASON America NEED's Sarah Palin NOW more than EVER. 

    And I can NOT stress this enough,… 

    Sarah Palin IS ONE of the ONLY women IN the REPUBLICAN PARTY,… 

    With the "B A L L S" to tell Barry and his UNION masters,… 

    AND the Dumb-O-cRATs to SHOVE their agenda were the sun does NOT SHINE!!. 

    PALIN / BOLTON 2012 


    Barack Obama 2012? 

    then “YOU may want to think about a TRADE-IN.” 

    PALIN / (Fill in the blank) 2012

  • voted against carter

    Sarah Palin is the MOST FEARED conservative out there as far as the left is concerned.

    JUST LOOK at how much the LIBRATARDS are going out of there way to trash her.

    IF she was NOT a THREAT would They be saying anything??????

    They KNOW Sarah Palin IS electable,…

    AND IF she runs against barry in 2012,…

    She WILL CRUSH him with indisputable numbers.

    Rush is RIGHT about the establishment Republicans ALSO FEARING SARAH

    All the "serious" (sarc) pundits feel this way too. WHY else  would they go OUT of their way to trash her.


     they are all peeing in their pants at the thought of her running.

    Remember,.. the MORE they say how easy she will be to beat or how stupid she is etc,.. 

     one word.


  • Optimus Maximus

    Sarah is truly the real deal. I can’t decide who ticks me off more, the MSm thattrashes her in every story, or the RHINOs that constamtly proclaim she is unelectable such as Krauthamer, Rove, etc. They constantly underestimate her intelligence and abilities. Go Sarah!

  • Crazyhorse

    Go Saraha Go,and pick up a few on the way-Tom Toncredo,Alan West,while you are at it..