Posts Tagged ‘Game Change’

The Renewed War on Sarah Palin

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Proving the Media Contradiction

Predictably, the media is playing up HBO’s Game Change, but it really doesn’t matter in the sense that it’s rehashing of the same old broken narrative about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  On the other hand, with Barack Obama’s outfit hurling excrement, and no shortage of establishment Republicans joining in the mix, I wonder if I’m alone in noticing that for a woman who has been declared “irrelevant” more times than Newt Gingrich’s campaign has been declared “dead,” Gov. Palin seems to draw attention from the left like nectar draws hummingbirds, but fortunately, they have the brains to match.  What never ceases to amaze me is how unfailingly revelatory the left is when they pick out their political target du jour.  They always signal who it is that threatens them most.  Two weeks ago, it had been Rush Limbaugh, and now[again, or still] it’s Sarah Palin.  Some of this is clearly due to the premiere of this insanely dishonest movie, but she’s more than a target-of-opportunity:  Sarah Palin lives rent-free in the minds of leftists everywhere, because she is everything Barack Obama is not.

When Gov. Palin talks about energy, she puts this hapless President to shame.  He offers excuses, but she offers solutions, and while he denounces the idea of “Drill Baby, Drill,” he has no actual answer apart from claiming the economics isn’t economics, and that the laws of supply and demand have somehow fundamentally changed.  He offers that there’s no point to drilling, since it will be years before we will see a result, but at the same time, he takes credit for drilling operations commenced before he arrived in office in order to support the claim that we have more oil production now than when he took office.  Of course we do, but it has nothing to do with his policies, and the proof of that lies in the fact that most new drilling is on private property, and not on leased government lands.  If you ask President Obama, he’ll tell you there’s no need for more drilling, but he won’t even let us build a pipeline, the Keystone XL, that could have been bringing oil to our refineries in eighteen months.   She predicted the inflationary effects of QE2, and the debt into which Barack Obama would lead us.   In fact, everything she has said about Barack Obama has been right on the money.  It’s no wonder his crew at Obama for America put out an anti-Palin rant.  He can’t withstand any scrutiny alongside her.

Of course, it’s bad enough when Obama and his shills goes after Governor Palin, but it’s worse when even some of the GOP establishment types join in the “fun.”  To see the reaction to some establishment types to the movie Game Change merely buttresses the point:  Much like the Tea Party and the conservative base of the Republican party, Sarah Palin is faced with a two-front war.  She can’t merely defeat the talking points of Democrats and lefties, because that’s to accomplish only part of the job.  Just like the rest of us, she is faced with confronting a Republican establishment that would prefer she just go away.  Andrew Breitbart described these people as “eunuchs,” but they’re significantly worse than that term implies.  I now consider them to be a fifth column that has merged with Washington DC ‘s permanent political class and engages by willful calculation in the smearing of genuine conservatives, including particularly Sarah Palin.

The latest smears on Governor Palin  come from two basic sources, one being the Hollywood friends of Barack Obama, but also the permanent political class that undermined her in the 2008 campaign.  Steve Schmidt, Nicolle Wallace, and others from the 2008 McCain campaign are trying to rescue their own reputations, and if it takes deceit, and fiction, they’re willing to go all the way. What becomes more striking, however, is the effect she still has on their thinking despite saying in October that she would not run for the GOP nomination.  There’s been much talk about a brokered convention, now a real possibility, and because this is the case, the GOP establishment as well as Barack Obama are worried that somehow, some way, Governor Palin will emerge from that process as the party’s nominee.  It’s true that Game Change would have come out now either way, but let us not neglect the reality that were both of these groups not so fearful of Sarah Palin, there wouldn’t be any reason on Earth for Obama for America to gin up an anti-Palin ad, or for the Huffington Post to run an absurd story based on the brokered convention speculation of the author of a guest submission on Conservatives4Palin.

Think about that for a moment, and let it sink in:  The left has a preternatural fear of Governor Palin, to the extent that when a guest to a website submits a post that references Sarah Palin and a brokered convention in the same sentence, the assumption is made that somehow, Governor Palin is behind the scenes, working her “evil plot” to take over the Republican party.  It’s laughable on its face, but it tells you something about the loosely-hinged minds that concoct all of this.  Geoffrey Dunn’s piece on HuffPo is a perfect example of this continuation of Palin Derangement Syndrome(PDS.)

Case in point?  Dunn can’t wait to explain what a bunch of morons the folks at C4P have been, but the problem is that he validates one of the arguments he can’t wait to rebut.  In criticizing Nancy Laboente’s guest submission at C4P, Dunn make the following statement:

“Labonete’s polemic continues by arguing that Palin is the only candidate who can withstand the “Alinksy attacks” during the election; Palin, she argues, is the lone Republican who has “the smarts to throw the media into a convulsive tizzy and still have her message ring out loudly and win the argument.”

Here’s the problem:  Sarah Palin hasn’t written this article, and already the media(witness Dunn himself) are frothing at the mouth over it.  “Convulsive Tizzy?”  Geoffrey Dunn: Check!  Dunn is the author of The Lies of Sarah Palin.  Admittedly then, he’s been in a convulsive tizzy for some time.

Of course, that’s just the leftist phalanx talking.  They’re so thoroughly deranged by Palin that they can no longer see it.  I once asked the question:  “How do you convince a person who is not in their right mind that… he isn’t in his right mind?”  Over in the semi-rational camp, and I use that term guardedly, Nicolle Wallace appears Sunday on This Week with Stephanoloulos to tell us that she thinks the movie Game Change is basically true:

“One of Sarah Palin’s top advisers said today that HBO’s “Game Change” was “true enough to make me squirm,” despite Palin’s contention that the docudrama about her rise to national stardom during the 2008 presidential campaign was a “false narrative.”

Let’s be blunt, shall we?  Schmidt and Wallace have a clear interest in defaming Sarah Palin.   If they can shift the blame for the result of the 2008 campaign from their own backs and throw Governor Palin under the bus, they’ll improve their prospects, because in truth, it was the performances of these geniuses who engineered the 2008 McCain defeat with the suspension of his campaign.  Remember, these people are part of that permanent political class that circles Washington DC like vultures.  They may move out for a time, but eventually, they come back, if indeed they ever leave at all.

Ladies and gentlemen, the DC political class is a center-left assemblage of people whose profession it is to assist in governing you by shaping your opinions.  It’s known as public relations, in polite circles, but to say that they’re “mercenary” is an understatement.  Consider Nicole Wallace, whose mentor had been Mike McCurry, press secretary for Bill Clinton.  Then she went to work for George Bush.  If she had her way, she’d probably work for Obama now, but then again… Her husband Mark, also a McCain campaign adviser, is another Washington DC insider who served as an Ambassador to the UN under George W. Bush.   In other words, this is the class of people who goes to Washington DC, makes a mint, and never really leaves, even if their locale changes.

This is why I believe the problem we face as conservatives is the same problem Sarah Palin faces:  She’s not part of their club, and both the left and the GOP establishment simply want her, and us gone.  It’s not the first time I’ve noted that the same people who repeatedly array themselves against all things conservative are the same people who line up against Sarah Palin, and the theme has become predictable.  If we do manage to get that sort of candidate one day who will be up to the task of disassembling the mess in Washington DC, it will surely be somebody like Sarah Palin, if not she, but if that day ever arrives, we conservatives had better grasp the nature of the fight.  It’s a war with two fronts:  One the one, we have the left, that opposes us as deadly enemies; on the second, we have the GOP establishment that wants us gone.  Between them, they share a permanent political class that will always seek to undermine real reform, because their own necks are on the block.  It’s for this reason that real conservatives know Gov. Palin is relevant, and in some ways, more now than ever, particularly against the backdrop of Barack Obama.   All that you are seeing from the media with their self-contradictory narrative of the “irrelevant” Sarah Palin is simply more evidence that they know it too.

In unrelated Palin news, Bristol has a new blog site.


Blame Change: HBO’s Fiction Busted

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Simply Fictional

Stacy Drake has a detailed and excellent piece over on about the ridiculous HBO movie “Game Change,” that portrays Gov. Sarah Palin as a loosely-hinged, catatonic, desperate candidate in its re-telling of the 2008 Presidential campaign.  Drake debunks the narrative, in part by comparing the time-stamps placed throughout the movie with what went on in reality.  Through Drake’s impeccable research, it’s clear that the time-stamps and the movie are purely fictional.  I haven’t seen the film, as I don’t get HBO, and wouldn’t pay $0.50 per year for all the swill they air, but what’s remarkable about this film is not how poorly it portrays reality, but apparently that they didn’t even try.  Instead, from all reports I’ve read, what viewers will see is a fantasy story as told by leftists through the eyes of the man most responsible for the failure of Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidential bid:  His own campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, portrayed by Woody Harrelson in the movie.

I suppose that’s the price of trying to rebuild one’s reputation.  Schmidt was willing to give Hollywood the kind of story it wanted, and the sort of narrative it needed to further propagate its institutional view of Sarah Palin in particular, but all conservatives in general.   Schmidt was apparently willing to spin his fantasy in order to recover his reputation, but the simple truth is that what sunk McCain wasn’t Sarah Palin – she almost saved his campaign – but instead the awful advice of Schmidt.  It was he who advised John McCain to suspend his campaign when the financial crisis erupted, telling McCain he should shut things down long enough to go to Washington DC, propose and push a solution, and then ride out of town to restart his campaign as the conquering hero.  That was the substance of Schmidt’s great idea, and it flopped, miserably.

You can’t botch a campaign that looked like it had a decent shot at winning without people immediately beginning to wonder about incompetence or sabotage, and it was against these charges that Schmidt created his fanciful narrative about Palin being less-than-ready, and barely held-together, and as an emotional wreck incapable of holding things together.  Of course, Hollywood couldn’t wait to turn that narrative into a film, because it suits their own preconceived notions about who Governor Palin is, what she is like, and how she performed.  Other than Schmidt and his apologists, nobody from the McCain-Palin team actually supports this portrayal, but that didn’t matter to producer Tom Hanks.  He had another agenda, and that is the destruction of Sarah Palin.

What you learn from this entire fiasco of a film(more from its making than from its viewing) is that the left and the GOP establishment, and the permanent political class of Washington DC are most frequently willing to work together where their interests intersect.  For the left, portraying Governor Palin as a loose canon and an emotional wreck, along with being uninformed on issues of national import serves a narrative they wish to create not merely for 2012, but for all times.  Since the campaign of 2008, when they noticed her power with the electorate, they have been out to destroy her, and the left has gotten no shortage of assistance in this endeavor from the GOP establishment.  When the film was being made, they were expecting Palin to enter the 2012 race, and they timed its release for what they thought would be the moment in which they would take her down.   She had the temerity to confound their plan by not running.  Ooops.

Of course, Schmidt is more interested in trying to re-make the narrative to portray himself as basically the only hero in the story.  In one sense, it’s self-serving, but in another, it’s pure self-preservation because what most political analysts understand is that it was his strategy that sunk John McCain, and not the choosing of Sarah Palin as his running mate.  This means that while the Game Change plot may help to apply some salve to Schmidt’s bruised ego and reputation, it won’t be among the serious political strategists among whom he would consider himself a peer.  It’s bad enough to louse up an election, but what is inexcusable is to try to blame it on the only person who actually did anything to save the McCain campaign.

Stacy Drake sums it up well in her debunking of the Game Change lie:

“The sources used by HBO to sell this notion that Palin is “unstable” have no credibility. That didn’t stop them from running with it because as many have pointed out recently, they themselves have an agenda. The timing of this film was originally designed to harm Palin in this year’s presidential contest, but she decided not to run.”

“So the left had to settle for trying to harm any future political aspirations she may have in the future. They want to define Sarah Palin for the country, and they want people to believe that she is unstable, therefore, unfit for office.”

“This won’t work, however, because what they claim transpired in Philadelphia never happened. The timeline of real events prove the cruelest of lies to be false.”

Game Change, the movie, made to smear Sarah Palin.  Game Change, the narrative, was created to rehabilitate the reputations of self-serving politicos.  If you’re going to watch this, be advised that it’s a work of pure fiction, and the beneficiaries are the same people who brought you Barack Obama.  All of them.


Sarah Palin in the Belly of the Beast with Chris Wallace – Video

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

In the Belly of the Beast

On Sunday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared in studio with Chris Wallace to discuss her speech, and also the primary race in the Republican party.  Wallace asked her to identify the establishment, and she did, but I found it delightful when she described being there in Washington DC as being “in the belly of the beast.”  While I am certain the Govenor probably wasn’t including FoxNews in her characterization of Washington DC, given the direction of Fox News lately, I really couldn’t agree more, even if she had.  As usual, she was not going to be pigeon-holed by media, and she turned each question back around on Wallace, who was clearly digging for the answers he wanted, rather than the ones she might give.

Here’s the interview, courtesy of FoxNews:

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An excellent interview, in my estimation.  There’s a reason that she remains the grass-roots choice.  Wallace two minutes of the interview by trying to ambush her with HBO’s movie, but he finished by talking about her article about Trig.