Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rogue Diva Does It Again

UPDATE XII: What candidate, of which party awash in grievance, self-pity, resentment, and anger, impervious to facts or logic, might win 2012 presidential election? Read The New York Times, She Broke the G.O.P. and Now She Owns It, for the answer.

UPDATE XI: Who does Peggy Noonan, political conservative and former speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, call "the most careless sower of discord since George W. Bush, who fractured the party and the movement that made him?"

Noonan says this person is "out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn't say what she read because she didn't read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn't thoughtful enough to know she wasn't thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence . . . She makes the party look stupid, a party of the easily manipulated."

Read the Wall Street Journal, A Farewell to Harms, for the answer.

UPDATE X: For a remarkable exchange between John McCain and Sarah Palin, the erstwhile mavericky twins, in bites of 140 characters or less, read The New York Times, Sweet, Tweet Revenge.

UPDATE IX: Several lengthy but good articles on The Rogue Diva. Read Time, The Outsider: Where Is Sarah Palin Going Next? and The New York Times, What’s Sarah Palin’s Political Future?

I predict that she will earn a lot of money in the next 18 months, build her network by campaigning and fund raising for other Republican (notice I didn't say Republi-con because I'm trying to be serious here) candidates, run for the presidency, and lose, possibly the primary, but probably the general election in 2012, unless the unemployment rate remains above 8-9%, and if it does, she might just win the elections. That's my prediction, and you heard it here first. In any case, it is going to be an interesting campaign.

Gentlemen, and Lady, let the campaign begin.

UPDATE VIII: As I suspected, Palin realizes that it is time to cash in. Read the Washington Post, Gold Rush In Alaska.

BTW, there is nothing wrong with the decision. Obama did the same thing by cashing in on his fame and popularity after his speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. And look where he ended up.

Tune in Friday when I discuss why I might support Palin in 2012.

UPDATE VII: Now we know, she quit because she is not a quitter. Really, I'm not making this up. Read CNN, Palin: 'I am not a quitter; I am a fighter.'

Reminds me of her support for the bridge to nowhere, before she didn't support it.

How do you know when a politician is lying?

As another veritasphobic politician, she should make a good president.

UPDATE VI: More seriously though, is it time to cut Palin some slack? Read the Washington Post, The Establishment's Palin Panic.

I agree with Kristol, Palin has a fascinating story not unlike Obama's. And I also agree with Kristol that the source of Plain's problem(s) aren't the Naive-crats, but her own party's establishment that "fears and even loathes Palin."

UPDATE V: As I noted below, one reason she quit was to cash in on a book deal. She better hurry though, before CollegeHumor finishes the film version of what might have been had McCain won:

UPDATE IV: More analysis of why Palin quit. Read Time, Why Sarah Palin Quit: The Five Best Explanations, which lists the most important factors that Alaska insiders say went into Palin's sudden decision.

Probably the best explanation yet.

UPDATE III: Was Palin popular because she was an "ordinary citizen who [took] on the elites" and represented "the democratic ideal — that anyone can grow up to be a great success story without graduating from Columbia and Harvard." Read The New York Times, Palin and Her Enemies.

UPDATE II: The FBI says it is not investigating Palin on public corruption charges.

In the meantime, the analysis of her speech continues. Read the Washington Post, With Palin, Keep Your Eye on That Audible.

The speech reminds me of the criticism of her tired cliches, random jargon, and catchphrases she had been coached to repeat, often resulting in nonsensical answers and gibberish during the election.

If you can't get enough of her mangled syntax, then revisit the Sarah Palin Quotes Generator 24/7, and hear insightful comment and analysis almost as inspirational as the real thing.

UPDATE: Still don't understand why Palin will quit. Read The Daily Beast, Palin Resignation: 11 Theories Why.

Why will the Rogue Diva quit her office early? The media was unfair. People were filing ethics complaints against her. Bloggers (and late night comedians) were saying mean things about her. She didn't want to be a lame duck. The state would be better off without her. Those are some of the reasons she gave.

She will build her network for 2012 by campaigning and fund raising for other candidates.

But I think the primary reason she quit is to cash in with a book and some speeches, maybe a little paid commentary on not-the-FoxNews, before she loses the 2012 Republi-con primary.

For more on this interesting development, read The New York Times, Now, Sarah’s Folly and Sarah’s Straight Talk.

Brilliant move, or dumb, dumb, dumb; only time will tell.

Why do you think Palin quit?