Since penning an op-ed piece for the Wall Street journal, Sarah Palin has once again become the target of the liberals. But add one prominent group of liberals to the list: the Obama Administration. Ben Smith of Politico reports:
...the White House has... chosen specifically to focus on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and evidently to make her the face of the opposition, or to respond to her ability to project herself into the debate. She is the only Republican named in the talking points.While some liberals are in convulsions and others reacting like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" after having holy water thrown on her, many in the mainstream are watching the sparring match with questions about the left's depiction of Sarah Palin.
Having failed miserably at smearing her, portraying her as a lightweight and rebutting her political arguments, liberals and the Administration are making the grave mistake of elevating her to the level of their biggest threat. Not only is the left making the biggest mistake of this election cycle, they may end up helping Palin get to the White House in 2012 should the public perceive her as the opposition leader.
Liberals make themselves look simply childish and silly when, rather than writing intellectually honest and well though out rebuttals to Palin's papers on Obamacare, they are responding with sophomoric intellectual elitism, claiming that Palin is not writing her own work and that her ideas and statements are coming from ghost writers rather than herself.
It's normal, since Palin is writing a book, that she gets writing and literary advice in the process. This is common in the world of letters and not to be seen as something that diminishes the writer. Writers have editors whether they are authors or columnists. Many who write for a living or use their writing to bolster their resumes often have their work reviewed and grammar or structuring corrected. Would the liberals consider Palin unworthy because she uses "spell check" as a crutch?
The fact of the matter is Palin's positions are hers. Liberals tread into deadly waters when they underestimate her or personally attack her. Poli Gazette says "Progressives/liberals must be asking: What good are the malicious, dishonest smear campaigns if the target keeps coming back even stronger than before?"
Even in the legitimate political arena of ideas, liberals risk elevating Palin to a more relevant position than they would like to by mistaking how high up the food chain they should go in debating her. By not leaving the debate with columnists and bloggers and instead releasing a White House talking point making her the face of the argument merely crowns her as a queen. Those in public relations know that bad press is better than no press. The fact that now that the the pundits will be mentioning her name frequently tonight is more important than the content of their analyses.
UPDATE: Sarah Palin addresses this point on her Facebook Page:
One last thing: after President Obama's speech tonight, listen for which pundits use the words "false", "scary", and "risky" in describing the proposals I put forward. That's how you'll be able to tell who the White House counted as "allies" worthy of receiving its talking points.END UPDATE
Media lies began last night on Keith Olbermann's Countdown when Shannyn Moore stated that Republicans were running from Sarah Palin as fast as they can. This comment was made shortly before Jim Demint went on Greta Van Susteren and vigorously defended Sarah Palin's position, hardly the run or the distancing that Ms. Moore claimed on the frequently factless Olbermann show.
The President and his supporters are going to have to swallow their own medicine as they watch their "messiah" and his "press secretaries" and "ghost writers" over at MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, Washington Post, The New York Times and Newsweek get drown out by the voices of average ordinary Americans in the blogosphere, on talk radio and on Fox News. Fox viewership continues to increase proportionally to the way President Obama's approval ratings are falling leading many to think that those losing confidence in the president are now moving to Fox for their news.
If the Administration was smart, they would ignore Palin and try to soft sell a series of smaller bills that first address concerns with the insurance industry and then move through the other issues individually. The public does not want big government. No matter what Obama tries to sell tonight, if it is government run, it will not get support. This is not only Palin's position, but the public's position as demonstrated in the poll numbers on health care reform.