Operation: Stop Palin Gets Rolling
It would be a Rovian nightmare to try to get someone like Sarah elected. While she carries a certain essence of worthiness among a small group of hard Christian right Ur-conservatives, she fails through her large negatives with the rest of the populace. Frum’s piece notes the GOP concerns — but a better policy from my viewpoint would be to ignore her. She has after all had her fifteen minutes and the only reason she remains in the limelight is her populist portrayal of herself, Christians, and “normal americans” as victims. Continuing the focus merely feeds the all consuming flames of her vanity.
Matt Labash’s review of Sarah Palin’s new television show is worth reading, and not only because everything by Matt Labash is worth reading.
The review is worth reading as a marker of an important trend: the Republican establishment’s increasingly frantic search for ways to stop the Palin for President campaign.
Most of the search is happening below the surface of things. You see it in the flow of big-dollar money in every other direction but Palin’s. You catch echoes of it in the anti-Palin murmurs of Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie. And even at Fox, you can watch it in the amusedly disrespectful way that Palin is treated by Bill O’Reilly.