Monday, November 16, 2009
* Just watched Oprah. I think that is the first time I have ever watched her show from start to finish. The last time too, unless she has Sarah on again sometime.
I think Oprah was surprised by Sarah. It was almost as though her thoughts were, “This isn’t what I expected. She’s really very nice.” The expression in her eyes changed as the show progressed from “I’ll get you” to “Hmmm.. not bad” and I think Miss Oprah has a lot of things to think about now.
Obviously, I don’t expect she’ll do anything about it – but that’s not the point. She knows she handled the situation badly prior to the interview, and that’s all we can expect from Oprah. That and tacky shoes. *
I just watched the snippet of Bahbah Wahwah’s interview with Sarah on Good Morning, America. I never watch that show, and now I remember why.
One of their “reporters” said that she’s gotten emails from the McCain staff purporting to tell the “truth” about the difference of opinion between “Going Rogue: An American Life” as written by Sarah Palin. The one that jumped out at me was the one the reporter said was in connection with Sarah’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
I apologize that I can’t remember the exact wording of the email they said was from Sarah, but it went something like this:
“Why should we give them an interview and boost their ratings.. “
I’ve heard something like that before, haven’t you? If I’m not mistaken, that is what Sarah questioned the campaign about doing the Katie Couric interview – not the SNL bit.
I can’t wait to hear the whole thing so I can be sure of what I heard. I’ll update this post after I do.
What a great week this is going to be! Sarah……. EVERYWHERE!
By Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts
Governor Sarah Palin was on Oprah today to kick off her the book tour for her first book, Going Rogue: An American Life. It was the first time since at least college I’ve sat down to watch a show. Some thoughts & highlights:
- There was no snubbing, that was something that was overblown by the media. Governor Palin said that during the campaign she wasn’t aware of the controversy, she said, “no offense, but you weren’t the center of my universe at the time.” Oprah confirmed that she never asked to come on.
- It was a fair interview with questions covering Bristol’s pregnancy, how she was handled during the campaign, the Katie Couric interview, election night, Levi Johnston, & 2012 aspirations. No policy discussion, but I didn’t expect that from Oprah.
- Governor Palin seemed pretty at ease with the only exception being when they were discussing Levi Johnston.
- I appreciate the way she handled Johnston. Saying she’d rather not comment. She seemed to me more disappointed and in her words “heartbroken” by the choices he was making and was being handled. She said that he is heading down an unhealthy road. She was mostly conciliatory in her comments saying that she continues to hope for the best and that she prays for Levi. She also said he needs to know that he is loved.
- She flatly denied that Levi and Bristol ever lived together, and that many of his claims (Vanity Fair piece of fiction) were inconsistent. She again pointed to the fact that he is a teenager is being mishandled.
- She was very transparent about when she found out Trig was going to have Down Syndrome and how she broke that news to Todd.
- She said that her interview with Katie Couric was bad. She said that she was annoyed by the questioning (we only saw a few minutes of hours of taping), and that “it wasn’t professional to wear her annoyance on her sleeve.” Which is why she didn’t list what she read because the question annoyed her – she did say looking back she wish she did to avoid the controversy that ensued. She did say that if the Couric interview was the only way people got to know her that she wouldn’t “blame them for thinking I was not qualified or well prepared.”
- Oprah sent a crew to her home in Wasilla on Halloween, that was a great video showing some behind the scenes in the Palin home. It reinforced that they are a mainstream family, which is why so many relate to them.
- She was very complementary of Todd and talked about the strength of their marriage, and at the end of the interview that she wouldn’t have been able to get through the challenges she has faced if it wasn’t for “God and Todd.”
- Regarding 2012, she said it wasn’t on her radar, but when Oprah asked, “If you were planning on running would you tell me?” She quickly said no. She said right now she’s thinking 2010, so it’s safe to say she’ll be out stumping for conservative candidates.
- Oprah says that Going Rogue was “fascinating read.”
In all I think it was a great interview, and I think will be a positive for her with some who may have been on the fence.
Columnist Walter Shapiro predictably helped to launch a Palin Derailment movement today with his article: "How Palin Could Win the 2012 GOP Nomination." You can read his article here: SHAPIRO But I would encourage you not to waste your time.
Shapiro, like many other columnists and politicos are speculating on how the numbers game will turn out for the 2012 election. To wit: "...This is Palin time whether you believe that she is "The Divine Sarah" (as Sarah Bernhardt was once known) or the 21st century version of Barry Goldwater who will lead the Republican Party into the abyss. True believers stress her megawatt incandescence and her Facebook leadership of the conservative tea-party movement at time when all other Republicans seem pallid. Skeptics scoff at the hoopla and argue that the Republican establishment would never nominate someone who, according to a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll, 71 percent of voters describe as "not qualified to be president.."
CNN/Opinion Research poll?
His analysis is quite correct if you assess the political winds according to politics as usual. But what he and the "inside-the-beltway-genre" do not get yet is that it is no longer politics as usual. Never mind the Town Hall meeting crowds. Don't even take into consideration the "House Call" turnout last week, called out by Representative Michele Bachmann. And forget about the massive 1.2 million Washington D.C. turn out in September, and the Conservative Constitutional Convention happening at this very moment.
Newton Gingrich has also tried to spin the various movements into another "contract with America." But he doesn't get it either.
When has anyone seen this kind of turn out, this kind of involvement, this kind of grass-roots organization by any political group in recent history? Even Ronald Reagan did not have a grass-roots movement such as this. I am leaving out the Barack Obama Presidential campaign, because that was driven by a candidate, with all the attendant rhetoric, big money and campaign promises that go with a campaign.
In fact, It is quite the opposite. The Conservative movements have no candidates. The movement is driving the candidates. If New York 23 told any tale, it was, that if you want the grass roots Conservative support you had better be the Conservative that talks the talk and walks the walk. Hoffman of NY23, a complete unknown, nearly beat his well-known Democrat Opponent, and in fact, the votes are not all in yet, and the outcome of that election might still change due to absentee ballot inclusions.
In typical Beltway Zombiness Shapiro expounds, "But Palin would not be a lucky fringe candidate who won a caucus or two; she would be a universally known charismatic figure who could beat the party establishment in this conservative state." (South Carolina). Get that? "Universally known charismatic figure."
According to Shapiro-politics-as-usual dynamics, Sarah Palin's possible candidacy has nothing to do with how accurately she represents the Conservative Movement's agenda. Shaprio, Beltway, & Co. are stuck in the National Socialist Obama Mesmerization campaign mode.
What the National Socialist Democrats, the "Moderate" Republicans, and their mouth-pieces don't get, is that if Sarah Palin fell on her head and suddenly started spouting liberal rhetoric, the Conservative Movement would shift its focus to someone who would represent them. They don't get that it's not the candidate.
It's the Constitution, Stupid.
Talk aimed at dissecting where Governor Palin is and is not going on her Going Rogue book tour started as soon as she released the schedule. Talking heads have been bobbling with chatter about what they call an avoidance of big cities like New York and Boston. J. Robert Smith, in an American Thinker article, does some dissecting of his own.
While none of us can pretend to read the governor's mind, or know her future plans, he does offer an interesting assessment of her chosen tour stops. He calls it "Sarah Palin's Walmart Strategy."
What's notable about Sarah Palin's book tour, which starts midweek, is where she's not going. She's not going to L.A. or New York, Boston or San Francisco. She's going smack dab to the middle of the country. Fly-over country, liberals call it. And it's a shrewd move, not only in selling books, but positioning herself for a presidential run in 2012, if she chooses.
It's a strategy right out of the late Sam Walton's playbook: go where there's demand and the competition ain't. Walton, who could have run and won political campaigns, built Walmart into the behemoth it is today by opening his discount stores in small towns in the heartland, towns that the eight-hundred pound gorilla K-Mart ignored.
Walton conquered the discount retail category from the heartland out. He didn't so much as clobber K-Mart as steal a march on it. Palin may just prove that a heartland strategy does more than sell blenders and books. It's the foundation for winning a national election.
Make no mistake, right now, heartlanders (and heartlanders in spirit) are feeling awfully ignored by Washington politicians. The president and Congress are intent on ramming through a health care reform measure that an ever-increasing majority of Americans oppose. They're spending as if using someone else's credit card (in fact, the people's); they play Americans for dupes by calling an old-fashioned pork barrel bill an economic stimulus; and, for toppers, President Obama is playing Hamlet about Afghanistan, thus putting brave soldiers there at greater risk every day.
What Palin will bring to places like Noblesville, Ind., Washington, Pennsylvania, and Fort Bragg, N.C, is her brand of popular conservatism: upbeat, optimistic and certain. It really is an offshoot of the Reagan brand. And the Reagan brand has its roots deep in the American character.
Sam Walton once said:"Each Walmart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community."
The same holds true for politicians' relationships to citizens. It's not happening now in America. Sarah Palin has the opportunity to change that for the better.
Is it possible Governor Palin is employing Walmart's strategy of reaching out to heartland Americans whose needs had been largely ignored until then? J. Robert Smith says yes. Read his entire article here.
(h/t Ray - SarahNET.net)