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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Governor Palin Believes She Can Beat President Obama

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

In a Barbara Walters special, "Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People," set to air on December 9th at 10 p.m., Governor Palin discusses considering a run for the presidency. When asked if she felt she could defeat President Obama, the Governor didn't hesitate. Mary Bruce reports:
Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012, the former Alaska governor told ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"I'm looking at the lay of the land now, and ... trying to figure that out, if it's a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it's a good thing," Palin said in an interview scheduled to air in full Dec. 9 on ABC as part of Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People" of 2010.

Asked Walters: "If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?"

"I believe so," Palin said.

I believe so, too.

When Dealing With the Media in Rome...

- from Patrick's World USA

One used to wonder what the crowd reaction in ancient Rome would have been if the Christians beat the lions, especially given how their media was so biased against the Christians. But, we found out how that would have gone Sunday night when 5 million people cheered for Sarah Palin’s Alaska while the rest of the media was still in shock that she would even dare step into the arena. Despite all the media hits leading up to the airing of the show, the lions never stood a chance.

Renee James at the Daily Caller takes on the modern media by using Parker – Spitzer and Sarah Palin’s Alaska as examples of what’s wrong with the media when people who should supposedly “fade out of the national consciousness” are given a forum from which “you can’t be missed if you never go away.”

A commenter, goldie, stands up for Sarah Palin and calls James’ column “boneheaded.” Yes it is boneheaded to use a piece like that to criticize Palin especially since James is making a more valid point about the game rather than the player. She starts from a good point, but just doesn’t go into why it is that way or why she uses Palin as her example.

There is one cynical point that will always saddle this blogger’s otherwise positive forward looking nature: we are an American Idol society. It is not the dealer, but rather the user who is driving up the demand for this kind of media drug.

The American people are resilient. They respond to adversity well. They help their fellow man. They desire the best for their families and friends. But if there is one thing that will cause me to stumble into the room of intellectual elitism, if only but briefly, it’s that the American people are dumb as stumps when it comes to what they watch on TV.

We can take down kings, kaisers, communists, emperors and fuehrers. We can build the best products. We are faithful – we go to church and believe in God. We join hands during times of national emergencies. But put us in front of a television set and it’s moron time at the zoo.

Many would rather be immersed in the fantasies of daytime soap operas than dealing with the realities of their own problems. They escape by watching movies where buildings blow up and people are covered in soot and blood, but quickly forget the reality of what happened on 9/11.

Maybe they’re just watching the wrong “reality.” There’s nothing wrong with reality TV. I love watching sports. The competition is real. I watch the news. The news is real. I watch the weather. The weather is real. Americans can call what they watch reality TV, but what they’re watching is really fantasy TV. They’d rather be on the Jersey Shore than in Sarah Palin’s Alaska. That’s the problem.

More young people today get their news from Stephen Colbert than they do from regular news outlets. They get their opinions of celebrities and politicians through tabloids and from the late night talk shows more so than by actually meeting or seeing them in person, researching them properly or even seeing them as real people rather than the personas that the media try to portray them as.

Getting back to the American Idol society, it’s important to note with no cynicism pushed aside, that reality is reality. Wishing that everyone would stop feeding their brains this junk won’t make it go away. Just being critical or judgmental will not solve the problem. The only way to solve the problem is to infiltrate it and let some of what our side has to say seep in. As long as we walk the earth, we will always have to breathe its air. Let’s start making it smell better.

Since we cannot end the American appetite for mind numbing TV then let’s at least take a look at what is being served and see if we can’t offer something better. We forget that what’s in the idiot box IV bag that feeds the mental bloodstream is not the harmless saline solution it may look like. When taken directly from screen to brain, the concoction of sexualization, glorification of violence and caricaturing of personas and values that results in our passive submission to the views fed to us by a mostly a liberal medium leads us to do and think stupid things – like telling people that Sarah Palin is dumb because we believe she said she can see Russia from her house or voting for Obama because we think he’ll govern as a moderate.

Junk in will always equals junk out. Just as you are what you eat, you are also what you put into your brain. With thousands of channels (it used to be 13, and we all know what Roger Waters wrote about those in the Pink Floyd song “Nobody Home”), there is so much out there to infiltrate the mind. We just need to get more of a market share.

It needs to be explained to Renee James that Sarah Palin’s Alaska exists because of shows like Parker – Spitzer. When Kathy Griffin goes on the rubber chicken circuit to poke fun at the Palins and to talk about Levi’s Johnston, it makes more sense why Bristol Palin is on Dancing With the Stars. Complain all you want about how you hate sword fighting, but don’t use the Palins as an example for your argument if all they’re doing is pulling out their swords to take on an enemy that has already unsheathed.

James complains about the media culture by rebuking its players. But she misses it by not understanding a game that will not go away just because she or anyone else says so. Constructive engagement is the only way to tame it.

Palin's use of the media to reach out to the pop culture and to non-traditional news viewers is as easy to understand as the damage that was done by the late night talk shows and Tina Fey. It also helps to offset the left wing media's caricature of her as shallow. Shallow people don't do all the work that Sarah Palin has done. In a nutshell, Palin's appearances on Fox News, radio shows like Bob and Mark and in her documentary Sarah Palin's Alaska (as well as Bristol's appearances on Dancing With the Stars) is her way of telling the left wing culture taste my nightstick!

It is befitting our American Idol society that Bristol Palin goes on Dancing With the Stars. It is befitting that the writer of a Conde Naste hit piece gets abused on Palin’s show. Regardless of what you think of Renee James’s complaint, the existential fact remains. It’s just a game. All we can do is play.

So when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Just be better at it than they are if you want to win.

For "Mean Girls" Like Lisa Murkowski, Everything's Personal: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

In her latest interview, liberal leaning, mainstream media journalist and anchor Katie Couric spoke with Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska who, after losing a bitter primary battle to Joe Miller, launched a write-in campaign in an attempt to remain one of Alaska's senators. In her interview with Couric, Murkowski remarked that she does not feel Sarah Palin has the "leadership qualities" and "intellectual curiosity" to develop "great policy." She also said, "You know, she was my governor for two years there, and I don't think she liked to get down into the policy." Really, Lisa? Is that the best you can do? It is clear that Sarah and Lisa have always had a not-so-friendly relationship. Even though Sarah is known for working across the aisle and being a successful governor, Lisa does not seem to realize this. Maybe it is because Lisa has held a grudge against Sarah ever sense Sarah defeated her father for the Alaska governorship. It is clear that Lisa still has not gotten over her father's defeat. While losing a hard-fought election can be very difficult, most people learn that it is best to move on and let bygones be bygones in order to work together with the party for the common good on behalf of the people. Although this is a lesson most people learn, it is clear Lisa Murkowski has never learned, or maybe never was taught, this important lesson. We see this in the way she has treated and spoken about Sarah. I believe this has to do with the fact that she and Sarah are two different individuals who, while both Alaskans, have lived very different lives. On one hand, we have Sarah Palin, who rose from humble beginnings and worked her way up, learning nothing ever comes without hard work and dedication. Her phenomenal parents, whom I had the privilege to spend time with last summer in Alaska, taught her the value of hard work and determination. Sarah began by serving in the PTA, then the city council, then as the mayor of Wasilla, and finally as Alaska's first female governor. This is vastly different than Lisa's political journey. When her dad was governor, he appointed his daughter, Lisa, a lawyer who had served in the AK State House, to the Senate. You may remember some of this twisted tale from Sarah's discussion of it in her best-selling book Going Rogue: An American Life. Apparently, when Governor Frank Murkowski called Sarah into his office to interview her for the open Senate seat, he asked if she would be up to the job because she was a mother with young children. Given that this assertion in itself was ridiculous, what was even more ridiculous was that, in the end, Frank Murkowski ended up appointing his daughter, who, in fact, had young children of her own. The rest, as they say, is history. To her credit, Lisa was re-elected by the people after being appointed and has been a Senator ever since.

I am not writing this blog to question Lisa Murkowski's fitness to be a senator. I do not take issue on her fitness for office, for it is clear that she is qualified just as Sarah is more than qualified to hold any political office she desires to hold. What I do take issue with is the statements she has made and continues to make against fellow Republicans like Sarah, Joe Miller (Remember how she questioned his fitness for holding the job of Senator?) and most recently what she said about Jim DeMint, telling POLITICO:

"I think some Republicans in the Congress feel pretty strongly that he and his actions potentially cost us the majority by encouraging candidates that ended up not being electable.... I think there's some folks that feel that DeMint's actions didn't necessarily help the Republican majority.... So the real question is, what's his desire? Does he want to help the Republican majority , or is he on his own agenda, his own initiative?"

What I would like to know is who or what gives Lisa Murkowski the authority to make such comments? Last I checked, she had to resort to running a write-in campaign after Joe Miller, whom Jim DeMint endorsed, beat her fair and square in the primary. It is clear that Lisa Murkowski has this all-about-me complex in that the seat she hold belongs to her, when in reality, it is the people's seat. While it appears that she may end up retaining it when all the write-in votes are counted, it is clear that Lisa Murkowski is a woman who seems to view herself as an entitled individual who can throw insults and negativity around, but just cannot take the fact that she is losing vast amounts of credibility every time she opens her mouth and makes a snide comment.

In the end, when all the votes are counted and a winner is officially named, one thing will remain the same. It is clear that Lisa Murkowski is jealous of the beautiful life Sarah Palin leads. In making these comments the day after Sarah Palin's Alaska aired, it is clear that she is doing everything she can do to discredit Sarah and her ever-growing popularity. What other explanation is there other than to try to steal Sarah's thunder following the show, which was watched by millions across the globe, making it TLC's most watched reality-series premiere ever! It is clear that Lisa's latest shenanigan is a publicity stunt in an attempt to discredit Sarah, but it looks like this stunt has backfired on Lisa and company because many are shaking their heads, wondering why Lisa is getting involved in another woman's life when she has enough to deal with; after all, doesn't she have that whole recount thing to keep her busy? It would be wise if Lisa would start focusing on her own political goals and less on her (not-so-expert) opinion and personal dislike of Sarah Palin.

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