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December 22, 2008

PALIN WANTED MORE MEDIA TIME.... Opinions may vary, but looking back at the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin seems to have an unusual idea about what went wrong for her.

Palin told Human Events' John Gizzi she would have fared much better if she ... wait for it ... had done more media interviews.

GIZZI: What was the biggest mistake made in the '08 campaign?

PALIN: The biggest mistake made was that I could have called more shots on this: the opportunities that were not seized to speak to more Americans via media. I was not allowed to do very many interviews, and the interviews that I did were not necessarily those I would have chosen. But I was so thankful to have the opportunity to run with John McCain that I was not going to argue with the strategy decisions that some of his people were making regarding the media contacts?

But if I would have been in charge, I would have wanted to speak to more reporters because that's how you get your message out to the electorate.

Now, as I recall, Palin seemed to run into trouble when she started doing media interviews, so I'm not sure if more airtime would have helped (unless she has a "practice makes perfect" approach to answering substantive questions).

But I was also struck by Palin's admission: "I was not allowed to do very many interviews." I suspect everyone understands this just fine, but I'd really like to ask the governor: why do you suppose this is?

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Meanwhile, I think it was NBC who coined the word "Palinized" to describe how Caroline Kennedy is not being allowed to do more interviews. I'm guessing, however, that she would be able to answer, "What do you read?" or "Are there any Supreme Court decisions you disagree with?"
As for Palin, I don't even remember anything she said as she answered questions at the turkey farm, but it was certainly an interesting diversion.

Posted by: Danp on December 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

She's quite right - if she had done more interview, the result would have been even better . . . for the Democrats. I hope so much she runs in 2012!

Posted by: Orange Refugee on December 22, 2008 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

If I remember right, Snow Bunny would routinely blast the 'filter of the mainstream media' each and every chance she could get at her rallies. She would always get a rise from the bitter, gun clinging crowd every time she mentioned that she was so cool because she doesn't let the bias of the media interfere with her bringing her message direct to the people.

They really weren't McCain rallies after all; people who waited in line for hours would leave if she wasn't scheduled to make an appearance.

And every sit down interview she did have, she totally botched. She likes to blame Charlie Gibson or Katie Curick for her moronic answers that she gave, but it clearly showed how she attempted to think on her feet, yet she talks out of her ass.

Posted by: Amad on December 22, 2008 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, we need our Palinological fix from time to time. Well it would be interesting too, just who was not "allowing" her to do these interviews etc. Sure, obvious staff types but Palin is supposed to be so strong willed and there are interesting conflicts between her people, McCain's people, and others.

BTW, Bristol's baby was due a couple days ago more or less, and some are wondering just what's really cooking in that oven so to speak. If you want stuff that seems tin-hatty but from a sober-sounding guy, check Andrew Sullivan's pounding on the baby/s-gate issue (he's been rough on lots of chicks lately, though.)

Posted by: Neil B (B for "Baal"!) on December 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

[...]if she had done more interview, the result would have been even better... for the Democrats -- Orange Refugee,@14:57

You betcha! I find it amusing that, OR couldn't help himself/herself and corrected Palin's (inevitable?) grammatical blooper. What she actually said was:
[...]if I would have been in charge, I would have wanted to speak to more reporters[...], not "if I had been... I would have"

PS. re "Orange Refugee"... Yeah, all those months here, and I still feel like libra-in-exile (hence exlibra) too. Still miss the old Carpertbagger...

Posted by: exlibra on December 22, 2008 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

She is referring too heavily scripted theatrical productions hosted by right wing hacks.

Posted by: Michael7843853 on December 22, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

"I was not allowed to do very many interviews" - I suspect everyone understands this just fine, but I'd really like to ask the governor: why do you suppose this is?

Wrong end of the telescope - Guv P is looking forward by looking back. More media time (if that was possible - I got as sick of her mug as I'm sick of Bush's, now Blago's) more media time would mean more momentum for the 2012 race.

Of course, Sister Sarah sees what she wants to see and disregards the rest, mm mmmm mmmmm.

Posted by: GuyFroimOhio on December 22, 2008 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

But if I would have been in charge, I would have wanted to speak to more reporters because that's how you get your message out to the electorate.

I also seem to remember someone complaining about the "media filter" getting in the way of what she really wanted to say. So even from her skewed perspective, more "media interviews" would not have helped her chances at all (because, you know, they were all "in the tank for Obama" etc.).

Posted by: chuck on December 22, 2008 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

"[M]y reliance on seeking God's direction in all that I do -- that is good enough for me. And others who have a different worldview and different strategy on messaging and such, I would like to have the opportunity to prove to them that my gut instincts were going to be quite adequate."

(from further down in the interview)

She just follows God's plan- those worthless devil worshippers on McCain's team screwed her all up!

Posted by: Personal Failure on December 22, 2008 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Bush seems to have started a cottage industry of incompetent governors who think they are qualified to become President. I wonder why that is?

So far we have Palin, Huckabee and Blogoyevich looking forward to the run for office in 1012. And as bad as each of them are, somehow I doubt that they are the worst of the governor class ready to try.

Who do these governors think they are? Senators? - Every one of which seems to see themselves as the next President?

Posted by: Rick B on December 22, 2008 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

"practice makes perfect" approach:

Had a boss once (Texas Aggie) who said, "practice does not make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect."

He was an ex-high school coach.

For Palin, it would not have gotten any better.

Posted by: Roger on December 22, 2008 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

I have to quote Kevin Drum on this one: Sarah Palin is not the future of the Republican party; she's the future of ours.

More interviews! More airtime!

Posted by: DH Walker on December 22, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

I know what is up with Bristol' Baby: Christmas day is the day of the Virgin Birth. I suspect that this is the story that will be "leaked" (a reference to Water Breaking?) and our young Levi will be exonerated as the Biological Father. That One (no, not Obama), God The Father is The One. Watch for Bristol Sightings in Crop Circles and tortillas. Pilgrimages to these holy places will become MSM headlines. You Betcha!

peace,
st john

Posted by: st john on December 22, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Palin's actually right about this. She's reasonably attractive and has a strong personality, so if she'd done a whole bunch of interviews there would have been enough decent/acceptable performances to drown out the true debacles. That the Gibson and Couric interviews were the only ones she did for an extended period of time magnified their effect.

Mike

Posted by: MBunge on December 22, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

so if she'd done a whole bunch of interviews there would have been enough decent/acceptable performances to drown out the true debacles.

I'm not so sure about that. I guess "decent/acceptable" is relative.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on December 22, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

"I was not allowed to do very many interviews, and the interviews that I did were not necessarily those I would have chosen."
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I truly believe her handlers sabotaged the campaign. The old adage about giving her just enough rope to hang herself seems just about right. The Gibson and Curick interviews, the shopping sprees, SNL, and letting her practically inciting riots when she gave her stump speech.

Had they kept her on Fox for interviews and off the Ayers/Hussein non-sense the election would have been closer if not victorious for them. She never realized the energy she created at her rallies were votes her party already counted, she never tried to appeal to the non-committed.

Posted by: ScottW on December 22, 2008 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sure this hasn't ever crossed her mind, but maybe she should develop some sort of coherent vision and set of policy proposals before she tries to get more media attention or take advantage of the next "open door". But that's assuming she wants to do anything but gain more power and attention for its own sake. Another bad assumption.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on December 22, 2008 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

Allan: I'm not so sure about that. I guess "decent/acceptable" is relative.

You may be right. The cops who beat Rodney King got off after their defense lawyer played the videotape over and over again about 1000 times, desensitizing the jury to the blatantly obvious.

Now, I'm not saying Palin is the political equivalent of a glaringly straightforward, clear depiction of something horrible. Wait, yes I am.

Posted by: DH Walker on December 22, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Evita Palin wants to stand on a balcony, and not be bothered by pesky investigative questions about the Bush Doctrine.

Posted by: RememberNovember on December 22, 2008 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

Allan: I'm sure this hasn't ever crossed her mind, but maybe she should develop some sort of coherent vision and set of policy proposals before she tries to get more media attention ...

Or run for office?

Posted by: DH Walker on December 22, 2008 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

You know, maybe if we stop talking about Palin, she'll go away. I know, it's always good for a laugh, but I'm still embarrassed that she was actually a VP candidate of a major party. Let her just fade into the obscurity of being governor of Alaska. And with oil prices down, a Democratic Congress unwilling to subsidize Alaska, and her own incompetence, we won't be hearing from her in 2016. She's a one hit wonder without that one hit.

Posted by: fostert on December 22, 2008 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK


Is Palin living in some alternate reality or what? She's either a complete moron or she's so used to lying continuously that she doesn't know the difference anymore between reality and god knows what fantasy that's running through her brain.
Sarah your a full grown woman. You were running for vice president. You not the handlers. You make the decision whether or not to talk to the media. What. Was somebody holding a gun to your head telling you when you can or cannot speak.

Posted by: Gandalf on December 22, 2008 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

That the Gibson and Couric interviews were the only ones she did for an extended period of time magnified their effect.

Actually she did interviews with Cavuto and someone on radio. They were complete softballs, and she strung together unrelated clauses with zero substance. Her interviews after the election were the same. Not knowing anything is a problem, no matter how many interviews you do.

Posted by: Danp on December 22, 2008 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

This appears to be our year for shockingly delusional governors. Between Palin's faith in her own speaking skills, Arnold's argument that he'd make a great president after the damage he's done in California, and my own governor's belief that he still has a career outside of making Illinois license plates, I'm wondering if they served psychotropic cocktails at the 2008 Governors' Conference.

Posted by: shortstop on December 22, 2008 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

If I remember right, Snow Bunny would routinely blast the 'filter of the mainstream media' each and every chance she could get at her rallies. She would always get a rise from the bitter, gun clinging crowd every time she mentioned that she was so cool because she doesn't let the bias of the media interfere with her bringing her message direct to the people.

I wonder if she's trying to make nice with the media now in readiness for her next run. For bonus To Die For points, she smacks McCain and pretends it was he and his campaign staff who were the problem.

Posted by: shortstop on December 22, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Palin said "I was not allowed to do very many interviews, and the interviews that I did were not necessarily those I would have chosen."

She would have chosen to do easy FoxNews interviews, and radio spots with Rush and Hannity. The MSM would stop complaining that she had so little airtime, and the interviews themselves would have gone well. I think she's right; it would have helped her a lot.

Posted by: Jesse on December 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

DanP: ... she strung together unrelated clauses with zero substance.

It's really breathtaking, isn't it? It's all non-sequitur, bits of verbiage packed together with empty filler phrases. You can only listen to a run-on stream-of-consciousness river of meaningless prepositional phrases before your eyes just glaze over. She's like a cuttlefish hypnotizing its prey.

And people think she's a gifted speaker? I mean, thinking the moon landing was faked, I can understand. But this?

Posted by: DH Walker on December 22, 2008 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

But I was so thankful to have the opportunity to run with John McCain that I was not going to argue with the strategy decisions that some of his people were making regarding the media contacts?

Why does this sentence end with a question mark? It's the same way on the Human Events site. Just a typo on HE's part or did she raise the tone of her voice at the end of the sentence, forgetting that she was not actually asking a question?

Posted by: TG Chicago on December 22, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

More interviews would have helped her, if and only if she had the following caveat: No follow-ups.

That was what killed her with Couric.

Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?
Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
Couric: What, specifically?
Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.
Couric: Can you name a few?
Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, "Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?" Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

Or consider the Gibson interview:

GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine? PALIN: In what respect, Charlie? GIBSON: The Bush -- well, what do you -- what do you interpret it to be?
PALIN: His world view.
GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.
PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership, and that's the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.
GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?
PALIN: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.

Without the follow-ups, it wouldn't have been nearly so interesting. In the debates, she would have gotten even more slaughtered if Gwen Ifill had been able to muster a single follow-up - she Ifill saying that Palin "Blew me off" during the debate.

More interviews would have been fine - either with sympathetic Fox news types who would only ask helpful follow-ups or with mainstreamers who can't or won't follow-up. Otherwise, she could have done what she did reasonably well: generalist talking point spew.

Posted by: Fides on December 22, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Ahh... this might answer my question:

GIZZI: Will you run for higher office, such as the U.S. Senate from Alaska in 2010 [when more moderate Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s seat is up]?

PALIN: That’s not in my sites. There’s so much to do as governor.

Apparently Human Events needs a better proofreader.

Posted by: TG Chicago on December 22, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, I think more interviews might have benefited her. There would have been more embarrassing quotes, disagreements with McCain positions, and general evidence that she didn't really know what she was talking about, but public perception was already that she was an idiot, so I don't think that could have hurt her. However, more interviews would have let people inclined to get past the idiot thing be swayed by her personal charisma. In other words, allowing people to bask in her folksiness probably would have endeared her to more people than the additional evidence of incompetence would have hurt her.

Either way, I doubt it would have affected the campaign much, either way. But it would have been a boost for the Cult of Palin.

Posted by: Royko on December 22, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

Palin's classic conservative poor-pitiful-me sense of victimhood aside, her handlers in the McCain campaign used her pretty well.

She was brought in to the campaign to appeal to the neo-brownshirt, lunatic-fringe, right-wing extremist dittohead base. And for the most part, the campaign made sure that Palin's toxic message of ignorance and hate was narrowcasted to that audience with appearances on Fox, right-wing talk radio and of course the rabid audiences at her rallies.

The last thing the campaign wanted was for Palin's message to reach mainstream voters. They allowed her no more appearances than absolutely necessary in the so-called "mainstream" corporate media with its larger and more varied audience, and they basically turned those disastrous interviews to their advantage, using them to reinforce the dittoheads' belief that Palin -- like themselves -- was being "victimized" by the "liberal media".

Palin probably did bring some of the Republican "base" voters to the polls who otherwise would have stayed home.

The problem for the McCain campaign was simply that this year, in this election, getting out the vote of the mental slaves of Rush Limbaugh was not enough for them to get close enough to steal the election with voter disenfranchisement and fraud.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on December 22, 2008 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

Hawking a loogy

One of these days Team McCain is going to get tired of the Pitbull bitch drooling this slop on them...

Until that time comes...
The drool isn't drool,-- it is spit.
And it is aimed right into McCain's eyes.

Smile old boy... because you can bet, another Palin loogy is on the way.

Posted by: koreyel on December 22, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Palin probably did bring some of the Republican "base" voters to the polls who otherwise would have stayed home.
She absolutely did, they said it many times in posts and letters etc.

Posted by: Neil B (B for "Baal"!) on December 22, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

Enough with Palin!!!

I notice you still have men saying, "oh, she's gorgeous, and she has nice tit."

Well guys, get a clue. With the help of push-up bras & breast implants, I would say, yeah.

Trust me, the woman has 4 hoodrats & 1 baby with down-syndrome & she's in her forties!
trust me, the tits are suffering from low self-esteem, and low confidence that's why they should be sagging.

Give me a break, you think this woman has miracle tits? What makes her different from any other woman.

Posted by: annjell on December 22, 2008 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

What makes her different from any other woman.
There are plenty more qualified to lead States or the USA.

Posted by: Neil B ◙ on December 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

Is this Left Blogistan or Freeperville?

Posted by: myiq2xu on December 22, 2008 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

I don't think at this point Palin's comments should be read as an accurate reflection of events during the campaign. Rather, she is beginning the process of recreating the story of Palin. She wants to convince as many people and especially reporters, that she was reigned in by the McCain people, that Sarah couldn't be Sarah.

It's all a stunt to improve her traction for 2012.

Posted by: duder on December 22, 2008 at 9:08 PM | PERMALINK

Opinions may vary, but looking back at the 2008 presidential campaign...
The major problem with the 2008 presidential campaign was the 2008 presidential candidate. Palin added enough to give the media anxiety and heartburn over their boy's prospects, so the usual suspects had to take her down a notch.

Posted by: Luther on December 22, 2008 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

501 Pale Johnson. And if it's a girl, Skinny 518.

Cause of Levi's genes.

Posted by: Bristle on December 23, 2008 at 12:38 AM | PERMALINK

Always fun to watch a failed bimbo too stupid to know she's a failed bimbo demonstrate why she's a failed bimbo.

What's even funnier is the mouth-breathing retards who read/heard that and nod their heads in agreement.

If these people weren't so damn dangerous, they'd be funny as hell, but even now it's fun to point att hem and laugh in their faces at what fools they are.

Posted by: TCinLA on December 23, 2008 at 12:48 AM | PERMALINK

She's not thinking outside the box. Bush could have caught Bin Laden in a month flat if he'd just offered a one billion dollar reward and waited for the, ummm, "market" to sort the problem for him.

Similarly, La Palin could have romped home by promising to become the first VP in history to pose for Playboy. Thirty million guys would have said "ach, how bad could another four years be?"

Actually being interviewed more though? She'd have turned John McCain into Walter Mondale.

Posted by: ally on December 23, 2008 at 6:32 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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