The media’s Palin obsession jumps the shark

Unbelievable. The New York Times and the Washington Post are both soliciting readers to help them read and find dirt in Sarah Palin’s 24,000 e-mails as governor.

As the Daily Caller puts it:

NYT, WaPo give up even pretending to be news organizations.

And Allahpundit comments:

An unusual example of media efficiency. There’s a huge new supply available of her e-mails as governor and an eternally huge demand among Palin-hating liberals for new dirt on her. If you’re a cash-strapped editor, why not match one to the other and let the market do your work for you? Palin derangement is like the wind, or the sun: All the media has to do is harness it to provide a limitless supply of productivity.

And she’s not even a candidate!

What could be better proof that liberals are sick people who live on hate?

What an irony, that the very election that put Bush’s successor in the White House and removed that supreme liberal hate object from the center of national politics, elevated an even greater liberal hate object in Bush’s place.

And consider this. Over the last week Palin’s Paul Revere comment has been the subject of extended debate, with people taking one side, others taking the other side, the first side coming back with counter arguments, and so on—all about a single unimportant historical comment by a person who is not even a candidate. If Palin with an insignificant passing remark when she’s not even a candidate could suck this much oxygen out of our political system, try to imagine the insanity (you can’t—it’s unimaginable) that would be engendered by a Palin presidency. This is why it would be a disaster for the country if she runs, a disaster if she wins the nomination, and a disaster if she wins the presidency.

As I said on May 20:

Today RCP quotes Sarah Palin saying:

I think my problem is that I do have that fire in my belly. I am so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.

Sarah, PLEASE get rid of that fire—which you yourself, in a Freudian slip, call a “problem.” Have an iced drink. Go for a nice cool trek on the North Slope. I’m not saying that you have nothing to contribute to politics. But your main effect on politics is to generate massive burning torrents of irrational love and irrational hate. PLEASE don’t run.

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John Hagan writes:

With Gov. Perry possibly on the verge of entering the presidential race I suspect Palin can now bow out with dignity. She was a big Perry supporter in his last re-election run for governor of Texas. A Perry run gives her the perfect out without harming her future political prospects.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 09, 2011 08:29 PM | Send

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