Mama Grizzly’s got a brand new bag—and some new fans
Guess who has an article praising Sarah Palin, or at least treating her ideas with intrigued respect? The New York Times. In her speech in Indianola, Iowa, last weekend, says the Times, “she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment—left, right and center—and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.”
She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).” … to arrive in Washington of modest means and then somehow ride the gravy train to fabulous wealth.”
She—she—dares criticize Washington politicians for that? She, who converted a vice presidential nomination into multimillions?
It’s disappointing that you fail to see a distinction between Palin, who chose to profit as a reality TV star and author, and sitting representatives who sell their offices to become rich.LA replies:
She instantly converted a vice presidential nomination into a media career that made her a multimillionaire. She even abandoned the only high political office she had ever held to pursue the financial opportunities given to her by the vice presidential nomination.Scott in PA writes
By praising her “devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment—left, right and center,” they are obviously enticing her to run as an independent, thereby assuring the re-election of their Messiah. They’re also signaling that they would provide her favorable coverage. Might work. Can’t fault them for not trying, no matter how transparent the scheme.James P. writes:
I expect that the NYT and other liberal propaganda organs will increasingly seek to exacerbate the split between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment. Giving Palin respectful attention does exactly that.LA replies:
You were kidding. But I’m sure that’s the sort of argument Palin’s supporters will use.Bill Carpenter writes:
Looks like the same thing the press used Bachmann for. Build up Palin to take attention from Perry and Romney, and Bachmann, and as you say, to wedge the Tea Party and the Republican party. Since the NYT is part and parcel of the unaccountable (not to say inimical) elite, it is rich that it would present such accusations with feigned benevolence.Laura Wood writes:
I agree with Scott.John Dempsey writes:
You wrote:LA replies:
I would say that the difference is less important than the similarity. The similarity is that she rode public office to wealth. She instantly converted a vice presidential nomination into an extremely high-paid media career, and even abandoned her political office in the middle of her term to take the maximum advantage of the financial opportunities opened up to her by her vice presidential nomination. I’m at a loss to understand how anyone could defend that.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 09, 2011 09:08 AM | Send