Northeast Corridor Conservatives still don't get it. Sarah Palin's unorthodox behavior continues to drive them and their fellow travelers on the left side of the aisle to distraction, even as she consults — so Gretchen Carlson of Fox & Friends reported the other day — with the likes of Dick Cheney, Fred Thompson, Charlie Crist and other GOP bigwigs behind the scenes and communicates directly with us fans through Twitter. Roger Simon of Politico explains the disconnect in his playfully ironic hit piece "The sins of Sarah Palin":
Sarah Palin is a sinner. She has violated several commandments and thoroughly deserves the savage beating that she is now getting from political mandarins and media elites …
Thou shalt not upset the pooh-bahs … Doesn’t she know that the highest form of political communication today is to exactly regurgitate a speech written for you by a speechwriter who has crafted, vetted and polled every phrase, line and word?
But listen to Palin. Listen to how “rambling” and “disjointed” she is. Once upon a time in American politics, this was known as being “plain-spoken,” but that time has gone. An entire industry of political consultants has grown up to make sure politicians are never plain-spoken. Sarah Palin does not get this. Which is to say she is not very bright …
Thou shalt pander to the few, not speak to the many … It is only a “certain element” of the party that finds her energizing, fresh, tough and willing to stand up to the mandarins and the media. Clearly, Palin must “grow” beyond that base to win over ... whom?
"When Twitter experiences an outage, users see the 'fail whale' error message created by Australian artist and designer Yiying Lu," says Wikipedia, "a whimsical illustration of red birds [They look orange to us. – ed] using nets to hoist a whale from the ocean. The message reads: 'Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again.'" The image itself has developed a huge and enthusiastic following and has its own online store, as breathlessly described in " How An Unknown Artist's Work Became a Social Media Brand Thanks To the Power of Community." Not to mention the power of unfettered capitalism!
Speaking as a member of that "certain element" reflexively pooh-poohed by the pooh-bahs, we have found 1. Sarah Palin to be refreshingly energizing and authentic from that day last August when she emerged onto the national stage "while pampered liberals slept," as we wrote back then, and 2. Barack Obama to be tediously dispiriting and disingenuous from that day in December of 2006 when he feigned shock, shock at all the attention he was getting after his Oprah endorsement and gratuitously implied that persons like us who do not share his political views are racists. We can report now from anecdotal observation that elitist members of the moribund MSM and their allies in government and academia, desperately trying to keep the dead weight of the Barackian leviathon (see Fail Whale image above) afloat, are losing the ear of the plain-spoken community at an accelerating rate. We used to be able to tolerate the occasional fuddy-duddy on a Fox News panel, but now, even fave opinionator Charles Krauthammer is making our remote finger twitchy.