"Shoot to where it's going, not to where it's been," Sarah Palin counsels reluctant daughter Bristol trying to get the hang of shooting clay pigeons in this scene from The Learning Channel's "Sarah Palin's Alaska, taunting "We're not going to stop until you get one."
"I think that the left is not going to like it, NOT because she comes off poorly, but because she comes off so humanly and well," says Melissa Clouther, who attended one of the preview screenings of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," premiering tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on TLC. USA Today reports the show's producer Mark Burnett, "who has dealt with outsized egos of celebrities such as The Apprentice's Donald Trump, says he was surprised by the Palins' casual nature":
"If you knew nothing about the political world, they're like any other relatable family," Burnett says. "They're genuine, fun and, if there's one thing people can take from the show, normal. They didn't take themselves too seriously, which is a nice quality and makes for an authentic show."
"Mom. Take your prom hair back home," Dancing With the Stars sweetheart Bristol gave back in kind. Like mother, like daughter, her own woman. As we wrote a couple of weeks back, even Jon Stewart was smitten.
No surprise to us die-hard types who fell head over heels for Palin's fierce determination and authentic American voice long before the "lamestream media" moved in for the kill, foolishly imagining they'd managed to slay the Mama Grizzly with their fanciful narrative spinfire. Burnett's words call to mind those of Saturday Night Live Executive Producer Lorne Michaels way back in October of 2008 before Palin Derangement Syndrome had fully set in:
"Don't retreat. Just reload," Sarah counsels doubting Daughter Grizzly.
Underestimated "for a while"? We guess it depends upon what your definition of what "a while" is. It's been two years, a nanosecond in terms of the nation's electoral politics but an eternity for us Palinistas who lived through it. Googling back, we discovered that Daniel Henninger had his finger on the pulse of what our betters on both sides of the aisle were up to early on:
The stoning of Sarah Palin has exposed enough cultural fissures in American politics to occupy strategists full-time until 2012. We now see there is a left-to-right elite centered in New York, Washington, Hollywood and Silicon Valley who hand down judgments of the nation's mortals from their perch atop the Bell Curve.
Update: Michelle Malkin Buzzworthy link!
Update II: Sarah's Open Letter is top story on Memeorandum!
Update III: The Powers That Be links in a must-read post: