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    Operation Demoralize Is Working

    Operation Demoralize Is Working

    On January 5, 2011, three days before the Tucson shooting, I warned that the mainstream media would mount Operation Demoralize:

    The mainstream media will undertake, and already has undertaken, a concerted effort to blame the Republican House for everything that goes wrong, for not living up to promises, for living up to promises, for failing to compromise, for selling out, etc.
    Do not fall for it.

    Holding the Republican House to its commitments is one thing; falling for Operation Demoralize is something else.

    If you think that the mainstream media is not still 100% in the tank for Obama, think again.

    Keep your eye on 2012. They are.

    I could not have anticipated that the event which would kick off Operation Demoralize would be a mass murder and attempted assassination of a Democratic Congresswoman by a mentally deranged gunman who had no obvious interest in the real world of politics but who clearly was not a Republican in name or otherwise. 

    I also could not have anticipated that one of the leading Republican potential presidential candidates, Sarah Palin, would be falsely accused of inspiring the shooting, and that the mainstream media would run with that narrative to the point that almost a third of Americans believed it.

    But as we all have witnessed the past 10 days, there has been an all out mainstream media assault on Tea Parties, conservative talk show hosts, and most of all, Sarah Palin.

    Is it any surprise that Palin’s negatives have reached new highs?

    Yet some people who say they actually like and support Palin on the merits already are succumbing to Operation Demoralize even though the primaries are more than a year off and the Presidential election is almost two years away.

    John Hinderaker at Powerline writes, Palin for President, Forget It (h/t Fuzzy):

    The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest. I say that not because I dislike her; on the contrary, I’m a fan. I think she did an excellent job as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008 and has been an effective spokeswoman for conservative causes in the years since. But there is no way she is ever going to be elected President, and the sooner Republicans get over that idea, the better.

    [citing a recent CNN Poll]

    No one with a 59 percent unfavorability rating among independents has the chance of a snowball in Hell of being elected President. 2012 will be a vitally important election year; it is no time for a kamikaze Presidential campaign or for a cult of personality. Republicans (and conservatives) need a candidate who has a chance to win against an incumbent who, despite everything, is not particularly unpopular and who won’t be able to do much visible damage between now and then.

    One hopes that Governor Palin will see the writing on the wall and devote her energies to helping the conservative movement and other, better-positioned candidates rather than to pursuing a Presidential ambition that can only prove destructive.

    Why is such an announcement necessary now, at the very moment that the conservative movement is trying to fight back against the mainstream media campaign related to the Tucson shooting?

    You can throw Palin under the bus if you want, but what will you do when the next candidate faces blistering false accusations which drive negatives high after a mainstream media feeding frenzy?

    Why not let the political and primary process work itself out.  We do not even know if Palin is running, or if she will garner enough Republican support to win.

    There is an insatiable mainstream media hunger to demonize and marginalize potential Republican nominees. Feeding that beast in the wake of the Tucson shooting is not the way to win in 2012.

    Update:  Scott Johnson at Powerline disagrees with Hinderaker, pointing out that the polling at this moment in time likely reflects the post-Tucson beating Palin has taken in the media, and also makes a point that I have made, which is that every other Republican candidate will be attacked by the media in turn:

    The rest of the pack of likely Republican candidates for the presidency has problems too. Mitt Romney? He’s got Romneycare hanging like an albatross around his neck. Haley Barbour? Let’s just say he doesn’t match up well with Obama. Newt Gingrich? I’m unaware of any base of support on which he might draw.

    Mitch Daniels? If exhaustion with Obama has set in and created a market for a boring candidate, Daniels might be the ticket. Tim Pawlenty? I doubt he would even carry Minnesota and, after his eight years in office as governor, he has left some of us wondering what it is he really believes in. John Thune? The Senate is a notoriously difficult place from which to run a presidential campaign. Mike Huckabee? He’s found his niche at Fox News. 

    And yet, depending on circumstances, just about any one of them might also be able to compete against Obama. Or so it seems to me.

    Update 1-20-2011 – Hinderaker has responded to a reader letter, and I respond too, John Hinderaker’s Weak Defense Of His Palin Political Premortem

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    And who do I think is probably the most outstanding Supreme in the last 100 years (at least)? Clarence Thomas.

    @ pasadenaphil

    "It would be a shame if the Dems beat the right in fielding a viable 3rd party candidate who wins. Trump might just be that guy."

    OK, point taken. Or as I think you would see it, Dems would field a viable *2nd* party candidate. I see it that way. However, if they do, it could be a farther left candidate than even blood poison, if that were possible, or at least one with a more Pacific Coast set of loyalties/connections.

    LCN is the imponderable there, which way they end up calling it.

    Your earlier point that a new party with a new candidate would be a *2nd* party I see as spot on because R and D currently are "ruling class" together, essentially one and the same party (cf. touchy-feely seating for State of the Union Message).

    Let's see how the various Tea Party organizations around the country work this one out. My sense is they're not ready to make a second party yet (second to the D-R Party), but the situation is fluid, dynamic and fraught with imponderables awaiting clarity via developments.

    Nor is my sense of the situation thorough or infallible. I take your basic thesis and grasp the reason for it.

    I love Sarah Palin. I can't wait to vote for her for President of the United States.

    I am smart enough to think for myself. I would never believe the lame stream media. Good grief. What thinking person would?

    "Sarah Palin…They know she's inevitable. They knew it the first time they saw her. It's why they go insane every time they think of her."

    I believe that.

    Sarah Palin is fabulous. It's the big government elitists, from both parties that are scared to death of this good women. She is on the side of the people.

    Sarah Palin is on record supporting Cap and Trade. Watch at 5:07:;=related

    She supported Carly Fiorina over Chuck De Vore in the California primary. She supported Tarp. She is a RINO.

    We are going to have to accept that there is no dealing with the liberals; they will continue to spew out ugly hateful rhetoric. That does not mean, however, that you suspend all critical analysis just because a Republican is attacked. Is Sarah Palin better than any Democrat? Yes. But that kind of thinking, settling for being better than Democrats, is why we are in trouble. This Country's problems go back quite a few years. It was Herbert Hoover who raised taxes in 1932. It was Eisenhower who refused to roll back any of the New Deal or Fair Deal. It was Richard Nixon who gave us the EPA; Bush 41 who said "Read My Lips" and Bush 43 who gave us TARP. By comparing Republicans only to Democrats, rather than grading them on their dedication to restore Constitutional Government, we the Conservative voter are the main culprits in why the current regime is in place. Obama did not happen overnight we had to build up to it.

    Now if Sarah Palin addresses why she did the things mentioned above; says she was wrong and lays out a clear vision with specific policies for limited Government, such as shutting down the Department of Education, The Fair Tax etc. then Conservatives should consider voting for her. If not, then we become a "Cult of Personality" crowd, as emotional and foolish as our opponents.

    One thing we need is a solid interview of her in which she clearly addresses policy issues instead of the media trying to make her look foolish (Gibson and Couric) or gushing (Hannity).

    I must add one more thing. BUCK UP people. This isn't the time to be weak and faint.

    It's just the future of the country.

    Don't let the media frame our choices.

    Sarah Palin all the way, baby!

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