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    Palin Can’t Win ≠ Palin Shouldn’t Run

    Palin Can’t Win ≠ Palin Shouldn’t Run

    There is a lot I could say about John Ziegler’s article in The Daily Caller demanding that Sarah Palin not run for President, and insisting that Palin has become beholden to an inner circle of yes-men and yes-women.

    I’ll make just two points.

    First, Ziegler’s main argument is that Palin cannot win because she has been so unfairly damaged by mainstream media attacks and distortions.  That argument conflates two different concepts. 

    I agree that Palin has been unfairly but extensively damaged, but that does not mean she should not run.  Pre-selecting our candidates based upon what the mainstream media does is a huge mistake, because whoever the nominee is, that person will be savaged by the mainstream media and entertainment industry beyond comprehension.  Palin simply has been the test case.  Perceived electability now says little about actual electability once the nominee becomes the focus of the pro-Obama media.

    Let anyone who wants to run run, and let the voters sort it out in the primaries.  If Palin is unelectable in a general election, that will be an argument against nominating her; just as it is an argument against certain other candidates.

    The primaries will bring out the best or the worst in the candidates, and candidates either will overcome voter concerns about electability, or the candidates will not succeed.  Let the voters decide, not the editors of The Daily Caller or National Review or even tiny inconsequential Legal Insurrection. 

    Second, Ziegler is a complete narcissist.  His article is all about him, his feelings, and his imagined facts.  There is little substance, in fact almost no substance, to many of the negative conclusions he reaches.  Here is a good example, in one of the sure-to-be quoted passages from the article:

    There’s also the fact that Sarah’s entire operation is increasingly managed like a CIA field office; that she’s adopted a bunker mentality; that she’s trusting the wrong people, some of whom I know are simply exploiting her.

    Yet what actual evidence does Ziegler cite; what quotes from people are included; what substance is there in the article other than the fact that Ziegler himself is offended that his opinions that Palin should not run may not be resonating with Palin (in fact, that’s not even clear). 

    The prime example Ziegler cites is that when he told Paln directly that she could not defeat Obama, the people in the room were silent:

    Before I left, I felt I had to give the governor at least one piece of advice. After all, I know how politicians work. They surround themselves with yes-people. No one dares speak up. I figured I’d never get another opportunity like this again, so, with the very best of intentions, I told her: “You have to know, you can’t beat Obama in 2012. The media won’t let you. They won’t let him lose and the narrative about you is too negative to correct in three-and-a-half years.”

    She said nothing. No-one else spoke, either. I looked around at my crew, and the same thing was written on everyone’s face: “What the hell are you doing, Ziegler?” It was the first of several times where it would be obvious to me that Sarah Palin does not like hearing bad news.

    From that silence Ziegler weaves a Stalin-like theory of a cloistered candidate under the control of evil minders. 

    Maybe there is a good reason Palin does not keep Ziegler in her inner circle; his article is all about him, trying to portray himself as some heroic figure willing to stand up both for and against Palin. 

    Sorry, Ziegler, but there have been many of us standing up against the biased media attacks on Palin at risk of damage to our careers, and while you certainly do deserve credit for what you have done, it’s not all about you.

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    The Ziegler article in many ways demonstrates what is wrong with the Republican Party today.  It is too reactive to the mainstream media, seeks to impose its vision on the Republican electorate, and when all else fails, resorts to smear and innuendo against someone who has endured more than any other potential candidate under consideration.

    I trust the voters.  It’s too bad some very vocal Republicans do not.

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    Concern troll is concerned!

    So all you have going for your position,99, is what Gallup says a year and a half before the election. Begone! I have no need to listen to you decry the doom the belle polls. We'll have a campaign, and then we'll have an election, and then we shall see what we shall see.

    "The press has been doing this since the 60's. Its the same script. This time tho they are being a little preemptive to shape the GOP space.

    Yep, remember that "missile gap" in 1960 that pushed JFK past RMN by a hair's breadth? And that gang of 1000 psychiatrists in '64 that declared Goldwater mentally unstable without a moment of couchtalk having taken place? I do.

    But now, the arrogance of the lamestream MSM is such that they presume that they can set up a GOP strawman nominee that even a weak loser like Obama—who is raising money ILLEGALLY AGAIN—might be able to surmount, even with the economy in the tank, zero job growth, & the US on its way to being a second-class power, intentionally.

    If she intends to run, Palin needs to sit down with a sympathetic interviewer (like maybe Dr. Helen?) and say:

    I couldn't go on. I couldn't afford my lawyers' fees that my spreadsheet said would be needed to fight the new ethics charges that were being filed day-by-day, and as bad, it was costing my State a lot of money. If I had stayed Governor, I would have bankrupted my family. It broke my heart to resign, but there was no alternative available to me.

    […] timing here. Cornell Law School Associate Clinical Professor William A. Jacobson’s rebuttal (here) of Ziegler is, we believe, […]

    joydbrower | June 22, 2011 at 1:34 am

    So, who among the Palin naysayers (“she can’t win,” “damaged goods,” etc.) actually has that crystal ball to the future? And, before the race has hardly begun, “Most Republican voters hate her?” HELLOOO!! Let her run and let her win or lose by the voters; and if she wins the GOP nomination, do NOT count her out until all the polls are counted on Election Day, Nov. 2012!! I’ve been in her camp since they first trotted her out in Ohio – and only if she doesn’t run will I – with total reluctance – even consider supporting someone else. But my heart WON’T be in it – and I think that goes for her already solid base of fans & supporters as well. No one among the other candidates generates even a fraction of the enthusiasm she does – just by showing up or even just the mention of her name! The wind will be out of our sails, but we’ll just have to work to defeat Obama – at any cost…

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