Thanks to this link for the quotes, Sarah Palin Always In The News
Palin weighed in on her Facebook page. She demanded that Obama plug the damn hole.’ You first, Sarah.” —Bill Maher
“Sarah Palin has now weighed in on the gulf oil spill. Finally, the voice of reason. She said that President Obama should grasp the complexity of the situation. Sarah Palin giving advice on complexity. What, was Snooki from ‘Jersey Shore’ unavailable?” —Jay Leno
One of the reasons that Palin sticks to Tweeter and FaceBook and stays away from even powder puff interviews with tenacious bull dogs of the press like….Katie Couric? Is that Palin does not have to take questions about what she says. Anyone seen Palin’s schematics that detail her plan to stop the BP Spill? Of course not. It’s much easier for the crony hiring half term governor to lob Tweets from the safety of her peanut gallery than actually engage in serious public policy debates. To be fair Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is only marginally better and that’s when he is not taking a nap.
If an oil well in ANWR had blown up, the oil would just kind of pool all over the tundra, where it’s really too cold for media people to come up and make a big fuss, and it would be much easier to just nuke it, like the Russians did. Funny how none of that came across in your slogan, which just seemed to imply that we should drill the crap out of everywhere to get oil! It’s almost as if reductionist chants don’t carry nuance, and allow you to claim they mean any convenient bullshit you want when they become inconvenient!
(Palin’s original Tweet: “Extreme Greenies” regarding the Gulf oil spill: “[S]ee now why we push’drill,baby,drill’of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?” (bold mine)
What do they mean by “convenient bullshit”. Now “Drill, Baby, Drill” means not drilling offshore. Only during her VP run it’s meaning was far more inclusive, Sarah Palin lies about “drill, baby, drill”
And here she is the day before in Loveland, Colorado:
PALIN: And whether Joe Biden approves it or not, we will develop clean coal technology and we will safely drill for the billions of barrels of oil that are warehoused underground, including our offshore sources. We will drill here and drill now. (Cheers, applause.) Drill, baby, drill. Drill, baby, drill.
[ ]… (October 21, 2008, campaign event in Reno) And we will develop clean-coal technology. And we will safely drill for the billions of barrels of oil that we have underground, including off-shore.
I’ve heard people wonder about why the media acts as a megaphone for literally every little Tweet and FaceBook post Palin does. Palin is every bit as much a leader of the conservative movement as Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck or hundreds other conservative politicians, pundits and denizens of right-wing thinktanks. By all appearances she is running for president in 2012. The Tweets and FaceBook posts are documentation of her point of view. That they are lacking in carefully thought out policy prescriptions is also part of who she is and what she represents. I for one am grateful for the insights, or lack there of, she provides into what her and her followers stand for. Is it fair that the conversation Palin is having with the public is lopsided in its deficit of give and take? No, but that to is part of the insight into how she views governance, policy and democracy.
The White House needs to stay out of primaries – Chris Bowers thinks other than us political junkies no one especially cares about an adminstration trying to shape the political makeup of its party.
There are some caveats here. For one, Romanoff was actively pursuing administration positions during much of 2009, so it is not like this was an entirely unsolicited suggestion from the White House: Also, Romanoff himself says that he was not actually promised a job by the White House. Further, the White House says that Democrats in Colorado were actively promoting him for administration positions.
The only problem that really matters is not the appearance of wrong doing – administrations of each party has been doing this since forever – the problem is the base feels they are not being given the opportunity to choose among the best candidates. That does not play well for those that believed in the “hope and change” thing. Even than there are more important public perceptions that play across party lines,
However, I am convinced that this is not helping Obama. As I noted in the post below this, Obama’s net approval rating dropped 3.5% in May, even though more jobs were created in May than in any month, like ever. It seems possible, even likely, that stories about the White House trying to clear primary fields, and the BP leak, are wiping away any potential political gain for the improving employment situation.
There is bad kind of short attention span and an understandable kind. The understandable kind is that people grab a few minutes of news in between taking care of the kids or rushing to work or trying to find a job. Unfortunately perceptions and soundbites add up. Because of small beans stories like Andrew Romanoff, the opportunity to get a little credit for some solid job creation numbers gets squandered in the sound bite game.