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Governor Palin’s Obstacles Give Her The Advantage





Conventional wisdom about Governor Palin’s chances of beating President Obama is that the Governor has been badly damaged by the media and it would be difficult for her to combat all the negativity.

The Daily Caller has an article today that elaborates on that narrative and concludes that although many Republicans “like” her, they cannot see her winning the presidency because for many people, she has too many negatives. One quote from the article pretty much sums it up:

As for Palin, Reasin said, “She’s got too many negatives, not for me, but for too many people. So I think she’s better off on the outside looking in.”

This narrative has been pushed around for close to two years now but most people seem to be missing the obvious: Governor Palin’s obstacles are her advantage.

In an interview with Robert Draper for the New York Times Governor Palin said the following:

“I know that a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn’t have to cross right out of the chute, is proving my record. That’s the most frustrating thing for me — the warped and perverted description of my record and what I’ve accomplished over the last two decades. It’s been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven’t faced these criticisms the way I have.”

The Governor is effectively saying that she’s aware her portrayal at the hands the lamestream media will be a hurdle she would have to cross. She will take that on front and center. But it’s the last sentence in that paragraph that gives her the advantage.

Other candidates haven’t faced these criticisms the way I have.

And this is where the Governor comes out ahead.

Governor Palin has been trashed for two years now, everything that could be has already been thrown at her, the kitchen no longer even has a sink anymore. All her words have been twisted and her record has been sabotaged. There isn’t much more that can be thrown at her so there is only one way she can go: Up!

When Governor Palin launches her campaign, all she needs to do is place doubt at all the negativity. Once she does that, the media will slowly become discredited by the American people. They will no longer believe anything that’s said about her and they will begin tuning in to hear what she has to say, what her record is and what her future plans for America are. They will like what they hear and will come around. With a primary season lasting almost a year, she will go out and speak to the people, she’ll do interviews and participate in debates. This gives her enough time to correct the record and change the perception.

While her potential opponents are floating the calm waters, the media hasn’t even started with them yet. When the campaigns get into full swing, the attacks, the misperceptions and the rumors will be fast coming their way, they will quickly learn what it means to be an opponent of President Obama.

Governor Palin’s first act will be to change the perception and when she succeeds, she’ll have the rest of time to focus on her message. While at the same time, her opponents will be pre-occupied defending themselves against the attacks. Governor Palin will talk issues, her opponents will talk trash.

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2 Responses to “Governor Palin’s Obstacles Give Her The Advantage”

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    Anonymous says:

    Kudos to this commentary. Exactly what I have been saying! There are constituents that aren’t very politically savvy and don’t understand the state controlled media’s MO. During the Rep. primaries in 2008, McCain was being propped up by the media as the only candidate who could beat Obama…with the Independents. McCain’s ideas are neo-conservative. The media so-kindly advised us that we shouldn’t choose a candidate that was too far to the right. Our side believed the “media template” that ONLY McCain could beat Obama. Republicans believed the media whose sole intention was to help the Republicans win, right?

    Then what happened “after” the media got what they wanted which was McCain? He was villified by every news network and all the newspapers. I won’t go into the litany of top stories but I don’t understand why Republicans buy what the state controlled media sells. I am sickened when I hear Republicans say, “I agree with Palin on the issues but I don’t think she can win because of the media”. Well, duh, no Republican is going to win with balanced stories told by the media.

    I hope we don’t have another 2008 with Republicans expecting the media to fall in love with our candidate.

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