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Sarah Palin builds a bridge across the political divide

Posted by joshpainter on September 9, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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Look up into the night sky for a moon of an unusual hue tonight, because another New York Times op-ed writer has discovered that Sarah Palin does indeed have substance, and she may not be the far right wing idealogue the left has been claiming she is for the past three years. Such Damascus Road revelations only occur at the Gray Lady once every blue moon.

Anand Giridharadas begins his commentary by admitting that liberals are woefully unprepared to recognize “something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition” when Gov. Palin says it. Consequently, they don’t pay much attention to anything she has to say, nor is it likely that they read her policy statements on her Facebook Notes page. But the weekend Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa was enough of a high profile event that while most of his media colleagues were focused on the horse race, the governor’s actual remarks delivered there managed to catch Giridharadas’ attention:

She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

In supporting her first point, about the permanent political class, she attacked both parties’ tendency to talk of spending cuts while spending more and more; to stoke public anxiety about a credit downgrade, but take a vacation anyway; to arrive in Washington of modest means and then somehow ride the gravy train to fabulous wealth. She observed that 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States happen to be suburbs of the nation’s capital.

Her second point, about money in politics, helped to explain the first. The permanent class stays in power because it positions itself between two deep troughs: the money spent by the government and the money spent by big companies to secure decisions from government that help them make more money.

[…]

Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words.

Ms. Palin’s third point was more striking still: in contrast to the sweeping paeans to capitalism and the free market delivered by the Republican presidential candidates whose ranks she has yet to join, she sought to make a distinction between good capitalists and bad ones. The good ones, in her telling, are those small businesses that take risks and sink and swim in the churning market; the bad ones are well-connected megacorporations that live off bailouts, dodge taxes and profit terrifically while creating no jobs.

Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them.

Giridharadas has a wondrous Captain Obvious moment with his realization that “Ms. Palin may be hinting at a new political alignment that would pit a vigorous localism against a kind of national-global institutionalism.” Imagine his complete bewilderment when Giridharadas puts two and two together and realizes that, yes, this is precisely what the TEA Party movement is about.

At Legal Insurrection, William A. Jacobson comments:

A severe injustice has been perpetrated on the American people not by the vile derangement directed at Palin by the mainstream media, left-blogosphere and establishment conservative[s], but by the closing of their collective minds.

[…]

This probably will not signal a sea change in media coverage of Palin, or among conservative pundits. Liberals and conservatives alike have been played for fools by their media and their parties.

But hopefully it is a starting point of the recognition that Palin stands alone among major political figures in the United States seeking a transformation of the country consistent with its founding principles, not against them, principles which used to appeal to liberals. Palin’s anti-statist anti-crony capitalism message has the power to reach across parties, which is why that message gets buried in Palin Derangement Syndrome.

With Palin, liberals will not get their nanny state, but that nanny state is disappearing by economic necessity anyway. But they also will not get a crushing corporatist/unionist state serving the interests of the politically well-connected, which is where we are heading rapidly, and there is no offender worse than Barack Obama.

Oddly enough, Sarah Palin may be the one liberals have been waiting for.

What strikes us is that Sarah Palin is staking out positions which will significantly broaden her appeal. No, she’s not going after the liberals Professor Jacobson writes about. She would never win them over no matter how hard she tried. Rather, it is the key demographic of swing voters that Gov. Palin has her eye on, and likely the moderates in her own party are also in her field of vision. This is unusual because traditionally, Republicans swing wide to the right in the primary phases of the election cycle, then tack hard back to the center for the general election contest.

But Sarah Palin said that she would run an unconventional campaign, and nothing could be more unconventional than blazing a new trail though the wilderness of a presidential campaign. Part of this is born of necessity, as three years of attacks on Gov. Palin by the left and its compliant media have obscured her appeal to the center — blue collar Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans. She needs these critical voting blocks. If she can convince her party that she will be more than competitive in the general election, then she can secure the GOP presidential nomination.

Stephen Bannon’s documentary “The Undefeated” was only the opening salvo of what may turn out to be the most innovative presidential campaign ever conducted. The film reminds viewers why Gov. Palin was chosen for the second spot on John McCain’s ticket. She is a reformer who, at least before the McCain campaign used her as their attack dog, was wildly popular with Alaskans from across the entire political spectrum. Her recent Facebook op-ed reaching out to the union rank and file is another step in the process of appealing to the political center.

Notice that Sarah Palin, who governed her state from the center right, is building new roads through that same territory, while Rick Perry has chosen the well-worn path that runs along the right edge of the GOP base. But Perry, who has the occasional tendency to be a loose cannon, may eventually find himself the victim of his own rhetorical volleys. Gov. Palin apparently sees another political figure as her real competition for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Mitt Romney, who has been playing it safe in the center, may not even realize that a bulldozer is headed his way with Sarah Palin in the driver’s seat.

Cross-posted from Texans for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Who will you take to see ‘The Undefeated?’ Five target groups

Posted by joshpainter on July 31, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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“The Undefeated,” now beginning its third week in theaters, has attracted large numbers of Sarah Palin supporters to see it. This is as expected, and it is necessary that Palinistas see this film. But we are not the people Stephen Bannon had in mind when he made his groundbreaking documentary. He made his film with Palin skeptics in mind, with the goal of changing their perceptions about Gov. Palin. His film has proven itself more than able to accomplish this mission, if only sufficiently large numbers of these skeptics can be persuaded to watch it.

This is where the Palinistas come in, for we have a critically important job to do. The governor’s loyal supporters must help get the skeptics into the theater seats. That’s why it is essential that we target those among our friends who do not share our admiration for Sarah Palin to see this film. Many of these skeptics will not go to see “The Undefeated” on their own or at our prodding, but when we offer to buy their tickets and challenge their sense of fair play to view the film with an open mind, most of them will go along.

Palin skeptics can be roughly sorted into six main categories: liberals, independents, Blue Collar Democrats, libertarians, moderate Republicans and fiscal conservatives. We have read reports of some liberals who have seen the film with Palin supporter friends and had their eyes — and more importantly their minds — opened. But of the six groups of Palin skeptics, liberals will be the hardest to get to the theaters, and once there, open their minds to allow the film to make the case for the governor. While any liberal attitudes which can be changed to be more positive toward Sarah Palin are pluses, few of this group would vote for her even if they were to discover that she has been unfairly demonized by their fellows on the left and a media which is all too willing to serve the leftist cause. Liberals account for only about 20 percent of all voters anyway, so much more fertile ground for changing minds lies among the other five groups:

Independents – This is the obvious target group we most want to see “The Undefeated.” Independents — called swing voters because they have the power to literally swing elections from one party’s candidates to the other — are the keys to the highway that leads to the White House. Although Gov. Palin’s numbers have started to rebound with this group, there is still much work to be done. Most independents have not even a remote idea of what her record as governor of Alaska looks like, and it is among these swing voters that the film has the most potential to change attitudes. Seek out your independent voter friends and invite them to see the film with you. Matinee tickets are inexpensive, and you should consider paying the way for swing voter friends to see “The Undefeated an investment equally as important as a donation to SarahPAC.

Blue Collar Democrats – These are the working class Democrats who in The Gipper’s day were called “Reagan Democrats” because so many of them who had voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976 crossed over to mark their ballots for Reagan in 1980. Although many of the Reagan Democrats changed their party affiliation to the GOP and many others became independent voters, there are still significant numbers of them who, although not at all happy with the way hard core liberals dominate their party, would never think of being anything other than a Democrat. There are strong family ties to the party that go back for generations, and many Blue Collar Dems are rank and file union members. There are many fiscal conservatives among this group, and though many are also culturally conservative, they tend to tolerate social diversity — to a point. That point is most often reached when liberals try to force things Reagan Dems disagree with upon them and their children. Sarah Palin must reassemble the Reagan Coalition to win the presidency, and Blue Collar Democrats are an important component of that coalition. Like their independent counterparts, this demographic doesn’t know Gov. Palin’s history as a city councilwoman, mayor, oil & gas commissioner and governor in remote Alaska. “The Undefeated” can have a significant impact on how Blue Collar Democrats view her, so make a point of targeting your friends in this group to watch the film with you.

Libertarians – Many small-l libertarians believe the media narrative about Gov. Palin and are surprised when they learn that she governed Alaska as neither theocrat nor far right wing bomb thrower. Social libertarians have been only too willing to spread the false left wing talking points about Sarah Palin to their libertarian brethren, so there is much gold to be mined among this demographic. Libertarians were an important part of the Reagan Coalition, and as many of them we can get the truth to, the better. They need to see “The Undefeated” to learn that Sarah Palin put Alaska’s constitution ahead of her religious views and was one of the most fiscally responsible governors among her peers in the 50 states. By all means get your libertarian friends in the theater seats for two hours, and watch their perceptions of Gov. Palin change.

Moderate Republicans – Perhaps no group has been led more astray about our favorite governor than these important voters. The hostility of the GOP establishment towards Sarah Palin has definitely had its effect on moderates, and the McCain campaign’s misuse and abuse of her in 2008 has only served to harden that impression. Yet moderate Republicans can be quite receptive to conservative ideas, as Ronald Reagan demonstrated by making GOP moderates a key part of his coalition. For many of the same reasons that independent voters and libertarians need to see “The Undefeated,” so do moderate Republicans. Don’t leave your friends who are among this demographic off of your list of people to take to see the documentary.

Fiscal conservatives – It’s all about perceptions, and polling indicates that among conservatives, Gov. Palin is perceived as strongest on national security and foreign policy matters. She also gets high marks from social conservatives, but fiscal issues — government spending & power, and business & the economy — are the number one concerns among conservatives. Surprisingly, it is on the economy where her support among conservatives is softest. Though one would think that the media’s obfuscation of Sarah Palin’s record would have little effect on conservatives — a group very distrustful of the media — such is not entirely the case. Fiscal conservatives in particular apparently are not aware that Gov. Palin was a fiscally responsible governor who cut state spending and left Alaska with a $12 Billion surplus when she resigned. As the documentary does such an effective job of bringing these facts to light, friends who are fiscal conservatives should be high on your list of people to take to see “The Undefeated.” And speaking of that resignation, her reasons for leaving office are perhaps the most misunderstood piece of the puzzle the media has made of her record in Alaska. The film does an excellent job of putting the viewer in her place and considering what they would do when faced with more than half a million dollars worth of legal bills stamped “Due Now – Please Pay Promptly.”

Until the film is released on DVD and Pay Per View, which begins in September, you won’t be able to make any new friends for Sarah Palin in your homes unless you are among the very lucky few who have an early release DVD of “The Undefeated.” So for the month of August, you need to get them to one of the theaters which will be showing the film. As mentioned, tickets for matinee screenings are relatively inexpensive at $5 each, but you may have to sweeten the pot with a dinner invitation to break the resistance of the most determined Palin skeptic. Is it worth it? If you want to see Sarah Palin as the next President of the Unities States, it is more than worth it — it is essential.

Cross-posted from Texans for Sarah Palin

– JP

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