Days of Change

Day 1224 – The Unvetted | March 12, 2012

As starts a 2012 vetting process on Obama, I think back to 2008. Barack Obama was not vetted in any way. The glowing biographies by news channels had more detail than any election story. Then there was Sarah Palin. As coddled as Obama was in interviews, Palin was challenged by the same people. A vice presidential candidate became more investigated than the presidential candidate.

The narrative of HBO’s Game Change is that Sarah Palin was an unqualified candidate who became an unqualified failure. However, Danny Strong and Jay Roach claim that Palin was out of her element but was able to rise to some occasions. What Strong / Roach mean is that whenever there is videotape evidence of Sarah Palin hitting out of the park, it is a momentary triumph. Any time she is alone, she suddenly falls apart because there is no hard evidence to the contrary. Strong / Roach talk about their multiple interviews, but most of the character assassination takes place at times where only a handful of people were in the room.

Andrew Breitbart pointed out in “The Undefeated” that the real damage of the Palin narrative is how few Republicans and even some conservatives let it continue as if she were a mistake they’d like to forget. Even her running mate John McCain has been slow to defend her, even as Palin helped him win his primary race for Arizona Senate. She didn’t exactly lose him that election, did she? The history of Sarah Palin belies all the histrionics of her critics, but the narrative persists.

After seeing “The Undefeated” and witnessing attack upon attack on her, I have one question. Exactly where did the McCain campaign fail to vet her? It’s a simple question but it goes to the heart of the anti-Palin narrative. The premise of “sympathetic” analysis has been that Sarah Palin was over her head and she was unqualified for the job. The McCain campaign was so interested in getting a woman that they failed to find out what they needed to know about Palin. If that’s the case, tell me what they didn’t know. What is there about Palin in reality that was not known? What was the silver bullet that ended the McCain campaign from Sarah Palin?


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  1. There is so much more to this community organizer than we will ever be told by the msm. Really, “vetting” is just a word to that faux msm that was supposed to do some actually digging. Wait, they dug, but they never exposed.

    Comment by mcnorman — March 12, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  2. Well we all know that the MSM dispatched legions of reporters to Alaska. It was reported that some were digging through dumpsters in the great white north. I fail to believe that there was any stone left unturned in the vetting of Palin. If it wasn’t uncovered by the McCain campaign (a dubious claim at best); then I assure you it was by the MSM.

    Comment by Somebody — March 12, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

  3. That’s true, but the question remains. The MSM flew to Alaska and talked to anyone who would talk dirty about Palin. What did they find? What was the smoking gun or the “bombshell” as Soledad O’Brien likes to say? What was the one thing (or more) about Palin that John McCain both did not know and cost him the election? It’s an important question because it goes to the heart of the liberal media narrative about Palin. If, as they claim, Palin was in over her head and McCain made a mistake by choosing her without vetting her, what wasn’t vetted?

    Of course, the answer is not a damn thing. The things McCain knew about were blown out of proportion and the liberal media mostly railed against Palin with completely made up shit.

    Comment by 1539days — March 12, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  4. The msm punished Palin for pointing out how inadequate obama is in her first, glorious outing at the RNC Convention.
    McCain lost because he was in on the o-fix. I rewmember him repeatedly saying things like “community organizer is good,” and what a fine -reident obama would make.

    If our free society survives Herr obama, the future will expose the shameful media persecution of Sarah Palin for what it is: crucifixon. This turnaround will perhaps begin with a PUMA-type woman who will say–unlike the present crop of two-faced feminists, that ALL WOMEN are equal, even those with an (R) after their name.

    You’re exctly right 15. Sarah Palin is an absolute innocent. She is the anti-obama in every way.

    Comment by Mary — March 12, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

  5. If I had to make a guess at what the McCain camp didn’t know it wouldn’t be anything specific about Palin.

    I think they didn’t anticipate the type of skewering Palin was given. I don’t think they anticipated Tina Fey. I think what they missed was within themselves and their own imagination. They couldn’t comprehend nor counter the attacks and apparently they decided to leash Palin keeping her from launching a counter offensive.

    What you see now and over the past years coming from operatives in the failed McCain campaign is nothing more than CYA. THEY failed to deal with the media, THEY failed to have the foresight and vision, Palin is nothing more than their scapegoat and their pitiful attempt to remain relevant and employed.

    Hey why not pile on, right? It fits the narrative so nicely and you know what they say…..if you can’t beat them join them.

    Comment by Somebody — March 13, 2012 @ 9:01 am

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