Kelly formally announced the PAC in January and was soon interviewed by Washington, D.C., political columnists. His Web site, 2012draftsarahcommittee.com, rocked with 10,000 hits a day. Now, it has slowed to about 200 to 1,000 hits daily.But things may get busy for the homegrown PAC again, with the former governor's book about to be released and increased speculation that she will make a run for the White House in 2012, which is the Committee's goal:
"The day she announces," he says, "our job is done."A couple of Bloggers for Sarah Palin blogroll members are also mentioned in the Independent's article:
Randy Highsmith, the committee's chairman, saw a story on the Web about the committee and volunteered to organize from Florida. He raves about Palin in an e-mail: "Palin excited me and many other conservatives due to her proven and consistent conservative stances." He notes she's pro-life, pro-business and favors oil drilling in Alaska wilderness.
Kelly says Palin is "careful" not to communicate with his PAC, although the group's New York-based spokeswoman [Adrienne Ross] has met her.
Highsmith says the committee has hundreds of volunteers and thousands of newsletter subscribers.
Even this mostly positive article is not without its media bias. Pam Zubeck, who wrote the piece, couldn't resist the urge to gratuitously interject two DNC talking points, mentioning "Palin's... wardrobe expenditures" and "some moderate-courting Republicans" who "denounce Palin for espousing extreme conservative views." In truth, the idea to purchase a new wardrobe for the former governor and her family was made by McCain campaign staffers, and Sarah Palin had nothing to do with it. Also her views on the issues are hardly "extreme" -- but are in line instead with the conservative mainstream in what poll after poll says is a center-right majority.