Sunday, February 6, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention, Part 211

"Fears of a Media Clown" Edition

Mike Opelka at The Blaze:
"Back on January 21st of this year (11 days ago), Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank made a pledge to not mention former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for an entire month. His hope was for a “Palin free February” and he also wished that others would join him. Milbank made no secret of his intentions or motives, he wanted Sarah Palin out of the spotlight forever... 'if we treat her a little less like a major political figure and a little more like Ann Coulter — a calculating individual who says shocking things to attract media attention — it won’t matter' Pardon me? Look in the mirror Mr. Milbank or at the title of your last book, Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America. One could easily say that calling for a month-long media blackout of a major political figure is… the work of 'a calculating individual who says shocking things to attract media attention.' Very few in the media have lined up to sign the pledge or wear the Palin-free Promise Rings being pitched by Dana Milbank."
Steve Flesher at Yahoo!'s Associated Content:
"In what appears to be a collective effort to wipe her off of the national political map, Sarah Palin's most vocal critics seem to have accomplished the exact opposite."
Anchorage Activist at Alaska Pride:
"Nearly 18 months after Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska on July 2009, a mere 18 months into her first term, many of her detractors still refer to her as a 'quitter'. This continues to happen despite the fact that Palin made the decision with the greatest reluctance and only after thoughtful consideration, driven by the fact that the endless ethics complaints filed against her, most of which were dismissed out of hand, were bogging down the executive branch and impairing its function... Yet these same anklebiters have completely ignored the example of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., who recently resigned his post as U.S. Ambassador to China... he's said to be clearing the decks for a possible run at the Republican Presidential nomination. It was strictly an opportunistic, self-serving decision. Furthermore, this is not the first time Huntsman has resigned an office... A mere 10 months after being re-elected Governor of Utah in a landslide, Huntsman suddenly resigned as Governor in order to become the U.S. Ambassador to China. While this decision was more altruistic, there was absolutely no pressure on him to walk away from the Governor's mansion."
Don Irvine at the Accuracy in Media blog:
"Schumer’s gaffe about the three branches of government had to be at least equal, if not more egregious, than anything Palin or Bachmann has said recently."
Marcia Segelstein at
"We all make mistakes. But Rachel Maddow made a whopper on her MSNBC show earlier this week. In a report dripping with disdain, Maddow announced that a post on the website called for Sarah Palin to lead the charge for an American-led invasion of Egypt... I think the real issue is how easily Maddow and her staff fell for such absurdity. In my opinion, it happened because the bogus piece fed into the liberal media’s biases against some favorite targets: Christianity, the Tea Party, and probably most important, Sarah Palin. It was like waving a red flag in front of a bull. It was just too much to resist—or check before reporting."
Warner Todd Huston at Right Wing News:
"Some one needs to send the distempered Maddow to a corner for a time out like all bad children need."
Marooned In Marin:
"So who the hell is Ballerina Boy to say Sarah Palin is nothing like the great Ronald Reagan, when that spoiled rotten kid has spent his whole life running away from everything his father stood for. Ron Prescott isn't even a third of the man is father was. Just desperate to get his name in lights, and maybe sell two more copies of his book slandering his dad. All I know is that I don't need to be told who Ronald Reagan was by his atheist, useful idiot, embarrassment of a son. No real son of Ronald Reagan would be an Airhead America host, or speak at the Democrat Convention in 2004, in front of the very people who said the meanest things about the 40th President in the 1980s. So Ron, stick to the dancing and the dog shows, and change your last name to Prescott. Michael Reagan is the only true Reagan heir."
Bungalow Bill at BBCW:
"Ron Reagan Jr. may have Ronald Reagan's blood, but he sure hasn't showed any pride in that fact."
Vicki McClure Davidson at Frugal Café Blog Zone:
"Sarah Palin gave the keynote speech at the Ronald Reagan Ranch Center [Friday night] at the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of The Gipper’s birth. Well done, Sarah… regardless what the left-wing media or ultra-liberal, anti-conservative son of Pres. Reagan, Ron Reagan Jr., think of her... As I’ve written before, both Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan are/were strong conservatives who are/were demonized by Democrats and the media, both are/were against socialism and big government, and both have embraced free market principles and pursuing the American Dream without the micro-managing government interfering. Sarah Palin is more like Ronald Reagan Senior than Ronald Reagan Junior will ever be."
Jennifer at
"How is a critique from Ron Reagan a serious blow to Palin’s chances in 2012? On the contrary, this should bring her more accolades from supporters."
Patterico at Patterico's Pontifications:
"Don’t talk about limited government, unless you want to be seen as a bad partisan. That is the message of the L.A. Times coverage of a Sarah Palin speech paying tribute to Ronald Reagan... Let me directly address the editors of the L.A. Times right now. Are you people listening to me? Good. You sanctimonious frauds. You looooove to wring your carefully manicured hands and say things like there is a fiscal crisis in this country, but the politicians refuse to be adults and talk about the real problems. And then when someone comes along and proposes to actually do something about out of control runaway spending, you start assigning stories about how the old people and children will suffer. And you label anyone who wants to reduce spending as 'partisan.' ... You want to see this country improve? Stop looking at any anecdotes that help Democrats as material that needs to be given prominent coverage... That’s my advice to you. Which you will ignore. Which, remind me again why we’re supposed to care that your newspaper is dying?"
Randy Barnett via Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit:
"I must admit it was an impressive speech. The first I have heard her give since she accepted the VP nomination, only much better. Reaganesque even."
Mark Whittington at Yahoo!'s Associated Content:
"The speech, while certainly Reaganesque, was also vintage Palin, part folksy humor, part acerbic critique of the left and all of its works... The phrase 'Army of Davids' was first coined by libertarian law professor and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds. The idea is that individuals voluntarily acting together can be more powerful than any monolithic organization. Palin artfully connected that theme to the tea party protest movement, which has shaken American politics to its core since the early months of the Obama administration. Palin is almost certainly right in her assertion that the world will never again see a Reagan. He was a one of the kind world figure whom history called forth at a time in which the U.S. and the entire world was in peril. But the world we live in is one, for better or for ill, is what Reagan made. Every politician in America, including Palin, will be judged by how much she or he is like Reagan. This also even applies, in the greatest of ironies, to President Barack Obama. The man seen as the anti-Reagan, whose mission is to undo all of his work, has now find that he too cannot escape his shadow. That shows how great the 40th President really is."
Jay Newton-Small at TIME's Swampland blog:
"Even though she declined to give the keynote address at next week's Conservative Politicial Action Conference – a usual haunt for GOP presidential hopefuls -- with a speech like this, Palin would seem to be running for something"
Da Techguy:
"I guess we know what books Sarah Palin reads... That is the second time in under a month in a major presentation that she quoted Glenn Reynolds (the other was the blood libel line from his WSJ piece). Can we assume that Sarah Palin reads Glenn Reynolds? Reynolds draws between 250,000 and 500,000 hits a day and gets 30-60 posts up per day EVERY DAY. If Sarah Palin is quoting him them perhaps a wise reporter would get to know him, or a smart producer would have him on the air. Then again I don’t expect much from the MSM, supposedly the NYT was there and couldn’t even get her meeting people after the speech right... Actually Palin stayed and took photos with attendees as was announced at the start of the speech. If they can’t get that detail right when they were supposedly there why would I expect them to follow-up on this kind of story?"
- JP

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