Both Democrat and Republican progressives, as well as some country club conservatives, have tried to make a cottage industry out of Palin-bashing with the goal of destroying her political career, but after two years and eight months of non-stop attacks on her credibility, her character and even her family, they have failed miserably.
A Gallup Poll released February 24 found Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin leading the field of potential GOP presidential candidates. Gov. Palin was the top choice of Republicans who were focused on national security and foreign policy issues. Among those for whom business and the economy were their top issues, she was second only to Romney, and only then by three points, which was within the survey's margin of error. She was second only to Huckabee among those who listed social issues as their number one concern.
A more recent Gallup Poll released May 26 after Mike Huckabee had announced he would not run for president in 2012 found Gov. Palin in a statistical tie with Romney for the GOP lead. Though he had a narrow two point lead over the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, it was again within the survey's three-point margin of error.
The Palins have, from all indications, purchased a home in Scottsdale, Arizona amid much speculation that Gov. Palin will base a campaign for the presidency there. A new full-length documentary which chronicles her accomplishments as Alaska's governor will be released this summer, and she is about to embark on a bus tour of historic sites and patriotic events through the northeastern states.
Now comes news that two books heavily promoted by the lamestream media as exposés of Gov. Palin as an alleged power-hungry, self-serving politician without principle have failed to rouse much interest in the general public despite all the media hype, as Steve Flesher reports in an American Thinker Sunday op-ed:
Palin-flamethrower, Geoffrey Dunn of the Huffington Post released The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power May 10th and Frank Bailey, former Aide to Palin, teamed up with Palin-critic Jeanne Devon to release Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years on May 24th. Ardent opponents of Sarah Palin have been highly-anticipating these books which promised to tear down Palin's public image for the long-term.We have long held that the attacks on Sarah Palin, as vitriolic and petty as they are, would eventually backfire on her attackers when the American public recognized these assaults on her character for what they were and decided that her attacker have no credibility. It appears that we have at long last reached that point, and the campaign against Sarah Palin, which has raged on for the better part of three years now, can be summed up in two words: EPIC FAIL.
Interestingly, Geoffrey Dunn's book has not even hit Amazon's top-100 list since its release; and after a week of media coverage including appearances on NBC, ABC's The View, Fox News, CNN, and many more, Frank Bailey's "memoir" disappointingly debuted at #40 and has already fallen to #75.
While reasonable voters notice that perhaps Americans are beginning to tire of the anti-Palin volume, others are sure to argue that Americans simply don't care about her at all, even though the latest headlines which seem to be tracking her every move impeccably could be enough to put that idea to rest.
One thing is sure for Palin as she moves toward making her 2012 decision. She enjoys the luxury of knowing she has been thoroughly vetted and scrutinized for the last two years. While anti-Palin readers have lined their ammunition up one year before a presidential campaign, her supporters are left wondering who is left in Alaska to interview. Because on the basis of Geoffrey Dunn's and Frank Bailey's accompanying Palin-bombs, what they've come up with so far doesn't seem to be effectively distinguishing the grassroots energy Sarah Palin has uniquely created and maintained.
h/t: M.Joseph Sheppard