Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3 Responses
Roger Stone wrote a great piece entitled “Palin’s Palin.” He discusses how Governor Palin had nothing to gain and much to loose by staying as Governor. She is also not the first politican to follow this path and will have to repair the damage the media has done. He recommends The Governor could use Fox News “to re-tool her political image...and she can have 60 minutes each week to do it.”
Palin could accomplish nothing more as Governor to burnish her "experience" credentials. Nuisance lawsuits and ethics complaints from garden variety left-wing nuts were costing her hundreds of thousands of dollars and paralyzing state government. The lot of the Governor is painful cuts and delivering bad news for the next 18 months. Who needs it?
Palin has the most valuable commodity a Presidential candidate can have - a base. Between roughly 23% of Americans and 68% of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin. She alone has the kind of intense following. She alone can fill a large hall or small stadium anywhere in Republican Country. This is similar to the following that sustained Nixon through two defeats and his 'self-destruction' in 1962 to win the White House in 1968.
The "New Palin" is crucial to the expansion beyond her base of true believers to be a viable presidential candidate. The obvious place for Palin to re-tool her political image is FOX television. FOX's viewers are Palin's potential voters. It is ironic that FOX president Roger Ailes is the genius TV producer who erased candidate Nixon's flaws in a controlled environment and facilitated the greatest political comeback in American history, is at the helm at FOX.
As Bill Kristol, the only DC based analyst who "gets it" said the move also frees Palin to "write her book, give speeches, travel the country, and educate herself on some issues." It also frees her to build a net work of fundraisers and supporters throughout the country - many of whom will be her TV viewers.
Palin's stunning move guarantees an outsider strategy in which Palin is a movement but not a party candidate. No decision on running should be made until 2011 and focus must be on image repair. This is a woman who held off 36 year Senate vet Joe Biden in a 90 minute debate. She may just be up to the task.
Full Article At:http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/07/07/palins_plan_97333.html