Nine tines out of 10, Palin's pioneering media strategy protects her from tough questions while allowing her to get her points widely distributed. The strategy is not working here. There has not yet been much interest in portraying Palin as what she is -- a critic of oil companies who sees a difference between how the government deals with them and how it deals with, say, Chrysler.
Via the Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan, this Sarah Palin interview on "The O'Reilly Factor" is tough to watch. I don't say that out of satisfaction. I said on MSNBC's "Countdown," the day Palin attacked Joe McGinniss, that I was disappointed by Palin's use of her megaphone to hype that story instead of talking about the disaster in the gulf. It's not clear, in this interview, that she has much to say.
The article, by Lisa Miller, is so insightful and sympathetic to conservatives that I can picture Newsbusters bloggers banging their heads against a wall, unable to find bits to disagree with.
The issue isn't whether Palin helped the candidates. She did -- there are few Republicans who could have hurt candidates by endorsing in the primaries, as Republicans like their potential 2012 nominees. The issue that was obscured by the silly "Palin racks up wins" narrative is that Palin is so popular among Republicans that fans of two conservatives who lose, Bob Vander Plaats in Iowa and Chuck DeVore, believe that Palin could have made them contenders by giving them her endorsement. She didn't, choosing instead to endorse one candidate, Iowa's Terry Branstad, who had an overwhelming lead, and two candidates, South Carolina's Nikki Haley and California's Carly Fiorina, who were in the last stretches of their campaigns and going up on the air against opponents who were running out of money.
It's also irritating to Republicans who, generally, like Palin but believe that the media uses her as a cudgel against their party.
Via HotAir, which also grabbed this video from IowaRepublican of Branstad learning of the endorsement and then, chuckling, declining to immediately endorse Palin.