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Palin versus the GOP on BP

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.

By David Weigel  |  June 21, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
Categories:  Energy , Sarah Palin  
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O'Reilly grills Palin on oil spill

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.

By David Weigel  |  June 16, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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'Saint Sarah' of Newsweek

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.

By David Weigel  |  June 11, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Palin endorsement effect, calculated (and spun)

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.

By David Weigel  |  June 11, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  2010 Election , Sarah Palin  
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Can Sarah Palin claim credit for last night?

It's also irritating to Republicans who, generally, like Palin but believe that the media uses her as a cudgel against their party.

By David Weigel  |  June 9, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  2010 Election , Sarah Palin  
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Palin fans revolt over Terry Branstad endorsement

Via HotAir, which also grabbed this video from IowaRepublican of Branstad learning of the endorsement and then, chuckling, declining to immediately endorse Palin.

By David Weigel  |  June 8, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  2010 Election , Sarah Palin  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Advice for Joe McGinniss from Wasilla, David Weigel , May 31, 2010
The history of the house next door to Palin, David Weigel , May 27, 2010
Inside my Palin mailbag, David Weigel , May 26, 2010
The Palin press shield is cracking, David Weigel , April 29, 2010
I, Sarah Palin defender, David Weigel , April 27, 2010
Palin in Boston: 'Please, starve the beast!', David Weigel , April 14, 2010
A Pulitzer for Kathleen Parker, David Weigel , April 12, 2010
Caribou jerky from SarahPAC, David Weigel , April 9, 2010
 
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