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Malek on Palin: "She's obviously touching a need"

Fred Malek, a major Republican donor and personal friend to Sarah Palin, defended the score-settling elements of the former Alaska governor's soon-to-be-released memoir as a justified response to a series of inaccurate leaks about her conduct in the wake of the campaign.

"The leaks were lacking in truth, honor and chivalry," said Malek in an interview with the Fix. "If there was some score-settling, isn't that unusual for this town," he noted sarcastically.

Malek added that although the passages of the book that have gotten the most attention detail Palin's clashes with campaign manager Steve Schmidt and communications adviser Nicole Wallace, the former governor is largely "complimentary about those people who traveled around with her during the campaign" in the memoir.

Despite a national book tour that will take her to some of the hotbeds of Republicanism in several states likely to kick off the presidential nomination fight in two years -- Grand Rapids, Michigan and Sioux City, Iowa to name two -- Malek insisted that seeing the book through a 2012 lens was inaccurate.

"This book and this book tour are not part of a grand strategy to run for national office," argued Malek. "She wrote the book because she had a story to tell." Palin echoed those remarks in a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey that will run today, telling the talk show host that 2012 is "not on my radar screen right now."

Malek said that he does expect Palin to be an active force for Republican candidates in 2010 particularly in coordination with the Republican Governors Association. (Malek is intimately involved in raising money for the RGA and the organization's executive director, Nick Ayers, is one of the few people in Washington with a good relationship with Palin.)

Palin is already doing some work for the RGA as Ben Smith reports on a fundraising email from the former governor offering signed copies of the new book in exchange for a $100 donation to the organization. She was not, however, involved in the RGA's two races this fall in New Jersey and Virginia -- a sign that while Palin is beloved by the party base, she is far less effective as a messenger in swing states or among independent voters.

Asked whether Palin is a positive or negative force for the party, Malek responded: "You bet she's good." Malek added that no politician in the country aside from President Barack Obama can draw the sort of crowds that Palin commands, noting: "She's obviously touching a need."

And, for those who point to a series of polls released earlier today showing large majorities expressing doubts about whether she is qualified to be president, Malek said that those who write off Palin are leaping to the wrong conclusions about her. "She has a resourcefulness and an ability to touch a public nerve that has often been underestimated by her opponents," he said.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2009; 3:33 PM ET
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Sarah Palin is touching a need. What a stupid statement. Lots of things touch a need, including steaming piles of horse manure, so what does that have to do with anything? Malek, what a dope.

Posted by: Bob22003 | November 17, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Fred Malek, a major Republican donor and personal friend to Sarah Palin, defended the score-settling elements of the former Alaska governor's soon-to-be-released memoir as a justified response to a series of inaccurate leaks about her conduct in the wake of the campaign.***********************************

Another Palin candidate for the AIP, along with the fact that he's a THIEF: (Fred Malek--the notorious "hatchet man" for Richard Nixon who only a few years ago was busted by the SEC for investment fraud.) and ANTI-Semetic and RACIST. But he's powerful in the GOP world.

Posted by: lindarc | November 17, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Some facts about Fred Malek...........PS he's backing Palin.....

Fred Malek is, by his own admission, loyal to a fault. ... it's all but certain that Palin & Malek said, they're referring to blacks and Latinos as other species. ...

Fred Malek--the notorious "hatchet man" for Richard Nixon who only a few years ago was busted by the SEC for investment fraud.

Malek fits nicely into the circle of corruption that has followed Palin throughout her political career.

Malek palled around with the likes of real terrorists, including H. R. Haldeman, John Erlichman, Charles Colson and E. Howard Hunt. Malek distinguished himself in the Nixon circles by providing the anti-Semitic president with information about the number of Democrats and "important Jewish officials" working in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nixon was convinced that a "Jewish cabal" had taken over the agency.

Malek,was dubbed "Nixon's Jew counter....

"These moves [removing Jews from the bureau] do not go as far as I would have preferred," Malek wrote in a secret memo to Haldeman"

Posted by: lindarc | November 17, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

More on Palin PLEASE!

More coverage until EVERY story is about a losing vice-presidential candidate.

Tomorrow I hope to read about her day. And what she ate for breakfast. And her latest bowel movement--which strangely resembles George Bush.

Posted by: branfo4 | November 17, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Charisma---Love her or hate her. She is like the Dallas Cowboys. SEVEN (YES SEVEN) different articles on Palin in this newspaper today. That charisma could turn into votes in the future.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | November 17, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If you check the best seller list, you will find that most all of the books sell for from $18 - $28. They dropped the price on Sarah Palin's book to anywhere from $5 - $9. Now does anyone still wonder why it got to be a best seller. I haven't read the book and don't plan to, but going by most of the reviews, it is not even good to tear up and use for fire starter. The low price on this book is right there above her IQ and her morals.

Posted by: racam | November 17, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The problem is that so many GOPers have succumbed to the brain eating bacterium "Limbaugus palinitus". Transmitted by contact with an infected FOX.

Posted by: lufrank1 | November 17, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

What need?

The President has called for the return of Glass Steagall to make the banks sound.

The President has told American companies that they can not export American jobs, and to bring the jobs home.

The President has told the general No about sending more troops to Afghanistan.

The President has told Wall Street he is going to consider high bonuses like tobacco and tax them out of existence.

And the President has told the Attorney General to cancel the circus in New York City.

No need for the demagogues as everything is fine.

Posted by: bsallamack | November 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin fills the need for the media to find a market, hook readers, and fills the public's need for celebrity. That's pretty much all she is - a celebrity, just like Paris Hilton, able to generate a heck of a lot of interest with very little substance. One does note, however, this is quintessentially American. So she will be an interesting footnote in pop culture books written about the 2000s. But right now, I really really really can't wait for the day that she doesn't take up any more space in the national or political headlines. She serves to distract readers from rather important matters - like reading about health care, learning about the economy, poverty, education, foreign affairs...

On second thought, yeah, just give me more soft core Palin shots...

Posted by: vysu | November 17, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"The leaks were lacking in truth, honor and chivalry," said Malek'

They were direct quotes from the book. The wingers just keep getting better and better at denying reality.

Posted by: drindl | November 17, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Fred Malek knows a thing or two about lacking truth, honor and chivalry. He was on the Board of Fannie Mae from 2002-2005. He's also been fined by the SEC for fiduciary violations.

Chivalrous guy, that Malek.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | November 17, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Meeche1, if you read your own link, instead of just re-posting what you got in an e-mail, you would see that Hasan was part of an academic conference hosted by a university, and not part of Obama's transition team.

But judging by your posts, reading comprehension probably isn't one of your strengths.

Posted by: nodebris | November 17, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Meeche1, you post is embarrassing. Very few people with an IQ of over 95, Republican, Democrat or Independent think Sarah Palin is "brilliant". Actually liberal democrats are not afraid of her, they are afraid of people that support her. But actually Sarah Palin is the best thing that could happen for the Democrats. There is a slight possibility she could win the GOP nomination but there is no way in hell she could beat Obama or even Jimmy Carter for that matter. I hate to be the one to break this to you but Palin is pretty ignorant when it comes to politics. She was Mayor of a nothing Alaska town and served as Governor less than 50% of her term before she quit for no good reason. But please keep on expressing your support for her! If she runs I will make sure to go back to being a Republican just to vote for her in the primary.

Sarah Palin is a lot more qualified than Obama. The only reason you people are bashing her is because you're a bunch of liberal democrats who are afraid of her.She is brilliant and has more political experience in her little finger than Obama. She has more sense and good judgement than all the anchors and so-called biased journalists on CNN, ABC and NBC put together.

Posted by: Meeche1

Posted by: rcc_2000 | November 17, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

WOW - Ichecked out the facts - Nidel Hasan was indeed an Advisor to Obama's Homeland Security Team...No wonder this bastard got away with openly bashing America while in the Military. No wonder Obama wants to delay the investigation.This Murdering Muslim Terrorist had ties to the President. EVERYONE go to http://www.qwumc.edu/hspi/old/PTTF Proceedings Report 05.19.09. Check out Page 29. Hasan is listed there as an advisor to Obama on the US Homeland Security Team.. Oh My God. How many more of Obama's Muslim friends in high places are Radical Muslim Terrorists too.

Posted by: Meeche1 | November 17, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Malek said that those who write off Palin are leaping to the wrong conclusions about her. "She has a resourcefulness and an ability to touch a public nerve that has often been underestimated by her opponents."


Of course she does. I whole-heartedly support Sarah's Palin as the conservative candidate. Come on, everyone! Let's get behind the Sarah nubbins bus!! Yeah!!!

Posted by: swatkins1 | November 17, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"She is brilliant and has more political experience in her little finger than Obama. She has more sense and good judgement than all the anchors and so-called biased journalists on CNN, ABC and NBC put together."

This is just a tragedy, a train wreck of a brain.

Posted by: drindl | November 17, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a lot more qualified than Obama. The only reason you people are bashing her is because you're a bunch of liberal democrats who are afraid of her.She is brilliant and has more political experience in her little finger than Obama. She has more sense and good judgement than all the anchors and so-called biased journalists on CNN, ABC and NBC put together.

Posted by: Meeche1 | November 17, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

She services the funny mental lust of white ringers.

Posted by: whocares666 | November 17, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

When Fred Malek dies he'll be remembered for two things:

1. Counting Jews for Nixon.
2. How far he managed to insert his head into Sarah Palin's butt.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 17, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

RE: Sarah Palin: Who cares? She obviously has NO interest in running for higher office. If she did, she wouldn't have quit her job.

Instead, she's cashing in on her 15 minutes of fame.

I'd much rather CC and the Washington Post use their limited space and budget covering actual potential candidates.

Not media darlings.

Posted by: MDLaxer | November 17, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

'Who but moonbats can stomach this crap?'

no self-awareness whatsoever.

Posted by: drindl | November 17, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Rudy Giuliana has been walking that 9-11 trail for 8 years now. It's a lucrative trail.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 17, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

There's a 9/11 trail? Is this the kind of thing where you hike from Ground Zero to Arlington, VA to Pennsylvania?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 17, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Why aren't we talking about Obama's wacky decision to have 9/11 trail in Manhattan?


Then Obama leaves the country, was he fearing the heat, or did he think no one would care, which is even worse ?


Is everyone now convinced that Obama is completely out of it ???


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | November 17, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Gee, and I thought explicit references were something that got a particular poster banned in the past. Then he started cyberstalking. What's next?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 17, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Gee, and I thought explicit references were something that got a particular poster banned in the past. Then he started cyberstalking. What's next?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 17, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Cc. I'm not seeing your long term vision with this blog. Are you trying to mimic the ratings of air America, NBC and CNN? Allowing drivl, chrisuxcox and loud and dumb to drive your agenda is a losing strategy. Are you eager to drive all intellect from this space. Compare the postings from two years ago compared to now. See any change. I will live will an honest verdict.

Who but moonbats can stomach this crap?

Air America.

Posted by: snowbama | November 16, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Epearson1, if you examine your link, (i.e., more than just finding the name Hasan on pg 27), you will discover that Hasan was part of an academic conference, organized by George Washington University, that had no connection with the Obama transition team.

I know you really, really wanted to believe it. Sorry.

Posted by: nodebris | November 16, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA COVERED UP THE FACT NIDEL HASAN WAS PART OF HIS HOMELAND SECURITY TEAM.

Yes, the murdering Muslim who killed and wounded the people at Fort Hood, Texas is an advisor to Obama's Homeland Security team. Look on page 29 of the Homeland Security Institute link:

http://www.gwumc.edu/hspi/old/PTTF_ProceedingsReport_05.19.09.PDF

Posted by: EPearson1 | November 16, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

We're aware of only one fact-based profile of Phalin so far: Charley ("S@mbogate") James' groundbreaking piece in laprogressive.com.

James seems to be the only journalist who bothered to trek to Alaska and actually interview people about Mrs. Phalin.

http://www.laprogressive.com/2008/09/05/alaskans-speak-in-a-frightened-whisper-palin-is-%E2%80%9Cracist-sexist-vindictive-and-mean%E2%80%9D/

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 16, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The headlines for Sarah on Oprah today were bigger than Obama in China. Her book may sell more copies than Obama. Obama may be trying unsuccessfully to prop up the dollar and beg for more time with the Chinese (which will not help our struggling economy), but somehow, we just can't get enough info about Sarah.

Posted by: kenpasadena | November 16, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Chris, looking forward to your story tomorrow on Biden leading Castle by five in the latest polling, and how this represents yet another example of Republican Resurgence that Democrats should sincerely worry about.

Posted by: nodebris | November 16, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"an ability to touch a public nerve"

That's a compliment?

Posted by: nodebris | November 16, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the "jobs summit" is pathetic.

It is astonishing Obama is allowing supply siders like Ben (the recession is over!) Bernanke and Larry Summers to own the recovery plan. It is as if they believe the free money borrowed from the Fed by sovereign wealth funds now flowing into the stock and equity markets will somehow turn into sustainable jobs...it is just another bubble and this time, we are all in.


Posted by: shrink2 | November 16, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

No secret BHO would like to run against Phalin: no one outside the media and the teabaggers believes she is qualified. The Marist poll shows she would lose to BHO by 23 points if the race were today.

No time for complacency, though. Our sense is a portion of O-Nation, mainly the indies, Obamacans, and conservative Dems, are not happy. Not happy about the economy, the absence of BHO pushback on variety of issues, the Afghanistan quagmire, lack of traction on health care despite 60 votes in the Senate, and lack of an effective communications team (requiring BHO to personally pitch every single policy issue). If these problems still persist, or get worse, in 2012, the GOP will brand BHO a "Carter" and could stage a, er, "comeback" if its candidate is mainstream and not dependent on hate or fear mongering as a campaign strategy (e.g., Romney).

If BHO doesn't do a Let Bartlett be Bartlett, this thing could go south on him real soon.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 16, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Touching a need .. for:

Infantilism? Whining? Incompetence? Impotent rage?

Posted by: drindl | November 16, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I commend her on her great decision to dance in her stardom ...
________________________________________

But will the "author" of Gooey Rouge be able to dance with the the other fallen stars? DeLay was pathetic.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 16, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Couric's still unanswered question to Phalin: What newspapers do you read?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 16, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse


Is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6496

.

Posted by: usadblake | November 16, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Mathews on Obama: "He's obviously touching a need"

Posted by: leapin | November 16, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I betcha your one of dem east coast elitist free lunching, gov dependent psuedo's.

==

"you're"

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 16, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I make no pretense of tolerance for you creeps. The whole lot of you can slit your wrists and I'd click my heels.
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The over-the-top racist hatred of today's NeoCom Statist Destructionist Party members.

Posted by: leapin | November 16, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Palin: The champion of the uninformed (and they like it that way), the uneducated (and tehy like it that way) and the misinformed (and they like it that way)!

Posted by: jillcohen
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I betcha your one of dem east coast elitist free lunching, gov dependent psuedo's.

Posted by: leapin | November 16, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I make no pretense of tolerance for you creeps. The whole lot of you can slit your wrists and I'd click my heels.

"NeoCom Statist Destructionist Party" .. what are you, eight years old?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 16, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

So now you just make up posts to create opportunities to use this stupid phrase of yours.

Damned idiot.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite

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The kindness and compassion of today's NeoCom Statist Destructionist Party members.

Posted by: leapin | November 16, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

NeoCom Statist Destructionist Party.

==

So now you just make up posts to create opportunities to use this stupid phrase of yours.

Damned idiot.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 16, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin: The champion of the uninformed (and they like it that way), the uneducated (and tehy like it that way) and the misinformed (and they like it that way)!

Posted by: jillcohen | November 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone catch SNL Saturday? Joe Biden the comic relief of today's NeoCom Statist Destructionist Party.

Posted by: leapin | November 16, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh she touches a nerve, all right.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 16, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

lacking in chivalry?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 16, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about this is that it hust encourages the palinatics to cheer even louder for their girl.

She gets a bigger income, dances even crazier for the audience, and they get even more het up.

Reason, pragmatism, reality all disappear, and if we are lucky, won't reappear for another three years.

On the cold gray dawn of the day after Barack gets his reelection confirmation, the 20%ers will be out there talking about how the republican Party has a wonderful opportunity in 2014 and 2016.

Seventy Democratic Senators and three hundred Democratic Congresspersons will prepare to settle down and finish the good work started in 2006.

Sarah will write another book and this time she won't be so nice to her opponents.

So tell me, when did the Brothers Grimm become such infallible political theorists?

Posted by: ceflynline | November 16, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

She's touching something......but it ain't a need. You betcha!

Posted by: jasperanselm | November 16, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice fellow that Malek. Where is the MSM on this?

Nixon summoned the White House personnel chief, Fred Malek, to his office to discuss a "Jewish cabal" in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The "cabal," Nixon said, was tilting economic figures to make his Administration look bad. How many Jews were there in the bureau? he wanted to know. Malek reported back on the number, and told the President that the bureau's methods of weighing statistics were normal procedure that had been in use for years.

In 1988, when George Bush pere installed Malek as deputy chairman for the Republican National Committee, Woodward dusted off his notes and, with the Washington Post's Walter Pincus, further revealed that two months after Malek filed a memo on the matter -- he'd counted 13 Jews, though his methodology was shaky--a couple of them were demoted. (Malek denied any role and said Nixon's notions of a "Jewish cabal" were "ridiculous" and "nonsense.") The 1988 story raised a predictable ruckus, and Malek beat a hasty retreat from the RNC.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | November 16, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

More about the meanies in the press:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/16/AR2009111601770.html?hpid=artslot

Palin claims that McCain adviser Nicolle Wallace pushed the Couric interview, saying that "Katie wants people to like her. . . . She wants you to like her." But Palin wonders about the value of the "seemingly endless serial chat with the lowest-rated news anchor in network television."

She acknowledges that the interview didn't go well. But over several pages in her book, she blames CBS News, Couric and McCain aides. She says the long interviews were edited to make her look bad.

"When I saw the final cut, it was clear that CBS had sought out the bad moments and systematically sliced out material that would accurately convey my message," she writes. "The sin of omission was glaring."

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What, they cut out her chanting "Drill Baby Drill" for twenty solid minutes?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 16, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin a good thing for the party? Definitely.

For the Democratic Party, that is.

Does anyone really think that giving Palin more air and more ink is going to get people supporting her? Anyone other than the 17-percenters?

Not even Walter Mitty would daydream that.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 16, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the need for illiterate failures to believe they matter.

Come on, Chris.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 16, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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