In the madcap, political circus which handicaps America today, her tactics are working and her supporters are being hoodwinked.
A Powerful Sponsor
After being scooped up by the ever vigilant media predator, Rupert Murdoch, chief of News Ltd and it’s subsidiary, Fox News, Sarah Palin’s post public service strategy to fast track a personal accumulation of wealth, appears to be paying off – big time.
The Palin Mystique?
What is it about Sarah Palin? Not only has she been successful in attracting the support of two extremely wealthy and powerful old men in Senator John McCain and Rupert Murdoch, at the other end of the scale she also enjoys the support of just about every Redneck in America. What would Mae West make of that? News reports would have us believe that she has banked around $12 million since being plucked from relative political obscurity in Alaska in 2008, to become the most unlikely Vice Presidential candidate in living memory. At the time of her announcement as a running mate for Senator John McCain, her elevation into the national political arena was greeted as an unexpected coup for the GOP. In hindsight, many Republicans now have a very different view.
Let the Good Times Roll
Currently while millions of American families continue to struggle as a result of the global financial crisis, Ms Palin’s financial affairs have never been so productive. The good times haven’t stopped rolling for the lady from Anchorage since she and and her campaign partner,the infatuated septuagenarian from Arizona, Senator John McCain, were trounced in the Presidential election of 2008.
The Simple Palin Strategy
Her growing public notoriety is clear proof that the more controversial her statements become, the more media coverage and comment she attracts. In today’s print media such is the emphasis on so called “celebrity” that fewer column inches are available for common sense ideas. And much like the fate of ” most good news” stories, common sense ideas rarely make headlines, sell papers or increase circulation. What does that say about our mentality? What it does suggest however, is that if media is to be conducted primarily as a business in the 21st century, making money will be the top priority.
In her new media career as a commentator and self appointed people’s champion, the free ranging Ms Palin, courtesy of her benefactor Rupert Murdoch and team Fox, appears to have found her yellow brick road to fame and fortune. In return she will add many more greenbacks to Mr M’s balance sheet. Her strategy is mind numbingly simple. She attracts public support by attacking high profile political targets. She empathizes with people’s concerns and attempts to placate these by offering simple solutions. Unfortunately her remedies are generally ill considered, simplistic and often quite unrealistic.For those who are feeling angry and suffering great hardship, her shoot from the hip ideas may have some instant appeal and raise hopes,but uninformed comment, even if well intended, only adds to the problem governments face.
No one in the Democratic Party including the President of the United States, is beyond the reach of her dumb witted critiques. Her prime objective is to gain maximum publicity for herself and her views. The more extreme her comments, the greater the media coverage and public response. In the madcap, political circus that handicaps America today, her tactics are working and her supporters are being hoodwinked.
A 21st Century Mae West
Sarah Palin’s appeal should not be underestimated. She employs her charm with coquettish subtlety and her male supporters fall for it hook line and sinker. Not a bad effort at all, for someone who is regarded as an intellectual nitwit and a political failure. A woman whose reputation as Alaska’s governor was tarnished by ethics claims. A factor which may have influenced her decision to truncate her first term tenure, midterm, without real explanation at the time.
Even as millions of her fellow Americans are losing their homes Sarah’s banker would gleefully admit there are no signs of damage from the GFC in her new neck of the woods. Particularly while her personal relationships at Rupert Land remain strong.
America needs to be Alert
If America is to get back on it’s feet more people will need to start paying attention to what is happening in their country. In fact Sarah Palin’s behaviour is more suited to farce. As loopy as her views are, they are more suited to providing comedic relief in forums like Saturday Night Live or downtown Las Vegas. Tina Fey would agree, of that I am sure.
In actuality her plan is an adaptation of the highly lucrative strategy of promoting extremism similar to that employed by Russ Limbaugh and Glen Beck. A strategy which thrives by constantly creating and inciting high levels of controversy and public angst on hot issues. A crass vehicle for out and out self promotion designed to make stars out of ignorant talking heads while raking in money for America’s ratings hungry media organisations.
A White House Bid in 2012 is just a Ruse
Those serious about the quality of US media should understand that by covering Sarah Palin’s self promoting activities, they are being duped through the subterfuge of a Murdoch controlled political pretender. Why otherwise would Palin continue to fan speculation regarding the possibility of her making a presidential bid in 2012? In beating up this most unlikely outcome, the media unwittingly becomes complicit in her duplicity. Sarah Palin and Mr Murdoch both understand that she is unelectable to the White House. They also know that her days in politics are over. She has a better deal now. Sarah Palin doesn’t want to be a public servant again. She’s the type that wants to have servants of her own.
She Has The $$$ Formula
These days Sarah Palin is is making more money than she ever dreamed of in her new life as a roving, pouting, winking, political stirring Murdoch backed celebrity. For the first time in her life she is laughing all the way to the Bank. She is already a Star in the eyes of millions of Americans, and by now she is probably more famous than most of those in Hollywood. Who says that sex doesn’t sell? Certainly no one in the Advertising game.
Everything Sarah Palin now does involves taking full advantage of her McCain endowed window of political celebrity. There is no crime in that. One thing is certain. You can be sure she will use every opportunity to lavishly line her pockets regardless of the collateral damage her activities may wreak on many unsuspecting Americans. As she would so eloquently put it in Alaska speak. “You Betcha”.
With the advancement of modern technology perhaps the day will come when Sarah’s “Bridge to Nowhere”ideas can be encapsulated and transported to a specially selected galactic dustbin location chosen by NASA as a repository for all such records of political stupidity. Of course it would need to be a very large and useless type of planet.
“Beam me up Scotty” might be a better mode than Fedex for this task!