That’s certainly the impression I get from reading the Anchoress’s post on Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey’s interview with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin:
Palin struck me as too guarded and needlessly defensive. Toward the end, Oprah asked if she had anything else to say, and Palin unwisely blurted out, “you can’t turn off my mic…” which was very revealing. . . . it seems to me that Palin is showing her scars from the detestable way the press descended on her and her family like a pack of rabid canines and worked to literally destroy Palin when she emerged in ‘08.
But the press tried to destroy Reagan, and they tried to destroy Bush; they could only get so far, because both men were able to shake the rutting mutts off their legs with aplomb, and look forward. It is a quality of character, part of it comes from knowing who you are and -as we see happening– it encourages people to take a second look, or a third, if need be.
I have suspected that Palin does know who she is, but she’s been rattled, and it shows. And so, she is talking about media mistreatment; her charges are not untrue, but tonguing the wounds will not help her with the people she needs to win over. They will see it merely as an unattractive, vindictive quality, rather ala Obama. Who wants more of that?
Like Obama, Palin is at her best when speaking to a supportive crowd. Both are good speaking from prepared texts, though the Alaskan is better when she lacks a Teleprompter.
Palin needs to learn from the greatest president of the second half of the twentieth century and not the incumbent in dealing with the media. He faced treatment nearly as bad as what she’s now getting. She’s made some smart choices during her book tour, by bypassing, for the most part, the mainstream media and seeking out venues where she is likely to get treatment only slightly harsher than that Democrats get from MSM outlets in the Northeast and Southern California.
She needs learn from Dave Townsend of the Alan Parsons Project:
If it’s getting harder to face every day
Don’t let it show, don’t let it show
Though it’s getting harder to take what they say
Just let it go, just let it go
If the subject of media treatment gets to you, Governor, just let it go and say it won’t detract you from speaking out on the issues of concern to you, and if polls are accurate, with a growing majority of Americans.