Sarah Palin reminds me of one of my teenage nieces who knows just how to smile and just what to say in order to manipulate her father. For an example of such behavior, see the first scene of the Odyssey on Olympus. Athene knows how to get Zeus to do her bidding. My niece is not nearly as successful as was the owl-eyed Olympian, but she is aware (at some level) of her charm and her power over men. And Sarah Palin sure knows, on a much deeper level, just when and where to bat her eyelash to whip the media into a frenzy.
Or to get them to follow her motorcade when she doesn’t share her itinerary with them. Today, I occasionally looked up from the new cardio machine to catch a glimpse of CNN commentators caught in Mrs. Palin’s web. They were talking about her recent pizza summit in New York with the man who bills himself as the Donald (the real Donald has his own bill) and bemoaning that Mr. Trump and Mrs. Palin were upstaging the more serious candidates and preventing a serious discussion of the issues.
Methinks they were doing the bidding of the Obama campaign, trying to make Republicans look like we’re obsessed with the Trump/Palin circus.
But, the only reason Palin and Trump might be upstaging the other candidates is because, well, folks like those on CNN are dispatching their production crews to follow her every move as they shine their lights and focus their cameras on their stage. Message to CNN: if you don’t want Sarah Palin to upstage those whom you bill as the more serious candidates, then don’t cover her.
“For more than two years,” Michelle Malkin observes, “Palin-bashing journalists (on the establishment left and the right) have mocked the conservative supernova while milking her for headlines, circulation, viewership and Web traffic.”
These guys just can’t leave her alone. They give her a prominent role on their broadcasts while complaining that she gets too much publicity. They should learn from wise fathers of teenagers. It is possible to say, “No,” to a charming and attractive young woman.
UPDATE: In a great post on the media’s Palin obsession, John Nolte wonders “how many of these so-called journalists who are now making complete fools of themselves choking on bus fumes left unfinished ‘Palin is irrelevant’ pieces on their desk to dash off and make fools of themselves.” Read the whole thing.