In a thoughtful piece on the media frenzy surrounding the release of the “13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska“, Toby Harden gets one thing wrong:
The email release could mark the end of a chapter of what conservatives have termed “Palin Derangement Syndrome” [PDS]. Her enemies in the media appear to have overplayed their hand.
He may well right that the accomplished former governor “seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced” at least to those concerned with her actual record. But, Mrs. Palin had already developed a solid reputation in her home state — well before John McCain tapped her as his running mate fewer than three years ago.
Many of those afflicted with PDS never paid much attention to that record. Recall, that in her celebrated interview with the then-Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States, Katie Couric never once asked the charismatic conservatives about her record in office.
Indeed, you talk to most of those afflicted with PDS and they repeat some talking points about earmarks Palin asked for when Mayor of Wasilla. Or books she supposedly wanted banned from the local library. They’ve always given short shrift to her actual record. Or the record approval she once enjoyed. Among Alaska Democrats.
Palin Derangement Syndrome is not a rational reaction to an imperfect understanding of Sarah Palin’s record in office, but an irrational antagonism to a charismatic conservative woman. Facts didn’t matter to their initial opposition to this strong woman. And they won’t cause some Palin-haters to reassess their animus.
Via Big Government.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Rick Patel quips:
It does seem like Sarah Palin is the Emanuel Goldstein of the American left. She provides them with their two minutes of hate every day. You can imagine them all together in a howling mob.
It does seem hatred of Sarah Palin is part of the doctrine of the church of liberalism.