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Tone-deaf Palin’s Political Future in Peril

January 18, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday Palin gave a live interview to Sean Hannity on Fox News which revealed both how politically tone deaf she is, and he reactions from within the GOP demonstrate that she is on the outs with most of the leaders of that party. This incident shows starkly why she does not have the political intelligence for a role in national politics.

Palin was very quickly dragged into the national discussion about how the divided and rancorous tone of political discourse might cause unstable people to acts of violence following the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others in Arizona. She waded in full force, but instead of rising above the argument that her words (and maps with crosshairs, and frequent “reload” messages) should be held partially responsible, she made it all about Sarah Palin. That’s all she knows how to do.

So she played the victim of powerful media, someone who was being silenced. She even chose to release a poorly timed video statement on the very day that President Obama gave a widely praised speech about unity and the national character. But Sarah’s speech was all whine and victim and playing to her base. It did not reach out to the whole nation, it reached back to her base.

She also accused her critics of participating in blood libel a reference that was both incorrect in its application and deeply offensive to Jewish people.

But Sarah had some time for introspection and good advice.  She could have anticipated questions – even from the friendly Hannity/Fox News corner – and prepared for them.  But it did not appear that she did any of those things.  Predictable questions were fumbled with inadequate answers.  She came across as defensive, angry and whiny.

At a time when even Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck seemed to sense the mood of the nation and make conciliatory gestures toward healing and unity, Sarah Palin continues to attack her critics and seems to miss the greater themes brought out by the Arizona tragedy.

Following her performance on Hannity many normally supportive voices within the GOP are distancing themselves from Sarah Palin.

Business Insider even published a piece titled “It’s Time to Bid Goodbye to Sarah Palin’s Presidential Ambitions.”  We can only hope.

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