Entries Tagged as 'Sarah Palin'

Palin: Already Almost Forgotten

David Frum October 5th, 2011 at 10:51 pm 306 Comments

“I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets…”

- From Sarah Palin’s statement announcing her decision not to run for president.

Um, probably not. Sarah Palin’s political voice had dwindled well before she announced her decision not to run. Now it will sink altogether into inaudibility. She will be no kind of force in future national discussions. She will have no sway over party debates. She will retain some starpower for a little while longer. She may for another cycle or two be able to help certain candidates for certain political offices raise some money. Even that will fade within two more years or four. Her political career was brief, bizarre, and sordid. But now at least it is definitively finished.

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Will Palin Be Forced to Run?

October 5th, 2011 at 12:21 am 86 Comments

First it was Mitch Daniels, who refused to run. Then it was Paul Ryan, who also refused. Now it’s Chris Christie, who’s refused so many times he could write a book called “How to Refuse the Presidency” out of it. Rick Perry is getting dragged down, Herman Cain’s appeal is dubiously lasting, and no one seems to like Mitt Romney.

So what’s a disenchanted Republican voter searching for the next big thing to do? Turn to the one person who hasn’t definitively ruled out a run – who’s always been there to provide wish fulfillment fantasies to a certain loving segment of the GOP base – Sarah Palin.

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In the Shadow of Ronald Reagan

David Frum September 8th, 2011 at 8:39 am 34 Comments

Twenty years ago, historian William Leuchtenberg published a book with the poignant title, In the Shadow of FDR. Leuchtenberg’s point: President Roosevelt raised expectations for the modern presidency that his (Democratic) successors could not hope to fulfill. From Truman to Clinton, they were doomed to fail.

You could make an analogous argument on the Republican side based upon the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

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Perry: Unprepared, Underwhelming

David Frum September 7th, 2011 at 11:14 pm 118 Comments

The revelation from the Republican presidential debate: Rick Perry and his team utterly failed to prepare answers to utterly predictable questions on “military adventurism” and Social Security. Worse than that, Perry’s Social Security answer delivered President Obama the perfect clip for a 2012 negative ad: Rick Perry in his too-new suit and too-shiny tie denouncing Social Security as a Ponzi scheme. If Perry wins the nomination, expect to see that moment reiterated in as many TV ads as $1 billion in presidential campaign funds can buy.

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Sarah Palin is Right About Chickenpox

August 19th, 2011 at 3:18 pm 22 Comments

Nearly everyone who tells parents not to vaccinate their children is misinformed, deceived, or lying intentionally. Discouraging people from vaccinating their children is an awful idea and the leaders of the anti-vaccine movement should all be ashamed of themselves.

Although I disagree strongly with Palin’s general opposition to mandatory vaccination, I tend to agree with her that the government shouldn’t mandate the chickenpox vaccine.

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Preventing Another Palin Disaster

David Frum August 17th, 2011 at 7:13 pm 185 Comments

In my column for The Week I discuss the lessons that Republicans must learn for 2012 and beyond, so they don’t repeat the same mistakes they made with Sarah Palin:

The people who promoted and celebrated the Palin pick have disavowed — or at least abandoned — their former enthusiasm. They no longer accuse those who objected to the pick of “elitism” or “snobbishness” or “misogyny.” It’s now considered very bad form among Republicans even to remember what the people said and wrote about Palin three years ago.

But before the episode is consigned to forgetfulness, there are some lessons to be learned of urgent value for 2012 and beyond.

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Why I’m Done With Sarah Palin

August 16th, 2011 at 10:56 am 182 Comments

I used to be a fan of Sarah Palin, but even I can see that the best thing for her to do now is to step aside.

When Sarah Palin first exploded on the scene at the 2008 Republican convention as John McCain’s running-mate, I was enthralled.  Yes, I admit, I thought she was terrific.  Here was this attractive, confident governor from a state as far away from the Washington D.C. beltway as one could hope for.

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The Relaunch That Didn’t Ignite

David Frum July 25th, 2011 at 7:42 am 33 Comments

From Taegan Goddard today:

“With its Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated increasing its playdates by 40% this weekend, pills only to watch box office revenue decline by more than 63 percent, discount distributor Arc Entertainment announced Sunday that the film will soon be available on pay per view,” Reuters reports.

“The movie played in 14 Tea Party-friendly locations this weekend — up from the 10 in which it opened last week — but grossed just $24,000.”

Introducing: Joan of Bachmann Watch

July 21st, 2011 at 5:30 pm 37 Comments

The Tea Party has discarded Sarah Palin in favor of a new icon: Michele Bachmann.

The incense and hallelujahs once heaped upon the Martyr of Wasilla have been redirected to the Saint of Waterloo. As with Palin too, the Bachmann-mania seems likely to prove both  embarrassing and temporary. Before it subsides, we thought it might be a useful service to future generations of Republicans to preserve some of the most effusive statements – in hopes of inoculating this party against recurrences of this form of delusion in the political cycles to come.

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Palinistas Invent a New Conspiracy

David Frum July 20th, 2011 at 8:38 am 37 Comments

Jon Kay describes how Conor Friedersdorf inadvertently supplied the raw material for a new Internet conspiracy theory:

Conor described in a post on the Atlantic website attending an empty opening of the new Sarah Palin documentary in Orange County, CA.


[O]ne William Collier, a pro-Palin blogger and movie marketer … announced to the blogosphere that the midnight showing of “The Undefeated” in Orange County was unscheduled — meaning that Friedersdorf might have arranged a “secret showing” that would supply him fodder for anti-Palin ridicule.

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