Skip to comments.Palin is not only a phenomenon in politics, but TV and the English language as well
Posted on 11/18/2010 10:45:05 AM PST by onyx
The left must be in a tail spin. Sarah Palin has proven to be a phenomenon in politics, new media, pop culture, and the English language.
Sarah Palin attracted attention to the Fed Chair’s plan of Quantitative easing, pinpointed the egregious legislation that is Obamacare which does contain “death panels.” Paul Krugman confirmed it yesterday, with Rush Limbaugh stating that Sarah Palin was right all along. The Right Scoop has the video.
Palin adopted new media to get her message out there via Twitter and Facebook. As a private citizen, whatever she types and sends becomes international news.
One tweet she sent out a few months ago, utilizing a made-up word “refudiate” became the talk all over the media. Now the Oxford American Dictionary declared “refudiate” an official word. Via Dave Weigel:
An unquestionable buzzmaker in 2010, the word refudiate instantly evokes the name of Sarah Palin, who tweeted her way into a flurry of media activity when she used the word in certain statements posted on Twitter. Critics pounced on Palin, lampooning what they saw as nonsensical vocabulary and speculating on whether she meant refute or repudiate.
From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used refudiate, we have concluded that neither refute nor repudiate seems consistently precise, and that refudiate more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of reject.
Yesterday, Sarah Palin’s Alaska premiered with explosive ratings. Unseen in the history of TLC (The Learning Channel). 5 million people tuned in!
The first episode of the eight-part series was the most-watched program launch in TLC’s history…
TLC has hit bigger numbers over the years for non-premiere episodes, with Jon & Kate Plus Eight pulling about 10 million for one episode during the peak of its tabloid headlines.
I never seen this in my lifetime following politics, especially among conservatives. For those who continue to say Sarah Palin is just a flash in the pan, could they please explain to me how is it after two years since her premiere on the national political stage, is she more popular than ever?
I’ll tell you why. Most Americans are center-right and see Sarah Palin as an extention of themselves. The left continues to attack her, and she continues to stand as the most powerful force in politics.
As Dan Riehl said on Twitter last night: Right about now, I’m thinking @KarlRove would have killed to do something like #SPAlaska for GWB in 1998. #Justsayin
Rush said it: the left will tell you who they fear the most.
Can healings and feedings of thousands be far behind?!?
Now, Now, didn’t your mama teach you to play nice...
Yeah, well, I hear she can walk on water, too.
Sycophancy is disgusting enough ... But when it's applied to a politician -- any politician -- it's downright dangerous.
“I never seen this in my lifetime...”
Walking across the Bering sea?
“Yeah, well, I hear she can walk on water, too.”
I’m sure she can. I know I can. Where she lives, it’s commonplace.
I’m thinking the next new word might be “hopeychangey”...but not sure if Obama or Palin should get credit for it ;-)
In AK everybody walks on water all winter long.
“Can healings and feedings of thousands be far behind?!?”
Interestingly, if she were to be elected President and improved healthcare and the economy, then, in a way, she could be credited with healing and feeding. Weird, huh?
For my money, she's the only one on the horizon at this point.
There’s an interesting dichotomy at work in the political spectrum.
There’s the official, elected end, which has historically held unlimited power. And then there’s the unelected end - the people who mix among the people and communicate to them the ideas and beliefs which they believe are correct.
And in this day and age of hyper-communication, the gap seems to be closing quickly on the question of which end of the spectrum can wield more power. A powerful and persuasive voice such as Sarah Palin’s is arguably more powerful than the President himself. When the idea-sowers (like Palin) can contribute to such a huge shift in power in the legislative branch, they are arguably more lethal in the arena of politics. This wasn’t just about tipping the balances in Congress, this was an utter castration of Barack Obama that took place earlier this month.
The question, then, is where Sarah Palin fits in. In biblical terms, is she a queen or a prophetess? Is she more important to conservatism as a prophetess free to speak her mind? Or is she better off tangling with the legislative branch and having the Presidential bully pulpit whever every syllable is dissected and criticized? In the past, no questions, I’d say she’d more important as a “queen” than a “prophetess”. But given how much power she has RIGHT NOW - to be a kingMAKER - is she more valuable in that role going forward?
The other intriguing possibility is that Sarah Palin could indeed become BOTH “queen” and “prophetess” by taking office and CONTINUING to use outlets like Twitter and Facebook to spread the conservative message. It would be clearly unorthodox, but whereas Obama is a prissy little coward, Sarah Palin is fearless and could very well revolutionize presidential communications the way FDR did during the Depression and World War II.
Sycophancy is disgusting enough ... But when it’s applied to a politician — any politician — it’s downright dangerous.
Agreed, and while I like and admire the Palins’ the level of worship of this human being in certain corners is disturbing on a level approaching “day in the life” threads.
I just had to smile! :^)
Can you tell me what you mean by “the next Ronald Reagan”? I’ve heard the comparison before, but have never been sure of what it actually means. I see two completely different types of people.
It’s not worship, it just is what it is. She’s great and continues to prove it. They tried to turn her into Madoff and she’s on top. What’s wrong with that ? Would we like to win the election or say we all agree with (insert name) and get killed? She’s going to win the primaries and be the nominee. It’s going to happen. And I assume you will be voting for her, not Obama. What’s wrong with that ?
Is it possible to like her w/o being a synchophant or is that just another cliche?
Pray for America
When you start characterizing Palin’s popular support as “worship”, you really have gone off the rails.
NEWSFLASH: nobody thinks that Palin is literally God, just like no-one thinks that Reagan, Thatcher, Golda Meir, Churchill etc were literally Gods. They were simply people who stood up and did good, and who have earned our grateful thanks.
How’s Romney doing, LOL.
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