Sarah Palin’s dysfunction of her brand of politics as performance art was laid embarrassingly bare.

Sarah Palin has lost her mojo

By Margaret Carlson

Sarah Palin is learning that attention is a depreciating asset.

Her latest melodrama revolved around whether she would show up at a Tea Party event in Iowa on Sept. 3. In the end, she did. Yet that only begged a question: Does anyone, including Republican primary voters, still care?

In 2009, Palin similarly backed in and out of appearances including a keynote address before the annual joint fundraiser of the Republican Senate and House campaign committees. The dysfunction of her brand of politics as performance art was laid embarrassingly bare. The best her defenders could do was blame a staff that Politico characterized as “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”

In advance of Saturday’s tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, Palin reverted to form. Yes, she’s coming. No, she’s not. Yes, she will come if organizers provide her with a bucolic setting, bomb-sniffing dogs and two exits. No, on second thought, make that a bale of hay, a bullhorn and a very public dismissal of Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate from Delaware whom Palin had endorsed but now doesn’t want to be seen with.

In the end, the Delaware non-witch got the boot and Palin got her way. What’s left of Palin’s core constituency – the media – showed up on a slow news weekend to chronicle her soap opera histrionics, operational anarchy and rock-ribbed narcissism. But it’s hard to keep running on the fumes of old celebrity. Having failed to finish a single term as governor, master any policy issues, or build a competent organization, she is noted largely for the fun stuff – looking good and appearing on television, both on her travelogue show and within the safe ideological cocoon of Fox News. She cheered her daughter Bristol on “Dancing with the Stars.” She gives lucrative speeches to friendly audiences. She got rich in a Paris Hilton kind of way, and now finds herself ridiculous in much the same vein.

That doesn’t mean Palin wouldn’t be a factor in the Republican presidential primary in the unlikely event she entered it. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would like nothing better than for Palin to create a tea party brawl on his right. While she wouldn’t win more than a toy in a Cracker Jack box, she could still destabilize the field, creating problems for Texas Governor Rick Perry and veritable conniptions for Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann – all just as a new poll shows most Republicans have finally grown satisfied with their candidate options.

Yet her travails as a celebrity are nothing compared with what she would face as a candidate.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gem
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:13:06

    She didn’t get rich in a Paris Hilton sort of way. Paris Hilton is pretty smart and comes from a long line of business people. Paris Hilton is a bored socialite. The governor who thankfully quit (but was replaced with the guy behind the curtain) stayed FAMOUS in a Paris Hilton sort of way.

    Paris Hilton was a young ditz, but she’ll grow up and become a classy person because it will benefit her and refuse to have regrets, but hopefully show a little embarrassment. She Who Won’t be Named has a trash mouth and at almost 50, doesn’t know what classy is.


    • GypsyGirl
      Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:29:21

      Gem, I was thinking along those same lines too at first, but knowing how old Margaret is, I think she has to know who Paris’ grandfather was, so therefore I think Margaret is referring to the celebrity “richness” meaning, and not monetary richness.
      We [older folk] know that all the Hilton kids were born with silver spoons & trust funds galore, and “swwbn” had to easily grift & whore her way to her noveau riche millions.

      [Then again, is “grifting” a really hard job to get & keep going? Or is it an artform? Or is it just easy to string a sucker born every minute along for the grifter ride?]


  2. aklucia
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:34:52

    The Palin brand “she who wouldn’t be bought” is so self unaware she doesn’t know what classy means.


  3. Sarah HalfTime
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:22:37

    While I may not fit the realm of christen conservative beliefs, I do know what a great role model consists of within said realm.

    Worst Govenor Ever never comes close to any christen conservative role model I been exposed to. I am thankful to know better.


  4. WakeUpAmerica
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:53:15

    She is all hot air, no balloon.


  5. climber357
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:09:31

    The understatement of the year: ¨Yet her travails as a celebrity are nothing compared with what she would face as a candidate.¨

    The more I learn about sarah palin, the more I am alarmed she has a driver´s license.


  6. nastyliberal
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:55:35

    True remarks, but expired link…


  7. Lonnie
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:58:04

    She’s become a celebrity that comedians love to mock. Also, as a celebrity she’s adored only by her base.

    Even some conservatives are getting tired of the games she’s playing. Hopefully, she’ll fizzle out soon.


  8. Say What
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 14:43:37

    The link doesn’t work.

    Even though it shows up in a search, that story’s been yanked.


  9. Syrin
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 15:25:23|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

    The page is still up, but address changed? This link worked for me..


  10. Moles
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 22:26:20

    Of course there is another meaning of Mojo, a Cuban sauce or marinade containing garlic, olive oil, and sour oranges. Does rather describe Palin’s personality. 🙂


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