Palin’s Effort to Tamp Down Furor Stokes It

January 13, 2011

By Karen Tumulty and Peter Wallsten, Washington Post

The presidential-quality stagecraft was there: an American flag over Sarah Palin’s left shoulder and another over her heart. So was the rhetorical polish, with its invocations of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, God and Ronald Reagan.

And after four days of near silence, the timing guaranteed that Palin would be written into the story line of President Obama’s visit to comfort grief-stricken Tucson after a massacre there.

But if the statement that Palin put out Wednesday was designed to tamp down the criticism of her incendiary style of politics, it turned out to have the opposite effect.

Within minutes of the video and its accompanying Facebook post going viral on the Internet, all of that was subsumed by a new furor over Palin’s choice of two words to describe her critics in the media: “blood libel.”

Her choice of that provocative phrase underscored the challenge and the contradiction that confront the Republican former Alaska governor as she undertakes a new strategy to retool her image and elevate her stature in preparation for a possible presidential run in 2012.

A presidential campaign would pit Palin’s ambition against her impulses and test her ability to expand her reach beyond the narrow slice of the population that rallies behind her.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • singer23 says:

    Let’s be truthful, anything that Sarah Palin say’s will be: “intentionally Misconstrued.” They sit and wait to attack her every word! The Left is comprised of; petty, small minded nincompoops of both sexes, the women might be the worst of the lot! They hate the sight of Sarah, they froth at the mouth, waiting to criticize her for everything she stands for! They want every Conservative to either have a: “Pre- Frontal Lobotomy or just die! It kills them to have anyone disagree with Obama or their Leftist point of view, they want a Socialist form of Government in the United States Of America, that’s the truth of the matter, period! If you don’t want: “Obamacare,” ” Cap And Trade,” “Total Government Control ” and everything that the Progressives envision, you should shut up! Well, sorry, as long as there are independent thinkers in America, we will fight to our last breath to see that they don’t get their way! Right now, I may not choose Sarah Palin for President but I will surely not support Obama for a second term! He has been the single most divisive President in American history! He has divided America more than Abe Lincoln, we fought a Civil War over his policies! I hope the American voter opens their eyes and looks what this President has done to this country!

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