Ben Buchwalter

Dimming the Palin Spotlight
July 14, 2009, 12:35 pm
Filed under: 2010 and 2012, Republicans

Ezra Klein brings up a good point about Sarah Palin’s new op-ed in the Washington Post challenging President Obama’s cap and trade proposal to slow the effects of climate change.

But that’s not all that’s missing. The term “global warming” is absent. So is “climate change.” It’s a bit like an op-ed that attacks firefighters for pointing pressurized water cannon at everything but never mentions fires, or a column that condemns surgeons for sticking sharp things into people but never mentions illness.

You could no more argue with this op-ed than you could drive a car made out of candy. Though it looks like one thing, it’s actually another. And that other is a declaration of political intent: Palin is going to spend the next couple of years trying to act as leader of the opposition. She’ll start with what she knows: Drill, baby, drill. And she’ll start where she knows. In the media.

I want to make another point about the op-ed. She begins by lamenting that “many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges.” Oh really, Sarah? You don’t want the media to focus on the personality behind political figures? That’s a pretty tall order for someone who made her entire political reputation by smothering the media with winks, “you betchas” and other stalwarts of down-home colloquialism. And that was before (!) she decided to resign as Governor. In only a few weeks, Palin will be entirely without political standing, and will rely only on her personality to grasp onto whatever media spotlight will continue to pay her attention.

Let’s hope it’s dim.