Althouse: Sarah Palin was a blithering idiot until she became a devious genius

Ann Althouse
February 6, 2010

So here’s Mark Leibovich, writing in the NYT, about the powerful political position Sarah Palin has devised for herself:

Ms. Palin represents a new breed of unelected public figures operating in an environment in which politics, news media and celebrity are fused as never before. Her growing cast of advisers and support system could be working in the service of any number of goals: a presidential run, a de facto role as the leader of the Tea Party movement, a lucrative career as a roving media entity — or all of the above. Whether she ever runs for anything else, Ms. Palin has already achieved a status that has become an end in itself: access to an electronic bully pulpit, a staff to guide her, an enormous income and none of the bother or accountability of having to govern or campaign for office….

… Ms. Palin is quietly assembling the infrastructure of an expanding political operation….

…As a blogger, operating from my remote outpost in Madison, Wisconsin, I love that she’s working through Facebook and staying rooted in Wasila, Alaska. Fox News is building a TV studio in her house in Wasila. That’s so not toast.

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