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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Trumped again?

Sarah Palin knows how to play the lamestream media like a violin.

The Biker Babe (or is that Motorcycle Mama) tour is in high gear -- with the once and future (?) national candidate having a grand old time visiting historic monuments, trailed by reporters trying to figure out her intentions for 2012.

There were no fewer than five posts in the New York Times' The Caucus blog over the holiday weekend, the last noting an exasperating Ms. Palin deigned to speak to the media for only three minutes.

Reporters have agita over whether Palin will enter the 2012 campaign -- or whether they will be stuck analyzing Mitt Romney's PowerPoints and Tim Pawlenty's tweets. And Palin who loves sticking it to the boys and girls on the bus is having a grand old time, roaming historic sites in a bus that could pass for a campaign vehicle -- or a high-priced scam.

She surely has noticed reporters have short attention spans and have forgotten George Santayana's admonishment that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

How much time has passed since Donald Trump pulled a similar stunt to capture free attention? Or Mike Huckabee used his Fox News Channel forum to pull in one-night ratings when he declared he wasn't running?

Pundits are quick to point out Palin is mercurial and doesn't like to play by the rules that govern how candidates run for president. But Fox has not been mercurial: Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were fired from their niches for even breathing about the idea of running.

Does anyone really think Roger Ailes would have a fig leaf left to hide behind if he allowed his prize commentator to stay on during a campaign? And does anyone think Palin really wants to forgo that platform -- and the cash that comes with it -- to get into the muck, at least for now?

Instead we are treated to the Palin Parade -- complete with gullible reporters hoping to lap up scoops on a hot and sticky holiday weekend.

PT Barnum knew what he was talking about too.

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