Self-Promotion Fail

2 comments June 10th, 2009at 08:30pm Posted by Eli

Sarah Palin’s real good at saying stupid stuff to get herself on teevee, but when it comes to the legwork of actually building a base of support, well, she just can’t be arsed.

Everyone seems to have a Sarah Palin story of ignored calls, mishandled invitations or unanswered e-mail. Disorganized is how one might charitably describe the Palin operation.

“Basically, it’s just rude,” says one political operative who is a Palin fan. “They’ve been running the great snub machine. That’s the reason the boys in the Republican Party are unhappy with her.”


The “tick-tock” of what happened is a byzantine exercise in blame-shifting. Briefly, someone in Palin’s “organization” accepted the original invitation [to a major GOP fundraiser] in March, whereupon the dinner hosts issued a press release announcing that Palin would be the keynote speaker.


But then, no, Palin had not accepted. In fact, the press release was the first she’d heard of it. The official story suddenly became that SarahPAC had jumped the gun and that Palin wasn’t sure she could make the event. Enter Newt Gingrich. Then last week, so-and-so said she’d like to come, but you-know-who said, “We like someone else now.”


Without any effort on her part, 75,000 to 80,000 fans around the country organized pro-Palin groups. Said a frustrated Palin promoter: “All she had to do for those 75,000 people was hold an electronic town hall, and she couldn’t get around to it.”


Plenty of experienced people have tried to help. Veteran operatives created SarahPAC to raise money for staff to at least open mail and return phone calls. It was a Kevin Costner field of dreams: Create the Web site, and they came, all right. The PAC raised $400,000 in its first month without so much as asking.

What happened next?


“We couldn’t get them to decide on office space,” says my source. “You couldn’t get them to be professional.”


You don’t flirt and say “yes,” and then say “no,” and then say “maybe,” and then show up expecting a bouquet. The tease is a risky business. Palin did get to walk across the stage with Gingrich — to appreciative applause and a few whistles — but she wasn’t allowed to talk. Something about upstaging Gingrich.

Maybe playing the part of the queen bee who can’t be bothered to respond to texts or commit to social engagements is cool in high school, but it doesn’t go over so well in the world of grown-up politics, or even Republican politics – which is probably why less than 0.5% of America thinks Sarah Palin speaks for the GOP now.

When Palin tries to crank up her 2012 presidential campaign in a couple of years, she may find that a lot of the people she was counting on suddenly have to wash their hair.

Entry Filed under: Palin,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. four legs good  |  June 11th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Yo, dude, you got a link on Crooks and Liars. Kewl

  • 2. Eli  |  June 11th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Heh. I saw that, I think the Blog Roundup guy has a soft spot for me, this is like the fourth or fifth time.

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