Patrick S. Adams, over on the Time for Choosing blog has penned an excellent post on why the Palin online community is so intense.
For a long time I’ve been thinking about further researching the community of Palin-inspired blogs. I find it amazing that so many people of all ages and various walks of life have taken to the internet and started their own Palin-themed blogs (not to mention all the Organize4Palin state blogs that have sprouted up in the last year). It would be great to gather together a complete blog list. If you know of such a comprehensive list, leave a link in the comments, or we’ll start building one ourselves.
Meanwhile, here’s a snippet of Patrick’s piece that explains the WHY part of the Palin phenomenon:
Governor Palin is the antithesis to liberalism and progressivism. Her record in Alaska shows she’s capable of busting up our hybrid socialist-quasi crony capitalist system. She is a threat to a lot of people who rely on the status quo that benefits them when wealth is redistributed through the tax code, 50% of the people pay no federal income tax and only those in the know with the right lobbyists and inside connections can get around the government made barriers to being successful. They will stop at nothing to destroy her.
When Governor Palin returned to Alaska, that’s when the election should have ended. She should have been able to go back to being governor just as easily as John McCain went back to being Senator. But it didn’t stop there.
During the campaign, a documentary group called The Wasilla Project ginned up several malcontents to lie about Sarah Palin and distort her record. For example, they falsely claimed that she made rape victims pay for their rape kits when she was Mayor of Wasilla. Their website was later scrubbed but not until after the “Thank You” page following Obama’s win warned its readers to continue going after Sarah Palin because she would be back in 2012. I regret not keeping a screen shot.
After her return to Alaska, Palin was hit with the frivolous ethics complaints, which were filed by malcontents, fueled by the agenda driven Alaska Bloggers and picked up on way too easily by the mainstream media. This was all part of an overall smear campaign designed to destroy this woman., which she short circuited by resigning her governorship and sticking it to the media and the ankle biters by becoming a Fox News contributor, best selling author and sought after public speaker.
This only fueled the growth of the pro Palin movement. Supporters started blogs and websites when they saw Palin under attack. The Left and the media have basically created their own monster and now they struggle to contain it as it pulls the spitting high tension wires down on its way to the city of cronyism and socialism that she is about to destroy. There are hundreds of pro Palin blogs and websites across the internet. See if any of the other candidates have that kind of a following.
Ask yourself, why all the Palin sites? Why all the Palin bloggers and tweeters? The mainstream media attacks on Palin have been like a medicine ball and now her army’s rhetorical stomachs are hard. They have become a well toned legion of well practiced writers, researchers and on the ground activists. Because they worked hard at battling with the mainstream media, they have become good at their craft. They strike with lightning speed and laser like precision.
So, when Conor Friedersdorf wrote that article about the empty theater, he lit a match in a foxhole at night and the Palin army nailed him. The Atlantic is a battleship that has been shooting missiles at her for the last three years and Friedersdorf just happened to put out his observation about the empty theater while standing on the deck of that battleship. The Palin army was all over that. He should have know he was going to get hit.
Palinistas are conditioned to be this way after how the mainstream media has treated her. They’re committed to the mantra that there will be no free shots. This also applies to those on the right. Those who attack Sarah Palin will feel the wrath of the Palin army not because her supporters are mean spirited like liberals or establishment types, but because her supporters know you can’t win a street fight by being nice.
The media will show you what they fear most. The Undefeated is a big deal. It’s a game changer. Expect the media to go after it, lie about it and smear it. But after 3 years of fighting, the Palin army has no problem shooting down anything that the mainstream media can say from here on out.
My advice to the media: trash The Undefeated at your own peril. When liberals mess that close to the truth, they always get burnt. Oh, and keep your heads down low. We Palinista’s are rhetorical sharp shooters and we fire at the mere thought of lying about Sarah Palin.
Read the whole piece here.