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Sarah Palin: ‘I Believe’ I Could Beat Obama In 2012

There’s something in the air in the state of Alaska that makes some of its political figures over confident.  Joe Miller comes to mind (sorry fella, it’s over, Murkowski won!) Then there is the half term Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin who Sen. Lisa Murkowski believes “does not like governing” and “lacks the intellectual capacity to become President”.

Yet, Sarah Palin says she can “take Obama down in 2012″.  The collective progressive message to Mrs. Palin is bring it on!

Huffington Post

On a day with increased buzz over Sarah Palin’s potential decision to announce a run for president in 2012, a video released Wednesday provides a clear indication that if Palin lacks anything necessary to embark on that mission, it isn’t confidence.

In an interview with ABC News scheduled to air in full on December 9, Barbara Walters asked Palin, “If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?”

“I believe so,” Palin responded.

“I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and … trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing,” Palin said in the segment, set to be part of Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” of 2010.

Her response is no huge surprise. Most candidates who would be willing to pour millions of dollars and thousands of hours of work into a campaign presumably can be expected to believe that they could end their quest in victory — especially a contender with a strong following, like Palin. Nonetheless, the former vice-presidential candidate’s response appears to be the most expressive of her still undecided, yet increasingly anticipated, 2012 presidential run.

Earlier Wednesday, the New York Times Magazine released a profile that seemed to insinuate similar aspirations for Palin. In her interview with Robert Draper, the author of the piece, Palin spoke candidly about her need to prove herself to voters and to add more substance to her political persona. Talking to the New York Times, a symbol of Palin’s commonly degraded “lamestream media,” may be a sign that Palin is trying to nip some of her most common criticism in the bud.

Video here.

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White House Goes Into Bunker Mode

Today begins the last full week before the midterm elections…

Daily Beast

As the GOP prepares for landslide in November (The Daily Beast’s Election Oracle forecasts a 50/50 split in the Senate and a substantial Republican lead in the House), the Obama team seems powerless to stop it. Howard Kurtz on its fascinating belief that the bully pulpit has been downsized, forcing the leader of the free world to shout for attention.

Imagine if the Chilean mining disaster had happened here in the States. President Obama would have been hammered for 69 days for failing to rescue the men, right up to the moment the first one was pulled to safety.

That’s the sensibility inside the White House these days: If there’s a bad story out there, even one far removed from the presidential orbit, the Obama crowd will own it. Every administration feels besieged at times, pilloried by the press, misunderstood by the public. But conversations with White House officials suggest a team that feels almost snakebit during a midterm election that is likely to produce substantial losses.

“There’s an alternative story here that we’re trying to tell,” says Dan Pfeiffer, the communications director. “But there’s an element of spitting in the ocean.”

During the long election slog, “a narrative takes hold, and trying to beat those narratives can be challenging and frustrating,” he says. “Some of the news coverage is focused on more of the negatives and few of the positives. But I don’t think that’s surprising, given the environment.”

Obama certainly bears responsibility for a wide range of missteps and a perverse talent for turning winning (on the Hill) into losing (in the court of public opinion). But what’s fascinating is the belief that the bully pulpit has been permanently downsized, forcing the leader of the free world to shout for attention in a cacophonous world.

It sounds absurd: Obama can instantly command attention any time he wants. He can pop onto the Today show, plop himself on Jay Leno’s couch, get himself on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, chat up the kids on MTV, diagram basketball brackets on ESPN. This week he’ll drop by The Daily Show and match wits with Jon Stewart. Everything he says is news.   Continue reading…

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Glenn Beck vs. Fox News: ‘Tension’ Between Beck & Network

Now this is a surprise…

Huffington Post

Glenn Beck appears on the cover of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine in a lengthy profile written by Mark Leibovich.

In the profile, Leibovich touches on tensions between Beck and Fox News, the network that catapulted him to stardom.

News of tension between Beck and his network colleagues (and bosses) is nothing new — in March, the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz described Fox News as “a network divided” over Beck, which prompted network boss Roger Ailes to issue a stern “no trash-talking” message to his DC bureau — but Leibovich’s article sheds new light on the extent to which Beck and Fox News have clashed.

Leibovich reports that Ailes “has complained about Beck’s hawking his non-Fox ventures too much on his Fox show” and that Ailes believes Beck “does not fully appreciate the degree to which Fox News has made him the sensation he has become in recent months.” Leibovich also notes that Beck is “the only major personality at the network whose office is not at Fox News headquarters.”

And perhaps the only reason why any of this matters is the bottom line: Beck’s ratings have softened over the last year, and advertisers are pulling their dollars away from the program. Leibovich writes that his show is considered “empty calories” in the TV business:

As of Sept. 21, 296 advertisers have asked that their commercials not be shown on Beck’s show (up from 26 in August 2009). Fox also has a difficult time selling ads on “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Fox and Friends” when Beck appears on those shows as a guest. Beck’s show is known in the TV sales world as “empty calories,” meaning he draws great ratings but is toxic for ad sales. If nothing else, I sensed that people around Fox News have grown weary after months of “It’s all about Glenn.

Ailes did not comment for the article, but Fox News executive Joel Cheatwood said that the relationship between Beck and the network is “extremely solid.”

Elsewhere in the profile, Leibovich notes Beck’s major appeal with women, Beck’s staff compares him to Oprah, and Beck himself compares the country to an alcoholic. Read the full profile here.

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