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July 28, 2014 - 10:14 am
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Sarah Palin has officially given up on her political career. Launching The Sarah Palin Channel, the former Alaskan Governor has apparently decided to follow in Oprah’s footsteps and impact the voters where it counts: paid Internet TV. Palin isn’t the first conservative to move into the media subscription fray (Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh both beat her to it) and, thank God, unlike Kim Kardashian she isn’t establishing her solo career on a sex tape. But, at the very moment when Obama’s presidency is taking a nosedive off of the cliff of no return, do conservatives really need just another pretty face?

In truth, the blame for Palin’s turn from politics to niche media darling should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton managed to make it to Secretary of State despite being the Liberal’s whipping post. In hindsight it would seem that the Republican establishment only “allowed” Palin to come on the scene so they could make it clear to the public that RINOs and conservatives are two very different animals, indeed. In a sense their strategy backfired; Palin became the face of the Tea Party movement and, for a while anyway, appeared to be one of the few female Republican politicians with serious career potential.

Now, it appears as if she’s squandering her fame on a mixture of political rants and human interest. Her premiere video was a late-in-the-game demand to impeach Obama. As if that would matter, anyway, RINOs chide. Impeachment means nothing, just ask Bill Clinton. To Palin, impeachment would mean something if Americans knew exactly what it was, just like America would mean something if we saw it the way Sarah did, a concept at the core of her programming. Picking up where TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska left off, the Sarah Palin Channel will feature videos of the Palin family enjoying the bounties of the Alaskan wilderness. It was charming for a season, but really, is anyone going to pay ten bucks a month to watch even more reality TV?

Ronald Reagan transitioned from actor to politician. Today, those who admire him the most are leaving politics for the media spotlight. Palin and her counterparts hook their audience with equal parts nostalgia and outrage. Whether they’re looking to fuel grassroots political activism or line their own coffers is up for serious debate. In the end, they wind up becoming a series of Oprahs, creating armchair revolutionaries with no real power beyond walking into a voting booth. The right wing doesn’t need another pretty face, it needs women in places of real political power. By creating her Internet TV channel, Sarah Palin gave the RINOs exactly what they wanted: Another conservative woman barefoot with children behind a television screen.

Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film and a PhD in Life who would be happy roaming the fields of Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, were it not for her strong belief in the axiom "all that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing." She prefers the career title "Renaissance Woman" and would happily be bar mates with Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg and @winegirlblog.

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Oprah's endorsements make or break products---or have, anyway. Indeed, her backing of Barack Obama was a major factor in his becoming a national figure and, eventually, president.

Rush Limbaugh is a towering figure in conservative media, but merely by virtue of his being male he does not hit the same demographic that an Oprah does. He is interested in different things, he has a different audience---and he is not going to last forever, and has no clear successor of could-be-equal stature.

The Left has taken over vast swaths of the popular culture, including television, in the course of a very long march to do so, and conservative voices have barely begun to fight back to regain lost ground, let alone actually regained anything.

And we have someone sporting a master's degree in "radio, television, and film" who does not see the immense importance of Palin directing her efforts where she believes they will be most affected?
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"Picking up where TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska left off, the Sarah Palin Channel will feature videos of the Palin family enjoying the bounties of the Alaskan wilderness. It was charming for a season, but really, is anyone going to pay ten bucks a month to watch even more reality TV?"

Hmm, I clicked on the link to her website and it says nothing of the sort. Oh, you're just being glib. I wish you would have stated that upfront.

How goes the culture, so goes our politics. We need more conservatives in the culture, not just in politics.
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A lot of people assumed she gave up on her political ambitions when she announced she wasn't going to run in 2012 and moved out of Alaska. At that time, the press ignored her for the most part.

In some ways, going to form a media company is going to fight a larger cultural struggle. Becoming President gets you 4-6 years of importance (the last 2 tends to get bogged down as people look for the next person) and most of that is reacting to whatever crisis is going on worldwide. Operation a media company allows Palin to focus more on issues she wants to cover. It's a smart move if you think the culture war is more important than winning a term in office.

It just depends on how many people will watch and how easy it is to get content out to people.
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I still want Sarah to have a Cabinet post in the next Republican White House. Interior would be awesome.
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Palin had already stated that a person need not hold a title to make a difference. Would you prefer that she be Elliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner, desperately committing other people's campaign contributions to fund a futile self-esteem exercise? Her political career was destroyed by predatory lawyers and treacherous "consultants"; why should her life be destroyed as well? The Kim Kardashian reference was a cheap shot. Goldberg's biography is pretentious and embarrassing, too.
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I wonder if Susan L. M. Goldberg has counted up the number of sitting U.S. Senators who have begged Sarah Palin for her endorsement. Then Ms. Goldberg could look at that list and count the number of members who would not be U.S. Senators except for Sarah Palin. Then she could count the number of U. S. Senators who have asked Susan L. M. Goldberg for an endorsement.
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I'm pretty sure Gov. Palin has had more political impact in the last six years than most of PJM's contributors.
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I prefer the term "progressive GOP establishment" to RINO because it is more precise. RINO could mean anything, but a progressive is someone who opposes the sovereignty of the people and supports more arbitrary power for unelected bureaucrats, like Reid, Schumer, McCain, Jeb Bush, McConnell, et al.
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Yep. I'm a Republican In Name Only, but I'm far to the right of any Republican.
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If Al Franken could contemplate a political career, I don't think Palin is out of the question.
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"Sarah Palin has officially given up on her political career."

Wait, she had a politcal career before this? Really?

Fact is that she hasn't seriously entertained running for for office since her governorship went down the toilet.

She knows that, and is using the media to her advantage to advance her ideals and lilkeminded candidates. Good move.
20 weeks ago
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Oprah's endorsements make or break products---or have, anyway. Indeed, her backing of Barack Obama was a major factor in his becoming a national figure and, eventually, president.

Rush Limbaugh is a towering figure in conservative media, but merely by virtue of his being male he does not hit the same demographic that an Oprah does. He is interested in different things, he has a different audience---and he is not going to last forever, and has no clear successor of could-be-equal stature.

The Left has taken over vast swaths of the popular culture, including television, in the course of a very long march to do so, and conservative voices have barely begun to fight back to regain lost ground, let alone actually regained anything.

And we have someone sporting a master's degree in "radio, television, and film" who does not see the immense importance of Palin directing her efforts where she believes they will be most affected?
20 weeks ago
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"Picking up where TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska left off, the Sarah Palin Channel will feature videos of the Palin family enjoying the bounties of the Alaskan wilderness. It was charming for a season, but really, is anyone going to pay ten bucks a month to watch even more reality TV?"

Hmm, I clicked on the link to her website and it says nothing of the sort. Oh, you're just being glib. I wish you would have stated that upfront.

How goes the culture, so goes our politics. We need more conservatives in the culture, not just in politics.
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