The PJ Tatler

Sarah Palin Does Not Give Up; Her New Web Channel Has More Potential than Political Post

The Sarah Palin Channel

PJ Media’s Susan Goldberg is dead wrong about Sarah Palin’s new project.

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?

Au contraire, ma soeur!

Beyond Goldberg’s ribald remarks treating the former governor like a piece of meat (moose, no doubt), she needs to consider who holds more influence in the country: Beck or Boehner? Rush or Ryan (not Seacrest, Rep. Paul)? Katy Perry or Rick Perry? Palin pioneers a path I pray others will pursue. (And as a PJTV.com personality, I welcome Sarah Palin to the subscriber-based internet realm.) 

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?

We’ll find out. I wouldn’t bet a nickel against Palin’s channel. And this move does not mean she’s “given up on her political career,” for the following reasons…

1) If Palin’s a true Constitutionalist, she doesn’t see politics as a “career,” but rather an opportunity to become a public servant for a season, then go home.

2) Starting her own channel in no way precludes another run for office. She’s not slamming the door.

3) By creating her own channel, she can bypass the mainstream media filter, as she does on Facebook, where 4.2 million follow her posts.

4) Most importantly, influencing the future of this country is not limited to politicians. In fact, I’d argue that entertainment holds more promise for inclining the hearts of a people toward liberty.

This last item continually fails to connect with Republicans and conservatives, who don’t seem to notice that they, too, immerse themselves in movies, music and TV.

We decry the entertainment media, rather than employing it to bond with people. We mock pop culture as insignificant, while we bend the knee at the altar of Ronald Reagan, whose second coming we eagerly anticipate.

It’s beyond ironic that smaller-government people would idolize politicians, bowing toward D.C. five times daily, as we await the one who will come to put the world to rights.

Entertainment is not trivial for most people. Politics is. Folks eagerly seek the former, devote hours to it, are moved by it, and willingly pay for it.

Of course, Palin’s network may turn out to be dull or otherwise unwatchable. That won’t mean the Sarah Palin Channel was a bad idea, just badly wrought.