From the NY Times write-up on Palin’s speechifying overseas:
A number of people who heard the speech in a packed hotel ballroom, which was closed to the media, said Mrs. Palin spoke from notes for 90 minutes and that she was articulate, well-prepared and even compelling.***
Accompanying Mrs. Palin to Hong Kong was Randy Scheunemann, the former foreign policy adviser to John McCain, who lost the 2008 election to President Obama.
Mrs. Palin did not take questions from the media after the speech, and there was a high degree of security and secrecy around the event. Only invited guests and a handful of employees from CLSA, the brokerage house that sponsored the event, were allowed inside the ballroom.
What is great about all this is that in a few years, she will present herself as new, and the village idiots like David Gregory will crow about how much she has grown and Chris Matthews will say that she has gained some gravitas and on and on. They’ll never look into the big money boys who started propping up Palin websites and making sure her book sales do well and the astroturf campaigns that start appearing in the letters to the editor at your local city rag. And then, as the wheels start to churn, the Palkin team will snub the media and attack them on the rare occasions that one of them does manage to get a question off.
And the whole time, they’ll pretend to not see the strings in the puppet show, even as it is winking right at them. You betcha.
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