Sarah Palin wasn't a fad

She let her own relevance lapse

Fox News and Sarah Palin have agreed to a divorce of sorts. Their parting is a part of a Great Sort that's happening now among the personalities and interest groups that make up the Republican Party. Given how infrequently she appeared during the last campaign, it's hard for the "lame-stream media" that Palin crusades against to imagine that she'll be a force in the party again. Matt Lewis, who once called Palin the most significant Republican female voice in a generation, now wonders whether she was a one-hit wonder, a Kathy Troccoli for Whiteopia. Lewis makes the observation that Palin, a political persona with great potential, seemed more interested in the perquisites that came along with her sudden popularity: the television appearances, the instant adulation of crowds that cheered her name, the hint of power that came alongside instant endorsements.

Palin still has a pretty substantial following among Republicans, and she purports to speak for a large subset of them: the conservative talk radio set that has become incredible suspicious of the powers-that-be within the Republican Party. Indeed, her two bugbears today are "those who waive the white flag" and the "get along to go along" party leaders. Understandably, she bears a personal animus towards them. She believes they tore at her family, tried to force her to change, buckled under media pressure, and ultimately are no different than Democrats or the press in their elitism. Palin remains a critic of the press, too, but it has long been obvious that her relationship with the "LSM" is that of a virus to a host. She fed off the attention lavished upon her. And when the LSM's corporate backers came to her offering money in exchange for homespun-wisdom/controversy, she lapped it up. She became in real terms a politician for the Reality Show age of politics, which values and even encourages instinctual, visceral displays of emotion at the expense of other goods.

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