Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Is Sarah Palin's mental instability contagious?

Now that we have recovered from the hilarious news that Sarah Palin is joining Fox News as an expert in many fields, let's go back to more important matters. Diversion tactics will not work, Sarah.

We were rudely interrupted when we were discussing the revelations about the 2008 campaign in the book "Game Change".

Our friend Floyd M. Orr drew our attention to a new trick devised by the palinbots to protect their idol, by trying to prevent people from purchasing and reading "Game Change".

"...the Palinbots have attacked this book in a new way, all saying that it deserves one star simply because it has not already been released in the Kindle format at Amazon, or the Nook/e-book format at B&N. This is a scam to load the book's pages at both sites with one-star reviews. Most people do not realize this yet. As you know, I am a small-time author who plays in this sandbox all the time, so I understand the many processes involved. The truth is that this scam has no relationship to Nooks or Kindles whatsoever. It's just more Palinbot nasty business."

We gathered some examples from the Amazon site:

"As soon as I heard about this book I knew I wanted to read it. I was surprised that it was not available to pre-order on the Kindle but I assumed it would become available when the book was released. It seems that the publisher does not understand that as much as I want to read this book, I only read books on my Kindle."

"The Kindle Edition of this book has not yet been released, and according to the Harper Collins website, will not be released until FEBRUARY 23rd. Hence, I can only assume it is terrible. Yes, I AM a childish political nerd with a kindle. And yes, I will buy this book if it comes out on kindle. Until then, I'm drinking hella haterade."

"I would love to read this book, but I have no interest in purchasing a hard copy. If Harper waits too long, Kindle users like myself will forget about this book and move on."

"I also jumped right on Amazon to order this book, but since no Kindle version is available, I'm not purchasing anything. I'll just borrow a hardback copy from a friend if I want to read this one."

Serious readers retaliated:

"I cannot believe that people are giving this serious book bad reviews just because they cannot yet read it on their Christmas presents. Says a lot more about the reviewer than the reviewed."

"How is it possible that Amazon records one star ratings that are solely a result of a no Kindle protest? I'm glad I read all the reviews, since my first impression from the 3-star composite was a very average book. It's the BOOK reviews, folks."

"People should read more real books anyways.

Now before you start complaining that this isn't really a review, I urge you to check out some of the other reviews here for GAME CHANGE.

Out of the 11 reviews thus far, 4 do not discuss the book at all and simply complain that there is no Kindle version.

All gave the book 1 star, apparently because there is no Kindle edition.

Make any sense to you?

No, me neither.

Something smell a bit fishy, perhaps?

Yup. You bet.

So all I'm saying is what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

You guys give the book 1 star for no Kindle, and I give it 5 stars for no Kindle.

Sound fair?"

There were many more reviews when I visited Amazon, both exploiting the Kindle angle and protesting about these non-reviews.

Time acknowledges that Sarah Palin's supporters have had some success in keeping her safe from criticism and scrutiny.

"Intimidated by the rabidness of her supporters, believing that they can't be swayed by facts and worried about getting crosswise with the most highly energized part of the Republican base, McCainworld has shied away from fighting for the soul of the party, instead allowing her version of reality to go largely unchallenged -- and her rise to continue unchecked."

But they also see that this code of silence has been broken with the publication of "Game Change".

"The question, however, is what will happen now that the omerta has been broken. So far Palin has not responded (beyond a blanket nondenial denial) to the facts about her in "Game Change" or the views offered on 60 Minutes by Schmidt."

Sarah Palin referred people back to "Going Rogue" for the "true" version of what happened during the campaign.

John McCain, on the other hand, became aggressive when Matt Lauer asked him how he felt about the "Game Change" disclosures. Burying his head in the sand and trying to change the subject while repeating "I'm proud of Sarah Palin, I'm proud of the campaign, I'm proud of everybody," refusing to take any responsibility for any of the campaign shortcomings, make us seriously question his judgement, character and personality.

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Questions we have to ask - Why are her fans so afraid? What revelations could prove so devastating to Sarah Palin's image that they have to resort to every dirty trick in the book?

The palinbots have been rigging every online poll to make Sarah Palin come across as an immensely popular person who would win the presidency by a landslide in 2012. They use multiple IDs, different ISPs, they do anything to make her look good. The pro-Palin sites don't allow any dissent whatsoever, even from people in their own ranks. Now they're using more subtle tactics, as in the case of the book ratings on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

They have defended Sarah Palin's record and validated her many lies quite happily, they accepted "Going Rogue" as gospel truth and will not fact check anything. But the game has changed...

Sarah Palin's ignorance is well documented, so there's nothing very damaging in "Game Change" relating to that.

Mental instability is something new to Sarah Palin cult followers.

We have been discussing Sarah Palin's mental health for months and they have never reacted to any of our statements. We're just bloggers, after all. But now they heard it from campaign insiders. It's there, in black and white, in a well researched book they're refusing to purchase and hoping to bring the ratings down to prevent others from buying and reading it.

They must be very frightened to learn certain things.

"One minute, Palin would be her perky self; the next she would fall into a strange blue funk," the authors write.

The morning of her ill-fated CBS interview with Katie Couric, Palin - "her eyes glassy and dead" - was unresponsive to attempts to prep her as she was being made up.

"As they were about to set off to meet Couric, Palin announced 'I hate this makeup' - smearing it off her face, messing up her hair, complaining she looked fat," the book relates.

Palin went into a tailspin. She stopped eating or sleeping, and drank only a half a can of diet soda a day, recounts the book written by John Heilemann of New York magazine and Mark Halperin of Time magazine.

"When her aides tried to quiz her she would routinely shut down - chin on her chest, arms folded, eyes cast to the floor, speechless and motionless, lost in what those around her described as a kind of catatonic stupor."

When the campaign took her to Arizona to prep for the veep debate, McCain's staff made sure a doctor friend was on hand "to observe her," the book says.

The red flag went up on July 3, 2009.

We have long speculated about the reasons for Sarah Palin's erratic behaviour. Does she have a personality disorder? Is she bi-polar? Does she abuse prescription and non-prescription drugs?

Here we see a very perky Sarah Palin and her delirious fans.

Both Sarah and her cult followers were on a high during the book tour.

Now the palinbots are in a tailspin themselves. They always claim that she's just like them.

Yes, they're ignorant, very excitable and several teabags short of a rally.

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