The Politico’s Maggie Haberman doesn’t actually say that, but, we all know that’s the intent, an intent that several Politico commentors sure bought into: Sarah Palin calls ‘Herm Cain’ the ‘flavor of the week’
The indefatigable Juana Summers sends over this dispatch from Sarah Palin’s appearance with Greta Van Susteren, in which she took a shot at Herman Cain (whom she called “Herm” at one point) days after his Florida straw poll win:
“Take Herman Cain. He’s doing so well right now. I guess you could say, with all due respect, he’s the flavor of the week. Herman Cain is the one up there who doesn’t look like he’s part of that permanent political class. He came from a working class family. He’s had to make it on his own all these years. We respect that. He has an automatic connection with the electorate. We can all relate to him. He knows the issues and problems we face every day and he’s determined to do something about it.”
“He’s not elite. He doesn’t seem to allow us to be disenchanted with what it is that he’s proposing, because what he proposes in terms of solutions for our economy are based on time tested truths and common sense and true economic principles that will work”
“Herman Cain is a good example of a connection with the voters and why his message – good messenger – he’s resonating with the people.”
Well, that’s rather condescending, is it not?
Bobsyouruncle: “Flavor of the week:” is so condescending. But a self-absorbed narcissist like Palin doesn’t even realize or much care what she sounds like.to other people.
IndiMidwesterner: So, flavor of the week is chocolate, and Sarah is reported to have a taste for chocolate.
But, really, doesn’t that “flavor of the week” part seem sort of out of place within the quote? It’s like someone talking about something then saying “squirrel!” in the middle. It couldn’t possibly be that context is missing, could it? It’s almost like Maggie only took part of the exchange between Greta and Palin to make Palin look bad. And Maggie knows that she is only providing part of the excerpt
Reporters, meanwhile, are creating a “quasi-reality show” by speculating on who is running and who isn’t, an apparent reference to the current Chris Christie bubble.
Add this to the Politico excerpt, and the flavor of the week comment makes sense
PALIN: Many Republicans, but also just many in the media because for many in the media, this is like a reality show. I think Newsweek, an article that came out the other day, really nailed it when they said that there are media outlets that kind of create this reality show, this intrigue, and who’s going to be the next “flavor of the week.” And they prop somebody up in order to crush the person, it seems, later on.
But I think that a lot of the push for Chris Christie and for others comes not just from those within the party, but those inside baseball, within the media.
Ah. Context. Which came long before the Cain comment. And then there is this, which directly precedes her comments on Cain
VAN SUSTEREN: How does, though, a politician, though, connect with the people and get it across so it doesn’t just sound like more like, Blah, blah, blah? When the politician gets up on the air, probably many of us can sort of mouth the answers for the politician because we know these people for better, for worse, so well, and that they’re going to say. It’s quite predictable.
But how does a politician actually connect with someone in the heartland, for instance?
PALIN: That’s a great question. I think what helps is for that politician is to have a foundation of having come from the real people of America, the working class, those who make up the majority of Americans who are so extremely concerned about the direction of our country.
Take Herman Cain. Look at why he’s doing so well right now. He’s, I guess you could say, with all due respect, the flavor of the week..
So, Sarah Palin wasn’t actually denigrating Herman Cain, she was denigrating the liberal media, and praising Herman Cain. Good thing the the Politico’s Maggie Haberman is practicing ethical journalism, eh?
Oh, and when the heck is Palin going to announce whether she’s running our not? Already September 28th. Tick tock.