When past video of Christine O’Donnell admitting she played with witchcraft in high school popped up in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, she felt the need to heavily address the issue. The Deleware candidate did this in comments denying she was still a witch, and even in a T.V. commercial, where the first words out of her mouth were “I’m not a witch”.

O’Donnell ‘s big mistake was making an issue out of something that happened way back in High School. It was a non-issue, she was young and stupid like we all are at that age. No explanation beyond “I was a young and stupid High School Student at the time” was necessary, and saying more only created the issue basically out of thin air, LIKE MAGIC!

Sarah Palin is basically falling into the same trap, times 2! She also needs to NOT talk about the Tuscon shooting anymore, not giving the charges against her any merit.

But she DOES need to talk.

She needs to resume interviews, facebooking and tweeting now, (last FaceBook post 5 days ago) or her silence will also give the “crosshair”, “don’t retreat…reload” charges merit. Silence is deadly for Sarah, and she needs to act “appropriately” in this situation, which is…she had absolutely nothing to do with the shooting, resume her normal activities, carry on with the peoples message. The “appropriate” response is to carry on as normal. And, the longer she waits, the more her “return” will remind people about the shooting again.

Another big clue that “silence” is not the right strategy is that Democrats WANT her to be silent, and generally you always want to do the opposite of what your opponents want you to do.

Don’t retreat Sarah, reload! (yes, I said it).

5 comments
  1. Palin has 4 major events where she will be speaking over the next few weeks, the Lubbuck Christian School fundraiser on January 24th, the Weatherby Foundation in Reno January 25th, then at the Safari Club on January 29th, and then there is the Reagan 100th Anniversary event in IL on Feb 5th.

    I’m sure she’ll be saying some very interesting things at all events, and there will probably be a Facebook posting or two coming out as well.

    Palin knows what she is doing.

  2. A great article. I agree. She needs to keep talking, but keeing what she says in check. Every political opponent loves a soundbite that can be taken out of context! She has to avoid giving others the chance of using her words against herself.

  3. Terry,

    There could be a variety of reasons why she’s been silent for a few days. I wouldn’t read into it. You and I enjoy time off and unplugged I can’t believe she’s not the same.

    Besides it’s been confirmed that people from SarahPAC has been making phone calls in Iowa. I think she’s gearing up for something.

    We’ll see.

  4. Whenever Palin goes quiet she always comes back with something either totally unexpected, or totally huge. She went quiet before her resignation announcement. She went quiet before her publisher’s announcement that her first book would be released six months before the originally announced date (she was obviously writing her book). She went quiet last summer and taped her TV show.

    I suspect she is now quiet (she only came out because she was drawn out to defend herself vis-a-vis the Tuscon shootings) because she is laying her future political plans. The media will be analyzing every tiny hint she gives in speeches next week.

  5. Whenever Palin goes quiet she always comes back with something either totally unexpected, or totally huge. She went quiet before her resignation announcement. She went quiet before her publisher’s announcement that her first book would be released six months before the originally announced date (she was obviously writing her book). She went quiet last summer and taped her TV show.

    I suspect she is now quiet (she only came out because she was drawn out to defend herself vis-a-vis the Tuscon shootings) because she is laying her future political plans. The media will be analyzing every tiny hint she gives in speeches next week.

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