Late yesterday, in an article for NewsMax, Ronald Kessler, served up some of the same discredited talking points promulgated by the left about Governor Palin. In his piece, he offered his usual pedestrian “analysis” while critiquing her appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s show Tuesday night before arriving at this conclusion:
In sum, Palin never gave a coherent rebuttal to the allegations and therefore gave credence to them. At the same time, her meandering responses showed she was just as unfocused as Schmidt claimed she was.
Until she decided to quit, Palin had an impressive record as governor. She is an articulate champion of conservative values. But based on her performance in a friendly forum, those who think Palin should run for president should think twice.
Kessler returns to the “quitter” meme which has been thoroughly debunked here and many other places since last July. It’s not an exaggeration to say that ObamaCare would likely be law now if she had remained bogged down in Alaska fighting bogus ethics complaints and unable to galvanize the opposition to Obama’s plan last summer. If she had remained as governor, one wonders if Mr. Kessler would then criticize her for not doing enough to stop Obama’s agenda by remaining in Alaska. Another point of interest is that Bill O’Reilly’s interview style doesn’t allow for in depth answers to questions by the interviewee. O’Reilly has a tendency to repeatedly interupt, cut off, and otherwise talk over his guests. This is not necessarily a criticsm, just a fact which anyone who has watched The Factor can confirm.
It’s not difficult to discern Kessler’s real goal here. In a 2007 article entitled “Mitt Romney’s Fluffer”, Terry Krebel discusses what really motivates Kessler:
With the upcoming end of the Bush administration, NewsMax’s Ronald Kessler — he of the sycophantic fluffing of President Bush and his lieutenants — was going to need someone new to fluff.
Lo and behold, Kessler has found it in Mitt Romney. Ever since, Kessler has been inspired by the Republican presidential candidate to take his fluffery to surprising — if not downright creepy — heights.
The process started by bridging Bush and Romney in a Feb. 21 column, in which he listed a number of “striking similarities between George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.”
This was followed by a lengthy, laudatory profile of Romney in the April issue of NewsMax’s magazine. The article led with Romney’s efforts to find the teenage daughter of a friend, who “had attended a rave party in New York City and had become high on ecstasy,” declaring that Romney’s actions “demonstrated leadership, loyalty, and selflessness — attributes that Americans just might like to see in a president of the United States.”
Kessler went on to assert that Romney “is Reaganesque: a man with a sunny, positive disposition.” How sunny? Kessler answers:
People say that Mitt Romney lights up a room. But there are all kinds of ways to light up a room – fluorescent, neon, sunlight, strobe. Romney alternates between sparkle and a warm, steady glow. He is not in your face. He is low-key, self-assured, and self-contained.
But that sunniness is just the beginning, Kessler added:
First, he has sensational good looks. People magazine named him one of the 50 most beautiful people in America. Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Romney has jet-black hair, graying naturally at the temples. Women – who will play a critical role in this coming election – have a word for him: hot.
You can’t make this up folks. There is much more in Krebel’s article about Kessler’s man crush on Romney that is downright unsettling. I heartily recommend you read the entire piece but for now I want to focus on something toward the end:
Kessler also made a pre-emptive strike on Fred Thompson’s possible candidacy in an April 26 article, claiming that his entry into the race “will likely be as disorganized an operation as Bill Clinton’s White House was.” On May 30, the day that Thompson announced that he was officially exploring a presidential campaign, Kessler hit back with an article not only calling him lazy but, even worse, a supporter of the McCain-Feingold campaign reform bill, which Kessler claimed conservatives hate “almost as much as pro-choice measures.”
Kessler’s pre-emptive attack on Fred Thompson prior to the 2008 primary season is eerily similar to his attack on Governor Palin yesterday. His goal is to do what he can to clear the path to the 2012 GOP nomination for the object of his affection, Mitt Romney. This is not the first time Kessler has attacked Governor Palin. Last July, in another article for NewsMax, Kessler “interviewed” fellow Romney supporter and Palin critic David Keene. In that article they both hit the same talking points the left uses to discredit Governor Palin. Talking points which are, I hasten to add, failing. Take anything Kessler writes about Governor Palin with a grain of salt as it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.