Palin believes the mainstream media is going to hit even harder at Romney's challengers while going easy on Romney himself because the mainstream press (as well as the Obama campaign team) want Romney to be the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. Romney will be a much easier candidate than Gingrich, Santorum, Perry or Paul for identification with the 1% vs. the 99%, already a major Obama campaign theme.
Here's what Governor Palin had to say on Judge Jeanine Pirro's show yesterday [about the 6:10 mark; transcript below].
Gov. Palin: "You know what Mitt Romney is going to face, though, in these coming days? He’s going to face from the mainstream media, I don’t really know how to describe this except to say, kind of a hands off approach from the mainstream media, because I believe the mainstream media and Obama want to face Mitt Romney in the general election because they are already gearing up to be able to portray him, accurately or inaccurately, they are going to portray him as being out of touch with the working class. As being so rich and from such a kind of perfectly coiffed family, maybe not facing the hardships that a lot of Americans do face, so hence being a bit out of touch from working class, middle class Americans, and the challenges that we all face. They are going to portray him as that, and I believe that they are going to have a hands off approach to him in the primaries, and really start beating up even heavier on Newt and on Santorum and all the other candidates in order to, I believe, try to bolster Romney’s chances of being the candidate to finally face Obama.H/T Ian Lazaran
Judge Pirro: "But, isn’t it true, Governor, that most of the surveys that have been done indicate that Mitt Romney would indeed be the strongest Republican candidate against Obama? So, that would kind of go against your theory that they want to run against Mitt. I mean he is certainly, he appeals more to the independents, does he not?
Gov. Palin: "Well, my opinion is that I can see what’s coming and that’s that the media will try to bolster Romney so that they can try to tear him down. And that’s quite unfortunate. And my opinion, though, as we head through these primary states and get finally to the end of the line where we have a candidate is any of the candidates are going to be better than what we have in there today with the failed socialist policies of Barack Obama. Here, you know, thwarting the Constitution, and making appointments not even while the Senate is actually on a recess. While he’s cutting the military at a time when we shouldn’t be seen as an isolationist nation and why we shouldn’t be seen as being disinterested in what is going on in Iran and in Russia and in China. Here all the things that Obama is doing wrong that is still leading to high real unemployment rates, ridiculously high, and mortgages under water. And you know the housing crisis that really isn’t getting any better. Well, all those failed policies of Obama, any of these GOP candidates know better how to defend our Republic and the free market and free men and women who want opportunity to progress."