Remember: I'm not arguing for or against Sarah Palin as a politician. I'm still making up my mind on that one, as there's no question she'll be running for some sort of office eventually. I'm simply pointing out the insane amount of attacks this women has endured. If I were a liberal, I would think twice about my party affiliation after witnessing the Sarah Palin fiasco.
Here's what you can be sure of, though: The more attention a person commands, whether the attention is positive or negative, the more the person has something going for her. If a person were a complete joke, no one would pay her any attention. Sarah Palin is so appealing that her appearance on Oprah and Hannity caused an enormous boost in their ratings.
My personal take on Palin is that she's purposefully (and, who knows, perhaps wisely) presenting herself as just a regular person. In this way the media elite can hammer her b/c she's not from the Beltway and she didn't graduate from an elite school. But Palin's banking on the fact that most Americans are not elitist and would rather have a regular Joe (or Joanne) in office.
Liberals also get their backs up over the fact that Palin "talks funny." Well, Jimmy Carter talks funny, too. So does George W. Bush. It is precisely -- in my opinion -- because Sarah Palin is a regular person like you and me that people are warming up to her. Looking at Palin alongside Obama -- an Ivy Leaguer who talks beautifully but is nevertheless a disaster -- makes Palin that much more appealing. Indeed, as Obama's ratings are going down, hers are going up. Add that fact to the right political philosophy (assuming you agree with it), and I believe Palin can only go up from there.
Sarah Palin still has a lot to learn, but she has plenty of time. And if she surrounds herself with the right people, she'll make it eventually.
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