Hold on…it’s not a mistake. I’m not talking about Paleontology, the study of prehistoric life, instead I’m interested in what is apparently a far more interesting science…the study of all things “Palin”.
I anticipated with unbridled glee the debut of the new television series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”, and not because I was looking forward to more aerial footage of the last frontier. In fact, I’ve only caught portions of the first few episodes and it seems to be about what I expected. Not riveting, but good family-fare and an interesting glimpse into the life of America’s future First Family. It harkens back to the more wholesome programming of yesteryear and I give her credit for doing it. Not that she wasn’t getting enough “credit”, a handsome per-episode paycheck and even more visibility. The most enjoyable part of the show, however, has nothing to do with the program itself, but instead the wholesale panic it sent through the “elite-left” community. Has anyone, especially in politics, ever inspired greater vitriol and disdain from her detractors? Man, I love watching them all stammer, grunt and huff and puff.
May I say first, that I am not a Palin cultist. I like her, I like her family, and if I had to choose tomorrow between her and our current President, she would get my vote all day long. There are things about her I find a bit grating, though. Nothing major, but some of the mannerisms, and sometimes her voice, are a little off putting. Still, at the end of the day, she has shown leadership skills as Governor, is self-made, and stands firmly behind her beliefs, not bending them when it is expedient, and those are all qualities I like.
Her daughter’s fling with “Dancing With the Stars” ( a program I associate with Waterboarding), drew all kinds of attention and may have been a mistake in the end, in my opinion. No doubt, Bristol’s parting words that “winning would be like giving a big middle finger to all the people who hate my Mom…”, seemed drawn from an episode of “Trailer Park Boys”, but then again, I’ve got kids and I’ve had my head in my hands more than once over public statements they have made. In a way, I find those mistakes kind of endearing, but the kid could use a little finishing, if you get my drift.
What I like most about Sarah Palin is John McCain. In hindsight, she may be the most brilliant product of his political career. When I first heard her name as VP, I was wondering if McCain had accidentally ingested Ecstasy. The more I heard about her, the more I liked her and in just a few days I was seeing what McCain had seen. And that “pick” had McCain written all over it. It may be the only decision they let him make in the waning months of his campaign, but I think he knew the Obama machine was unbeatable and went for a shake-up. He got it. From her first speech at the convention, arguably one of the most dynamic political speeches in history, right up until now, she has been on the top of the political heap, wielding super-natural influence. And I love the way McCain did it, just like a fighter pilot with a wing on fire, he had one last missile under his good wing and he let it rip…and her name was Sarah Palin.
Love her or hate her, she shows no signs of letting up. She is incredibly savvy with the media, using her books and now her program to shuffle the deck. She keeps everyone guessing. She has said she will run in 2012 if there is nobody else running who reflects the conservative values as she sees them. Smart. Teach the dog to heel without attaching the leash to yourself.
I think the field of Presidential contenders will soon begin to flourish and I expect there will be people that could give her strong competition. And why would she want to subject herself to it? She’s got a nice thing going on up there and a new television show with ratings that are through the roof.
I know I’ll be watching, or, at least until they begin filming “Chris Christie’s New Jersey”. Now there’s a series…