She’s Back!

May 31, 2011

Mama Grizzly, America’s # 1 Soccer Mom, aka Sarah Palin is back in the news. Whether riding a Harley in Washington D.C. or touring the east coast in a bus proclaiming her campaign to ” Restore America”, Sarah Palin is stirring the pot among Republicans.

Say what you will about Sarah, she is a bona fide political celebrity. Reporters from all the major networks, cable news outlets and veteran bloggers were stepping over each other to get a glimpse at Sarah trying to pry loose a quote about whether she will run in 2012. Sarah remained coy; she’s seasoned enough to just to keep the media’s attention and committed to signing up for her tour.

I am sure that Mitt and  Tim and Newt and probably Michele and who knows who else will come out of the woodwork are not happy with Sarah’s new found interest in the presidential race. With her star power and links to the Tea Party Sarah would be a formidable force in the early primaries and could kill the chances of the current crop of candidates.

Of course despite all the excitement of seeing Sarah in leather riding a Harleyor flipping her hair twenty times an hour as if she were a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, the nagging question among adult Americans is whether she is indeed presidential material. All the polls in recent months show that her popularity and her capability are on a downward slide. It appears that Americans are beginning to catch on to the Palin schtick.

But for those who read the tea leaves of electoral politics, Palin has reorganized and expanded her staff and brought in campaign pros. It is safe to say that this tour is about testing the waters and determining whether any of the Palin magic remains. It is too soon to tell, but the Republicans are so disorganized that Palin probably feels that she can make an end run into the primaries and to the convention.

Somewhere along the line, however, Sarah will have to answer real questions about her policy position and her vision for America. It is just not enough to talk about renewing America, just like it was not enough for Barack Obama to champion hope. Slogans are not enough for Sarah; after all we are talking about the President of the United States, not a talking head on Fox.

Who Is Sarah Palin?

September 24, 2010

Who is Sarah Palin? Is she the future standard bearer of the Republican Party? Is she a flash in the pan Tea Partier who will go away soon? Is she an astute media maven out to make a quick buck? Or is she the next President of the United States?

When it comes to capturing the attention of the 24/7 cable networks and the generally misinformed, Sarah is a public relations genius. You betcha!

But most Americans who are not Republicans have little regard for Sarah; her popularity outside the party is about 20% and she has what the political consultants call huge negatives. In short, a whole bunch of people don’t think she is ready to run the world’s most powerful country.

The establishment Republicans, meaning all those old white guys who think of themsevles as moderates, just don’t know waht to do about Sarah, and secretly worry that if she would end up facing President Obama in 2012, she would be crushed and the Republicans would be denied the White House.

Yet there is no stopping the former Governor of Alaska and John McCain’s running mate. No matter how many times she mangles the English language or shows her ignorance on most substantive issues, the right wing just falls in love even more with the former cheerleader with the down home style and the black leather outfits.

Sarah is a master at instilling fear and patriotism among her admirers, and fear and patriotism are the two driving forces currently at the center of American politics. Thoughtfulness, moderation, logic, toleration, and intelligence have been thrown to the wind as too many Americans take the easy way out and just look for the simple answer and the common touch.

The answer to the question of who is Sarah Palin awaits as Americans who are not on the fringes make up their minds. In the meantime, Sarah is having a great ride. You Betcha!