Skip to comments.Our misplaced obsession with Sarah Palin: Calm down, she’s a celebrity, not a future president
Posted on 02/03/2011 12:57:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin is like a good movie that you dont want to end. To tea party supporters and millions of Republicans, she epitomizes Frank Capras drama Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in which the Washington elite shun the hero, whose straight talk and rogue style win the hearts of ordinary Americans. To others, she calls to mind the 1963 comedy Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in which a pack of comedians pursue an elusive treasure that makes fools of them all.
Not presidential material
The mere mention of her name can trigger hysteria in polite company. Perhaps now is a good time for supporters and detractors alike to calm down and rethink Ms. Palin. She has been unfairly maligned at times, but so was Hillary Rodham Clinton. Politics is as brutal as professional boxing. If you get in the ring, you have to learn to take a hard punch, and lots of them. Palin is certainly a resilient political figure, and a genius for promoting her brand, but she isnt presidential material and the GOP knows it. Her staying power is that she has risen above the stature of mere conservative politician, subject to the rules of the game. Rather shes become a true entertainer who happens to be wildly popular among some conservative voters.
Part of Palins success lies in her uncanny ability to always look good on camera. Her natural beauty and charm help, but only someone with her magnetic confidence could pose with a half-dozen men clad in fur vests and Viking helmets and still have a thriving public career. Former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis can attest to how quickly bad photographs can ruin a candidates presidential hopes. Remember Mr. Dukakis in 1988 grinning atop a tank while wearing a helmet....
(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...
Any commentator who thinks that Obama is “presidential material” but that Sarah Palin isn’t, has thereby automatically disqualified himself from being taken seriously ever again.
Mr. Walter Rodgers used to be a White House reporter for AP Radio.
Ronald Reagan had another job before he became president.
That’s right the lefists are obsessed, but- she will be President.
Walter Rodgers, a former senior international correspondent for CNN, writes a biweekly column.
That article is absolute crap.
Am I to take it that the CSM is now supporting a secular, progressive candidate???
I just don’t see her being able to win. We have suffered thru one really bad decision for President in Obama I would hate to see it again with Palin.
There is no comparison between her and Reagan either, I don’t know where people are getting that from.
I've been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we'd never see his like again because he was one of a kind. I was wrong! Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he's a she. And what a she! This was Ronald Reagan at his best -- the same Ronald Reagan who made the address known now solely as "The Speech," which during the Goldwater campaign set the tone and the agenda for the rebirth of the traditional conservative movement that later sent him to the White House for eight years and revived the moribund GOP. Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time around.
~Michael Reagan, Chairman, Reagan Foundation, syndicated talk show host and son of President Ronald Reagan
Anti Palin dribble, the more the better. It keeps her in the forefront.
“O” was (remains) a celebrity. BUT he has ZERO credentials.
Liberals, RINOs and media:
Resistance is futile. Prepare to be liberated!
Now they are written as if addressed to a not very bright ten year old, and as if written by a not very bright teenager.
But then again the entire fallacy of Christian Science is based upon ignorant delusion, so it is not unexpected.
Obama was a disbarred lawyer and to quote Bill Clinton “A Chicago thug”. Sarah has my vote.
What an idiot this writer is.
Would he please explain why an anti-Semite would call it “libel”? Does this CSM mental midget even know what “libel” means?
Is he stupid enough to think the term “blood libel” is an anti-semitic phrase, or convinced that anybody stupid enough to read the CSM is stupid enough to believe his clumsy lies?
WoW, what a bandwagon to jump on. Dems will have the White House for another term if she runs.
If you truly "don't know", then you haven't made the same observations that most conservatives have.
You need to look beneath the superficial surface attributes of Reagan and Palin to see the great similarities between them. There are many.
Perhaps we're getting it from Michael Reagan, President Reagan's son, who knew him pretty well, I'd think.
Not. She's going to win the 2012 election in a landslide. The 2010 midterm elections were just a warm-up of what's to come.
“If you truly “don’t know”, then you haven’t made the same observations that most conservatives have.”
Most? Not hardly..
There are no real similarities between them. No need to look further I have looked enough. She is not him nor anywhere close.
or maybe people are just hoping too much for something that is not there. I remember when Michael Reagan was pretty much derided here a few years back. Amazing how when someone mumbles something inaccurate but agreable they become okay again. LOL!
From yet another liberal at the Christian Science Monitor. Dear Walter...apparently you believe only professional political hacks and ruling class thugs are qualified to be elected. Actual clear-thinking, down to earth, common sense patriots just won’t do.
If not her, who then?
Shoot I don’t know yet, not enough information on the rest. I see Herman Cain being a good choice he has run large business(which is what our government is anymore), he is very conservative. He doesn’t have a history to drag thru the mud nor has he been a target that already has a bad rep. Palin has a bad rep to way too many people(whether she deserves it or not) it will stop her from ascending to the white house. Maybe if she runs as VP with someone else. At this point tho Cain is the best choice i can see we have as a unified party but over the next ten month it should really define the field and whom is what.
Palin did file a trademark application for her name- something politicians rarely do but celebrities often do.
Bristol filed a trademark app for her name too.
The guy is an idiot. Their groupthink is amazing to behold. they think she is not a threat and is finished. Sadly for them she has not yet began to fight.
There is a reason Sarah Palin is attacked 100 different ways every week by snarky little leftists and some 'conservative' elitists who, with their own brand of disdain for the former Alaska governor, chose to buy into the carefully-crafted leftist meme that 'Palin isn't electable'. Yeah, right. That's why the leftmedia never stops talking/writing about her and why, here on FR, any thread with the word 'Sarah Palin' in it draws a long line of responses, most of them favorable. Sort of like the kid in high school who swears he doesn't give a fig about the girl in his fifth period class - but never stops talking about her. Thus he belies his denials and clearly indicates that he is very interested in that girl.
In politics, the left has always been dismissive of any conservative. They savaged Ronald Reagan in his day (I was around and know this as a fact). The leftmedia dubbed Reagan 'an amiable dunce'. He was a successful president and his policies and determined stance against communism generated the fall of the Soviet Union without a shot being fired. Yet the ever-arrogant leftist media, unable to overcome Reagan's success and popularity, resorted to baseless ridicule, just as they have, preemptively, with Sarah Palin. Attempting to demean and diminish her in the public perception so as to effectively neutralize her and destroy any chance this successful, competent, self-assured Christian conservative woman might have to capture the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and, quite possibly, the presidency. What is frustrating is seeing some conservatives jumping on the bandwagon and accepting the left's contention that because they mock and demean Palin, she can't win the presidency - so don't bother nominating her. Some of these conservative brethren even adopt the left's anti-Palin talking points. It's sad but not completely unexpected. However, conservatives are not a monolithic group. The divergent opinions about Palin prove that.
Back in 1979, I was skeptical that a once-divorced Hollywood actor, a former Democrat almost 70 years old and staunchly conservative could win the GOP presidential nomination and the presidency but I voted for him, all the same. Because Reagan said things that were simply common sense and like a breath of fresh air after four years of the feckless Jimmy Carter, who always seemed out of place in the Oval office...way above his pay grade, as it were. Just like Barack Obama.
I don't automatically equate Sarah Palin with Ronald Reagan. You can't. They are two people with dissimilar backgrounds living in very different eras. However, Sarah Palin is an honest political/cultural conservative and like Reagan, not a product of Washington, D.C. and/or some corrupt local political 'machine'. She is more than just 'interesting', she is charismatic - and conservative. A twofer! That is what drives the left bonkers because, to them, it's a dangerous combination that could help Palin capture the presidency in 2012, which I assume is their recurring nightmare and a large part of the reason they continually attack and dismiss Sarah Palin as a 'serious' politician. In my view, it didn't work with Ronald Reagan and it won't work with Sarah Palin.
Leftists are not just morons, they are also blind morons! The more obummer the won screws up and his favorability numbers dive and national malaise metastasizes the more Sarah Palin IS relevant in the very mold of Ronald Reagan after the debacle of carter era.
Barry would say it was a precursor to tomorrow's inevitable high speed rail system which will shuttle workers between their government-designed ghettos and the solar-powered rice fields of the future...
Walter Rodgers is just another elitist pig.
Be honest. Michael Reagan backed off that and declared Palin too polarizing.
Don't worry, some people are just slower than others. Nothing wrong with that.
I completely agree
I agree with you. As soon as I hear or read someone say that Obama is presidential and Palin isn’t. That negates the rest of what they are saying.
Just because they say it, doesn’t make it true.
Hey, I don’t blame you.
It’s hard to think for yourself, and it’s so much easier to let the mainstream media just tell you what to think!
Those crazy people who think she is like Reagan probably read her books and know about her true experience and history, and other boring stuff like that...those idiots!
I’m with you - - hey, did you watch American Idol last night? Wow so exciting!!!!!!
I suggest that you read her first book. If you read it with an open mind, you will see that Sarah is a true conservative who has 18 years of executive experience.
She reveres our beloved Constitution. She will make an excellent President.
Hmmm. Didn’t Obama’s followers, along with the slobbering media promote him like some sort of rock star? And who is President, right now?
Yes, it's because the Powers That Be don't own her, like they do most of the politicians in the country. She's not subject to their control and is willing to go against their interests.
I fear for her safety.
CSM: Christian Statist Moonbattery
I was around for Reagan and Palin is Reagan in High Heels! She is better looking, but Reagan was not in his prime.
Palin is quicker in getting her words out than any politician in the last 50 years, this is a sign she says what she believes! Finally, someone who tells the Truth!
Some people seems to think a woman cant run this country, thats another reason why she needs to be the first woman President!
She would do a lot to hurt the men having sex with men lifestyle, Normal would be back in again! Thats probably the biggest reason that the anti Palin freepers keeping spurring out all the same negatives Reagan lived with, yes, our token liberal democrat Trolls and with their sick lifestyle!
Hopefully they will catch up.