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.
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