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Our misplaced obsession with Sarah Palin: Calm down, she’s a celebrity, not a future president
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 3, 2011 | Walter Rodgers

Posted on 02/03/2011 12:57:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin is like a good movie that you don’t want to end. To tea party supporters and millions of Republicans, she epitomizes Frank Capra’s 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 “It’s 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 isn’t 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 she’s become a true entertainer who happens to be wildly popular among some conservative voters.

Part of Palin’s 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 candidate’s presidential hopes. Remember Mr. Dukakis in 1988 grinning atop a tank while wearing a helmet....

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TOPICS: Alaska; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; freepressforpalin; obama; palin; sarahpalin
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As Hosni Mubarek recently learned, denial is not just a river in Egypt. Saying she has no chance isn't the same thing as it being true. When (and if) she declares her candidacy, you'll see a groundswell of support not seen in recent memory.
1 posted on 02/03/2011 12:57:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The other angles haven't worked so here is another for the MSM to chew on.
2 posted on 02/03/2011 12:59:08 PM PST by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 02/03/2011 12:59:37 PM PST by Argus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Walter Rodgers used to be a White House reporter for AP Radio.


4 posted on 02/03/2011 1:00:54 PM PST by RexBeach (I used to be indecisive. But now I'm not so sure.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ronald Reagan had another job before he became president.


5 posted on 02/03/2011 1:01:12 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s right the lefists are obsessed, but- she will be President.


6 posted on 02/03/2011 1:01:38 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Walter Rodgers, a former senior international correspondent for CNN, writes a biweekly column.


7 posted on 02/03/2011 1:02:12 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That article is absolute crap.

Am I to take it that the CSM is now supporting a secular, progressive candidate???


8 posted on 02/03/2011 1:03:31 PM PST by Rational Thought
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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.


9 posted on 02/03/2011 1:04:41 PM PST by blarney
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To: blarney
Welcome Back, Dad

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

10 posted on 02/03/2011 1:06:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anti Palin dribble, the more the better. It keeps her in the forefront.


11 posted on 02/03/2011 1:07:06 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear the most is the one they fear the most!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“O” was (remains) a celebrity. BUT he has ZERO credentials.


12 posted on 02/03/2011 1:07:21 PM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberals, RINOs and media:

Resistance is futile. Prepare to be liberated!


13 posted on 02/03/2011 1:07:55 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (President Sarah Louise Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The CSM used to actually be something worth reading.

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.

14 posted on 02/03/2011 1:08:09 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: cripplecreek
Ronald Reagan had another job before he became president.

Obama was a disbarred lawyer and to quote Bill Clinton “A Chicago thug”. Sarah has my vote.

15 posted on 02/03/2011 1:13:29 PM PST by mountainlion (The government is not my god no matter how much they preach.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Keep posting ‘em, Vet. The hyperventilation and PDS is amusing.
16 posted on 02/03/2011 1:23:00 PM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I found myself explaining the medieval, anti-Semitic roots of “blood libel” to a conservative Republican friend”

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?

17 posted on 02/03/2011 1:24:17 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WoW, what a bandwagon to jump on. Dems will have the White House for another term if she runs.


18 posted on 02/03/2011 1:27:02 PM PST by blarney
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To: blarney
There is no comparison between her and Reagan either, I don’t know where people are getting that from.

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.

19 posted on 02/03/2011 1:29:32 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Old Walter should have a talk with Rush Limbaugh. But he'd probably get pwned.
20 posted on 02/03/2011 1:29:58 PM PST by McGruff (If you are catching alot of flak, you must be on target!)
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To: blarney
"There is no comparison between her and Reagan either, I don’t know where people are getting that from."

Perhaps we're getting it from Michael Reagan, President Reagan's son, who knew him pretty well, I'd think.

21 posted on 02/03/2011 1:30:47 PM PST by eCSMaster (My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, we've seen this sort of election outcome certainty by the media elite before.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

22 posted on 02/03/2011 1:32:33 PM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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To: Windflier
Dems will have the White House for another term if she runs.

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.

23 posted on 02/03/2011 1:32:34 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The lamentations of the women when she is elected will be extraordinarily sweet.
24 posted on 02/03/2011 1:36:01 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Windflier

“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.


25 posted on 02/03/2011 1:43:14 PM PST by blarney
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To: eCSMaster

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!


26 posted on 02/03/2011 1:45:09 PM PST by blarney
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


27 posted on 02/03/2011 1:47:25 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: blarney

If not her, who then?


28 posted on 02/03/2011 1:51:13 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: Sybeck1

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.


29 posted on 02/03/2011 2:01:48 PM PST by blarney
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


30 posted on 02/03/2011 2:04:43 PM PST by Padams
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To: The Comedian
Interesting. For some reason the picture of Truman holding that newspaper is usually shown in a zoomed-in format, so I never realized before that he was standing at the rear of the Presidential train car.
31 posted on 02/03/2011 2:08:57 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Windflier

*guffaw*


32 posted on 02/03/2011 2:14:39 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
well one more “reporter” that couldn't go a couple days on the no palin boycott.

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.

33 posted on 02/03/2011 2:14:54 PM PST by unseen1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wanna bet?

ineluctable

34 posted on 02/03/2011 2:19:36 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yet another article from a left-wing writer (his line about Iraq being a 'trumped-up war' gave him away) being arrogantly dismissive of Sarah Palin. Attempting to laugh her off the national political stage by characterizing Palin as a political/pop culture curiosity - and little more. Nice try Walter but your sneering derision and smug assurance that Sarah Palin is hardly worth noticing and hasn't a prayer of ever being nominated for or elected as president is not only more hackneyed liberal droning but also quite inaccurate.

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.

35 posted on 02/03/2011 2:26:00 PM PST by Jim Scott (MItt Romney)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


36 posted on 02/03/2011 2:29:15 PM PST by parisa
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To: wideminded
Yeah, it's a more unusual shot.

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...


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

37 posted on 02/03/2011 2:34:24 PM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Walter Rodgers is just another elitist pig.


38 posted on 02/03/2011 2:35:16 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Be honest. Michael Reagan backed off that and declared Palin too polarizing.


39 posted on 02/03/2011 2:40:27 PM PST by dforest
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To: blarney
There is no comparison between her and Reagan either, I don’t know where people are getting that from.

Don't worry, some people are just slower than others. Nothing wrong with that.

40 posted on 02/03/2011 2:41:38 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I completely agree


41 posted on 02/03/2011 2:56:47 PM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Argus

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.


42 posted on 02/03/2011 3:19:32 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: blarney

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!!!!!!


43 posted on 02/03/2011 3:21:00 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: blarney
We have suffered thru one really bad decision for President in Obama I would hate to see it again with Palin.

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.

44 posted on 02/03/2011 3:41:30 PM PST by sand88
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To: indylindy
Be honest. Michael Reagan backed off that and declared Palin too polarizing. I have seen him in an interview recently. It seems he has no fire inside anymore. Maybe his wife is jealous, with the result that he changed his tune -- lol.
45 posted on 02/03/2011 3:46:52 PM PST by sand88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


46 posted on 02/03/2011 4:06:51 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Jim Scott
There is a reason Sarah Palin is attacked 100 different ways every week by snarky little leftists and some 'conservative' elitists...

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.

47 posted on 02/03/2011 4:26:15 PM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

CSM: Christian Statist Moonbattery

- JP


48 posted on 02/03/2011 5:19:11 PM PST by Josh Painter ("There were a lot of WTF moments throughout that speech." - Sarah Palin)
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To: blarney

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 can’t run this country, that’s 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! That’s 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!


49 posted on 02/03/2011 6:42:51 PM PST by factmart
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To: upsdriver

Hopefully they will catch up.


50 posted on 02/03/2011 6:57:10 PM PST by blarney
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