Random Thoughts on Sarah Palin

I’m really tired of hearing about Sarah Palin’s book, and it was only released a couple of days ago.

I’ll admit, I’m really envious of her having a bestseller. It always amazes me what a little fame and controversy will do to sell a book.

Since she and her husband have both quit their full-time jobs, I guess the book, and the speaking circuit, has to be her bread & butter now. Shouldn’t be a problem. Sounds like she’s raking in the money. Good for her!

Her children seem to  be nice, well-adjusted kids.

I loved Palin’s outfits and makeup during the 2008 presidential campaign. The woman really knows how to wear a suit. I felt angry when she was criticized for her expensive clothes during the campaign. If I were running for VP, I’d make sure my campaign bought (or borrowed) GREAT CLOTHES for me to wear, too. We women have got to look good.

Speaking of which, the suits I’ve seen her in lately are fabulous! Now she’s bought them herself so no one can pick on her about that.

I admire that she is a runner. Running is hard work.

I don’t blame her one bit for quitting her governorship right in the middle of her term, and jumping into making money with her book and (presumably) speaking. What a great opportunity to support her family, see the country, and get publicity. Seems like promoting a book would be mountains more of fun than being governor.

She didn’t seem to have found her voice yet during the campaign last year. She was really good at dissing the competition with tough talk that didn’t have much meat or understanding behind it, so some people thought she was a born politician. It’s a sad, sad statement on American politics that someone’s ability to criticize her opponent with empty attacks is enough to convince 40% of the electorate that this person is qualified to hold a major (major) national, public office. Yikes.

I mentioned this (see previous paragraph) to a friend who replied, “well, you could say the same thing about Obama. He sure can give a speech, but he’s a new politician and doesn’t have much experience to back up his statements.” I politely disagreed. Barack Obama proved he was capable of having quite complex discussions during the campaign (see the debates, for instance). He possesses the added gift of presenting difficult information in an accessible way to “the masses.”

John McCain also has this same quality, although it seems more “learned” and “practiced” than Obama’s somewhat natural abilities. But John McCain has always done the best with what he has. It’s not always easy to do that, especially in politics.

Anyway, I sort of like Sarah Palin as a person. She seems like she’s got her act together. She chose a husband who does not feel emasculated by a woman who brings home the bacon, and she wants to be a good mother. I just object to her intellectual laziness, like this:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.  –-Sarah Palin, in a message posted on Facebook about Obama’s health care plan, Aug. 7, 2009 

I mean, really, where does she get these things? If “going rogue” or “being mavericky” means fabricating lies and not knowing facts, it doesn’t seem like “going rogue” would be something she’d want to brag about.

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6 Responses to Random Thoughts on Sarah Palin

  1. Ben says:

    The press coverage and the whining from the left is amazing and baffling at the same time.

    Here, I draw comparisons between Palin and Obama and fixation of the left to focus on one at the expense of another.

  2. Alyssa says:

    I’ve got all kinds of problems with Sarah Palin. The VP debate was amazing in the way she sounded good without really saying much. Or, in some cases, even answering the question she was asked.

    I’d best not get started on this topic or I could go on for a while.

  3. Ben says:

    Alyssa –

    It sounds like the challenge for you is to quantify the policies you disagree with and not mannerism.

    To know what I mean, look at Obama. Polished, intelligent, charismatic, a schmoozer, sometimes even articulate, but he’s a socialist/Marxist and everything he attempts to do blows up in his face. He’s undeniably the most divisive president this country has seen and will probably go down in history as the worst, even eclipsing Carter.

    Now, quantify Palin’s political policies you disagree with and tell me why they would be bad for the country without emotionalizing it.

    • clockwatcher23 says:

      Ben, it’s waaaay too early for you to say that Obama is a failure of a President. He hasn’t even been in office a year yet. I’m willing to give him some more time. I also disagree with you about his being divisive. My co-workers and I have actually had some rational conversations for the first time in YEARS about politics, since Obama started his work. It’s no secret that having a new leader has made a lot of people feel a lot better about being Americans. Maybe you are watching too much Fox “News”?

      It doesn’t sound like you really know what socialism/Marxism is. I took an entire graduate seminar on socialism, so I know what it is. You may rest assured that our country is still fully steeped in democracy. If you’re really curious, I’d recommend the Marx/Engels Reader for starters. “Socialism” is sort of a buzz word that a lot of people use incorrectly.

      Finally, my blog is mostly for fun, so if you just want to verbally confront my other commenters, would you mind taking it to someone else’s blog? Here, I write about everything from how green the grass is, to the books I’m reading, to the music I like, to what’s for lunch today. Thanks and best of luck. I do appreciate an intelligent, respectful conversation with thoughtful exchange, but you seem like your mind is already made up.

  4. Ben says:

    RE:but you seem like your mind is already made up.
    As is yours.

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