From the moment Sarah Palin burst on the national political scene I said – much to the chagrin of my liberal friends – we’d better watch her. She’s dangerous for the left. Disastrous if she got power, but dangerous for us nonetheless.
My friends would say, “She’s not qualified.” By this they meant she can’t do the job. My thought: If she was able to run and win a campaign for governor – for that matter, if she was able to negotiate the beauty pageant scene (the organizational and management skills necessary to run both a household and a beauty pageant campaign are vastly underrated!) – she would be able to be VP. She might bumble. She might do it badly. But she could/would do it. She is qualified enough to really mess us up.
What my friends were really saying, I think, is that they did not like her politics. On that I agree 1000%. There is almost nothing Sarah Palin stands for that I agree with or think would be good for the country. But just because she has opposing political views does not mean she could not do the job, does not mean she’s not qualified. The fact that she COULD do the job AND has opposing views is part of the danger.
But Sarah Palin is most dangerous because she has charisma. She has a magnetism that cannot be learned, taught or bottled. (More’s the pity because if it could be, I would be first in line – for some myself and for progressives everywhere!)
My biases on the table, I think this book tour is brilliant. I don’t know what she will do with her notoriety: become a talk show host, run for president, write more books and get more famous. And rich. But this book and the tour will keep her on our minds, TV sets and pda’s for a few more months.
More than her plans for the future, however, I am looking forward with relish to who she will find is “doing her wrong” next. Katie Couric probably won’t get another interview, so she’s out. Palin is no longer best buds with the McCain campaign, so they’re probably out. So who will it be? And it will be someone. Because, in Palin world, someone is always doing her wrong.
Finally, I must weigh in on the Newsweek cover. As much as her public humiliation is delicious to progressives, Newsweek was wrong. She was posing for Runner’s World (as I understand it) and she was more than appropriately dressed for Runner’s World. For Newsweek to use that photo out of context is, however scrumptious, patently wrong. I do not like it when Fox and others on the right wing twist the words and images of progressives. And it is also not right when conservatives are shown out and mocked of context. Shame on you, Newsweek. Any PR professional with standards knows not to do that. Even the mothers and grandmothers at the Grand Rapids mall book signing know the concept of context. It was a low blow. Don’t take another one. If we’re lucky – and have patience – she’ll shoot herself in the foot. Especially given her fondness for guns. Just be there with a camera to get the shot.