Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Sins of Sarah Palin

This morning I'm treading dangerously close to self-imposed boundaries--never post about religion and politics. With so much news about Sarah Palin and her recent resignation, I couldn't resist. Well I do read other blogs and came across this one about "The Sins of Sarah Palin (click here)". It's actually comical sarcasm but much of it rings true about everyone else other than Sarah Palin.

Whether you love her or hate her, you have to give her credit in certain areas. She's not a mainstream politician. Think about it. How many politicians would give up the luxury of a private jet and sell it on eBay? I think she would have cut out the pork fat in government spending. Would she have accomplished beyond that? Well, we won't know unless she runs again. But I respect her decision to resign so the residents of Alaska do not have to pay for endless legal and ethical probing into her dealings as Governor. It would never end. She put her state before her political career.

Perhaps she's most famous for her manner of speaking--a folksy, wordy presenter. Maybe she could use a little polish training but I respect her for wanting to be herself. Here is what Roger Simon had to write about her:

She is a dumb hick, a nobody from nowhere. She hunts moose with a chainsaw from the back of a snowmobile or something. Just listen to her resignation
speech. It was not slick or polished or written by somebody else. She appeared to deliver it off the top of her head as if she were a real person. What a doofus!

Doesn’t she know that the highest form of political communication today is to exactly regurgitate a speech written for you by a speechwriter who has crafted, vetted and polled every phrase, line and word?

But listen to Palin. Listen to how “rambling” and “disjointed” she is.
Once upon a time in American politics, this was known as being “plain-spoken,” but that time has gone. An entire industry of political consultants has grown up to make sure politicians are never plain-spoken.

So what do you think about Sarah Palin? We know most Democrats do not hold her to high esteem. Share your comments below!