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The media doesn’t really cover Palin so much because she can’t be taken seriously. The simple truth to why she receives so much coverage is because it drives ratings….and it’s fun. I’m part of the media and I’m as guilty as anyone. I have no plans on stopping. But I try to be honest.
She is a phenomenon. Here is a person with a massive personality thrust into a position of political leadership who never has, nor ever will, be ready for it. She doesn’t have the intellect required to be a political leader. She doesn’t even like the job of governing. She quit as governor citing she was a lame duck. By that logic, every governor should quit half way through their term.
While she has no knack or instincts for politics, she has it with being a celebrity. She knows how to milk a bunch of nothing into huge paydays. She doesn’t have anything to add to the debate or say in speeches, but she can still command $100,000 per speech. She can sell books that she didn’t write and that don’t say anything. People and the press follow her. Her following is huge and on the fringe of being a cult.
The press and many pundits say her current bus tour is the wrong thing to do and it doesn’t mean anything. But it’s hard to argue with success. Yes, it’s unconventional but people are following. She’s in a position where she doesn’t have to follow patterns set by other politicians. She can write her own program.
If she can actually build a national campaign on her own, she MIGHT be able to win the nomination…but again her best shot might be by doing it her way. It might even help her if she avoids debating other Republicans and other forums that expose her weaknesses to the point that even her most rabid followers would have to see that basically she is clueless.
I don’t think she’ll run for president. After she loses her cult is over. Her constant forum where it’s all about her will hit that wall. She is better equipped for a reality show than national politics, kinda like that guy with the bad combover.
This is the only issue where I feel comfortable speaking for every political cartoonist in America. Please, Sarah. Run.
Here’s the rough.