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September 11, 2008

Sarah Palin - A Last Few Thoughts

I've been gnawing on this Sarah Palin choice now for that last 10 days and I think I've got it worked out and can go on to more fruitful topics.  It was the well-known Roger Ebert, movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, who nailed it.  He brings his insightful eye for performance to the question of the appeal of Sarah Palin:

She's the "American Idol" candidate. Consider. What defines an "American Idol" finalist? They're good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors, and so talented, why, they're darned near the real thing. There's a reason "American Idol" gets such high ratings. People identify with the contestants. They think, Hey, that could be me up there on that show!

I've talked before here about how much the women I know and hear about find Palin's selection as VP nominee not only distasteful and wrong-headed but a slap in the face.  Yup, it's the fact that they pulled someone out of the Political American Idol lineup for the job over someone actually qualified.  This particular sense of outrage would not have occurred if McCain had selected Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Christie Todd Whitman or another Republican woman with at least a modicum of preparation. 

I also like Matt Damon's take on Sarah Palin.  He says her selection is downright scary.  The odds of her becoming President and what that would mean are what we ought to be focusing on.

P.S.  And Gloria Totten adds to what Progressive Majority has already pointed out about GOPAC's role in bringing Palin to the Republican ticket, which may be even scarier that what Matt Damon talks about when he considers Palin trying to negotiate with Vladimir Putin, and that is scary enough.

Okay, now I think I can focus elsewhere. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM in Candidate Races, National and International Politics | Permalink


Thanks for the pointer to Roger Ebert's characterisation. You're right it is an excellent analogy. Matt Damon's riff was straight-from-the-gut and it was lovely.

Posted by: ahmed | Sep 12, 2008 6:37:41 AM


Nice to hear from you. One of the things I'm most pleased with is that people of all walks of life seem to be willing to speak up this year in the hopes of influencing their particular constituencies. It's going to take this movement running on all cylinders to wake this citizenry up to the critical importance of this election to the survival of this country as we know it as well as to the entire world.

Posted by: Lynn | Sep 12, 2008 7:03:18 AM

Ebert insightful? Up to a point, Are American Idol finalists good-looking? Do they work well on television and have a sunny personality? Are they fierce competitors, and so talented? Yes. yes , yes, yes and yes. But they are the real thing. If you think you sister or the girl next door can sing as well as Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, it's extremely likely you need to have your hearing checked or your head examined. They're extremely rare birds. So to dismiss Palin for lack of talent, because she shares the attributes of Idol candidates, is a flawed analogy if want to discredit her.

But perhaps this points out a difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals think they are just as good as the extremely talented (ebert: "that could be me up there.."). Conservatives acknowledge the difference between the mediocre and the accomplished, and would never entertain such delusion about themselves unless they met the standard.

Posted by: Don | Sep 13, 2008 2:26:51 PM

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