Friday, July 17, 2009

Sarah Palin: the Paris Hilton of politics?


"My advice to Sarah Palin is, you've got a hot bod; don't keep it to yourself. Why wear a pantsuit when you can wear a swimsuit? Welcome to the Lower 48, girlfriend."

--- Paris Hilton gives fashion advice to Alaska ex-governor, Sarah Palin.

Everyone has a take on Gov. Sarah Palin's recent resignation.

Here's mine: I think she likes the "kitchen" a whole lot but can't actually take the heat, loves the adulation but not the scrutiny, likes power and fame but not the hard work and detail-orientedness it usually entails.

Probably never before in American politics has there been so much political buzz about someone who seems to know little about policy and issues and less about how to articulate them.

But this isn't just me talking.

Listen to what some Republican pundits have been saying about her.

Mike Murphy calls her a "political train wreck;"

Peggy Noonan says, "She's not thoughtful enough to know that she's not thoughtful enough;"

David Brooks says she is "unfamiliar with the traits of equipoise and constancy, which are the sources of authority and trust."

Now, Palin who doesn't want to be a lame-duck governor who "milks" her position, wants to be an ex-governor who milks her national celebrity status.

In the narrative running in her head, she is the aggrieved heroine who has been wronged by the hated liberal media, who will storm the national stage, and rescue and "progress" the nation.

Realistically, she may turn into the Paris Hilton of politics — one who is famous for being famous.


1 comment:

jadedj said...

She does seem to have the same grasp of the world and it's workings, not to mention the same convoluted verbal style, as George W. That is what is so damned scary about her...for me.