Would You Vote for Sarah Palin?
OPINION RIGHT > Vote For Sarah Palin For President?
“A reason to run is if nobody else were to step up with the solutions that are needed to get the economy back on the right track and to be so committed to our national security that they are going to do all that they can including fighting those on the extreme left who seem to want to dismantle some of our national security tools that we have in place. If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself up in the name of service to the public,” the former vice presidential candidate told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren, reported The Huffington Post.
Gee, you think? Any political junkie saw this from a mile away when Palin said she wasn’t going to run for reelection back in July 2009 and that she would resign as governor of Alaska.
Palin knew exactly what she was doing when she resigned and decided to see the country and create a strong group of followers. And now Palin is the Tea Party’s darling, she’s basically the mascot for FOX News, and she toured the country when she was peddling her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life.”
So since day one she knew what she was doing. She created a powerbase and has a lot of supporters. In fact, many candidates want Palin’s support and it has helped them. She has grown politically powerful to the point that it will benefit her once she does officially throw her hat in the race, no matter how many hints she has dropped in the past.
And you just know that she wants to tell everyone. She's like a little kid with the best secret in the world but she can't tell anyone about it.
However, while many love Palin, others do see her as an inexperienced joke. And that will hurt her. What is also going to hurt, and in a way help her, is that while President Obama’s approval numbers are down, people still love him and the only guess is because they see him as a celebrity. They love it when he goes on “The View” or some other show.
And that’s the wrong public image we should have for any president. He should be placed on a much more worthy pedestal, not the same kind of cheap glamour one that society has placed Snarooki on. (Or is it Snooki?)
However, some may come — or already have — to see Palin in the same Tinseltown spotlight as others see President Obama and it may help her greatly.
But do we really need that? The presidential elections shouldn’t be an episode of “American Idol.”
But maybe the candidates do it to themselves too. After all, Palin knows full well she’s going to run in 2012, but she’s milking it for all that its worth, even if it means she has to replace her daughter on “Dancing With The Stars” to do it.
Anthony Leone is a political columnist who has an extensive background in journalism, from newspapers to magazines to news sites and blogs.
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