Saturday, January 1, 2011

Will She? Or Won't She?


The New Year means we're one step closer to the 2012 Presidential Election.  And the Big Question is:  Will Sarah Palin toss her coon-skinned cap into the ring?

I admire Alaska's former governess, but I'm already hearing snide comments from my non-conservative friends.  So if Sarah does run, "Palin Derangement Syndrome" will no doubt reach pandemic proportions. 

I'm not the only one who feels this way.  David Solway, of Pajamas Media, wrote an article highlighting all of Sarah's strengths.  But it's the one "aw crap" of being considered unelectable, that wipes out all her "atta-girls":

One of my friends pointed out that Sarah Palin isn't the only divisive figure in politics:

Good article but I think he misses what is Sarah Palin's single greatest strength as a political figure - she is very polarizing and she causes both her supporters and detractors to behave in a very irrational manner in which they will either defend her or attack her no matter what the issue or the reality of the situation. This ability to polarize both supporters and opposition in this way is also the single greatest strength of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. It's no mistake that these five people are probably the most influential figures in the American politics of the past two decades and will likely continue to be influential for the next decade as well.

I don't know what it is about these individuals specifically that causes people to react to them so stridently but I have concluded over the past several years that sadly this is the #1 quality a prospective presidential candidate needs in today's day and age.

In regards to Sarah's lack of academic pedigree, a couple other friends had this to say:

Having experienced first-hand some of the products and writings of the ivys in Grad school, I'm forced to concur with the conclusion.

This doesn't mean there aren't sharp individuals coming out of there...or that there aren't some excellent scholars on the faculty (Holger Herwig comes to mind).
But a lot of it is PC, post-modernist tripe and the undergrads are not all necessarily making the most of their ivy experience. Grads are probably like anywhere else--it's all what you've worked on and with whom you have worked.

Similar analogy is with the military - I've known some great officers who are academy grads, I've known some worthless officers who are academy grads. I've known plenty of great officers who were enlisted for ten years, got the bachelors degrees from the University of Nowhere Special but their transcripts are from five or six different schools.

Well, no matter what us admirers think, we're bound to see more photos like this, as 2012 approaches:


Although, I much prefer this work of photoshop art:

(Sigh). We live in interesting times...

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