Coming Next - The Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin

Sarah Wasn't Ready for Prime Time, or Even Alaska Time

When John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, I asked the question about whether Palin was ready for Prime Time. After all, she had served less than one term in office, and she was talking about her accomplishments as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Out of all the Republican women he could have chosen, was she the best of the best? Better than Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins, Republican moderate Senators from my home state of Maine?

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20, and so I think we can finally lay to rest the question. Sarah Palin was not ready for Prime Time. She proved it most gloriously in her relations with the press, and I predict decades from now people will still remember those painful interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson.

The big surprise, though, is that apparently not only was Sarah Palin not ready for national politics, but she also was not ready for Alaska politics. Was I the only one who was shocked when she announced she was stepping down before her first term was complete. Of course, I should not be surprised, because I have always said that if Republicans were smart, they would be Democrats. So with that paradigm, I should be surprised by nothing any Republican does that appears to be so bone-headed as what Sarah Palin has just done.

So now the big question is, what does Sarah do next? Will she run for President? Probably, but that's years away. My money is on a book, where former Gov. Palin tries to rehabilitate herself by making social commentaries on key issues facing America today.

I remember in the late 80's, after the first Bush left office, a book was published titled, "The Wit and Wisdom of George Bush." I bought a copy of it, and enjoyed it enormously, as it showed quotation after quotation from the former President that really sheds a lot of light on the verbal miscues of Boy George during his presidency. I doubt seriously that Gov. Palin will approve of a compilation of her memorable quotations from the past year, but I could also see someone making a lot of money off it.

Hmmmm. Sounds like a good project. And in the mean time, Gov. Palin, I ask you to just keep being yourself, keep talking to reporters, and maybe we'll even come up with enough material for a sequel!

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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

crash, what Palin left me is the phrase, "Sorry, I pulled a Palin!" I say this when I am slightly drunk on champagne and utter something nonsensical...


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

All good Democrats hope that Sarah Palin gets the Republican nomination to run for president in 2012. She is well suited to be a soccer mom, but obviously is totally unqualified for any responsible federal or political position.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Why are liberals so afraid of this woman..? And especially liberal women...Is it because she has a real man for a husband, a family that looks like most American families with all its flaws, but still together..? Maybe its because she has successfully balanced a stellar career without a nanny, and a husband that has supported her through all the vicious slings and arrows of a disapproving main stream media..? Hell, the MSM spent more time and resources " investigating " Palin in Alaska as the VP nominee than they did for Obama, running as the Presidential nominee, who somehow skated through the process with hardly a look...

Why isn't Biden, with the IQ of an ice cube, being ridiculed and slammed by the MSM..? Dan Quale was assailed repeatedly by the MSM for spelling tomato wrong...Yet Obama, who thinks the US is comprised of 57 states, is given a free ride...

Liberals vent daily in the press and on TV in hysterical pronouncements that Palin does not have the " gravitas ", the moxie, the experience to run for president...I could say the same for our present pathetic excuse of a president...

Some folks just can't handle a strong, intelligent, and conservative woman...and did I mention that she can shoot..?


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

I'm with you Bill. Maven insinuates I and others are afraid of her. Nothing could be further from the truth! By the way, Mr. Maven, you misspelled Quayle.

"Some folks just can't handle a strong, intelligent and conservative woman." Well, you've got conservative right.

Jim


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Since we are into correcting one's spelling you may want to correct yours : " Gov. Palin tries to rehabilitate herself by making social commentariies on key issues facing America today." ...At least I didn't misspell tomato.


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Duly noted. The difference is that my error was clearly typographical in nature, most likely the product of needing to put on my glasses. Thank you for pointing out my error. It will be fixed momentarily.

I merely thought it was ironic because you were trying to defend Quayle and his spelling gaffe and you misspelled his name.

Moving on, can you give me some evidence to support your assertion that former Gov. Palin is either strong or intelligent?

Jim Henry


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

I never meant to defend Quayle, simply pointing out the hypocrisy of the MSM by not applying the same level of contention with Obama or the hare-brained Biden...

Palin strengths...How about caring for a mentally challenged child..? My next door neighbor struggles daily with her down syndrome son, and believe me, I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for that lady, and her supportive husband..now that takes a strength many of us do not possess; an inner strength and the patience of Job...Palin handled that challenge and governed the state of Alaska with over 80% approval ratings...

Palin intelligence... Judging one's intelligence by their hair style, speech patterns, mannerisms, or the results of a couple of hostile interviews seems to me rather stupid in itself...From Palin's record in Alaska its clear she is brilliant dealing with the detailed data concerning highly complicated negotiations and projects with oil companies, gas pipelines, and the protection of Alaska's pristine environment...Moving from the PTA to defeat her own parties incumbent, and governing with an atmospheric approval rating, would argue for a woman ( or man ) of high intelligence with an unusual and unique ability to work with people...

She can do all this and cook a heck of a Moose steak...did I mention she can shoot....? Larry


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Just for the record, maven101, Quayle's spelling problem wasn't with "tomato." It was "potato" that caused him to take a mashing. I grant you, however, that Sarah can shoot -- at least better than Dick Cheney.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

William : " You like potato, I like potahto, you like tomato, I like tomahto,

Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto,

Lets call the whole thing off "...

Great song by Louis Armstrong, remember..?

Yeah, Sarah can shoot better than Cheney, she's also a heck of a lot better looking...


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Louis Armstrong was the greatest, maven, and I sure do remember "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." We are in total agreement about Sarah being far better looking than Cheney.


A Texan 7 years ago

And once again an elitist comes out of the library to offer commentary on Sarah Palin, I think my favorite quip of yours was "If Republicans were smart they would be Democrats!" Your Democrat brethren in Harlem certainly showed their intelligence and grasp of the policy differences between Obama and McCain before the election. Gee if only I could be that smart. Then to respond to Mavin by pointing out his spelling error, how brave you must be, you do realize this is not for a grade right? Palin left as Governor of her State with a 55% approval rating! Alaska certainly was happy with her. Meanwhile back in the lower 48 your boy Obama can't get a health care bill passed with control of both houses, his poll numbers are dropping like a rock and he showed his brilliance by pointing out that the Cambridge Massachusetts Police Dept acted "stupidly!" I am sure ingratiating himself with law enforcement every where! Yeah, we sure scored with Dumbo!


A Texan 7 years ago

Whoa slow your roll there Mr Torpey, I contend that Dick Cheny was an excellent shot! He got the lawyer square in the face didn't he?

Maybe Crashcromwell would like to go hunting with Dick?


opinion duck 7 years ago

Surely, there are more relevant and needy subjects for you to undertake with your wit and intelligence.

I don't know you, so I can't say that this hub is beneath you. For all that I know, it could be the pinnacle of your hub career.


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Opinion Duck - I chose to write this hub because when former Gov. Palin was first introduced as John McCain's running mate, I was among the first to question whether she was ready for primetime. Now, less than a year later, she's left office and the star that shone so brightly for a few weeks has gone supernova. It seemed appropriate to comment on her exit from Alaska politics.

Texan - being a strong Democrat, I am a strong proponent of gun control. I do not own a gun, will not own a gun, and the level of contempt I have for the former Vice Dictator is so strong that even if I were a hunter, I would not choose to hunt with him.

Jim


A Texan 7 years ago

I guess you like the new Dictator better? There is no such thing as a "strong Democrat" that's like saying "French fighting force" the two just don't exist!


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Mr. Texan - by strong Democrat, I mean that I could not hold my nose and vote for a Republican. As for your suggestion that our new Commander-in-Chief displays any of the traits that Bush and Cheney displayed during their reign of terror, I would simply love to know how you can rationalize that!

Jim


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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Bravo! I noticed how your article was very reasonable and you didn't spew any venom, but you were immediately called names like "elitist" by those who disagree. However, they did not provide any facts that prove or indicate she is or was qualified for office. Kartika


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

When I first became involved with local politics, a friend and mentor told me that until you have actually held any particular office, you do not know what the job entails. Therefore, the only way to say whether a person is qualified to hold office is if the voters say they are. By that standard, Sarah Palin fell short, along with McCain, who I am betting is wishing he had chosen more wisely in his veep choice about now.

Thanks for the comment!

Jim


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Putz Ballard 7 years ago

I agree with you Sarah Palin was not a good choice for the McClain run for the presidency. A huge disappointment and I am a Republican, where have all the good guys gone? and just what the heck were they thinking?


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

I am formulating in my mind a new hub in the form of an obituary, lamenting the end of a two-party system we have come to know and perhaps love. I see the electorate splitting four ways, with the so-called Blue Dog Democrats making up one new faction, and the Tea Baggers making up another. The remains of the Democratic Party will be on the left wing, and the remains of the Republican Party will be in the center-right, and the Blue Dogs taking center-left. It's anyone's guess how this dynamic will pan out, and what the implications will be.

Thanks for your comment Putz!

Jim


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

I do like Ms Sarah Palin. The reason is that she has values other politicians don't. At least she is not communist.


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crashcromwell 6 years ago from Florida Author

Vladimir:

I would respond that there are many highly principled people who never get to be president. For me, I expect principles at a minimum, but I expect much more of a president than that.

Jim Henry, aka crashcromwell

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