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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!