The prevailing opinion among the punditariat these days seems to be that Sarah Palin’s career as a presidential contender is pretty well over.
But USA Today columnist Don Campbell isn’t so sure. In fact, he sees some remarkable parallels between Palin’s current course and that taken by Ronald Reagan during his path to the White House. His advice for Palin: Do what Reagan did — be patient, study hard, and surround yourself with wise and capable advisers.
There’s virtue in being an outsider — Reagan proved that — but not in being uninformed. If she’s serious, she’ll methodically embrace a long-term strategy based on discipline and self-control.
Campbell’s prediction: Look for a serious Palin run in 2016.
Peter Wehner compares governors Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin as possible future Presidential candidates. His conclusion:
My sense is the GOP needs what Bobby Jindal and a few others possess: a first-rate mind, a command of the issues, and the capacity to present them in a confident and appealing manner. . . . .
If the Republican party is going to become politically dominant again, it needs to extend its reach to those who have left the fold. I’m not at all confident Sarah Palin can do that.
Camille Paglia excoriates her fellow Democrats who treated Sarah Palin with such shameless brutality.
Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology — contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.
I like Sarah Palin, and I’ve heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is — and quite frankly, I think the people who don’t see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn’t speak the King’s English — big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns — that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.
Kathleen Parker offers this advice for media elites who are trying to figure out why they are so disconnected from the rest of the country: Study Sarah Palin.
These are the folks who have found light in Sarah Palin and who have been a major part of the Palin frenzy. They will vote the McCain ticket regardless of whether Palin can rattle off Supreme Court cases with which she disagrees. They recognize themselves in her. To them, her lack of polish and knowledge feels like an absence of slickness and glibness.
McCain’s hunch that Palin would catapult him into the White House ultimately may prove wrong, but the Palin phenomenon and the mainstream media problem are of a piece. Therein lies the answer to the media’s self-inquiry.
Contempt for one’s audience is not a sure way to its heart. Palin’s people feel that contempt and they have identified its source as the enemy.
Christopher Beam asked some professional media trainers what kind of advice they would give Sarah Palin on how she can improve her interview skills. The bottom line:
The No. 1 piece of advice for interviewees, as with all things, was, practice. But aside from her friendly chat with Hannity, Palin hasn’t been able to warm up. And giving fewer interviews all but guarantees that each one will get analyzed down to the molecular level. “They’re doing a tremendous disservice by not putting her out there.”
The media howled when the McCain campaign tried to shield Palin from the press duing her recent visits with world leaders in NYC.
But they see no problem with shielding the public from potentially damaging information about Obama’s past associations and positions.
Kathleen Parker understands all the hoopla over Obama and Palin, the “fresh faces” in this election. But their freshness also worries her:
I worry about Obama’s over-intellectualizing — that he will get lost in a maze of deep thoughts and fail to be decisive when necessary.
I worry that Sarah Palin won’t set foot in that maze.
There is no doubt that whoever wins this election, Washington is going to get shaken up a bit. But will it be for the better?