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Reinvented Palin might get 2nd chance

July 7, 2009

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The soon to be former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is like one of those souffles my mother sometimes made. The recipe warned against premature removal from the oven because the dish would collapse.

That is the saga of Gov. Palin. Prematurely plucked from relative obscurity by John McCain and touted as a rising star by many Republican conservatives, Palin collapsed. Though she was treated unfairly and in ways that no liberal woman would have been — not even Hillary Clinton — she clearly was not prepared to discuss the issues, the command of which — or least familiarity of which — are essential to anyone seeking national office.

Palin energized the shrinking Republican base, but could never get beyond them to connect with independents and conservative Democrats who might have taken her seriously had she displayed more seriousness. It is not enough to talk about what has been lost in America. One must speak of a vision for the future and ways to reach it.

Many commentators are speculating whether quitting as governor is good or bad political strategy. Few want to take Palin’s word at face value, that she is tired of the ethics probes (all but two of the 15 ethics complaints filed against her have been dismissed with no findings of wrongdoing) and the big media’s refusal to examine her accomplishments as governor and the substance of her views. Fair enough. But anyone running for national office must traverse a media gauntlet — with the notable exception of Barack Obama and his worshipful media disciples. While conservatives can expect worse treatment than liberals, they can prevail with the right strategy.

It was unfair to Palin to have been selected as McCain’s running mate so soon after the birth of her youngest child, especially one with Down syndrome, and the pregnancy of her teenage daughter. Either event would have required more motherly attention than usual, but both demand a level of emotional energy that no human being can muster while running for vice president.

If Palin is to have a future in national politics (assuming she wants one) there are several steps she must take. First, she needs a complete makeover. The big media will never admit they were wrong in their judgments, but they might write stories about the “new Sarah Palin.” She should hit the books and learn as much as she can about the modern world, history and court cases. She should read newspapers so that when future interviewers hit her with questions, she can dazzle them like a “Jeopardy!” champion.

What she should not do is become a cable TV pundit. That’s too predictable. Instead, she might follow Ronald Reagan’s example and deliver a daily radio commentary. Radio takes the focus away from outward appearance and places it on the substance of what is said. She should write these commentaries herself, as Reagan did, and the outlets ought to include mainstream stations, as well as conservative and Christian ones.

Palin should hire a speech coach and follow that person’s advice. She has a pleasant enough speaking voice, but the tone needs to be adjusted, as do her word choices. “You betcha” should be banned from her vocabulary. Such slang may resonate well with some people, but national candidates should have rhetoric that soars and gets attention.

Lastly, she needs a hair, makeup and wardrobe makeover. She is a beautiful woman, but appearance should not be the first thing one reacts to when people look at her.

There aren’t many second acts in politics because the media tend to gobble people up and constantly search for the “new” and exciting. Sarah Palin can be “born again” in a political sense and excite beyond her base if she allows herself to be “baked” at the proper temperature and for the right amount of time. If she does that, she may emerge again and this time she’ll rise, not fall.

Comments

Bossa_Nova 5 years, 9 months ago

is palin all the republicans have to choose from for their future? that's sad.

trinity 5 years, 9 months ago

it is sad. a bunch of $$ may be spent to "reinvent" caribou barbie, when i'd be willing to bet there are potential candidates in the wings (obscurity) that wouldn't need an extensive overhaul before being taken "out of the oven". this is just a comedic sideshow, the whole moosekateer thing.

tolawdjk 5 years, 9 months ago

I will never vote for an individual with a history of quitting when the job gets difficult.

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

Only thing I can figure, logic, is there's a desperate hope amongst some in the Republican party that they 'can rebuild her', sorta like the Six Million Dollar Man, and somehow add substance to a decent cover and folksy personality. Unfortunately, for some reason I keep being reminded of the Wizard of Oz and "If I only had a brain". Was that the Tin Man? I'm not one to rip into her for something she's not, and I don't consider her an idiot or a bimbo as so many want to paint her. But leaders are not built or made, they just 'are.' She seemed suited to perform her duties as Governor. Well, at least 'til she 'stepped down.' But she can't possibly be the RNC's idea of a serious challenger. If so, I'm afraid they're in more trouble than the left predicts.

salad 5 years, 9 months ago

Palin/Coulter 2012: kickin' "the crazy" up a notch.

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

logic,

'Zactly. Couldn't agree more with that last paragraph, and interesting idea with that last sentence. I was thinkin' this move was more a product born from an over-developed sense of self-importance due to the whirlwind she's been swept up in over the last year, but you could be on to something. Maybe it's not a new development. I do like the way she approached her post in Alaska, trying to bridge (unfortunate pun) the party gap and bucking her own side of the aisle, trying to clean up an incredibly corrupt state and move away from frivolous pork spending. But the 'average mind' comment is exactly what I sense as well. The lack of leadership in the Republican base is mind-boggling, and I can't help thinking that some in the RNC are so desperate to find a body on their side with the charisma of Obama that they've leapt on the first horse that seemed 'attractive' out of the gate, and I'm takin' literal and figurative with 'attractive'. I was talking with my father about this over the fourth and we were mulling how charismatic Dem candidates are, not to mention good lookin' which plays such a role with today's media exposure; Clinton, Obama, Carter, all the way back to Kennedy. And the Reps come up with Dole, Bush I and II, Nixon, McCain.......it's a striking dichotomy. Reagan broke the mold with his presence, but it's the continual fronting of stodgy old men that I think led to the selection of Palin as a running mate.

JohnBrown 5 years, 9 months ago

According to Cal, Palin has all the right 'beliefs', just none of the tools to get them to work. This is why she was villified so much by the media: attempting to portray herself "ready to lead" when all she had was the proper 'beliefs', but none of the ammo to make them work. This is putting "Country First"?

According to Cal, and all the other neocons, having the right 'beliefs' is all you need to qualify for the office of VP. Plus, she was "hot".

Sheesh.

Calliope877 5 years, 9 months ago

"Lastly, she needs a hair, makeup and wardrobe makeover. She is a beautiful woman, but appearance should not be the first thing one reacts to when people look at her."

I still rank her as average, but the above statement is true because her appearance seems to be the only thing focused on, especially by conservatives. Notice how they always mention her "attractiveness" first, then how "articulate" she is, and so forth? It's very telling, in my opinion.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 9 months ago

I think Gingrich is gearing up for a 2012 run. He will likely try to bring on someone like Condoleeza Rice for VP. I don't think Palin has completely washed out of politics. I'd expect to see her run for a senate or congress seat. This would give her that experience that was so widely valued during this last election. after all, it only takes 2 years in the Senate to be well qualified. and you don't really have to do anything during that 2 years as we've all seen.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 9 months ago

Logicsound: "I don't consider her a bimbo either, but she certainly hasn't done anything that gives the air of high intelligence—maybe average intelligence."


I don't think that high intelligence has ever been a qualifier in American politics has it? Sometimes overly intelligent people are too far removed from the reality of daily American life that they just don't get it. I think average intelligence and a closeness to the common man (i.e. community colleges = better than Ivy league) are better indicators of a politician with regular Joe attitude.

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

AreU,

I wish it were. We should at the very least be looking for someone with a mind at work, with the potential for ideas and the intelligence to implement them.
To Palin's future opps, she might have what it takes to be a representative, but I think the Senate is over her head.

KansasVoter 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm constantly amazed by how delusional most republicans are. They say that Palin was treated unfairly, but she was treated like every other candidate for President or VP. They claim that Democrats treat Obama like a messiah, but they treated Dubya like a messiah and they're still treating Palin like one. I couldn't force myself to read all of Cal Thomas' garbage, but I'm sure that there were plenty of other examples of republican hypocrisy in the garbage that he and the LJW call a news article.

lwctown 5 years, 9 months ago

Palin is the second best thing to happen to the democratic party....G W was the first. If not for these two people the democrats may not have grabbed so much power.

MyName 5 years, 9 months ago

Ha! Even Cal admits that she didn't have what it takes to be a good VP. "If Palin is to have a future in national politics (assuming she wants one) there are several steps she must take", including essentially remaking herself so that she's now longer Sarah Palin.

I'm sure 12 years from now the Republican party still will be asking themselves what they were thinking. Of course at the rate things are going, there's a decent chance they'll be a regional party barely able to field a Presidential candidate.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

This is all a Broadway play with Sarah pretending it all doesn't matter....what a load of crap.

Sarah Palin is doing this resignation for publicity. She knows some in the media thinks she a bit off so this gives her plenty of free news space and pre campaign space.

So I say cut her off and why not. She's pulling a calculated fast one. If she gets busted for her antics as governor then cover that story.

Sarah Palin is still under investigation, as far as I know, in Alaska questioning her ethics as governor in which $300,000 has been spent thus far. Maybe people in Alaska simply want her gone.

HR 676 is far more important than Sarah Palin HR 676 med insurance deserves front page daily.

So does who got away with all of the trillions that broke down the nations economy under GW Bush/Dick Cheney?

Additionally how in the world does the gov't expect college grads to pay back student loans as the failed economic policy of outsourcing USA jobs continues in perpetual motion? Yep milions upon millions of white collared jobs heading to India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile Sarah Palin will be collecting tons of special interest campaign dollars thus further corrupting the voting process thus increasing OUR cost of living across the board.

Special interest campaign dollars usually involve a product such as medical insurance, radioactive coal and nuke power,cars,bogus loans,food or american named products made in China supported with tax breaks and lost american jobs. Then there is always the military industrial complex stealing 50% of every tax dollar.

Special interest campaign money adds to the actual cost of providing a product to the market place in addition to : • its bureaucracy • profits • high corporate salaries • advertising over charges • sales commissions • Shareholders ! Golden parachutes * Politicians as shareholders to their corporations: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061204075.html

Obviously there more important items in this country than flambouyant, idolized and corrupted politicians. Like why won't americans stand up against special interest corrupt campaign dollars controlling our government?

8ball 5 years, 9 months ago

i dont understand why in a town as liberal as lawrence,anybody cares what sarah palin is doing

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

"They claim that Democrats treat Obama like a messiah, but they treated Dubya like a messiah and they're still treating Palin like one. I couldn't force myself to read all of Cal Thomas' garbage, but I'm sure that there were plenty of other examples of republican hypocrisy in the garbage that he and the LJW call a news article."

Speaking of 'lack of substance'........... I don't know anyone----ANYone that treated W like a messiah, nor view Palin as one. And it's not a news article, KV. It's an opinion piece. Big difference.

Kontum1972 5 years, 9 months ago

a date with gov mark sanford might help....

Newell_Post 5 years, 9 months ago

Maybe she could ghost-write Cal's columns for him. She couldn't do any worse than he does. You betcha.

beatrice 5 years, 9 months ago

Cal writes: "She should hit the books and learn as much as she can about the modern world, history and court cases. She should read newspapers so that when future interviewers hit her with questions, she can dazzle them like a “Jeopardy!” champion."

He actually thinks somebody can cram for the Presidency like it is a big exam! The sad thing is that he admits now that she didn't have the knowledge equal to the task as the V.P., but he supported her none the less. That is party over country. Pathetic.

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