Just finished watching the TV show Sarah Palin's Alaska. Stunned at the political brilliance of the concept.
Ray Charles used to use a phrase "country dumb". Which actually meant a country boy (like Ray) smart enough to play to city prejudices when convenient, so they'd underestimate him and end up handing him ground-breaking contracts. He was. They did.
Sarah Palin is "country dumb"...
I still don't think she'd be a good idea as a GOP Presidential candidate. Beginning with the fact that you're taking your best salesperson and making them a manager. If they're a good manager, you're still screwed because you just lost your best salesperson. If they're mediocre or worse, you're screwed twice.
The Presidency is a sales role, but Ms. Palin's style is a problematic fit with the modern office. By its nature, it will take away many of the things that help her connect so well with people. And the GOP has no-one to replace her in the role she's playing at present. NJ Gov. Chris "The Fat Reagan" Christie could certainly grow into that, but right now? Bubkes.
There are other questions in my head, but to me, that's the key one. A President needs a movement and organization behind them to accomplish things. Palin could lead that over the next Presidential term, but can't create it and make it solid enough before the 2012 term begins.
All that aside, you'd have to be a complete, blithering idiot not to respect Palin's political skills. Which, admittedly, hasn't stopped a lot of "smart" people. Top speaker, bestselling author, significant player in key debates ("death panels," anyone?), who has backed a number of winning candidates around the country. Resigning the governorship looks like it has gone from "kiss of death" to "even split" at worst. Now this. It's yet another step beyond in her efforts at reaching right over the partisan media, to define herself to the population on her own terms. The format accentuates many of the things that make her popular, and make her very "relatable" to a lot of people.
Best Presidential candidate in the USA? I'd give that one to Gov. Mitch Daniels, given the times we're in. But I might have to give the nod to Sarah Palin as the best politician in the country.
No wonder so many on the Left are scared of her, and hate her.