My thoughts on the Sarah Palin media frenzy

I think it’s pretty cool that a woman is on a major campaign ticket this year.  I’m happy when I get to see the world and society evolve in my lifetime.  I watched some of Palin’s RNC speech last night – only the highlight reel, I can’t tolerate the endless applause breaks of those big venue speeches.  She’s a funny lady for sure.  She’s got a good sense of sarcastic timing that a speechwriter simply can’t create for you.  But for all the effectiveness of her attacks on Obama and the Democratic party, I can tell you one thing that she isn’t is inspiring.  Somehow I figured that the woman who would break through this barrier in the Republican party would have to be larger than life, someone who even the most sexist and repellent of old, white, republican men could appreciate. To me she just seems like another lady in power – smart, slick and totally self-aware.

I watched a lot of the Hillary Clinton speeches during the primary season and I’ll tell you I had a totally different response.  Hillary wasn’t quite as effortlessly beautiful or sassy, but I really felt inspired by what she had to say.  I believe that she had substance over style.  A lifetime of work, her heart and mind devoted to changing the world.  She had power and authority in her words – she did seem larger than life to me, and obviously to so many others who either endlessly adored her or vilified her.  Ultimately the Hillary phenomenon wasn’t undone through any fault of her own, she just got steamrolled by a much larger phenomenon that appealed to many more people in a slightly different way.  Hillary Clinton appealed to me as an intellectual.  Barack Obama kind of appeals to me in an intellectual way, but much more as a leader of a national spirit – something that is much easier for anyone in this country to tap into.

Leaving all personal politics aside, I don’t feel even a fraction of that excitement about the possibilities of Sarah Palin being the number 2 governmental official in this country.  She just doesn’t seem as deeply motivated, not as willing to throw herself down on the tracks for the United States.  Maybe I feel this way because I didn’t know she existed a week ago and maybe my feelings will change over the next couple months.  In the meantime, I would suspect that if you asked anyone on the street whether they would like to see Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin in the white house, everyone’s most passionate feelings, positive or negative, would be about Hillary.  You either love her or you hate her.  As far as Sarah Palin goes – meh, she’s alright I guess.

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11 Responses to “My thoughts on the Sarah Palin media frenzy”


  1. 1 Melissa September 4, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    She is an extreme right wing conservative who believes in creationism and thinks sex education in schools is a bad thing. I think she’s an idiot. And it is painfully obvious McCain chose her purely for her gender and that is completely insulting to every woman who anxiously watched day in and day out to see if Hillary would win the Democratic primary. Hillary fought and fought for as far as she got, Palin was simply selected and now proclaims it as some great achievement by women everywhere, essentially taking credit for “smashing the glass ceiling” that Clinton eluded to only putting cracks in. In my opinion Palin owes her selection completely to the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton. I never really liked Clinton but I was able to appreciate her monumental campaign. Sarah Palin doesn’t deserve to lick Hillary Clinton’s shoes. Obama ’08!

  2. 2 Laura September 5, 2008 at 5:44 am

    I agree with Melissa.

  3. 3 rita41incalifornia September 10, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I believe in GOD, and I pray that I never hear the day that Sen. B. Obama/Biden is elected to office.

    Sorry that would truly be the beginning of sorrows.

    Give me a break you men hating, scorned hippies and self-proclaimed intellectuals walking around campus nude and passing judgement….you walk a broad road (get it?)Hillary, GOD bless, but your over sweetie. Thanks for hanging in with Bill…

  4. 4 The Anatomist September 10, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Darling Rita-
    Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and for your comment. I’m not sure what to make of “walking around campus nude” and whether that would qualify me as a self-proclaimed intellectual, but I’m pretty sure it would qualify me as fired.
    Although I think “men hating, scorned hippies” is a touch insulting and certainly off-base (as I am a man, and more of a yuppie than a hippie), I appreciate your opinion and welcome you to continue to contribute.
    D

  5. 5 superhoot September 11, 2008 at 12:48 am

    The beginning of sorrows? I know of a lot families who would say the sorrows had already begun…

    The only person who annoys me more than a self-proclaimed intellectual is a self-proclaimed moral policeman(er person)

    Get off your box someone needs the soap. 😉

    Oh yeah that comment goes to miss Rita.

  6. 6 Laura September 12, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I certainly don’t hate men. I love my husband, my dad, the neighbor cat and my brothers’-in-law who are two of the funniest people I know. 🙂

  7. 7 MZ September 12, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I also believe in GOD, and only GOD can judge me. But, thanks for trying Rita.

  8. 8 David September 12, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I am an intellectual, and here’s an intellectual assessment: Rita41 is crazy. Not crazy as in off-base, but crazy as in she used to pepper her corn flakes with thalidomide as a kid and didn’t stop until last Tuesday crazy. I appreciate that she took pause from chewing on her gnauga hide restraint to type her perspective, but what the hell was that blather in the second paragraph? If I were to ever consider taking religion seriously, the chance that I might start to think like that old crow is enough to screech all discussions to a halt.

    If there is a god, please have Rita41 read this.

  9. 9 Melissa September 15, 2008 at 2:23 am

    OK….I am sitting here laughing my butt off. Thanks to everyone for responding to that rant by Rita Crazypants. You have all spoken more eloquently than I could have and I would have if I had read this earlier. It gives me hope!

  10. 10 rita41incalifornia September 27, 2008 at 2:11 am

    PLEASE FORGIVE ME ALL OF YOU…PLEASE. IT’S OBVIOUS I AM NOT ABLE TO BLOG PROPERLY AND NEED TO STUDY UP AND SHUT-UP AS I DID NOT MEAN TO STEP ON ANYONE’S TOES.

    I LOVE RITA CRAZYPANTS MELISSA. THAT’S ME FOR SURE.

    ILL LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOGGING BEFORE I DO SO AGAIN.

    SINCERELY SORRY….AND I COULD USE SOME POINTERS…OBVIOUSLY.

    MUCH LOVE AND REGRET…

  11. 11 David September 30, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    No problems Rita, we all get passionate sometimes. For the record, you’re still Thalidomide crazy.


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