While this blog usually deals with more religious and spiritual topics, I have occasionally ventured into the political arena. The reaction to some of my venturing in the previous post has created this one. It just got me to wondering, what is the deal with Sarah Palin?
Why does she evoke such negative reactions? Maybe I have become out-of-touch but I don’t get it.
To me she is refreshing. Sure, she was totally unprepared and over-her-head- initially at least- when thrust abruptly into the national scene. She made her share of goofs- who wouldn’t? (Biden anyone?) But- to me- she seemed truly to be one of us. And what about all the feminist and other voices crying out for strong women to achieve and accomplish? You would think she would be a role model. Instead they torched her.
Don’t get me wrong. Anyone who steps up on the big political stage these days will get scrutinized, criticized and investigated by all kinds of media types. Anyone stepping into that arena should expect it. But Palin got all of that and much more. She was viciously attacked- with all kinds of outlandish accusations made against her and her family. Folks- it seemed- were simply out to smash her.
And why? Here is a lady who is self-made. She did not speak or come across like a politician. She seemed like she could have been my neighbor. She seemed to have normal problems that thousands of families deal with. And she is immensely popular in her home state. (I guess those Alaskans are just weird.) To me this was a breath of fresh air in the usually smoke-filled world of politics- regardless of political views.
Compare her to a couple of other currently famous women in politics. Hillary is the very definition of an insider- doing whatever it takes to advance herself- caught in nunerous lies and scandals. Caroline Kennedy has absolutely no experience- even compared to Palin- and yet she is likely about to be placed into a national office of prominence. Sure voices have spoken out in criticism of her, but without the vitriol embedded in Palin’s opposition.
So why is Palin so terrible? Why did it seem so vital for so many to tear her down? Is it because she is Republican conservative? Does that explain it all? Or is there more to it? I am still scratching my head.