For better or for worse, don’t write off failed Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin just yet. Political experts, reporters and commentators might not agree on her politics or how much she was responsible for Senator John McCain’s failed Presidential bid, but all do agree that she is a rising star in the national political scene.
The “It” Factor
Even the reporters for pro-Democrat MSNBC all gave good marks to Palin for her personality, sense of humor and ability to work a crowd. Even the venerable Chris Matthews declared that Sarah Palin had “the It factor”, which is very rare in any politician and usually only shows up in actors or talk show hosts.
What is the “It” factor? Comedian Dennis Miller described it as “that shallow charisma we all want in our politicians.” It can also be thought of as “star quality”. This is when a person just has to walk into a room and immediately your eyes are drawn to him or her. This star quality has been sorely lacking from the Republican Party since the days of Ronald Reagan.
Shoring Up The Base
There will be a veritable ocean of ink used to theorize just why John McCain picked such and obscure candidate to be Vice President. Although Palin being a woman had a lot to do with the pick (in order to try and attract the supporters for Hillary Clinton), it doesn’t give us the entire answer. Certainly, there were far more experienced Republican women in office, such as Elizabeth Dole or even Dr. Deborah Honeycutt, who is an African-American.
The other reason Sarah Plain was picked was certainly for her incredibly narrow conservative Republican views. John McCain angered many ultra-conservative Republicans for his views on evolution and insisting that global warming was real and not a Democrat-supported hoax.
Sarah Palin was picked to try and bring the ultra-conservatives back to John McCain’s side. Palin has gone on record denouncing global warming as a reality, as being against adding any more animals to the endangered species list and for teaching creationism in schools. She is also anti-abortion and pro-guns, which a lot of ultra-conservative Republicans are. She agrees with many Republicans that humans are the world’s most important species because they pay taxes.
An Answer To Prayers
According to some Republicans, one of the reasons Republicans are loosing voters is that their candidates lack the “it” factor that makes them more celebrity than politician. John McCain is not the most inspiring speaker in the world. But Sarah Palin is a good public speaker and has the ability to present her ideas in a sugar-sweet way.
She may be just what the Republican Party has been praying for since Ronald Reagan left office. She has the ability to draw crowds, the paparazzi and publicity. For the Republican Party, no publicity is bad publicity. The more attacks Palin gets, the more like an underdog she appears.
In 2012, expect Republican stalwarts to get kicked to the curb and a young, vigorous and charismatic Sarah Palin to get the GOP party revved up again. The Republicans want to make over the image of their party as being for a bunch old men and what better way to blast that image with the face of a young, healthy woman?