I don’t know a great deal about Sarah Palin. Living in France, we don’t hear too much about her. (Carla Bruni and the Pope get a lot more press coverage.) I have a vague recollection that she once said she understood international affairs because she can see Russia from her bedroom window? Something like that.
And it seems that most people who despised George Dubbya Bush and said he was stupid now despise Sarah Palin and say she’s stupid.
Anyway, although not currently terribly interested in Mrs Palin, my eye was caught on a rainy day in September 2010 by a BBC article on this love’er-or-hate’-er woman. A number of ‘pundits’ were predicting the chances that she’ll run for the US presidency in 2012.
Here are some snippets that are interesting or amusing:
Matthew Continetti (Author of The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.)
Palin is an impulsive politician. She has rejected conventional advice….This is a woman in a family who haven’t been wealthy for most of their lives. They came into a great deal of wealth in the last year and they may think they don’t want to give it up.
If Obama’s approval rating continues to fall, an elephant would have a chance against him.
David Yepsen (Former political editor at Des Moines Register, Iowa. Now director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.)
She has a lot of financial reasons not to decide now. Once you become a candidate for president, speaking and media gigs go.
A lot of people, according to the polls, do not see her as presidential material.
There is a difference between being a candidate and being a celebrity.
Shushannah Walshe (Co-author of Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar.)
She is the kind of person who reacts to what is in front of her.
She is making a lot of money at what she is doing right now and that would be curbed. Now she can charge a lot for speaking, she has sold a lot of books, she has a contract with Fox. Much of that income would stop.
She really does shy away from any sort of interviews or contact with the press, except Fox.
Her leaving the governorship of Alaska is going to be a very hard mountain to climb. People will say running the country is harder than being governor of Alaska.
Norman Ornstein (Research scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.)
It is a lot of work to run. The fact that she gave up the governorship of Alaska would suggest she might be averse to a lot of work.
It doesn’t appear she has a great aptitude for study.