I think many people are rethinking. Here are Alicia Colon’s thoughts:
Although I have written several columns expressing my admiration for Sarah Palin, I admit I have never taken her seriously as a 2012 presidential candidate. I’ve always felt that her greatest asset was as a kingmaker and behind the scenes advisor. In addition I’ve assumed that she wasn’t that interested in pursuing the job but rather enjoyed making waves in the liberal media. The more I read the continuing attacks on Palin and her family I’ve started wondering why the Democrats and their media lapdogs fear her so much. Even some conservative pundits have determined that she is unelectable because of her high negatives. Those negatives are actually bogus and based on lies and misinformation and there is really only one word to describe Sarah Palin – indomitable.
Bill Maher played to the lowest common denominator and insinuated that Palin was a “dumb tw**t” and his moronic audience cheered. Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary in the George W. Bush administration, said recently that he couldn’t see “any way, shape or form that [Palin] can win” the White House. Naturally there was a Public Policy poll that determined that Democratic and Independent voters would vote for Charlie Sheen over Sarah Palin. The fact that there was even such a poll should indicate the vigorous campaign to minimize her credibility as a serious candidate. Who’s paying for these skewered polls anyway?
The anti-Palin campaign stretches to foreign media where Canadian TV columnist John Doyle writes in the Globe and Mail that television forever killed Palin’s chances to be president. He writes: “television duly destroyed the Palin authenticity. The arc of her national political career began with a defining speech at the Republican National Convention in September, 2008, and ended in November, 2010, a few episodes into Sarah Palin’s Alaska. The show, a cringingly inevitable reality-TV series, gave her a huge platform and she blew it. If her exposure on TV in 2008 brought out the authenticity, the show brought out Palin’s inner princess. She talked about being a mom 87 times an episode (I’m exaggerating, but only a little) and made dubious attempts to make political parables linking her family, the outdoors and wildlife. It was ego unbounded. And this after quitting her job as governor of Alaska.”
Why on earth American voters should listen to Doyle who has been an outright critic of all things conservative is beyond me but then again why does anybody watch The View? What he gets completely wrong is the impact of Sarah Palin’s reality show. It probably did more to promote tourism in her state than all the previous travelogues. It was also clear from the TV show how much Ms. Palin loves Alaska which is the real reason she quit as governor. If Mr. Doyle had done any research he would have learned that staying in office while she was being pursued by unending bogus lawsuits and vicious media attacks made her duties as governor near impossible … [emphasis mine]