If Sarah Palin had behaved like most self-respecting politicians, she would have retreated from the national stage to rehabilitate the negative image she acquired during the presidential campaign. She should start with filling her huge information and public policy deficits that were revealed when she was alleged to have referred to the continent of Africa as a state. When asked to explain her behavior, for example, did she spend thousands on clothing for herself and her family, she follows a specific path. She rarely says "No, I did not," in a declarative voice. She speaks in a circular, convoluted manner, with untruths and half-truths, that tend to confuse the issue rather than clarify.
I don't know if this is intentional or not. It might come from her limited capacity for reasoning, and knowing how to use language. She doesn't have the capacity to converse in a coherent way. Her comments are so jumbled, circular, and tortuous that I can't take it. The problem is exacerbated because journalists are doing very little reporting on the issues. Rather, they focus their attention on the public's reactions to the allegations that Palin spent over a hundred thousand dollars on clothing.
Palin is one of the most ambitious politicians to appear on the national scene in a very long time. She believes her appeal is based on her folksiness ("gosh darn"), charisma and the divisiveness she is adept at creating on the campaign trail. She doesn't give much credence to the idea that she needs to learn to master public policies.
What embarrassed the public in the interview she gave Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, and others doesn't appear to have fazed Sarah. She is on a roll, and her way of rehabilitating her image is to give as many interviews as possible. And, she talks, yappity yap without much forethought to what she is saying and why she is saying it. She seems to think the more she talks, the more she can persuade people to her point of view. Palin has given interviews to most major news outlets. She will appear on Larry King Live talk show tonight, and she is a featured speaker at the Republican Governor's Association in Miami this week.
As for her stated ambitions that she outlined in several of these interviews, Palin told Greta von Sustern on Fox news:
— faith is a very big part of my life. And putting my life in my creator’s hands — this is what I always do. I’m like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it’s cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don’t let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in ‘12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”
About Palin's hyper-ambition to become President, Katie Couric told the New York Post' Page Six that Sarah Palin has a lot to learn about politics before she runs for the White House in 2012. "I think she should keep her head down, work really hard and learn about governing. But I'm not anyone to give advice to anyone about anything," she told Page Six at Glamour Magazine's 2008 Women of the Year Awards dinner. Couric acknowledged that she doesn't take credit for revealing Palin's severe deficits. "I was really just a conduit that allowed her to air her views," she said. "I don't want to judge. I'll let the voters do that."
The current rave seems to be to "dumb down"....the dumber the more some people like the politician. Let's hope this trend will be reversed quickly.