Thursday, September 02, 2010

All Sarah, all the time

Some good news this morning for those of you who get sick to your stomach at the suggestion that Sarah Palin might run for president.

New York magazine makes "The Case for Why Sarah Palin Won’t Run for President."
“I don't think she's going to run for anything,” added another adviser. “My reasoning is as follows: She hated what was happening in public office. She was getting pilloried, she was going broke, she really didn't like it — it's why she left. She hated her life. She hated it. Now she has the world by the tail. She's speaking to adoring crowds. Maybe only 20 percent of the people like her, but they adore her. I would be stunned if she does it. I would give it 90 percent probability she doesn't run. ... She's smart enough to know the chances of getting elected is very, very slim. And she will get pilloried in the process. She likes her life up there, now she has the money she needs. She has the best of both worlds.”
But for those of you who just can't get enough of Sarah, there's a great read in the October issue of Vanity Fair that delves into Palin's Jekyll/Hyde personality.
On the 2008 campaign trail, one close aide recalls, it was practically impossible to persuade Palin to take a moment to thank the kitchen workers at fund-raising dinners. During the campaign, Palin lashed out at the slightest provocation, sometimes screaming at staff members and throwing objects. Witnessing such behavior, one aide asked Todd Palin if it was typical of his wife. He answered, “You just got to let her go through it… Half the stuff that comes out of her mouth she doesn’t even mean.” When a campaign aide gingerly asked Todd whether Sarah should consider taking psychiatric medication to control her moods, Todd responded that she “just needed to run and work out more.” Her anger kept boiling over, however, and eventually the fits of rage came every day. Then, just as suddenly, her temper would be gone. Palin would apologize and promise to be nicer. Within hours, she would be screaming again. At the end of one long day, when Palin was mid-tirade, a campaign aide remembers thinking, “You were an angel all night. Now you’re a devil. Where did this come from?”
It's obvious that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that Sarah Palin is unqualified to be president. So, why all the fascination with her?

I think this comment left on New York mag's story explains it best: "People are 'fascinated' by her in the way the people are fascinated by the homeless man [on the street] who screams out answers to the voices inside his head."

1 comment:

  1. Why the fascination with Sarah Palin? She joins the pantheon of 'celebrity for the sake of celebrity' gals like Paris Hilton, Elin Nordegren Woods, Kat Von D, today's featured player on Bachelorette, and any other non-producing member of society that is regularly featured in People magazine.

    Just because Sarah is featured in New York or Vanity Fair doesn't elevate her from the do-nothing celebrity status.


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