Monday, February 08, 2010
Cry For Help
Nate Silver wants to give Sarah Palin some friendly advice if she wants to remain a credible figure on the national political stage.
Truth be told most of his advice is good but it's missing the point. This wasn't a mistake of ignorance. At some level Gov Palin knows that it's ridiculous to write speaking notes on the palm of your hand for a nationally significant speech. I think she thought it was homey and cute, and also emphasizes the contrast with President Obama, who can't get out of bed without a Teleprompter. To some extent it really is homey and cute, but we also get a clue that Sarah Palin's character has a big streak of Drama Queen. In fact, I suspect that's why Andrew Sullivan dislikes her so much: she reminds him of himself.
For me at least the moral of the story is pretty clear: we like Sarah Palin but we're not invested in her.