The Bright Coast

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What? I Missed Palin on Oprah?

Posted by demkid on November 16, 2009

Well, I guess I can always watch it on YouTube.  Or not.  I hear that she didn’t mention her daughter’s babydaddy in her book, but during her interview with Oprah, she did call what Levi was doing “porn,” and said she’d continue to pray for him.  Sweet.  Incidentally, TMZ reports that Levi had his nudie pics shot for Playgirl today as well…excellent timing!  My favorite related quote comes from his manager: “Everything’s gonna hang out.  We’re talking full johnson.”  Back to our Alaska beauty queen, Eugene Robinson compares her to Eva Peron in today’s Washington Post.  He goes onto say that she’ll never become commander-in-chief, but that other Republicans shouldn’t underestimate her. 

What matters is “Going Rogue” — not the cleverly titled book itself, but Palin’s willingness to thumb her nose at political and social convention.

So what if she displayed no real grasp of the issues in interviews during last year’s campaign? Those reporters were being beastly, trying to show her up. So what if the inside-the-Beltway crowd thinks she’s an airhead? The state of mind called “Washington” is the problem, and she’s the solution. So what if she quit as governor of Alaska with a year and a half left in her term? “Only dead fish go with the flow,” she explained, demonstrating once more her sassy roguishness.

True believers will not mind. Palin’s unconventional trajectory and unkempt mind are seen as authentic, in the sense that we all know people who’ve had ups and downs in their lives and who couldn’t point to Kazakhstan on a map. Her success to date represents a triumph of authenticity over accomplishment. In the final analysis, I believe, that’s not enough to make her president. But others seeking the 2012 Republican nomination underestimate her at their peril.

I think the other candidates will be just fine.


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