VP Nom Palin reaches top of the media celebrity charts
By Gayl Murphy
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 10/07/08 — While becoming a major media focus Sarah Palin did manage to help attract 70 million viewers to the VP debate, and now she’s fulfilling the standard VP job of becoming a party attack dog.
Most recently stepping into the spotlight Palin accused Obama of alleged “terrorist ties” and revisiting the past curious accusations of hate mongering involving the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
It seems no matter what the hockey mom does, people have a Britney-like reaction to her. She’s got that X Factor which brings in the viewers and the fans, regardless of their opinion of her.
Palin’s performance on the VP debate was not unlike the famous MTV appearance where Britney, underneath it all, seemed to be somewhere she didn’t expect to be. But if you love her, you love her, if you don’t, you don’t. Just keep in mind, that if she gets into office, she’ll be a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world!
With less than a month left before the election, there were wide ranging expectations about how she’d fare. Predictions ran as deep as a pucker on a pit bull, minus the lipstick.
The 44-year old former beauty queen exceeded the sub-zero bar that pundits set for her, although on the issues health care, national security and foreign policy, “She just wasn’t able to answer the questions, maybe she stopped the bleeding a little, but she clearly couldn’t answer the questions.” Said Gov. Bill Richardson following the debate.
After a week of almost incoherent Q&A with CBS anchorwomen Katie Couric, the Republican ‘energizer-bunny” debated Dem VP Nominee Joe Biden in a performance that lived up to the hype. Palin used “Fargo-isms” from “gotcha, you betcha” to “darn right, doggone it and drill, baby drill.”
Just watching the pistol packin’ mama go on about Joe Six-Pack made some expect that Tina Fay would jump out from behind the curtain shouting, “Just kidding!”
A recent Time Magazine poll cites 45% of women have an unfavorable opinion of the former Mayor – and after observing the debate questions did indeed arise.
On the economy, Biden, whose mother-in-law passed away Sunday, came out swinging and touting the Obama agenda on the economy and health care. He called McCain’s plan a failure and the “ultimate bridge to nowhere.” But Palin had a big stick too, she called it the ‘fear stick.” Describing her ticket as “the barometer of fear” and McCain as “the reformer” and together there were two mavericks. She defended McCain’s policies, she call him the “American Spirit.” And, she insinuated that if you don’t agree, you’re somehow Un-American.
In light of the 700 billion dollar bailout and its 150 billion dollar “tax breaks,” Biden acknowledged he and Obama would have to rework some of their agenda. He said, “The one thing we might have to slow down is a commitment we made to double foreign assistance.”
Palin on the other hand said there was nothing she and McCain would have to rework. “There hasn’t been a whole lot that I’ve promised, except to do what is right for the American people, and I don’t believe that John McCain has made any promise that he would not be able to keep, either.”
On the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, Palin put the blame squarely on those that wrote the loans, “Darn right it was the lenders. They were responsible.” You betcha. “American’s need to band together and say ‘never again.’ Let’s commit ourselves, everyday Americans. Let’s do what our parents told us even before we got our first credit card. Let’s not live outside of our means. We can learn a heck of a lot of good lessons from this.”
When asked, Palin road blocked questions about deregulation, only to make up her own answers; what she accomplished as Governor and Mayor in Alaska. She added how nice it was to be running with McCain because “He wouldn’t make any promise he couldn’t keep.” And that, “He has allowed me to take on the oil companies… they don’t like me very much.”
She did have a few thoughts about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that were interesting. She described him as “neither sane or coherent” and that Obama was “dangerous and naïve” for saying he’s not turning his back to the idea of opening a dialogue with him.
Palin did well in the debate if you consider winning is about attack, attack, attack and not answering questions you don’t know the answers to and then bragging about it. Saying the past is irrelevant and not revealing what you would do differently than your running mate. Challenging the debate by saying, “I may not answer the questions the way you want me too.”
But mostly keeping the answers about the job she’s done in Alaska, a state with a population a third the size of Brooklyn, and not quite as big as Milwaukee.
Not unlike Britney, some may think she’s the instigator and some may feel she’s a victim of the media. The public will have its day on November 4th. Yet this reporter makes no apologies about Palin’s performance. She showed neither; the chops, smarts, experience, wisdom or self-consciousness that would enable her to evolve even on further on the world stage.