The First Draft: Palin Phenomenon

November 17, 2009

USA-POLITICS/PALINShe’s everywhere.

We can think of no other losing vice presidential candidate who has captured so much media coverage a year AFTER losing the bid for the White House.

The Palin phenomenon perseveres (this week anyway).

The Washington Post has TWO columnists writing about her today — Eugene Robinson’s “Our Evita,” and Richard Cohen “Time for some Palintology.”

The front page of the Post showcases a quote from Sarah Palin’s book “Going Rogue” which is out in bookstores today: “I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all Alaska’s animals — right next to the mashed potatoes.”

The New York Times op-ed page carries a column from Michael Carey of the Anchorage Daily News in which he flips the viewpoint to why Alaskans are fascinated by Palin — “how a woman who takes pride in calling herself a homemaker from Wasilla brought celebrity culture to the Last Frontier.”

She’s been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters. CNN’s Larry King had a whole discussion about Palin last night. And David Letterman has been having fun on his late-night show by coming up with things that are more fun than reading Palin’s memoir  (number 61 – getting run over by a lawnmower).

She’s on the cover of Newsweek magazine, but she objected to its use of a photograph of her in shorts that was originally taken for a sports magazine. “The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist, and oh-so-expected by now,” Palin writes on her Facebook page.

Can a talk show be too far off?

“I’d probably rather write than talk,” Palin tells Walters in an interview segment shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Her response to offers of reality TV shows: “Absolutely not. I would never. No I would not ever want to put my kids through such a thing. Shoot, our life has become kind of a reality show.”

Why do you think Palin is still able to grab this amount of attention?

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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Palin’s book on display in a bookstore)


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one of the few truly honest politicians around…. she doesn’t beat around the bush and the only times she got into trouble was when she allowed herself to be directed by the campaign handlers…
she has more political electioneering savvy than most of the politicians out there and her biggest mistake was being deferential to McCain due to her respect for him and she should have told her handlers to fk off.

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james. It is fun watching the left get all in a fit over Governor Palin.

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