Something Stranger Than Fiction

When you think of something that is Stranger Than Fiction, you usually think of a man swallowing a sword, or another man locking himself in a glass box with about a hundred poisinous scorpions.  But Sarah Palin filing to have her and her daughter’s (Bristol Palin) name trademarked?  That’s what I call stranger than fiction.

After he 2008 Vice Presidential bid for the White House, Sarah Palin was turned into something like a fictionalized character; she became a modern-day folklore hero; someone for the rest of America to pin their hopes and dreams on.  But maybe that bodice that we see has a body of gold and feet of clay?

Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor of CNN, and former White House political director for former President Reagan, in his op-ed Palin, I knew Reagan.  You’re no Reagan, has harsh, if not, well deserved criticism for the self obsorbed pariah.

“And speaking of Obama and the election two years from now, Sarah Palin now says she thinks she can beat him.


Maybe she can, but 2012 is a long way off, and there is a nominating process that is intense — and it takes more than selling a few hundred books in Iowa to win it. Several other serious political players think they can beat her and will wage full-scale political war against her if she tries.

On November 4, I wrote a column under the headline: “Don’t underestimate Palin for 2012 run” (I write the columns, not the headlines). It was not a pro- or anti-Palin article but an analysis of the potential candidates for the Republican nomination in 2012.

If I were to title this one, it would be “Sarah, don’t overestimate your chances!”

And quit comparing yourself to Ronald Reagan. To paraphrase the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s comments to Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice presidential debate: I knew Ronald Reagan, and you’re no Ronald Reagan.

You’re a media star and a great curiosity. You were plucked out of political obscurity because of the whim of presidential contender John McCain, who didn’t know you and made you into an overnight sensation. You performed well for three weeks in the campaign, did better than expected against Joe Biden in the debate and then you self-destructed.”

You clearly weren’t ready for prime time, but neither was your running mate. After the election, you quit your day job as governor of Alaska with 18 months left in the term and went out and made a fortune making speeches and selling a book.

It was certainly your right, and you’re not the first one to cash in on fame. Millions of Americans love you, and I am sure millions more hate you. Unfortunately, that’s what happens in politics.

You can be a contender for the Republican nomination in 2012, but you’re a long way from being the nominee. You’re going to have to beat some very formidable candidates with way more experience and far superior knowledge on issues foreign and domestic. And to rate your chances today, I would put them at “possible” but not “probable.” It’s an all-uphill battle.

Right now, polls indicate you wouldn’t carry your home state of Alaska.”

Ouch!  Now that’s got to hurt!  Maybe it’s time we boarded the life boats and vacated the S.S. Palin?  She’s hit an iceberg and is sinking fast.


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