I somewhat like this New York Times piece: A Riveting Speaker, Waving the Flag. Although it’s liberal, it acknowledges that Sarah Palin is an electrifying speaker who continues to draw crowds and thunderous applause (largely from the conservative base).
That can’t really be denied. She’s really in her element when she gives a speech. Even what the media report as gaffes come out sounding good when I actually hear her making them. She sounds so confident, articulate, engaging, and poised.
I’m glad that her bad interviews haven’t destroyed her popularity among the base of the Republican Party. And I hope that they turn out in large numbers to vote, since that can make the difference in this election.
Even outside of this election, I think there’s a larger hope here, that Palin’s political career won’t be completely destroyed by this rough bout with McCain.
For a long while, it looked like she was going to be embarrassed so badly that she’d fade into obscurity as a result. But if people acknowledge that she’s still got an edge to her that appeals to people, she may just have a shot of a comeback sometime in the (distant) future.
Yeah, I hope if she loses, she goes back and serves as a good governor for a while. Maybe she should write opinion pieces and appear on Fox News to keep herself in the public eye. I wouldn’t want her to thrust herself in the public eye right after losing, but to go back to doing what she does best, while learning and saying more about national issues.