Friday, March 20, 2009

Sarah Palin: Scientology's First Presidential Candidate?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 6:41 AM

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In some ways, Alaska Governess Sarah Palin is already a Scientologist. She's less a politician than a celebrity, the kind of taste-maker L. Ron Hubbard wanted to attract to his religion, and despite the fact that she occasionally drops an inane, or just plain crazy quote, we still have to fear her for the power she wields.

So it almost seems plausible that, come 2012, when Palin is likely to lead the Republican ticket (NPR has her as a No. 1 seed for the nomination), she could be the first presidential candidate running on an Anti-Xenu platform. The Washington Post reports that John Coale -- lawyer, Operating Thetan Level VII Scientologist and husband to Fox News talking head Greta Van Susteren -- is helping to manage Sarah PAC, Palin's fundraising arm.

Others familiar with Palin's political team insist that Coale has far more power than he is letting on -- essentially helping to run Sarah PAC. Coale demurred on that front, noting only that he talks to Palin regularly and that she is a "fascinating person" who is "definitely not what the right thinks or the left thinks."

And there it is. The answer to a question previously thought only to be rhetorical: What more damage could Palin do to her public image?

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