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Reader Michael Child notes that despite Sarah Palin's seeming stupidity, she reminds him of another not-so-bright guy who became a national hero:
One has to be amazed at Sarah Palin's political skill, all the media outlets are running her quote that she is "not a quitter," days after she, well, quit. Simultaneously, the woman is able to claim she is victimized by the media. Many are tempted to dismiss Ms. Palin as a woman who has shown the in spite of her political skills, she is not Presidential material. Of course, a poll reveals that 7 out of 10 Republicans would vote for her for President.
How did this happen? How did one of the only two viable political parties in the nation come to see as its standard-bearer a woman so devoid of the skills, demeanor and temperament required of a President?
I remember another consummate politician, a man considered to be a joke by many in his own party, a man who disdained detail, took pride in his lack of knowledge of world issues, a man who lowered the bar for national leadership to the point that any charismatic persona who hates government could have a big seat at the Republican party. That man was Ronald Reagan, revered by many as a hero, who came from the fringes to become President. Did it matter that Maggie Thatcher once said, "Poor fellow. There's nothing between his ears." No. In fact, he took such estimations as evidence of his genuine connection to The Common Man.
Let's not forget how painfully stupid American voters can be. Many people still see Sarah Palin as a potential Presidential. Yes, it can happen here, again. --Michael Child