For many years I have watched from a distance American politics. The distance seems insubstantial these days. I am worried. I was deeply surprised and disappointed when the US electorate voted George Bush back into office for a second term. I know the Supreme Court stole the election but really that Democratic guy should have won in a landslide. Have Republicans lost their sense of reality. Do they see only what they want to see. Do they see the world through Fox News. I don’t actually get to talk with Republicans. I dont see how I can manage that. But I am alarmed that Palin is considered a possible candidate for President. The impression in the media of her, whether that is fair or not is a debatable point, gives Georg W Bush mountains of gravitas in comparison. I would put a joke in here about the de-evolution of Republican Presidential candidates until I reflect there was John McCain running for them against Obama. Not that Republicans love McCain. But I do respect him and during that election I would have found it difficult to ignore his experience. For me he was a strong, legitimate candidate with a mountain range of gravitas.
So Sarah in 2014, I have decided to take my first impression and chuck it. I will get some oil and a crowbar and pry open my mind. I will make a solid effort to look carefully at her, what she does, what she says, her policies, her campaign tactics and try to get out of kneejerk mode. I have a couple of years for this study.
I guess I will start by watching her Alaska TV show.