Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Whither Sarah Palin?

I say this as a person who advised against the selection of Sarah Palin on this very blog, but I like the woman. Not in the condescending way I like Michelle Bachmann, but in a way that I would like to see her move forward within the party.

Obviously, Sarah Palin will not be Vice President in 2009. But what do Republicans do with such an incendiary and divisive talent. Since I know the Palin family reads this blog, I would like to offer a vision for how she should proceed. Here are my proposed steps.

1) Brush up. Voters, particularly moderate voters, are going to be stunned by the weird ideas drummed up by the Obama-Reid-Pelosi trifecta. Palin needs to be in a position to take the airwaves and speak intelligently about why those ideas are terrible for America. To accomplish this, she'll need to establish herself as a thinker.

2) She should take a leadership role in fighting the Fairness Doctrine. Palin has been a victim of vicious media attacks, and congressional Democrats plan to force media outlets to adhere to governmental standards of fairness. In the liberal world, the NYT and AP are fair, and Fox News is not. This idea won't be popular, and Palin would be the ideal counterpoint to liberal excess here.

3) She should run Alaska in a brutally conservative manner. No compromise, no potential scandals, no gifts to anyone. The next Republican power needs to be a conservative voice. The party-line folks had their ass handed to them in this election, and rightly so.

4) She needs to play up her "aw shucks" working-class credentials. Obama has won this election on the strength of old money trust-fund babies, and their teet-suckling adherents. The prototypical Obama supporter is a 27-year-old intern who is using the non-profit that pays him $20,000 per year to put him through law school, with the promise of a cushy, six-figure VP spot once he garduates. Americans hate the hell out of those people. Sarah Palin is not those people.

5) Don't be Dan Quayle. Don't worry about "Two and a Half Men". Don't stand up against the inevitable move to allow homosexuals in the military, or in favor of some obscure county law regarding parental notification. Big fish fry big fish. Stick to the major issues. By all means, weigh in on judges, card check, taxes. Don't let a media, which will be DESPERATE for pro-Obama stories, use you as a whipping girl.

6) Don't do a reality series. It might be tempting. But, seriously, please don't.


If you follow this advice, we could be looking at a Huckabee-Palin ticket in 2012. And, if you play it right, nobody will be discussing the relevance of rural counties in Indiana. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Andrea said...

Prescient timing! I just read a WaPo article titled “Palin Plans to Remain on GOP’s National Stage” and I was going to ask your thoughts on what she may/ought to do next.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Jake O. said...

It's nice of you to give advice to Gov. Palin. But really, aren't there at least a dozen or so other Rs nationwide who would be way better to groom and foster as future GOP stars? Gov. Jindal, Lindsey Graham, Gov. Crist, Gov. Pawlenty, General Gates, heck, even Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney seem like better shots in '12 and '16 than the mavericky maverick from Alaska.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can really see how you admire Palin. She seems to fit your mold. But I do have some questions. What is it you REALLY like about Governor Palin:

-Her being a religious Christian?

-Her ethics in lying about being cleared by a panel on ethics violations when in fact she was not?

-Her undying loyalty to the U.S. as demonstrated by her close ties to the Alaska Independence Party?

-Her huge intellect in not knowing what the Bush Doctrine was?

I know that there was a lot of yourself that you probably see in her, but what really turned you on there, Kevin Sawyer? Maybe you share the esteemed Kissinger's sentiments, that she's an aphrodisiac?

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Thom said...

I could see myself voting for Palin...if she was running against...say... clones of Hitler and Mao. Otherwise, Palin ought not be allowed in the White House.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Anonymous: thank you for the talking points.

Thom: A Hitler reference. Well played.

Jake: I like Jindal a lot, as do most conservatives. Something tells me Pawlenty will have to find his way to Senate before he'll be taken seriously. Most folks think Minnesotans are surrounded by hay.

This shouldn't be read as a call for a Huckabee-Palin ticket, but since she is the person of the momement, I thought this would be interesting to take on.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous: thank you for the talking points."

You're welcome. Thank you for avoiding a substantive discussion. You know I'm right.

OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! Get used to it for the next four years!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Jerad said...

I would LOVE to see Huckabee play a more prominent public or media-related role in the next 8 years. He's easily one of the most decent-seeming politicians I've ever seen. He hasn't been afraid to demonstrate one quality in public that so many other conservatives have avoided: empathy.

Certain outlandish positions on quarantining AIDS patients on an island aside, he has the potential to be a wonderful influence both on the GOP and on our national dialogue.

4:32 PM  

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