Laura Leslie of WUNC-FM – who does a great political blog – told a panel during last year’s campaign that she was sick and tired of men who liked Sarah Palin because she is “hot.”
Sorry, Laura, but how else can someone so clearly unprepared for national office be taken seriously as a candidate for national office?
Maybe we’ll learn one day that this is all some elaborate reality-TV concept. Some manic producer in New York said:
“Okay, here’s the idea. We’ll take this good-looking babe. We’ll have her come from someplace crazy – like Alaska! And she’ll have a family full of nut cases. Then we’ll throw her into the middle of national politics and see what happens.”
Charisma – call it “hot” – has always been part of politics. Witness John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
What’s new with Palin is her true believers’ fervent faith that her lack of intellectual depth is a qualification – not a disqualification – for high office.
In the end, Palin’s appeal is more like that of Richard Nixon and George Wallace: the politics of resentment.