I have wondered why Sarah Palin is such a polarizing figure. Some of us adore her, and she drives the Left out of their minds. I had put it down to the universal demonization of her by the lame-stream media, as she delightfully refers to her tormentors, but I think S.E. Cupp has nailed it:
It seems everyone wants a piece of Palin these days. Some are fans, some are hostile foes. But regardless, we just can’t stop talking about her. Will there ever be a time when we decide that we’ve figured her out and there’s nothing else to say?
And then it hit me. The reason Palin has become such a lightening rod, a kingmaker and a punching bag, a celebrity and a power player, is simple. It’s because she’s so gosh darn happy.
For her fans, like the ones I had the pleasure of meeting in Chicago, she’s refreshingly upbeat and resilient, the bubbly friend from childhood who was always great at cheering you up and cheerleading you on.
But for her detractors, nothing raises the ire of cynical liberals more than a happy-go-lucky, totally unburdened, freethinking and self-assured conservative woman who has everything she wants and then some. And without anyone’s help.
Sure, she’ll tell you that Todd, her parents and her children are an invaluable support system. But after eight years of hearing that George W. Bush was a nepotism experiment gone wrong, Sarah Palin has made it here (wherever this is) on her own. John McCain’s imprimatur certainly launched her into the national spotlight, but she became the youngest and first female governor of Alaska all on her own.
How dare she?
Liberalism, after all, needs to imagine an unhappy populace. Passing sweeping entitlement programs and convincing voters that big government is the answer only works if people are frustrated with their stations in life.
It now occurs to me that a big part of her charm is exactly her cheerful positive demeanor and the way she seems almost unaffected by all of the hostile arrows constantly flying her way. Perhaps it is time for another (cheerful) Morning in America, with folks who actually respect the Constitution running the show. How does Palin/Rubio 2012 sound? Not enough experience as politicians? Methinks that be a good thing. ◄Dave►