There are allegations from many conservatives that Sarah Palin is not being treated fairly by the media.
No matter who you are or your political affiliation, you cannot deny the fact that Sarah Palin is electrifying. However, in her short time in the limelight, this up-and-coming Republican star has had more drama than the "Desperate Housewives" season finale (my wife makes me watch it).
The people of Alaska elected Sarah Palin as their governor after her humble beginnings. There is a lot to be said about being born in Idaho to a school secretary and science teacher. It can't get much more American than that.
As a father of two beautiful daughters, I think that Palin's presence on the political scene is inspiring. She defies the preconceived notion that as a woman you must choose between career and family. Do not get me wrong, I totally understand that this is much more difficult for a woman to achieve as opposed to a man. I have a wife and witness it every day.
Interestingly, I believe that Sarah Palin is an intelligent woman. So, why is she going around pissing people off? Let's look at the campaign of "Change," one of the most impressive campaigns in recent years. President Obama had many controversial issues in his past. But he presented a campaign about hope, and refused to include the controversial issues as his talking points unless forced to do so. So, why is Sarah Palin consistently discussing how unfair the media is and the double standard she has been subjected to? I am not claiming that her allegations are not credible, but with the limited time you have to address the public, why waste your time making these points?
As a law student myself, I can tell you that all law students participate in some form of legal argument. Throughout your preparation, you learn that your time before your audience is limited, and instead of simply relying on point-for-point retaliations, you should advance the discussion to effectively advocate your position. Therefore, Palin's time would be better utilized if she explained to people why she is something more than a reality star, like Heidi and Spencer on "The Hills."
The most compelling evidence that Palin's camp is steering her wrong is the immediate fallout between her camp and McCain's camp following the election. Realistically, Republicans never believed that McCain had a chance. But embarking upon a graceful campaign and uniting the party for the next four years was the goal. However, at the end of the campaign, Palin managed to even divide her party.
The American people are tired of the drama in Washington, D.C. (drama with Bristol's baby daddy, the photographer who released her photo to Newsweek, etc.). Palin's best option is to show the American people that she can engage in political debate without name-calling, mud-slinging, and polarizing the public. This polarization is different from the polarization currently present in Washington -- because the current game plan for Republicans is to just oppose anything suggested by Democrats/Obama (interesting, I wonder where Palin got it from?).
This is what it boils down to:
Round one will occur in 2012, which is when Obama will allow Joe Biden to resign and "spend more time with his family." Obama will then ask Hillary to become VP. The Obama ticket will then face a Republican ticket that will include Palin as VP. In my opinion, Clinton's reputation has strengthened since the Democratic primary. Clinton will crush Palin.
Round two will occur when Palin and Clinton face off as presidential candidates after Obama's second term. Here, if Palin is still explaining why America should not vote for Clinton, as opposed to discussing why America should vote for her, she will not stand a chance.
In conclusion, a piece of advice to Republicans, Palin fans, and Palin herself -- if Sarah Palin honestly wants to be in the White House, she needs to drop the drama and stick to the issues.
Leave the drama for prime time.
|Calvin Lowery has been married for ten years to momlogic's Keira Lowery, has four kids, is a U.S. Military Veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and is currently a law student. He is all about informing people of their rights and ensuring that we all raise a responsible generation of future leaders.|