Talk about stretching your 15 minutes of fame into an hour. I cannot understand for the life of me why Sarah Palin is still talked about, listened to, reported on, or even thought about. The former Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate resigned from office back in 2009 and suffered one of the most crushing losses in a national election when she and Senator John McCain took on Barack Obama back in 2008, six years ago. Yet, with no public office, no real platform, no official position with the Party and no real legacy nationally or in Alaska, she still makes news as a political "pundit" of sorts.
I don’t get it.
The only thing I can attest it to is that she and her family are like some dysfunctional reality show family that the media and public just can’t turn away from. Sort of like a grown up Honey Boo Boo or political Duck Dynasty. But that doesn’t explain FOX News and others who still have her on to get her opinion on real political issues as if they take her seriously somehow. And to some on the right, the Tea Party right, she seems to be something of a spokesperson. Palin even has her own PAC, political action committee, called SarahPAC, while formed back in the heyday of her political fame in 2009, it is still going. Its stated mission is to “build America's future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.” On the PAC’s website the big banner today calls on her supporters to help her “reverse Obama’s destructive policies” and “help send REAL conservatives to fix them.”
That down-home, folksy persona still seems to appeal to the Tea PARTY, despite Palin never accomplishing anything of significance to note. Well, except for having the uncanny ability to keep her name in the news. Forget Honey Boo Boo, she’s more like a political Kim Kardashian, famous for being famous.
Palin’s latest headliner-grabber came from a much publicized brawl earlier this month when the whole Palin clan, including Sarah, Bristol, the son, Track, and Sarah’s husband, Todd, were involved in some major altercation at a party in Anchorage. One witness recalls Bristol throwing a hook and there are reports of Todd standing in the middle of the street shirtless flipping off party guests after they were asked to leave. Sarah Palin was reportedly heard yelling ‘Do you know who I am?” during the ruckus.
And this is the face of the Tea Party? If the Tea Party wants to continue to be relevant in politics they really should find someone else to be their standard bearer. How in the world can they be taken seriously when the person they put on the pedestal is someone better fit for a reality show than a political discussion about leading America? The alarm clock on her 15 minutes must surely be ringing loudly by now. No more hitting the snooze button. It’s time to wake up and move on.