Thursday, November 19, 2009
It's probably obvious but I'll say it out loud: I'm a Palinista. Sarah Palin is my kind of politician: conservative, Christian, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, and all around traditionalist. I'm mindful of the brutal trashing Mrs. Palin has endured from the lame stream media for being who she is. I certainly believe the leftists media elite wants to destroy Palin. Still, I think the outrage over the Newsweek cover to the left--no pun intended--is a waste of time and maybe even a bit disingenuous.
When I heard that there was a "negative" photo of Sarah Palin on the cover of Newsweek I assumed it was some sort of unflattering candid shot or a caricature. Instead, the "sexist" picture is a photo of Sarah Palin in--gasp!--shorts. Ohmigod!!!!! Conservatives, let's get real.
The photo on the cover was taken from a photo shoot Mrs. Palin did for Runner's World magazine. Now, this picture might've been inappropriate for the cover of what is ostensibly a news magazine. Perhaps a more "formal" photo was in order, and perhaps this casual shot was an attempt by the left-wing Newsweek to demean Palin. Maybe all of that is true but it's not cause for foot stomping anger. I mean, Sarah Palin looks good in that picture! I don't understand why she didn't see how she could've turned this attempted insult to her favor. Think of the possibilities.
While her critics were making themselves look like pit bulls with their malicious attacks, Sarah Palin could've waved this photo to the American people and said, "This is what being conservative, Christian, pro-life, and the mother of five will get you--smokin' hot!". Or, "You've heard about my 'caribou Barbie' lifestyle, now see the results!". A light hearted retort to this liberal provocation would've been a show of real class. Instead we got irate accusations of sexism which, in my opinion, made Sarah Palin look like a crybaby.
Mrs. Palin's handling of the cover controversy reveals that she has some "maturing" to do. I don't think she's ready to run for the presidency in 2012, if that's her intention. Still, her heart and beliefs are in the right place and I think Mrs. Palin should run for a lesser office to help build her resume for 2016. By then her experience will be greatly improved and she will have bounced back from her overreaction to that cover.