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I Don’t Understand This Sarah Palin Thing

September 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Sarah Palin.  Like her or hate her, you’ve got to admit she has shaken things up.  As you probably know, I’m a rabid Democrat so I tend to be a little skeptical about her.  But that’s not the point of this post.  Others have covered that ground pretty well.

What I don’t understand is the wild enthusiasm she raises amongst the Republican faithful.  By all accounts, few were familiar with her when Senator McCain announced she was his running mate.  Despite this, the whole party immediately rose up in a wild burst of enthusiasm.  Senator Obama has been the recipient of similar enthusiasm in the Democratic party.  But Obama’s “celebrity” rose gradually, starting with his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention and increasing dramatically over the course of the primaries.  Palin’s celebrity, on the other hand was immediate.

What to make of this?  I’m not a Republican, so I don’t know.  And I’m not trying to attack her by raising this question.  I’m asking a sincere question.  Anybody care to clue me in?

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