Sarah Palin has come of out nowhere to burst onto the national scene and into the public eye. Sarah Palin is a polarizing political figure. Most people either love her or hate her. She has some qualities that can make you love her as a politician. On the other hand, there are several things about her that made make you hate her. Sarah Palin – should we love her or hate her?
There are several qualities about Sarah Palin that make her a likable person and political figure. She is extremely ambitious and has boldness in her that gives her the determination to take chances. She is the first female governor of Alaska and was appointed to that office at the young age of 42. She was willing to accept McCain’s decision to pick her as his vice presidential nominee even though she doesn’t have much political experience at the national level in Washington D.C. or any foreign experience. Regardless of whether or not she is qualified that does show gusto and self confidence.
She also gives hope for moms in America that are trying to get promoted and get high positions with their company or employer. To illustrate, she is a living example of how you can work a high profile demanding job even if you are raising a family and have alot of children. In addition, she has brought more attention to politics because of her youth and soccer mom image. There are plenty of people that like her image. For example, William Kristol of the Weekly Standard wrote: “There she is: a working woman who’s a proud wife and mother; a traditionalist in important matters who’s broken through all kinds of barriers; a reformer who’s a Republican; a challenger of a corrupt good-old-boy establishment who’s a conservative; a successful woman whose life is unapologetically grounded in religious belief; a lady who’s a leader (wikipedia).”
On the other hand, Sarah Palin has many things about her that can make people dislike her tremendously. She has shown a lack of knowledge about many important issues. For example, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric asked her to give examples of how John McCain changed regulations and Palin said “I will try to find some examples and bring them to you”. Likewise, Katie Couric asked her if she supports the 700 billion dollar government bailout of bad debt. Her answer didn’t address the question at all. Her answer was so bad that it lead respected political and Emmy awarding winning CNN commentator Jack Cafferty to say “Its ridiculous that she knows nothing about this important issue, she is clearly out of her league and if B.S. was currency she couldn’t bail out companies herself”(Situation Room). In addition, Palin has made some bad choices as Governor of Alaska. John McCain even indirectly criticized some of the choices she made as Governor. McCain mentioned at one of his speeches that he would veto every big spending pork barrel bill and never again spend 3 million dollars to study DNA of bears in Montana. Palin has overspent on similar issues such as she spent 3.2 million to study genetics of harbor seals and 2 million on crab research.
Likewise, she continually puts her foot in her mouth and makes herself look unintelligent. For example, she was asked what specific newspapers she reads and she couldn’t answer the question. Her response was that I read alot. Equally important, Palin has a lack of experience in politics. She as well hurt McCain in the election because of her lack of credentials and experience. To Illustrate, before the Republican National Convention (RNC), a Gallup poll found that Palin had “the lowest rating any running mate has had since then-Indiana Senator Dan Quayle was selected in 1988 to join George H.W. Bush’s team” (wikipedia). In addition, despite the fact that Palin doesn’t have much experience and hasn’t been in politics that long. She already has been in numerous political scandals in her political career. One of them is the trooper gate scandal. She fired her public safety commissioner because he refused to fire a state trooper who was the ex-husband of her sister and engaged in a bitter custody battle
Sarah Palin has presented the general public and the media alot to think about after she came on to the national political scene. Her negative qualities as a politician far outweigh her positives. She is an extremely polarizing figure. So as far as I am concern she will become the new politician that people love to hate regardless of whether or not her career continues to be successful.
“Jack Cafferty.” Situation Room. CNN. 29 September. 2000.