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I'm going to break with the jubilation of Obama and the sadness over Prop 8 in California to make a quick observation about Sarah Palin before we let her go back to governing Alaska for the time being.

All I really want to note is that a potentially lasting effect of the current election is that John McCain has ensured that Sarah Palin will potentially be a significant player in the Republican Party in the near future. His pick as vice-presidential running mate catapulted her from being known in limited circles to being recognizable across the entire nation (world even) by anyone not in a coma or a cave. The end result at the moment is that she has been through the grinder and national spotlight, she probably knows what she needs to improve upon if she wants to run nationally again. As the running mate the defeat doesn't taint her that much. And she survived without any particularly damaging scandal (trooper-gate is closed seemingly) beyond her own naivete and lack of polish.

Just a note on ramifications for the future.

Date: 2008-11-07 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alleynbard.livejournal.com
But there are a quite a lot of Republicans who simply do not like her.

Based off of what we have seen with this election, I really think the Republican Party is going through an identity crisis. Some people are calling for a split. It is my sincere hope that split happens.

It would be nice to see the Republican Party get back to what it was before it got into bed with the extreme Religious Right and sanctioned bigotry.

Let us remember, it was a man from the Republican Party that abolished slavery.

Date: 2008-11-07 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alleynbard.livejournal.com
Oh, and I nearly forgot. There are some inside and outside the party who truly believe his defeat may have had everything to do with her. I think that taints her quite a bit.

Date: 2008-11-10 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desidono.livejournal.com
Regarding Sarah, I think she will act as a catalyst for opposing factions within the party to essentially go to war with each other. She's much like a Hillary Clinton - many love her and what she represents, others loathe her for the same reason. We're starting to see that split come out in the open now while the republicans are doing some soul searching.

While my personal opinion of her is very low, I believe she will continue to be force to be reckoned with.

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