cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Sarah Palin is traveling across America by plane and bus to promote her book, "Going Rogue". That has rekindled both the admiration and the anger that surround her. The paradox that is Palin appears to be alive and well following the McCain campaign loss.
The tour of middle America's towns and cities is drawing the same large crowds of people that Palin drew in the few weeks that she was part of the McCain campaign. People are standing in long lines for many hours just for the 'right' to spend their money on Palin's book and to be able to be in her presence for that fleeting minute or two as she autographs the book.
To her admirers, Sarah Palin is the prospective savior of the Republican party. To her detractors, she is the one person whom we all should fear ever gaining a role in the country's government. The detractors spend an inordinate amount of time trying to 'flame' her, and that simply seems to empower her and her supporters even more. She has the uncanny ability to drive her detractors to extremes that simply make her all the more likable.
The pundits know not just how to approach this paradox; they often talk in circles about Palin. On the one hand, she is a political novice who has no 'gravitas' while on the other hand she is a force to be feared and with which to be reckoned.
Sarah Palin appears to be the 'every person' to whom many can relate as they relate to a friend or relative. People seem to 'know' Palin and they seem to like what they believe they know. She seems to exemplify something good about America; she is that commoner who rose to lead.
Time will tell if the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin will become real or if she will become another of those people whose name we try to recall a couple of decades from now.
There is a certain Reganesque quality about her of which people should take note. There is a certain Hatcher-like feeling of strength and determination. Maybe, just maybe, Sarah is the real deal.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "An Honest Debate?".