My last post on Sarah Palin?

No way– still too much fun.  But Paul Waldman writes a persuasive little piece that her time is past.  I have to admit, I was pretty much shocked to see her on the cover of Newsweek yesterday.  Really?  This is what it takes to sell a newsweekly these days?  Waldman:

Nevertheless, Newsweek just put Palin on the cover, with the shocking revelation that if you ask her if she can win the presidency, she’ll say yes. And also she doesn’t like members of the news media, who have totally done her wrong, she’ll be happy to tell you. And she’s misinformed about inflation, specifically the price of Slim Jims…

In fact, I’ll go so far as to predict that this issue of Newsweek is the last time she’ll appear on the cover of a news magazine. Ever. The “Gosh, what’s Sarah Palin gonna do?!?” period has come to its end. She’ll probably try to produce the same media interest four years from now, but it won’t be nearly as successful. There are only so many times you can write that story.

It’s been a crazy and often fascinating ride, but Palin really has little more to offer as a politician or cultural figure. What’s she going to do next – say something ignorant? Complain about liberals? Provide some unseemly family drama? We’ve seen it all before, and it gets less interesting every time. Unless she goes on trial for murder, most Americans just aren’t going to care.

I think Waldman is very much onto something.  I, for one, will very much miss her.  How sad to think that when I’m teaching my courses 10 years from now that most students wouldn’t even know who Sarah Palin is.  Now, that’s a loss.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to My last post on Sarah Palin?

  1. Stay tuned, there’s always some version of dumb that the media feels compelled to latch onto.

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