Sarah Palin’s appearance on Saturday Night LIve last night gave the show its highest ratings in fourteen years. It’s more evidence of the extraordinary level of interest in Alaska’s governor. On the campaign trail, she has repeatedly drawn crowds numbering in the tens of thousands, while her mere existence seems to be an affront to liberals everywhere.
What is it about Palin that draws such attention? She’s new and exotic. Alaska is a genuinely fascinating place. She’s really good looking–poor Tina Fey came off much the worse last night. Palin exudes a certain self-confidence; it was obvious that she is not much impressed, let alone intimidated, by a bunch of entertainers. Not that she should be; she is the most popular governor in America, while they are…celebrities. But, for whatever reason, not all politicians treat entertainers with the same easy confidence.
It’s a subject for another day. I don’t think the popular fascination with Sarah Palin, pro and con, has yet been explained satisfactorily.
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