The Washington Post surprisingly invited its readership on October 17th to go way beyond the SNL caricature (an infamous and unfair one, if there was one) and find out who really is Sarah Palin, debunking five myths about the republican politician:
1. Palin cost McCain the 2008 election. Not at all. If there was something the GOP was suffering before her nomination, it was a total lack of enthusiasm in the McCain campaign. As many told at the time: “She energized the base”.
2. Resigning as governor was rash. Not even close. Willie Brown, former San Francisco Mayor, as uninterested as he can be (he’s a Democrat), nailed it in an op-ed piece he wrote at that time: Palin needed to resign in order to make a comeback to the national stage. Alaska is too far away.
3. Palin and the TEA Party are destroying the GOP. You just look what happened on November 2nd.
4. Palin is extreme. Her opponents like to paint her that way. Her views are shared by a great share of the electorate and she’s fearful in a way: she is a powerful politician but she is playing in the republican field. For Democrats, this is againts the stereotype.
5. Palin is unelectable. Again, you just look what happened on November 2nd.