Palin & The Republican Party: In Which Cowardice Is The Better Part Of Virtue
No matter how you slice and dice the numbers, Sarah Palin will not be the next president of the United States and could not even get elected governor of Alaska, a job that she abandoned in mid-stream to get rich while still keeping an eye on Russia from her kitchen window.
Not despite but because of her consume-thin resume, Palin has become one of wealthier woman in the U.S. with an estimated $15 million annual income. This windfall, amassed without breaking a sweat, is from Fox News and reality show appearances, ghost-written books long on padding, obscenely high speaking fees on the rubber chicken circuit, and a potpourri of smarmy and insulting Twitter and FaceBook comments that reveal an overarching ignorance of the very things that presidents need to know.
But while all of this in fact qualifies Palin to become president in the eyes of the relatively small number of even Republicans who are thirsting for her to become their 2012 nominee, it is her chops as a man eater -- specifically the ability to cow what remains of the GOP establishment leadership -- that are greasing the skids for a presidential run.