I'll be upfront and say I use to love her - I use to be a Republican and I was thrilled when she came onto the scene.
Now I'm not even a Republican and I can't stand her (gee- how things change)
so putting aside my feelings - looking at the basics:
She was brought into the race PURELY because of her connection to the oil-companies and how she dealt with them.
That was IT.
Remember - we were at the height of our ginormous gas-prices. Gas for me was $4.25/gallon - "Drill baby Drill' was the mantra. (remember that?)
She was not brought in because she would have been a stellar leader for the country, an excellent guide for our citizens or because she had the ability to rally support. She was brought in because of her oil-situation and that was *it*
Now she is no longer governor.
THAT was her only tie to power and the ability to deal with oil companies and garner support.
Now that is gone - wooosh, gone. And all that's left is useless, unemployed Palin.
If anyone actually supports her *now* then they aren't a serious voter and they really don't give a **** about the issues. Because oil is no longer an issue. We're still cleaning up the glass from Obama's ceiling-shattering moments and our country is no better off.
I hope *and pray* that people *stop* trying to set records and stir the pot. I really hope that everyone votes with the consideration of who will actually *get things done - and do them well* instead of voting for popularity and appeasement.
Obama's black - does it matter?
Clinton played the saxophone - did that help him in office?
Bush, well - Bush rides horses - still, did it help?
Yet these 'popularity' things that are more appropriate when you're making friends in school are *the issues* for many voters and this is what they *base their votes on*
It's actually a bit disturbing - and when I look at things *that way* the idea of having peoples' voting rights curbed is slightly appealing. I mean - if someone's not going to make a sound, reasonable vote based on issues and facts - but more so on race, gender or location - then I don't actually WANT them choosing my future for me.