Does it seem odd to anyone else that Sarah Palin is giving her opinion about everything these days, and taking on everyone who dares to take her "bait"? Part of the latest flap with Al Gore over Global Warming has many in the G.O.P. comparing Mrs. Palin to the Gipper, even though she has no problem taking on members of her own party. As a current and former resident of California, I am very well acquainted with the comings and goings of Ronald Reagan.
One of Reagan's "rules of the road" was the so-called Eleventh Commandment postulated in 1966 by the then California Republican Party Chairman, Gaylord Parkinson…" Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." (http://www.ronaldreagan.com/campaign.html). It seems that a new book making the rounds these days is very much willing to disregard that "Commandment" for personal gain.
Sarah Palin is not only willing to violate the "rules of the road" set down by the modern day father of conservatism, but is getting away with it. It's probably a good idea to examine WHY she is able to be so roguish and still be the darling of many of the same conservatives who quote Reagan incessantly.
Substance – a main theme of conservatives. It appears to some that this woman from north of everywhere (except the pole) has substance. Many people thought Reagan was an excellent President. Many people thought he was playing his greatest role – that of President. Some conservatives believe even after last fall's campaign debacle, that this former governor (wasn't Reagan a governor?) - has the substance needed to become the next President.
Guts – Ronald Reagan was not afraid to do what he believed was right even in the face of overwhelming facts against him ("facts are stupid things"…his intentional(?) mis-quote of John Adams' "facts are stubborn things"). Mrs. Palin's book is being trashed as fiction - by Republicans. Yet she wrote the book and is gutsy enough to take the heat her words are stirring up in her own party.
Media attraction – Who better than Ronald Reagan knew which camera to look into? When compared to his contemporaries, his delivery was smooth, polished and ready for the eleven o'clock news. Who better than Sarah Palin in the Republican Party knows which media outlet and market to dive into and which to stay away from? Compared to her contemporaries, Mrs. Palin is the light sabre to the rest of the party's dark crystal. Anyone in search of something – anything Republican that can take the shine off of the current occupant of the White House is a welcome diversion from the make-believe news coming from the House of Murdock.
I would say that Sarah Palin can be taken, as Reagan was, as a future star on the national stage for the same reasons: substance, guts, media attraction. What Mrs. Palin lacks is a track record and the air of stability the Ronald Reagan possessed in a time when people were looking for something to hold on to. She also lacks the ability to move anyone outside of the 29% of the electorate that is, as we speak, starting to take a closer look at her through the lens SHE provided – Going Rogue.
I'm sure someone will tell her sometime in the future that violations of Commandments - all eleven of them, would not go down well with POTUS 40, were he able to offer an opinion today. Actually, he did in the past… "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." - http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Ronald_Reagan/