Originally published on the Sarah Palin’s Alaska website.
Reality TV? Really? Sounds like a nightmare for anyone who wants to be taken seriously. At least that’s what I thought. But for Sarah Palin, it works.
In my opinion, Sarah Palin’s Alaska will have little impact on the political climate, even with 2012 on the horizon. As Associated Press writer Jennifer Loven once said of Palin, “The people who like her are still going to like her… The people who have doubts about her are just going to have the same doubts.” Opinions will not change: Leftists suffering from Palin Derangement Syndrome will still be enraged at her every move, and the ambivalent middle will remain ambivalent.
But to Palin’s supporters who love her, this series makes her even more appealing, even if just as a public figure and ideological leader rather than as a politician or candidate. Seeing Sarah in everyday situations – fishing, enjoying the great outdoors, and yes, parenting – solidifies the feelings of those who admire her, who see themselves in her.
Because this show isn’t about politics. It’s about Alaska, family, and Sarah Palin. It exemplifies her normalcy rather than the typical spectacle that surrounds her activities in the public eye. That cheerful outlook and sincere, down-to-earth attitude caught on tape makes Palin all the more alluring in a time when politics seems to be more about power than principles.
For conservatives in the real world, easily jaded by the overwhelmingly liberal media but always optimistic, this series speaks to them and for them: Life is good.