Sarah's back. And she's back with more political theatre because she never left the political stage. Oprah is only one of many stomps and stops that Sarah Palin will be making on the road to the White House or home to Wasilla, Alaska. Her route will wind through many of the battleground states in the South. Governor Palin is not running for exercise or running for office but busing with books. Does this better answer the question why she quit the governorship of a large state in the first place? Will the voting public buy this new role, the new openness?
Her latest interview with Oprah is a 180-degree turn from the Katie Couric one. Can Sarah salvage her image with a book, a ghostwriter and a softball interview on the biggest stage in television — Oprah? Sarah stands to make millions from walking out on Alaska and holing up in Southern Calfornia and penning this book (with help) at break-neck speed. Her book tour appears to be off to a good start. Who knew?
Oprah's first task, after hugging Sarah, pointing out that she never "snubbed" Sarah and that Sarah never felt snubbed. Why? Because she did not ask to be on Oprah or expect to be invited.
Her message on Oprah and in the book is all about the McCain team and handlers — they took over her life. Press releases were not to her liking. For example, she wanted to clarify that it's not okay for an unmarried teenage girl to have a baby., but the McCain campaign press released that she was happy to become a grandmother.
Oprah asked about Todd's response to Trig. Sarah's answer was awkward to my ears. No one delivers one-liners like Sarah. When she told Todd that the baby was male and that it had Down's Syndrome she said he was "over-the-top esctatic about that…" Huh? When I first used that term in an article a long time ago the implication and my understanding was not "happiness" rather synonymous with a situation that was veering out of control in a bad way. Here's a better use Sarah — the McCain team's micromanagement style was over the top.
That is what is so endearing about Sarah. And why I am stuck on Sarah. I mean what other national figure would seek out the latest buzz words and then use them incorrectly? However, to her credit the Oprah interview was not painful to watch. Sarah has the country "it factor", with or without designer duds.
What did Sarah have to say about Levi making his "aspiring porn" rounds with the media? While Bristol and Levi have broken up as a couple, which is often typical of out-of-wedlock babies, Bristol is holding her own and going to college. And Levi, well he is still loved and welcome to Thanksgiving dinner with the Palin crew.
What about the book? I did not read it and have not seen an objective review yet. From what I've garnered it seems to be full of cliches and whining. Sarah proclaims that running for president in 2012 is "not on my radar screen right now." And that anyone can make a difference without a title. Sarah ends this much-touted interview with it's "God and Todd." Nice sentiment.
Sarah has quickly repackaged herself. And is much more likeable — even if she was lying to the queen of TV talk.