Sarah Palin’s Alaska: Crazy Like a Mama Grizzly

Mon, November 15, 2010

Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics

So, don’t ya’ know that Sarah Palin has her own reality show on TLCKarl Rove and his pals have been sayin’ if Sarah really wants to run for president in 2012, voters are just gonna be laughin’ at her and her Alaskan posse.   But goin’ rogue has been workin’ for Sarah for a couple of years, so why change anything now?

Sorry for channeling my inner Tina Fey channeling her inner Sarah Palin there for a moment — I think it’s the new glasses.

It’s surprising that if Rove and all of George W. Bush’s GOP handlers thought those clearing brush on the Texas ranch photo ops were good for Bush’s presidential image, that somehow Palin’s presidential “gravitas” is injured being seen fishing, kayaking and mountain climbing with her family.

We’re a country that loves the whole politician-as-rugged-outdoorsman type.  Well, except for that whole Dick Cheney shooting his pal in the face while bird hunting episode.  Think Ronald Reagan in his cowboy hat and Teddy Roosevelt hanging out with the buffalo in Yellowstone.  Even with her approval ratings a bit in the tank at the moment, Palin knows what she’s doing when it comes to staying in the public eye so she can keep those electoral options open.

TLC says the Palin series is really about showcasing the wild beauty of Alaska.  That might be the official line, but given the prominence Palin and her kids play in the episode snippets I’ve seen, Sarah Palin’s Alaska can only be viewed as the wily mama grizzly putting one past the Federal Election Commission.

Regardless of what you think of Palin’s politics, you have to admit she’s a calculating one when it comes to crafting the imagery of rugged American motherhood.  When the TLC series is over, don’t be surprised if she finds her way onto some other popular show that will give her a high pop culture profile for 2012.

After all, she does have a contract with Fox News.  I certainly wouldn’t put it past Palin to put the moves on Jennifer Lopez’s American Idol slot.

Image via TLC

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10 Responses to “Sarah Palin’s Alaska: Crazy Like a Mama Grizzly”

  1. marty Says:

    American Idol. Snort.

  2. Shannon Drury Says:

    Don’t give the network any ideas! …though I would watch a show that let Simon Cowell rip a bunch of political neophytes to shreds. “Political Idol,” anyone?

  3. Chris Wysocki Says:

    “We here at TLC realize that our fabulous new hit series Sarah Palin’s Alaska may not appeal to all our viewers. We understand that a substantial segment of the population has no interest in watching Sarah Palin or taking a tour of Alaska.

    “And so it is with great pleasure that we’d like to announce a new show carefully designed to appeal to those of you who don’t like Sarah Palin, her state, or her values:

    “Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco”

  4. Jen Says:

    The fact that this show exists makes me a little ill. That fact that people actually watch it? It makes me cry a little bit.

  5. Didi Says:

    I think there’s a big difference between a controlled photo op and a reality show. There’s a reason it took Bravo a while to find DC housewives for the Real Housewives franchise. Probably the same reason you don’t see any politicians trying out for The Amazing Race or Survivor. Although, Cheney on Survivor would be really entertaining…

  6. Didi Says:

    Oh and something else I just thought of (sorry, got distracted thinking about Cheney on Survivor!): it will be incredibly difficult to undo the exposure of her children. If something crazy happens and she finds herself in the White House as President, she’s not going to have a leg to stand on when asking the media to respect her childrens’ privacy – because she already sold that to the highest bidder. She’s setting those kids up for a world of hurt if she does decide to pursue politics at that level. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be something she’s giving any serious thought to right now.

  7. Jill Says:

    @Didi – could not agree with you more. I recently wrote that I didn’t have kids to enhance my political career (I’m on a small city’s council) and I don’t vote for those who did.

  8. PunditMom Says:

    Didi, that’s a great observation about children and privacy.

  9. David Wescott Says:

    OK, I have a confession. I LOVE Sarah Palin. Absolutely LOVE her. I don’t agree with anything she has to say, and I know she’s an opportunist of the highest order. But you know what? She’s an outspoken woman who is smart enough to take advantage of the opportunities she has. She knows that her biggest talent is making liberals’ skin crawl, and she knows there’s money in it, and she’s maxing out.

    I think her politics are inherently stupid, and so do most Americans. It’s pretty clear she isn’t being taken seriously anymore on issues of policy, even in Alaska. And yes, Didi has a great point about her kids’ privacy – but it’s not like this is the only time this sort of thing has happened. I don’t think she has any intention of running for office again because she doesn’t like to be held accountable for her positions. But SO WHAT. She’s not running for anything – she’s entertaining people, provoking discussion and making serious coin, and there’s no law against that.

    If you really don’t want her to have “influence,” stop talking about her. I swear liberals give her more publicity than anyone, simply because they let her know she’s getting to them.

  10. PunditMom Says:

    That was my point! She is “crazy” in such a media-savvy way, whether we like her or not. She’s the Madonna of the political world — constantly reinventing and taking advantage of whatever opportunities come her way. It’s something men have done for ages — so why not women? :)

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