It seems that many of Sarah Palin’s critics are pushing the narrative that the former Alaska Governor has used her book and is using her book tour to settle old scores. They have bought into the Democratic talking point that the book in “political payback“. A headline in the Washington Times (of all places!) echoed this talking point by saying Palin has been painting herself as a victim.
I’ll reserve judgment on how she portrays herself in the book until I read it (I received my copy from amazon only today). I did catch this charismatic conservative last night on Hannity. She didn’t seem vindictive at all; she did not act like a victim. For example, when discussing the Newsweek cover which even Democrats are criticizing, she said, “But in the grand scheme of things, of course, things like that really don’t amount to a hill of beans”.
While she didn’t strike me as bitter, she didn’t strike me as presidential either. Hannity asked her what she would do to get the economy going again and she offered a string of platitudes, saying we should go back to the policies of Ronald Reagan. Now, that’s a fine sentiment to offer, her answer lacked specifics. She could have, for example, suggested cutting the corporate tax rate, given that we currently have the second highest such rate of the industrial countries. And talked about regulatory relief for small businesses.
Hannity tossed her a softball and she handled in a like manner. If she wants to be president, she needs offer more specifics. I suggest she take a cue from another up-and-coming female politician who has mastered the art of addressing the issues in a friendly TV interview: