Monday, March 3, 2014

Another Palin Reagan Comparison



Since I posted the segments "The Reaganish Sarah Palin" back in November, some listeners/readers have asked if there will be ever be a part three.  I have no intention of doing a third segment and have often said that a third segment would depend on whether or not Governor Palin runs for higher office in a few years.   
But I did find an interesting paragraph from a book that I read this weekend called "Kennedy & Reagan--Why Their Legacies Endure" by Scott Farris. The eerie paragraph describing Reagan during the years before he won the presidency in 1980 sounds like it could be written for Sarah Palin today.

Farris writes:
"Far from making him a pariah within the party, the fratricidal challenges by Reagan made him, more than ever, the undisputed leader of the conservative cause. Still, many in the media questioned whether Reagan's time as a viable presidential candidate had passed. By 1980, he had been out of public office for six years, though he remained in the public eye and ear through his television appearances, radio commentary, syndicated columns and multiple speaking engagements. Early supporter, businessman and conservative activist Henry Salvatori had been right. Reagan's appeal as a presidential candidate had not been based on his record as a governor any more than Kennedy's was not based on his service in the Senate, nor had it been diminished because it had been a half a dozen years since he held office."
When the 2015-2016 election cycle rolls around, it will be roughly six years since Sarah Palin held public office. She continues to remain in the public eye and ear via social media, Fox News, books and speaking engagements. Her record as a governor is stellar and whether one agrees, disagrees, or doesn't understand why she resigned due to cognitive issues, it doesn't seem to have hurt her popularity judging from polls published in recent weeks.
According to Gallup, she remains on the list as one of the most admired women in the world.
In case you missed it, you can listen to parts one and two of the Reaganish Sarah Palin here and here. –Mr.L 

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