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October 22nd, 2010 | 1 min read

By Cate MacDonald

So, I guess this is old news, but it's freshly disturbing to me.

Sarah Palin is going to have her own reality TV show.

This just doesn't seem good for the future of political dialog. I was talking about this yesterday with a friend of mine and said, "Well, I guess this means she is done running for office." To which she answered, "Does it?" and sent shivers down my spine. Are we at a point in our inability to separate politics from entertainment and sensationalism that someone who expects to be a viable candidate for a major political office would consider such a display of her family life as a positive political move? Am I the only one who thinks this is some sort of doomsday sign?

Let me be clear. I don't mind Sarah Palin that much. I like that she's plucky. I like that she's a mom to lots of kids. I like that she's not an Ivy-Leager, I like her accent, I like Alaska. In fact, I love the idea of Palin, but Palin herself just hasn't panned out that well, and has done, I think, some considerable damage to the respectability of the right. I can't help but think a reality show is exactly the opposite of what she needs to improve her public image and political ability.