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.