Palin’s Future: Christian Right Poster Girl and Uniter?

palin15.jpgIn Alaska today, Sarah Palin indulged reporters on the subject of her future political should McCain lose the election.
Here’s what she said:

“You know, if there is a role in national politics, it won’t be so much partisan,” she said. “My efforts have always been here in the state of Alaska to get everybody to unite and work together and progress this state.”
“It would certainly be a uniter type of role,” she added.
Asked if she had any regrets about the campaign, Palin bemoaned “the state of journalism today.”
“The blogosphere, the two-, three-hour news cycles, where just too much is reported based on gossip and innuendo and things taken out of context,” she explained, adding that she’d like to help improve the profession because she has “great respect for the world of journalism.”


GOM thinks that’s pretty telling. Though Palin was a hit among the GOP’s religious base and bombed among pretty much everyone else–illustrating the nation’s enduring culture war divisions–she’s vowing to become a uniter. Is this Palin looking to broaden her support base for 2012 in light of her narrow appeal in this election cycle? Or does she actually have a point–that she’d always been a uniter in Alaska (were she had a track record of working with Democrats and declined to make hot button social issues a key part of her governership) and has been unfairly portrayed as a divisive figure, as the Christian Right’s poster girl, by the national news media?
Has Palin, been socially conservative, Post-Christian RIght, Huckabeesque figure all along? It’s an important question, since her image as the opposite sort of figure, as an old line culture warrior, may have sunk the Republican ticket. At the same time, it’s worth remembering that Mike Huckabee–the Baptist preacher that even a secular liberal could love–failed to get traction outside of the GOP’s evangelical base.
Should McCain lose, Palin and Huckabee may be slugging it out to become the next great hope of the Christian Right. But do either of them have a political future on the national stage beyond that? The overwhelming evidence so far suggests not.


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posted November 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm

It’s time for the christian right to get out of politics and back into the church where they belong. This is not a theocracy and they shouldn’t be trying to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us through political ploys. Sarah Palin should bow out of the national stage and the republicans should get back to their roots of being financial conservatives-leaving the social conservative issues out of politics. People should be left alone to live their personal lives without government making religion based value decisions for them.

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posted November 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Personally I don’t think Palin has a future on the national stage after tonight. McCain made a huge mistake picking her for VP…and he is paying the price. Maybe he would have had a chance with another VP choice. Maybe. Right now, Palin will be going back to being the leader of Alaska. (poor Alaska).
And I agree with john above…the RR needs to stay out of politics entirely and stay in church. This country doesn’t need them messing about in our lives. Separation of church and state.

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posted November 5, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I’m amazed by the incredible amount of public interest in Sarah Palin. Good or bad, she’s become somewhat of a pop icon. People are dressing like her to be and/or mock her all at the same time.
For instance, I found this video on dressing like Palin:

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posted November 10, 2008 at 11:14 pm

My dyslexia caused me to read the headline as “Christian Poser Girl” – so apt, I thought.

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