Elephant in Your Living Room: Palin’s Parade Carries On


The former Republican vice presidential candidate has her own series showcasing her “mama grizzly” side. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Published: December 09, 2010

Picture this: Sarah Palin in shorts, sneakers and a red business blazer running across her driveway. She enters what looks like another home, which turns out to be a makeshift TV studio with husband Todd behind the switchboard. Sarah is getting ready to do a commentary on Bill O’Reilly’s show. While waiting for her cue she asks Todd for advice on what to say. Well, at least we know where she gets her ideas.

Sarah Palin is no stranger to public humiliation. With her new show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” she is attracting critics from all sides of the political arena to have a field day.

Palin’s show premiered on Sunday, Nov. 14. The series is an eight-week special that runs on TLC every Sunday night at 9 p.m. The show follows Palin’s Alaskan lifestyle as she goes fishing, hunting and mountain climbing up the side of glaciers. While it is nice to want to show the world that a potential presidential candidate is just a rugged outdoorswoman, does it necessarily allow us to take her seriously?

Although Palin has yet to announce her plans for the 2012 presidential election, she has been attracting a lot of attention to herself. Having a reality show about one’s daily routine is not a smart way to gain potential voters’ support. Palin is placing herself in the company of many reality families such as the Kardashians and the Gosselins. So are we supposed to categorize the Palins as another family willing to do anything for attention?

I don’t think I would want my future president to have a reality television show. Sarah Palin is just asking for people to insult, criticize and demean her. Palin’s own colleagues have even gone so far to make fun of her. Recently during Fox News Watch, Liz Trotta, former Washington Times editor, and journalist Judith Miller were recorded during commercial breaks making jokes about Palin’s show and, of course, the footage was placed on YouTube. Trotta agreed with Alessandra Stanely’s New York Times review and laughingly explained, “Alessandra Stanley had the best line. She said the new show is like ‘The Sound of Music,’ without the Nazis, without the romance and without the music.”

Sarah Palin cannot be taken seriously even by her own conservative peers. I can only imagine what Americans must be thinking across the country.

It makes one wonder if Palin is trying to connect with a younger demographic. As shown with the 2008 presidential election, the youth played a pivotal role in President Barack Obama’s success. Lately Palin has taken to Twitter and Facebook to express her views.

It is endearing to see a middle-aged woman trying to use technology to better her career; however, there is a fine line between professionalism and exploitation. I believe that a politician should have a sleek manner of garnering voters. Sarah Palin reminds me of a ringmaster at a three-ring circus begging for attention. Creating more notoriety for oneself is not worth doing if it means losing the respect of the general population.

I will admit that I have watched the show. What I see is that Palin is trying to bask in the limelight before it quickly burns out. This latest stunt is certainly not appealing to the masses, especially young voters. Besides giving herself a bad name, Palin is creating more problems for the Republican Party. It probably would lead Republican voters to seriously question whether Sarah Palin is truly qualified to run this country. Are you, dear students of Fordham, willing to join the Palin parade?