Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Oh, You Beautiful Doll

Wow! Somewhere in China Sarah and Barack Cabbage Patch look alikes are being made! Is that the ultimate symbol of success or what?

I was reading today that Palin is but one point shy of Obama in approval ratings. This struck me as odd since she is selling books like gang busters and he is trying to sell bad policies. She is the rising star and his is falling!

Does this mean anything at all? Is it really news worthy? Well, maybe it has more serious implications than the Tiger Woods ad nauseam that is filling far too many news cycles. After all, Obama is President and I do think Palin would like to be. 2012 is not that far away and I'm not sure selling books qualifies one to be President. It will be interesting to see if any substance lies beneath the charm offensive.

One thing that concerns me is how attracted we are to empty suits. It's something to think about when the real campaigning begins. The country bought into eloquence this go round. Mostly because Bush was so lacking. We mistook the ability to deliver a dynamite speech as ability. We'd be wise not to do the same with a book seller.

When you come right down to it, however, Palin has more experience in governing than Obama did when elected. He hadn't done much of anything in the real world before entering politics. Not to demean community organizers. Surely they have there place in society, but it doesn't necessarily make them Presidential material. He's struggling with the job and the people know it. Thus the declining approval ratings.

I'm worried about what our choice may be in 2012. Will we even have one? Is there anyone out there? Or is this what a generation much younger than mine has set for their standard.

9 comments:

Betty said...

Sara has more experience governing than Obama? She served a couple of years as Governor of a rather sparsely populated state.Obama served in the Illinois Legislature and in the United States Senate. That makes him more experienced in my book. I do agree with you about our choices in 2012 - I haven't seen many true statesmen in the bunch.

grammyof13 said...

Are you among those who are covered in a snow storm/blizzard?
My daugher lives in Sioux City, IA and we are always interested to know how well they are covered!

Great post by the way.

Margie's Musings said...

Personally, I am still hoping for a woman with brains...Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Now he (Obama) has done something in the real world. All of it destructive.

Bay Views said...

Unfortunately, Since the advent of televised speeches, appearance and charisma has counted way more than substance, and probably will for the foreseeable future. The first such election was JFK, then Ronald Reagan and so forth. some actually did a good job, others were best forgotten.

Bay Views said...

On the Republican side, watch for a resurgence of Newt Gingrich, as well as Governor (senior moment) you know, the one nobody wanted because he was a Mormon. I remember the 1960 election. It was my first and I was outraged that the campaign was all about JFK being Catholic. Well he overcame that so called curse. If we have a Catholic as a former president, and a current president with a Muslim name, maybe, just maybe, people can once again put aside their personal prejudices.

Linda said...

Mari, lighten up. It's the holidays. Don't make every day gloom and doom. Your post today is beneath your standards.

Dogwalk said...

Oh, Linda, I don't think so. You might note I wrote the post on Tuesday. Today is Friday. I haven't posted all week because I'm busy doing seasonal things like shopping and decorating. The season, however, does not change reality as I see it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent rejoinder to Linda DW. Reality is reality no matter the date.