What I Like (and Hate) About Sarah Palin

There's so much to hate about Sarah Palin ... why do I find myself admiring her?
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What I Like (and Hate) About Sarah Palin

There’s so much not to like about Sarah Palin … why do I find myself admiring her?

-April Daniels Hussar

Sarah Palin

Like many people outside of Alaska, the first I heard of Sarah Palin was back in August 2008, when John McCain announced her as his running mate. My first reaction: Smooth move, John. We wanted a woman in the Oval Office, now you might be giving us one. My second reaction: How sexist and condescending can you get. We can’t have Hillary, so any old female will do? And my third: Dear Lord, please don’t let this woman end up in the White House.

So here’s my confession: I was – and still am – an ardent Obama supporter. Politically speaking I’d say Sarah Palin and I are just about polar opposites. (You say, “Drill baby;” I say, “No blood for oil.”) I shudder to imagine her holding a national political office. But, the thing is, well … see, it’s like this … I kind of like her too.

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Yep. As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t help but find certain things about Sarah Palin admirable … and, dare I say? … almost role model-ish.

I roll my eyes at half the stuff she says; I wanted to strangle her when she kept winking during her debate with Joe Biden. Just the other day, I laughed out loud when she told Oprah it was not lucky but, rather, “providential” she kept all those journals as a kid (Yes, Sarah, God wanted you to write a bestseller)… but at the same time I admire her spirit, and her guts.

I don’t agree with her pro-life stance (you say “Pro-life,” I say “Anti-choice”), but I honestly commend Sarah Palin for living by her beliefs. She, as they say, doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk – in an area of life that is one of the hardest and most personal. And as a woman, and a mother, I take my hat off to her for that. It was brave and estimable of her to admit to wavering over her decision to carry her Down syndrome baby to term. And, while I’m thankful she actually got to MAKE a choice (oh the irony), I think the decision she made was full of courage. It couldn’t have been an easy one.

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  1. I love this article – finally a moderate discussion about Sarah Palin! Thanks for taking the time to consider specific things you like and do not like about her, rather than either fawning over her or trying to cut her down. Awesome!

  2. A great article indeed! Finally someone with enough guts to be honest. I absolutely, positively, 100% LOATHE Obama and pretty much everything he stands for. But, he has a couple qualities that I do admire. I did not, and never would vote for him, but I respect his position.

  3. I bet so many women feel this way. While many people – women specifically – may not agree with all that Sarah Palin represents, you can’t help but to admire her. It is the classic story of small town girl who made it BIG time that so many women admire -all while raising a family too!

  4. Not this woman… I abhor her… Seriously. Apart from being a seemingly pretty good mother…there is NOTHING that I like about her. I have relatives in Alaska, and they have said the same thing since before she was elected Governor… ick!

  5. It is extremely refreshing to see an article that fairly discusses Sarah Palin. Whether or not one agrees with her views, I’m sick of hearing people rip her apart and try to make her appear stupid. Not every politician is treated this way. I’m new to this site and just joined because of this article. Thank you!

  6. I’m not sure I agree that Sarah Palin gets ripped apart more than other politicians. While I do think female politicians in general are viewed & treated differently than males, I don’t think Palin has been a special case. Every politician gets criticized by people who don’t like them. I mean, I’ve seen multiple Republicans compare Obama to Hitler, completely seriously. As far as I know, Sarah Palin has never been accused of any similarities to a genocidal dictator, so there’s at least one male Democrat who’s suffered far worse criticism from his detractors than Palin has from hers. I’ll take being called stupid over being called a Nazi any day.

  7. (Oh, and just for the record, I’m neither an Obama fan nor a Palin fan. I do recognize that they both have redeeming qualities, though, so I appreciate that the writer of this article was able to recognize the good in Sarah Palin despite disagreeing with her politics. It would be great if more conversatives, liberals, and independents alike could separate the politics from the person like that.)

  8. I think this article could use some fact checking… Levi says Sarah put most of the weight of raising her other children on Bristol. This is not good parenting in my book. She is also reported to have failed to tell her husband about her pregnancy for several months. Doesn’t this sound more like denial than courage?

  9. “She is also reported to have failed to tell her husband about her pregnancy for several months. Doesn’t this sound more like denial than courage?” meliaarht — I don’t think you can judge anyone in a situation like that. It must have been scary and difficult — it’s not for us to judge something personal like that. judge her for the idiotic things she says about Obama’s health care plan — but hands off her personal choices about her baby, her body, and her relationship with her husband!

  10. Finally someone to write an honest article! Seeing the good in this woman and also the honesty of the writer of this article. Sarah Palin is a woman to admire for her fearless living if nothing else. Why would we not vote for her? She has far more real experience running her State than our President. I find it rather interesting how women will snarf on one another especially if they are strong, self directed, able bodied and last but certainly not least physically attractive. The more beautiful the louder the snarfing gets! “Levi say’s” from Meliaarhrt is laughable. Taking anything he says as gospel is as funny as watching the alphabet news and actually believing it. She walks the walk and to many who just talk this is frightening.

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