Sarah Palin as of late has looked to be one of the most ignorant and outright stupid politicians we’ve seen in a long time. However here is why I think she stands a very good chance of coming out on top Thursday. Living up here in Alaska and watching Palin’s rise has been somewhat of a trial for my faith in the American public.
When Sarah ran for mayor of Wasilla she ran a campaign on issues that never were part of the politics out there before. She turned a political contest that was usually between two friendly neighbors who both were interested in the job, into a vicious cutthroat campaign that sought to destroy anyone who stood against her. However, the key to her victory was the fact that she made the campaign about issues that had absolutely nothing to do with the town of Wasilla.
Her campaign for governor of Alaska was run very much the same way; she was able to run an entire campaign without ever once addressing any policy. In her debates she answered questions about policy, instead of ever actually discussing her stances; she avoided the questions by telling stories that made her connect with the average voter. Basically what I’m getting at is the fact that Sarah Palin doesn’t need experience or knowledge to win the debate, she simply needs to appeal to all those voters out there who still think it would be nice to have a leader whom they felt was just like them. I don’t remember who it was, but when she was tagged for the VP slot, one of the local democrats said of Sarah Palin, "Alaska is littered with the corpses of campaigns that underestimated her, now we’ll see if they make the same mistakes on the national scale."