I haven't been a fan of Sarah Palin since shortly after her convention speech, and I absolutely despise O'Reilly, but when the two sat down last night on Fox, it was interesting. Sarah was no longer in candidate mode, and she was much more relaxed which I found heartening. Unfortunately, and without going into detail, she still came off as a bit of a dope, but her role as a Fox News contributor will be good for her. She'll finally either come into her own or – like Conan O'Brien, remain as bad as the day she started. At this point, I don't want to guess the outcome.
But Palin would do well to ask Ann Coulter to mentor her, because an hour later on Hannity, Ann showed us why she's the very model of what a conservative woman should be when she wouldn't let Al Sharpton get a word in edgewise, and when she had the floor to herself, she painted the slimy "minister" as the fool that he is, all the while remaining jovial. If Sarah Palin can become half as quick and sharp as Ann, she'll make liberals far crazier than they are now, and the best part is that she finally has a forum to do it. Let's hope she can make the most of it.
Sarah Palin is currently a hick, but in the best sense of the word – she embodies what America should be and she's clearly a thoroughly nice and decent person, which is quite a contrast when compared to Pelosi, Reid, any Obama, any Clinton, and any liberal for that matter. And her decency is further magnified in light of the gutter-scum who criticize her. It's too bad that her homespun charm must give way to some sophistication, but it must. It's the only way she'll conclusively demonstrate that there's substance behind the charisma. Here's wishing her the very best. She's certainly earned the shot, and she deserves any success she may have.