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What Will Sarah Palin Do Next?

The Weekly Standard's Jim Prevor thinks Sarah Palin's critics have spoken too soon. Much too soon.

We don’t know what she will do in the private sector. Will she write a thoughtful book? Become a syndicated columnist whose ideas make her a “must read” for everyone? Will she found an important new think tank? An important journal? Spearhead an effort to help the unemployed? Decide to launch a business? Or maybe she will start a new political party?

Will she cure cancer? Perfect cold fusion? Translate ancient Sumerian texts? Restore sight to the blind through the power of her touch? It's hard to say. But it's just like those coastal elites to relentlessly criticize Sarah Palin for healing the blind. It's honorable for countless others to heal the sick. But there's of course a different standard for the decisions she makes.

Meanwhile, Eugene Robinson has a good column on Palin this morning.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 7, 2009; 9:14 AM ET
 
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you should point to Eugene Robinson more often. He's a reliably good read and he's getting that TV thing figured out!

Posted by: bdballard | July 7, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

what will she do next?

right now, she is lookin' out her window at the obama family, tourin' the kremlin.

Posted by: jkaren | July 7, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I tend to take Palin much more at her word. I think she wants two things: more (much more) money and less media scrutiny of her and especially of her family.

I don't agree with Prevor's impression of her importance, but tend to think what she has in mind is a career more like Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter, including a nice media soapbox on Fox or some other right wing propaganda machine and millions a year for writing and speaking appearances with friendly audiences.

I think she has decided to stop following a crusade and start following the dollars, and has decided that now is the best time, with her popularity at a high point among the base and before her reputation is sullied by the realities of governing.

Posted by: PatS2 | July 7, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

That's some great snark,Ezra.Another misnomer of the right is that Palin induces apoplectic fits on the left. They are confusing howls of laughter and snorts of derision with fits.

Posted by: par4 | July 7, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't know. Palin gets about as much respect from the left as the right gives Kucinich.

I can't see the right paying all this much attention to what Kucinich might do.

Posted by: whoisjohngaltcom | July 7, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

the really fun part is seeing all the attention that Palin generates on both sides of the fence.

She draws big crowds. She is unabashed in her conservatism. She "walks the walk" on life issues. And she's easy on the eyes which just pisses off what passes for 'feminists' today.

All in all, both sides watch her closesly. The right wants to know if she will emerge a leader, and the left is scared to death of her.

Posted by: ElViajero1 | July 7, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Are Joe Stalin, and Saddam Hussein still dead? (I won't mention a more recent departure by a certain music celebrity).

I think there's some truth in Pat52's comment that she is about at peak celebrity now, so striking a longer term money deal seems likely. But things get stale quickly (can you say Ann Coulter?).

There was little or no upside in staying Governor: no pot of gold (without risk of corruption prosecution); obscure political surroundings in AK; a job she didn't really like and wasn't good at; and no immediate next political spot to fill. And probably much more that we may be finding out (or not).

The key thing: 20% of the people like her (for all sorts of diverse reasons), but unless she is really dillusionary, a campaign wouldn't result in victory, and if she was victorious she wouldn't like the job. GW Bush at least seemed to like the job. Sarah, not so much.

Other than total disrespect for her - on grounds that are totally obvious to all, I haven't figured out any useful national role she'd be good at, would like, and has a shot at having. I wish her the oblivion that we finally got from Tom Delay. That's all she deserves.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | July 7, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

She will do what she's been doing since she was thrust onto the national stage - continue to be a forceful voice for abstinence, even in the face of its failure within her own home - and she will continue to promote the GOP agenda of racial hatred and divisiveness, giving both Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh a run for their money....

Posted by: anne3 | July 7, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The left is so NOT scared of Palin. She is the final nail in the coffin of the current Republican coalition. There will be a libertarian lite centrist part that will attempt to pull those from the democrats who love social freedoms, but realize socialism doesn't work, and the christian wing will have it's own party that will be more aligned with a socialist agenda of giving medicine to the poor. I don't know which of these will be called Republicans, but it can't continue to be both.

Posted by: staticvars | July 7, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Could Palin really be looking for a job in the media? Maybe I'm giving too much credit, but it seems like her inability to articulate would become painfully obvious even to the loyal fanbase if she had a regular show or column.

Posted by: MosBen | July 7, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

And enough with the "the left is scared of her" routine. I have not met any person left of center who is genuinely concerned that she'll win major public office after the '08 election. We're horrified that there are still some people that are swooning for her, gibberish and all, but it's not out of fear that she'll actually win. A little sad, a little horrified, but not afraid.

Posted by: MosBen | July 7, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Have no idea what Palin will do. Probably more than John Edwards, however.

Posted by: member5 | July 7, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

We all know what she'll do. She'll con the rubes who complain so much about taxes to give about 10x as much as they pay in taxes to her instead, probably in the form of speaking engagements where she'll talk about freedom and real america, all while never endin' a word with a g.

Posted by: nylund | July 8, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The right loves to throw out this "the left is scared to death of her," trope and its often dismissed, but I will admit that I am scared to death of her. This fear is much the same as what I'd feel if I walked into the cabin of a 747 and realized that the plane being piloted by a toddler.

Only in this scenario, when you run back to tell the passengers screaming about the baby flying the plane, half of them call you an unAmerican baby-hater.

Posted by: nylund | July 8, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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