Palin Deserves a Little Sympathy
By Steven Stein
As the country mourns Michael Jackson, we may be overlooking another public figure who deserves our sympathy. That person, of course, is Sarah Palin.
Last time we checked in with As Alaska Turns, Palin was alternately feuding with a late-night comedian, the father of her grandson, the Alaska state legislature and pretty much anyone who makes a living as a reporter. Then, of course, Palin played the ultimate spotlight-grabbing trump card: She resigned her governership with a speech straight out of Mad Libs.
The logic behind the decision seemed maddeningly opaque. Then yesterday came Jim Rutenberg and Serge Kovaleski's mammoth New York Times article, which offers a mesmerizing glimpse into Palin's decision to resign.
We learn that:
- Palin “appeared anxious and underweight" following the presidential campaign.
- She was hounded by ethics complaints, many of which seem frivolous.
- Her famously thick hair became so thin that she sought out “emergency help from her
- Because of money issues, her husband and closest adviser, Todd, was working longer hours.
So consider her situation: Palin had to raise five kids, one a paparazzi-hounded, unwed mother, another with special needs -- all while her husband spent more time at work and less time with the family. She also had a state to run.
Of course, Palin didn’t help things by picking frivolous fights (see: Letterman, David) and making some ill-advised trips to the lower 48. Just because I feel a little bad for her doesn’t mean she’s qualified for any sort of high office.
But as her hairdresser, Jessica Steele, movingly put it -- and, really, who knows you better than the person who does your hair? -- “Honestly, I think all of it just broke her heart.”
| July 13, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
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