After watching the new Sarah Palin interview clip from the not-yet-released movie Media Malpractice, I recognized another thing about Palin.
While I’m betting she was a Tracy Flick kind of gal in high school, that teenage girl also had insecurities. And a girl with political ambition and underlying self-esteem issues about who she is and how she climbed the ladder of success can be a troublesome thing for the rest of us.
Even with a certain amount of accomplishment, anyone with a Tracy Flick persona also endured her share of being picked on — that’s just what happens in high school when you’re not quite as popular as the “in” crowd as you’d like to be. Most of us have lived that and understand that and, sooner or later, we get over it.
But there are those who suffered those adolescent cruelties who vow that when they’ve “made it” they’ll show the rest of us! They won’t take it and they’ll give it right back! That can be very self-satisfying, but it’s not really a good move if you want to be something like, say, a Governor.
That’s tone and attitude I heard from Palin when I watched this clip. Poor Sarah, the eternal victim —
When you get to be one of 50 governors and have political ambitions to get to Washington, D.C., one way or another, then it’s time to lose the victim thing. Yes, it’s keeping Palin in the media spotlight, but not in a good way.
For better or worse, to move beyond being a first-term governor, you can’t whine about bloggers and reporters who don’t like you. If the media covers your family in a way you don’t like, then you need to find a way to handle it without complaining about being picked on or talking about your mother bear tendencies. You need skin thick enough so that even if you think you’ve been treated unfairly, you can find a way to manage it gracefully, yet forcefully, without sounding petty. And, Sarah, you just aren’t even close.
As for the whole Katie-Couric-what-newspapers-do-you-read-thing? It’s time to let that one go unless you’re going to do more than talk generally about reading “publications” and then quickly mentioning USA Today and the New York Times. It’s OK to quip to your friends that Katie shouldn’t expect that the world revolves around her and her words, but you have to keep that thought bubble pretty private if you expect to be taken seriously as a political player.
If Palin, as the first Republican woman vie presidential candidate, keeps whining about how unfairly she was treated and how mean the media is, she can kiss her political future goodbye. That’s OK by me, but I have a feeling that’s not what’s she’s planning on for herself.
While I’m no fan of Palin, I have defended her in the past (to the chagrin of some of my progressive pals!) for having the chutzpah to try to make the most of the political lottery she won by being John McCain’s running mate. But besides damaging her own political future, Palin is doing a huge disservice to all women, especially those who want to run for political office, when she uses her high profile platform for a Wendy Whiner routine.
Palin says she didn’t know what the McCain campaign was thinking when they had her do multiple interviews Katie Couric because the first one went so poorly. I don’t know what Palin was thinking when she agreed to be interviewed for this movie. It’s not really a sign of good judgment. That’s ten minutes I’d wish I could take back if I was in her shoes.