- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There is something about Sarah Palin that captures people’s attention. Saturday Night Live just aired a slam dunk funny sketch featuring Tina Fey as Mrs. Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. The people who dislike the Alaska governor, such as feminist activists, have risen up almost overnight. A Facebook page titled “Sarah Palin is not Hillary Clinton” has been created as well as the Web site www.womenagainstsarahpalin. org. Both of these items are rather easy to create and practically an unofficial acknowledgement of a candidate onto the political stage. Hollywood celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Pink have rushed to make public statements expressing their disapproval of her. Mrs. Palin must be doing something right if she is already a vehicle of Hollywood liberals seeking rebellious attention. Right now, people are not sure what Mrs. Palin has that makes her such a draw. Some might say she has the “it” factor for the moment.

Maybe it’s the hair. Maybe it’s her quiet resistance to insult. Is it her beautiful family? Could it be her complete commitment to a pro life stance? Is it her negotiation skills? It could be those large steel glasses. Whatever the draw, Mrs. Palin has completely frustrated the Obama-Biden campaign. Somewhere between her Franco Sarto heels, the pictures of her dressing mooses, shooting rifles, running Alaska, her five children and the photo-shopped bikini tributes - Mrs. Palin has bewitched Americans. She has completely mesmerized the media, which once only loved Barack Obama. It can’t be just an overwhelming amount of cuteness, can it?

A Rasmussen poll from September 9-10 shows some interesting opinion results. The survey asked the youth and older, men and women, married and unmarried, investors, Democrats and Republicans why they liked or disliked Mrs. Palin. Both questions focused on the issues that make her unlikeable and well-liked. Those issues are gun rights, off-shore drilling, her stance on abortion, and her Washington-outsider status. Oddly, the highest percentages came under the category “not sure” and “everything” about Mrs. Palin. This sounds a bit confusing at first. For example, 35 percent of men like everything and 42 percent were not sure what they liked about her. Fifty-five percent of Democrats dislike everything about her while 11 percent dislike her pro-life stance and 21 percent were not sure what they disliked. Women over 40 like her more than women under 40 by about 5 percent. Forty-one percent of married people and 21 percent of single people like everything about her; 31 percent of married people and 41 percent of single people dislike everything about her. The percentages for the issues that she stands for had lower numbers than the two extreme positions. In other words, across the board, most people do not know why they like Mrs. Palin or why they dislike her. They only know that they either love everything or hate everything about her.

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