Since entering the national scene last fall as John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin has attracted hefty media attention from friends and foes alike. Now her full-time job seems to be making media appearances promoting her newly released Going Rogue: An American Life. Last week she appeared in interviews with Barbara Walters and Oprah, criticized Newsweek's cover featuring her in running shorts, and even stopped by Montreat, North Carolina, for a dinner Sunday night with the Rev. Billy Graham.
Most media coverage has focused on speculation about Palin's plans for 2012. Several interviewers have asked about her presidential aspirations. Palin told Walters that she wants to play a major part in politics in the future "if people will have me," although she claims that the elections are not on her "radar screen." Her claim has led many commentators to question her true motives. But instead of debating Palin's merits as a political candidate, what if media outlets considered the good she is already doing as an advocate? With personal experience to back her up, Palin has the capacity to breathe new life into pro-life issues such as abortion, end-of-life care, and disability rights.
Palin told Oprah that she enjoys feeling less "handled" since giving up her political titles. She is at her best when focusing on specific issues, and is passionate when speaking about her children. Her descriptions of balancing full-time parenting and full-time politics are an important element of the book, and she talks about applying the lessons of motherhood to politics (to the point of "letting the mom come out" in debates). Throughout anecdotes (changing Trig's diaper was the last thing she did before speaking at the Republican National Convention) ...1
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