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Sarah Palin, Chairwoman Of The RNC

There's been a lot of chatter lately about Sarah Palin replacing Michael Steele as the chairperson of the RNC. For instance, Kevin Williamson writing at NRO's The Corner says:
Allow me to chime in with my usual observation on this subject: This is a job for Sarah Palin. Palin would be a much better RNC chairman than presidential candidate or freelance kingmaker. She'd raise tons of money and help recruit good candidates, i.e., she'd excel at doing the thingsSteele should have been doing instead of appointing himself Republican pundit-at-large.

A Chairman Palin would help set the right tone for the Republican party without having to get herself entangled in the minutiae of policy-development, which has not been her forte. Sure, she'd be polarizing, but so is Barack Obama, and these are polarized times. And it's one thing to have a polarizing party chairman, another to have a polarizing candidate.

Anybody disagree?
*raises hand* Yeah. I do.

Look Kev (can I call you Kev?), YOU may think that Sarah Palin is the best thing since sliced bread, but Americans at large do not:


She will not play well with independents or conservative Democrats (see: Presidential election of 2008).

Moreover, it seems to me that conservatives like yourself are constantly whining about the state of the media, and it's treatment of Republicans (and Palin in particular). If you think that Michael Steele has been the result of hyper-attention from media outlets, creating something akin to a political microscope hovering over him, a Sarah-Palin-as-RNC-chairwoman would be 100 times worse (see: Couric, Katie).

Oh, and I should also mention that I think that Steele is better suited for the job.

While Sarah Palin can really fire-up the base, she does so by spouting-off political one-liners that a third-grader could easily memorize (see: 'Drill baby, drill!'). I would argue that just because someone can excite the base, does not make them a good leader.

You say that Palin would be able to shake the proverbial trees for lots of money as chairwoman of the RNC -- and on that point I think you are correct. But, after the money comes in, what next? All Palin has to do is appear on Fox News (or any other media outlet for that matter -- as if she would allow that to happen) and open her mouth, and, rightly or wrongly, people will find something anything wrong with what she has to say. And mark my words here -- if Palin were to become the chairwoman of the RNC, she will have to make media appearances at outlets other than Fox News. In doing so, she will inevitably be forced to face political-talk-show hosts that are unfriendly to her (see: Matthews, Chris). And, if recent history has taught us anything, Sarah Palin does not perform well on those types of programs when she is put on-the-spot to answer, you know, questions about what newspapers she reads (hint: it ain't "all of 'em").

Don't get me wrong here Kev, I am definitely not saying that Steele is the best RNC chair -- I have been highly critical of him in the past. But, given a choice between Mr. Hip-Hop Republican and Mrs. Mama Grizzly (ugh), I'll go with the hip-hop any day of the week.

Word.

Plus, I just can't see Sarah Palin getting RickRolled. Can you?