Sarah Palin: on Today today, out of politics tomorrow?
Palin speculation is a fool's game, but her co-hosting gig on the Today show spoke volumes, didn't it? And not in the way The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza thinks. Cillizza claims that Palin's NBC appearance "proves one thing beyond any doubt: She needs the media. Badly. And she knows it." And why?
If the media ignored Palin, she had — and has — no ability to be the sort of celebritician (a combination of a celebrity and politician) that she clearly wants to be.
Hold it right there. I, too, once thought that Palin plainly aspired to hold higher office. (That, of course, is what it means to be a politician. There are lots of people who aren't politicians who nonetheless talk to big audiences about things that include politics.) But I was wrong. I still think I'm right that Palin isn't going to fade into oblivion, but her choices this election cycle must lead a careful observer to conclude that she's pointed her ship away from a career in politics. Right? That's my provisional judgment, anyway:
It’s probably too strong to say Palin’s meandering path says something generational about relatively younger versus relatively older Americans. On the other hand, once a real career in public office is really dispensed with, perhaps Palin’s improvisations won’t be judged so harshly. So she’s trying to make the most of herself on something approaching her own terms. What could be more American than that?
The rest of my take is here.