I view Gov. Palin as having some inate capabilities that a succesful politician must have, and the potential to go from her current office under certain circumstances. I don't subscribe to what I understand to be her politics, but that has no bearing on my perception of her potential.
What I perceive, however, it someone who has come across in her public utterances during the campaign the way the really cool girl in high school disparages people she decides she does not like. It is a Hannah Montana kind of thing, in that the really cool girl influences the more impressionable peers, but when you get past the superficial personality criticisms, there really is not much there about the character or value of the person being criticized. I have not been in high school for many years, but that is how her comments and speeches in the election came across to me. Example--the communi
ty otganizer --vs-- small town mayor juxtaposition.
If she is not able to get beyond that sort of catty, take people down, don't build them up, he has cooties sort of commentary, it suggests she is not up to greater office. Sadly, it works in high schools. How much sadder should such rhetoric, with nothing else of substance, be viewed as among the better qualities of a potential leader.