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Who is the real Sarah Palin? Part 1
By Aladdin Elaasar — As he took to the stage, in front of a packed audience, McCain introduced her as “exactly who I need, exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and the country second”. When Republican Presidential nominee John McCain unveiled ‘The Barracuda’, a.k.a. Sarah Palin, and governor of Alaska as his running mate, he literally opened the flood gates of the media to controversy and speculations.
That choice of McCain’s could not have been more timely and savvy. Sarah Palin, managed to steal all the attention and the limelight from Senator McCain who could not be happier!
For starters, McCain’s campaign was almost getting into a screeching halt while Senator Obama’s campaign was getting almost all the attention. It is no wonder. Senator Obama’s bid to the White House has brought a lot of enthusiasm and excitement from democrats and even republicans who found the young Senator from Illinois a breeze of fresh air and a hope for real change by someone who is not from the old establishment with the usual Washington and big business ties.
The American people have also been exited about having an energetic young senator of African American decent, highly educated, articulate, handsome, charming, who can electrify his audience in the same tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy.
McCain also had struggled with dodging questions about weather he was going to be another George W. Bush? Or other concerns about his political record and health condition.
But suddenly, Sarah Palin,came crashing into the party and she was thrown as raw moose meat to the wolves and hyenas of the gossip columns, the tabloids, and media pundits.
McCain could have never been happier.
Well, first she’s a young aspiring governor, a mother of five, struggling between her demanding political career and raising her children; one is a pregnant teenage daughter and the youngest has a Down Syndrome, a soccer mom, or a Hockey mom, as she like to describe herself.
She is the all American woman, the mom next door; besides she is a staunch conservative; not the kind of republican that some people resent in Senator McCain.
McCain could have never been happier. He actually succeeded in deflecting the public’s attention from the real issues the American public is looking for in this historic election.
Will he really champion real reform, or will it be business as usual where corporate America would have the upper hand in deciding who would represent us? Is it going to be about pork and who brings home the bacon? What he’s going to do about the economy and unemployment?
What will be the role of Sarah Palin along with him?
McCain succeeded in energizing the base but for the wrong reasons. He introduced a female candidate for Vice President, not for the first time, but she would be the first VP if the voters decide to. Both Palin and Obama are in their mid forties which appeals to a lot of young voters who really want to see changes this year.
Sarah Palin brought excitement to voters young and old from both the republican and the democratic parties.
Will Hillary Clinton supporters vote for Palin to bring a female VP to the Washington for the first time in American history?
Had Senator Obama chosen Hillary Clinton as his running mate, could America been that exited about Sarah Palin?
Senator Obama chose not to have Hillary on his ticket, and instead chose Senator Joe Biden, a seasoned politician and foreign policy expert in this time of the Global War on Terror. But would that be satisfying to the new cult of Palin?
No doubt that Senator McCain calculated his move before introducing the barracuda to the American and international media. The McCain campaign kept her name a secret almost until the end; John McCain’s choice did generate a fair amount of rumor and speculation.
Before he chose her, speculators wondered– was he going to pick a traditional candidate, a safe bet – or would the veteran Arizona senator go for the wild card? He did choose the wild card. But will that materialize into a ticket to the White House?
About the Author
Aladdin Elaasar is a syndicated columnist and lecturer. Some of his writings are: “Iraq, the State and Terrorism”; where he predicted the downfall of former Dictator Saddam Hussein. Elaasar also wrote: Silent Victims: The plight of Arabs and Muslims in Post 9/11 America. And “The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak and the Uncertain Future of Egypt in the Volatile Mid East” and “Barracuda: The Unauthorized Biography of Sarah Palin: What You Do Not Know and Should Know about America’s Potential Vice President”.Elaasar has been a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs on several local American TV and Radio networks and media and cultural consultant since 1992. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise for “Barracuda”
Aladdin Elaasar’s “Barracuda” is a must-read for all American voters and those following American elections and politics. The result of this year’s election will not only impact the USA, but many nations around the globe.
In this timely book, Aladdin Elaasar investigates: Who is the real Sarah Palin? Palin’s Political Records; Palin’s connections with Big Business and Big Oil. Is Sarah Palin’ an Extremist? Is she a Zombie Republican or a Right Wing Feminist? How Populist is Sarah Palin? Can Sarah Palin’s faux-feminist machismo and her handlers succeed in using purely symbolic appeals and Culture Wars to camouflage her actual record and the plain contradictions in her story? Will the Slogan of the McCain/Palin Administration- in their quest for oil- be: Drill, Baby, Drill?
Praise for the Last Pharaoh
“Peeling back layer after complex layer of Egyptian intrigue, culture and politics, Aladdin de-mystifies Egypt without tarnishing her almost mystical status as the pinnacle of Arabian culture, and the bedrock of human civilization. The book is stunning in its revelations of Mubarak’s stranglehold on every aspect of life in this glorious, long suffering nation. Connecting one mysterious dot to the next, Aladdin teases the reader from chapter to chapter as he lucidly explains the details of Egypt’s worst kept secrets of all…the ‘secret’ of Mubarak’s power and how he plans to rule from his own royal crypt. “
– Professor Tate Miller, expert on International Negotiations; Conflict Management; Government Relations and Diplomacy; Cross-cultural Communication, and Senior Lecturer at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
The Last Pharaoh should be indispensable to anyone –
“Combining an uncanny sense of clarity and understatement, Aladdin Elaasar weaves Egypt’s historical grandeur with an unnerving cascade of political intrigue that reveals a side of Mubarak the world cannot long ignore. In one fell swoop, my admiration for Egypt is both strengthened, and the source of my unease revealed, as the author sheds light on the darkness of Egyptian politics that could one day turn catastrophic. With so much at stake, the west is slowly coming to grips with a new reality; a reality which no single book or author could possibly address. But the views expressed by Aladdin Elaasar in The Last Pharaoh should be indispensable to anyone hoping to understand Egypt’s role, not only the Middle East, but the potential for Mubarak’s Egypt to impact the destiny of global events.”
– Professor Tate Miller, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Senior Lecturer of International Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies
Why everyone has to read this book? –
“Let me give you the four scariest words I can’t pronounce in Arabic: Egypt after Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak’s “emergency rule” dictatorship is deep into its third decade, making him one of Egypt’s most durable pharaohs. His succession plan is clear: Son Gamal tries to replicate Beijing’s model of economic reform, forestalling political reform… “
– Thomas P. M. Barnett, Esquire columnist and author of “The Country to Watch: Egypt”
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at TheArabDailyNews.com, TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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