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Who is the real Sarah Palin, Part 2
By Aladdin Elaasar — Sarah Palin was elected Alaska’s youngest and first woman governor in 2006. On stage, in front of the Republican National Convention she was dressed in a conservative black power suit, her hair raised in a high ponytail, she described herself as “an average hockey mom from Alaska”. She may be seen by some as a rising star of the Republican Party, but she was relatively unknown on a national level. 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”.
McCain needed to make a bold move to help change the course of the race to the White House. The two presidential hopefuls have been running head to head, with Obama gaining eight percentage points in the polls in recent days.
In many ways, Palin can appeal to the conservative base and to blue-collar voters.
With 80% approval ratings back home, she seemed to also get the approval of the crowd she was addressing, drawing very enthusiastic cheers, as she spoke in a relaxed, accessible way.
President George W Bush said she was “an exciting choice” and Palin certainly adds energy and sizzle to the McCain campaign.
She also clearly reached out to disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters, who are disappointed their candidate did not make it on to the Democratic ticket, not even as vice-president.
“I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievement of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and of course, Hillary Clinton, who showed determination in her presidential campaign,” Palin said.
“It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”
The Democrats for McCain group sent out an e-mail saying its supporters, especially the women, were “ecstatic” about the choice of Palin.
But other Democrats said they felt insulted that McCain thought he could woo women by just putting any woman on his ticket, with one sentence making the rounds: “Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton”.
The choice of Sarah Palin as it seems, is a high risk bet that could bring high rewards, but there are no guarantees. Many wonder whether she is ready to be vice-president and lead the US, should something happen to McCain if he is elected president.
But what is the real agenda of Governor Sarah Palin for America? What is her vision of making Americans safer in those troubling times during the War on Terror?
Does she want to bring the troops home along with her son who is supposedly getting ready to be deployed to Iraq? Is he going to be serving in real combat zones there?
Are we going to pay less for our utility bills after oil gushes from Alaska? Will the McCain/Palin administration be the same like Bush /Cheney, where oil companies had their hay day?
Will this year’s presidential elections be about popularity rather than the real issues?
Many people who voted for George W. Bush came to regret it. Many of them lost their jobs or homes, and their children were sent to Iraq. Many of them never came back.
People who voted for George W. Bush felt that he was the average Joe that they could have a beer with! Candidates like Al Gore and John Kerry were portrayed as too nerdy.
Political advisors told Gore and Kerry not to use long sentences and big words. No wonder why George W. Bush connected with some voters. Republicans often reminisce about Ronald Reagan, dubbed as the Great Communicator. Regan, a professional actor could deliver a scripted speech with a smile.
Another republican candidate could make it to the governor’s mansion in California, a strong base for democrats because he could stand tall and speak tough. Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger a long time fan of Ronnie Regan, could be beat Gray Davis.
America and the main stream media seem to have a love affair with reality TV and scandals and celebrities. If it bleeds, as the media says, it leads.
Will the candidacy of McCain/Palin bring real dialogue to the American political scene this year? Will it bring real change? Or Americans and the rest of the world will continue watching endless episodes of a soap opera about Palin’s personal life in our age of sound bites? That’s where all the excitement is coming from…
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 for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.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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