I remember very well the first thoughts that popped into my mind last week when I heard Sarah Palin had resigned as governor of Alaska and was leaving the door open for a 2012 run to the White House.
I believe that initial thought was some combination of “All right! Woo-hoo! Hooray!” and maybe even a “Yippee!!”
For those of you who are regular visitors to this blog, you fully realize I love Sarah Palin. For those of you who didn’t know, well … I love Sarah Palin.
Not that I necessarily agree with all or any of her political stands or selection of magazines, and neither do I condone her geographical inabilities. I simply love what she brought to last year’s political campaign and how she took great pleasure in dismantling some of the stuffed shirts who tried to ruin her career on the big stage before it even got started.
Sarah Palin was a breath of fresh air in what would have been — for the most part — an otherwise dull and boring campaign. Anyone who had a mild clue knew John McCain had absolutely no chance to upset Barack Obama, but what made the campaign interesting was what Sarah Palin did.
And now she’s back. (Woo-hoo! Yippee!)
Until she officially declares herself a candidate for the presidency, she’s going to need income. Here are a few ideas I thought she might want to try:
1. TALKING HEAD: Sarah would make an excellent political contributor to Fox News (what, were you expecting left-wing MSNBC?), possibly paired with Sean Hannity. I don’t think she and Mike Huckabee would work well together, since the Huck has eyes on the White House, too.
2. FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Go ahead, admit it. She looks like a flight attendant. Political correctness be damned.
3. FAMILY COUNSELOR: If anyone should be an expert on intra-family problems, it’s our Alaskan princess.
4. LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST: This would work for two reasons. First, she would have to be better than Conan O’Brien (my dog, Ashes, who is hardly a canine Rhodes scholar, is much more entertaining than Jay Leno’s successor). Secondly, it would allow her an outlet to go after David Letterman.
5. POTATO FARMER: She was born in Idaho. She has to know something about spuds.
6. SURF INSTRUCTOR: One of the many colleges she attended was in Hawaii. Seems like a natural fit.
7. SPORTS REPORTER: She has a bachelor’s degree in communication journalism and at one time eyed a career on ESPN. Chris Berman is nearing retirement age, so maybe if the presidential thing doesn’t work out, she can succeed Boomer on the Bristol campus.
8. TOUR GUIDE: For crying out loud, she’s lived in Alaska most of her life. That should count for something. And I’m sure she can fly one of those bush planes.
9. BASKETBALL COACH: Did you know Ms. Palin was the starting point guard on the Wasilla basketball team that won a state championship?
10. MISS AMERICA EMCEE: She could be the new Bert Parks. After all, she has the credentials. She finished third in the 1984 Miss Alaska contest.
THIS JUST IN: Roger Simon, the chief political columnist for Politico, writes if the GOP was nominating a candidate for the presidency today it would be … Sarah Palin.
Friends, the fun has just begun.