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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Quick thought on Sarah Palin

This post is explicitly partisan-political, so I know it may be violating our motto.

Last August, I wrote a couple of posts arguing that The West Wing had broadly predicted the rough political, personal, and ideological outlines of both halves of the presidential tickets for both major parties, including Republican VP candidate (social conservative small-state governor included to appeal to an unenthusiastic conservative base and balance a distrusted moderate at the top of the ticket). But I also suggested that "had the show's writers written Sarah Palin as the GOP nominee for vice president they would have been ripped apart by commentators as liberals stacking the narrative deck and making Republicans look unrealistically unserious."

That statement looked pretty good as the election played out in the following two months. After this weekend's events, that last statement is looking even more true.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 4, 2009 at 02:56 PM in Culture, Current Affairs, Howard Wasserman, Law and Politics | Permalink


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Gov. Ritchie was so clearly supposed to be W or a composite of W and Jeb (thus the reason they made him governor of Florida). Of course, Palin has a lot of W in her.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Jul 5, 2009 3:32:35 PM

I think Gov. Palin is far more similar to Gov. Ritchie (Bartlett's opponent for re-election) than to the VP candidate in the last season.

Posted by: David Schraub | Jul 5, 2009 3:26:56 PM

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