She's still making news, with a book due out just in time for Christmas. (hint-hint) I am a Palin fan, but this morning a question popped into my head: Why? Why am I a Palin fan? If she were to run again for elected office, I don't feel like I really know how she'd govern. I just like her. There's something unsatisfactory about that - while I know I'd vote for her in a heartbeat, part of me would be saying that's no better than people voting for Obama just 'cuz they 'like' him. So I'm hoping the book will spell out her positions clearly.
As an example of the questions I have, we know that she's a social conservative (not a bad thing, by my reckoning) that also has a individualist/state's rights streak (very much not a bad thing, by my reckoning). Which of those aspects of her beliefs would prevail in her policies? I find myself often being pulled in both of these directions, even to the point of struggling to define where I land on the liberty/morality spectrum. This puts me all over the place on the issues. I think she might be in the same boat, and I hope her book discusses these things.
Right or wrong, I also kind of see her like I see Sarah Connor or Ripley from the Alien movies: an ordinary mom-figure, pressed into dire straits and heroically warding off relentless attacks. That invokes a real visceral kind of sympathy, and I find myself genuinely rooting for her to prevail. I know, I know - crummy reason to support a political figure. Hopefully the book is heavy on policy and light on personal issues, so that I have better reasons for liking her.
I admit, though, that if she came out onstage in a giant robotic forklift machine and told Andrew Sullivan "Get away from Trig, you b****!" she'd have my undying support forever!