Only a political fool would mis-underestimate Palin
The potential US president might seem like an easy target but her track record tells a different tale, writes Louis Jacob
Published 05/12/2010 | 05:00
It would be easy to think of Sarah Palin as a bit of a clown.
Getting North and South Korea confused is the kind of thing that drives PR people to drugs. But frustration at Barack Obama's sluggishness in fixing a faltering economy is causing a large percentage of the American public to overlook her shortcomings and the expectation now is that she will run for president in 2012. According to an Associated Press poll last week, 46 per cent of Americans "view her favourably".
It is an unthinkable prospect for many, such as American singer Pink, who asked: "If I were writing a letter to Sarah Palin, it would be a lot of whys and hows. Who are you? Do you know? Why do you hate animals? Please point out Iraq on the map."