How Sarah Palin Can Make a Comeback and Stay True to Herself

She has an amazing personal story, and she should use it.

Sarah Palin’s rock-star status is fading fast. Rewind one year ago and cable news networks were carrying her speeches live and in their entirety; her book tour was attracting record crowds; her “One Nation” bus tour featured embedded network correspondents.

What a difference a year makes.

This week, Sarah Palin made news only because her contract wasn’t renewed by Fox News. This comes after she was a non-entity during the 2012 campaign, after her reality TV show about Alaska was canceled, and after her six-figure payments on the speaking circuit dried up.

In a nation divided by politics, Sarah Palin was one of its most polarizing figures. Now she doesn’t have the star power to elicit that kind of passion.

If you read the stories this week, you’d have seen there are still posts and comments from her haters and admirers online. But the admirers now just wish her well, instead of vowing their everlasting loyalty; and the haters just wish she would go away.

That is not going to happen. Palin has pledged to campaign and fund-raise for conservative Congressional candidates, both in person and through her Super PAC.

But Sarah Palin has been there, done that with great success. If she is less successful this time around, it will give the media the opportunity to sound the death knell on her political career.

Sarah Palin needs a reboot and to forget politics for a while.

Before Katie Couric, Tina Fey, Game Change, “death panels,” and accusing President Obama of “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Sarah Palin was the most popular governor in the country. She has an amazing personal story that so many Americans can relate to; she is the proud mother of a child with Down’s syndrome.

When Sarah Palin’s baby Trig was born, she released a statement that made her an instant heroine of parents with special needs children. “We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make the world a better place. We are truly blessed.”

When Sarah Palin gave her stunning speech at the 2008 Republican convention, she said, “To the families of special needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”

And when she campaigned for the McCain-Palin ticket, parents would show up with their special needs children because they felt a special connection with the candidate. When Palin worked the rope line, the most touching moments were when she spent time with the children and their parents. It was a rare site: an ugly political campaign pleasantly interrupted by unmanufactured moments of empathy and love.

Why doesn’t Palin keep her convention pledge and be a friend, an advocate and a hero to families with special needs children? She could use her name, her charisma and her impressive fund-raising ability to help those families.

It would be the best thing Sarah Palin could do for America … and for Sarah Palin.

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  • Emerson_C

    Wasn’t she suppposed to have been politically dead in Nov 2008; then again in July 2009 when she stepped down from the Governship after they tried to destroy her with bogus “ethics” charges. Then was she supposed to be dead after they framed her with the Tuscon shootings in revenge for the paramount role in the Nov 2010 rejection of the Obama agenda. She was certainly supposed to be dead when they released all those emails from the State of Alaska; but alas that backfired. And being a threat to the GOP ‘moderate’ rebranding in 2012 she was kept away from the main play. But they lost; who wants to vote for a Liberal/Democrat lite when you can vote for a real one. The way of the ‘architect of defeat’ Karl Rove has been tried. Big fail. Now it the time to try it Palin’s way.

  • Ozstickman

    Palin as a servant’s heart and her record of public service demonstrates her ability to overcome seemingly impossible hurdles to win office an then govern from a place of principle and conviction … this is who she is … unaffected by personal attacks, ignorance by MSM of her record of achievement ….. focused on serving her constituents with strong principled leadership …. not spending their money to pander and get herself reelected. Palin will continue to serve. The continuous and malicious efforts of the left, the MSM, and establishment R’s vested in perpetuating crony capitalism to malign her will fail. She will find a way to serve successfully on the nation’s political stage

    • Leota2

      Sarah, is that you? You have her four year talking points down. That is all she has ever said since she started nattering.

      • Ozstickman

        Not talking points but a description of her heart felt beliefs – I know that may be difficult to understand when your life is not guided by core Universal principles

  • Gracious, gifted Gov. Sarah Palin will remain true to American ideals & Christian principles. She stands tall above her ant-like detractors & critics like a great golden super-sollossus bestriding the political & media landscape of the USA.

  • Steve_Flesher

    She doesn’t need the approval of modern day journalists. She’s her own force.

    • Leota2

      She’s a force alright. A force for inane word salad and baseline stupidity.

  • dgsanangelo

    Do you all sit around and jerk off to a picture of Palin while you think this crap up. There’s not a factual statement in that whole post. Record breaking crowds at her book signings, that’s an out right lie.

    • sodakhic

      Her book signings were in the middle of winter. People were waiting in subfreezing temps, the night before, to get a chance to meet her. Usually the cutoff was 1,000 people. Can you give us examples of other authors with that kind of response?

      • nolaredhead

        Steven King, JK Rowlings, James Patterson, hell why shoot that high?
        A Betty Crocker Cookbook would have a better book signing..

  • TS_1

    Oh dear – straight from the Rich Lowry school of why we love Sarah.

    She will sometimes donate to a candidate to give validity to the $65,000 postage expense in her PAC. She will campaign if the fee is right. She will never run for political office.

  • Help me help her fight Obama and bring back common sense principals:


    • nolaredhead

      Yeah suckers…mama needs a new pair of shoes!!

  • sodakhic

    She is a champion for special needs children and the unborn. You’re right, she has an amazing story, and at 49, she’s only begun to fight.

    • nolaredhead

      The ONLY thing she’s done for the special needs community is to give a speech that she CHARGED them for.