“Like Trump, Palin had no governing philosophy, no vision, and lacked a basic understanding of political life. But she was greeted as a rock star by conservative pundits, who were convinced they could sell her to the base. Trump no doubt noticed this, and took from 2008 an obvious lesson: Win the headlines and Republican primary voters will follow.”
“Palin proved, beyond any reasonable doubt, that “personality” and “celebrity” trumped conservative principles in today’s Republican Party. She proved that a substance-free media-centric strategy could work at the highest level of politics. Palin was dangerously unlettered, and yet the attention she received propped her up to an extraordinary degree. If they weren’t facing an historical candidate in Obama, they might have succeeded. That we came this close to that reality ought to have been a turning point for the country and for the Republican Party. But it wasn’t. And Trump confirms it.”
The comparison is unmistakable. Donald Trump has hosted 14 seasons of the Apprentice. His celebrity has catapulted him to the top of the GOP ticket.
Sarah Palin and Bristol have hosted only a couple of seasons of reality shows, so Sarah was relegated to the Vice Presidential spot, instead of the top of the ticket.
John McCain is totally responsible for putting Sarah in this position, so it is ironic that Meghan now complains about the GOP promoting personality and celebrity.