Historic VP candidate
proved her star power
Political analysts and academics specializing in women’s studies today are picking over the remains of Sarah Palin’s attempt to become the first female vice president, a campaign that came to a resounding thud Tuesday night.
Some experts are putting much of the blame for John McCain’s dismal showing squarely on Palin, who was plucked from the anonymity of the Alaskan wilderness, thrust onto a global stage, and unfairly expected to deliver every female voter in the United States.
While she may not have what it takes to be vice president, Palin proved beyond all doubt that she has what it takes to be a celebrity.
Palin belongs on television. As soon as possible. In a starring role.
Palin should send an e-mail to the Alaska legislature resigning her governorship, and hire the William Morris Agency to find a spot for her on a network “couch show.”
Maybe she didn’t draw enough voters to the McCain ticket, but she definitely drew viewers to TV.
• In September, Palin appeared with Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” and doubled the cable show’s ratings to nearly 5 million viewers.
• Last month she made a widely anticipated appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” and the show posted its best ratings in 14 years. More than 17 million viewers tuned in.
That, folks, is star power. And if you need more evidence of Palin’s popularity, I’ll send you photos from a Halloween party where half the women were wearing designer rimless glasses, red blazers and open-toed Naughty Monkey heels.
Forget all the talk about a Palin run for the White House in 2012; network executives need to make a run at her right now.
Lorne Michaels, producer of “Saturday Night Live,” agrees.
“I watched the way she connected with people, and she’s powerful,” Michaels told Entertainment Weekly. “You can see that she’s a very powerful, very disciplined, incredibly gracious woman.
“This was her first time out and she’s had a huge impact. People connect to her. . . . I think she could have her own show, yeah.”
If “Survivor: The Australian Outback” can launch the extended TV career of someone like Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ABC’s “The View” — who’s just the third most famous person in her own family, behind NFL quarterbacks Tim and Matt — imagine what Palin’s well-publicized bid for VP could reap.
She makes $125,000 a year as governor of Alaska. A seat on the low-rated CBS “Early Show,” for example, would be worth a multi-year contract at a few million annually. By the time 2012 rolled around, Palin and her family would be financially set for life.
Sarah Palin may have failed in her political premiere, but television stardom beckons.