Who is responsible for Sarah Palin?
January 27, 2011: Sarah Palin has a problem. With just months to go before the GOP field for the 2012 presidential race starts filling up like shoppers queuing for a Wal-Mart black Friday sale, polls show that she is the most intensely disliked politician in America.
Since the mid-term elections alone, she has lost ground not only with Republicans, but with the ever important independents and especially women. How could this have happened to the Wasilla hockey mom that stormed onto the national stage over two years ago, bringing heat and light to an otherwise drab political scene?Yes you could place some blame on the intense media coverage. You could place some blame on how lovers and haters alike scrutinize every word she tweets or facebooks, raising constant questions about her understanding of domestic and international affairs. And you can even place blame on Palin herself for not fully thinking out what she says before she says it, thereby setting herself up for criticism.
But the real blame lies closer to home, here in Alaska.
Looking back over the progression of Sarah Palin’s political career and her continuing political education, or lack thereof, Alaskans are to blame for Sarah Palin’s inability to communicate on the national stage. At the critical time of development, we failed to demand more than just cheerleading rhetoric from our former leader.