By Jim Hagarty
Punn Ditt Inc.
A Facebook friend scolded me recently for engaging in useless speculation such as this, but everyone deserves a hobby, don’t we?
I joked in a FB post today about Sarah Palin being a better choice for president than Donald Trump. Then I thought about that a bit more.
Sarah Palin is not a malignant narcissist. She might be a little self-centered but maybe not much more than most of us.
She actually has some experience at governing as a small-town mayor and governor of a state.
She is portrayed as dumb, but I doubt she is. Uneducated, maybe, but not stupid. She has $13 millon in the bank. I don’t.
She is a grifter, no doubt, but as far as I know, has not left a trail of unpaid contractors and victims of con jobs such as Trump has.
She can be self-deprecating and has a sense of humour.
She seems to be a fairly happy person. Prone to a bit of self-pity, maybe, but shouldering the task of raising a family pretty well, it seems, a family that includes a developmentally delayed child. She has been married once.
She is fun-loving. Maybe not my kind of fun or yours, but she likes snowmobiles and ATVs, shooting rifles and partying hearty. The word normal comes to mind.
Her demerits are not inconsequential.
She is a bit revengeful and a whole lot self-righteous. Some would say too religious. But at least she seems to acknowledge there is a power greater in the universe than Sarah Palin.
She is cocky but I do think she is humble enough to admit what she doesn’t know. As president, I think she would surround herself with the best people she could.
Most of all, I think she would get the seriousness of the job. I don’t think she would embarrass the U.S. on the world stage even if she would not always shine.
She would have to moderate some of her views and be willing to move out of her comfort zone of tea party beliefs.
But if Sarah Palin was president, despite all the years of mockery directed her way, I think Americans and citizens of the world would be able to sleep at night and impeachment would not be discussed.
Most of all, Sarah Palin is not an evil person, in my view. When she calls herself patriotic, I believe her.
BTW, I fell down the steps and landed on my head today but I am feeling much better. Having a little trouble thinking straight.
No, seriously, that’s where things are after three weeks of Trump. He is making a lot of people look good, including Sarah Palin.
Alas, we will never know what she could have done. Canadians, however, might have to get used to her being the U.S. ambassador to our country. I don’t think that would be the end of our world.