“Seriously interested” were the words used by former Alaska Govenor, Sarah Palin when speaking to the Washington Post about a possible run for the nomination in 2016. And all fans of Saturday Night Live said “amen.”
During the 2008 campaign when Palin was the surprise choice for John McCain as a running mate, neither conservatives nor liberals could get enough. Her plain spoken, tough talkin’, Alaskan message was perceived as refreshing and endearing by those who loved her. She practically started the TEAParty movement with her simple message.
Liberals, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to look down their collective Ivy League noses at the “hot Governor from a cool state” that was Palin. SNL, ever the cultural equalizer, just had fun with it. Amy Poehler as Hillary and Tina Fey as Palin were a hit week after week. Everyone, liberal or conservative, could embrace the caricatures of the candidates and just laugh.
Whatever “seriously interested” means, Sarah Palin is sure to fire up the base and make the 2016 election cycle interesting. That’s at least four Governors potentially in the race at this point. Very interesting indeed.
Written by Holly Rennels