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Yogi, Sarah and Oprah ...
The great Yankee catcher and all-around philosopher Yogi Berra got it right when he said, "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." But you can take this one to the bank: Sarah Palin will not run for president - not in 2012 anyway.
I don't know Sarah Palin personally. I don't have sources inside her inner circle. I don't know any of her friends in Alaska. But come on, who quits her job as governor and thinks that's the best way to kick off a campaign for the White House?
Now, 2016 or 2020, that's another matter. Palin is only 45. In 2016 she'll be a mere 52; and in 2020 she'll be only 56.
But in the meantime, bet the ranch that Sarah Palin will be making speeches all over the places, probably for six-figure paydays. And, who knows, she may even get her own TV show with an even bigger salary, in the millions. You know, one of those shows with one-word titles - like Oprah.
This will create an epidemic in America of that dreaded disease PDS - short for Palin Derangement Syndrome. Liberals in general and liberal feminists in particular will go nuts. They hate her, not simply because she's pro-life; a lot of politicians are pro-life but aren't despised the way Sarah Palin is. They hate her because she didn't go to the "right" college. She bounced around more than a few before winding up in Idaho. They hate her because she has "too many" kids. Sophisticated women don't have five kids and certainly don't have children with Downs Syndrome. They hate her, in other words, because she's like so many ordinary Americans, a group liberal elites don't have much use for.
But hey, anything that drives liberal elites crazy is good with me. I hope she gets that TV show and I hope it's a big hit with conservative women, a group liberal women don't even see as women. Think I'm exaggerating? Wendy Doniger, a professor at the University of Chicago and an intellectual of some note, wrote on the Washington Post's website that Palin's "greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman." You see, conservative women, to liberal elites like Ms. Doniger, aren't really women, they're simply ...conservatives, just as black conservatives aren't really black, but merely ... conservatives.
So if they despised Sarah when she was running for VP ... they'll hate her even more when she's celebrity-in-chief of the United States of Entertainment, a position currently held by Barack Obama.
Let the show go on!