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Sarah Palin destined to be 'the white Oprah'?

According to veteran TV newswoman Cokie Roberts, Americans should get ready for a whole lot more of Alaska's Republican Gov. Sarah Palin.

Best selling author and veteran TV and radio commentator Cokie Roberts

Speaking to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, the veteran ABC and NPR reporter and commentator said, "There's more of Sarah Palin in our future."

Roberts, herself the daughter of two successful Democratic politicians, suggested, in fact, that the 44-year-old mother of five and unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate could be "the white Oprah" in the near future.

"The camera loves her," added Roberts. "She is very determined to get back to where she was."

A best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning journalist and regular commentator on ABC's "This Week," Roberts said Palin feels "she was vastly disserved by the McCain campaign and I agree with her."

For a sample of Palin's recent campaign speaking, click on the "Read more" line below.

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech to the Republican National Convention, St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 3, 2008

 
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I would love to see Sarah broadcasting from Alaska. With her beautiful, snowy back yard as a backdrop.

I would soooo watch that show!

And I know many other ex-Oprah watchers who would as well.

Go Sarah!

I love Oprah. There's just something about her that I really like.

Obviously Cokie Roberts doesn't watch Oprah -- or she'd never make such a statement.
Oprah has a curious mind, a worldview and an inherent openness that transcends color.
I do not see Palin ever crossing such lines. (I would say with her rhetoric but that is putting way too positive a spin on a woman who is verbally challenged.)
God help us if Palin was ever to achieve the breadth and depth of influence that Oprah has.
Am I the only one who remembers Palin repeating over and over again (something it appeared an aid had told her to her obvious surprise) that: it's important to understand what your opinion/positions are based on?
Palin is the typical far-right personality who condems shows and books they haven\'t seen or read, who believes serving on a board with someone and seeing a country from your border actually makes you a "pal" and counts as "foreign" expertise.
I could go on and on and on ... and personally, I think Ms. Roberts owes Oprah an apology - a big one.
Palin falls more into the line of celebrity for being a celebrity -- than for anything authentic she brings to the public townsquare.
She is proof that in this day of 24/7 media that we can get stuck with things/people, that 5 or 10 years ago would have just faded into nothing, like Dan Quayle.

Roberts is right about Palin's TV potential, and she certainly has the grit, charisma, and drive to become the next Oprah. Whether she wants to do that or not, who knows. But I can certainly see what Cokie is talking about.

Not a chance. None. Palin is smarter than this ... the landscape is littered with the wreckage of would-be TV show hostesses.

My respect for Cokie Roberts is greatly diminished. The camera loves Palin like the camera loves a car wreck.

There is no doubt that Palin does want to return to the national spotlight, because Palin believes that she has been chosen by God, just like Bush, to go beyond her competence. A TV personality Palin would be more like a Tammy Faye instead of an Oprah.

I should hope that Sarah would not undermine her gravitas and trivialize herself by selling out to a vacuous and corrupt institution of media that is hanging by its very last threads of credibility.

Hey, this was kinda my prediction!

Though I'd say the "more trustworthy Oprah" and leave race (and gender) out of it.

I'd love it.

Governor Palin's voice is unpleasant, her ignorance is appalling, and her attitudes and opinions are unbearable. She has no future in television.

Sarah, your 15 minutes of fame are up. Go away!

I for one believe that she will go the way of Farraro and slip into obscurity only to pop up for the occasional racist slur.

Nah! Sarah will always be the airhead she has always been...Sarah is two shopping carts from Wal Mart!

guido

It's amazing how the "open-minded" liberal types, entirely without irony, condemn Sarah Palin as "Palin is the typical far-right personality who condems shows and books they haven\'t seen or read, who believes serving on a board with someone and seeing a country from your border actually makes you a "pal"." The first charge of book and show condemnation has been debunked; yet it is still raised against Palin in spite of it being untrue. Thus, liberals demonstrate that facts don't matter as long as a lie is repeated long enough so that it becomes a "fact." Second, since The One won the election, the Terrorist Ayers has openly confessed to being Obama's pal; therefore, wherein was Palin wrong? Finally, Palin never said that Russia is a "pal" of the U.S. just because it's visible from the U.S. Tina Fey said that.

Now, is it too much to ask those on the Left to deal in facts instead of demonizing and staining Palin and her character? Is the truth too much to ask? But, then, given deconstructionism and moral relativism as philosophical underpinnings, is it any wonder that those on the Left have no understanding of or appreciation for truth? On the Left, character assassination is more important than truth.

that would be great!!! and joe the plumber could be
the next dr. phil..

what a great country...

get a job (if you can) but better yet volunteer..

Sarah has the ability to rebuild the GOP. She speaks clearly of values that appeal to all Americans.
She could be of great value to any Republican candidate in elections 2009,2010, and 2011. In 2012 she would be the natural choice to lead the Party as Presidential candidate.
We need to take all the Senate Seats and Governorships in Red states and a few purple ones.
That means National Republican figures helping wherever an election is being held. As Sarah's history shows, today's School board candidate is tomorrow's Candidate for Governor.
In my opinion, those who suggest the Senate or a Talk Show for Sarah have vastly under rated her.
Joe


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