5 Takeaways From Palin's Interview With Oprah

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On Monday, Sarah Palin went on the Oprah Winfrey show to talk up her new memoir, "Going Rogue." As commentators read between the lines, here are five takeaways from Palin's sit-down with Oprah:

  • She Wants to Be President  At The Atlantic, avid Palin-watcher Andrew Sullivan live-blogged the show. At 4:52 p.m. Monday, he writes "she's clearly hoping to run for president in 2012." And he's certainly not the only one who sees another bid for the White House in her future. Unfortunately, Sullivan says, Palin seems to think Palin sees politics "as an extension of being a Beauty Queen, subject to nice p.r. events, interviews that are restricted to the "light-hearted, working mother" puffery that Oprah is enabling, and cover images on magazines." Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post agrees. He says Palin is clearly raising money for some purpose, and he notes that she isn't out using the funds for other candidates. "That Palin seems to be committed to growing her PAC and building up political chits via contributions to up and coming candidates give her the look -- for the first time? -- of someone who is serious about running for president in 2012."
  • More Celebrity Than Politician  Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times thinks Palin isn't acting like a future president, but a celebrity. "The title of Ms. Palin’s book is 'Going Rogue,'" Stanley writes, "but her appearance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' mostly showed a politician-celebrity going for broke." And Stanley says the appearance was unimpressive and awkward. "It was a surprisingly unsmooth performance for a politician-celebrity who insists that the McCain campaign stifled her spirit and smothered her natural talent for communication."
  • She'd Be a Great Talk Show Host  Slate's Christopher Beam says Palin's appearance on Oprah has confirmed one thing: the Alaskan does well when things are on her terms. Beam says Palin did well with the Oprah interview because it was on her own material. "A talk show would be a best case scenario: Top billing. Pre-set conversation topics. A favorable audience. And once and for all, a media filter of her own."
  • America's Obsession Has Gone Too Far  Kevin Drum of Mother Jones says the country's Palin obsession says as much about America as it does about Sarah Palin. Americans like watching Palin for entertainment, Drum says. He thinks it's embarrassing:
So why is Sarah Palin so endlessly fascinating? The sex appeal that practically oozes out of every pore?  Her perpetual family soap opera? A sense of besiegement and resentment so powerful it practically knocks you over every time she speaks? The fact that she actually seems to take pride in her complete lack of policy expertise? Her seemingly total lack of real self-awareness?  The fact that she lies so casually it seems like she actually believes everything she makes up? Yeah, I guess that's it.
  • She Has A Few Vendettas  At The Guardian, Michael Tomasky found Palin's vitriol toward Levi Johnston a bit unsettling in a possible presidential candidate:
She hates Levi Johnston, surprise surprise. When he came up, she started out saying, rather graciously I thought, that he was still the father of her grandchild and she didn't want to hang out family laundry on national TV. But then she tore into him and made reference to his burgeoning "porn" career. I doubt very much we've heard the last from Levi.

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