Months after her professional relationship with Fox began, Sarah Palin's TV show is now here. It debuted on Fox News Channel Thursday night.
In it, Palin narrated the heart-rending stories of real-life Americans, to mixed reviews. For a look and feel of the show, here's it's embeddable promo package from Fox:
This show, and its format, is a perfect fit for Palin. Why? Because it has nothing to do with politics, much less government policy.
No, this is a show about something else entirely: personal stories, uplifting drama, and the idea of America--that is to say, Middle America. The American story, the American Dream.
And that's great for Palin. She has never wooed voters with dry, policy prescriptions. Palin woos voters because she purveys a certain sensibility of what it means to have common sense, of what values should motivate and guide the country.
Palin's book wasn't about politics or policy, it was about her own personal story, and that's what people want. At the end of the day, a lot of the fascination surrounding Palin boils down to her own personal dynamism and charm, her down-to-earth qualities that resonate with a segment of conservative voters who share those values.
In that regard, Palin has an opportunity to bring a set of marginal voters, people not always connected to the political process, into her ranks of supporters. We saw that in the buzz surrounding her campaign appearances in '08.