So it’s been a big year for Sarah Palin! Well, big if you compare her year to mine. In comparison to most other conservative politicians, her career and influence have been dwindling since her 2008 run for vice presidency. Since she was not invited to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention and recently parted ways with Fox News, her presence has become more and more irrelevant. Which is why her new book deal with HarperCollins and her strong presence at the 2013 CPAC leaves me scratching my head in confusion.
At this year’s CPAC, Palin is one of the “biggest winners in the time lottery” reports the National Review, with Sarah Palin at sixteen minutes and fellow crowd pleaser Donald Trump at fourteen minutes. The Conservative Political Action Conference, which will take place on Thursday March 14 in National Harbor, Md., gives recognition and awards to successful conservatives from the previous year with conferences and talks on conservative’s future in America, which is why Palin’s presence is a little baffling. What is her future with conservative in America? The party’s flip flop on which members they endorse and when shows how divided and confused they are during our country’s evolving times. CPAC choosing the excessively mocked and politically peripheral Palin and Trump as big speakers reflect their desperate attempts to market to ... idiots? Their confusion is my confusion.
HarperCollins is taking a similar risk marketing to a less intellectual population, as they pair up with Palin to publish her new book, A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, slated to be released this year. In her book, Palin discuss the importance of “reserving Jesus Christ in Christmas, whether in public displays, school concerts (or) pageants.” In relation to the upcoming book, HarperCollins released Palin’s thesis, “Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored.” Not sure if Palin is trying to gather conservative/religious support (and if so, why? Running for office again? Anything's possible!), or is she trying to stretch her fifteen minutes with a controversial book topic?
Either way, 2008 was so five years ago.