I do not believe Sarah Palin is presidential material at this time. I do, however, believe Sarah Palin is a person who has a combination of characteristics that equip her well to be the charismatic leader of a movement. But the movement I want here to lead is the anti-John McCain movement. I want her to stand for conservative principles. John McCain has never worried about conservative principles.
That raises the question, why on earth is Palin spending time supporting the candidacy of John McCain against a real conservative like J.D. Hayworth, who is challenging McCain for the Republican nomination for Senate in Arizona. For the record, Hayworth is a real conservative.
It might be as simple as loyalty. McCain, after all, did make Sarah Palin a vice presidential candidate. But I think it goes beyond that. You may recall that during the presidential campaign Palin pressed the “maverick” label to the point of absurdity. Merriam-Webster defines a maverick as, “an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.” So when you think about it, being a maverick is not in and of itself a virtue. People who engage in deviant behavior are “mavericks” to the extent they don’t go along with the group.
There are many times when going along with the group or party is the right thing to do. I hope Ms. Palin understands that her popularity among her followers is the result of going along with the group when the group is right, and being a maverick when the group is wrong. Her friend Senator McCain does not do a very good job of that. If Sarah Palin wants to maintain her influence with the followers she currently has, she would do well to distance herself from the good Senator.