This impromptu canonization probably says more about Newsweek's ardent desire to get a buyer than it does about Sarah Palin. Still, her endorsement on primary day was a valuable commodity within the GOP. It truly pains me to say that Palin is an important political force in America (and what does that say about us that this is so). From Newsweek via Politico's Playbook:
Forthcoming Newsweek cover, “Saint Sarah: What Palin’s Appeal to Conservative Christian Women Says about Feminism and the Future of the Religious Right,” by Lisa Miller: “Palin has been antagonizing women on the left of late by describing herself as a ‘feminist,’ a word she uses to mean the righteous, mama-bear anger that wells up when one of her children is attacked in the press or her values brought into question. But while leftist critics continue to shred Palin as a cynical, shallow, ill-informed opportunist, … Palin is now playing to her strengths. Even if she never again seeks elected office, her pro-woman rallying cry, articulated in the evangelical vernacular, together with the potent pro-life example of her own family, puts Palin in a position to reshape and reinvigorate the religious right, one of the most powerful forces in American politics. The Christian right is now poised to become a women's movement -- and Sarah Palin its earthy Jerry Falwell.”
Heaven help us.