The answer came several weeks ago in the Doc Searls Weblog: “Talking to lenses”
Sarah Palin was a sportscaster and sports reporter in 1988. If you think of her, and her public appearances, interviews, speeches–in that context–her demeanor, her camera-skills, her affect, it all makes sense. The smarmy friendliness, the banter, the attractive appearance: these are all features that a sports reporter might (and often do) have.
I think she’s perfectly acceptable on television, give her a TV show now!
But despite all her post-TV political accomplishments: City Council, Mayor, Governor of Alaska — I don’t think she’s qualified to be Vice-President of the United States of America.
Reading a teleprompter, maybe even writing copy occasionally.