Jason Linkins, writing for the Huffington Post, examines Jon Friedman’s case for Sarah Palin as the Time magazine Person of the Year. Is he (Friedman) kidding??? America finally elects the first African American president in the history of our country with his uplifting, inspirational campaign of hope, change and renewal, and this guy believes SARAH PALIN should be considered???
Look, people. Barack Obama is going to be Time Magazine‘s Person Of The Year. You can pretty much put that in the bank, where it will probably end up accruing as much value as anything else you’ve placed in a soon-to-be-nationalized bank over the past year. And honestly, given the fact that every President of the United States gets to be Time Magazine‘s Person Of The Year, everyone should be okay with it. Even those opposed to Obama can take heart in the fact they gave the honor to Vladimir Putin last year.
That’s not stopping a few people from mounting quixotic campaigns for others. Take this column from MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman. He thinks that the Person of the Year honorific should go to Sarah Palin. You remember her, right? Sure you do, she will not ever go away! Anyway, Friedman believes a case can be made for Timeto “go out on a limb and select Palin over the obvious pick, President-elect Barack Obama.” And it’s not because Friedman thinks Obama’s undeserving. “Obama revolutionized and electrified the political scene, becoming the first African-American to win the U.S. presidential election,” he notes. “Further, he accomplished a far-reaching goal. He made politics seem accessible and relevant to a nation of disenfranchised Americans, including generations of African-Americans.”
But Palin, according to Friedman, “achieved something remarkable in her own right,” namely, “it was possible for (truly) anyone to rise to political prominence on the national stage, whether she strikes you today as an inspiration or a punch line.”
Right! And the same thing can be said for Admiral James Stockdale!