Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Second Most Admired Woman: this title has once again been bestowed upon Governor Palin. While it has been reported that this is her second time at number 2, it's actually the third time she has been so named.
The question that the Gallup poll asked was:
What woman that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?
Governor Palin followed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the voting.
Read Ian Lazaran's assessment of the poll, including his take on President Obama's Most Admired Man honor, here. Lazaran also quotes Abe Greenwald from Commentary Magazine:
And speaking of the 2008 election, the Democrats’ national nightmare, Sarah Palin, came in second to Hillary. Palin beat out none other than omnipresent cultural goddess Oprah Winfrey, who came in third (Both beat out First Lady Michelle Obama, who came in fourth).
To my mind, the big win goes to Palin. For all the pundit chatter about her not being a viable contender for president, the public admires her more than the most beloved media personality in the country. Like Oprah, Palin channeled her talent to connect with Americans toward its most efficient use. The Tea Party allowed her to showcase her ability, raise her market value, and serve a cause she believes in: America. Right before the eyes of antagonistic columnists and hostile comics she became the credible face of the most transformative political movement the country has seen in decades. Her faults are apparent enough, but it’s not hard to see how the right circumstances are able to bring her talents center stage. And it’s not hard to see why everyone loves lists.
(h/t Ian Lazaran)