Monday, June 20, 2011
Jack Kelly of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette compiled comments by those who have read the recently released emails from Governor Palin's time in office. He followed up with his own assessment. He concurs with what a plethora of others have stated already: the emails show a hardworking, conscientious governor diligently serving her constituents. He writes:
Emails from Sarah Palin's time as Alaska governor "show a double-fisted Blackberry user fully comfortable with handling nearly every aspect of state government," wrote the McClatchy Newspapers.
The emails paint "a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics," said Toby Harnden of the London Telegraph.
"She comes across as practical and not doctrinaire," wrote Molly Ball in Politico. "She was hands-on and adverse to partisan politics."
This was not what some journalists expected to write. "If critics were hoping to see Palin revealed as a hypocrite, they're out of luck," said Ms. Ball. "Her private statements are in line with her public ones."
He then points out those who, for lack of anything damaging in which to relish, chose to be petty and critical, and he exposes the foolishness of their behavior:
Many strained to say something critical. "She may have attended four universities, but Sarah Palin still writes like an 8th-grader," wrote Christine Roberts in the New York Daily News.
Her emails were given to two writing experts to analyze. "Both agree that the tea party favorite writes as if she is in middle school," Ms. Roberts said.
You couldn't tell from Ms. Roberts' lede that both experts concluded Ms. Palin writes better than do most corporate executives.
John Katzman, CEO of 2tor, is a Democrat who said he "would have loved to support my hunch that Ms. Palin is illiterate." But she scored better on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test than his emails do, Mr. Katzman acknowledged.
"She's very concise. She gives clear orders. Her sentences and punctuations are logical," said Paul Payack, president of Global Language Monitor. "She has much more of a disciplined mind than she is given credit for."
In the end, Jack Kelly distilled his own study of Governor Palin's emails down to this:
The Sarah Palin who emerges from the email dump isn't the partisan snowbilly of media caricature. She's a tough-minded reformer who took on Big Oil and corrupt members of her own party and beat them.
Nonstop criticism has hurt Sarah Palin in the polls. It would be difficult to overcome the false picture painted of her. But the emails, and a forthcoming documentary, are steps in that direction. Furthermore, their now naked -- and increasingly comical -- partisanship has hurt the credibility of her adversaries in journalism.
Back when the reputation of the "mainstream" media was better and its monopoly near total, another conservative derided as stupid and extreme prevailed when he emerged on center stage and dispelled the media caricature of him. Republicans already think Sarah Palin is more like Ronald Reagan than is any other presidential aspirant. If she chooses to run, she may resemble the Gipper in yet another way.
Read the full article here.
An unnecessary and intrusive invasion of privacy has turned out to be an open door for further revealing the real Governor Palin. She is now the most vetted of all possible candidates, her hard work is an undeniable fact, and the content of her character is on full display. What's meant for evil sure has a way of being turned around for her good, doesn't it?