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Charlie Mahtesian, my predecessor at Governing, lays out the contrarian point of view about Sarah Palin's problems. He says they may make her seem like jes' folks:
[T]hese revelations may have the opposite effect: In one sense, they could reinforce how remarkably unremarkable she is.
So far -- and it is hard to tell what the future may hold for Palin's unexpected national candidacy -- the travails of the Palin family probably seem awfully familiar to many average Americans. It is this averageness that makes her such a politically promising running mate for John McCain -- and such a dangerous opponent for Democrats. Many voters will find it easy to identify with her family's struggles -- a significant advantage in an election where the voting calculus is so unusually and intensely personal.
To bolster his case, Charlie offers this quote from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford:
"Look at the nature of this: small-town mayor, marrying the high school sweetheart -- these are the kinds of things you'd see in a Budweiser commercial as opposed to an Amstel Light commercial," said South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. "She wasn't born of political pedigree, and people like that."
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