As if Palin's time in the press was insufficient throughout the 2010 midterm elections considering she wasn't actually running for anything, she has now embarked on a full blown reality show featuring her average American family living in the wilds of Alaska.
Supporters of the "Hockey Mom, Grizzly Mama" phenomenon, are thrilled to see more of Palin and her family mostly because it just makes for good "T.V.". "She is a spitfire and very entertaining", says Edna Waternuse from Topeka, Kansas, and Edna's opinion is shared by millions of Americans. Early projections from Palin's new reality TV family show indicate a hit for a cable network weekly series.
Featuring scenes like Sarah warning her daughter that she can't have boys upstairs in her room, rang a bit hollow with audiences considering that same advice didn't work too well for Bristol. But the outdoor scenes where the whole family goes hunting and fishing were a big hit with test audiences, especially when adding the normal banter between mother and children, and wife and husband, who by the way plays his role very well in the background of most scenes.
Experts are split however on whether this whole reality TV thing will work in her favor in 2012. People will naturally be drawn to the Palin reality series because it is entertaining. But more from a Jon and Kate Plus 8, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Jersey Shore sort of way, we think. The producers and editors will make sure Sarah comes out looking good in the series to be sure, but will it make her look presidential?
People tend to forget that we watch reality TV, because it is a view, albeit a Jerry Springer-esque view into other people's lives. Reality TV people are folks who most others wouldn't consider main stream or normal at all and that's the point. These are people who don't live down the street from you, or work with you, or go to the same church. They exist of course, Jon and Kate really do have 8 kids, but you watched the show because they reminded you of your own family and relationship? Nope. It was odd, they were odd, it was entertaining, it was different and you enjoyed seeing how the odd and different and right or left of center people live. It was entertainment.
Having said all that, can Grizzly Mama shift from the spectacle of her (well edited) reality series into the White House? Can showing yourself as a regular wife and mother and declaring your love of country be enough to translate into public acceptance of you as a world leader? Well, I guess she can see Russia from her back porch after all.
Palin/Gosselin in 2012.