Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin stole the show when Presidential Candidate John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008. The little known politician became the center of the news cycle, and the story has since been made into a movie and frequently referenced in popular culture. But despite some serious political differences, Sarah Palin acknowledged the road Harris will have to travel down, and gave her some pretty strong advice.
The Instagram post says:
“Congrats to the democrat VP pick 🇺🇸 Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned:
1) out of the chute trust no one new;
2) fight mightily to keep your own team with you - they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy;
3) don’t get muzzled - connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive “handlers” trying to change you;
4) some fun terms you may learn:
“OTR” - an orchestrated campaign stop that’s meant to look un-orchestrated where you “normalize” in front of voters. (I’d remembered not packing my running shoes, they turned it into a whole campaign stop with media detailing my every move trying on shoes.) OTR’s get bizarre (try eating in front of vultures looking for the “gotcha” shot!) but my team made OTR’s the second most fun thing!
“Ropeline”: thee MOST fun thing! Every single handshake and holler and hug and smile melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on earth! The ropeline is often the only way to literally touch those whom you wish to serve, so be sincere in looking in their eyes, understanding why they’re there, never forgetting they represent the innumerable Americans putting their trust in you to serve for the right reasons. It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters!
5) don’t forget the women who came before you;
6) have fun! This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is!”
Palin’s post is really an inside view of how she felt during her time on the campaign trail. Palin was the second woman in American history to be on a presidential ticket and her life changed dramatically as a result. While she gained a lot of popularity from the American people and as a Tea Party leader, she also had a lot of insults thrown her way. Despite your political point of view of Palin, she was a trailblazer in her own way. And in a time of intense party polarity, the post shows a certain type of civility many politicians have forgotten.
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