Due To Popular Demand, and Because I Didn’t Get Enough Abuse the First Time, This is a Re-Post

March 3, 2010

Sarah Palin: An Unexpected Encounter

Yesterday a friend and I had a meeting together in the valley.  I arrived before he did, so I decided to sit outside and wait since it was such a beautiful day.  As I sat in the sun, I saw a women chatting with a gentleman a few feet away.  I thought I recognized her, but was not sure.

I saw my friend approaching, so I got up and walked towards him.  As I passed the woman, I got a good look and realized I was looking at Sarah Palin.  I hugged my friend and we turned to walk into the building.  I then stopped, turned around, and walked back towards her.

Let me begin by saying that Sarah Palin is beautiful.  Not just pretty, but beautiful.  She has great hair, fabulous teeth, magnificent skin, and a killer body.  She is tiny, feminine, and stunning.  She is very approachable, so I decided to introduce myself, and say hello.

She was standing there with Mark Burnett, who I think is fabulous.  We all know I am a reality television junky, and think he is King, but I was so blown away by how much fun she was to talk to, that I barely said hello to a man who I think totally rocks.  Note to self for next time, never give up an opportunity to talk to Mark Burnett.

To clarify, I don’t agree with her politics.  We are polar opposite in terms of our political, and religious views.  That said, her politics and beliefs have nothing to do with my blog. This is America and she can believe what she wants, as can everyone else, myself included.  I approached her because I like her as a woman.  We are both ballsy ladies, and mothers.

I introduced myself and told her that I thought she was entertaining on Leno the night before.  I don’t actually watch Leno, and never will again, but I had seen a ton of clips online.  Sidebar:  Jay Leno is a baby, and a putz, and I hope Conan has sweet success and revenge.

So anyway, I tell her that I think she is a hoot, and while we are very different in our political views, I think she is a great broad, and I would enjoy hanging out with her.  I love her as a woman, which is hard for people who feel strongly about her politics, to understand.

She asked me what my name was, what I did for a living, what my deal was in general.  I told her about my kid, my blog, and my search for love.  She asked for the link to my blog so she could read it, and mentioned that her sister was also in her 40’s, single, and looking for love.

We spoke about how hard it is to be single, and she related because her sister is in the same boat.  I wonder what is harder to do:  find a nice Jewish guy in Los Angeles, who is not looking for a Barbie?  Or finding a nice guy in Wasilla, Alaska, where everyone knows everyone?  Both are small pools, but I think my chances are slimmer.

In speaking with her, I quickly forgot who she was in terms of her work, and what she stands for, and was able to see her as just another woman.  It was like being with a girlfriend.  She was funny and engaging. I must tell you, I liked her.  At the risk of sounding too Californian, she has a good energy, and made me feel instantly comfortable.

We talked about glasses and purses.  I asked her if we could take a picture and she was lovely.  Someone from her group took the picture, and as he was getting the phone ready, I told her I normally take off my glasses for pictures, and she said, “Don’t you dare!”  It was a great moment.

She wished me well, gave me a hug and told me she would look at the blog and pass the link onto her sister.  To her sister Molly McCann, hello!  Your sister is fantastic, and looking out for you.  We need to compare notes about being single, and the struggles to meet good, decent men.

My encounter with Ms. Palin was unexpected, and very enlightening.  Women have a lovely connection to each other.  We may not have the same experiences, or viewpoints, but we can relate to each other.  Parallels can be drawn between most women, even on the smallest of levels.  It is a sisterhood that is understood, and embraced.

We get caught up a lot on religion and politics.  I know I do, and am quite opinionated about my point of view.  At the end of the day however, I just liked her.  We could not be more opposite in terms of our beliefs and politics, but she is a great lady, and nobody can take that away from her.  While I won’t be voting for her, ever, she has my admiration as a woman, and as a mother.

So Ms. Palin, apart from being annoyed that you are so skinny, pretty, funny, and have a yummy husband, I dug you, and it was a pleasure to meet you.  I’m sending good wishes to Molly that she meets her Prince Charming.  For you and your family, my son, myself, the troops, and for America, I will continue to keep the faith.

March 5, 2010 | 7:36 am

Defending Sarah Palin Over A Glass of Kool-Aid

I wrote a blog yesterday about meeting Sarah Palin.  Oh.  My.  God.  Never before has there been such an outpouring of both love and hate, for both Sarah and me.  It would not stop, and continues to come in this morning.

I have received a lot of reader comments during my time writing for the Jewish Journal, but never have I received as much as I did after this blog.  I invite you to take a look at some of those comments, at the bottom of yesterdays article.

Let’s get a few things straight.  I am a Democrat.  I believe in gay marriage.  I do not support hunting, or gun ownership.  I will fight for a woman’s right to have an abortion.  I am a Jew.  I love Israel.  I also happen to think that Sarah Palin is a cool lady.

I did not write a political blog yesterday.  I wrote about having a chance encounter with someone in the public eye, who I happen to think is interesting.  Just because I think her politics are scary, does not mean that I can’t think she is a nice human being.

Conservatives wrote fast and furious to let me know they respected the bravery of my article, considering I was not a supporter of Sarah as a politician.  I think it’s a sad day in America when people feel the need to commend you for being decent.

Liberals wrote to say that I took my picture with Hitler, was fraternizing with the enemy, and should be ashamed of myself.  Six of my “friends” were so disgusted with my blog, that they decided to “un-friend” me on Facebook.

Listen to me people, just because you talk to a woman about glasses, purses, children, and dating, does not mean that you are going to sit down for a glass of Kool-Aid, and give up on everything that you believe in.  Liking Sarah Palin is not a sin.  Judging her as a politician, rather than a human being, is.

“A card carrying Democrat”, wrote to say I was going to hell, my Jewish son would soon take Jesus into his heart, and then bring home his pregnant teenage girlfriend, if I spent another moment buying into the rhetoric of Ms. Palin.  To that charming writer, I say, kiss my ass.

People became ugly, unkind, and quite frankly, un-American.  It was just a blog!  I did not change my party, shoot a wolf from a helicopter, or decide to become a Christian.  Why is it so hard for people to separate out someones religion or political party, from their simply being a person?

We are all free to have an opinion.  Regardless of what we think, or know about Ms. Palin, as someone who has met her, but certainly does not claim to know her, I will say again, that she is lovely, and no one is going to bully me into thinking differently.

I hope that Sarah Palin is never elected as President of the United States.  I hope that Sarah Palin knows that she is always welcome in my home.  I hope that Sarah Palin and I can one day have a beer, sit and chat about our kids, and dance at her sister’s wedding.

To all the haters, you will never have peace in your life when it is so filled with hate.  And one more thing, when Sarah comes over to my house for dinner, I am going to serve her Kool-Aid!  Maybe she will leave craving matzo ball soup, and planning her grandson’s Bar Mitzvah!

Shabbat Shalom.  I wish you all a wonderful weekend.  Love your kids, be kind to others, and see people at human beings first.  I hope all our troops come home soon, safe and healthy.

To Sarah Palin, I again want to say that it was a pleasure meeting you.  No matter how fabulous your Prada boots are, I would never want to spend a day in your shoes, and have to deal with the hate that is projected towards you.  That said, you have a lot of fans who support you.  You can be proud, as they were kind to me, and represent you well.

I’m over talking about it now, and I am done with my foray into politics.  I have a date this weekend, and perhaps he will be my last first date ever.  Not sure it’s possible, but I believe it can be, and that is half the battle.  I will always keep the faith.