According to the Times of London (August 31, 2008), literary and cultural critic, and author of Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia, is impressed by McCain’s VP pick:
“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”
I was far less impressed with Palin’s first national speech than Paglia was.
And though Paglia is a gifted cultural critic, when she makes predictions, her crystal ball is far from perfect. Earlier in the year, for example, she expressed, with a good deal of confidence, her belief that Romney had the presidency written all over him.
That, of course, didn’t quite work out.
But from a visual and stylistic vantage, Paglia’s initial impression—that Palin is a formidable politician—may prove accurate, but I think that (in this rare instance) substance is actually going to assert itself in the public consciousness as being more important than style.
And I think that Paglia’s opinion of Palin will steadily decline.
But I’ll certainly be interested to see what Paglia has to say about Palin as we go forward.
Here’s the link to the Times of London article that quotes Paglia: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article4641030.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093