Clive Thomas Continues Palin Talks
Understanding how and why (Palin) is still being followed so closely even after her odd and misguided actions at times
With former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue set to hit bookstores this month, Clive Thomas, Professor of Political Science, is giving several talks on the “Palin Phenomenon” at universities, conferences and group meetings. His talk October 14 at Oregon State University, Corvallis drew a largely positive response from students who attended. “Understanding how and why (Palin) is still being followed so closely even after her odd and misguided actions at times, Dr. Thomas gave us insights,” wrote one student. “Why did the Republican Party nominate her? They thought that was the best option to help win the female vote, [but] it didn’t work. It reminds me of hearing about Teddy Roosevelt’s entry into the presidency.”
In his talk, Thomas touches on the enigmatic fascination with Palin, the contrast between those who like her and those who do not and what she tells us about American politics.
He also introduces audiences to “Alaska in myth and reality” including some Alaska political traits—populism, antitax and anti-government, especially anti-federal government and how Palin fits in Alaska.
Thomas was hosted by Oregon State Political Science Chair Bill Lunch. One of his students said of the talk, “I enjoyed the lecture and thought Mr. Thomas was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The phenomenon about Palin is that people love her or hate her it seems. But people can’t get enough of her. I will now watch her future career moves with an insight I didn’t have before this lecture.”