Palin vs. Menken

What makes Sarah Palin so irresistible? She hasn’t held a public office since she resigned as Governor of Alaska and hasn’t declared herself a candidate for president, but the release of a tell-all book thrust her back into the limelight and a recent McClatchy-Marist poll showed her trailing President Obama by just 5 points and leading him among independent voters.

Historian Michael Foster, co-author of A Dangerous Woman about Civil War-era superstar Adah Menken, believes that Palin’s irresistible hold on the attention of Americans makes her a dangerous woman. He believes that her unique combination of qualities and the timing of her notoriety make her a very dangerous quantity in today’s media-centric culture.

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