The Sarah Palin emails have been a let-down in many observers' minds. What most people thought they would find in the emails would be something that would humiliate the ex Alaskan governor but so far they have revealed very little. When Sarah Palin herself encouraged people to read them, saying they would detail a governor 'hard at work' many believed that there would be more that would tarnish her reputation. Apart from s shady deal with ex BP boss Tony Haywood, there is very little to go on.
There is one striking part of the emails that may have taken some commentators by surprise. For most of the 2008 Presidential election it was believed that Sarah Palin was an unknown, somebody that the Democrats didn't take seriously and a candidate that John McCain wasn't sure of. What we learn is Sarah Palin was very sure of herself, and had a desire for the Vice Presidential nomination not long after being elected as governor in Alaska. The emails show Palin and her staff very early on pushing for her nomination; Sarah Palin was not short of confidence.
Palin, only months after securing her seat as governor for Alaska began pushing to find a larger audience for herself, she had ambitions that went beyond governor. She was constantly pushing for interviews on some of America's largest news agencies to talk about even the most mundane of policy initiatives. Palin wanted to be noticed. She craved the attention and when she was given national media time she was not going to waste it. Her ambition was to go to the very top of the Republican Party.
As more and more people looked at Palin as a potential running mate for John McCain, Palin's ambitions were clear. 'More vp talk is never a bad thing, whether you're considering vp or not. I still say President Palin sounds better tho.'
Away from the media spot light, the emails highlight a different side of Sarah Palin; a side that the media have not had been given the possibility to report on. Some of her most private emails show her to be a vulnerable woman who wanted to protect her family, even considering whether it was all worth it. In an email after a blogger (Sherry) had attacked her, Palin wrote to one of her staff members: "Bear with me. I hate this part of the job and many days I feel like it's not worth it when they have to put up with the hate that spews from people like Sherry, and there are others."
It is this side of Sarah Palin that do make the emails fascinating reading. Although there is not one email that discredits or humiliates her, we can learn a great deal from them about Sarah Palin the person, and her intentions moving forward. Sarah Palin in public is very different to the Sarah Palin behind closed doors. There is clearly a front that she puts up in public appearances but there can be no doubting her ambition to become President of the United States. If there had been a series of emails that could have caused considerable damage to her chances of winning the Republican nomination she surely would have ruled herself out completely. These emails do not humiliate her and the expectation is that she may now throw her hate in the ring.