One of these things is not like the other: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Margaret Thatcher, Aung Sun Suu Kyi

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Gallup Poll released its list of the 10 most admired women.  First on the list is Hillary Clinton with 17%, next is Sarah Palin 12% and third is Oprah Winfrey with 11%.

1. Hillary Clinton
2. Sarah Palin
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Michelle Obama
5. Condoleezzza Rice
6. Queen Elizabeth
7. Angelina Jolie
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. (Tie) Aung Sun Suu Kyi
(Tie) Laura Bush
(Tie )Barbara Bush

I get Oprah, and I was surprised to find out she has never topped the list, but the fact that Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are so close floors me.  Hillary Clinton is a strong woman and hard worker, who raised an exceptional daughter.  She doesn’t complain or blame.  She is a leader in the truest sense of the word.

Sarah Palin is a glorified weather girl who was thrust into the national limelight, was unprepared and ultimately I believe caused John McCain to lose the Presidency.  She couldn’t finish her term as governor which was clouded by ethics issues.

As far as I am concerned it is sad that Sarah Palin is even mentioned in the same breath as Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi and Condoleezza Rice, let alone is more highly regarded than most of them.

I guess in an era where the next presidential election might be brought to you by Exxon or Chevron, maybe my opinion doesn’t matter anyway.

Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!


3 thoughts on “One of these things is not like the other: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Margaret Thatcher, Aung Sun Suu Kyi”

  1. The top 3 are all sad if you ask me. I’d take out 1-3 and 7 in this list and it would start to look much more respectable. It’s evidence though that these people each clearly have a devoted following, no matter how wrong you and I think that is.

  2. This should not be a surprise as the poll question was open-ended … and is based on “total mentions” as first and second places are counted the same … actually 46% of the respondents named someone that got less than 1% of the vote … so it was pretty broad.

    Two thoughts :
    #1. Palin is losing steam … she came in second in each of the past three years but dropped from 15% to 12% this time. Surprisingly, Palin only gets 26% of self-identified Republicans to list her … for her high profile and the lack of another big name Republican politician, this is low.
    #2. I wonder how many of the 46% that was below 1% named Michele Bachmann ?

    Both Palin and Bachmann have appeal to a certain segment of the population … that has to be recognized … as does Glenn Beck who has gotten 2% of the votes in each of the past two annual polls. Remember … open ended question – Who do you admire … and Beck gets 2%.

    Where was Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the list ? Below 1% … and even among self-identified Democrats, she did not cut the top 5 but Angelina Jolie did get 2% … what gives there ?

    Lastly, it would be very interesting to see a Minnesota only poll … wanna bet that Ms. Bachmann would win ?
    And as you ponder that, consider that she got more votes in 2010 election than in 2006.

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