Reagan himself drew derision from the media and the pundits, not unlike what Sarah Palin gets. Even though he served two terms as California's governor, he still was an ex-actor who went to Eureka College. How could he be president?
But grassroots America heard him. As they do Sarah Palin.
American entrepreneurship -- whether in business or politics -- is always unconventional. The experts then step up and write how-to books after entrepreneurs break the mold.
These are not usual times. Many, legitimately so, are deeply concerned for the future of this country. It's more than the latest economic statistics. It's knowing that what will drive the future is freedom and values, and both are disappearing.
Genuineness and conviction are more critical in these challenging times than resumes and appearances.
So stepping down from a job in which you are no longer realizing your ideals to reconnect with family and self is not necessarily political suicide. But doing what everyone says you are supposed to do, compromising your values, and letting pundits and experts run your life is.
So far, Sarah Palin's audacity of the unconventional is playing just fine.