Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com
"When we think of reality show, we think trashy housewives and serial dating, but this is not your typical reality show. Instead, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' is a unique look into faith, family, love, strong American values and the natural beauty Alaska has to offer... Overall, this is an opportunity for viewers to see Sarah Palin for who she really is personally, as a wife, mother and career woman, without the media spin machine distorting her image or the distraction of being surrounded by political hoopla. "
Tom Gliatto at People.com:
"The first hour of the show, at least, played out as a shrewd, beautifully produced political ad intended to link the one-time vice presidential candidate in the audience's minds with an image that is homegrown, rugged and strong. There's nothing unfair or even surprising about this.... Palin and husband Todd climb the base of Mount McKinley. It's impossible to watch this footage and not see it as a metaphor for Palin's own self-propelled rise in politics.Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts
"I just finished watching the first part of the eight part new documentary on TLC called 'Sarah Palin’s Alaska'. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery was fantastic... What I liked most about the show is that it shows the family uncut and unscripted... There didn’t seem to be any desire on the part of the Palins to put up a false image, but rather a desire to just be themselves... This show looks to provide an unprecedented transparent look into the life of a political figure which is something that I appreciate. I’m sure there will be naysayers who will point to the flaws, but most I believe will gain a new appreciation for Governor Palin, but more importantly, an appreciation for the state that she loves."PoliPundit:
"If Teddy Roosevelt – the outdoorsman and naturalist, not the 'progressive' ideologue – were a woman, he’d be called Sarah Palin."
It's likely that presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney has taken notice. Perhaps he's wondering if he can get in on the action. I came across the following videos that the Romneys had made prior to the 2008 campaign. In the first clip, a very personable Ann Romney explains the purpose of the family gathering. Apparently, Mitt was seeking feedback on whether he should run for president. Even the dogs got face time, or as Ann put it, "they will have an opinion too." All in all, I rate it as 13 minutes of clean, wholesome fun. Mitt vigorously shoveling snow from the deck? Check. Family prayer before dinner? Check. Grand kids sliding down the stairs, head first, on a mattress? Seems a bit dangerous, but...check.
The next video is my favorite. Mitt showed absolutely no fear while sliding down that hill head first.
Could it be that the Romneys are currently planning the sequel?