I was always so proud to portray the spunky, self-reliant, smart Maggie O’Connell. Maggie flew her own plane, shot her own moose, marched to the beat of her own drum. She was a breakthrough television character at the time. I am very flattered when the comparisons are made between Maggie O’Connell and Governor Palin. I created a character, but Governor Palin is the real deal.
I am supporting Governor Palin with pride. I actually cried when I heard she was nominated and heard her acceptance speech via Fox News XM radio. (I was driving to Austin to film Friday Night Lights). I am supporting and applauding her character, moral fiber, intellect, feistiness, and spunk. She is the essence of the independent spirit of America — the pioneer spirit — the type of spirit that made and makes America great. I have always supported Senator McCain, and I am sure I would have supported his vice-presidential candidate, but Governor Palin has really motivated me. I am making public/press appearances to rally support for her ( Inside Edition, ABC News, Bill Bennett radio, etc) and I am also sporting a McCain/Palin bumper sticker on my car — which I am driving onto the FNL set) and wearing my McCain-Palin hat around town. I have also joined a fabulous group of women in a movement called, “Team Sarah” dedicated to advancing and defending Gov. Palin’s candidacy.
To preempt commenter “Rhody,” there goes the Hollywood left-wing conspiracy…. (Though the east-coast intellectual one is alive and well).
Anyway, I’m heading north to Maine for the weekend and will be getting some northern exposure myself. It’ll be interesting to hear how “my” people view the election up there. As a native, I can tell you that “real” Mainers–ie; not the transplants living around Portland–are an iconoclastic, independent-minded bunch (Perot did very well up there in ’92). They don’t have much time for a slick guy like Obama and they’ll lend a sympathetic ear to John McCain. Not for nuthin’ does the McCain camp consider Maine’s 2nd district up for grabs. I’ll see if there’s any merit in that idea.