I believe I just gave you two pieces of evidence, factual evidence. One doesn't successfully run for and operate successfully as mayor and governor while being 'stupid' and ignorant'.
Where likely the hatred for her comes from, be it from you or others is, she's a devote Christian woman who is pro-life. To her detractors that is seen as unfaithful to a liberal feminine agenda. Its horrifying to some (maybe not you or someone reading this, but to some) that a strong, independent minded woman would actually be pro-life, and in some position of power.
Oh and I've said my peace on this. Certainly feel free to disagree! :)
I have an enormous amount of respect for anyone who manages to overcome the stereotypes of their position and create a unique point of view for themself. For that reason, any woman who happens to NOT be pro-choice (when it clearly is in the favor of every woman to be) automatically gets a bump up in my estimation. I really respect independent minds.
So your argument that that is the reason why I dislike Sarah Palin is a really poor attempt to try and paint those who dislike her as something they're not. I am not a liberal. I am not pro-choice (or really pro-life). I'm a centrist in every way when it comes to politics. I didn't like her because she was a far right moron, not because she was pro choice or Christian.
Using her being a mayor as a reason why she couldn't possibly be dumb shows ignorance on the subject. I've seen multiple interviews of the current Mayor of Wasilla, and there's really not much to the job. As for her being governor as another example, by all accounts she did a terrible job (there's been a ton of controversies) and didn't even manage to finish one term.
Furthermore, yes, the Huffington Post and MSNBC are left-leaning. MSNBC gets worse as the day goes on. With each commentator things become more and more liberal. And the Huffington Post in general is just a pile of crap. There's people who write New Age bullshit articles there too, which are abominations and lies about science. I can't even read the Huffington Post without getting irritated. But for all the bad that those two media outlets are, Fox News isn't any better. Any favorable media coverage you're attributing to her probably came from there (unless you're talking about the initial media blitz right after her introduction into the mix), and that's not because everywhere else is biased.
She comes off as surprisingly stupid, flippant, arrogant, completely saturated in her own ideology, and blind of people different than her. During the campaign she openly chopped the country up into segments of "genuine people living in small towns" versus the "other" folk, strongly implying people who lived in certain areas of the country weren't true Americans. She pushed the envelope on every stupid thing they could find to attack Barack with in the waning days of the campaign, including the whole PLO link to the guy Obama met, who (if I recall) wasn't actually who she claimed he was 100%.
Did you not see the Vice Presidential Debate where she winked 50,000 times in a pathetic attempt to charm the audience while blatantly refusing to answer the questions asked to her (not even in a savvy political way, she actually acknowledged she wasn't going to answer them) for the benefit of the very people she was attempting to enthrall? The woman preaches abstinence only education while her daughter is a teenage mother. She still preaches it too. Gee, that's not stupid, is it? Most importantly of all, she didn't know if Africa was a country, a continent, or something else entirely.
And she's been even more retarded since the campaign ended. She's did a media blitz right after the campaign, focusing on trying to keep her image fresh and stay in the minds of the people. Personally if I was a governor, right after a failed presidential bid I'd try and square up my stuff back home after the distraction of running for VP. But no, apparently it was more important to have Gretta Van S-something in her home for Moose Chili. Now after being an ineffective leader for the state of Alaska for the past 6 months she's dropping out? Where's the responsibility? She doesn't do her job very well for 6 months then quits?!
The recent David Letterman feud is absolutely ridiculous. She's feigning offense for sympathy in a brazenly fake display. The stuff with her daughter's baby daddy was stupid too. And let us not forget her speaking engagements which are even booked and managed beforehand in a shoddy fashion. During one she spoke of the government as if it was an anthropomorphic entity similar to Skynet with intent on taking over the local governments and controlling the people.
If she isn't stupid she's crazy.