The one thing Holmes has working in her favor? Despite the questionable judgement she showed in marrying Cruise (a misstep she is working on amending) she appears to be a very devoted mother, and her apparent parenting skills are currently doing wonders for her public persona. 

Recent photos, like the one above of Suri and Katie in an East Village ice cream shop, reinforce this positive trait, and keep us rooting for Katie's stand against Scientology putting its creepy mitts on her adorable 6-year-old daughter. 

As long as Katie remains committed to winning the custody battle and to her daughter's well being, we'll remain convinced that the girl-next-door essence remains unscathed somewhere inside her, and be rooting for its full-scale return.