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Opening Arguments


Sarah Palin has become another litmus test of the cultural divide. She's either a budding superstar or another amiable dunce. This Wall Stree Journal editorial has a more balanced look:

Only 44 years old, and now with a loyal conservative following, Mrs. Palin is nonetheless well-positioned to help shape the Republican future. Her grasp of energy policy suggests she's capable of mastering subjects when she wants to, and if she wants a national future she's going to have to do the same on national issues.

Our advice would be that she also broaden her appeal beyond the politics of cultural division. One unfortunate campaign decision was to turn Mrs. Palin's initial response to press criticism into a consistent theme. The Governor's stump speech took on an us-versus-them cast, framing the election as a battle between the "real America" and blue-state elites. Hard as it may be to believe, New Jersey is part of America too.

This was an odd turn for Mrs. Palin, given her reputation in Alaska of taking on her own party and reaching across the aisle. Her commitment to a set of principles -- cleaning up government, taking on crony capitalism -- is what earned her 90% job approval. Her decision to jettison that appeal in favor of a base-rallying cultural pitch turned off many independents and suburbanites.

The Journal doesn't quite come out and say it, but the implication is that she could become the Ronald Reagan of this generation of Republicans. Maybe close, but not quite. Reagan had a bedrock philosophy and core beliefs that he had shaped over a long lifetime. "Mastering complext subjects" isn't exactly on that level. But she's a gifted politician and a quick study. Those on the left who dismiss her are as dumb as some of them claim she is.


tim zank
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 2:28pm

Well, just for kicks, let's review: In 2008 over half of the voting population of this country elected an absolute political neophyte with no verifiable experience to the highest office in the land based solely on his oratorical skills.
I can't imagine it would be too big a stretch to assume in 2012, over half might actually elect a successful two term governor, providing of course we haven't been bombed out of existence by then.

Mon, 11/10/2008 - 3:15pm

Obama demonstrated a certain curiosity about the world around him. I don't get that vibe from Palin. That's not to say that the U.S. wouldn't elect a cunning politician over someone with an interest in educating themselves about the world before running for national office.

Bob G.
Mon, 11/10/2008 - 3:17pm

Tim, although I believe Reagan served 2 terms as governo before President, and had acting experience to boot...
I think I'll keep my money on the MAYAN calendar...and avoid the rush (in 2012)...lol!


Mon, 11/10/2008 - 11:10pm

Well ...if Barry showed curiosity about the world, he didn't learn much about the county in which he lives. I quote the One:

Obama: "Because, you know, it is just wonderful to be back in Oregon, and over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states, I think, one left to go. One left to go, Alaska and Hawaii I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

Curious, indeed!