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Old 07-07-2009, 05:07 PM
bjkeefe bjkeefe is offline
 
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Default Re: Underestimating Palin

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In all the speculation about why Sarah Palin quit the Alaska governorship, no one right or left, supportive or critical, rational or conspiratorial has credited her stated reason that she had to do it for the sake of Alaska.

Its just too absurd. Palin mentioned Alaska or Alaskans 34 times in a 17-minute statement that must be a new record in the history of protesting too much. Palin says she hates politics as usual, and true to her word, on July 3 she staged a spectacle in politics as unusual. But she still proved adept at the traditional political art of extreme disingenuousness.

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Sarah Palins words served only to throw a tissue of rationalization over a calculated choice made in her personal self-interest. [...]

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[...] Conservatives loved her for the same reason. She had a true magnetism. The more she repelled one side, the more she attracted the other.

This push-pull dynamic will hold Palin up for a long time, but it cant propel her into the presidency. For that she needs substance, not the hackneyed sound bites she clings to for dear life. For that she needs a positive program, not just the hatred of conservatisms favorite enemies. On this score, her premature exit from the governorship makes her task all the more arduous. As the soon-to-be-former half-term governor of a small state, she makes that other prominent populist social conservative, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, look formidably credentialed in comparison.
Yep. Believe it or not.

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