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In Defense of Sarah Palin by Norman Podhoretz

Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do, that the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan.

It's hard to imagine now, but 31 years ago, when I first announced that I was supporting Reagan in his bid for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, I was routinely asked by friends on the right how I could possibly associate myself with this "airhead," this B movie star, who was not only stupid but incompetent. They readily acknowledged that his political views were on the whole close to ours, but the embarrassing primitivism with which he expressed them only served, they said, to undermine their credibility. In any case, his base was so narrow that he had no chance of rescuing us from the disastrous administration of Jimmy Carter.

Now I knew Ronald Reagan, and Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan. Then again, the first time I met Reagan all he talked about was the money he had saved the taxpayers as governor of California by changing the size of the folders used for storing the state's files. So nonplussed was I by the delight he showed at this great achievement that I came close to thinking that my friends were right and that I had made a mistake in supporting him. Ultimately, of course, we all wound up regarding him as a great man, but in 1979 none of us would have dreamed that this would be how we would feel only a few years later.

What I am trying to say is not that Sarah Palin would necessarily make a great president but that the criteria by which she is being judged by her conservative critics—never mind the deranged hatred she inspires on the left—tell us next to nothing about the kind of president she would make.

Take, for example, foreign policy. True, she seems to know very little about international affairs, but expertise in this area is no guarantee of wise leadership. After all, her rival for the vice presidency, who in some sense knows a great deal, was wrong on almost every major issue that arose in the 30 years he spent in the Senate.

What she does know—and in this respect, she does resemble Reagan—is that the United States has been a force for good in the world, which is more than Barack Obama, whose IQ is no doubt higher than hers, has yet to learn. Jimmy Carter also has a high IQ, which did not prevent him from becoming one of the worst presidents in American history, and so does Bill Clinton, which did not prevent him from befouling the presidential nest.

Unlike her enemies on the left, the conservative opponents of Mrs. Palin are a little puzzling. After all, except for its greater intensity, the response to her on the left is of a piece with the liberal hatred of Richard Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush. It was a hatred that had less to do with differences over policy than with the conviction that these men were usurpers who, by mobilizing all the most retrograde elements of American society, had stolen the country from its rightful (liberal) rulers. But to a much greater extent than Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush, Sarah Palin is in her very being the embodiment of those retrograde forces
and therefore potentially even more dangerous.



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Was Reagan


"Qui audet adipiscitur"

to the uneduacated

to the uneduacated "republican" yes he was.

“Defiance of God’s Law will eventually bring havoc to a society.” - Dr. Ron Paul

The things Reagan SAID where great and are still great...

But his actions... Horrible.

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I could only make it through the first sentence too.


good lord - this site is turning to *SH$T* :-(

What's next - "In defense of Dick Cheney" ?

Even when I was a neocon

Even when I was a neocon which was actually just 2 years ago during the 2008 election, I hated Sarah Palin, after her choice as VP it showed me the stupidity of the republican party and I've become libertarian since.

That's an amazing transformation... One worthy of a book

I am curious... can you explain more?

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Well, before they even made a

Well, before they even made a VP choice, I knew McCain's chances at winning were very slim, but I was hoping he would choose someone who was moderate, like Joe Lieberman(I knew he wasn't perfect but I knew that if they chose anyone other than him, McCain's chances at winning were pretty much 0) but once I heard they chose Sarah Palin I knew there was no chance to win the election and was angry that they basically chose someone who was basically a no name with little experience, and after some of interviews were she performed horribly(most notably the CBS one with Katie Couric) I was embarrased to say I supported McCain/Palin, in fact whenever I was talking the election with other people I would never even mention Palin's name. After McCain lost(which at that point I wasn't surprised at all) I read Ron Paul's book "The revolution" and he changed a lot of my views on foreign policy and personal liberty and all the things the republicans were doing wrong and soon after that most of my views that I had just held a few months ago become to change dramatically.

It boils down

to personalities. Those writers/commentators think primarily in terms of brands and style.
They don't ever show a genuine interest in intellectual discourse. Guess why "the people" think in terms of personalities, too. Because it's easier to have an opinion than to study the truth.
And the media does encourage that, does make its money with infotainment. What do you think is the reason that humanity is going in circles.
So this means, revolution, liberty, truth, Ron Paul, Austrian Economics, gold and silver, libertarians, need to get fashionable before the general public will demand them and really begin to stand up for them.

Napolitano: "We need Ron Paul now!"

Many of the pundits

bear more resemblance to analysts of prom court, than they do to serious people debating ideas.


Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

Norman Podhoretz

is one of the foulest creatures on Earth.

Podhoretz is a vicious,

Podhoretz is a vicious, blood-soaked neo-con. If he's supporting her, you last few Palin true believers need to wake up.

Ventura 2012

She is probably related to

Reagan. With the money behind her she sure can afford the propaganda spin.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

Obama enacting more tenants of the Bush doctrine

...than Sara Palin knows about.

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Bumped to the front page as food for thought, not because I'm a Palin fan.

He's the man.

Do not underestimate this woman.

She has been victorious over those who underestimated her in the past.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

...I never underestimate the power of B.S. ...

...Put some lipstick on it or a nice suit and it's still just a pile of poo...
...The power of B.S. is why we are where we are...

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"I always win"
+GOLD and SILVER are money+

Slight tweak: Do not underestimate her handlers

They have tricked people before and could do it again.

I do not think it is a matter of true conservatives "hating"

Sarah Palin, but rather true consaervatives tired of the status quo that she supports. It is obvious to many that when she wrote a book entitled "gone rouge", it was used to pull the perverbial wool over the eyes of the Christian right who is her base. She is no more rouge than say a Dick Cheney in the sense that her supporting the wars wholeheartedly shows she does not support conservative values. In a time when our laws and law makers are forming policy for the citizens of the United States based on the Sept. 11th attacks I find it interesting that anyone would attempt to sell an individual to the people that simple does not get it. Sarah seems to be a good person, a working mother, and a want to be patriot, the only problem is that the people are tired of the status quo, and that is clearly what she supports. Electing Sarah Palin would be like another 4 years of G.W. Bush with the added twist of her bloodlust to attack Iran and turn the pro Western people of that nation against us. I wish Mrs. Palin luck in her drive to collect as much money as she can while she is a icon for the neo conservatives, but so far as being a person that can help a wounded nation, she will never be.

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

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Sarah-con - It's clear

The problem is Podhoretz Really likes Obama, and knows that Palin, with her below average IQ, would be one of the few republicans that could not defeat Obama - Kinda like John Kerry was one of the few Dems that couldn't beat Bush in 2004.

And also

And also like McCain could never beat Obama. Somebody help AZ send McCain into retirement. Please

And also

And also like McCain could never beat Obama. Somebody help AZ send McCain into retirement. Please