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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More on Palin

I thought this, from David Harsanyi, was hilarious: can (as I do) admire Palin's charisma and roots, appreciate her dissent on the policy experiments brainy folks in Washington are cooking up and, at the same time, believe she has no business running for president in 2012.

In fact, all you haters out there motivate me to root for her.

There's nothing wrong, for instance, with The Associated Press' assigning a crack team of investigative journalists to sift through every word of Palin's book, "Going Rogue," for inaccuracies. You only wish similarly methodical muckraking were applied to President Barack Obama's two self-aggrandizing tomes -- or even the health care or cap-and-trade bills, for that matter.

The widely read blogger and purveyor of all truth, Andrew Sullivan, was impelled to blog 17 times on the subject of Palin on the same day Americans learned that the Obama administration had awarded $6.7 billion in stimulus money to nonexistent congressional districts -- which did not merit a single mention. To see what is in front of one's nose demands a constant struggle, I guess.
Something drives people nuts about this woman, drives them nuts, it seems, far out of all proportion to the way anyone else drives (or ought to drive) them nuts. I've written on the subject before, and probably will do a short recap sometime soon, if I can get the time, but, in short, I think it's this:

She's not too far off what America was like, overall, circa 1960-1970, and probably is still not too far off what, oh, somewhere between 40 and 60 percent of the public is like. Even forty percent is an awful lot of people. I think that what some people are afraid of is that as long as Sarah Palin is on the national radar, those people have someone to rally 'round, a visible figurehead, and may actually prove to be sufficiently potent to temporarily (or even permanently!) derail our slide into total statism--an outcome they find completely unacceptable.

I read one local lib blog that regularly puts on full display their complete contempt for anyone who believes the Bible, believes in traditional marriage, likes guns and respects gun rights, likes hunting, doesn't think an expansive welfare state will work, etc., despite living in the heart of a state full of folks just like this, the reddest of the red states (a fact of which I am very proud). Folks on the hard left despise people like Sarah Palin, and despise folks like me and most of the people I know. When you see how they treat Palin, you see how they will deal with me and thee, should they get a chance.

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