For psychological and sociological reasons too deep for me to grasp, a good chunk of elite America hates Sarah Palin and what they've decided she stands for. But if she wears their scorn as a badge of honor, comports herself with good cheer and personal dignity, studies up on national issues and takes the lead in selected debates on behalf of conservative principles against Obama administration policies, she has a shot.What can I say? I was an anti-establishment insurgent when I ran for Student Body President at Robert A Millikan High School (Long Beach, California) in 1959.
If she's as foolish, erratic and even nutty as her critics claim, then of course she'll fail. If she performs well, she may succeed. If you have an anti-mainstream-media and anti-GOP-establishment bone in your body, it's hard not to root for her at least a bit.
But, looking at the Eugene Robinson column in the same newspaper, I thought his view was more confused that he thinks Governor Palin's is. He says the reason the MSM follows Governor Palin is:
The first is fear -- not of Palin and her know-nothing legions, but of being painted as elitist and sexist.I am not sure sexist exactly captures it, but the fact is the MSM keeps reporting on her because they are elistists and it is their form of a supermarket tabloid story.
Then you have WashPost columnist Richard Cohen, who basically thinks she would have been a worse President than your next door neighbor, if Senator McCain had won and then passed away. But, then he goes on to trash several other Republicans by name and Republicans in general. Interestingly, he skips Governor Bobby Jindal.
One question that jumped up in my mind as I read the Richard Cohen article was if the Vanity Fair plug was because he thought it buttressed his case or because it was paid for. Given the recent problems The Post has had with $25,000 per person seminars where you can meet the stars of Washington, one can't be too careful.
In the end, I thought Mr William Kristol had the best OpEd.
Regards — Cliff