As I tend to write essayistic posts, sometimes readers miss the main point. It seems the nature of this medium does not readily lend itself to thoughtful discourse. Some people will see one thing I say and want to comment immediately. They’ll address that one thing, but ignore the broader point.
So, here’s a shorter post reiterating two of my main points on Sarah Palin.
Palin as Reaganesque. She has some of the Gipper’s qualities, but has not yet developed them to the extent he had when, in 1968, he launched his first bid for the White House. I believe that (as I expressed in these posts) if she applies herself, she has it within her to become his equivalent as a leader. She’s just not there yet.
Palin and the supposedly well-informed. Too many who fault her as inexperienced have little or no knowledge of her record. I’m stunned at her critics indifference to that record. One reader who slammed me for my support of the Alaska Governor included this in her e-mail, “I could care less about her governorship.”
It’s one thing to oppose her because of her stands on various issues. It’s quite another to be unaware of those stands and her record.
No, I don’t think Sarah Palin is perfect. Yes, I do have some concerns about her support for certain issues. I do wish she had another term under her belt. But, on the whole I think she’s a competent woman, equally (if not more) qualified to lead as either man on the opposing ticket.
UPDATE:Â An intellectual of sorts like Roger Simon, I pretty much agree with his take on the Alaska Governor:
As for Palin, there must be something wrong with me. I’m supposed to be an intellectual of sorts. I have written a number of books (okay, mostly mysteries), I have two Ivy Leagues degrees and I’ve even been known to go to the opera once in a while (though not Wagner), but of all four candidates I find Palin, the supposed yahoo, the most appealing. When the media attacks her, I only like her better. Maybe it’s because I have no idea how to kill a moose but I suspect know more than Joe Biden about just about anything. (For example, I know FDR was not president when the market crashed in ’29.)
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