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Sarah’s Getting Ready for 2012
Sarah Palin has opened up a Political Action Committee called SarahPAC. This is not the action of someone who thinks she’s had her brief day in the sun of national politics, and is preparing to retire gracefully to the wide open spaces of Alaska.This is as close to a declaration of candicacy for president in 2012 as it is possible to make three years in advance.
But, apart from the Hot MILF thing, what does Sarah Palin have going for her?
It’s an interesting question because, as Josh Painter at RedState writes, who Sarah Palin is, or what she believes, seems still to be in the eye of the beholder. Painter surveys a variety of views about Sarah Palin, whose common thread seems to be that what one believes about Gov. Palin derives from one’s internal state of mind, rather than the external reality of what Sarah Palin actually stands for.
Self-described conservative Paul Mulshine, in his New Jersey Star Ledger column:
If anyone can think of a reason Palin qualifies as a conservative, please let me know. The truth is that Palin is a project of the so-called “neo” conservatives, who are actually a bunch of moony-eyed leftists masquerading as conservatives.
Patrick J. Buchanan, in an opinion piece for Chronicles magazine:
Make no mistake. Sarah Palin is no neocon. She did not come by her beliefs by studying Leo Strauss. She is a traditionalist whose values are those of family, faith, community and country, not some utopian ideology.
Michelle Goldberg, writing in the left wing magazine The Nation:
She has not always governed as a zealot; in fact, she’s a bit of a cipher, with scant record of speeches or writings on social issues or foreign policy. Nevertheless, several people who’ve dealt with her say that those concerned about church-state separation should be chilled by the idea of a Palin presidency. “To understand Sarah Palin, you have to realize that she is a religious fundamentalist,” said Howard Bess, a retired liberal Baptist minister living in Palmer. “The structure of her understanding of life is no different from a Muslim fundamentalist.”
Professional Palin critic Dan Fagan in a post on his Alaska Standard blog:
It is indisputable the governor has leaned strongly to the left with her policies in her first two years as governor.
Apparently, Sarah’s message–whatever it is–still hasn’t been clearly made to the literati. It’s endlessly amusing to me, though, that she’s seen both as an unreconstructed conservative, and a wild-eyed leftist.
Depending on who’s doing the viewing, of course.