The trouble with Sarah


In the current issue of Maclean’s, I look at why Sarah Palin gets under people’s skin:

Obsessed? You betcha

One piece of the story is her anti-intellectualism, the same strident damn the experts, trust-your-gut style as George W. Bush. You either love it or hate it. That’s why it’s interesting to watch conservative intellectuals grapple with Palin. Since I wrote this story, David Brooks has called her a “cancer” on the Republican Party, David Frum has battled his colleagues and readers over his opinion that the Palin pick was a mistake, and Christopher Buckley has endorsed Obama (“And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?”) and today quit the National Review, the conservative magazine founded by his father.


Also, in his farewell, Buckley wrote today:

“While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.

So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.”

You betcha.


The trouble with Sarah

  1. Interesting how the Republican apostates are getting a taste of wingnut hatemail.

    ‘Bout time.

  2. I agree with Buckley’s paraphrasing of Reagan’s sentiment in his farewell column, the repubs have completely lost the plot over past 8 years, but his endorsement of Obama was rather thin gruel.

    It can be summed up as:

    We should view Obama’s past alliances with terrorists, gangsters and racists as just a way to advance his political career and see his policy proposals this election cycle as pandering to the electorate but Americans should feel good about voting for Obama because of his character.

  3. Dear god – I followed the NR link and then glanced at their front page to find that Janine Turner is a Palinista. Why Maggie, why?

  4. Ms. Savage – you know you risk being “Mallicked” by “That One” and her gang?
    Brave lady!
    I plan to pimp your blog on Myspace – hoping you get a little more traffic than Sarah’s bro jwl and the rest of the ConBot spawn…

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