Sarah Palin, good for GOP?

Not so much, says David Corn.

It’s not often that I’ll highlight anything in The Nation*, but here’s Corn’s piece on Sarah Palin. He writes that the GOP not only risks being defined by Palin, but that other GOP leading lights are being overshadowed by the former Alaska governor. Oddly enough, I find myself in at least partial agreement with Corn on these points, and that they’re not good for the Republican Party.

I watched a decent portion of the Palin interview on Oprah today – until KOMU cut out inexplicably – and thought she did…okay. Will try to catch the rest of it later and maybe add a few thoughts. Oprah has a great way of being subtle yet still taking her digs and putting someone on the defensive. And obviously, while Oprah is a pro she’s also a partisan in this case.

Finally, to anybody who is wondering, yes, I’m still going to review Dr. Catherine Rymph‘s Palin lecture delivered at MU the other week. Some interesting thoughts there that I want to address.

Finally (no, really), I have to again take issue with Rush Limbaugh for his unblushing praise of Palin on his radio program today. Come on, Rush. You’re a smart guy…so why do you have it so wrong here??? To reiterate on why I think Rush is so gung-ho Palin, I think he saw, and sees, some attacks that are a little too personal or a little too nasty or misguided on some plane, and feels compelled to defend her. That’s fine, but you don’t need to go to the mat saying she’s all that.

Palin is not fit to lead a serious movement of ideas, and that should be obvious to someone like Rush, who has been at the forefront of a serious political movement for the last twenty years (whether you agree with conservatism or not, you would at least have to recognize the significance of its principal ideas and the fact that it has had a major impact on a country that for many decades had been steering left until Reagan).

*Correction:  This piece is featured in Politics Daily, not The Nation. David Corn is the former Washington editor of The Nation, but no longer. My apologies for the error.



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