Jonah Goldberg on conservative reformers: “The Reformers who seem to want to destroy Sarah Palin are picking an incredibly self-destructive fight for the simple reason that, as a political matter, Palin is popular and they aren’t (How many divisions does David Brooks have?). Rather, they should be fighting to win Palin and Palin supporters to their cause.” Ouch. But not all Reformers seems to dislike Palin. Still, the point is well taken.
On a related note, Matt Continetti is right: Palin is not a culture warrior. She’s a bit of a populist and a rare political talent. Neither of which is acceptable to some pundits, although she is wildly popular with the base. The former should remember that politicians not columns win elections.
Palin is cleared in Troopergate. A little late for this election, but nice for her future prospects.
And she gets a clean bill of health as well. Finishing the to-do list at McCain headquarters, are they?
Republicans could do a lot worse to than bring back Haley Barbour as the RNC Chairman. And they likely will.
Michael Barone explains the optimistic scenario for each side today and then concludes: “To be sure, opinion in the primaries tends to be more fluid than in general elections, but we have seen shifts of 3 percent in the last couple of days in presidential general elections before. In the realclearpolitics.com map of how all the states would go if they voted for the candidate now leading (by however small a margin) in the polls, Obama gets 353 votes and McCain 185. But if you subtract 3 percent from Obama’s poll numbers and add 3 percent to McCain’s, six states with 89 electoral votes shift from the Obama column to the McCain column and McCain leads in electoral votes by 274 to 264. Which looks a lot like our optimistic McCain scenario. But the betting today is still a lot closer to the optimistic Obama scenario.”
Tucker Carlson says the “slick phony” Mitt Romney has a leg up on the “undisciplined” Palin in 2012. In three and a half years we’ll see if he’s right, but it seems that Palin can learn discpline more easily than Romney can learn authenticity.
Chris Berman rivals Rick Warren as the most interesting interviewer of McCain this campaign season.
James Taranto recounts the destitute Obama relatives and his remark about bankrupting coal companies: “In fact, his blasé attitude about deporting his beloved aunt and bankrupting fellow Americans is downright chilling. Maybe a period of heartless liberalism is a needed corrective after eight years of compassionate conservatism.”
This assessment depends on the meaning of “recent”: “But the public demand for change was total, and if the polls are right, voters will elect the man who breaks from the recent past in almost every way.” He certainly hasn’t broken with any tenet of 1970′s liberalism, however distant he may be from George W. Bush.