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GUEST,John BS: Palin's current thread (280* d) RE: BS: Palin's current thread 16 Sep 10


It's almost hard to believe that this thread, of all places, include an actual discussion of what the political scene is all about. Good posts by Ron and Ak.

What Palin is doing is speaking for a particular portion of the populace that doesn't feel heard. Childish complaints from Mudcatters that no one wants to listen to them because they are so wrong is irrelevant. They are citizens and voters and will have their say.

Palin speaks for these folks. They come to hear her, they buy her book (which I just read was the best-selling nonfiction book of 2009). They value her judgement on conservative candidates.

She is straightforward. She is consistent. She keeps it simple. She is a celebrity. These are good things for a politician and she built a lot of power.

Beyond her political astuteness and strong leadership of this group, she is not a particularly attractive candidate for high national office. I doubt she will run for President. Wrong skill set for her.

What we should be learning here is how many people agree with her constituency. A few? A lot? A majority?

The stories in the paper have been talking about "extremists" and "anger" and "racists". Bobert and Ebbe seem to buy that explanation of tea party activity. If Palin and the tea parties represent a larger group of voters, then we need to quit belittling our fellow citizens and form a more accurate picture of the current political scene.

The health care plan is a good example. It might be a good idea if the population wants it. However, if we want it, and the Democratic side of Congress wants it, but the populace doesn't, then passing it was a mistake. Rightness isn't the issue. That is arrogance and tyranny and the voters will reject the Democratic side of Congress. That is what is happening.

It is not evil that we have political opponents. Palin is just an able opponent doing what opponents should be doing.

Our focus should not be on Palin's character. That just helps her maintain her celebrity.

Our focus should be on actual persuasion, on good policy, on the welfare of a diverse republic.

Up until the last few posts, I have to say that I thought Palin was closer to that standard than Mudcat.


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