BREAKING: David Broder is impressed by Sarah Palin:
From his essay:
- Take Sarah Palin seriously.
- Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News' Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game ...
- This was not the first time that Palin has impressed me.
- Palin used the Tea Party gathering and coverage on the cable networks to display the full repertoire she possesses, touching on national security, economics, fiscal and social policy ...
- What stood out in the eyes of TV-watching pols of both parties was the skill with which she drew a self-portrait that fit ... the mood of a significant slice of the broader electorate.
- Palin's final answer to Wallace showed how perfectly she has come to inhabit that part [of the outsider]. When he asked her what role she wants to play in the country's future, she said:
"... I do want to be a voice for some common-sense solutions. I'm never going to pretend like I know more than the next person. I'm not going to pretend to be an elitist. In fact, I'm going to fight the elitist ..."This is a pitch-perfect recital of the populist message that has worked in campaigns past.
- The lady is good.
This probably marks the apex of Broder's work. Congratulations to the Dean of the Washington press corps!
And kudos to Fred Hiatt and the Washington Post
for celebrating a prominent right-wing populist without bothering us with pesky details about what she'd do beyond "common-sense solutions", or warning readers that a president that doesn't "know more than the next persion" could be a disaster.
It really is astonishing.
What about Broder's near-constant fetishizing of "bipartisanship" in governance? I guess bipartisanship is only for Democrats because Palin doesn't appear to have many bipartisan impulses.
It's incredible and pretty disgusting -- because to this Democrat Palin is partisan rhetorical poison, much like Limbaugh. Hard to be bipartisan with a Limbaugh acolyte.
This shows once again that Broder really is a Republican, and a pretty right wing one. They're nearly the only ones who like Palin at this point.
What is interesting is what the insane speaker(s) preceding and endorsed by Palin had to say, and the media totally ignoring that and focusing on her jibberish.
riffle wrote, "This shows once again that Broder really is a Republican, and a pretty right wing one."
It's similar to his "Karl Rove is an OK guy cuz I've supped at his table" remark.
Previously, I wasn't sure whether Broder was stupid or right-wing. This is more data for the latter.