Saturday, December 4, 2010

Palin vs. the GOP's 'blue bloods'

The Washington Post's Colbert I. King has come out swinging against Republican blue bloods elites who are trying to discourage Sarah Palin from running. He says, among other things:
I wouldn't want to see Sarah Palin anywhere near the White House, let alone in the Oval Office with a nuclear arsenal at her disposal. That's not a likely scenario anyway, given her low standing among independents and Democrats.

But the notion of a phalanx of conservative elites - Palin called them "blue bloods" - standing between her and the GOP nomination because they perceive her as inferior in intellect and social and political standing is pure snobbery.

At bottom, their real slander is against Palin and her slice of the American electorate, captured in H.L. Mencken's caustic observation: "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
King quotes and links to several Republican writers who have slammed Palin recently. The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash has left her side; Bill Kristol bailed a couple of days ago.

Although none of this may discourage Palin, it's important because there isn't going to be anyone left to spin her pratfalls into oscar-winning performances for her. She'll have to rely exclusively on the sympathy vote.

King's article can be read here.

John Dean, White House Counsel to former President Nixon, wrote an interesting article, "Sarah Palin and the Dumbing Down of the American Presidency."

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