Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A future for U.S. conservatives


Neither the Bush presidency nor the McCain candidacy was a pleasant experience for conservatives. George W. Bush was a liberal big spender in domestic policy and John McCain's "maverick" image was code for insulting conservatives in order to charm the travelling press. Having to swallow these irritations and support their authors was a trial that is now over.

Sarah Palin, by contrast, is in Margaret Thatcher's phrase "one of us." She does more than advocate — she incarnates — the practical common-sense conservatism of Middle America. The assembled right-wingers love her for the smears and condescension she has suffered on their behalf. And since they will be among the donors, precinct workers and voters in the 2012 presidential primaries, Ms. Palin clearly has a big political future.

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