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"Not One of Us" (Thomas Sowell on Sarah Palin)
Real ClearPolitics ^ | 2-23-09 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 02/23/2009 9:19:15 PM PST by VinL

If Barack Obama has been the most remarkable phenomenon of the recent political scene, Sarah Palin must be second. The emotional responses to each-- especially by the media and the intelligentsia -- go beyond anything that can be explained by the usual political differences of opinion on issues of the day.

That liberals would be thrilled by another liberal is not surprising. But there are conservative Republicans who voted for Barack Obama, and other conservatives who may not have voted for him, but who are quick to see in various pragmatic moves of his since taking office an indication that he is not an extremist.

Anyone familiar with history knows that Hitler and Stalin were pragmatic. After years of denouncing each other, they signed the Nazi-Soviet pact under which they became allies for a couple of years before going to war against one another.

Pragmatism tells you nothing about extremism.

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"Whether Governor Palin runs for national office again is something that only time will tell. But the Republicans need some candidate who is neither one of the country club Republicans nor-- worse yet-- the sort of person who appeals to the intelligentsia. "

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There you go. _:)

Vin fka

wegotsarah.com

1 posted on 02/23/2009 9:19:15 PM PST by VinL
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To: VinL

No conservative that I know voted for this fraud.Mr Sowell, I hope you are well.


2 posted on 02/23/2009 9:27:03 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: VinL
Just so it is clear, Sowell is talking about Palin not being part of the intelligentsia.
3 posted on 02/23/2009 9:28:12 PM PST by Aussiebabe
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To: VinL
there are conservative Republicans who voted for Barack Obama

Huh ??? Not I, m'friend Dr Sowell ....

4 posted on 02/23/2009 9:30:36 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: VinL

I don’t know a single Republican who voted for this Marxist loser..and I sure as hell don’t know any Conservative who voted for him. Sarah is NOT one of the Washington Elite, she wants nothing to do with them. She doesn’t go to their meetings, she doesn’t go to their events, she knows why they want her to attend and its not because they give a damn about her, its because they are after publicity. Sarah knows that, she has been used enough by the likes of McCain, she won’t allow that to happen again. Sarah is doing what she does best, governing her state. If we last to 2012 with this Socialist in power we will need someone like her, someone like Jindal as well to help us all recover from 4 years of HELL


5 posted on 02/23/2009 9:31:31 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Aussiebabe
You don't have to be "part" of the self-nominated "intelligentsia" in this country to rise through the ranks to prominance ~ both intellectually and politically.

I think Thomas left out the "self nominated" part this time, but frankly, if the folks surrounding Obama are part of the "intelligentsia" I am sure we don't want a candidate who appeals to them ~ my gosh, imagine finding someone YOU LIKE and who Bill Ayers likes!!!

6 posted on 02/23/2009 9:31:59 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: VinL
Governor Palin's candidacy for the vice presidency was what galvanized grass roots Republicans in a way that John McCain never did. But there was something about her that turned even some conservative intellectuals against her and provoked visceral anger and hatred from liberal intellectuals.

Two words: she's hot.

7 posted on 02/23/2009 9:32:14 PM PST by DTogo (Time to bring back the Sons of Liberty.)
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To: imahawk

What does he think “conservative” means? Has conservative become just another ambiguous term like republican? Oh well, it must all depend on what the meaning of is is!


8 posted on 02/23/2009 9:33:39 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: DTogo
Pretty much. You just knew Charles Krauthammer was most disturbed by being tied down to a wheelchair........

He turned into an absolute "blue nose"!

9 posted on 02/23/2009 9:34:31 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: imahawk
I hope Dr. Sowell hasn't drunk the Kool aid that causes some to believe "Republican" is the same as "Conservative". I'm sayin' it ain't so Dr. Sowell.

So I'd say "No TRUE Conservative that I know voted for this fraud."

I have heard of "Republicans" that crossed over and voted for Obama, but not any Conservatives.

10 posted on 02/23/2009 9:34:51 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: VinL

I don’t want someone who appeals to country clubbers but I also don’t want someone who merely repeats GOP talking points.

I want to see more Thomas Sowells and fewer Glen Becks or Hannitys.


11 posted on 02/23/2009 9:36:00 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: jazusamo

Ping!


12 posted on 02/23/2009 9:36:01 PM PST by Huntress (Proud owner of Norman/Norma, the transsexual attack cat.)
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To: DTogo

Simple, she pumps her OWN gas, buys her OWN diapers for her kid, takes her kid to the Dairy Queen, fishes, hunts, and loves basketball..Yeah she is NOT one of the Washington Elite, and that’s why she is AWESOME


13 posted on 02/23/2009 9:36:17 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: muawiyah

“....imagine finding someone YOU LIKE and who Bill Ayers likes...”

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In my case, CLEARLY mutually exclusive subsets.

Ayers should be in jail, instead of in that softest, most undemanding and unproductive of positions: college professor.


14 posted on 02/23/2009 9:36:57 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: Aussiebabe

To translate: She’s not a simpering blatherer with no core integrity.


15 posted on 02/23/2009 9:38:27 PM PST by Stentor
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To: VinL

Excellent commentary. One of the biggest complaints the elitists had of Sarah Palin was that she didn’t go to a big name college. What a bunch of SNOBS!!


16 posted on 02/23/2009 9:38:46 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: VinL

“But there are conservative Republicans who voted for Barack Obama, and other conservatives who may not have voted for him, but who are quick to see in various pragmatic moves of his since taking office an indication that he is not an extremist.”

This writer is living in LaLa Land.


17 posted on 02/23/2009 9:39:02 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: VinL


Sarah Smile! ;o)
18 posted on 02/23/2009 9:39:06 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: VinL

Gov. Palin is Not an Over-Educated Elitist Intellectual. She is one of the people, a common American, and that’s the kind of person Americans what as their Leader. That is why she will be elected President and Commander in Chief of America and all Loyal Americans.


19 posted on 02/23/2009 9:40:56 PM PST by FFranco (To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Indeed


20 posted on 02/23/2009 9:41:39 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: VinL

If she’s good enuff for Thomas Sowell then she good enuff for all of us....even some snooty freepers


21 posted on 02/23/2009 9:41:40 PM PST by wardaddy (I feel like a Boer but this time white northern liberals are playing the English)
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To: rockinqsranch
Dr. Sowell is probably going on polls taken after the election that showed that 20% of people who CLAIMED to be conservative, voted for That One.

It could possibly even be true. Who knows, maybe those folks who just couldn't stand McCain and the GOP leadership decided to punish the party, and their desire to purge the party of the RINOS caused them to vote to remove them from power.

22 posted on 02/23/2009 9:42:30 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: rockinqsranch

Ok


23 posted on 02/23/2009 9:42:45 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: SuziQ

Excellent commentary.
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You’re right. _:)


24 posted on 02/23/2009 9:43:14 PM PST by VinL (VinL---former username (wegotsarah.com))
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To: VinL

Sowell is a genius. I love to read him and follow along with his mind. He is a forest, not the trees man, and I love to hear the Big Picture from his point of view.


25 posted on 02/23/2009 9:43:41 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Aussiebabe

“...Just so it is clear, Sowell is talking about Palin not being part of the intelligentsia...”

Just to make it clear, Dr. Sowell is talking about a candidate who does not appeal to the intelligentsia. Look at the mess the so called ‘intelligentsia’ have made of this country.

What is needed is a large does of SIMPLE COMMON SENSE AND INTEGRITY!


26 posted on 02/23/2009 9:46:06 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: wardaddy

even some snooty freepers

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WD, snooty freepers??? On a Sarah Palin thread?? Nah. -:)


27 posted on 02/23/2009 9:46:13 PM PST by VinL (VinL---former username (wegotsarah.com))
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To: rockinqsranch

There were plenty of Conservatives the voted for Obama...

.... by foolishly staying home.

Now we’re all paying the price.


28 posted on 02/23/2009 9:47:14 PM PST by publana (Socialism is here to stay unless Communism wins the day.)
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To: rockinqsranch

I believe Mr Sowell voted for Obama. Is Mr Sowell a conservative?

I recall seeing him interviewed twice before the election and watching in stuned (sp) amazement that Mr Sowell was leaning toward Obama.

Maybe if we could produce a candidate worth voting for...


29 posted on 02/23/2009 9:47:14 PM PST by widdle_wabbit
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To: VinL
Dr. Sowell ROCKS!

But there is one more reason that Palin wasn't as popular as she could have been, and that reason was sexism. Not by men, but by women on both sides of the political landscape.

I'll let the readers figure out what I mean by that.

30 posted on 02/23/2009 9:47:53 PM PST by Hillarys nightmare (So Proud to be living in "Jesus Land" ! Don't you wish everyone did?)
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To: imahawk

Thanks ;)


31 posted on 02/23/2009 9:49:26 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: Liberty Valance

Sarah Palin from Idaho to Alaska, it’s all good baby!

Sarah, Todd and family are “Real boots on the ground red/white/blue Americans” we love ya!

High and so-called mighty academic liberal pukes who have their ivy heads up each others AS! will NOT SAVE AMERICA nor AMERICANS!

SARAH PALIN 2012!

http://www.thedailychange.com


32 posted on 02/23/2009 9:49:46 PM PST by TheDailyChange (Politics,Conservatism,Liberalism)
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To: SuziQ
"What a bunch of SNOBS!!"

No; what a bunch of pathetic, superficial SNOBS!!

33 posted on 02/23/2009 9:49:54 PM PST by Hillarys nightmare (So Proud to be living in "Jesus Land" ! Don't you wish everyone did?)
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To: Liberty Valance

The woman of all outdoorsmans dreams, including mine!!


34 posted on 02/23/2009 9:50:40 PM PST by mrsalty
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To: VinL

At least a third of black, hispanics, and asians consider themselves to be “conservatives” and voted for the Messiah. Also my “conservative” neighbors voted for the Messiah because they felt it was time to try something new.


35 posted on 02/23/2009 9:51:53 PM PST by yongin
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To: Islander7; Aussiebabe

Islander7, You nail it! Right on! Well said!


36 posted on 02/23/2009 9:52:35 PM PST by TaMoDee
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To: widdle_wabbit

If anyone knows who Mr. Sowell voted for, ping me. I just cannot believe that he would sink so low as to vote for BHO.


37 posted on 02/23/2009 9:55:06 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: widdle_wabbit

Dr. Sowell voting for Obama!? NO WAY would Dr. Sowell vote for Obama! Are you certain it was Dr. Sowell you saw interviewed? Dr. Sowell wrote against Obama, mocked Obama, ground Obama up and mixed him with eggs for breakfast constantly.

LOL, I refuse to believe it. He did not vote for someone he wrote constant negative articles about.


38 posted on 02/23/2009 9:56:44 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: VinL; Huntress; abigail2; Alia; Amalie; American Quilter; arthurus; awelliott; Bahbah; bamahead; ...
Thanks for the ping, Huntress.

*PING*
Thomas Sowell

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Please FReepmail me if you would like to be added to, or removed from, the Thomas Sowell ping list…

39 posted on 02/23/2009 9:56:56 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: publana

Good Point!


40 posted on 02/23/2009 9:57:29 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: widdle_wabbit
Maybe if we could produce a candidate worth voting for...

Like Mrs. Palin?

41 posted on 02/23/2009 10:00:04 PM PST by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: SuziQ
"One of the biggest complaints the elitists had of Sarah Palin was that she didn’t go to a big name college.

No, I think one of the complaints is she we to four different colleges in five years. It would have been very difficult to criticize her if she'd graduated in a normal time-frame from Idaho, Washington St., Oregon etc, etc. But, she didn't. It appears that she struggled mightily with some tier IV colleges. That's a problem.

Some of Palin's problems were brought on by the MSM and some by the McCain campaign. But, if you can't answer "tough" questions like, "What do you read on a regular basis?, then some of the damage has been self-inflicted.

42 posted on 02/23/2009 10:00:16 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: widdle_wabbit
There is no way in the world Dr. Sowell voted for Obama.

Thomas Sowell columns re Obama

Ego and Mouth
A Perfect Storm
Taxing Times
Obama and the Law
Obama and “The Left”
Polls and Pols
Believers in Obama
Negative Advertising
The Real Obama: Part IV
The Real Obama: Part III
The Real Obama: Part II
The Real Obama
Do Facts Matter?
Idols of Crowds
Changes in Politics
Whose “Special Interests”?
The Galbraith Effect
…As Well As Several Other Issues
Are Facts Obsolete?
Conservatives for Obama?
Cocky Ignorance
Obama and McCain
Irrelevant Apologies
Success Built on Work Ethic
An Old Newness
A Living Lie
Obama’s Speech
Race and Politics

43 posted on 02/23/2009 10:01:12 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz. Already on it. Check this out:

“widdle_wabbit to rockinqsranch
I believe Mr Sowell voted for Obama. Is Mr Sowell a conservative?

I recall seeing him interviewed twice before the election and watching in stuned (sp) amazement that Mr Sowell was leaning toward Obama.

Maybe if we could produce a candidate worth voting for...

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rockinqsranch to widdle_wabbit
Dr. Sowell voting for Obama!? NO WAY would Dr. Sowell vote for Obama! Are you certain it was Dr. Sowell you saw interviewed? Dr. Sowell wrote against Obama, mocked Obama, ground Obama up and mixed him with eggs for breakfast constantly.

LOL, I refuse to believe it. He did not vote for someone he wrote constant negative articles about.

You know more about this than myself jaz. What say you?


44 posted on 02/23/2009 10:01:31 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: VinL

Although Sowell and his good friend Dr. Walter Williams are conservative and apart of Academia, neither has ever fitted in with uppity left or right intelligentsia, nor have they ever cared to for that matter. Dr. Sowell identifies with Gov. Palin’s realness and refusal to back off her life’s principles.

He’s seen too many “conservative” POLITICIANS suddenly “grow” and “progress” as they seek higher office. And he sees her genuiness as something to defend.

I once told a friend that I thought Sowell should be in someone’s administration. He remarked he didn’t think that would ever happen...Sowell cherishes his independence of thought. But I’m wondering......if Sarah asked him to come aboard as a policy advisor....humn.......


45 posted on 02/23/2009 10:02:16 PM PST by Obushma (Obama=Bush 3rd Term!)
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To: VinL
Great stuff from Dr. Sowell. And I loved the Whittaker Chambers angle. Anyone who hasn't read Witness really should.
46 posted on 02/23/2009 10:02:18 PM PST by TheWasteLand
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To: rockinqsranch

“Perhaps the best way to try to understand these reactions is to recall what Eleanor Roosevelt said when she first saw Whittaker Chambers, who had accused Alger Hiss of being a spy for the Soviet Union. Upon seeing the slouching, overweight and disheveled Chambers, she said, “He’s not one of us.”

Don’t trash Dr. Sowell, read the article. It took me about five time to figure it out.


47 posted on 02/23/2009 10:02:25 PM PST by mbx1231
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To: VinL
LEADING FEMINISTS "VET" SARAH PALIN


48 posted on 02/23/2009 10:02:32 PM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC (If my kids make a mistake in the voting booth, I don't want them punished with a community organizer)
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To: little jeremiah

Check post 43, that should convince you he didn’t vote for 0bambi.


49 posted on 02/23/2009 10:04:49 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I understand Dr.Sowell's asseessment, it's obvious for all to see. That's why I think Sarah IS one of us and Barack IS NOT.
50 posted on 02/23/2009 10:05:51 PM PST by smoothsailing
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