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What Sarah Palin Doesn't Know
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02-17-10 | DOROTHY RABINOWITZ

Posted on 02/17/2010 6:11:12 PM PST by GOP_Lady

Her obsession with the politics of grievance puts her at odds with Ronald Reagan.

From the day she turned heads at the 2008 Republican Convention—becoming at once an object of fevered controversy—one truth about Sarah Palin stood clear: She was fortunate in her antagonists.

Those in the media, especially, would stoke a mighty sympathy backlash on her behalf. That resentment would feed nicely into the candidate's role as a voice for the aggrieved: those regular citizens under the heel of the "elites"—that immense, tentacled power whose depredations she has been describing to audiences since her star turn on the McCain ticket.

She showed resilience and not a little backbone throughout, bouncing back after a hapless on-air encounter with CBS's Katie Couric. And after a daunting encounter with ABC's Charles Gibson—a civilized presence and one of the most genial of men ever to occupy a news anchor's chair—now turned into an oaf unable to conceal disdain as he questioned his guest on her capacities for office. That was, to be sure, a pale echo of other spectacles. CNN's Campbell Brown rocketed, nightly, to impressive levels of semi-hysteria on the subject of Mrs. Palin and her incapacities.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elitism; elitistmeltdown; palin; pds; romney2012; romneybotdorothy; romneybothitpiece; romneycare; wsj
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Addressing the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 6.
1 posted on 02/17/2010 6:11:12 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: 506Lake; AdvisorB; antivenom; angry elephant; Blonde; BornToBeAmerican; BroJoeK; ...


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GOP_Lady.

2 posted on 02/17/2010 6:11:59 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady
Rabinowitz makes an excellent point that Ronald Reagan never seemed to take offense at the haters. He was above their hate.

Though it hasn't attracted wide attention, nothing Mrs. Palin has done recently has been worthier of notice than her endorsement of Rand Paul, now running in Kentucky's GOP senate primary. Dr. Paul, an opthamologist and radical libertarian, holds views on national security and defense that have much in common with those of the far left. Not to mention those of the considerable body of conspiracy theorists, antigovernment zealots, 9/11 truthers, and assorted other cadres of the obsessed and deranged who flocked to the presidential candidacy of his father Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas.

Another good point. Sarah Palin should stay clear of the Paulbots.

3 posted on 02/17/2010 6:17:27 PM PST by iowamark
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To: GOP_Lady

If Governor Palin NEVER runs for elected office again, she will still have to be considered a great, patriotic American. She has driven millions of commie ‘RATS over the edge into the abyss of insanity. LOL!


4 posted on 02/17/2010 6:17:51 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If the CIA and NASA are going to "monitor climate change", why the hell do we need the EPA?)
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To: GOP_Lady

This is a wonderful hit piece. I like how the author hid the fact that it was a hit piece until the second half of the article.


5 posted on 02/17/2010 6:20:04 PM PST by Sarah-bot (Savage is the only one qualified to become the first female President)
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To: iowamark

Indeed. There were things that were so outrageous that she should have ignored. They needed no clarifying.


6 posted on 02/17/2010 6:20:32 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Sarah has tried to let a lot of insults pass and she has maintained good humor through it all, but she has to take the attacks head on sometimes.


7 posted on 02/17/2010 6:24:54 PM PST by Sarah-bot (Savage is the only one qualified to become the first female President)
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To: Sarah-bot

I’m not so sure it’s a hit piece. Sarah isn’t perfect and I hope she reads this article as constructive criticism.


8 posted on 02/17/2010 6:25:08 PM PST by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: GOP_Lady

No matter what transpires in regard to Sarah Palin there is and always will be one constant: She being head and shoulders above Mitt Romney.


9 posted on 02/17/2010 6:27:23 PM PST by jla
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To: Sarah-bot
Let's see if I have this right...

Private citizen Sarah Palin confront slanderous critics = bad
President George Bush ignores slanderous critics = bad

OK, got it.

10 posted on 02/17/2010 6:29:08 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: jla

They are both good individuals.


11 posted on 02/17/2010 6:29:33 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady
I realize its The Wall Street Journal but Ms. Rabinowitz could benefit from a couple English composition classes.
12 posted on 02/17/2010 6:30:56 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: jla
Hey, but didn't you read. The Mittster volunteers his time as a flight attendant.

Make sure all those tray tables are closed and seats in their upright position...

13 posted on 02/17/2010 6:31:02 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: Aria

Agreed. But I also have to say that Rabinowitz (whose work and judgments I generally agree with and respect), does not seem to grasp just how the grass roots in flyover country lives and functions. Rabinowitz might benefit from tilting her nose down just a notch. Dismissing the seething anger at the destruction of our future as mere “grievance politics” suggests that Rabinowitz might benefit from a council of policy wonk-advisers who could bring her up to speed on how life is lived in flyover country.

New Yorkers just don’t get out and around very much, I guess.


14 posted on 02/17/2010 6:33:39 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Aria

most of Sarah’s defense has being mainly about her children, she said that she didn’t care about the attacks on her personally, so it author is wrong about Sarah creating things

Like Charlie Gibson interview, it was people noticing that he was almost over the seat looking down at her with those glasses on, looking disapprovingly...she didn’t say anything in public nor in her book about him too negatively .....


15 posted on 02/17/2010 6:35:07 PM PST by Bigtigermike (Loose lips sink ships, stay away RINO's)
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To: iowamark

That is *indeed* an excellent point, but also the only good one he makes in the entire article. I read the thing expecting some kind of Victor Davis Hanson type analysis. I didn’t get it.


16 posted on 02/17/2010 6:35:09 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (My respect and admiration for Cmdr. McCain are inversely proportion to my opinion of Sen. McCain.)
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To: Aria

“I’m not so sure it’s a hit piece.”

I’m sure Rabinowitz thought it was friendly amendment, kind counsel etc. She didn’t intend it to be a hit piece and it’s not merely a hit piece. It is, however, a tad snooty—unintentionally so. Elites can’t help it their elites.


17 posted on 02/17/2010 6:35:31 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: gov_bean_ counter
According to a recent article, Romney is trying to reinvent himself in Mitt version 12.0 as more macho. It appears he failed his first test hiding behind a flight attendent.
18 posted on 02/17/2010 6:35:34 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Houghton M.

Elites can’t help that they’re elites.


19 posted on 02/17/2010 6:35:54 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: GOP_Lady

Dorothy Rabinowitz is an old, tiresome bore. And Palin, if she runs in 2012, will deliver a massively humiliating defeat to Myth Romney and all his hind-tit nursing lackeys. Including you karl rove.


20 posted on 02/17/2010 6:36:01 PM PST by JApost
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To: Aria

If she’s looking for or amenable to constructive criticism (as I hope she is), she should be reading what someone else has to say who is better able to identify a point and elucidate a position that the writer of this article.


21 posted on 02/17/2010 6:36:55 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (My respect and admiration for Cmdr. McCain are inversely proportion to my opinion of Sen. McCain.)
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To: Aria

Criticizing her over speaking out against elites is not constructive and the tone of the article was not constructive. Elitist are the problem with Washington and if Republicans refuse to accept that fact they will not hold any new found power longer than two election cycles. The problem is that many people think elitism is lower middle-class against upper-class people, but that is not true. Elitism rears its ugly head at every level of government. When I hear Sarah speak out against elitism I know she is speaking out against Washington elites, but I also know that she is speaking out against the style of elites who wanted to regulate barber poles in her home town. Sarah’s rhetoric is good and that is why the author disagrees with it.


22 posted on 02/17/2010 6:38:25 PM PST by Sarah-bot (Savage is the only one qualified to become the first female President)
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To: bwc2221
Romney is trying to reinvent himself in Mitt version 12.0 as more macho

Do the Village People still tour????

23 posted on 02/17/2010 6:38:39 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: Houghton M.

Elitists such as Dorothy Rabinowitz and Peggy Noonan are terrified that the common folk are going to take back America and send the socialists packing.


24 posted on 02/17/2010 6:39:03 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: definitelynotaliberal
It was a very poorly written column.
25 posted on 02/17/2010 6:39:34 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: All

The author:

dorothy.rabinowitz@wsj.com


26 posted on 02/17/2010 6:43:00 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: definitelynotaliberal

I understand what you mean.

I had to reread the main paragraphs a few times in order to really understand the author’s point.


27 posted on 02/17/2010 6:50:24 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: Sarah-bot

Liberalism is the problem, not elitism. There’s no room for class envy in the conservative movement.


28 posted on 02/17/2010 6:54:32 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom

Along with liberalism and socialism, the problem is intellectual elitism of “the ruling class”, not economic elistism. And Dorothy Rabinowitz and Peggy Noonan are terrified that their days as intellectual elistists are coming to an end.


30 posted on 02/17/2010 7:01:37 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: GOP_Lady

The Divas are coming!


31 posted on 02/17/2010 7:01:39 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Private citizen Sarah Palin confront slanderous critics = bad
President George Bush ignores slanderous critics = bad
OK, got it.
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You can never give your opponent a black eye by letting them beat you to a pulp.


32 posted on 02/17/2010 7:02:36 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: ari-freedom
yes but most of the elites are socialist.

what is socialism but the attempt to keep the peasants inline. with the privileged few running the levers of power. Liberalism/socialism is simply the new age of aristocracy

33 posted on 02/17/2010 7:02:56 PM PST by unseen1
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To: ari-freedom

Ronald Reagan on elitists:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1144&dat=19760707&id=J10qAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4VYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5682,1664771


34 posted on 02/17/2010 7:06:45 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: GOP_Lady
This is an odd article.

The syntax is uneven and I can't figure out exactly what Dorothy's main beefs are. What comes across is a tone of sneering, but the reasons are unclear.

And what is it she has against Sarah's policy briefings?

35 posted on 02/17/2010 7:09:54 PM PST by what's up
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To: GOP_Lady
Asked about her endorsement of this candidate, Mrs. Palin informed Mr. Wallace she was proud of her choice. She admired Rand Paul's domestic policies, not of course that she agreed with everything he stood for. It does not, apparently, occur to her that everything he stands for—and can vote on—is precisely what comes into play when, and if, he becomes a senator with her help.

What??

Rabinowitz twists Palin's words.

Just because Sarah doesn't agree with everything that Paul stands for, doesn't mean that Sarah didn't consider everything Paul stands for.

Robinowitz, isn't being objective about Sarah, or simple logic doesn't "occur" to her.

36 posted on 02/17/2010 7:13:30 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: jimbo123
Along with liberalism and socialism, the problem is intellectual elitism of “the ruling class”, not economic elistism.

Without a doubt. But Palin's references to the people with hard hats and the steel toed boots who are building this country sometimes seems to veer toward blue collar vs. white collar class envy populism.

37 posted on 02/17/2010 7:17:47 PM PST by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: jimbo123

Our founding fathers were ‘intellectual elitists.’ Anyone can become an intellectual elitist if they wanted to: turn off the TV, put down the People magazine and read a book. Be like Reagan:

“Well .. I’ve always been a voracious reader — I have read the economic views of von Mises and Hayek, and .. Bastiat .. I know about Cobden and Bright in England — and the elimination of the corn laws and so forth, the great burst of economy or prosperity for England that followed.” Ronald Reagan


38 posted on 02/17/2010 7:19:53 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: JApost

Rabinowitz wrote approvingly of Republican presidential candidate John McCain in both the 2000 and 2008 U.S. presidential elections. She appears to be a Steve Schmidt conservative.

- JP


39 posted on 02/17/2010 7:20:29 PM PST by Josh Painter ("We cannot spare this woman. She fights" - David Karki, regarding Sarah Palin)
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To: Josh Painter
I remember that. He was her favorite during the primaries.
40 posted on 02/17/2010 7:23:33 PM PST by JApost
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To: FreeReign

Rabinowitz twists alright, she twist herself into a knot trying to make herself look like a caring person as she
bashes Sarah Palin.

Dorothy, a back bencher needs a course of writers 101


41 posted on 02/17/2010 7:24:37 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: ari-freedom
Liberalism is the problem, not elitism. There’s no room for class envy in the conservative movement.

It isn't "class envy" that's a problem.

It's instead the ascendancy of a class of impostor intellectuals that is.

The author of this article Dorothy Rabinowitz comes to mind.

42 posted on 02/17/2010 7:24:57 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: ari-freedom

Ronald Reagan on the Intellectual Elite:

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1964reagan1.html

I am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this.

It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, “We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self government.”

This idea? that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.


43 posted on 02/17/2010 7:30:42 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: what's up

>> The syntax is uneven and I can’t figure out exactly what Dorothy’s main beefs are

It’s not that bad if you’re wearing a seat belt.

There’s a recurring theme that’s providing room for criticism and Palin needs to address it.


44 posted on 02/17/2010 7:33:50 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: GOP_Lady

Dorothy, she’s not even thinking about you, honey.

(Translation of article: “I’m so smart, I can make Palin look like she’s the opposite of Reagan. Then I’ll be oh so popular at the cocktail parties!”)


45 posted on 02/17/2010 7:37:47 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Hey you noble leftists. If what you are doing is worth anything, it should be worth saying out loud.)
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To: jimbo123

Of course I’m against intellectuals who think they can plan everything from Washington.
But we need to push for higher educational standards. We have to support gifted students. We have to say no to a dumbed down popular culture that promotes entertainment over thinking and understanding.


46 posted on 02/17/2010 7:38:09 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom

I don’t think Sarah Palin would disagree with your concerns about education and popular culture. And I don’t think your concerns could be called intellectual elitism. They’re just common sense.


47 posted on 02/17/2010 7:43:58 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: GOP_Lady
... bouncing back after a hapless on-air encounter with CBS's Katie Couric.

I thought her interview with The Perky One was recorded over several days. Doesn't 'on air' mean live?

48 posted on 02/17/2010 7:47:09 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Is the sarcasm tag really necessary?)
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To: ellery

More from Ronald Reagan

http://www.ronaldreagan.com/sp_27.html

We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we’re sick - professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truck drivers. They are, in short, “we the people,” this breed called Americans.


49 posted on 02/17/2010 7:53:45 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Houghton M.

Snooty 101 is part of the core curriculum in colleges on both the east and west coast.


50 posted on 02/17/2010 8:15:09 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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