Skip to comments.Could Palin Use Speech to End Silence on Egypt?
Posted on 02/04/2011 1:18:09 PM PST by onyx
Could Friday night be one of those defining moments in the career — and potential presidential candidacy — of Sarah Palin?
Egypt is on the brink of a revolution that could transform American and global foreign policy for years — a crisis that is testing President Obama and makes clear the life-and-death stakes for anyone who might think about replacing him.
And as it happens, Ms. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, is scheduled to give a major speech Friday night at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif., in honor of what would have been the 40th president’s 100th birthday.
It’s possible that Ms. Palin could use the opportunity to deliver a broadly conceived foreign policy speech that uses the turmoil in Egypt to advance an understanding of her national security beliefs that goes beyond her use of Twitter messages and Facebook posts.
Mr. Reagan, after all, was a onetime governor (and actor) who had little foreign policy experience when he ran for president. And yet his presidency was in some ways defined by the manner in which he confronted the changing world around him.
The history books recall Mr. Reagan’s confrontations with the Soviet Union, his push to build a missile defense system, his clandestine support of the Contras in Nicaragua, bombings in Libya and the brief war in Grenada.
Ms. Palin has likewise been criticized for a lack of sophistication when it comes to foreign policy. During the 2008 campaign, critics mocked an answer she gave about Russia so much that a phrase from a Saturday Night Live skit — “I can see Russia from my house” — took on an apocryphal resonance.
(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...
This column is an interesting read.
Yeah, and the moment she says something this same NYT person will start bashing her “Why is she talking about Egypt” and “there she goes inserting herself into another story!”
“at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif., in honor of what would have been the 40th presidentâs 100th”
“Reagan forever” stamps out next week
What would you expect her to say?
I don’t think she will. It wouldn’t be classly to coop an event to honor President Reagan with your on campaign. Palin is too classly to do it.
I look forward to the live thread as I am TV/radio deprived at the moment (and dialup on the internet isn’t reliable either.)
LOL, apparently the NYT is so desperate to avoid any public praise of Reagan that they’re trying to get Sarah to rewrite her speech and talk about something else.
I just hope she says something like “Dana Milbank is an effeminate liberal girlyman”. I want to see the idiot break his “Palin boycott” and maybe do a hunger strike or alcohol boycott instead.
Is the speech on TV or being streamed somewhere?
LOL! Good one! :)
She undoubtedly knows its not useful for every public figure to render their opinion on the situation. John McCain.
Sarah only needs to honor Reagan’s foreign policy philosophy and then pause for applause.
She doesn’t need to embark on a criticism of the current crisis.....just ask a rhetorical “What would President Reagan have done?”
Can you get radio? There’s a *listen LIVE* link, too! It’s included in the text I have ready to post.
Yes, C-Span and streamed here:
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