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Via OCD3 and CNN: Palin ain’t Reagan

Much debate has been had about Sarah Palin and pinning blame on her regarding the Arizona shootings.  I’ve had an interesting time with this–balancing my opinion that she shouldn’t be blamed the way the left is applying blame to her and the right, while trying not to come across as a Palin fan, which I am not.  Still, I appreciate different perspectives, and my good friend (and Front and Center contributor OCD3) caught this article on CNN and recommended I post it.  In it, Paul Begala explains how “Palin is no Ronald Regan:”

Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan

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When she first burst on the national scene, I watched her convention speech an

d could not imagine Ronald

Reagan delivering it. She was sarcastic and caustic and harsh — everything Reagan was not. I felt the same thing watching her post-Arizona video presentation. The Gipper was a tough partisan and a strong conservative, but he had a sunny, optimistic worldview and a resilient, Teflon manner that slipped

punches, drawing in even those who disagreed with him, and driving Democrats to distraction.

Reagan understood the biblical wisdom that “A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” Palin seems hell-bent on using the most grievous words (including the calumnyblood libel“) to stir up still more anger: the one thing we already have a surplus of.

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2 responses to “Via OCD3 and CNN: Palin ain’t Reagan

  1. Ann Q. Rice January 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

    It may well work in that dog-whistle way the former Alaska governor has with some ultra-conservatives. But the speech is one more piece of evidence as if we needed one that Palin even at a time when Americans are crying out for healing and unity is a strikingly polarizing figure. The Gipper was a tough partisan and a strong conservative but he had a sunny optimistic worldview and a resilient Teflon manner that slipped punches drawing in even those who disagreed with him and driving Democrats to distraction.

  2. effective article marketing January 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Frankly I didn’t entertained the idea in the past. I heard about it, but didn’t actually take the time to do the research. Still it pretty much validates itself from your perspective. It’s not enough for me but it surely qualifies for a thorough investigation.

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