January 14, 2011
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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:”
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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 calumny “blood libel“) to stir up still more anger: the one thing we already have a surplus of.