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Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Old White Men's Club

George Will  devastates Mike Huckabee as a presidential candidate because of his badly informed discussion of Obama's fictional Kenyan childhood.  Will then as says there are only 5 "plausible" Republican nominees for president in 2012 and includes in that list John Huntsman, a former senator and current Obama appointee as ambassador to China, a man who has said he is not going to run and whose name is not recognized by about 90 percent of the potential voters.  But like the story of the dog that didn't bark, the real story here is who ISN'T on the list.  One former governor, Sarah Palin.  He just can't bring himself to believe that a girl can run for president.   Especially a girl who got into that position on her own efforts and not those of her husband, (although in fairness, from what I read of Alaska, being married to the 4 time Iron Dog winner was probably a help).

The cocktail party Republicans, of whom George Will is one, just can't take a girl seriously.  And no, they really can't see her as a serious adult.  They rarely  address the correctness of her positions.  They would be hard put to do so because they agree with most of them. Last November the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board opined that  "Mrs. Palin also exhibited a more sophisticated knowledge of monetary policy than any major Republican this side of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan.".  Hello, George. Does that make a person a "serious" player?  

There are those who will argue that Sarah Palin herself didn't write the opinion piece to which The WSJ referred.  That argument would be entirely pointless.  I don't know the answer to the implied question but I do know that she put her name on it.  A POTUS rarely "writes" everything he says.  But he does choose the people who write it and the advisers he, or in this case she, listens to.  Palin's instincts on the issues have been better than every man listed in Will's list. 

The argument that she has high negatives has no more traction than the argument that nobody knows the name John Huntsman.  Meaning, yes, it has some traction but it can be changed.  Boys, boys, get over your innate sexism and grow up.  Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.

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