1. SHE IS RIGHT ON THE ISSUES.
She is for free enterprise, personal responsibility, pro-life, a muscular foreign policy to protect U. S. interests and a defender of Israel. These are all positions that I support. She is against Obamacare, crony capitalism, governmental favoritism. Again, all positions I support. Being right on the issues is of supreme importance in picking a candidate. To borrow from Obama's tired car analogy, there is no point in hopping on a bus that is not going in the direction you want to go. If I want to go to, say, San Diego, would I choose the old beat up bus that is going to San Diego or the new shiny air conditioned one that is going to San Francisco. Anyone who doesn't know the answer to that question needs to have his or her head examined. I am not suggesting that Palin is an old beat up bus. I am saying that her position on the issues is more important than her resume, her polling, her education or her glibness in answering meaningless questions. I am not going to support the guy with the experience when his experience is in setting up a state run health care system.
For those who question her position on the issues, I say, go read her Facebook entries. It is all there to see.
2. SHE IS A FIGHTER
Sarah Palin doesn't back down. She stood up to the mainstream media, not only for herself, but for all conservatives after the attack by the MSM on all of us after the Tucson shootings. Contrary to the characterization of that speech by the MSM, it was not about her, it was about conservatives who were being blamed for the shootings. She was alone among the potential Republican nominees in seeing the attacks as a first amendment issue. Her speech, released just before Obama's speech, pushed Obama into a conciliatory speech. I believe that was not what was planned based on the rah rah accoutrements laid out at the speech-- tee shirts and signs that say "together we thrive", cheering and so on. When was the last time they gave you a tee shirt and created a slogan at a memorial service you attended?
But that isn't the only time she has fought back. She coined the term "death panels" and it stuck so well that even the left is beginning to use the term. She took on David Letterman's suggestion that a baseball player was having sex with her daughter and she called out false statements about her and her family again and again. I not only admire that. I agree with her that it is necessary. It was a great failing of the Bush presidency that neither he nor any of those close to him took on the press. Palin has proved that when you take them on, they may hate you, but they watch themselves for awhile.
3. SHE SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY CANDIDATE FROM EITHER PARTY THAT UNDERSTANDS THE LINK BETWEEN ENERGY POLICY AND OUR FOREIGN POLICY.
Every once in a while, while promoting huge subsidies for so-called green energy, one or another politician will nod toward not having to buy more foreign oil, but Sarah is the only one who consistently understands that a) we have plenty of natural resources if we would only use them and b) that will enable us to deprive the foreign dictators and demagogues who hate us of the money that makes their hatred dangerous to us and to our allies.
4. SHE WALKS THE WALK WHEN IT COMES TO BEING PRO-LIFE.
This is probably why so many liberal women hate her. They can't challenge her the way they can challenge male pro-life politicians. That is, they can't suggest to her that her thoughts on the subject would be different if she were the one who had to carry the baby. She was the one. And she did it. And she isn't ashamed. To be truthful, I find the love that she and Todd have for Trig positively inspiring. It makes me look at developmentally disabled people differently, recognizing my own tendency to judge people based on I Q and other characteristics. It challenges me to see the value in every life.
5. SHE ISN'T AFRAID TO LEARN
Many people are afraid to admit that they need to look to others for advice. Palin isn't. When she decided to do something about the oil companies in Alaska, she got together a panel of experts and actually listened to them. The ACES system was the result and the reason that Alaska is now one of the few states that has a budget surplus.
6. SHE IS A TRUE FISCAL CONSERVATIVE
She cut the budget in Alaska. She had the courage to turn down federal grants whose attached strings would cost the state money in the long run. She helped convert the public employee pension fund to a defined contribution rather than a defined benefit plan. We need a fiscal conservative at the head of the federal government if we are to turn our economic ship around. She supported the Paul Ryan roadmap for solving our financial problems. She opposed the QE2 pump priming when the Federal ReserveBank pumped 600 billion dollars in funny money into the economy, thus causing the inflation we see now. At the time Palin opposed the QE2 action, the Wall Street Journal said about her that
"Misguided monetary policy can ruin an Administration as thoroughly as higher taxes and destructive regulation, and the new GOP majority in the House and especially the next GOP President need to be alert to the dangers. Mrs. Palin is way ahead of her potential Presidential competitors on this policy point, and she shows a talent for putting a technical subject in language that average Americans can understand."