The Wall Street Journal
The Tea Party “provided the fire and passion” of last week’s congressional elections, said Peggy Noonan, and won some major victories. But it also got some conservative candidates nominated who were “lacking in dignity and stature,” and were thus rejected by mainstream voters. “In the future, the Tea Party is going to have to ask itself: Is this candidate electable?” That reality seemed lost on Tea Party heroine Sarah Palin, who defended her endorsements and her own unfounded celebrity by saying, “Wasn’t Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn’t he in Bedtime for Bonzo, Bozo, something?”
That was “ignorant” even for “a nincompoop” like Palin. Before running for president, Reagan served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild for a dozen years and as a spokesman for General Electric for eight years. He was elected governor of the nation’s most populous state, California, twice—and actually served out both terms. He embodied and popularized conservatism long before it had much public support. Reagan, in short, ran for president “as a fully mature, fully seasoned” adult, with real accomplishments. Sorry to break the news, Sarah, but “it’s not just the message, it’s the messenger.”
2 cents: She is spot on! This is not a knocking of Palin as a person but of her reasoning.