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Sarah Palin is touted as future GOP right wing leader

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Well Chris Hitchens can think what he prefers about la Palin but some GOP right wingers disagree completely with his bleak assessment of her. Here’s a sample from an NY Times article:

Despite all the criticism, she has many supporters among Republicans who see her as bright, tough and a star in a party with relatively few on the horizon.

“She’s dynamite,” said Morton C. Blackwell, who was President Ronald Reagan’s liaison to the conservative movement. Mr. Blackwell described vying to get close to Ms. Palin at a fund-raiser in Virginia, lamenting that he could get only within four feet.

“I made a major effort to position myself at this reception,” he said, adding that he is eager to sit down with her after the election to discuss the future. Asked if the weeks of unflattering revelations and damaging interviews had tarnished her among conservatives, he replied, “Not a bit.”

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, a conservative group, called it a “top order of business” to determine Ms. Palin’s future role. “Conservatives have been looking for leadership, and she has proven that she can electrify the grass roots like few people have in the last 20 years,” Mr. Bozell said. “No matter what she decides to do, there will be a small mother lode of financial support behind her.”

The comment “She’s dynamite” sticks out for me. I recognize that she has considerable but probably thin appeal to a certain type of GOP registered voter. I wonder how she would measure up over a long primary season competing with the likes of Mike Huckabee?

While “she gives a good speech” she obviously understands very little about what she says. For example she derided an earmark for fruit fly research without knowing that this earmark was for child autism research, which is supposed to be something she wants to alleviate or eradicate with a government program. More socialism?

Update: It seems that not every senior GOP rep agrees that Palin is such a great leader for the future.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/10/29 at 07:20

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