A George Wallace for the 21st Century
The ever-insightful Jonathan Rauch
has some intelligent things to say about Sarah Palin in the National Journal
. While some have compared her to Barry Goldwater, the more useful analogy might be George Wallace. Although, unlike Wallace, Palin is no racist ("Nothing in this article," Rauch is careful to add, "implies that the GOP is a racist party."), the nationalism, anti-intellectualism, and provincialism of her rhetoric bear striking similarity to that of the Alabama governor. As Rauch points out, her brand of populism isn't really conservatism, let alone any sort of libertarianism. Moreover, it's incapable of winning at the national level.
7:46 AM / February 27, 2010