Palin and Self-Government
Posted by Steven Hayward
My extended reflections on what the controversy over Palin tells us about self-government, first aired here on NLT two weeks ago, are up in the new issue of The Weekly Standard: "Give ’Em Hell, Sarah."
5:22 AM / September 13, 2008
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Yes. Thank you. I hope your article gets wide play.
Even the elites are "just folks" in terms of innate merit. Flesh, blood, human, instinctive beings - haven't they, the polished pols, been proving it on the campaign trail in recent weeks? What we want holding up our governmental structures, are solid pieces, even if rough hewn: not well-polished particle board. That wood-like stuff looks like oatmeal after a storm. So do our well-polished politicians when they haven't the necessary character under the veneer.
We don't KNOW Sarah Palin is solid, yet. That John Sears quote, which I will butcher for brevity, ...has kept his identity separate from politics. Reagan knows who he is and therefore he possesses the first prerequisite for being a good president. That does SEEM also to be true of Palin and may have been her most important test as governor. She remained solidly herself while in office. That is the most important part of her having carried her last child to term while in office. (Pregnancy does not photograph well - she is not vain.) It is the most important part of her young unwed mother of a daughter, so far along, there was no cover-up, no hidden abortion. No polish in this area of family; what happened? Family, identity, separate from politics: may Palin know who she is for as long as we know her.