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Why I’d Never Vote for Sarah Palin

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Peggy Noonan clearly articulates why I would not vote for Sarah Palin, no matter what her views. She simply doesn’t have what it takes, and Noonan points out why:

“Conservatives talked a lot about Ronald Reagan this year, but they have to take him more to heart, because his example here is a guide. All this seemed lost last week on Sarah Palin, who called him, on Fox, “an actor.” She was defending her form of political celebrity—reality show, “Dancing With the Stars,” etc. This is how she did it: “Wasn’t Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn’t he in ‘Bedtime for Bonzo,’ Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor.”

Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin. Reagan people quietly flipped their lids, but I’ll voice their consternation to make a larger point. Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership as president of a major American labor union (Screen Actors Guild, seven terms, 1947-59.) He led that union successfully through major upheavals (the Hollywood communist wars, labor-management struggles); discovered and honed his ability to speak persuasively by talking to workers on the line at General Electric for eight years; was elected to and completed two full terms as governor of California; challenged and almost unseated an incumbent president of his own party; and went on to popularize modern conservative political philosophy without the help of a conservative infrastructure. Then he was elected president.  The point is not “He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,” though that is true.

Read Noonan’s whole article here.



Written by Michael Duenes

November 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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  1. I am missing your point. SP made a comment about RR that showed ignorance, therefore don’t vote for her? It sounds to me like PN just doesn’t like SP. Plenty of reasons not to vote for SP and some reasons to vote for her, but thoughts on RR (what was the context for SP’s comments?) are not my deciders.

    Duke Dillard

    November 6, 2010 at 9:43 am

    • Duke – the point Noonan was making, I believe, is that Palin fundamentally misread Reagan’s life and achievements. What this shows me is that Palin fundamentally misreads what it takes to be a successful politician. Because Palin does not see this, even now, means that unless she comes to see it through some personal transformation (certainly possible), I will never vote for her.



      November 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm

  2. Of course I’d consider the alternatives before saying never… From what I understand context was Palin responding to Rove’s “With all due candour, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'” … I.e. someone who plans to run should behave as if already president more or less

    Andy M

    November 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    • You’re right. Perhaps I was too strong, but I might not vote for Palin regardless. I understand the context, but I still think Noonan’s analysis of Palin is generally correct. Palin has not put in the hard work of making herself able to speak articulately and with depth about issues of highest importance. Plus, she quit as governor. At this point I have no confidence in her ability to be president. And I’m a diehard conservative.



      November 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

  3. I hear ya. I’m probably badly paraphrasing but I recall Piper writing something like we’d never vote for someone who said, “I believe in slavery” so why would we vote for someone who says “I believe in abortion” (which is worse, the case could be made). But there are issues of competence too – it takes more than having the right beliefs to serve well in all the roles a president has. I guess I’d say most of our candidates tend to be “competent enough” that we can vote for those that we generally agree with. But maybe you’re right and Palin doesn’t meet the minimum standard there.

    On a side note that makes me think of trying to serve God without any spiritual disciplines being part of one’s life – knowing the right stuff without doing the right stuff. Um, you know, not that I’ve ever been in that category.


    November 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

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