The Meaning of Sarah Palin

Yuval Lenin has written a thoughtful analysis of Sarah Palin's transformation into one of the most divisive figures in recent American history.

Reading his article, The Meaning of Sarah Palin", gave me a much desired sense of closure on this recent chapter in our political history by filling in the blanks that have puzzled me for some time.

Some of the point addressed:

There was almost no middle ground between those who had come to adore her and those who believed she represented just about every dark and dangerous element of contemporary American politics.

Palin became an instant cultural and political magnet, attracting some and repelling others and dragging a helpless McCain into a culture war for which he had little stomach.

Palin became the embodiment of every dark fantasy the Left had ever held about the views of evangelical Christians and women who do not associate themselves with contemporary feminism

Palin did not merit her instantaneous conversion into the Joan of Arc of the American Right, just as she did not deserve the opprobrium that was heaped upon her by the Left.

She really did seize the attention of swing voters, as McCain’s team had hoped she might. Her convention speech, her interviews, and her debate performance drew unprecedented audiences….But having finally gotten voters to listen, neither Palin nor McCain could think of anything to say to them.

She represented a threat to the cultural elites of both parties.

Read the entire article. I believe there is much that can be learned from it, no matter what your political leanings are.

Thanks to Instapundit for the link.

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