I'm not familiar with Jerry Taylor, but I would like to question his intelligence with this post. He asks what she's done to deserve praise from the Right. Has he been asleep for the past six months? He even quotes an NY Times article. As an aside, why does he say Merle Haggard isn't "cultural?" Doesn't Merle Haggard embody his own type of culture?
I'm going to respond to his question "what has she accomplished?" later.
To their credit, no one at NRO responded to his post - although the day's not yet over. It's not like NRO to openly ridicule Republicans like this (they've done it subtly). I can't remember seeing them do that to anyone, so this surprising to me. I hope this doesn't become part of their standard procedure when it comes to Palin.
Are we ready to divide ourselves again with hard line Republican vs. RINO? I thought we were done with that.
Sarah Palin — The Great Conservative Hope? [Jerry Taylor]
Ramesh, I'm sure you've shown your cards somewhere on this matter, so at the risk of asking an ignorant question, do you think our lady up north is worth conservative embrace? Your post hints that you might. If so, what exactly has she done as governor to warrant this affection? As far as I know, her main accomplishments up there are two-fold. First, she taxed and regulated the oil companies out of virtually all remaining marginal plays in Alaska and then crowed endlessly on the campaign trail about how she faced-down the "special interests." Then, she signed into law a stunning array of renewable energy subsidies that would be the envy of any blue-stater.
Sure, she delivers a great speech (not sure if she can write one though). But has she done anything to warrant this love she gets from some quarters on the Right besides her demonstrable ability to play the Merle Haggard card against the cultural Left?