So Krauthammer tells Palin to “leave the room,” which leads me to ask, what side are you on Charles? Do you want this health care bill or not? Palin effectively put a huge dent in the progress of this bill and now he wants her to leave the room so everyone else can have a “reasoned discussion.” It seems to me that Palin did have a reasoned column. She stated the facts of this bill – bold, can’t ignore them, facts. When the democrats were left to defend those facts they couldn't because she was right. And she has the personality to engage millions of voters. They listen to her which makes her an effective tool in the conservative movement. The fact that Krauthammer wants her to leave the room says a lot about what side he’s on. He doesn’t want the conservative movement to progress, period.
In a now-famous column at Hot Air, a poster with the pseudonym “Doctor Zero” took on Krauthammer’s article and it was a thing of beauty. Doctor Zero’s column should be read entirely but here’s a snippet.
Every political movement needs both academic intelligence, and vital charisma. The Left has always viewed the relationship between its intellectuals and politicians as something like the production and marketing departments in a business – and when it comes to accumulating power, socialists are all business. People like Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers spent decades weaving the strings that control the Obama marionette. They openly wrote of their understanding that savvy merchandising would be needed to make the public accept their agenda, at least until the public no longer has a meaningful choice about accepting it. When was the last time you heard a leftist intellectual belittle a popular liberal politician, the way Charles Krauthammer treated Sarah Palin?
The challenge for conservatism is to educate the voters in its basic principles, since they received no such education in the public schools. Conservatism always triumphs on the elementary questions of freedom and capitalism. The ideas of the Left are diseased in root and branch – history has shown there is no need to allow them to blossom, in order to see they are poisonous. Conservatives who allow themselves to be dragged into bickering about page 945 of a 1200-page bill have already conceded far too much of the debate. Americans deserve better than being told to sit down and shut up, while Washington plays Jenga with Obama’s obscene health-care proposals. They should be angry and insulted their time and money were ever wasted with this madness.