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The Palin Doctrine

2010/07/12

The Palin Doctrine

Editorial of The New York Sun | July 9, 2010

One of the things that’s starting to emerge on the Republican side of the political struggle is a world view that can be called the Palin Doctrine. It’s remarkable that none of the other leading figures in the party has come to be associated with a particular foreign policy trajectory. Can one think, say, of a Pawlenty Doctrine or a Daniels Doctrine or a even a Perry or a Schwartzenegger or a Romney Doctrine? They each have their own bona fides, but developing the outlines of a coherent foreign policy view isn’t one of them.

Praise for Palin

By on 7.9.10 @ 4:30PM

To her great credit, Sarah Palin is absolutely right on target in her insistence on maintaining a strong defense. Yesterday’s Washington Post featured a little report about how Palin is “waging a battle inside the “tea party” movement to exempt defense spending from the group’s small-government, anti-deficit fervor.” Good for her. The GOP Class of 1994 in Congress had too many members who did the same thing Palin warns against: letting their admirable enthusiasm for lower deficits/balanced budgets get in the way of a commitment to putting national defense first.

I don’t have much to add to these except to say that I’m not looking for the perfect, suave, experienced, high-intellect candidate. We have one now, and the model rather fails to live up to hopes. I’m looking instead for intrinsic values. Palin is emerging as the modern answer to Thatcher or Reagan. Surprisingly, she’s not alone: Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Jim DeMint and Bobby Jindal are amongst a constellation of bright lights who would be infinitely better than what the RINONC has on-tap. Should Palin run, she has a decent shot.

Choosing the veep from amongst the new breed will be difficult… more than a few decent choices. Caveat: IMHO, only Senator Fred of that ’08 bunch stands-out as even viable. Selecting a RINO VP was the fatal error made by Reagan. I admire Giuliani, I respect Mitt, but gentlemen, please, not again.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/07/14 11:09

    Couldn’t agree more. Bring on a new generation of leaders. We’re ready.

    • 2010/07/14 15:44

      Hey, Major… Should you retire, I can think of an Ohio federal senate seat that desperately needs a decent candidate.

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