For a number of conservative elites, the honeymoon with Sarah Palin
is over. Not so for neoconservative luminary Norman Podhoretz.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, he argues that conservatives are wrong
to sneer at her qualifications for president. He says the "derogatory"
response of right-wing intellectuals to Palin is similar to how
contemporaries reacted to Reagan, an actor. He concludes, as many have,
that "class" snobbery is to blame:
What's perhaps more remarkable is that, in the midst of defending Palin, he makes his own vaguely derogatory qualifications:
Now I knew Ronald Reagan, and Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan...
What I am trying to say is not that Sarah Palin would necessarily make a great president...
What she does know--and in this respect, she does resemble Reagan--is that the United States has been a force for good in the world, which is more than Barack Obama, whose IQ is no doubt higher than hers, has yet to learn.