Sarah Palin. What is it about Sarah Palin that angers so many on the left? Is it that she’s more genuine by leaps and bounds than the likes of Hillary Rodham Clinton? Is it that she’s a little bit easier on the eyes than Janet Napolitano? Is it her own personal values, cherishing life and freedom and family ahead of politics and power and partisanship?
Whatever it is, she makes the right people angry. And for that, I’m a big fan.
When it comes to the substance behind Sarah Palin, I believe we’re beginning to see a political powerhouse come into her own. There has always been the “aw, shucks!” everywoman charm and an obvious foundation rooted in deeply held conservative principles, charm and foundation which has filled in the blanks and has been used as a crutch when needed, and even when not.
I’ve said time and time again that I trust Palin’s instincts, and that she is a whole lot sharper than the left would like to believe her to be. Now, it seems that she is beginning to merge those instincts, that charm and that foundation with an ever-expanding base of knowledge, and I think she’s en route to surprising a whole lot of people who have written her off for one reason or another.
There’s a certain amount of growth, I think, which needs to happen in each and every serious candidate. Mitt Romney, for example, seemed to me to be a guy who knew what he had to say, knew why he had to say it, and finally began to grow as a candidate when he shook enough hands and had enough conversations with normal folks that he finally bought into it himself. I can’t put my finger on exactly when it happened but, in Romney, there was a point when practicality gave way to passion. With Sarah Palin, it’s a bit of the same thing: she knows what to say, she knows why she’s saying it, and she’s certainly passionate about it — only now, she’s getting to the point where she can defend her passions and principles and perspective with greater ease.
Below, you’ll find Palin’s speech this weekend at the first annual Tea Party Convention. Sure, it’s a lot of red meat. Sure, it’s got plenty of folksy. But there’s a depth there that hasn’t always been around before. And we saw even more of it on Sunday morning when she appeared on Fox News Sunday.
The more I’m seeing her, the more I’m seeing her grow. I hope she keeps it up.