The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palin’s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week when it was echoed by the man who, before the Iraq war, had led the Iraq democratic movement in exile, Ahmed Chalabi.
Before reading the linked piece, understand that it was written by an interested party — Benyamin Korn is director of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin and publisher of JewsForSarah.com. That being said, even as someone who is far from firmly in the Palin camp, I found this piece indicative of a shift I’ve seen in the former Alaska governor’s rhetoric during the weeks leading up to my Bar Exam hiatus, and in the weeks since.
Whether or not she runs for president in 2012 is yet to be seen–I’d guess that she will–but I think that should she do so, those willing to step aside from their preconceived notions and listen will find a Sarah Palin who demonstrates a deeper knowledge in issues foreign and domestic. Whether or not those who inherently dislike her are willing to listen is something else altogether.