First, Peggy Noonan:
Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing -- who is really one of them and who is not -- and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy.
She could become a transformative political presence.
So they are going to have to kill her, and kill her quick.
Then, Kenneth Anderson:
The issue is finally about class, yes? But class defined in a peculiarly elastic way. If the Palins were Democrats, it would be pathbreaking stuff. Of course, it would have required at least one, preferably two, abortions along the way to prove themselves worthy of their social betters and show that they, like the Obamas, understand what Proper People do when their Daughters Make Mistakes. Could one imagine my daughter's elite private schools, bastions of upper middle class progressivism - and what will be, certainly, the Obama's schools if they come to DC - Sidwell Friends or National Cathedral School making accommodations for a pregnant girl: all anyone would be asking, openly or not, why are you putting us in this embarrassing position, why didn't you do the decent thing and quietly have an abortion; Schools Like This don't have Girls LIke That. Anyway, doesn't she have some brothers or male cousins to supervise her honor and haul her off to the abortionist? We're feminists, after all, and while we don't care about virginity, by golly, and are especially in favor of Unconventional Families and all, we sure do care about inappropriate pregnancy.
But, that bits-down-the-memory-hole done, a Democrat version of the Palins would be great for the party, a bit of genuine working stiff, union family, small town - all good.
Since they're not Democrats, however, this is like sending the Clampetts to the White House. Sarah Palin might accidentally squirt breast milk in the eye of Sarkozy or Gordon Brown. The nation might learn, heaven forfend, that women, even women politicians, have nipples and secretions from nipples. Women, even on Capital Hill, might wear nursing bras. As for Trig, he might, well, exist, rather than having been (just for example) put on a hospital shelf to die, as the other guy proposes, at least, as he - He - might say, under the presumably narrow circumstances of having tried to kill him but missed.
Am I feeling polarized today? You bet your life.