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.
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