Sarah Palin Was a Great Governor: What Happened?
The bipartisan reformist disappeared in 2008: Atlantic profile
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2011 7:16 PM CDT
In this Feb. 17 photo, Sarah Palin answers questions at a public appearance in Woodbury, NY.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)

(Newser) – A new profile of Sarah Palin in the Atlantic by Joshua Green offers a surprising (at least to non-Alaskans and her legions of critics) assessment of her tenure as governor. It's downright flattering in parts, explaining how she took on entrenched oil interests and her own party to improve Alaska's finances. "Palin demonstrated many of the qualities we expect in our best leaders," writes Green. "She set aside private concerns for the greater good, forgoing a focus on social issues to confront the great problem plaguing Alaska, its corrupt oil-and-gas politics. She did this in a way that seems wildly out of character today—by cooperating with Democrats and moderate Republicans to raise taxes on Big Business."

The piece, though, is headlined "The Tragedy of Sarah Palin." Green lays out her accomplishments to pose a question: What if this Palin became the national candidate, instead of the one who from her first national speech began turning into "the guardian-enforcer of a particularly martial brand of conservatism." Palin has been a massive influence on the GOP over the last few years, "but in a way that is almost the antithesis of what she did in Alaska," writes Green. "Had she stayed true to her record, she might have pointed her party in a very different direction." Click for the full article. (Whether this would have saved us from questions about whether Bristol Palin had cosmetic surgery is a whole other can of fish.)

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oldcoot
May 12, 2011 3:49 PM CDT
You people are just jealous, of her. She's the best thing to come down the pike, in years. She will really change things when she go's to washington. Since the last election, nothing has changed, business as usual. go for it sarah. Time to throw the rest of the bums out, and get new blood in.
vwright1
May 11, 2011 10:25 PM CDT
Good thing we no step in...
quersty
May 11, 2011 9:43 PM CDT
She should have turned down the offer to run with McCain and focused on being a better governor. Period. She was way in over her head at the national level. Did not have a clear and coherent conservative ideology - she was making it up as she went along. No foreign experience or interest in foreign affairs. No rhetorical skills or desire to improve them. Some super conservative Texan ladies I was chatting with like her personally, but one of them couldn't resist sarcastically observing "she needs to learn how to hunt". She's done, as a candidate.