Conservative Sees Future in Palin

Movement needs 'plain spoken' leader like VP candidate, not 'over-delicate' Noonans
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2008 7:14 PM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Conservative commentators who shamelessly jump on the Barack Obama bandwagon are blinkered to the new face of conservatism, Tony Blankley writes in the Washington Times. Just like “me-too” Republicans of the New Deal era, “they all cast their admiration for Mr. Obama in contrast to Sarah Palin—who they mischaracterize through a process of intellectual and historic dishonesty tempered by cultural snobbery and fear.”

Blankley sees a shift in the Republican Party wellborn pundits are loath to admit. “The new movement will be plain-spoken and social networked up from the internetted streets, suburbs and small towns of America. It certainly will not listen very attentively to those conservatives who idolatrize Mr. Obama and collaborate in heralding his arrival. They may call their commentary ‘honesty.’ I would call it—at the minimum—blindness.”