Sarah Palin is despised by Democrats and distrusted by independents, but that doesn't mean they won't be "serving up moose burgers in the White House" by 2013, writes Matthew Continetti. Palin won the Alaska governorship in 2006 on a center-right, bipartisan platform. Using that playbook again and learning from Ronald Reagan will put her political career back on track, Continetti argues in the Wall Street Journal.
Reagan was painted as a dim-witted warmonger but won easily in 1980 after the public saw him debate the "self-important, humorless liberal" Jimmy Carter, writes Continetti. What Palin needs to do is deflect any talk of her personal life or past mistakes and start hammering home the message that the Obama agenda will hurt the middle classes, he notes. "Oprah will be aghast. The Democrats will be outraged. But independents will be listening," Continetti writes. "And the rehabilitation of Sarah Palin will have begun."