Sarah Palin Is Brilliant Klein and Broder say she's a populist tour de force By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 11, 2010 11:13 AM CST 99 comments Comments Sarah Palin makes her Tea Party speech. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) (Newser) – Joe Klein and David Broder remain wowed by Sarah Palin's Tea Party performance and weigh in with dovetailing columns today that place her at the head of the GOP class for 2012. In Time, Klein blasts the speech itself as "inspired drivel" full of gross simplifications. "But I will not deride. Because brilliance must be respected, especially when it involves marketing in an era when image almost always passes for substance." Palin, he writes, strikes the same "mystic chords" as Bill Clinton, who came off as a man of the people. At the Washington Post, Broder praises her "pitch-perfect recital of the populist message that has worked in campaigns past." She's exactly what America's looking for right now in its "current mood." And "those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good."