Sarah Palin's Invented Word Is Exactly Right

Conservatives must 'refudiate' liberalism
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2010 1:38 PM CDT
Sarah Palin speaks in Duluth, Ga., in June.   (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin's critics snickered when she used the non-word "refudiate" (see summary here), but William Kristol thinks her coinage is spot-on—and a perfect prescription for what conservatives must do to liberals. It combines refute ("primarily an intellectual act") with repudiate ("a practical or political act"). Conservatives must do more than refute liberal arguments; they must repudiate liberal politicians at the polls. Ergo, refudiate.

"We are conservatives," he writes at the Weekly Standard. "We ordinarily shun novelties of all kinds, including new words. But desperate times call for desperate measures. The Obama project is one of noxious ideology and wild political overreach. The challenge before conservatives is to beat back both. So say it loud and say it proud: Refudiate liberalism now!"

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