Despite news in the mainstream media suggesting that Sarah Palin may be running for the Presidency in 2012, one has to wonder if she really is the neocons darling anymore.
Short of the Republicans not being able to find an alternative, it seems doubtful the neoconservatives will be giving their endorsement to Palin for the 2012 Presidential race if a couple of very negative articles about her in two of neoconservatisms most popular rags, The Weekly Standard and National Review Online are anything to go by. NRO’s Mona Charen was particularly damning of Palin with her article titled ‘Why Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Run’ in which Charen tells readers:
“The Republican nominee should be someone with a vast and impressive record in government and the private sector. Voters chose a novice with plenty of star power in 2008 and will be inclined to swing strongly in the other direction in 2012. Americans will be looking for sober competence, managerial skill, and maturity — not sizzle and flash.”
Meanwhile at The Weekly Standard, neocon feature writer Matt Labash writes a review of Palin’s Alaskan ‘reality’ TV show, pretentiously called Sarah Palin’s Alaska. It’s not what Labash says that is so negative; it’s the feel of what he says. You have to read between the lines to get the idea that he’s not overly impressed by the idea that Palin may the next President of the US. There’s that plus the complete absence in The Weekly Standard of any endorsement either by ads or other articles for Sarah Palin. Same with Commentary magazine where she’s barely got a mention for yonks.
So, if it isn’t Palin that gets the nod from the neocons, who will it be?