Sarah Palin Is Smart

So says the former editor in chief of Ms. magazine (and a Democrat).

It’s difficult not to froth when one reads, as I did again and again this week, doubts about Sarah Palin’s “intelligence,” coming especially from women such as PBS’s Bonnie Erbe, who, as near as I recall, has not herself heretofore been burdened with the Susan Sontag of Journalism moniker. As Fred Barnes—God help me, I’m agreeing with Fred Barnes—suggests in the Weekly Standard, these high toned and authoritative dismissals come from people who have never met or spoken with Sarah Palin. Those who know her, love her or hate her, offer no such criticism. They know what I know, and I learned it from spending just a little time traveling on the cramped campaign plane this week: Sarah Palin is very smart.

I’m a Democrat, but I’ve worked as a consultant with the McCain campaign since shortly after Palin’s nomination. Last week, there was the thought that as a former editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine as well as a feminist activist in my pre-journalism days, I might be helpful in contributing to a speech that Palin had long wanted to give on women’s rights.

Now by “smart,” I don’t refer to a person who is wily or calculating or nimble in the way of certain talented athletes who we admire but suspect don’t really have serious brains in their skulls. I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight. Palin asks questions, and probes linkages and logic that bring to mind a quirky law professor I once had. Palin is more than a “quick study”; I’d heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action. She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is.

I knew this. Any objective person willing to do a little research knew this. So if you are leaning towards Barry because you aren’t sure about Palin, lean no more.  She is more ready to be VP than Barry is to be President, of that there is simply no doubt.

McCain-Palin for the win.



  1. I don’t suppose the ladies of NOW are going to support her or vote for her….

    I almost put ” ” around the 5th word, above, but decided to be fair.

  2. I still don’t buy it. Too many inconsistencies. She is vindictive. She is provincial and she is a run of the mill politician.

    There is a reason why so many conservatives are concerned about her.

  3. So many conservatives? You mean a few elitist conservative pundits – most of who evidently were not serious conservatives in the first place, not “so many.” If so many conservatives are worried about her why does she draw tens of thousands to her speeches time after time? She is the reason McCain is still in this race, not a drag on him.

    Provincial? Please.

    And while she is definitely a politician she is hardly run of the mill. Win or lose she will be a major player in national politics for a long time. I’m better she will be the first woman president.

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