A perfect image of Sarah Palin’s political appeal — both idiosyncratic and powerfully broad — is the governor fixing up a mess of s’mores for the family on her reality show and dedicating the snack to fat-crusader-in-chief, First Lady Michelle Obama:
“This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert.”
Palin was being over-generous in her paraphrase. What Mrs. Obama in fact said was considerably more worrisome: “We can’t just leave it up the parents.” Her particular target was unhealthful school lunches, which parents presumably require help from distant federal authorities to improve; it is clear from this and much else that the first lady envisions a very broad role for the federal government in menu planning. If her vision leaves any room for limitation on government interference in family affairs, it is impossible to detect it. Palin, responding specifically to this boundless license for federal meddling, later expanded on her views: “Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us, according to some politician’s — or politician’s wife’s — priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us, as individuals, to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions.”
This is from our editorial today on the subject, of which more here.