Magazine August 24, 2009, Issue

Sarah Studies

In Wasilla (AP)
Gubernatorial Candidate Palin can teach the GOP a lot about how to win elections

Now that Sarah Palin has left the governorship of Alaska, Republicans should learn what they can from her political career. And for all Palin’s ups and downs, the lesson her career offers is how to win elections.

You wouldn’t know that from what’s happened lately. A Wall Street Journal poll taken just after Palin announced her resignation found that 43 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of self-identified conservatives don’t want her to run for president. A Battleground poll shows her favorable/unfavorable rating at –5. Even for many Republicans, “Palinism” has taken on a negative connotation.

Yet it wasn’t that way last

Bradley A. Smith is chairman of the Institute for Free Speech and the Blackmore/Nault Professor of Law at Capital University. He served on the Federal Election Commission from 2000 to 2005.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Three Strikes

How can Washington have spent so much time debating health care and still have failed to come up with a reasonable reform? By starting from the wrong premises. There are ...
Politics & Policy

Catching Up to Mexico

California’s financial unraveling has prompted a long-overdue debate about taxes, regulation, and government spending, but the state’s media and government continue to ignore what could be an even greater problem: ...
Politics & Policy

Obamaniacs On the Couch

This is going to get very Freudian, but please bear with me.   In psychoanalytic terms, the Self has a narcissistic need to form a relationship with something called the Self-object. That ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Afghan Postcards

Roman Genn, whose illustrations have long brightened the pages of National Review, embedded himself with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, at Forward Operating Base Gulistan in Farah Province, central Afghanistan. ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Pass This Test

George Gilder is a phenomenon. With a restless and questing mind, he has written books on feminism, capitalism, technology, and other topics. These books are absorbing, provocative, and somewhat original. ...
Politics & Policy

American Ajax

  Almost every aspect of the Dr. Strangelovian image surrounding Gen. Curtis LeMay was in some way misleading. The tough-guy cigar provocatively dangling from his mouth had little to do with ...
Politics & Policy

True Love

  Hollywood rarely produces effective love stories for men. I don’t mean a romantic comedy that some men might find themselves liking, if dragged to the theater by their wives — ...
City Desk

Years of Upheaval

Getting a city apartment painted is a trial for several reasons. The rent laws encourage city-dwellers to stay put; over the years our possessions accumulate unwinnowed. The crampitude of our ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Policy Paternity Michael Cannon’s piece on the Massachusetts health program (“Romney’s Folly,” August 10) creates the impression that Gov. Mitt Romney and the Heritage Foundation wanted to impose a coverage mandate ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ First the president called him stupid, then he had to have a beer with Joe Biden. Hasn’t Officer Crowley been punished enough? ‐ “I have immortal longings in me,” said ...
Politics & Policy

A Gull

As passive as a dune, I offer up my breast, Nestling toward the sun, Accepting from the west What I am only owed. Who cares if you should fade? Warm me, sinking god: For me the world ...
Happy Warrior

Ethiopia Comes to You

The intersection of the environment and demography continues apace. In the old days, we worried about “overpopulation” in general, which, if only by implication, indicted the fecund mothers of Asia ...

Most Popular

Film & TV

Hillbilly Elegy: Ron Howard’s Inverted Mayberry

Hollywood knows two registers when it comes to the white working class (WWC): sentimentalizing and condescending. WWCs are either cute, neighborly, and folksy, or they constitute a tawdry, alien life form. There are 130 million WWCs in our country, and yet nobody in Hollywood has the slightest grasp of them. With ... Read More
Film & TV

Hillbilly Elegy: Ron Howard’s Inverted Mayberry

Hollywood knows two registers when it comes to the white working class (WWC): sentimentalizing and condescending. WWCs are either cute, neighborly, and folksy, or they constitute a tawdry, alien life form. There are 130 million WWCs in our country, and yet nobody in Hollywood has the slightest grasp of them. With ... Read More
White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More
White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More