By Gary P Jackson
Dan Riehl nails it, as usual. In just a few words he gets to the heart of the Palin vs Perry battle. Rick Perry is very much an establishment candidate, no matter the rhetoric he uses. He represents nothing more than more of the same.
Sarah Palin is the true outsider. Beholden to no one. A fresh voice and a true Reagan Conservative. Someone who's record proves she doesn't just talk a good game, she puts her words into action. She's been a Reagan Conservative throughout her 20 year career.
Dan doesn't get into either governor's record. He doesn't have to. This brilliantly sums up the entire issue:
For what it's worth, I'm getting a sense that, within the conservative movement, Perry may come to more represent the old line conservative movement, much of which is seriously compromised as a result of having been established in Washington for so long.
At the same time, I'm getting a sense that if the movement is to truly be re-energized and move forward from something it's been for decades - something already bound up in Washington - it may take a Sarah Palin to move forward along that path. If that does become the case, the two paths do lead to a different place.
Ultimately, I believe the older line path - Perry, ultimately may only lead to more of the same - a lot of good talk, but not a lot of change. It may take Sarah Palin, or a Sarah Palin, or some number of them over time to truly re-vitalize the conservative movement in America. But I'm far from certain of it at this point, it's simply beginning to look that way.
Riehl adds at the end that he's not exactly a Palinista, something many of us can attest to! That said, I've always found that even when he says something I don't agree with, he's always fair about it. In this day and age, that's getting harder and harder to find.
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