Perusing Broder a few hours ago for something to be outraged about, I came across this:
Palin, the most colorful and charismatic figure to pop up in the GOP since Ronald Reagan…
I’m not mocking this statement; to the contrary, I think it may be true, with all due respect to Gary Sinise and Alfonzo Rachel. I see here that NRO had a piece last October titled “Palin, The Second Coming Of Reagan”. To me, of course, Palin is a person, a human being, a mom, a wife, a daughter, once a little girl. But I wonder…how dangerous would it be for the GOP to buy into the idea that Reagan=Palin? Mark Blumenthal has a pretty persuasive piece about how little wingnuts care for Lady Starburst, but the what-about-Reagan meme is pretty powerful (almost as powerful its photographic negative, what-about-when-Clinton-did-it). You know that I mean: “sure people think Palin’s an idiot but they thought Reagan was an idiot too and he’s the one who finally defeated Hitler and Stalin, so what about that that.”
Maybe I’m wrong about all of this, but I think that if Republicans make Palin their nominee in 2012, it might really end the party once and for all. And the idea of Palin as Reagan in a jogging suit might just be powerful enough to lead the GOP down that road.