"If Palin runs a disciplined campaign that focuses on her being an insurgent, an outsider, and a populist that's the best strategy to carry her to victory."The blogger argues that Gov. Palin, by running as a conservative, would essentially be considered an insurgent in today's political environment. There's never been any question that she is an outsider. And few would argue with the classification of the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate's political philosophy by ontheissues.org as "populist-leaning conservative."
My only problem with that website's method of classifying politicians is that it's graph defines "populist" as the antithesis of "libertarian." Authoritarianism, not populism, is the opposite of libertarianism, IMO. At Libertarian Republican, Eric Dondero considers Sarah Palin to be one of the only three libertarian governors in the country. She was the top choice of the blog's readership for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, and the website honored Gov. Palin as Libertarian of the Year for 2008. Gov. Palin is as much a libertarian as she is a populist, and she's a conservative who preaches the gospel of Ronald Reagan.
And that's the point, isn't it? So many of the factions of the conservative movement want to call Sarah Palin one of their own. Many libertarian conservatives, paleoconservatives, social conservatives, federalists, fiscal conservatives and across-the-board Reagan conservatives all find much to admire in Sarah Palin. Which makes her the logical choice to reunite these conservatives components, heal the breech and get "movement" conservatism moving again.