Monte Solberg, Toronto Sun columnist and former Member of Parliament, writes that his opinion of Sarah Palin has changed. Citing Gov. Palin's Calgary speech in which she declared that our faith should be in ideas, not politicians, Solberg says he no longer doubts that the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate is the one to carry these ideas forward:
Having now seen her in action, what I now see is that her conservatism is in her bones, people relate to her and most of the mainstream media will never get her.Describing the Palin approach as "local, affordable and direct," Solberg says that Gov. Palin understands what motivates people "better than Obama, Bush or Clinton what moves people, and in that sense is more like Reagan":
She has radar for the aspirations of regular people, causing her to speak past many journalists and what she probably thinks are their dorky questions. Many in the media could spend hours listening to Barack Obama pontificate about Copenhagen or his outreach to the Muslim world. Palin couldn’t care less. She’s all about controlling spending, lower taxes, safe streets and borders and practical solutions for the environment, healthcare and education. That’s it.
She thinks governments should do a few things and do them well. Politicians, she noted, lose focus. O Canada, is she ever right.
She seems more committed to small, common-sense government than any of them and could potentially rally the public to chasten a spendthrift Congress.Though the columnist observes that Sarah Palin doesn't have a lock on the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, "she is a force to be reckoned with."
Read the full Solberg commentary here.