In his "People and Politics" column at Irish Central, Patrick Roberts notes that Gov. Palin's Q&A in Long Island last week marks "a new phase in her campaign for president." The large crowd at the Long Island Association event was composed of business people from both sides of the political aisle, Roberts notes, and our Sarah "won them over-- big":
She took questions on all topics and displayed what ' Newsday' called an impressive knowledge on a range of subjects.Roberts has consistently pointed out that Sarah Palin is being underestimated by the punditocracy and the Beltway elite: "As she proved in Long Island she's as smart as a whip, looks great, is confident and has a plan whether you like it or not." His prediction that she will be the Republican nominee is on the record, and Roberts says he has no reason to alter that forecast.
This is the real Sarah Palin, the one you can hardly find behind the media image and the sneering stuff of late night comedians.
Given how undistinguished this Republican presidential field is, Palin looks more and more like an option for the GOP.
Instead of pining for Chris Christie they may want to look North to Alaska for their best hope.
She brings excitement, commitment and a sense of something new to a very staid political party.