Sunday, January 23, 2011

Warning to Candidates: Softly Mimic The Palin Haters At Your Peril

By William A. Jacobson
Legal Insurrection
January 23, 2011

If you have noticed, I am very intolerant of cheap shots and snide comments directed at Sarah Palin, particularly when those cheap shots and snide comments come from conservative bloggers and Republican politicians.

Perhaps I react this way because when Palin Derangement Syndrome first struck, this blog was not yet established, and I just stewed.  In many ways, PDS -- along with Obamamania -- was the motivating factor in my creating this blog in October 2008.

This account of the first days of PDS by Kay Hymowitz in Sarah Palin and the Battle for Feminism (h/t @SissyWillis), brings back the memories:
And it is why people like me, who currently are open-minded as to the field of potential candidates in the absence of knowing who will run, will not support any Republican candidate during the primaries who attacks Palin.  (Yes, the Lombardi Rule still takes effect after the primaries are over.)

Palin may not run, and if she runs, she may not win the nomination.  But any other Republican candidate who thinks the way to win is to softly mimic the Palin haters does so at his political peril.

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