David, thanks for re-posting your splendid words on Sarah Palin. Very well done.
Also smartly done, I think, is Bill Kristol’s most recent editorial. He’s got some advice for our side that I like (and that I think is probably rather similar to what a Romney run might look like):
Republicans need to point out that Obama’s economic policies aren’t working. But they need to resist appearing to relish bad news for the country on Obama’s watch. When rising unemployment numbers come out, there is occasionally an unseemly sense of celebration in the emails that come from various GOP offices. More in sorrow than in joy, more in confirmation than in vindication–that should be the Republican mood as the news of Obama’s failures, failures which damage the well-being of Americans and of America, rolls in. And as the failures become ever more evident, conservatives can urge that he correct them, that he see the error of his ways and move on to the right path.
In areas where policies are still being debated–in foreign policy in particular–conservatives need to keep urging Obama to do the right thing. We are disgusted with Obama’s irresoluteness on Afghanistan. But we continue to urge that he side with the experienced military leaders he’s been fortunate to inherit against the second-guessing of political hacks (and of failed ex-generals turned political hacks). We conservatives want American soldiers to win wars, American interests to prevail, and American principles to flourish. We want the bad guys to lose. We’re happy to work with President Obama to defeat them–and we only wish he shared our clarity and urgency about accomplishing that task.