I think a lot of us, even those who have been supportive of her in the past, rolled their eyes when they heard that Sarah Palin was going to be giving a speech to foreign investors in China. And before you say it, no, she can’t see China from her house. Let’s try and leave the jokes to hacks like David Letterman and Keith Olbermann.
She went, she spoke, she impressed?
Admittedly I haven’t gotten to hear the speech myself, but from all account she did a great job apparently made a few more believers. Though, I’m sure this is just the conservative media trying to spin. Let’s take a look at that far-right extremist newsletter…The New York Times?!?
A number of people who heard the speech in a packed hotel ballroom, which was closed to the media, said Mrs. Palin spoke from notes for 90 minutes and that she was articulate, well-prepared and even compelling. “The speech was wide-ranging, very balanced, and she beat all expectations,” said Doug A. Coulter, head of private equity in the Asia-Pacific region for LGT Capital Partners. “She didn’t sound at all like a far-right-wing conservative. She seemed to be positioning herself as a libertarian or a small-c conservative,” he said, adding that she mentioned both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. “She brought up both those names.”
Mrs. Palin said she was speaking as “someone from Main Street U.S.A.,” and she touched on her concerns about oversized federal bailouts and the unsustainable American government deficit. She did not repeat her attack from last month that the Obama administration’s health care proposals would create a “death panel” that would allow federal bureaucrats to decide who is “worthy of health care.” Cameron Sinclair, another speaker at the event, said Mrs. Palin emphasized the need for a grassroots rebirth of the Republican Party driven by party leaders outside Washington.
A number of attendees thought Mrs. Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, was using the speech to begin to broaden her foreign policy credentials before making a run for the presidency in 2012. “She’s definitely a serious future presidential candidate, and I understand why she plays so well in middle America,” said Mr. Coulter, a Canadian.
I emboldened that part I found the most interesting, because while I still say she won’t run and having been saying it since last year, I agree with Chuck Todd that she’ll flirt with the “Draft Sarah” movement just to position herself as player, a “King maker” if you will. She’ll be the one that the other candidates are going to get her endorsement, help them raise money, etc.
To do that, a libertarian/small “c” conservative is the perfect fit for her.