Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address to a breakfast of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony’s List this morning. The speech was typical for Palin: attacks on big government and the media, a robust defense of the culture of life using her personal narrative as an example, and support for a “frontier feminism” opposed to the version of women’s liberation found in faculty lounges at “East Coast” schools. You can watch the speech here.
As I listened to the speech, I was struck by how Palin’s positions are widely shared. She opposes the health care law — so does the public. She’s concerned about the federal deficit — so is the public (see question 10b). She supports the Arizona illegal immigration law — so does the public. She supports the right to life — and the public is moving toward her. She supports the Afghanistan surge and the current course in Iraq — both Obama administration policies.
This is something that has really troubled me about the public reaction to Palin for a while. She’s constantly and unequivocally painted as a conservative extremist, the most extreme of the extreme. Yet, I never see actual facts to back up these accusations, or the facts are completely made up. As far as I can tell from actually watching Palin, she’s center right, but no more to the right than many prominent conservatives, and certainly not extreme.