Tony Blankley calls them "me-too conservatives", I call them moderates--who are the worst of both worlds--cheap liberals.
We haven't seen this type hanging around for some time--not since Ronald Reagan took them on, and then with the 1994 contract with America when Newt Gingrich banished the "tax collectors for the welfare state".
Now at least their pundit apologists--a prelude to more politicians I suppose, are lining up to put the liberal Obama yoke on their shoulders and have turned up their noses at Sarah Palin-- Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Chris Buckley, David Frum and Kathleen Parker. They are in love with The One, seeing their supposed seer-like qualities reflected in him.
Let's hope they're wrong and Obama and the Democrats don't win it all this year. Because this kind of go along to get along conventional liberal wisdom is the kind of politics we've seen in Obama's state of Illinois--Machine Politics. Over time it enveloped both parties here, a pragmatic moderate GOP went along for years, and now we are essentially a one party Democrat state--highly taxed, nearly bankrupt, and corrupt.
And I do think they are certainly wrong on one score--Barack Obama is an angry, hard left ideologue--not a nice guy at all. He made a choice to come to Chicago, and yes, pal around with Bill Ayers the unrepentant terrorist, and Rev. Wright, the ranting racist. But he wears a suit well, and can recite an elegant turn of phrase and that is all they see.
So I say to the me-too over-manicured minds on the coasts --not me. Stone her at your own risk. Sarah Palin is the future, and you don't have the wisdom to see it. You have no idea how special she is--grounded and inspirational at the same time. We conservatives who do the heavy lifting in the heartland have been hoping for someone like Sarah for years.