Where are the anti-Palincons?
Another Palin-critical conservative, whose article I linked a couple of weeks ago but in a comment rather than on the main page, is Heather Mac Donald at City Journal. Here is her article:
Sarah Palin (R-Diversity)It will not have escaped readers’ attention that the writers who are on the same side of this issue as myself are all women: Heather Mac Donald, Elizabeth Wright, Kay Hymowitz, Carol Iannone. Where are the conservative male writers who clearly and consistently oppose the Palin nomination? I bring this question up because a reader contacted me this afternoon and pointed out that I am the only one he can think of.
Update: There is David Frum. I had heard that he had been criticizing the nomination and taking a lot of heat from his readers over it, but I hadn’t looked it up. That discussion is no longer on the main page of the David Frum Diary. I don’t know if his arguments had to do with the impact of her nomination on conservatism, or just with the experience issue. There are many Palin links in Frum’s archive, but it will take some searching to find the actual entries where he was getting criticism and responding. [Note: see below a reader questioning my listing of Frum as a conservative.]
Paul Gottfried at Taki’s Magazine also has criticized the Palin nomination—not because of its effect on social conservatism (which has been the main focus at VFR), but because she will be McCain’s vice president and will be supporting his policies. It’s a key point and a self-evident point, but one that many conservatives seem to have blocked out under the pressure of powerful emotions.
Gottfried also mentions McCain’s splendid looking 96-year-old mother as an index that McCain might well serve two terms, with the conservatives’ heroine Sarah serving as his loyal lieutenant all that time. The irony is that anyone who likes Palin and sees her as a conservative hope should want her not to be McCain’s VP, which will destroy her as a conservative (assuming she is one), but to develop her own political career on her own, conservative (assuming she is conservative) terms.
You write:LA replies:
Thanks for this. But we’re looking for conservative critics of Palin. Based on this and this, is it correct to describe Chronicles as a conservative magazine?September 15
James P. writes:
You write:LA replies:
You’re probably right. As I said, I have not actually seen Frum’s posts on this, and a search through his many archive links would be needed to find them. But I’m such a fair minded guy that I was being open to the suggestion that he fits the bill.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 14, 2008 04:04 PM | Send