Saturday, June 4, 2011

Most people who mock Sarah Palin for apparent-but-not-actual errors hold the following unstated assumption: "I didn't know it, so she can't have known it." Have such people read this piece, from 2008? If they haven't, they should read it now. Here's the first paragraph:
It's difficult not to froth when one reads, as I did again and again this week, doubts about Sarah Palin's “intelligence,” coming especially from women such as PBS's Bonnie Erbe, who, as near as I recall, has not herself heretofore been burdened with the Susan Sontag of Journalism moniker. As Fred Barnes—God help me, I'm agreeing with Fred Barnes—suggests in the Weekly Standard, these high toned and authoritative dismissals come from people who have never met or spoken with Sarah Palin. Those who know her, love her or hate her, offer no such criticism. They know what I know, and I learned it from spending just a little time traveling on the cramped campaign plane this week: Sarah Palin is very smart.
Just as one may smile, and smile, and be a villain, so one may be intelligent without talking like an Ivy Leaguer.

(First link via Glenn Reynolds. Second link too, probably.)