The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities. For example, he selected a running mate most Americans had never heard of and who had negligible experience pertinent to the presidency. This was 1964.
So begins a pretty darn good George Will column from today on Sarah Palin, populism, Barack Obama and our vacuumtastic political moment. I'm a bit more bullish than Will on the policy content of the current backlash, but his Palin take is mine, only better stated.
Make sure to read Nick Gillespie's great Palin musings in our March issue.