Sarah Palin thinks she is a better American than you because she comes from a small town, and a superior human being because she isn’t a journalist and never lived in Washington and likes to watch her kids play hockey.
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Why is a windfall-profits tax good for Alaska but not for the U.S.? Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it? People in Alaska are better than people in the rest of the U.S. They’re more American. Although there are small towns and farms and high school hockey teams in the lower 48, there are fewer down here, per capita, than in Alaska. And there are many more journalists and pollsters and city dwellers and other undesirables who might benefit if every American had the same right to leech off the government as do the good citizens of Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
Michael Kinsley’s article, I more than willingly admit, is not without merit, pointing out her shortcomings and, especially, where her policies as governor of Alaska have strayed from fiscal conservatism. (Granted, rather than offering any nuanced analysis on why this might be acceptable given Alaska’s peculiarities, Kinsley takes on the tone of a bitter liberal reacting desperately to the possibility that Palin’s energizing the base, and appealing to some undecideds, may win the election for McCain.) Instead of offering anything resembling a balanced, intelligent commentary on Governor Palin, Kinsley, instead laces his article with that garbage. And he wonders why Palin and her lot think themselves better?