My friend Steve Hayward is well known as the historian of Ronald Reagan and the Reagan era. He brings his learning to bear in “Give ’em hell, Sarah” in the new issue of the Weekly Standard. He notes that “Palin’s ascent revives issues and arguments about self-government that raged at the time of the American founding and before. Indeed, the basic problems of the few and the many, and the sources of wisdom and virtue in politics, stretch back to antiquity.” Steve finds that “[i]n her first innings, Palin has offered a unique display of the capacity that John Adams described as the essence of a ‘natural aristocrat’ in America.” Steve’s short article makes a genuine contribution to the intelligent discussion of Sarah Palin.
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