I have written plenty of negative articles about Palin in the old ROS days. I also wrote one or two favorable blogs on her. I still think that she has major flaws, but I also believe she has serious strengths worth considering.
First, she's a fighter. Her critics condemn her judgment in the fights she engages in. That is not my concern for today's argument. I am convinced that a President Palin would fight doggedly for those issues that she believes in. I can't for a minute imagine her having the jello spine that George W. Bush had. I am sure that she would make the most use possible of the presidential bully pulpit to denounce democrat's propoganda, backroom deals, and unethical procedural votes. And I am also convinced that if elected, she would surround herself with smart, capable advisors who would keep her on the straight and narrow, avoiding gaffes much more adroitly than she has on her own.
I really, really don't see Romney as a fighter. Let's face it, when he ran for Senator and Governor of MA he told them what he thought they wanted to hear. Then, when he ran for president in 2008, he needed to appeal to a different contingency and he totally changed his tune. It just can't be denied. I do believe that his conversion to pro life is sincere and would last if he were elected president. I give him the benefit of the doubt on his flip on Cap and Trade. But he just doesn't give the impression of a fighter.
Second, Palin doesn't pander. Sure, she is a fire breather and stokes the Tea Party flames. But she hasn't tried to remake herself into a hero for some other, diametrically opposed interest group. Unlike Romney who was for socially liberal ideologies in the 90s, then was opposed to them in 2008. I could never imagine Palin talking about bling to a bunch of black kids the way Romney did. I can't envision Palin doing a 180 on abortion. Palin is Palin whether she is in Iowa or Florida. If her brand doesn't sell in Florida, at least she won't try to remake herself to suit the situation.
Third, Palin holds to her convictions. She may be wrong at times, but she doesn't change her core beliefs to fit her current campaign. Has she changed her mind? Of course, what politician hasn't. But show me where she has changed her most strongly held beliefs, like drilling, defense, immigration, etc. For every change that Palin has made, I bet we could find half a dozen that Romney has made.
Moving on, let me say how distasteful I find the ongoing attacks on her from the right to be. She has as much of a right to run as any other American. She has a significant following of adoring fans. They have as much of a right to see her get her chance as any other group of devotees out there. We don't live in Iran where the polls are rigged. Let her have her chance. Let her debate. If she succeeds then give her credit, if she fails, then just move on graciously. We really, really need to let her have a fair chance in campaigning. If she is as big of a disaster as her detractors claim she is, then she will wash out. If she is the second coming of Reagan, then she can succeed on her merits. But this argument needs to be worked out in a campaing and in the voting booths so that all sides can get over this and move on.
Finally, it is very unlikely that a repbulican will beat Obama in 2012. Palin is polling terribly against Obama in almost every poll. She may lose many more states than Romney would, but they both are likely to lose to Obama. But what is there to fear in letting her have her chance? Both paths are likely to lead to a loss. If she fails in the debates or on the stump, just graciously move on. Chances are that the majority of Americans will recognize failure when they see it, even if the C4P crowd can't. If she succeeds, then praise her for it. But stop giving ammo to the Palin supporter's claims of your having PDS.