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[Time permitting, several upcoming posts will deal with favorite passages from Governor Sarah Palin’s book  ‘Going Rogue’. That title is, of course, a reference to campaign insider’s fears about Sarah Palin going off script laid out for her. But it also has echos of the recently wildly popular  expression ‘Going Galt’ (as in John Galt of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand). Real Clear Politics explains it all. Language Log explores the ideas around the phrase ‘going rogue’.  Finally, please note that the passages cited here were not ‘cut and paste’ but hand typed, so, any and all typos are entirely those of this blogger and not the publisher.]

Curiously enough, my first favorite excerpt is from toward the end of the book:

I am an independent person who had the good fortune to come of age in the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. I am a registered Republican because the planks in that party’s platform are stronger than any others upon which to build Alaska and America. I disagree with some of the characters in the party machine, but the GOP stands for principles that will strengthen and secure the country, if they are applied. I’m not obsessively partisan, though, and I don’t blame people who dislike political labels even more than I do. My husband, for example, isn’t registered with any party, for sound reasons, having been an eyewitness to the idiosyncrasies of party machines. I also don’t like the narrow stereotypes of either the “conservative” or the “liberal’ label, but until we change the lingo, call me a Commonsense Conservative. Going Rogue, page 384

The Governor makes these same points during a recent conversation with Laura Ingraham. That podcast is here.

Personally, I love the phrase Commonsense Conservative. It has faint echoes of George W Bush’s Compassionate Conservative (which turned out to be pretty lame incidentally), and itself overwhelmed into irrelevance by a dismal presidency.

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