Point taken, Phil. I don’t know which pundits are actually defending Palin on substance, so I’ll let you fight that fight. Any way you look at it, though, Palin scored points by identifying the enemy as “Islamic extremism.” So we’re not just in a “War Against Terror” — the enemy as a tactic — but in a war against a specific ideology whose adherents habitually practice that tactic. Given a choice between the views of Sarah Palin and the views of the typical Mideast specialist at the State Department, I’m with the hockey mom.
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