In response to my column on Friday, Sarah Palin supporter Ian Lazaran does a good job of taking the column as it was meant to be taken, as what he calls a “mock exercise” (I wouldn’t call it a MOCK exercise, but close: a training exercise in hypotheticals, or something like that) to identify each candidates’ most obvious weaknesses and to urge all candidates to catalogue ALL their weaknesses and be ready to answer for them or ameliorate the problems. He takes up the challenge by providing a list of reasons why the criticisms I offered about Palin should not be considered important. If I analyzed his answers, I might quibble with some of them, but that’s not the point: The point is to get the candidates’ teams to do the requisite work; and for activists, too, to look really hard before they leap to any one candidate’s support. This is a crucial choice before the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and the party and the movement must get it right.
Lazaran’s blog post is a highly constructive contribution to the conversation.
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