Max has a good post on major people on the Left (Howard Dean and Noam Chomsky) acknowledging that Palin has been right on crucial issues. Following on Chomsky's interview last year (video here), Howard Dean called for abolishing the Independent Payment Advisory Board last month in a Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing that it has the dangerous ability to deny medical treatment--a point Palin made in her "death panel" charge in 2009.
"The IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them," wrote Dean, who is also a physician. "Getting rid of the IPAB is something Democrats and Republicans ought to agree on."Then there was praise for her leadership in fighting crony capitalism in the New York Times in 2011.
When is the last time you heard any leading lights on the Left give similar "they were are right" treatment to other Republican leaders. To Mitt Romney? To John McCain? To anyone in the Bush family? Or how about Chris Christie?
It looks like Sarah Palin is smarter than all of them, and has more courage because she didn't cave even when receiving incoming fire from liberals and establishment (and sometimes conservative) Republicans.
That these admissions are not big, hat eating news to "conservative" commentators who have been so quick to criticize and dismiss Palin, tells a lot about the lack of insight and character of those commentators.
Month by month and year by year Palin looks more and more like she wears the mantle of Reagan's style of courage and leadership in the face of unwarranted criticism from their own side.