Opinion: Sarah Palin: The ‘best people’ she knows all have something in common


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With her own pedigree as a lifelong resident of small cities like Sandpoint, ID and Wasilla, Alaska, where she was mayor, Sarah Palin has been especially effective jabbing Barack Obama over one of his most egregious gaffes as a presidential candidate -- his ill-chosen words back in the spring to San Francisco supporters about small-town Americans.

In her widely-watched speech at the Republican National Convention, Palin received one of many roars of approval when she said that ‘in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.’


She’s routinely offered variations of that comment in her campaign appearances since then. But last week in Michigan, stumping in tow with John McCain, she took her commentary on the virtues of the nation’s sparsely populated communites to a new level.

As quoted in a Saturday Washington Post piece, she said: ‘There’s nothing wrong with small towns. In fact, I think all the best people in the world I know come from small towns.’

Presumably, as her national exposure expands, she will have occasion to meet someone from an urban or suburban background who might merit entry into her ‘best people’ circle.

-- Don Frederick