Thursday, May 05, 2011

Sarah Palin: Neocon no more?

Sarah Palin has split with the neoconservative foreign policy strategists who had been advising her since she became the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2008. Orion Strategies' Randy Scheunemann and Michael Goldfarb had helped Palin craft speeches advocating the aggressive use of U.S. military power abroad — an approach her new adviser, Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer, views more skeptically. Is Palin really dumping neoconservatism for the more pragmatic, mainstream foreign policy she outlined in a speech this Monday?

Yes, but it won't do her any good: "Just as she has become irrelevant, Sarah Palin has started staking out less absurd foreign policy positions," says Daniel Larison at The American Conservative. And her more cautious approach, reflected in her opposition to U.S. involvement in the campaign against Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, definitely seems more to the liking of the rank-and-file Republicans she's courting. But abruptly changing course the minute she changes advisers doesn't inspire confidence that she's thinking for herself.
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