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Having it both ways - but who will ultimately end up under the bus if she actually wins?

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Submitted by Cavan John (United Kingdom), Feb 8, 2010 at 17:42

Two points: (1) Reading Palin literally, she said "Say he decided to declare war on Iran OR decided really [to] come out and do whatever he could to support Israel" - so she was technically ambiguous as to whether she was endorsing the first or the second policy. (2) She explicilty referenced PB's column.

This means that she was either (a) misunderstood that Buchanan was arguing AGAINST war (b) wanted to appeal to both foreign policy hawks (by appearing to supporting war) and paleconservatives (by referencing Buchanan) simultaneously. Given that, if elected, she will ultimately have to choose between the readership of The Weekly Standard and that of the The American Conservative, the question is who is going to end up under the bus? My guess is that her support for Israel is a mixture of cheap talk and opportunism. After all, she has spent the majority of her career with the ultra liberatarian right, a political faction in some ways antiwar as the average Code Pink activist. Let's also not forget that Palin endorsed Rand Paul a few days ago.

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