"If political figures stand for ideas, victimization is what Ms. Palin is all about," Thomas Frank wrote in a Wall Street Journal column. "It is her brand, her myth. Ronald Reagan stood tall. John McCain was about service. Barack Obama has hope. Sarah Palin is a collector of grievances. She runs for high office by griping."This is no small thing, mind you. The piling-up of petty complaints is an important aspect of conservative movement culture. For those who believe that American life consists of the trampling of Middle America by the 'elites' — that our culture is one big insult to the pious and the patriotic and the traditional — Sarah Palin's long list of unfair and disrespectful treatment is one of her most attractive features. Like Oliver North, Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, she is known not for her ideas but as a martyr, a symbol of the culture-war crimes of the left."
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