December 9, 2009 11:33AM

Who Wants to Make Sarah Palin the Leader of the Republican Party?

Could it be the Washington Post? Bannered across the top of the Post’s op‐​ed page today is a piece titled “Copenhagen’s political science,” titularly authored by Sarah Palin. I’m delighted to see the Post publishing an op‐​ed critical of the questionable science behind the Copenhagen conference and the demands for massive regulations to deal with “climate change.”


But Sarah Palin? Of all the experts and political leaders a great newspaper might call on for a critical look at the science behind global warming, Sarah Palin?


What’s even more interesting is that the Post also ran an op‐​ed by Palin in July. But during this entire year, the Post has not run any op‐​eds by such credible and accomplished Republicans as Gov. Mitch Daniels; former governors Mitt Romney or Gary Johnson; Sen. John Thune; or indeed former governor Mike Huckabee, who might be Palin’s chief rival for the social‐​conservative vote. You might almost think the Post wanted Palin to be seen as a leader of Republicans.


I should note that during the past year the Post has run one op‐​ed each from John McCain, Bobby Jindal, Newt Gingrich, and Tim Pawlenty. (And for people who don’t read well, I should note that when I call the people above “credible and accomplished,” that’s not an endorsement for any political office.) Still, it’s the rare political leader who gets two Post op‐​eds in six months, and rarer still the Post op‐​eds by ex‐​governors who can’t name a newspaper that they read.