Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan

Dare I say it? Palin reminds me of Reagan in one critical respect: she thinks and acts like most Americans do or would like to, and she does it with a smile on her face. She’s the ultimate “one of us.”

Whereas Hillary Clinton is a nagging harpy, Barack Obama is a sexually-suspect creature from another planet, and Joe Biden is a dirty old man.

The thing about people who come in promising “change” from the left/progressive side, is that they always seem to be something totally different from what most Americans really want deep-down, which is simply to get their work done, take care of their kids, be left in peace, and feel good about themselves at the end of a long, hard day.

The fantasy that this country should become a technocratic paradise for eggheads with advanced degrees and no robust experience of ordinary life appeals primarily to young people. And they mostly grow out of it.

The “change” America wants isn’t a brave new world. It’s a return to an older world, with all the modern conveniences. Sarah Palin is not ready to be President of the United States (yet). But along with her attractive family, she certainly sets the pattern for an eventual renascence of a genial, confident and self-reliant Conservatism.

And the biggest surprise for some people will be that the Democrats don’t have a monopoly on youth. Or women.

-Francis Cianfrocca