Why Bachmann wins.
For a decade or more, Americans have been all too aware of al Qaeda and their desire to destroy us, led by Osama bin Laden. This week, many finally felt the closure they had been seeking with the death of bin Laden. But if we have struggled this long against the leader of al Qaeda, should it not seem odd that we are simultaneously assisting them in Libya?
Why do I hold Sarah Palin to a more exacting standard than I do David Frum? Simple: because Palin and Frum fulfill different roles in the conservative movement. Palin is a political leader; Frum an intellectual leader. As an intellectual leader, Frum has much greater leeway — and an obligation really — to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Palin, by contrast, is abandoning conservative policy positions that she does not yet fully understand and has not yet fully thought through.