Tracing The Political Evolution Of Sarah Palin

05/10/2011 10:21 am ET | Updated Jul 10, 2011
  • Joshua Green The Atlantic

From the moment Sarah Palin's acceptance speech electrified the Republican convention, she was seen as an unbending, hard-charging, red-meat ideologue--to which soon was added "thin-skinned" and "vindictive." But a look at what Palin did while in office in Alaska--the only record she has--shows a very different politician: one who worked with Democrats to tame Big Oil and solve the great problem at the heart of the state's politics. That Sarah Palin might have set the nation on a different course. What went wrong?

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