You usually associate street smarts with some one who knows how to negotiate in business. Donald Trump apparently considers this ability to be a top of the line requirement for statesmanship and something which qualifies him to be president of the United States.
The neocons have a problem. The neocon wing of the Republican Party is the egghead wing, the foreign policy wing, the Jewish wing. So what to do about Sarah Palin, who is, relatively speaking, the antithesis of all of those things?
The American system did make good on its promises for Jews; this is why so many Jews refuse to support the conservative politics of exclusion and fear. Podhoretz would have us chop down the ladder behind us.