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Sarah Palin's 'Position on the Issues'

2:29 PM, Sep 4, 2008 • By RICHARD STARR
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I've heard a fair amount of morning-after caviling from conservatives that Sarah Palin didn't spend more of her speech talking about public policy and issues. David Frum, for one, asks: "Where does she stand on immigration - an issue to which a President McCain will surely return? How reliable is she on free trade?"

Okay, let's grant there is natural curiosity about her political philosophy, particularly among people who care about political philosophy. But, as Gov. Palin might phrase it: Here's a little newsflash for all those reporters and commentators: She's not going to Washington to implement her political philosophy and her agenda. She's going to Washington to serve as John McCain's vice president. And the position of any good vice president is that he (or she) supports the president.

George H. W. Bush didn't give a convention speech in 1980 on how Reaganomics was Voodoo economics, even though that was where he stood on that issue, as everyone had learned earlier that year.

My prediction: Sarah Palin will stand on immigration and free trade where John McCain stands on those issues, and if she disagrees with him, I can imagine a spirited, private discussion between the two of them in the Oval Office. But it would be highly unusual, not to say inappropriate, for her to be announcing any positions on issues except the positions of the McCain-Palin campaign.