With Osama Bin Laden captured, it's a new day in American foreign policy. Accordingly, Sarah Palin's given her foreign-policy team a makeover: She's replaced the neocon advisers who were a holdover from her days as John McCain's running mate with Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institution, who, Ben Smith says, " has articulated a more skeptical view of the use of American force and promotion of democracy abroad," and has condemned U.S. intervention in Libya. Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy thinks the move is a canny play for Tea Party voters—or, at least, its "growing Libertarian wing."
Even as her foreign policy is getting less muscular, though, Palin's rhetoric is growing more belligerent. She called for President Obama to stop "pussy-footing" and release photos of the slain Osama Bin Laden. She conspicuously left him out of her congratulatory tweet about the Bin Laden capture ("Thank you, American men and women in uniform. You are America's finest and we are all so proud. Thank you for fighting against terrorism"). And in a Monday night speech, she went a step further, crediting President Bush by name and again snubbing Obama. Palin has never exactly extended a warm hand to the president, but taken together, her foreign-policy moves seem increasingly purpose-driven. The Palin Meter bumps up to 46 percent.
Previous Palin Meter Readings
Thursday, April 28, 2011: 44 percent
Monday, April 18, 2011: 44 percent
Thursday, April 14, 2011: 39 percent
Tuesday, April 5, 2011: 43 percent
Monday, March 28, 2011: 49 percent
Wednesday, March 23, 2011: 53 percent
Friday, March 18, 2011: 55 percent
Wednesday, March 16, 2011: 55 percent
Thursday, March 10, 2011: 48 percent
Tuesday, March 8, 2011: 35 percent
Monday, March 7, 2011: 40 percent
Friday, March 3, 2011: 45 percent
Tuesday, March 1, 2011: 51 percent