In The WSJ, Bush is Batman and Palin is Thatcher

In was just a few months ago when the Wall Street Journal published this op-ed explaining that President Bush was really just like Batman:

There seems to me no question that the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

And like W, Batman understands that there is no moral equivalence between a free society — in which people sometimes make the wrong choices — and a criminal sect bent on destruction. The former must be cherished even in its moments of folly; the latter must be hounded to the gates of Hell.

Apparently, the ridicule they received for that has now died down enough that the paper felt bold enough to unveil its newest absurd comparison – Sarah Palin is a lot like Margaret Thatcher:

[A]s it happens, I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common … Mrs. Palin has a long way to go to match [Thatcher]. Circumstances may never give her the chance to do so. Even if she gets that chance, she may lack Mrs. Thatcher’s depths of courage, firmness and stamina — we only ever know such things in retrospect.

But she has plenty of time, probably eight years, to analyze America’s problems, recruit her own expert advice, and develop conservative solutions to them. She has obvious intelligence, drive, serious moral character, and a Reaganesque likability. Her likely Republican rivals such as Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney, not to mention Barack Obama, have most of these same qualities too. But she shares with Mrs. Thatcher a very rare charisma. As Ronnie Millar, the latter’s speechwriter and a successful playwright, used to say in theatrical tones: She may be depressed, ill-dressed and having a bad hair day, but when the curtain rises, out onto the stage she steps looking like a billion dollars. That’s the mark of a star, dear boy. They rise to the big occasions.

Whatever … I wonder how this flattering comparison ranks against her recent honor of being named Human Event’s Conservative of the Year?

And speaking of Palin, the Ancorage Daily News reports that contrary to earlier report, she has not yet agreed to attend this year’s CPAC:

Now the 2009 convention is just two months away, and Palin is expected to speak to the thousands of conservative activists and college students that attend each year, director Lisa De Pasquale said in a phone interview Monday.

A Palin spokesman said it’s no sure thing.

But Palin spokesman Bill McAllister said Palin has merely been invited and that she has not confirmed. “It’s not scheduled, she’s not told them yes.”