Ralph Nader praises Sarah Palin

We decided to call the longtime left crusader about a speech Palin gave in Iowa earlier this month, one which seemed to mark the transformation of Palin from a standard-issue movement conservative to something more independent and more reformist. And Nader told us he liked what he heard.

« I think she’s a lot smarter than most people credit her, » says Nader. « Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state. »

She described a « permanent political class, » one that is hypocritical and devoted to personally profiting off of government. She spoke of « the collusion of big government and big business and big finance. » And she took aim at both parties for governing in service of their big campaign contributors.

This sounded to us like Nader. And Nader agreed.