It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Sarah Palin. Well, hang on, that’s not exactly true . . . I do enjoy following her for the sheer entertainment value it provides. But politically, she and I are glaciers apart, which is why I was so impressed by something she said this week.

In the midst of all the clatter surrounding the town hall meetings on health care reform, Sarah Palin has publicly denounced the prevailing GOP tactic of disruption, harassment, and shout-downs. This from CNN:

Posting once again on her Facebook page — the former Alaska governor’s recent soapbox of choice — Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.

“There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment,” Palin wrote. 

“Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying,” Palin wrote. “Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.”

Wow. Reasonable and sensible? I was stunned. Even if I disagree with her stance on the issue, I can applaud her for taking a stand against these ridiculous shouting tactics.  Brava! Time will tell if the GOP leadership and lobbyists will heed the call.