One of the commonplaces or cliches about conservatives is their devotion to given-ness, their sense of the "rightness" of the old-fashioned and their resistance to the "new fangled". But there's a truth there, especially when it concerns Sarah Palin conservatives. This "rightness" correlates in their mind as "common sense" because it's time tested and has a kind of numinous quality because of its association with the wisdom of the ancestors. This is the way it's always been; you just don’t pass a law to change the wisdom of the ages. That's Liberal foolishness. They just don't get it.
This Thanksgiving weekend I spent time with relatives who are tenacious defenders of Sarah Palin, and I think I understand where they're coming from. They ground themselves in a basic defense of this "common-sense" feeling for the world, which they believe correlates with the American foundational national narrative. She is loved for fighting for its preservation, no matter what her flaws might be, which my relatives have no illusions about. Nevertheless, they enjoy her in-your-face brashness, how much she irritates Liberals, and in the end that's all that matters. And that's fine, so far as it goes.
My relatives think of me as Liberal, even though I'm not. I'm a believing, practicing Catholic, and the phrase "liberal Catholic", while people do use it, is oxymoronic, if the second word in the phrase has any meaning. But I voted for Obama, so the distinction is lost on them, and because I accept a pluralizing modern world for what it is, which they don't--it sounds too much like multi-culturalist relativism to them. They don't see me as belonging to their tribe because I'm not someone who has the same enemies they have, and because I don't share in their "common sense".