According to Sarah Palin, the Russians won the space race.
GRETA: Governor, last night there was a lot of discussion about the Sputnik Moment the President wants us to have. Do you agree with him? Is this our moment?
PALIN: That was another one of those WTF moments, when he has so often repeated, the Sputnik Moment, that he would aspire Americans to celebrate, he needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory and that race to space, yeah, they won, but they also incured [sic] so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union so I listen to that Sputnik Moment talk over and over again and I think, no we don’t need one of those.
Aside from the fact that she sounds like a middle school brat (WTF indeed), you would think that someone who thinks the sun rises and sets on the memory of Ronald Reagan would remember that it was the arms race — i.e. nuclear weapons and SDI — that drove the Soviet Union to the poor house. They were building so many weapons to keep up with us that they couldn’t make soap, and they gave up on the space race by 1966. That was Reagan’s legacy, according the GOP. So either Ms. Palin doesn’t know her own party’s orthodoxy or she doesn’t know history. Take a wild guess.