Skip to comments.Sarah Palin: Did she save the Republican Party?
Posted on 09/09/2011 8:15:24 AM PDT by techno
One of the most important articles ever written about Sarah Palin was by Paul Goldman, a Democratic political strategist and former chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party,in September 2010, about 6 weeks before the 2010 midterm election.
This article was originally posted at FR and at the WAPO:
In the article Goldman claims there is a good possibility that Sarah Palin has saved the Republican party (from extinction)by not going the third party route (via the Tea party) and in Goldman's words "to allow Republican anger to boil, yet not boil over."
And then Goldman reflects on the possibility that "the GOP establishment fails to appreciate the debt it owes her".
And finally he concludes with this prediction:
"Should Republicans run up the score in November (2010), Sarah Palin will deserve a lot of credit she will never get."
My questions to Freepers:
1)Does Sarah Palin deserve a lot of credit for the results of the 2010 midterms as Goldman asserts or is he simply full of hot air?
2)Now if she does, was Goldman's prediction correct? Has the GOP establishment in collusion with the media and the right-wing blogosphere been able to in the last 10 months to pull the wool of over the eyes of the bulk of the GOP primary electorate and successfully erased Palin's contribution from their memories or convinced them she had little part to play in the massive GOP victory?
3)Now if you feel Palin's contribution was NOT significant or overstated by Goldman could you please tell me who it was on our side you feel did the most to influence the result or perhaps you feel the result was inevitable due to Obama's agenda?
In other words, if Sarah Palin doesn't deserve a lot of the credit for the greatest GOP victory since 1938 who does?
A final note not since exit polls for midterms began being kept in 1982 has the GOP garnered more of the female vote than the Democrats (49% to 48%).
And not since WWII has the GOP reached 60% of the WHITE vote in any midterm election.
I agree, Palin deserves a huge amount of credit for 2010.
But the talk of Palin going 3rd party... where’s that coming from? Did she ever say that or imply that? If she did, I’m not aware of it.
Anyway, you are right, the GOP owes a lot to Sarah Palin and if she’s not nominated for presidential candidate she should be given a cabinet spot in a republican administration, if there is a republican administration and if she wants a cabinet spot.
Yes and NO.
Yes she was part of saving it, no she is not the only thing that saved it.
She helped. She isn’t singularly responsible nor even significantly responsible.
A lot of factors went into 2010 and will go into non-presidential races in 2012.
Should she not run, she will certainly help with he GOP top though the down-ticket race.
One of the points I was trying to make.
If Palin didn’t take the TP in a 3rd party direction in 2010 why would she take it in that direction in 2012?
Be more specific.
I understand and agree with you.
But previous to 2010, did she ever indicate in any way that she was even considering 3rd party?
I don’t think so.
McCain’s fault. ;-)
I think the Tea Party had a huge impact on the 2010 elections. Sarah herself was a small part of that. The larger part was everyday Americans getting out there and making their voices heard.
Considering the way the slimey way the GOP Establishment has treated Palin, they’ve pretty much proven to me that the Party is hardly ‘worth’ saving at this point. And I’m saying that as someone who has voted exclusively GOP my entire life, never wavering a single time.
2) Yes, I agree that the GOP Establishment attempts to erase the memory of Sarah Palin's influence in such election; and 3) N/A.
November, 2010 was the Tea Party Movement's victory and Sarah Palin is the best and most prominent spokesperson for that Movement.
Obama deserves the most credit for the TP his spending tripling down on Bush deficits. Rick Santelli then millions of folks in all 50 states. Sarah’s political instincts jumping to support the folks have serve her and her country well. Obama birthed the TP and Obama will die politicallly by them in 2012 thanks to the millions of folks that rose up and are expanding daily.
My personal opinion is that the Republican Party has not yet been saved. Obama and the democrats in DC have given the republicans a magnificent opportunity to save themselves. So far, Palin is the only one that has positioned republicans to benefit.
So, I guess I would say no, she hasn’t saved the party, but she has put a foot in the door, so to speak.
She is going to save this Nation!!
PALIN / WEST CRUSH THE LEFT!
Then start voting Dumbocrat if you think they’re better. You have no other choice.
I do not see Palin going 3rd party..
I believe Palin deserves much credit and gratitude for rejuvenating Republicans, inspiring and working hard to influence the 2010 elections..
Is Palin’s mother and father’s names Mary and Joseph?
Not saved, changed, and it needs to keep on changing. Sarah has played a huge role in moving the Republican Party from the establishment progressives who are losing to the conservatives who are winning. The whole thing is about saving this nation, and time is running short.