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.
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.
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.
The GOP belongs to her now. The ruling-class RINOs just haven't figured it out yet.
It is far more likely that the RINOs will form their own third-party of "moderates" sometime after the 2012 election, when their predicament becomes obvious.
PS - A "moderate" is simply someone with no core beliefs and no firm principles. They are always willing to compromise because they believe in nothing except their own personal advancement.
She was very helpful...as were a bunch of other folks. Jim DeMint was great too. But nothing, nothing compares to the influence of the Tea Party (and that is NOT the property of Sarah Palin or any other politician) and the folks who showed up at Congressional Town Hall Meetings all across the country. Pelosi’s response to those meetings helped too.
She really scares the “permanent political establishment.” The “permanent political establishment” goes beyond politicians. It includes bureaucrats and even pundits like George Will, Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter for whom having Beltway friends is more important than being conservatives.
I believe Palins speech at the RNC Convention in 2008 marked the beginning of the Tea Party. She lit a fire in Conservative hearts that evening and has been stirring the embers since.
On the whole, her endorsement track record was very high, in terms of wins, but that did include some fairly "safe" picks as well.
More intangibly, her writings, speeches, and interviews help shape and frame the debate. While some excoriate her for "bumper sticker slogans", the fact is that she helped take some issues that the pundits were tying to gloss over with complexity and restate them in simple language that people just "get". Of course there wasn't anything named a "death panel" in Obamacare, but that term got people to realize what a bureaucratic panel who decides what treatments patients can and can't get pretty much amounts to it.
But how much did that quantitatively help? It's impossible to say. The TEA Party was energized -- did she add enough additional energy to make the victory larger? I think she did, but again, it's all subjective.
I also don't think there has been a successful effort to diminish Palin's contributions. Even those GOP folks who aren't going to support her for President almost always qualify it with something like "she'll do more good doing what she's doing in rallying the troops and raising money".
Sarah Palin on Fox News now.
Palin was one of the main people who help give us the large win in the 2010 elections. I support her effort.