Skip to comments.The GOP can't be led by Sarah Palin. But can it live without her? (From Client #9's sidekick)
Posted on 11/09/2010 10:58:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah Palin.
She who can rouse the base like none other is now She to Whom Respect Must Be Paid. Like it or not.
Many within the so-called party establishment don't quite know what to do about Palin. She's adored by Tea Partyers, to whom she conveniently attached herself as soon as she sensed a shift in the air. A rogue like Palin isn't going to let a rogue movement fill a stadium - or a desert - without her.
She also had some luck with her gambles on midterm endorsements, at least in the U.S. House and a couple of state elections, notably South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley. Palin's Mama Grizzly shtick, which followed her pit bull-with-lipstick shtick, apparently was effective. She had a less-stellar record in the Senate, with only six of her 11 anointed ones winning.
Thus, Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama recently had the audacity to assert what heretofore had been relegated to whispers behind closed doors: "Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate."
Bachus, who is likely to replace Barney Frank as chair of the House Financial Services Committee, noted that Palin endorsed some Senate candidates who couldn't possibly win, such as Christine O'Donnell in Delaware...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Thus, Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama recently had the audacity to assert what heretofore had been relegated to whispers behind closed doors: “Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate.”
maybe, maybe not. But she probably gave you the House and all these state legislatures.
Zactly. STHU Kathleen ‘wannabe MoDo’..dayum, what a skank.
Whomever wrote this tripe is jealous of Sarah. The writer is a complete wanker wannabe. Get lost.
Don’t jump so fast.
Mrs. Palin is a unique phenomenon — maybe ever! — in politics. I have labeled her “Firebrand” in other threads but upon more thought she is more than that.
She defies classification. Her “Everyday plain talk” side draws everyday people — what used to be called “the Silent Majority” — to her and her way of thinking.
There is no question in my mind she learned from her early mistakes and has become a very astute political analyst. And she has the pulse of the Joe Six-pack and Jane Soccer-Mom.
She is a new force of nature.
But no matter what her role is, she is NOT the next President. And a run by her would be a disaster for the Conservative Movement (instantiated by the Tea Party) and its cousin, the Republican Party.
I “conveniently attached” myself to the TEA Party as soon as I “sensed a shift in the air” too. All of us TEA Partiers did!
Won’t be led by WaPo. That’s for sure.
Sarah Palin is a bell-weather conservative. You can tell how liberals feel about everything just by listening to them describe their feelings for her.
She attached herself to the Tea Party? HAH! She has been a leading inspiration of the Tea Party IMHO. She is our voice.
They just don’t get it.
The Left loves to have “token conservatives” in their media organs. Far from being someone who sniffs the air and follows trends, Sarah Palin is someone with fixed values, who leads others she thinks are of similar intent. As usual, the Left and its wimpy running dogs can only understand things by projecting their own cynical motives on others.
Kathleen Parker, you ignorant slug.
Yes, we all know of the famous Santini rant that sparked the TEA Party movement in Spring of 2009.
Earlier, and more importantly, many millions of us were paying close attention on August 29, 2008, when Sarah Palin was introduced as the Republican VP nominee select.
What we saw that Labor Day weekend and the following week, and then months, and now two years later, has become the growing divide between evil and good in the USA populace, and Sarah Palin just happens to be the wedge selected by the evil left against which to define their (your) own putrid, spiritually dead, semi-existence. By default, the good people lined up behind Sarah Palin. The TEA Parties did come later, but most of them share the same positive vision of the USA as Sarah Palin.
And you, Kathleen Parker, along with Peggy Noonan and some other milquetoast RINOs, chose to come down on the wrong side of history, against good, and on the side of evil.
You chose poorly.
The men, excuse me... the “men” of the MSM will go after Palin with raised eyebrows while the women, ::sigh:: excuse me... the “women” will get meaner and meaner.
Palin endorsed Joe Miller in AK and Christine O’Donnell (last minute) in DE. She did not endorse Linda McMahon in CT or Ken Buck in CO. She endorsed Sharron Angle in NV, but only after Angle had won the primary. She made no endorsement in NV before the primary.
Miller is still trying to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. If he loses, he can blame the Republican senators (except DeMint) who refused to strip his opponent of her committee assignments and gave her legitimacy after she decided run against him as a write-in and he can blame himself for making some bad campaign mistakes. He can’t blame Sarah Palin.
You can blame Palin for O’Donnell if you want, but remember the alternative was a flaming RINO who would have voted more with Democrats than Republicans. Also, the exit polls showed that he too would have lost to Coons. Where was the NRSC in supporting their candidate in DE? Shouldn’t they take some blame for not backing the Republican who won the primary?
Then there’s Carly Fiorina in CA. Yes, many of us would have preferred a different candidate, but most now acknowledge that Fiorina stood the best chance to beat Boxer. With Democrats winning almost everything in CA this year, it’s doubtful that any Republican could have won.
Criticizing Gov. Palin for these losses is like bad mouthing Babe Ruth because he occasionally struck out. If Rep. Bauchus would like a perfect candidate, maybe he should seek out Jesus Christ.
****And a run by her would be a disaster for the Conservative Movement****
Why would it be a disaster ?
This is the broad that does a CNN opinion show with the john?
I remember suffering through the commercial for this crap.
The john- “Sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree.”
Wow, that’s unheard of, John Spitzer. There’s a first for everything if you just wait long enough.
I’ll be sure not to miss it...
Her run for the Presidency would result in the middle thinking that Conservatives are a bunch of stereotypical yahoos.
It doesn’t mean that she hasn’t learned and and that she has become astute. But her being hamstringed out of the gate created a hill too far.
Don’t blame Mrs. Palin. Blame the freaking McCain people who should have kept her away from the limelight until she was well-seasoned and then SEASONED her.
Still today most of America doesn’t understand her and, sadly, her quitting the Governorship (if done for all the right reasons) was the final nail in her political coffin.
Worse, though, is that if she runs, she makes it look like Conservatives are all style and no substance — the very meme the libs would love to have at their disposal.
I now stand ready for the Palinbots to assail me for speaking blasphemy against Their Chosen One.
Would it be more of a disaster than, say oooh, running Mitch McConnel for president?
No, no it would not, in fact, it wouldn’t be a disaster at all when you compare her to ANY of the GOP leaders, which are whom...I can’t even remember, oh yeah, because there really aren’t any.
Perhaps you can name for me the republican who stands up against the internal enemies of this country in public, vocally. Perhaps you can point out to me the republican who inspires his/ her base. Point out to me the republican that fills events with potential voters.
Who is it?
Better pick someone right now, and get the EFF behind ‘em, because the race started on November 3, 2010 12:01 am, and there AIN’T NO ONE from our side even visible except the lady from Alaska, and the reason they aren’t visible is because they are scurrying crumb feeders living off whatever democrat scraps fall from the table, and they DO NOT deserve presidential support until they PROVE BY ACTION what it is that they stand for.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.