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Has Sarah Palin saved the GOP?
The Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2010 | Paul Goldman, former chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party

Posted on 09/16/2010 10:22:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Delaware Republicans have proved it: Sarah Palin is the best asset the GOP has right now.

There has been a lot of carping about Republicans' prospects for November since Palin-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell defeated longtime Delaware officeholder Mike Castle for the Republican Senate nomination Tuesday. But contrary to conventional wisdom, the 2008 vice presidential nominee has kept the party strong. How? She has kept the Tea Party faithful inside the GOP tent. Had she instead encouraged these disillusioned voters to mount third-party challenges across the 2010 general-election ballot, dozens of Democratic incumbents, not to mention challengers, would be smiling like Woodrow Wilson in 1912.

That year, a simmering feud between two wings of the Republican Party resulted in the "Bull Moose" independent presidential candidacy of former president Teddy Roosevelt. The Rough Rider's support four years earlier landed William Howard Taft the GOP nomination, but the two had a falling-out. Their disunity allowed Wilson, the governor of New Jersey, to claim the White House with the lowest winning percentage of the popular vote since the two-party era began in 1864. Wilson was only the second Democrat elected president since the Civil War; a GOP united by a temporary, even testy, marriage of convenience would have triumphed easily. But egos proved too large. It did not matter that Wilson was, in TR's term, the "coiner of weasel words."

Establishment Republicans, including former Bush aide Karl Rove, have said this year that the strength of the Tea Party movement has sometimes forced the nomination of contenders with weak prospects for winning a general election. This is surely right; O'Donnell's upset on Tuesday is merely the latest example, but there were similar complaints about the Nevada Senate contest.(continued)

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; gop; karlrove; obama; odonnell; palin; sarahpalin; teaparty; teapartyexpress
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Interesting take.
1 posted on 09/16/2010 10:22:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is an interesting thought. Something did happen the day McCain picked her. It's hard to explain what. But up until that point there was very little enthusiasm about the election from Conservatives. By the time she gave her convention speech she was larger than life. Remember her TV audience that night was larger than McCain's or Obama’s big nights. I don't think that has ever happened where the VP candidate drew more attention.
2 posted on 09/16/2010 10:28:21 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes she has.

I remember when it was Palin alone out there taking it to Obama, those months after the 2008 election were dismal, but Palin was already rebuilding instantly after the Obama win, she was a big player in the first big race within a month of the 2008 election.


3 posted on 09/16/2010 10:28:21 PM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: ansel12

I agree.


4 posted on 09/16/2010 10:29:46 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m always skeptical of advice or praise from the other side, but this seems honest.


5 posted on 09/16/2010 10:30:39 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe. Yes.


6 posted on 09/16/2010 10:31:22 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: ansel12
in a word....YES!!!!....she is a fearless yet charismatic leader.....and I don't even want her to run for president....

she has electrifyed the country.....and most importantly, she has enticed so many great candidates to run for office....

I don't know how history will treat her, but I think she'll go down with Reagan as a great, great American.....

7 posted on 09/16/2010 10:32:28 PM PDT by cherry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No it’s not.

The Tea party is not the Republican party. And it’s made up 40% of Democrats and Independents.

This is a subtle hit article, I notice you post a lot of...


8 posted on 09/16/2010 10:33:22 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Brimack34; B Knotts; UrbanPanhandler; Bigg Red; raygunfan; Hoosier Catholic Momma; upsdriver; ...

((((PING))))


9 posted on 09/16/2010 10:33:48 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This writer says Palin is not a “True Reformer”

Buy does not cite any examples. I wonder who he thinks was a True Reformer Was/Is.


10 posted on 09/16/2010 10:34:22 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Freddd

How about reading the entire article before you judge my posting history, not that I give a fig what a newbie thinks of that.


11 posted on 09/16/2010 10:34:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Interesting take.

Yeah, Democrats elevating Sarah Palin.

Take the hint.

12 posted on 09/16/2010 10:36:25 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: NavyCanDo
"I don't think that has ever happened where the VP candidate drew more attention."

September '08 ~ New York City
NYT photo

13 posted on 09/16/2010 10:37:13 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Carry_Okie

Did you read the whole thing or guess at what it said from the headline?


14 posted on 09/16/2010 10:38:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Interesting take.”

Yeah, it is. You come up with good reads. Thanks.


15 posted on 09/16/2010 10:38:21 PM PDT by jessduntno (The Victory Mosque will be built over our dead bodies over our dead bodies ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; NavyCanDo
Something did happen the day McCain picked her.


16 posted on 09/16/2010 10:40:24 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think if November produces the results we hope for, Palin will get a lot of credit, maybe not from the MSM or the Republican establishment, but the troops on the ground knows the real score.


17 posted on 09/16/2010 10:41:10 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The writer is a political strategist and a former chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party.

Huh? WaPo? Giving credit to Palin for something nobody else is? Wow.

Courageous. He'll be flogged by the lefties.

18 posted on 09/16/2010 10:42:41 PM PDT by militanttoby
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Very interesting..
Palin gets credit from small voiced me..
She deserves our gratitude..
I was so terribly down after McCain won our nomination..Palin helped me get to the polls to vote a protest against Obama mania.
I was so disturbed by the leftward drift of our nation with Zero and the dims in charge that I stopped watching the news..but the gatherings of patriots across this nation and Palin’s support and encouragement gave me hope.

She delivered oxygen when we were suffocating.


19 posted on 09/16/2010 10:42:41 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah. Teddy Roosevelt was a liberal weenie though, totally unlike Sarah Palin. She has had the sense to know that a "bullmoose" movement would be a catastrophe.
20 posted on 09/16/2010 10:44:40 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ansel12
....she was a big player in the first big race within a month of the 2008 election.

Exactly correct--she literally saved Saxby Chambliss' bacon.

Chambliss: Palin 'allowed us to peak'

“I can't overstate the impact she had down here,” Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News."


21 posted on 09/16/2010 10:45:04 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: NavyCanDo

“Something did happen the day McCain picked her. It’s hard to explain what.”

Could it be that she was a genuine conservative and a decent person, and so many of us had given up on ever getting an acceptable candidate out of the Stupid Party ever again?


22 posted on 09/16/2010 10:45:11 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: NavyCanDo
And the campaign harvested ten million dollars in contributions over the next weekend. Name the last VP candidate who did that for their campaign.
23 posted on 09/16/2010 10:46:40 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
so.. i hit the ‘disillusioned voters’ line...

lost me there.

24 posted on 09/16/2010 10:47:17 PM PDT by mmercier (unutterably weary and tiresome)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

DECEMBER 2, 2008

“Newly reelected Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) credited Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with firing up his base and allowing him to cruise to a victory over Democrat Jim Martin.

“Sarah Palin came in on the last day, did a fly-around and, man, she was dynamite,” Chambliss told Fox News on Wednesday. “We packed the houses everywhere we went. And it really did allow us to peak and get our base fired up.”

Chambliss beat Martin by three points on Nov. 4 but did not reach 50 percent of the vote, making a runoff necessary. However, the incumbent easily beat his challenger Tuesday, more than quadrupling his margin of victory, and in the process kept Democrats from reaching a filibuster-proof Senate majority.

Chambliss heaped praise on Palin, saying she has a “great future” in the GOP.”


25 posted on 09/16/2010 10:49:22 PM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: MEG33

well said


26 posted on 09/16/2010 10:49:30 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I just had an idea that hit me like a tone of bricks:

Sarah should announce she's running for President on November 3rd! The whole nation would go wild!

28 posted on 09/16/2010 10:49:56 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Simply put, Palin started as Tonto but has become the Lone Ranger. Instead of fading out last summer, she remained strong and stood by her party. She has become a bridge between the old Republican guard and the growing right-wing dissatisfaction with not just Democrats but also Republican officeholders. Palin's ability to advocate for using the GOP, not a third party, to channel this angst has allowed Republican voter anger to boil, yet not boil over.

Should Republicans run up the score in November, Sarah Palin will deserve a lot of credit she will never get."

There are a couple of nits to pick, but the conclusion, above, is spot on, if he is saying that she will not get the credit she deserves from the party, which I think is what he is trying to say.

I think this is a perfect synopsis for her talent. The way she has used the free wheeling county totting aspect of her political celebrity has strengthened us by not splitting us into two parties. I was ready for that; but I thin she may have single-handedly prevented it. She is unique.

This guy is a jagov, as my friends from Pittsburgh might say, but he has this right.

29 posted on 09/16/2010 10:52:10 PM PDT by jessduntno (The Victory Mosque will be built over our dead bodies over our dead bodies ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe she has saved my country.


30 posted on 09/16/2010 10:53:32 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: MEG33

I went to volunteer at the local Portland, Oregon GOP headquarters the morning after her convention speech and the leader smiled at me and apologized saying “I think you can understand...we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed”.

But of course then the MSM got busy to destroy her instead of vetting zero and you know the rest.


31 posted on 09/16/2010 10:53:40 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: MEG33

“She delivered oxygen when we were suffocating.”

I’m not sure, but I may have been standing during parts of her first speech. It was brilliant. The MSM drowned out the brilliance of that performance.


32 posted on 09/16/2010 10:54:12 PM PDT by jessduntno (The Victory Mosque will be built over our dead bodies over our dead bodies ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wait a minute. How can a complete idiot, country hick save a political party?

The "Palin is dumb" crowd grows smaller and smaller, and dumber and dumber.

33 posted on 09/16/2010 10:54:41 PM PDT by Minn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Interesting take.

Indeed, especially coming from the a former Democratic Party chairman.

34 posted on 09/16/2010 10:55:17 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Art in Idaho

I like the way you think...


35 posted on 09/16/2010 10:55:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: cherry
I don't know how history will treat her,

Well since the libs write the history books, the answer seems apparent.

but I think she'll go down with Reagan as a great, great American.....

Shall we wait until 2012 before we raise her to that level?

36 posted on 09/16/2010 10:56:14 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did you read the whole thing or guess at what it said from the headline?

I was operating from the premise that there is no such thing as bad press compared to being ignored. IMO the media is promoting Palin in a left handed fashion, hoping that by their derision they'll simultaneously poison the center while conservatives take the bait.

37 posted on 09/16/2010 10:56:28 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: mmercier
so.. i hit the ‘disillusioned voters’ line... lost me there.

Republicans and conservatives were terribly disillusioned after the 2008 election and the cries for Governor Palin to lead a third party effort were being shouted from the roof tops, instead Palin has been rebuilding the GOP itself, and replacing many of it's major players with better ones while also bringing in new blood and energy among the voter base, all while putting fear and uncertainty (and a smidgen of compliance) into the hearts of the national party leaders.

38 posted on 09/16/2010 10:57:16 PM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

no


39 posted on 09/16/2010 10:58:25 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: jessduntno

It was wonderful..


40 posted on 09/16/2010 10:58:25 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: jessduntno
This guy is a jagov

I don't think I've ever seen that word in print before.

41 posted on 09/16/2010 10:58:42 PM PDT by Minn
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To: Carry_Okie

LOL, so the most bashed and attacked politician in American history and that is your big post? How creative.


42 posted on 09/16/2010 10:59:25 PM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: pissant

Man, you’re her biggest fan, and you don’t think so?!


43 posted on 09/16/2010 10:59:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: Carry_Okie

“I was operating from the premise that there is no such thing as bad press compared to being ignored. IMO the media is promoting Palin in a left handed fashion, hoping that by their derision they’ll simultaneously poison the center while conservatives take the bait.”

I came away with the opposite conclusion .. this sounded to me like a professional that is getting his clock cleaned by whom he presumed an amateur ... and is trying to say so through somewhat clenched teeth. The barbs and digs are there, but he knows this is not a hick chick with a little pizazz .. which is the way the rest of the MSM has tried to push it ... including th “astroturf” meme which was also designed to knock HER down as well ... I see a turning point here.


44 posted on 09/16/2010 11:01:26 PM PDT by jessduntno (The Victory Mosque will be built over our dead bodies over our dead bodies ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s doing some good things. But we’ve yet to see if the GOP has been saved.


45 posted on 09/16/2010 11:02:08 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Freddd

“The Tea party is not the Republican party. And it’s made up 40% of Democrats and Independents.”

But it IS remaking the Republican party - as we speak.


46 posted on 09/16/2010 11:02:48 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 46 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: ansel12
LOL, so the most bashed and attacked politician in American history and that is your big post? How creative.

You have a weak memory. This is no less vile than what either Reagan or Bush suffered.

My objections to Palin are well documented on this board. Because you have falsely (and wishfully) characterized one post as my entire position, I'm not going to bother repeating my arguments to you.

47 posted on 09/16/2010 11:03:11 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: Minn

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that word in print before.”

I love America; we still have some colorful colloquialisms ... I’m pretty sure it’s local to Pittsburgh ... like something that is “wicked pissah” in New England, it always means much more than the simple word.

John Kerry, for instance, in a VFW hall would be a poster child for a jagov ...


48 posted on 09/16/2010 11:05:49 PM PDT by jessduntno (The Victory Mosque will be built over our dead bodies over our dead bodies ...)
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To: Carry_Okie
You have a weak memory. This is no less vile than what either Reagan or Bush suffered.

No I don't have a weak memory, the unrelenting attack on Palin is more vicious, and more constant, more unrelenting, and more made up than what Reagan and GW saw.

As bad as it was for Reagan and Bush, we have been watching worse this last 2 years.

49 posted on 09/16/2010 11:06:04 PM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: jessduntno
I see a turning point here.

The old saw of 'a week in politics is close to an eternity' being what it is, insofar as a presidential election is concerned, "turning points" are immaterial until late 2012. For now I would chalk that up to wishful thinking.

50 posted on 09/16/2010 11:06:25 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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