Skip to comments.Has Sarah Palin saved the GOP?
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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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.
I’m always skeptical of advice or praise from the other side, but this seems honest.
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.....
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...
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.
How about reading the entire article before you judge my posting history, not that I give a fig what a newbie thinks of that.
Yeah, Democrats elevating Sarah Palin.
Take the hint.
September '08 ~ New York City
Did you read the whole thing or guess at what it said from the headline?
Yeah, it is. You come up with good reads. Thanks.
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.
Huh? WaPo? Giving credit to Palin for something nobody else is? Wow.
Courageous. He'll be flogged by the lefties.
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.