Skip to comments.Sarah Palin: 'Teavangelical' shot caller
Posted on 01/24/2012 12:08:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
South Carolina represents the heart of the conservative movement because its Republican voters are fierce fiscal and social conservatives, which means they fervently support the Tea Party and evangelicals. These voters are now popularly referred to as Teavangelicals and, predictably, dominated the Palmetto States primary.
According to exit polling from Saturdays first-in-the-South primary, 64 percent of those who voted in the GOP primary in South Carolina supported the Tea Party and another 27 percent were neutral. Only 8 percent opposed.
In addition, 65 percent of primary voters were Born-Again or Evangelical Christian.
What happened in South Carolina is important for two reasons. First, the Republican party is becoming more like South Carolina than New Hampshire. Second, because of the lackluster field of Republican candidates, many on the right have tried to make up for the deficiencies of the candidates by lending them their name and support.
Nowhere was this more intense than in South Carolina. Trying to push establishment favorite Mitt Romney to a quick victory, figures the mainstream media have tagged as part of the next generation of national conservative leaders -- such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell -- went to South Carolina en masse to attempt to deliver a knockout blow.
But something funny happened on the way to Romneys coronation: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stepped in and essentially said, Not so fast, my friends. And in doing so, Palin showed that she is the leader whose judgment Teavangelicals may trust the most.
Consider how Romney -- and, by proxy, the establishment -- got bloodied in South Carolina.
First, Palin said, contrary to what was being conventionally said at the time, that the mainstream media and President Barack Obama would want to face Romney in the general election.
When Rick Perry and Gingrich attacked, at times inarticulately, Romneys record while at the head of Bain, Palin jumped in and cleaned it up. She said free enterprise and capitalism should be fiercely defended, but that if Romneys basis for his candidacy is that he would be a job creator like the one he supposedly was while at Bain, that Romney should simply prove that Bain had indeed created the 100,000 jobs he said they did. And created them in the United States.
Then, further proving that she was not on the GOP establishments plantation, Palin also called on Romney to release his taxes. Soon after, even Romneys supporters such as Christie followed suit.
By not falling in line with the GOP establishment, Palin guaranteed Romneys Bain and tax issues were not put to rest. Romneys bungling and unsteady responses to both issues left him vulnerable for Gingrich to have a chance at cutting into what many thought was Romneys insurmountable 20+ point lead in South Carolina.
And Gingrich took full advantage of his opportunity when he came out swinging against questioner Juan Williams at the FOX News/Wall Street Journal debate last week, when he defiantly defended conservative principles by telling Williams that saying he wanted to be a pay check president instead of a food stamp president was not racist because he was being inclusive of all Americans. Gingrich received a thunderous standing ovation and conservative heavyweights such as Rush Limbaugh praised the former speaker on the airwaves. Two-thirds of those who voted in Saturdays primary said the debates influenced their decision, and Gingrichs standoff with Williams convinced many that Gingrich could fiercely articulate conservatism, combat the mainstream media and be inclusive.
At the very moment when Gingrich swung himself back into the game, Palin ensured Gingrichs momentum would not wane by going on FOX News Hannity the day after the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate and saying that, in order for the primary process to continue, and if she were a South Carolinian, she would vote for Gingrich
Theres no question we saw it help us in fundraising, Gingrich told Greta Van Susteren on FOX News On The Record last Thursday, two days after Palins comments. We saw it help us in volunteers. We saw people, all of a sudden, on the phones. She has a significant following in the Republican Party.
To have her say shed vote for me in South Carolina... that was a big break and it really helped us a lot.
In the same interview in which she said she would vote for Gingrich in South Carolina, Palin also said that, in order for the process to keep going, a conservative candidate -- whether it be Rick Perry, Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich -- would have to take one for the team and drop out sometime down the line.
After the conversation intensified about how conservative candidates should get out of the way to not siphon away votes from the anti-Romney alternative (especially after former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman dropped out to not take votes away from Romney), Perry dropped out of the race two days later, which ended up giving Gingrich much more breathing room on an election day full of inclement weather throughout South Carolina.
Gingrich defeated Romney in South Carolina, 40 percent to 28 percent. In addition, though 66 percent of primary voters approved of Nikki Haleys job performance (if not for Sarah Palins endorsement, Haley would not be governor), Gingrich did better among those voters than Romney, 42 percent to 30 percent, according to exit polling, proving that Haleys endorsement did not amount to much when up against Palins. Haley did not even bother to show up at Romneys election night event.
While stumping for Romney last week, Bob McDonnell often said, character counts and values matter, in what was an obvious jab at Gingrich.
But Teavangelicals are trusting Palin.
As the race turns to Florida, both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, fully aware of what occurred in South Carolina, have decided to stay neutral.
Whether Palin uses her considerable clout to exert any more influence on this election cycle -- her keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February seems like a prime venue to do so -- remains to be seen.
Shirley ewe jest! This truly, really, for-sure is the kinder/gentler humblegunner. Didn't you get the memo? I'm not joking either.
But Newt's words are what they are. She made an impact to the chagrin of some who frequent Free Republic.
Theres no question we saw it help us in fundraising, Gingrich told Greta Van Susteren on FOX News On The Record last Thursday, two days after Palins comments.
We saw it help us in volunteers. We saw people, all of a sudden, on the phones. She has a significant following in the Republican Party.
To have her say shed vote for me in South Carolina... that was a big break and it really helped us a lot.
Well I am an endangered species but not one recognized by the Feds.
I said mean things to them too, you see.....
You are the 1000th person to fall for it!
Please procede to the current Freepathon thread and donate.
We can’t spare this jerk. He fights.
Humblegunner, after reading your comments, I clicked on your profile to perhaps gain some understanding of where you might be coming from. The account says ‘banned or suspended’. Mea Culpa .... my apologies as you are obviously not.
Humblegunner ginned up a fake banned page. I'm guessing it's there so people would see it, make comments like what you just said, and then get proved wrong.
I've had my own run-ins with Humblegunner. His behavior seems to be tolerated — as someone else said, he seems to have “protected status” — and since nothing can be done about him, I think it's best to read what he says, see if it makes sense, and then either take it or leave it. He won't change his tactics anyway, and fighting him seems to encourage him rather than reduce what he does.
Some people are like that.
I'm a Ninja.
You'd have better luck trying to divide by zero.
Humble has a fake ZOT.
I think he lost some money in an oil deal or something, nothing else could account for the vitriol he spews.
Due to your blogpimping. Post your content in full.
Free Republic isn't here to act as advertising for your blog.
His behavior seems to be tolerated
What behavior? Please specify. Disliking blogpimps? Not fawning over Palin?
since nothing can be done about him
I'm subject to the same rules that you are.
He won't change his tactics
I have tactics?
fighting him seems to encourage him
Some people are like that
Â, sô desu ka
I used to work for a guy that was a nice-enough guy, just VERY blunt in his assessment of things. Didn't care who he pissed off. Lots of folks would leave as they took it too personally. I figured it was just due to his upbringing, etc. and let it run off my back.
Same goes for humblegunner’s posts. And despite the “jerk” factor - his assesment of Palin’s decision is reasonable. And as a Palin fan, I can see her (or any politician) waiting to see who has the best chance while still holding the most conservative values. If she does run for office again some day, might not be best to be saddled with “...and she backed Santorum that then went on to a distant third place finish...” (disclosure - I had been donating a little to Santorum earlier).
I haven’t posted one link to any articles I’ve written since you jumped all over me a year ago for violating s rule I didn’t even know existed.
Since then, I posted one article on Free Republic involving a 9/11 memorial service at Fort Leonard Wood, with full text, put it in the appropriate place at Free Republic and deliberately didn’t even include a link so neither you nor anyone else could accuse me of “wanting hits.”
So lay off the accusations. They’re not true.
You’re rude. You admit to that and are proud of it. I follow the rules once I know what they are, and you can’t accuse me of violating them.
Now let’s end this before either of us say more things to each other we’d rather not say. You and I have better things to do than fight.
Omit the link and post the article, I'm sure that would be welcome.
Perhaps a bit when needed.
Now lets end this before either of us say more things to each other wed rather not say.
Fine, but I was just getting warmed up. ;-)
Yea, I smile at times reading his comments, but I guess I didn't have enough coffee to be fully awake when I let loose!! I should have just ignored him.
He's cranky and that's the way he is. He is more pathetic than anything else. I will just continue to smile at his lame attacks.
humblegunner ~ Perhaps a bit when needed.
humblegunner always sees the need...
I have posted for a long time I thought Rick Perry & Sarah would team up.
But the longer she waited & watched Rick Perry, it was obvious that he was not ready for a national campaign.
There were lots of Sarah Palin fans like me getting irritated and fustrated that Sarah waited so long.
But now it's on!
Sarah, Rick Perry, Chuck Norris and Jim Robinson have all backed Newt. ...me too.
Newt is on record as saying Sarah would be part of his administration.
PS. Lucky you didn't run into the old Humblegunner, this is the new, kinder, gentler Humblegunner. A true transformation.
Talking about folks behind their back is not only cowardly and rude, it’s against Free Republic protocol.
Which of the above applies to your trashing me without pinging me?
Shall I hazard a guess?
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