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.
1st I've heard the term. ...but I live in the south, it takes a while for news to reach us.
LOL, seems Free Republic was smacked with giant lawsuits over "blogpimping" news sources, and settled by NOT "posting contents in full."
Reminds me of Apple suing Xerox over the windows GUI Xerox developed.
Whatever. Everyone needs a hobby, and attacking Sarah and bloggers is yours - as well as riling them up.
Although why FReepers don't just disagree right back with you, just as bluntly, is beyond me.
Oh and BTW, it really is "Sarah." Because that reflects the personal heart connection she's made with so many millions of Americans that's terrified TPTB. Yeah, she's a politician too, which is never a good thing. But she knows that, too - and talks about it. What other politician does that?
Ninja. How cute.
:: snort ::
humblegunner you’re a dickweed with zero understanding of Sarah as a conservative and what she is as a human being. Wife, Mother and fighter for what is best for our nation. Thrust into a national spotlight where even here on the best website ever created for conservatives dip sticks like yourself can’t help but be jealous or just pick at her with stupid ass snipes.
You're right, I should have quit that opinion halfway through because mean people filed frivolous posts.
Wife, Mother and fighter for what is best for our nation.
By God, she's another Esther! She is sent by God for such times as these.
Thrust into a national spotlight
She was thrust? Unwilling?
dip sticks like yourself cant help but be jealous
Any criticism is jealousy? There isn't room for criticism?
She ain't the Pope. Sorry to bust your bubble.
I’m frying chicken tonight.
Chunk chicken, quite nummy. With honey mustard dipping sauce.
Pass this on to your friends humblegunner
lets see the truth on this unsolved murder.
Mom of Murdered Obama Gay Lover Speaks Up
It was four years today that Obama friend/lover was murdered\
On 12/23/11 no one brought to justice.
What exactly does Obama’s gay buddy have to do with Sarah Palin?
Were they related or something?
My local Popeye's gives me 10 thighs for $7.99
This would be more like Sonic’s popcorn chicken.
Although any fried chicken is hard to screw up and is almost universally good.
Humblegunner is a lot of things, but "pathetic" is not one of them. You may want to ping people you're gossiping about, you know, just so you're not pathetic.
Oh, I don't know.
The show at 0400 on the way to the coffee machine might be classified as such.
That sucker don't walk too well! ;-)
I have yet to see a thread where you did not attack her.
There were a lot over the past weekend.
You have a walking coffee machine? It’s no wonder that it doesn’t walk too well, for it only has one eye. The technology is too new! ;-)
There’s a difference between not liking someone and just making stuff up out of spite. I don’t like Romney and have been as hard on him as any,but I don’t make up crap about him. I don’t think Romney hates his kids and beats his dog, but I suspect that given a chance you would impute that to Palin..
Take a Midol and chill out is all I’m saying.
A blast from the past-Remember how you used to feel about Newt?
Newt is morphing into a John MeCain Republican right before our eyes.
Seems there isn’t a Democrat Newt won’t snuggle up with these days.
41 posted on Saturday, April 19, 2008 5:53:46 AM by TexasCajun
I find your screen name some what ironic in that I’m unable to discern any humble at all...............LOL
Haven't any chicken places thought to get with the times and come up with a "Moochelle" ? (involuntary shudder)
I don't expect Santorum to finish the primary.
So, it's Newt over Romney for me and a bunch of others including Jim
Its scandalous I tell you, scandalous.