Skip to comments.Sarah Palin: Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left
Posted on 01/27/2012 3:18:48 PM PST by Timber Rattler
We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.
We will look back on this week and realize that something changed. I have given numerous interviews wherein I espoused the benefits of thorough vetting during aggressive contested primary elections, but this weeks tactics arent what I meant. Those who claim allegiance to Ronald Reagans 11th Commandment should stop and think about where we are today. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, the fathers of the modern conservative movement, would be ashamed of us in this primary. Let me make clear that I have no problem with the routine rough and tumble of a heated campaign. As I said at the first Tea Party convention two years ago, I am in favor of contested primaries and healthy, pointed debate. They help focus candidates and the electorate. I have fought in tough and heated contested primaries myself. But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale. It was unprecedented in GOP primaries. Ive seen it before heck, I lived it before but not in a GOP primary race.
I am sadly too familiar with these tactics because they were used against the GOP ticket in 2008. The left seeks to single someone out and destroy his or her record and reputation and family using the media as a channel to dump handpicked and half-baked campaign opposition research on the public. The difference in 2008 was that I was largely unknown to the American public, so they had no way of differentiating between the lies and the truth. All of it came at them at once as facts about me. But Newt Gingrich is known to us both the good and the bad.
We know that Newt fought in the trenches during the Reagan Revolution. As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, Newt was among a handful of Republican Congressman who would regularly take to the House floor to defend Reagan at a time when conservatives didnt have Fox News or talk radio or conservative blogs to give any balance to the liberal mainstream media. Newt actually came at Reagans administration from the right to remind Americans that freer markets and tougher national defense would win our future. But this week a few handpicked and selectively edited comments which Newt made during his 40-year career were used to claim that Newt was somehow anti-Reagan, and isnt conservative enough to go against the accepted moderate in the primary race. (I know, it makes no sense, and the GOP establishment hopes you wont stop and think about this nonsense. Mark Levin and others have shown the ridiculousness of this.) To add insult to injury, this anti-Reagan claim was made by a candidate who admitted to not even supporting or voting for Reagan. He actually was against the Reagan movement, donated to liberal candidates, and said he didnt want to go back to the Reagan days. You cant change history. We know that Newt Gingrich brought the Reagan Revolution into the 1990s. We know it because none other than Nancy Reagan herself announced this when she presented Newt with an award, telling us, The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive. As Rush and others pointed out, if Nancy Reagan had ever thought that Newt was in any way an opponent of her beloved husband, she would never have even appeared on a stage with him, let alone presented him with an award and said such kind things about him. Nor would Reagans son, Michael Reagan, have chosen to endorse Newt in this primary race. There are no two greater keepers of the Reagan legacy than Nancy and Michael Reagan. What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stanlin-esque re-writing of history. It was Alinsky tactics at their worst.
But this whole thing isnt really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guards choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans bitterly clinging to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the wisdom of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 that didnt win. Well, heres a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.
I spoke up before the South Carolina primary to urge voters there to keep this primary going because I have great concern about the GOP establishment trying to anoint a candidate without the blessing of the grassroots and all the needed energy and resources we as commonsense constitutional conservatives could bring to the general election in order to defeat President Obama. Now, I respect Governor Romney and his success. But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now. That is why this primary should not be rushed to an end. We need to vet this. Pundits in the Beltway are gleefully proclaiming that this primary race is over after Florida, despite 46 states still not having chimed in. Well, perhaps its possible that it will come to a speedy end in just four days; but with these questions left unanswered, it will not have come to a satisfactory conclusion. Without this necessary vetting process, the unanswered question of Governor Romneys conservative bona fides and the unanswered and false attacks on Newt Gingrich will hang in the air to demoralize many in the electorate. The Tea Party grassroots will certainly feel disenfranchised and disenchanted with the perceived orchestrated outcome from self-proclaimed movers and shakers trying to sew this all up. And, trust me, during the general election, Governor Romneys statements and record in the private sector will be relentlessly parsed over by the opposition in excruciating detail to frighten off swing voters. This is why we need a fair primary that is not prematurely cut short by the GOP establishment using Alinsky tactics to kneecap Governor Romneys chief rival.
As I said in my speech in Iowa last September, the challenge of this election is not simply to replace President Obama. The real challenge is who and what we will replace him with. Its not enough to just change up the uniform. If we dont change the team and the game plan, we wont save our country. We truly need sudden and relentless reform in Washington to defend our republic, though its becoming clearer that the old guard wants anything but that. That is why we should all be concerned by the tactics employed by the establishment this week. We will not save our country by becoming like the left. And I question whether the GOP establishment would ever employ the same harsh tactics they used on Newt against Obama. I didnt see it in 2008. Many of these same characters sat on their thumbs in 08 and let Obama escape unvetted. Oddly, theyre now using every available microscope and endoscope along with rewriting history in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own partys primary. So, one must ask, who are they really running against?
- Sarah Palin
If Mitt is the nominee, Obama wins anyway, and even if Romney does win, it will only make it that much harder to loosen to elites grip on the GOP.
“t isnt absurd at all, on thread after thread for two days you will have been reading about Rushs great betrayal of his audience, as he even mocked us, he was enjoying what he was doing to Newt yesterday.
Rush is and was in 2008, a Romney man, what we learned yesterday, is that Rush is a Romney TYPE man as well.
Perhaps you lay on some defense of Drudge while you are at it.”
Amen! DRUDGE and RUSH have FOREVER (as in eternally) lost my trust! They can forget about this one little tiny viewer/listener/reader. Everything they have EVER said is now suspect to me..they are OLD NEWS to be thrown out with yesterday’s garbage! We need more people like SARAH!
This is EXACTLY how I've felt the past few days. Romney is using Obama's playbook. If he gets the nomination, I'm going to laugh my ass off when Obama uses it against him.
She took a great deal of care in her composition. It’s excellent.
Timber Rattler: "Jealous?"
@onyx: A boy and his Photoshop have had a few spare moments lately. I'd like to present you with a new toy.
If they throw this Election I say to Hell with the Republicans, they will have gone the way of the Whigs, and we will start our own party (but won’t that mean Democrat Victories) I say it sure as hell ain’t making much of a difference now anyways!
God bless you sir.
First Dude would do well w/the true Floridians up north in the state and the “blue hairs” down in snowbird-land would be charmed, I am sure. Newt and First Dude could sweep FL like a Seminole Wind ...from the Okeechobee; all the way up to Micanopy.” (w/my apologies to John Anderson)
Read some of the Rush transcript for today and yes, he was all over Romney on healthcare and he did defend Newt.
also Rush said that it was ABC news the YOUNG Gingrich blasted and it that Eliot Abrams was spoon fed by the gop establishment!
Rush hurt himself permanently yesterday, he will never be taken at face value again, by many conservatives.”
Count me as one of those conservatives! Everything he says from here on out will be SUSPECT that he is only in it for Rush and for the ratings. Period. Someone as knowledgeable as Rush made a CONSCIOUS AND DELIBERATE decision yesterday “Bloody Thursday” and I will not forget it.
I’d rather you “just hushed” for a long time. “
I pray my state doesn’t disappoint, but I fear the worst. Don’t blame the natives if it goes bad. We have so many yanks who screwed up their states then came down here to do the same to us.
Thank goodness they’re “stuck in new orleans” and won’t be voting Tuesday :)
Right. And voting for a Republican who betrays every single principle of conservatism because "he's not Obama" is sane?
THINK. Don't knee-jerk, don't panic. Stop and think it through.
If Romney got the White House, we'd have a Republican Obama in the Oval Office, which means that limited government conservative Republicans would be made impotent in uniting and fighting the statism he'd certainly impose on We the People. It is absolutely, 100 percent certain that Romney would make liberalism more powerful in both parties. One hundred percent certain.
If Obama got the White House, this nation might not survive another four years, but then again, maybe it would -- indeed, the "Bbbbbbut we can't survie another four years of Obama!" is an example of blind hysteria, and hysterical people make stupid moves. If Obama got the White House, it is 100 percent certain that limited government conservatism in the GOP would grow stronger. Whether or not it would be in time to save the nation is uncertain, but there's a decent chance it WOULD be in time.
Risk is the price you pay for opportunity. There is ZERO risk in a Romney presidency -- ZILCH. Therefore, he presents ZERO opportunity for fighting the enemy -- statism -- that is destroying this country.
Hysterical people think anyone who isn't just as hysterical as they are is "crazy." It's true in regular life, and it is equally true in politics.
Hysteria and panic lead to bad moves and defeat. Courage -- and by God, for any of us to stand in the booth and refrain from voting for Romney would take a HELL of a lot more courage than rolling over and voting for him -- COURAGE leads to the path of victory. Rejecting Romney is the ONLY way to victory.
“Read some of the Rush transcript for today and yes, he was all over Romney on healthcare and he did defend Newt.
also Rush said that it was ABC news the YOUNG Gingrich blasted and it that Eliot Abrams was spoon fed by the gop establishment!”
My question to Rush then is,,why didn’t he do his homework and say all this on “Bloody Thursday”? Why? Nothing changed between yesterday and today,,,he is only, and I mean ONLY doing damage control.
Hugh Hewitt. Michael Medved.
I didn’t hear that, and I listen daily.
He was not dumping on Newt.
It must be getting awful crowded under your imaginary bus.
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