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.
Exactly correct--she literally saved Saxby Chambliss' bacon.
I can't overstate the impact she had down here, Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News."
“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?
lost me there.
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.”
Sarah should announce she's running for President on November 3rd! The whole nation would go wild!
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.
Maybe she has saved my country.
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.
“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.
The "Palin is dumb" crowd grows smaller and smaller, and dumber and dumber.
Indeed, especially coming from the a former Democratic Party chairman.
I like the way you think...
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?
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.
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.
It was wonderful..
I don't think I've ever seen that word in print before.
LOL, so the most bashed and attacked politician in American history and that is your big post? How creative.
Man, you’re her biggest fan, and you don’t think so?!
“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.
She’s doing some good things. But we’ve yet to see if the GOP has been saved.
“The Tea party is not the Republican party. And its made up 40% of Democrats and Independents.”
But it IS remaking the Republican party - as we speak.
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.
“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 ...
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.
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.