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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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.
We don’t need a rocket scientist in the white house, which the media thinks that O’Bammy was.
All we simply need is someone who who has enough plain ol’ common sense to realize the simple reality that the government is not there to help, it is there to grow itself and reducing it is the best thing one can do for one’s country.
Sarah Palin is a lot smarter than her critics would like you to think and she carries the above attribute in spades.
I would vote for her.
Well there is a saying that "Truth is the daughter of time", though in this leftie dominated media and institution age you have to wonder.
If the adage is true, yes, she will be seen as a unique and trailblazing political figure, from the moment she first stepped on the national stage in 2008.
And certainly, the first woman to have had such an impact.
Last time I checked Christine O'Donnell ran on the
Republican ticket not the Tea Party ticket.
Secondly, Castle was a congressman from a relatively
moderate to left district. He was now running for Senate.
The state of Delaware only has one Senator.
His chances of taking Biden’s seat from a state
that has slid to the left over the years was poor as it was.
What ever support he had from Republicans and
independents was ruined after his vote for cap
and trade and his alignment with Soros and Podestra’s
Center For American Progress among many other
violations of Conservative principals.
That's why he lost to Christine O'Donnell.
It had little to do with Sarah Palin.
Ruined the RNC’s chances?
After running Dole and McCain and putting a communist appeaser like
Michael Steele as chairman I don't think the RNC
needed any help.
The RNC is at fault here.
They have gone the direction of the socialists.
Christine O'Donnell is the result.
The GOP voters are fed up!
They elected her.
We support the RNC through our donations (many small
business did before McCain destroyed that) and
it is owned by its members. Not the betraying politicians that
try to control it.
The people that are destroying the GOP must go! If the
people of Delaware wanted to elect socialists or
communist's all they would need to do is vote Democrat.
“For now I would chalk that up to wishful thinking. “
I can see that. Chalk it up however you wish, FRiend. I’ll think for meself.
The reality is that none of the historical molds fit. The Revolutionary war had 3% support, more or less depending on the source. If the patriots had had the level of support that our Tea Party candidates have today, that war would have been over in one season.
I think you mean that Delaware only has one representative in the House: ALL states have two senators.
Isn’t that pretty much what she did in Alaska? We great success there too.
Delaware only has one Congressman.
Policy over personality.
Palin has both.