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Sarah Palin’s hold on the Republican party

Even her potential rivals don’t know what to say about her


 

With President Obama’s approval ratings once again cracking the 50 per cent mark, it is interesting to see how a newly emboldened Republican party will deal with its next big quest, the presidency. Ousting the controversial Michael Steele as RNC president was the first step in that process. Establishing its authority in the new Congress will be next.

With the presidential candidate primaries just a year away, Obama is already putting together his campaign team. His inner circle has been revamped significantly with the arrival of a new chief of staff and a new national economic advisor. Obama clearly has his eye on 2012.

On the Republican side, the arrival of the Tea Party is unsettling the terrain. An improving economy and the voters’ desire for more bipartisanship politics is further complicating the political calculation for prospective candidates. The tragic shootings in Tucson less than two weeks ago may not ultimately result in major change, but it is affecting the political discourse and the nature of political debate.

The field of potential Republican candidates includes high-profile personalities who have published books and intervened regularly on everyday issues; there’s even a reality TV star. Yet, no one seems to be on the verge of declaring despite their relative notoriety. Palin, coming off a tough week—some would say a bad week—is in the public eye as much as ever. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has just launched a book tour. Governor Mitt Romney is on a foreign policy tour. Others like Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee have played coy in recent weeks, while Governor Haley Barbour has not yet gotten his footing due to some controversial remarks, and both New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels claim no interest in running in 2012.

The biggest factor for the GOP, though, is the silencing effect Palin is having on the Republican race. She is not a conventional politician. The current controversy about her remarks surrounding the Tucson tragedy shows her to be unpredictable, yet highly vocal and persistent in defending herself. She is clearly appealing to her base. There appears to be an emerging consensus among backroom establishment Republicans that a Palin nomination may not be their best hope for 2012, with Pawlenty, Gingrich, Huckabee, and Christie expressing mild criticisms of late. But so far, even Palin’s most vocal rivals seem at a loss in figuring out how to deal with her.


 

Sarah Palin’s hold on the Republican party

  1. Republicans don't need to do anything about Palin. She's one of those people who 'skyrockets out of obscurity into oblivion'.

    She isn't a politician, and holds no office. She's one of those odd people American society tosses out every now and then who's only 'famous for being famous'.

    Her numbers, never good, are sinking…and other than getting personally rich she has no future.

    When the time comes, and that won't likely be 2012, a serious candidate will appear. Current betting is Romney although that may change…but in the meantime a religious sub-sub-cult in the US will have had a chance to vent and get defanged.

    There are 'colourful' candidates, and real candidates….it's all part of the hoopla.

  2. Republicans don't need to do anything about Palin. She's one of those people who 'skyrockets out of obscurity into oblivion'.

    She isn't a politician, and holds no office. She's one of those odd people American society tosses out every now and then who's only 'famous for being famous'.

    Her numbers, never good, are sinking…and other than getting personally rich she has no future.

    When the time comes, and that won't likely be 2012, a serious candidate will appear. Current betting is Romney although that may change…but in the meantime a religious sub-sub-cult in the US will have had a chance to vent and get defanged.

    There are 'colourful' candidates, and real candidates….it's all part of the hoopla.

    • Oh sure..crush my hopes.

  3. Regardless of polls and opinions, Palin clearly holds the high ground still. And as any battlefield commander will tell you, that is where you want to be when the battle. starts.

  4. Regardless of polls and opinions, Palin clearly holds the high ground still. And as any battlefield commander will tell you, that is where you want to be when the battle. starts.

    • Holds the high ground? I doubt her feet can reach the ground from the cross of persecution she placed herself on.

    • and when she gets to Washington, it'll be cold as heelllllllll

      Sara Paaaaaaaalin, Sara Paaaaaaalin

  5. GO SARAH PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I THINK YOU ARE GREAT! 2012!!!!

  6. GO SARAH PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I THINK YOU ARE GREAT! 2012!!!!

    • Go Sarah … go far far away1

      Going, going gone!

  7. Holds the high ground? I doubt her feet can reach the ground from the cross of persecution she placed herself on.

  8. Go Sarah … go far far away1

    Going, going gone!

  9. Can't some senior members of the GOP just come out and say what a joke she is? If enough of the party members did it, during the primaries (if she does run) other candidates could point to her not having support from the party, would be divisive in within the GOP and the US, and not able to defeat Obama. Even for Americans, electing this woman would be nuts.

    The fact that we even have to have these sorts of discussions is just maddening. We shouldn't be talking about her becoming the president of the United States.

  10. Palin's greatest talent is her ability to drive Democrats completely nuts with hatred. Unfortunately that's not enough to be POTUS. Let's hope the Republican nominee is someone competent.

  11. Can't some senior members of the GOP just come out and say what a joke she is? If enough of the party members did it, during the primaries (if she does run) other candidates could point to her not having support from the party, would be divisive in within the GOP and the US, and not able to defeat Obama. Even for Americans, electing this woman would be nuts.

    The fact that we even have to have these sorts of discussions is just maddening. We shouldn't be talking about her becoming the president of the United States.

  12. Palin's greatest talent is her ability to drive Democrats completely nuts with hatred. Unfortunately that's not enough to be POTUS. Let's hope the Republican nominee is someone competent.

    • Um…I think it's the Republicans that are getting a bad case of the yips from her performance. I suspect the Dems are loving it and don't want her to go away anytime soon.

  13. Oh sure..crush my hopes.

  14. and when she gets to Washington, it'll be cold as heelllllllll

    Sara Paaaaaaaalin, Sara Paaaaaaalin

  15. Wasn 't O'bama an underdog? Weren't the Seahawks supposed to lose? Wasn't our Continental Army overpowered by the British, yet still won? Are these comments on this site from real Americans? I don't think so. I think the left has really turned communist Red. They need to turn Republican (American) Red.

  16. Wasn 't O'bama an underdog? Weren't the Seahawks supposed to lose? Wasn't our Continental Army overpowered by the British, yet still won? Are these comments on this site from real Americans? I don't think so. I think the left has really turned communist Red. They need to turn Republican (American) Red.

    • Given that it's a Canadian site? It's Canadian red.

      • Hah! Couldn' tell with all the Palin paranoia.

  17. No real American would ever support a Marxist leader, like O'bama, bent on destroying our constitution. Liberty slowly disolved by this administration will take YEARS to get back, if at all. No real American supports a statist government, one looking to "change" our way of life. How could any real American not see the truth? Stop watching the Pravda stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN) and open your eyes America.

  18. No real American would ever support a Marxist leader, like O'bama, bent on destroying our constitution. Liberty slowly disolved by this administration will take YEARS to get back, if at all. No real American supports a statist government, one looking to "change" our way of life. How could any real American not see the truth? Stop watching the Pravda stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN) and open your eyes America.

    • "Liberty slowly disolved by this administration will take YEARS to get back, if at all."

      Hmm…if I were an American, that would be my assessment of George W.'s legacy.

      • *Man walks onstage, places a placard upom an easel. Steps off stage again. A sheet is pulled away from the placard and it reads"

        Patriot Act

        -Scene.

  19. Given that it's a Canadian site? It's Canadian red.

  20. Hah! Couldn' tell with all the Palin paranoia.

  21. If Palin runs,you have not seen the likes of Grass Roots support she will get,She will win,make no mistake.If she runs and I believe she will it's like "Secretariat" entered the race.Watch a Grass Roots movement like you have never seen before.
    They are afraid of her,why do you think they are trying to destroy her.This is coming out of the White House?

  22. If Palin runs,you have not seen the likes of Grass Roots support she will get,She will win,make no mistake.If she runs and I believe she will it's like "Secretariat" entered the race.Watch a Grass Roots movement like you have never seen before.
    They are afraid of her,why do you think they are trying to destroy her.This is coming out of the White House?

    • Secretariat certainly enjoyed a chaw or two of tasty, tasty grass roots. So… sure. But…wait…it's Blood Libel comin' up the back stretch…

    • I agree. She is exactly as smart as a horse.

  23. Secretariat certainly enjoyed a chaw or two of tasty, tasty grass roots. So… sure. But…wait…it's Blood Libel comin' up the back stretch…

  24. all israel all the time sarah palin

  25. all israel all the time sarah palin

  26. Um…I think it's the Republicans that are getting a bad case of the yips from her performance. I suspect the Dems are loving it and don't want her to go away anytime soon.

  27. "Liberty slowly disolved by this administration will take YEARS to get back, if at all."

    Hmm…if I were an American, that would be my assessment of George W.'s legacy.

  28. *Man walks onstage, places a placard upom an easel. Steps off stage again. A sheet is pulled away from the placard and it reads"

    Patriot Act

    -Scene.

  29. I hope she sticks around. It would be great sport to see the rest of that group of bottom-feeders trying to out-Sarah, Sarah. By the time it's settled regardless of which one is chosen, the nominee won't have ine coherent policy left and Sarah will be back in Alaska counting her bags of cash.

  30. I hope she sticks around. It would be great sport to see the rest of that group of bottom-feeders trying to out-Sarah, Sarah. By the time it's settled regardless of which one is chosen, the nominee won't have ine coherent policy left and Sarah will be back in Alaska counting her bags of cash.

  31. i see most favor Sarah. This should tell ya something . She is unstoppable . She is hot,smart and unbeatable . Move aside old man Newt, manniquin Mitt ,and dumbo Huck . Sarah 2012 !

  32. i see most favor Sarah. This should tell ya something . She is unstoppable . She is hot,smart and unbeatable . Move aside old man Newt, manniquin Mitt ,and dumbo Huck . Sarah 2012 !

    • LOL….oh yes please………..that would be too much fun by far too watch!

  33. I agree. She is exactly as smart as a horse.

  34. The polls have already proven that people are prepared to elect Sarah Palin "for the lulz".

  35. The polls have already proven that people are prepared to elect Sarah Palin "for the lulz".

    • I think it is over for her . Dead woman walking !!!!

  36. LOL….oh yes please………..that would be too much fun by far too watch!

  37. I think it is over for her . Dead woman walking !!!!

  38. When you fear a person most you attack as much as you can,out of all the other republicans for 2012 who do they attack most?

  39. When you fear a person most you attack as much as you can,out of all the other republicans for 2012 who do they attack most?

    • sarah palin . you are right , mike .

  40. sarah palin . you are right , mike .

  41. If Palin were to be elected, would our country turn into the Wild West? Would there be mass exodus to Canada? I created a visual commentary about her role in the recent violent attacks on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-… Drop by and let me know what YOU think!

  42. If Palin were to be elected, would our country turn into the Wild West? Would there be mass exodus to Canada? I created a visual commentary about her role in the recent violent attacks on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-… Drop by and let me know what YOU think!

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