Now that the dust has settled on the 2010 midterm elections, the 2012 presidential campaign is starting to come into focus. This time around (provided Obama isn’t challenged or decides not to run) all the action will be on the picking of the Republican nominee. As things stand right now there are a few names being tossed about, but only one name that towers above the rest …Sarah Palin.
For many rank and file conservatives, Sarah Palin is their dreams come true. Palin charismatically delivers the conservative message loud and clear without any fear of the left’s reaction. Unfortunately, there is another part of the Republican Party that does not see Palin in the same light. The Republican Bluebloods, the Country Club Crew, the Cocktail Set, the elite establishment or whatever names you wish to call them. These folks are desperate not to have Palin be the nominee and are now spouting all kinds of reasons why the nominee should be anyone but Palin.
They are all sounding the alarm that Palin cannot win the general election. This is not their real reason, for if it was, why then are they not discouraging truly hopeless candidates like Tim Pawlenty? No, the real reason why the Bluebloods do not want Palin is simply because of power. Sarah Palin is an outsider who is capable of grabbing the nomination without help from the establishment. Should that happen, Palin would not owe the establishment a damn thing and would be free to bring in all kinds of outsiders to control the Republican Party. This would leave elites like Karl Rove, the Bushes, Peggy Noonan, et al out in the cold, trying to curry favor with the type of conservatives they have been sneering down at for decades.
So when you hear people like Barbara Bush saying “she hopes Palin stays in Alaska” or Mona Charen giving bogus reason why Palin should not run, realize that these people are singing now to save their supper later.
Love her or hate her, Palin should be given the chance to run and prove herself. To automatically dismiss Palin out of hand before the nomination process even begins only serves the desires of conservatism’s foes.