Nov 17 2008
There is old rot in the GOP and conservative movement. It is the same old rot that took GOP Congressional majorities and a GOP White House in 2004 and was able to completely destroy the GOP and conservative brand in a mere 4 years, handing over Congress and the Dems to liberal democrats (on the wins of conservative democrats in most congressional races).Â
I used to wonder at the Democrats and their love of Bill Clinton, who accomplished the same transfer of power under his administration. The difference between Bush and Clinton is, of course, the fact Clinton and the dems overstepped and allowed a GOP sweep of Congress. Which the GOP frittered away over the years.
Now the old rot of ‘true’ conservatives wants to hold onto their death grip on the GOP and conservative movement. But to do so they need to attack one of the biggest breathes of fresh air the GOP has seen since Ronald Reagan – Governor Sarah Palin:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is batting down the hype that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin heads into 2012 as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination.
Palin energized the Republican base after GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) tapped her as his running mate and she has tried to preserve her high public profile since Election Day.
â€œI think that she is going to be a significant player,â€ said Gingrich during an interview on CBSâ€™s â€œFace the Nationâ€. â€œBut sheâ€™s going to be one of 20 or 30 significant players. Sheâ€™s not going to be the de facto leader.â€
This is the kind of garbage that sinks the GOP. Palin energized the broader conservative coalition, not just ‘the base’. And Palin was wrongfully made out to be some kind of religious nut who pushes ‘values’ on others through government. She is not and does not. Palin is the kind of leader who can build a broad coalition, and Gingrich is pontificating from his past laurels.Â
There is only one real leader out there that can raise crowds and appeal across the conservative enclaves, pulling in moderate and conservative democrats, independents and others. Sarah Palin is what the GOP needs, and those who oppose her AND come from the failed wing of the GOP should just sit back and let the people decide who will challenge the democrats.
And I don’t think we will be looking to DC for new leaders. I think we have plenty of talent out in the country and in the governorships to find people to bring fresh blood to DC. In 4 years, when America is fed up with liberal policies, the GOP can’t offer them stale options and ideas. It’s time for the GOP to be the party of The American Family.