Let her run. Let her run in 2012. Go Sarah Palin!
She’s already running, according to recent reports, and throwing McCain under the bus in the process. She’s going off-script more and more, and has even spoken her own mind on subjects like a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. She supports it, McCain does not.
The Huffington Post reports today that it’s likely some of these “off the reservation” complaints are emerging from former Romney aides now working on McCain’s campaign.
The same article notes that the Republican party is in the process of casting out all non-believers. Any conservative who has spoken out against the Sarah Palin pick is about to be purged from the party. David Brooks called Palin a “cancer,” while Peggy Noonan said that the GOP, instead of picking someone who was qualified for the position, “went for this — excuse me — political bullshit about narratives.” According to Jim Nuzzo, a White House aide to the first President Bush, “There’s going to be a bloodbath. A lot of people are going to be excommunicated. David Brooks and David Frum and Peggy Noonan are dead people in the Republican Party. The litmus test will be: where did you stand on Palin?”
These ultra-conservative folks view Palin as the new star of the Republican Party. She is the new Ronald Reagan, who will bring them to the promised land. She will unite the nation in peace, and keep all our enemies at bay.
Um, actually the only people she’ll unite is that extremely small cult of ultra-conservative rural voters in red states. No one else takes her seriously, and in fact, most reasonable people fully dislike her or think she’s dangerous. In a recent Pew poll, 49 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of Palin, while 41 percent thought McCain showed poor judgment overall, showing just what a poor decision it was to nominate her as his VP choice.
So I say let her run. Let her talk about whatever she wants to, because she’s just sealing the deal for the Democratic nominee in 2012 way ahead of time. She’s just alientating independent voters and more reasonable, moderate conservatives with her inflammatory rhetoric.