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    The Republican Party Can’t Win Without The Support of Palin Supporters

    The Republican Party Can’t Win Without The Support of Palin Supporters

    I posted yesterday about Ed Rollins being the latest of the “I knew Reagan” types to use a variation on Lloyd Bentsen’s “You’re no Jack Kennedy” line against Sarah Palin.

    Rollins was Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager in the 2008 cycle, and guess who Rollins thought was the next Ronald Reagan:

    “Governor Huckabee has probably inspired me as much as Ronald Reagan. He had an ability to connect with people and he was a great communicator. I’ve looked for a long time for another candidate to do that.

    “People are always asking: ‘Who’s the next Ronald Reagan?’ Well, I was with the old Reagan. I can promise you that this man comes as close as I’ve ever seen.”

    I have nothing against Mike Huckabee, and this is not an anti-Huckabee post.  Rather, it’s friendly advice to all viable Republican candidates: 

    Run, don’t walk, away from Ed Rollins and the others who think that demeaning Sarah Palin is the best way to advance your campaign.

    Other candidates are entitled to make the case why they would be a better nominee, and they should do so forcefully.  But if they think — like Ed Rollins and Joe Scarborough — that insulting Palin is the way to go, then they have seriously misread the Republican electorate. 

    Without the enthusiasm of Palin supporters the Republican Party is nothing moving into 2012. 

    The campaign troops who will be in the field, on the telephones and at the fundraisers in 2012 will be the same troops who fought the 2010 campaign war.  And those troops weren’t carrying Mitt Romney, or Mike Huckabee, or Newt Gingrich signs.

    That doesn’t mean Palin gets the nomination just because she wants it, or that she is presumptive, or that her supporters constitute a majority of the Party.

    It does mean that the Republican nominee cannot win against Barack Obama without the enthusiasm and support of Palin supporters.

    So Mike, I wish you well.  But if you start running, don’t let Ed Rollins catch you.

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    Comments


    "She hurls her share of insults and/or ill-advised things to say."

    I certainly love to what they were and when? She usually hurl them in RESPONSE TO AN ATTACK TO HER. They're defensive in nature. She doesn't attack fellow Republicans out of the blue

    Reagan failed at reducing the the deficit. While he was a great communicator of the ideology, he failed at cutting spending. We don't want a repeat of that

    Sadly, I have read more than one Palinista say that they won't vote if Palin is not the nominee.

    Tell them, failing to vote against Obama is the same as voting twice for him: it is one less vote against him, and one more vote that can be freed up to cancel another vote against him.

    Reagan failed at reducing the the deficit.

    He doubled the tax revenue between 1981 and 1989. He likened Congressional spending to that of drunken sailors, except that was insulting to drunken sailors.

    The left tells us by their reactions to our potential candidates who they fear the most. It is obvious by their hysteric reactions to everything Palin does that she is clearly the one they fear the most. It is obvious. They are telling who we should nominate. Wake up people! If we nominate anybody but Palin, then we have have accomodated the left's wishes.

    I will vote for a constitutional conservative in 2012. I hope it's a Republican, but it could be a 3rd, 4th, or 5th party. I will never again vote for a "moderate," compromiser with socialism. I think that's how we got to this sad place in our history. We don't win just because the candidate has an 'R' next to their name.
    If the Dem wins because we split the vote, maybe the GOP establishment will take us seriously in following elections and back constitutional conservatives.


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