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Politico: GOP Leaders Seek To Stop Palin

From the Politico, which always has the best interests of the GOP at heart:

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

By: Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei
October 31, 2010

Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.

There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.

We don’t know what they are worried about. After all, these are pretty much the same political experts who pronounced her political career over when she resigned as Governor of Alaska.

Many of these establishment figures argue in not-for-attribution comments that Palin’s nomination would ensure President Barack Obama’s reelection, as the deficiencies that marked her 2008 debut as a vice presidential nominee — an intensely polarizing political style and often halting and superficial answers when pressed on policy — have shown little sign of abating in the past two years.

And yet she somehow seems to get her points across even better than the political genius and silver-tongued Barack Obama. Perhaps these "establishment figures" just don’t like what she is saying.

"There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin," said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. "We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her."

This sentiment was a nearly constant refrain in POLITICO interviews with top advisers to the candidates most frequently mentioned as running in 2012 and a diverse assortment of other top GOP officials.

We suppose this could be true. Or it could just be Mr. Allen and the Politico doing their best to divide and conquer right before election day, since none of their other stratagems seemed to have worked thus far.

Nearly all of these interviewees insisted on keeping their views on background, fearing the wrath of conservative grass-roots activists who are enthralled with the former Alaska governor and who have made plain that the establishment’s disdain for Palin and her devotees is mutually reciprocated.

Another theory: "these interviewees" don’t exist.

Top Republicans, from presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty to highly influential advisers such as Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, are said to be concerned she will run, and could win, according to the officials

As well they should be. 

Shortly after the article was posted, Palin went on Fox News, where she is a paid commentator, to criticize POLITICO and any unnamed critics.

"[T]hese are the brave people who want to lead the nation and run the world. And but they’re not brave enough to put their name in an article," she told Greta Van Susteren. "I learned back in the day that who, what, when, where, why of journalism. You report that facts; you let other people decide what their opinion is going to be. So having unnamed sources in an article like this is very, very, disappointing, you know. And it doesn’t do anybody any good. It doesn’t educate anybody. … I’m getting used to it though." …

Unfortunately, Ms. Palin didn’t go to a ‘top flight’ journalism school, or should we have learned that you can make up stories if it will help the Democrat Party. In fact, that is job number one.

The stop-Palin talks are by no means coordinated among the various campaigns. But top advisers for most of the 2012 hopefuls told us the candidates — as well as many establishment figures — are fixated on the topic, especially on how to keep her from running or how to deny her the nomination if she does run.

A longtime Republican leader said party elders hope to thwart Palin by strengthening the Republican National Committee, which has been a magnet for controversy and has seen lackluster fundraising under current Chairman Michael Steele, and outside groups such as those blessed by Rove and Gillespie and now spending heavily on congressional races.

This would represent "a strong counterweight to some kind of guerrilla effort Palin might try to launch." This leader said the party needs to create a unified job creation theme to offset the "cult of personality" that is Palin. "You deter someone by creating stronger opposition."

Rove, one of the few establishment types to raise flags publicly about a Palin bid, this week told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that her upcoming reality show on cable TV could diminish her presidential standing. "I am not certain how this fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office,’" Rove said

Oddly enough, Mr. Rove seems to be the only Republican advisor specifically cited by name in this article.

According to an October 22nd article in the Daily Beast:

Among journalists, the influential columnist Mike Allen of Politico is widely known to be a reliable bulletin board for Rove’s interests and activities.

So this alleged ‘effort’ could start and stop right there.

But think of the desperation of the Ruling Class — that they would stoop to using Karl Rove for their purposes.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Politico: GOP Leaders Seek To Stop Palin”

  1. proreason says:

    I don’t pay much attention to Politico. They seem to be the marxist news organization that is currently best at disquising their agenda. So that makes me even more skeptical about what they say. Too may layers of lies to sift through.

  2. BillK says:

    I hate to say it, but if the nominee for 2012 is Romney or Gingrich, I’m going to have to stay home.

    I couldn’t in conscience vote for either of them; Gingrich is a clown and idiot (not to mention serial adulterer – he had an affair and left his wife for the new honey which he married twice), and Romney gave us ObamaRomneyCare, which he still defends.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Ideally, it should be someone like a Jindal or a Barbour, or a Mitch Daniels – you know, someone who isn’t polarizing but yet has enough executive experience (defined as: being elected twice as governor, or 4 years as a CEO, CFO, or COO of a private company).

      With that in mind, I could never support a candidacy of Palin or an Allen West, neither of whom meets that requisite, and which is needed going forward.

      If neither side has a candidate with such a requirement, I’m writing myself in.


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