The Republican Establishment Declares War on Sarah Palin
The Quitter gets absolutely savaged by Republican insiders in the GOP/Village Daily today.
Among those taking aim at Palin in recent interviews with POLITICO are George F. Will, the elder statesman of conservative columnists; Peter Wehner, a top strategist in George W. Bush’s White House, and Heather Mac Donald, a leading voice with the right-leaning Manhattan Institute.
Matt Labash, a longtime writer for the Weekly Standard, said that because of Palin’s frequent appeals to victimhood and group grievance, “She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition.”
Will has been in the anti-Quitter camp for a while, and after her comments about the Bushes being “blue bloods,” Wehner’s remarks are somewhat predictable.
But you know she’s in trouble when she’s getting trashed by Bill Kristol’s rag. Remember, she was Kristol’s protege. And for a neocon, I imagine being called Al Sharpton is the worst insult imaginable.
Meanwhile, Judd Gregg (R-NH) simultaneously unloads on her in The Hill.
…it is entirely possible that with no presumptive winner or even favorites, a candidate who runs second or third in a great many primaries could go into the convention with a sizable block of delegates.
Who would this favor? Does Sarah Palin come to mind? Although she is not viewed by most as strong enough to win, she is viewed by many as a person worth voting for to make a statement. And primaries tend to be populated by people who go to the polls with the purpose of making a statement.
Finishing second and third isn’t really a big deal — until you get enough delegates to be the nominee. And picking a nominee who it seems would be easily defeated by President Obama might not be the best statement.
Oh, it’s on.
How long before The Quitter runs on a conservative/Teabagger ticket — just to screw the party?