Sarah Palin is upsetting the political apple cart by promising to support Republicans and Democrats who support her agenda. Here is an excerpt from the Washington Times posted at the above link.
The former Republican vice-presidential nominee and heroine to much of the GOP’s base said in an interview she views the electorate as embattled and fatigued by nonstop partisanship, and she is eager to campaign for Republicans, independents and even Democrats who share her values on limited government, strong defense and “energy independence.”Republicans and Democrats? That sounds like it might be a libertarian oriented coalition. Fiscally conservative and socially moderate.
“I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation,” …
“People are so tired of the partisan stuff — even my own son is not a Republican,” said Mrs. Palin...
And who might the Republican's be upset with in particular? None other than Illinois Representative Mark Kirk who the Republican Party is touting as a candidate for Obama's old Senate seat.
As one of the eight Republicans who helped a controversial energy and climate-change bill narrowly clear the U.S. House last week, Mark Kirk continues to take heat from members of his own party for the vote.Rep. Kirk touted his vote as a "national security" vote. I would believe it if he had voted to make it easier to drill for American oil. But Waxman-Malarkey? Give me a break.
Much of the backlash has been anonymous, coming from critics who habituate dailyherald.com, local political message boards and other Web sites. Using screen names like "Right," "Fedup57" and "Reaganlives," they've called the Highland Park lawmaker a traitor to the GOP and the nation.
Other detractors -- including conservative broadcasters Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck -- signed their invectives.
"If you have a Republican voting for this kind of government, what is the point?" Beck said on his June 29 Fox News program as photos of Kirk and the seven other Republicans who supported the bill appeared on a mock "wanted" poster.
I have covered this joke of a Republican earlier in a couple of posts: Mark Kirk Is No Traitor
Brain Dead Republican Enhances Party Image Here is how I started off that post:
And THIS abomination my friends is why the Republican party is in trouble. Big trouble.Let me note that Alaska, where Palin was formerly the Governor, has effectively decriminalized marijuana.
So getting back to the topic at hand. I think Palin will do well in an era where "independent" is the largest and fastest growing political faction. Not to mention all the disaffected Republicans and PUMA Democrats. It looks to me like she is trying to revive the Reagan Coalition. She just might succeed.
Cross Posted at Classical Values