Sarah Palin has spoken out on the media and the ongoing race among Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul. One of those candidates will emerge to take on Barack Obama in November, and Palin thinks those in the GOP establishment are employing “leftist tactics” in the race.
As noted on her Facebook page, Palin said she was witnessed “something very disturbing this week.”
The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.
In the column, it is clear that she supports Newt Gingrich in the race for president. She hasn’t said so, but her message is clear. But what about her message of the establishment versus the Tea Party?
But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties’ operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans “bitterly clinging” to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the “wisdom” of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 who didn’t win. Well, here’s a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.
Later in her column, she wrote, “The challenge of this election is not simply to replace President Obama. The real challenge is who and what we will replace him with. It’s not enough to just change up the uniform. If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country.” Do she have a point?
There has always been a struggle between grassroots conservatives and the Republican establishment. Now, that opposition has a stronger voice: the Tea Party movement. Because of that movement, the GOP was able to retake the U.S. House in 2010. In this race, we see that the Tea Party has aligned itself with anyone but Romney.
But we should be careful, regardless of who you support for president? Is Romney the conservative in this race? No. But he has also been blasted by so-called conservatives for being… conservative. The idea that success, free enterprise, and capitalism can be negatives in the race for the GOP nomination is absolutely crazy.
So, Palin certainly makes a point… but is it real, or just an endorsement?