Sarah Palin Goes Dirty Harry on the GOP

Sarah Palin, Mama Grizzly and Self-Professed Quitter, went all Clint Eastwood on the Republican Party the other day. Lead, follow, or get outta the way, is her message. Yeah, the lamestream Republican Party is being told it must line up behind the “core conservative principles” of the Tea Party or go the way of the buffalo.

Ouch. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Now even the Republican Party fails its own purity test.

Likely, the word “ingrate” is being bandied about in the upper echelons of the Republican Party at this moment. That and a few other words.

It’s a replay of the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 20s and 30s. The old guard thought they could control the youthful leader and his new movement, put it to work for them. But Adolf had other ideas. He saw the equation differently, the new movement co-opting the old to ramrod through a new aggressive agenda.

Sarah Palin is right about one thing: it’s time for the Republican Party to figure out what it is, and what it stands for. Is it a political party or a religious party? Is it about moral or fiscal conservatism? Now granted, it hasn’t actually been fiscally conservative for five decades or so (since the year I was born, to be precise), but that’s been the constant message while they’ve racked up some truly Rodeo Drive-style spending sprees.

Palin is herself at a crossroads. She’s got her band of grizzly cubs all lined up running for office. She’s made a load of money selling out to the same lamestreet media she claims to despise. Now she seems to be positioning herself as the self-proclaimed “leader” (Führer Principle anyone?) of the Tea Party.

The setting is the start of her fourth national tour, which will make 30 stops in 15 days. Palin’s battlecry? “Heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message.”  It is the message of the people, after all. Just ask the rich, white, corporate puppet masters who fund the whole operation. “If so,” she goes on to warn, “the GOP is through.”

Of course, all is not the way Palin would have it. As CNN points out,

Tea Party-backed candidates have defeated mainstream Republican candidates, including several congressional incumbents, in several primaries across the country this year. In some cases, the Tea Party victories have harmed Republican chances for victory.

Angle is struggling. Joe Miller is beating up reporters and knocking children over on his way to the exit, and Christine O’Donnell has about as much credibility as Palin herself with the average person. O’Donnell is single-handedly handing Delaware to the Democrats.

And Palin says the GOP needs to “man up” and support her grizzly cubs. “The bigwigs in the machine, they’re driving me crazy because they’re too chicken to support the Tea Party candidates. The ideas of the Tea Party movement are the American ideals that will put us back to work.”

In other words, the Republican Party must sign its own death warrant in the general elections. The Grand Old Party, by selling out first to the Religious Right and then trying to co-opt the Tea Party, has found itself between a rock and a hard place.

Who is the sheriff in town? Who will be the sheriff when the elections are over? According to Palin, the Tea Party is the true voting bloc of the right-wing in America. Do we consider this a putsch?

The Tea Party, like the Republican Party, has become a victim of its own narrative. While continuing to narrow its tent they continue to insist they represent the will of the American people – even while fewer and fewer people qualify as “real” Americans each passing day.

Palin told Monday’s crowd that they needed to support Tea Party candidates “for the good of America’s future” but who will do the voting? As CNN points out in their analysis, the group to which she addressed herself “was considerably smaller than the last rally Palin kicked off for the Tea Party Express, in Searchlight, Nevada, in March.”

Are more people getting her message, or fewer? The politics of exclusion lead to diminishing returns. We recently learned that the T-Rex was a cannibal; it seems we now have the answer for the Tea Party as well. Republicans will eat their own kind; they are doing it as we watch.

Perhaps this is good news for America. Perhaps the Tea Party is a problem that is its own answer.

11 Replies to “Sarah Palin Goes Dirty Harry on the GOP”

  1. in this regard I have to assume that the Republicans( not tea party members) are the same as Democrats. Afraid of their own shadows. how many Republicans do you see trying to act like tea bagger’s? Lots of them. If they are to maintain the GOP they could’ve stood up and told the tea party to shove it.
    Of course the Democrats could have done far more with their majority to. Man up does apply here.

    I did see the palin had kicked off a new campaign in her traveling bus and wondered how big the crowds were going to be.

  2. In embracing and trying to co-opt the Tea Party, the Republican Party has sown the seeds of its own possible demise. They have painted themselves into a corner, because now they are saddled with wacky candidates who either will not be elected or will do substantial damage if they are elected. They are reaping exactly what they have sown, and even if they win elections in the short run, the tactics they have adopted are destructive in the long run.

  3. I’ve also noticed over the past few months that some mainstream republicans are beginning to speak out against the effects the TP has had on moderates in the Republican Party. Voinovich, Murkowski, Bennett, Inglis, and a few others have begun to speak up, but it’s too late at this point. They should have formed their own caucus of moderate republicans to counter the effects of the tea partiers when they first began acting out, but they didn’t, so now, they find themselves the minority in their own party. DeMented, Bachmann, and Palin have taken over the Republican Party and pose a real threat to its continued existence. Had I been a republican in a position of power, I would have shot them down so long ago, they’d be only dim memories at the present time. These few bad apples have ruined the whole barrel.

  4. Palin actually attempted to answer a question but it was all nonsense. She was talking about the “we the people” message along with the “time tested truths in regards to the message” and, of course, her old standby, “common sense conservative solutions”. They tore her to pieces on MSNBC this a.m. and said “the more she talks, the less sense she makes” although it was comical listening to Pat Buchanan talking about how she and Beck are the two most dynamic personalities representing the GOP and the Tea Party. No matter what, pundits are trying to link the GOP and TP despite their differences.

    There are members of the media that will continue to talk up Palin as if she’s the second coming but her popularity is still decreasing and even those stations that used her to generate ratings repeatedly are having difficulty in finding a credible reason to talk about her. Although there will always be the idiots like this,000-friends

    Whether they speak of the crowds Obama draws or not, Palin is losing her ability to generate the numbers she used to. I can’t help but wonder how this will effect her book tour. If she draws even 1/4 the crowds she did with her first fairy tale, I’ll be surprised. I also read an older comment on this morning about how Bristol representing the Palin family on DWTS was perfect because it showed what a wonderful “first daughter” she would be and how the White House needs the Palin family to bring this country back to its former status in the world. The only problem with that last remark is that the former status the U.S. had, when Bush occupied the White House, was quite negative. We’ve been fortunate that President Obama has been able to mend fences for us and Palin with her “we win, you lose” mentality would be a disaster the likes of which we’re unable to truly predict.

  5. Not only that, but they have kicked these moderates out of the party. It started last year with Dede Scozzafava of NY 23, whom they labeled as not being conservative enough. Sarah Palin, in all her infinite wisdom, decided to back Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate instead. The Republicans who decided to follow her lead were Dick Armey, Tim Pawlenty,
    Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck among others. They trashed this woman so badly that she withdrew. But she turned the tables on them by endorsing the Democrat, Bill Owens, and inducing her followers to endorse him. Owens then went on to win a seat that was mostly occupied by Republicans since the Civil War. The Party of No actually had the nerve to call Scozzafava a traitor, when they were the ones who threw her under the bus. Since then, along with Castle, a senator named Bennett of Utah has been defeated in the Republican primary, as well as a moderate congressman in South Carolina. This is what their ludicrous litmus test has brought them, and I suspect that sooner or later, they will reap some bitter fruit from this idiocy.

  6. Bristol the unwed mother who can’t dance and is only there because the c4pers are vote rigging (you can see this on their site) is the reason Palin should be president? Bristol who swears at grown ups and rolls her eyes at teachers and gets busted drinking and sleeping around in Wasilla?And lies about her jobs and lies under oath? Um, no.

    Just no. Sorry, but no. She would be a disgrace to the white house as would the entire Palin family except for Trig and maybe the youngest girl Piper.

  7. She’s such a dimwit. Constantly shooting herself in the foot. She crossed Rove, she publically humiliated him along with her brainless mini-me o’donnell. Word to the wise palin, rove plays for keeps.

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