Politico, Sarah Palin, and the Republican Party

1 November 2010

A day before the elections, Michael Steele lashed out at anonymous GOP critics of Sarah Palin. AP Photo

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin
Mike Allen & Jim Vandehei
Politico
10/31/2010

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. (See: Sarah Palin wreaking havoc on campaign trail)

The article includes video and continues at Politico.

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To The GOP Leaders Trying To Stop Palin: November 2 Is Only The Beginning
Dan Riehl
RiehlWorldView
11/1/2010

There are a few problems with this Politico item talking about GOP leaders wanting to stop Sarah Palin. In the first place, the GOP leaders behind it aren’t very good leaders. On top of that, too many people know precisely who they are. Furthermore, they really should be worrying more about the people who are extremely concerned with stopping them.

The scalp taking doesn’t end on November 2. But they really don’t understand that. They think they’re simply seeing a surge thanks to Obama. If they genuinely understood the depth of anger focused more on them, than, say, specific support for Palin, they’d realize they won’t really be on offense in the sense they believe they will be after election day.

It isn’t simply about Palin. Taken as a whole, the people coming for this particular GOP establishment are less invested in protecting, or pushing, Sarah Palin, than they are determined to take them down. Palin supporters are only one brigade of a much larger army that has no intentions of standing down post-November…

The rest is at RiehlWorldView

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Glenn Beck weighs in on Politico GOP hit piece
TheRightScoop
11/1/2010

Glenn Beck reminds us that Politico is nothing more than a “left wing hack” news site and says they released their article yesterday about the GOP wanting to stop Sarah Palin as a way of trying to suppress independent voters. He says you should completely ignore it.

The video of this morning’s radio comments is at TheRightScoop.

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Michael Steele to GOP Sarah Palin critics: ‘Shut up’
Scott Wong
Politico
11/1/2010

A day before the elections, the head of the Republican National Committee lashed out at anonymous GOP critics of Sarah Palin, saying they need to “shut up.”

“These Republican leaders who don’t put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up,” RNC Chairman Michael Steele said during an appearance Monday on CNN’s “American Morning.” “We’re focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We’re not focused on 2012.”

Steele made similar remarks in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Put your name next to your quote and then have a conversation with Sarah Palin. Until then, leave it alone,” Steele said. “You know all this kind of dissension and, you know, frustration within the party is not doing anything to get Republicans elected tomorrow. So until we get that job done, let’s not worry about 2012.”…

This article continues at Politico.

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Giuliani: 11th Commandment Is Do Not Criticize Another Republican
Real Clear Politics
11/1/2010

…Giuliani responds to the unsourced Politico piece attacking Sarah Palin [beginning at 2:58].

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