I have observed, throughout life, that a man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.
Father Strickland. S.J. 1963
Captain Renault:In 1935, you ran guns to Ethiopia. In 1936, you fought in Spain, on the Loyalist side.
Rick:And got well paid for it on both occasions.
Captain Renault: The *winning* side would have paid you much better.
For a while I’ve been making the argument that Sarah Palin is far more valuable to the conservative movement as a person who gets solid conservatives nominated and elected than as just another GOP candidate for president in a crowded field.
Yesterday the Washington Post talked about Sarah Palin and to some degree doesn’t know what to make of her:
“She is still just really fun to watch. Some are watching because they admire, and others are watching because they find her hilarious because she is a self parody and there aren’t too many people who can manage to be both of things.
However in between dealing with her as a reality start and cultural icon they actually managed to mention the serious commentary she has been putting out regularly:
Palin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have become favored media for the former vice presidential candidate, who has posted missives on everything from foreign policy to the economy for her followers
They even managed to actually quote one of her pieces for a change. That would be remarkable if it wasn’t a critique of the Ryan budget.
“The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) budget is not an April Fool’s joke,” Palin wrote. “But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so.”
The Washington Post is always sympathetic to any attack on one republican from another, even one from Sarah Palin, if it can be service to the White House.
But while that is the likely driver of the piece the real interesting bit comes later.
Unlike many of her male counterparts, Palin has so far resisted the urge to run for president despite her popularity with her party’s right wing. Instead, she has opted to use her political influence to endorse candidates.
Their numbers on her success from 2010 conflict with CBS they claim she was 34/66 while CBS’s had her with 37 wins in 55 races that year but more important than the numbers is they have pretty much hit on what I believe is the long-term Palin strategy: maintaining herself as a viable candidate without committing (a Political Fleet in Being if you will) , maintaining the fight in the culture wars by letting the low info voters see her without the MSM filter, then using the money from both sources to advance her political views through selected candidates.
In the long run a half a dozen new teaparty members of the House and senate pushing conservative causes added every two years will do more for advancing everything we all believe in than any run for president even if it is successful.
My children and yours will have a lot to thank her for.
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