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Sarah Palin, the "Amiable Duncess," Continues to Enrage the GOP Establishment

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Posted on October 23 2009 9:30 am
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Editor’s Note: NewsReal has previously covered Sarah Palin’s clashes with GOP insiders, the media, and the Left here, here, and here.

As I have said many times before on my blog, the Republican Party and the majority of Republican commentators wish that Sarah Palin would just go away. They don’t like her, period. They share the same sensibility about her as do their Democratic opponents. They think she is unprepared, an intellectual lightweight, a prima donna, and unable to do anything but get 35% of the vote. They view her as a disaster for the party.

So, when Palin endorsed New York State Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, some of the usual suspects came out against her action. I think they had their feelings hurt when she stated that “and best of all, Hoffman is not a member of a political machine”–an obvious dig at the Republican Party. Doesn’t anyone remember anything? Palin herself was not a member of a political machine. She won Alaska by beating the corrupt self dealing Republican political machine. Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is in a close race in New York District 23 in the Adirondocks region (where coincidentally I am writing this from in Lake Placid, New York, on a long weekend vacation) against liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava and Democrat Bill Owens.

The Republican on the ticket is a classic Susan Collins or (before he became a democrat) Arlen Spector RINO style politician. Dede Scozzafava is known by her party to be liberal leaning. The Republican Party already wants to compromise. Why didn’t they support Hoffman from the outset? Why is Ms. Scozzafava the party’s standard bearer, rather than Hoffman? Newt Gingrich, who I respect, unfortunately speaks for many in the Republican Party when he said “We have to decide which business we are in. If we are in the business about feeling good about ourselves while our country gets crushed then I probably made the wrong decision.” This is the same Gingrich who vehemently opposed TARP a year ago — one week before he supported it.

On her Facebook site Palin states,

“The federal government borrows, spends, and prints too much money, while our national debt hits a record high. Government is growing while the private sector is shrinking, and unemployment is on the rise. Doug Hoffman is committed to ending the reckless spending in Washington, D.C. and the massive increase in the size and scope of the federal government. He is also fully committed to supporting our men and women in uniform as they seek to honorably complete their missions overseas”

Palin is correct about her “political machine” comment. Our “amiable duncess” (the late Democratic insider, Clark Clifford, once called President Reagan an “amiable dunce”) has really infuriated the Republican Party for what they view as a “gratuitous” comment. This will not win her “friends”– now that is — in the Republican Party. Plus she is putting the GOP on notice. She’s throwing her influence around, so to speak. She is trying to force the center of gravity of the party toward her views. What easier way to do this then to endorse a candidate in a dopey run-off election? It is really innocuous when you think about it. It is a warning shot across the bow. Yet she sends the party scurrying like little girls running from some spiders.

I love these people who think she is a moron. She is a political hard-baller with a point of view. The Republican Party fears her. Some despise her. But they have not yet been able to respect her. They better make their call soon. Because Palin ain’t going anywhere. Wait till Oprah starts singing her praises — which will happen.

Editor’s Note: Visit Michael Rulle’s Blog Here. See his previous NewsReal commentaries here.

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