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If the GOPe Were Smart They Would Let Gov. Palin Back Into the Room

But this is the "stupid party" we’re talking about, so I won’t hold my breath.

In the wake of the disastrous 2012 election results, there has been a lot of discussion on the right regarding the GOP’s apparent "message" problem. Much of the conversations has focused on immigration issues as a way to bring in new voters. Recently, Charles Krauthammer wrote:

I’ve always been of the “enforcement first” school, with the subsequent promise of legalization. I still think it’s the better policy. But many Hispanics fear that there will be nothing beyond enforcement. So, promise amnesty right up front. Secure the border with guaranteed legalization to follow on the day the four border-state governors affirm that illegal immigration has slowed to a trickle.

Imagine Marco Rubio advancing such a policy on the road to 2016. It would transform the landscape. He’d win the Hispanic vote. Yes, win it. A problem fixable with a single policy initiative is not structural. It is solvable.

It’s going to take much more than that to solve the current issues the GOP has with voters. You can’t pander to one racial demographic and think that will solve all of your problems. The predicament that they find themselves in goes much deeper than a single issue, and it’s based primarily on trust. According to an election night survey released by Breitbart News, Judicial Watch, and Public Opinion Strategies:

Voters’ responses suggest that the American public agrees with conservative policies–but does not trust the Republican Party to implement them.

For example, voters dislike big government, with 71% agreeing (and 49% strongly agreeing) that: “The larger the size of government the more opportunities it creates for possible corruption.” In addition, 85% of voters said they were concerned about corruption in Washington, and 53% described themselves as “very concerned."

Yet voters do not trust Republicans more than Democrats to deal with corruption. Only 34% said Republicans would do a better job of cleaning up corruption; 37% said Democrats would. That is an indictment of the permanent political class, regardless of party. And despite the President’s talk of cleaning up Washington, his party is not viewed as better able to do so.

So, the Democrats share much of the same issue with voters regarding corruption, but they’re able to squeak enough votes each cycle because they have more credibility on other matters. Here’s a thought. How about for starters, the GOP stop selling out their principles and try to gain some trust back with that 71% who dislike big government? And how does either party address the 85% of voters who are concerned about corruption in Washington, when both of them are compromised in that area? Considering all of the money wasted in Washington on cronies and corruption, these concerns by the vast majority are extremely legitimate.

As I watched the debate go back and forth on the GOP’s message problem after the election, an article written by Anand Giridharadas back in 2011 titled "Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide" came to mind. In it, he wrote:

[S]omething curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa…

She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

In supporting her first point, about the permanent political class, she attacked both parties’ tendency to talk of spending cuts while spending more and more; to stoke public anxiety about a credit downgrade, but take a vacation anyway; to arrive in Washington of modest means and then somehow ride the gravy train to fabulous wealth. She observed that 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States happen to be suburbs of the nation’s capital.

Her second point, about money in politics, helped to explain the first. The permanent class stays in power because it positions itself between two deep troughs: the money spent by the government and the money spent by big companies to secure decisions from government that help them make more money.

“Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along."

Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words.

Ms. Palin’s third point was more striking still: in contrast to the sweeping paeans to capitalism and the free market delivered by the Republican presidential candidates whose ranks she has yet to join, she sought to make a distinction between good capitalists and bad ones. The good ones, in her telling, are those small businesses that take risks
and sink and swim in the churning market; the bad ones are well-connected megacorporations that live off bailouts, dodge taxes and profit terrifically while creating no jobs...

“This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.”

Keep in mind that Sarah Palin was told to "leave the room" by none other than Charles Krauthammer, back in 2009. Yet now he tells the Republican Party that in order for it to save it’s hide, they must reward lawbreakers and anoint a man as leader who has engaged in illegally soliciting foreign donations, just as President Obama has also done.

That is not the answer. The answer for the GOP is to clean up its own act and address the real concerns of the majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation. They can start by not shunning the members of their own party who have the credibility to speak on such matters. Reform in Washington is a winning message and has the potential to bring in voters from nearly every racial, gender, and economic demographic in the country. It isn’t too late for the Republican Party to jump on board, but time is ticking. American voters need a true opposition party to the big-government, tax and spend, corruption plagued Democrats. The GOP establishment would do themselves and the country a favor by allowing people into the room who can credibly push for reform, and by ceasing their own practices of big-government corruption.

Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

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  • SonOfOriginalTed

    The GOP without Palin is dead man walking.

    (Palin ’16, with or w/o GOP)

  • virginiagentleman1

    Now you see milady Stacy, the title of your op-ed says it all…………. IF!!!
    And therein lies the problem. They are not smart! In fact ‘smart’ when used with ‘republican’ has become an oxymoron.
    On the other hand, STUPID I can agree with!   VG

    • Leroy Whitby

      I’m not sure this is about winning. We assume the Establishment is stupid because they choose to lose. But what if this is as venal as simply getting their firms cut of the campaign dollars? I saw a comment that the GOP has become a direct mail scam, including even the targeting of seniors and other vulnerable groups. Throw in the big money sales calls and relationships, like Rove runs, and you’ve got a real pile of money. Tens of millions in fees generated. If they aren’t going to be included in a politicians circle, and don’t get their cut, they support someone else.

      • virginiagentleman1

        If you are right, and for the record I believe that you are, then what the republicans are doing is no different then the dems with the caveat that the dems actually want to win.

        Leroy, as I have often said, neither party speaks for We the People. Without the money to influence (bribe) we have become once again the silent majority.

        It is all about the money my friend. How else can we explain how so many members of congress go in with good intentions and barely making it financially, and in a few years time have become incredibly wealthy all on $180,000 a year?

        ‘America for sale’ is a reality and our politicians and political ‘consultants’ are the biggest players!

  • OldDude111

    I believe we have now reached the point where a tremendous number of votes will be cast solely on the basis of personality and charisma.  For these people, content and principles will be secondary considerations, if they enter into the equation at all.

    There is no question that Sarah has the necessary qualities to deliver on both levels.  There are few others that can ignite passion for conservative principles and reach the "common man" as she can.  If she were to reach the public en masse, without the media filter, as in the debates, who knows what can happen.  Other than Lt. Col. West, I’m not sure there’s another army I care to enlist in!

    • stevethird

      The two of them will be unstoppable in the climate Hussein is about to create. I hate to admit it but I almost hope West loses the recount, so he and the Paln/West base will be really pissed 
      off and have a battle cry,and be ready to rumble. The time will be upon us before you know it.

  • IsraeliCojones

    If the GOPe Were Smart They Would Let Gov. Palin Back Into the Room

    But since we know they are stoopid, they won’t and the best she has to do is to slam the door in their face, build a Conservative coalition, forget about any electoral success in the next 6 years (anyway the country is toast as of now) and win it all, once the American public will be so disgusted with what they have, that they will turn to the only adult out there.

  • blueniner

    Nice post Stacy, in the aftermath of this 2012 election where there is alot of soul searching going on.
    SARAH PALINS historical INDIANOLA, IOWA should be re-released in its re-mastered form (to use a CD format term). The speech should be released in a format that has a broad viewing audience, or reading audience, because right about now the Political publics attention is looking for answers, and SARAH PALIN as she always does provides some answers.

    • ConservativeMike

      Throw in the CPAC 2012 speech.  Sarah is the leader of the Conservative Movement.  The RINO’s have no leader.  It is time to bury the GOPe right next to the Whigs.  Reagan was shunned by the
      GOPe hated by the  Liberal media.  As soon as he proved that he could win the, GOPe flocked to him and assigned GHWB as VP.  Conservatives has always been better off without moderate.  Sarah knew at Indianola that she would need to  beat Obama and the GOPe.  Today the opposition is one.

      SARAH 2016!

  • patnatasha

    stacy no one will ever accuse the gop of being smart because they aren’t.

    • RodPatrick

      Exactly. GOPE and its paid pundits are just pretending to be smart.  But they are not… they are nothing but stupid!

  • excopconservative

    Yes, the Republican Party needs a different face – Someone who does not evoke the super-rich Wall Street image and does not reek of the permanent political class,  maybe someone who is a real person with life experiences similar to most Americans.  It could be a person who represents conservative values without being severe.  Maybe it could be someone who is not a lawyer and who didn’t attend an Ivy League school.  It could be someone who is not embarrassed about what they believe in. 

    We know who that different face is who can reshape the image of the Party, but it will never occur to the GOPe unless they are forced to accept it.

  • bongobear

    Sarah Palin is correct about the permanent political class.  Some of these folks have been in DC thirty or fourty years…if that’s not permanent I don’t know what is.  Some of these people are only retired by death…witness Harry Byrd and Strom Thurmond.

  • Aitch748

    The GOPe not only doesn’t want to let Palin back into the room; they want to distance themselves from conservatives generally.

    Good luck with that, GOP. I guess we’ll find out if you can convince your new moderate base to elect your candidates.

  • Patriot41

    Stacy, you are not the only one who doesn’t see reform in the cards for the GOP.  I will begin by saying, that the GOP leadership is every bit corrupt as the democrats are, there can be no distinction between the two, when it comes to crony capitalism.

    I heard the same cries for reform in the GOP, back in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  The conservative movement that took place then, was for the very same reasons that conservatives are screaming about today.  Reform only lasted for a very few years and then the GOP party went right straight back to their old antics.  The only way their mentality is going to change, is when it is forced to do so, by the citizens of this country.  We can all plainly see, that the GOP has a no confidence vote by the citizenry.  What is particularly disturbing, is that our citizens have turned to a radical, socialist leader and govt., rather then to the GOP.  This is a major reason that I have stressed, that we need a new third party that is not tainted by the existing two parties that are destroying our Republic.

  • puba1800

    The GOPe is not smart and that is why we will win and we will take over the GOP. It is just a matter of time. 2014 will see more victories over the GOPe as Ted Cruz in Texas and  Deb Fischer in Nebraska were in 2012.

  • puba1800

    Gov Palin is already in the room. She is the big elephant in the room that the GOPe is trying to ignore. She will trample over them in 2014.

    • Guest

      The term for Palin being "the big white elephant in the room" is NOT complimentary to Palin.  With that line…..essentially what you are saying is that Palin is something that is valuable but has outgrown it’s usefullness.  If you remove the part about her being a "white elephant"….THEN it would be complimentary.  Elephant in the room….yes.  White elephant in the room….absolutely not.  Words and phrases have meanings.    

      • puba1800

        Thank you for pointing that out. I will try to correct it.

  • stevethird

    We need more than to love our country again. We never stopped, did we? What we need is to love being American again. At the end of the malaise that was the Carter presidency, Ronald Reagan did this for us, and it turned everything around. It was more a cutural and spiritual phenomenon than a political one. It’s what we desperately need now. Look around…. will Jebby, Marco, Bobby, or Chrispy, be able to do that?  ABSOLUTELY  NOT! I’m already talkinfg it up one to one with friends and acquaintances. Some are so frustrated and have lost so much faith in the Republican Party, that they are a little more willing to listen than they were 2 years ago. There is an opening here.

    • virginiagentleman1

      " What we need is to love being Americans again"!  
       Steve my dear friend, that is exactly what is needed!
      Thank you for sharing these words of exceptional wisdom!   You rock, lad! VG

      • carmtom13

        VG I agree with you that we have to love being Americans again.
        I hope you are feeling better.

        • virginiagentleman1

          I was agreeing with Steve saying that we need to love being Americans again. His wisdom, not mine, but I sure wish I had said it first! lol

          I am feeling better my friend, and I hope you are as well. Thank you for asking!
           My heart is now up to 20%! Not much when compared to a healthy heart, but a 5% improvement for mine! Next target is getting up to 25%.  VG

  • MarkRNY

    Great article Stacy.

    I say we get a new room and have Sarah let in who she wants though–change the locks!

    You can see the RINO vote already coalescing around the Rube though huh?? Same initials as Mitt Romney. That alone disqualifies him…wait! They’re MY initials! (my parents never liked me. They wanted a girl).

    Get a room!  

    • virginiagentleman1

      ROFLMAO!  Yer nutz my friend and funny as hell!  Goooood stuff!!!  VG

      • MarkRNY

        Thanks my Virginia friend. Have to stay nutz to stay sane.

  • Azarkhan

    Dear Charles, Please let me know when you find a Latino or a Democrat who wants to "secure the border". Thank you.

    PS: Don’t worry Dr Krauthammer, I won’t be holding my breath while I wait.

  • conservativemama

    Palin also has the advantage of having taken the fire from the Left and the GOP establishment.  Like steel she’s been forged in fire.  There’s no one tougher than her, there’s no one as ready for the fight as she is.

    Trying to go the identity politics route will be a disaster because the hits from the Left will be furious and I don’t see anyone on the horizon who will survive them, much less anticipate them.  Only Palin knows what’s in store for the GOP’s 2016 nominee.

    Rush was right the other day when he asked the GOP, do you really think the Democrats will let you get away with nominating one of their wholly owned groups:  African-American, women, hispanics, whatever.

    Palin is the obvious choice for 2016.  But it’s so clear that the blind men and women inside the Beltway will never see it and will never want to see it.  The good thing is we know it, and Palin knows it.  All bets are off and the way of the past is done.  It died with Romney’s defeat.  That road leads to nowhere.

  • Lou Gutnicki

    Let’s see… The Democrat party doesn’t matter. Nor do the Republicans.

    It’s the PEOPLE that matter.
    Guess who has been saying that……… (time’s up)  Why none other than Governor Palin.

    And people, REAL PEOPLE, not political hacks or pundits, listen to her, REALLY listen to what Governor Palin is saying and has been saying all along.

    We are quickly coming to the point where people are ever more fed up with Obama, the Democrats, and Republican BS as well. Washington has been smothering us and has been destroying what is good in the United States.

    It’s only a matter of time when people will realize that only Governor Palin can lead us out of this mess and bring our country back.

    • virginiagentleman1

      Well said, Lou.

  • Freempg

    And this at American Thinker in an article entitled "Time to Let the Country Crash?"

    "When Sarah Palin gave a speech in Iowa in September 2011, her message was ‘crony capitalism’ and how we are being fleeced by both parties in Washington.  This winning message was surprisingly not picked up by anyone else."

  • Steve_Flesher


    • virginiagentleman1

       Beautiful?  Stacy? Her article? Both?

      • Steve_Flesher

        Why, both of course.  ;-)


    Sheeeesh….everyone’s an expert.
    CK I’m sick of you, Rove, Morris and all the other talking heads everywhere, who think they actually know all the answers.

    I quit watching Fox news a long time ago. Even when Palin’s on, thanks to the internet, I can watch the video online.

    I’m sick of all of them……..I even turn Rush off, more than listen to him anymore. Levin’s the only one I can stomach…..but when he starts going on about Rubio, I turn him off too.


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