This post about Terry McAuliffe had the following passage:
One of my friends started working for Republican candidates in 2009 after being inspired by a certain Republican Governor. This Republican Governor at the time posed a direct threat to Mitt Romney’s path to the Presidential nomination in 2012 (it would turn out to be a false alarm). As a result, everywhere my friend went from 2009 to 2012, a conversation would inevitably come up at cocktail parties in DC. It went like this.
Former Democrat: “I was a lifelong Democrat until 2008.”
Romney Diehard: “Oh wow. What made you change?”
Former Democrat: “Sarah Palin.”
Romney Diehard: “You people represent everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. Go away. We only want Rockefeller Republicans around here. That is what the people want, that is where the country is, and Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.”