Saturday, September 24, 2011

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Don’t rule out Sarah Palin

By Bernie Quigley

For The Hill on 9/21/11

If the establishment nostalgicos can’t let go of the good old days of sustainable mediocrity and overwhelm the process by continuing to pitch the likes of Bob Dole or down market Bush employees like Mitch Daniels . . . and did I mention Jeb Bush? . . . it could hurt Texas Governor Rick Perry’s chances. Never was a group so terrified of new ideas. But that could put Sarah Palin back in the race.
Nostalgicos, the name for a specific group of cultural conservatives who fought to preserve the past and deny the future, led the way to the destruction of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. We see the same tendency rising here today.
The current excitement started with Sarah Palin the moment she took the mike from John McCain and accepted the VP offer. Things have not been the same since.
A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year's election, with a majority of voters believing he'll lose to any Republican. The biggest gain came for Palin, the former Alaska governor who hasn't yet announced whether she'll jump into the fast-changing race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Michele Bachmann was a letdown from the first. She appeared as a Palin knock off but proved herself to be merely provincial. Palin is not, nor is Perry. Last year Palin, who defines herself as a “constitutional conservative” said she would enter if no one else who expressed the rising geist of Tea Party values did. Perry does and from the beginning it was Perry and Palin vs. the Establishment. But he needs to watch his back.

For these values to advance, Palin might be a necessity. She is an archetypal figure, like John Lennon or Reagan; one that hits a primal cord in the psyche that brings awakening to some and horror to others. My guess right now is that 2012 will bring Perry/Romney, but necessity could conceivable make it Palin/Perry.

The Grizzly Mama has the animal spirits and as she has said, a “servant’s heart.” She will do the right thing. But without Perry or Palin in the White House in 2012, that which came in with the dust with the Tea Party will be gone with the wind.

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