I’ve seen a lot of stupid things written about Sarah Palin, and the 2008 presidential race, but blaming her for the McCain defeat ranks right up there as the absolute stupidest.
Sarah Palin was chosen to be John McCain’s running mate because, frankly, he was going nowhere in the polls, and the base of the party couldn’t stand him. Mitt Romney faces the same problem today.
McCain chose Sarah Palin because she was the best, most popular governor in the nation. She is a true reformer and a fiscal hawk. She had an unprecedented sustained approval rating in the 90s as Governor of Alaska. The media, at the time, were astounded by this.
The ONLY time McCain led Obama in the polls was after he chose Palin.
Of course, there was a HUGE effort to make her the choice. Conservatives nationwide had a “Draft Sarah Palin” effort. And Frank Aquila, a California fireman, and McCain campaign state chair, also played a huge part. He was relentless in his efforts.
As pointed out in “Today’s GOP Establishment: Real Reformers Need Not Apply”
It was McCain and his useless campaign manager Steve Schmidt who lost against Obama, BIG TIME.
Schmidt refused to vet Obama, and stopped Palin when she started going after him. McCain actually told voters they had “nothing to fear” from Obama. Meanwhile Palin predicted EXACTLY what kind of disaster he would be.
The coup de grâce was when dumb ass McCain “suspended” his campaign and ran back to Washington to push for TARP. Something the American people didn’t want. McCain looked stupid, and allowed Obama to look in charge.
THAT cost McCain the election, not Sarah Palin.
Again, choosing Palin is the ONLY smart thing McCain has done in years.
If Palin is such a drain, why is it that in 2010 she endorsed over a 100 candidates for local, state, and national races, with most of them now holding office? This includes 4 Governors, two states Attorneys General, one Lt Governor, and a whole bunch of congresscritters. Thanks to Palin, America saw the largest political turnover since Reconstruction, after the Civil War.
Fast forward to 2012. Candidates are BEGGING for Sarah’s endorsement. It’s still the only one that matters.
So far she’s helped defeat Obama’s “favorite Republican” Dick Lugar in Indiana by backing Richard Mourdock, and last night her candidate Deb Fischer, who was almost 20 points down, and out of money a week ago, won in a blowout.
She’s endorsed Ted Cruz over the Establishment candidate David Dewhurst in Texas. Ted Cruz’s campaign reports that the phones are ringing off the wall and support pouring in after he endorsement.
Maybe you should do your research about the 2008 election before you start burning barns.