There go the Cavs!
- Apr 19, 2005
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We will have to disagree on that one. I think people underestimate the hostility between establishment Republicans ( think Bushes) and the tea party conservatives. Establishment Republicans fought (a very effective) political war of suppression to keep the tea partiers and Christian right in the party with no influence on policy..goes back to the Pat Robertson days.. the newbies had no political sense back then and got played often. Took a decade for them to develop enough cynicism to start ferreting out the RINO's.. Which eventually led to the run up to Trump.. clearly Jeb Bush was more qualified to be president, or Mittens..but these guys were sidelined when the movement became impatient. Trump exploited that perfectly, because he was willing to say publicly what they wanted to hear.. with Palin, there were stronger conservative candidates.. but the establishment did not want to give them a platform.. Look at the GOP retirement as evidence.. Basically the RINO's shut it down after Trump, because they knew his guys would control the money.. it destroyed the old party, which was Trump's goal..I really don't think they intended Palin to look stupid.
It just happened. Which is odd, because up until then she seemed perfectly fine speaking during interviews.
McCain chose Palin because she was a female governor, who was young, good looking and had a compelling family life and built in anti-abortion story. And because she had a record of fighting corruption. On paper she checked all the right boxes for both conservatives and moderates.
She then stumbled and they made the enormous mistake of letting the media define her in the two weeks after the Convention. I can't believe they didn't do more to put her into good situations.
Alaska, BTW, is the most politically corrupt state in the Union thanks to the oil companies.