Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.
Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.
Problem one. Why the hell are these "leaders" pushing this BEFORE the election. Tomorrow's election. Sarah Palin shouldn't be your concern right now. Harry Reid should be. Palin is in the middle of the pack when it comes to 2012, but if you want to see that rise, keep pushing this crap. I hate coronations and anonymous bullshit from so called "leaders", no matter which side they come from. I hate it even more when it's before the 2010 elections. Too many people want to be party stars and controller instead of trying to succeed in the right mission of less government and more freedom.
The stop-Palin talks are by no means coordinated among the various campaigns. But top advisers for most of the 2012 hopefuls told us the candidates — as well as many establishment figures — are fixated on the topic, especially on how to keep her from running or how to deny her the nomination if she does run.
A longtime Republican leader said party elders hope to thwart Palin by strengthening the Republican National Committee, which has been a magnet for controversy and has seen lackluster fundraising under current Chairman Michael Steele, and outside groups such as those blessed by Rove and Gillespie and now spending heavily on congressional races. (See: RNC aims to counter DNC cash edge)
This would represent "a strong counterweight to some kind of guerrilla effort Palin might try to launch." This leader said the party needs to create a unified job creation theme to offset the "cult of personality" that is Palin. "You deter someone by creating stronger opposition."
This strikes me as Mitt Romney's M.O. Romney lost my vote for good after the 2008 elections. That includes the general election, and not just the primary. If it's between Romney and Obama, I go libertarian. This is not just because of Romney's chameleon tenancies on policy, but based on his national staff's behavior at the end of the 2008 elections. BEFORE that election ended, the campaign was sabotaged and a lot of anonymous cowards leaked to the press. A lot of them were the DC/Beltway staffers which McCain absorbed from the Romney campaign. They lost, wanted to shift the blame from themselves and their candidates, and needed new jobs. McCain was old and not going to run in 2012. If Palin goes down, Romney was at the time viewed as their guy from the start and he wins. The trouble is that Palin has a much stronger grass roots following, and in the age of the internet, these leaks can sometimes backfire. The details of the leaks are still all over the internet, especially on redstate I'm not going to rehash everything.
I have my issues with some of Michael Steele's comments, but I agree with him 100% here.
A day before the elections, the head of the Republican National Committee lashed out at anonymous GOP critics of Sarah Palin, saying they need to “shut up.”
"These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said during an appearance Monday on CNN’s “American Morning.” “We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We're not focused on 2012.”
Steele made similar remarks in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Put your name next to your quote and then have a conversation with Sarah Palin. Until then, leave it alone,” Steele said. “You know all this kind of dissension and, you know, frustration within the party is not doing anything to get Republicans elected tomorrow. So until we get that job done, let’s not worry about 2012.”
Worry about Sarah Palin and 2012 later. Tomorrow is the election. Those so called leaders pushing this crap now to the press need to be looking for new jobs, because this will do nothing but give Obama a 2nd term. I know I certainly will not be rewarding them after 2010. Precinct delegates and voters are in charge, not you. Don't ever forget that.
Adding on - Rudy Giuliani said it best and called out these so called leaders.