Sarah Palin’s Facebook: ‘Reagan Would Be Ashamed’ Of ‘Stalin-esque’ GOP ‘Cannibal’ Tactics
Palin: 'Reagan Would Be Ashamed' Of 'Stalin-esque' GOP 'Cannibal' Tactics
News cycles are so ephemeral and their stories so prolific that writing about Sarah Palin‘s Facebook notes feels like something of an anachronism in 2012. But with the former Alaska governor now taking a stand in this presidential race in defense of Newt Gingrich, her attack on the Republican establishment that made her their candidate in 2008 today brings the Tea Party back into the mix of an election from which they have appeared largely absent, at least much more than anyone could have expected after the 2010 midterms.
Palin came out swinging on her Facebook account today, posting a doozy of a long note, acknowledging the importance of vetting candidates but arguing that “Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, the fathers of the modern conservative movement, would be ashamed of us in this primary.” The attacks on Gingrich in Florida, she continued, were “beyond the pale” and “unprecedented in GOP primaries. I’ve seen it before – heck, I lived it before – but not in a GOP primary race.” She noted that she had been attacked similarly by Democrats, but was more vulnerable because she was an unknown entity, but Gingrich had been in the public eye for too long and “both the good and the bad” was known.
Palin goes on to argue that Gingrich was a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution “at a time when conservatives didn’t have Fox News or talk radio or conservative blogs to give any balance to the liberal mainstream media,” and that Michael Reagan endorsed Gingrich himself, more than a decade after Nancy Reagan lauded Gingrich as the heir to Reagan’s movement. She concluded, “What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stalin-esque rewriting of history. It was Alinsky tactics at their worst.”
Whether the Palin attacks have any effect after she cashed in her political relevance by not running for president remains to be seen– after all, just because she isn’t as big a draw to the media does not necessarily mean fans devoted enough to follow her after 2008 will simply forget. Another unknown will be to what extent Gingrich will leverage her support in this vein, and whether her help will be as visible as, say, Gov. Chris Christie‘s campaign for Romney (a governor, it should be noted, that Palin also bashed for getting his “panties in a wad” about Gingrich being a corrupt insider). For now, it appears, Palin is sticking to what she knows best– writing bomb-throwing Facebook notes that leave everyone wondering what she’s going to do in the future.
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