Republicowards Afraid Of Sarah Palin?
It seems the media just can't get enough of Sarah Palin. When it comes to some of the typical Republicowards, not so much. Credit Blunt, Grassley and I'd imagine other conservative and more principled Republicans on the Hill for not being Scaredy-crats. The irony is that many of these weak-kneed, big government Republicrats are probably less popular than Palin. We really do need to see more primary challenges from Republicans who are serious about less government and fiscal restraint. Or, conservatives need to think about abandoning more and more Republicans who are almost as bad as Democrats. Settling for Democrat-lite isn't going to get it done.
Republicans facing tough elections in 2010 don’t want Sarah Palin campaigning with them.
Though the soon-to-be-former Alaska governor is seen as popular with the conservative grass roots, several Republicans said she’d help them by staying home in Wasilla.
Several of these Republicans hail from districts or states carried in 2008 by President Obama, a frequent target of Palin’s criticism. Republicans must keep these districts and win others where Obama is popular if they are to gain seats next year.
GOP Rep. Lee Terry (Neb.), who squeaked out a victory despite his district’s overwhelming turnout for Obama, said he’d rather have House colleagues campaign for him than Palin.
“There’s others that I would have come in and campaign and most of them would be my colleagues in the House,” Terry said.
Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican from Northern Virginia, which is increasingly becoming Democratic territory, offered caution when asked whether he’d welcome a Palin fundraiser.
“I don’t generally need people from outside my district to do a fundraiser,” Wolf said.
Several other lawmakers indicated a wariness about accepting help from Palin, but did not want to criticize the GOP’s vice presidential candidate from last year. They said Palin could hurt them by firing up Democrats.
An unnamed GOP lawmaker representing a district that Obama carried in 2008 told The Hill that if Palin came into his district, his opponent would “probably be doing a dance of joy.”
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