To The GOP Leaders Trying To Stop Palin: November 2 Is Only The Beginning
There are a few problems with this Politico item talking about GOP leaders wanting to stop Sarah Palin. In the first place, the GOP leaders behind it aren't very good leaders. On top of that, too many people know precisely who they are. Furthermore, they really should be worrying more about the people who are extremely concerned with stopping them.
The scalp taking doesn't end on November 2. But they really don't understand that. They think they're simply seeing a surge thanks to Obama. If they genuinely understood the depth of anger focused more on them, than, say, specific support for Palin, they'd realize they won't really be on offense in the sense they believe they will be after election day.
It isn't simply about Palin. Taken as a whole, the people coming for this particular GOP establishment are less invested in protecting, or pushing, Sarah Palin, than they are determined to take them down. Palin supporters are only one brigade of a much larger army that has no intentions of standing down post-November.
Finally, they are foolishly entering into a two-front war without truly understanding their enemy. Obama and the Democrats will still be on the field, sure. And they may think they can pivot off of them to mitigate damage on the other front. But that stratgey isn't going to work. They are more likely to find themselves surrounded by enemies, with less power and influence than they think they have. So, go right on trying to stop Palin, boys. Focus on her. At least you'll have your eyes on something pretty when the knife gets pushed into your back. Heh!
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.