Romney and Pawlenty Channel Palin With Latest Campaign Moves
@BarackObama sorry to interrupt the European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan?
The moves are fun and fine; I'm not looking to criticize either man, nor suggest they somehow directly ripped off Palin. But what happened to the whole, respect the office deal we always get from the GOP, or the pathetically weak I'll resign if McCain goes directly after Barack Obama times, thanks to McKinnon, the GOP experienced in 2008?
Sure, Obama's numbers and time in office play some minor role in the thinking behind these moves – and they are political moves, but we never saw confrontational tactics like this from the incredibly boring GOP of old. Whether she runs or not, Sarah Palin has already changed GOP politics with her confrontational approach, along with the way the base has previously responded to it.
What remains to be seen is if Pawlenty and Romney have the genuine fire in the belly it takes to do such things and mean them when it counts, or if they simply hired some new advisers who told them it might be smart to do as a tactic.
Still, there should be no confusion as to who led the way nationally in challenging Obama, even when it, perhaps, was not fashionable to do so. Just as with Stephen K. Bannon's soon to be released Palin-based movie, The Undefeated, which came from an idea of Sarah Palin's, she is contemporary, innovative and changing GOP communications single-handedly, whether the establishment will want to admit it, or not. That, my friends, is leadership.
Two quick additional points. Individuals like Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain are also originals in my view, part of a new rising tide of politicians fueled by the Tea Party mindset, which both have contributed too, significantly. They deserve credit, mentioning and their own shots, as far as I'm concerned. It is not my intention to slight them. I don't have a dog in this hunt, yet.
Also, not unusual these days given my work with Andrew, but it will be light blogging this afternoon. I've decided to take in something of a matinee for a change. Who knows, maybe one day soon I'll have even more to say about "The Undeated".