I Don’t Want Palin At The GOP Convention
Palin's Absence From Convention May Expose Rift
Yeah, so? As an aside, I too was intrigued by Palin's sparse mention of Ryan in her Facebook post. I didn't give it too much thought, though I dare say it may have been different had the VP pick been female. My impression is that Palin seems increasingly focused on championing women in conservative and GOP politics. That's very much needed in my view. So long as principle isn't sacrificed, it's a good thing. But as for this rift….
The former Alaska governor has demonstrated a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races, but her penchant for doing things her own way has left the lingering possibility that she could either boost the standard-bearer or become a thorn in his side.
For this reason, it was notable when she initially offered only a lukewarm reaction to Romney’s selection of Ryan.
On Saturday night, the former Alaska governor posted on her Facebook page a statement that clocked in at over 1,100 words, in which she attacked President Obama’s policies and compared the nation’s fiscal mess to California’s, but offered only cursory congratulations to Romney for choosing Ryan and declining to praise specifically any of the Wisconsin congressman’s attributes as a running mate.
The following morning, two Republican sources with knowledge of discussions between the Palin and Romney camps told RCP that Palin would not attend the convention after not receiving an invitation to speak in prime time.
“They’ve got Ryan now, so they think they’ve got the Tea Party covered,” one of the sources said.
Two Palin aides did not respond to requests for confirmation that she would not speak in Tampa, but the 2008 VP nominee appeared on Fox News later on Sunday and offered up a far more full-throated endorsement of the GOP ticket than the one that she had provided earlier.
You're damned right there's a rift. What good does it do to pretend otherwise? As far as I'm concerned, Palin not being at the convention makes a better statement, than her being there in the form of an empty gesture.
The GOP establishment has spent 3 years telling Palin – and in many ways, us (speaking as a conservative,) we aren't welcome unless we behave – i.e. compromise our principles to the point where they aren't principles any longer, but merely political conveniences. The heck with that.
I trust Palin to get behind Romney/Ryan to do everything she can do to help him get elected. She did that in the Facebook post cited, as she hammered Obama. I intend to do much the same thing, support Romney/Ryan every way I can because defeating Barack Obama is the right thing to do for America and for conservatism.
Still, call it the Tea Party, the grassroots, or simply more genuine conservatives, hell, it's not a rift – there's a damned #War going on for the future of the Republican Party. And I – and I'm sure Palin – are capable of doing the right thing as best we can in and until November without some slight amount of window dressing to pretend otherwise.
We may very well elect Romney/Ryan in November. I will be ecstatic. But once we hit January and so on, make no mistake, it's still #GameOn! when it comes to taking on the GOP establishment that hasn't been doing enough of the right thing for America for decades, now.
I see Palin's not speaking at the convention as little more than an affirmation of that reality, call it a rift, or whatever you want. So, … so what? I can handle reality better than I can someone blowing smoke up my butt.
We're not at peace. We get to enjoy a stretch of detente, come together and fight for the best, right answer available for America right now – Romney/Ryan. That's not a bad thing. But if Mitt, or Ryan, the GOP, or Congress starts up with the usual tricks and nonsense after we win in the Fall, then conservatives have to be prepared to stand up to the challenge of the same GOP establishment we've been seriously challenging since the first contemporary Tea Party broke out. And only a fool of a conservative should think otherwise.