Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sarah Palin Will Be In Demand in 2010
Politico has a lengthy article about Sarah Palin's appeal in the Republican Party. It would appear from a poll of GOP party leaders that Sarah Palin's dance card is going to be full next year with Republican candidates hoping that she will come to their state or district and campaign for them.
Here is a condensed version of the article:
Despite a torrent of criticism from the media, Democrats and even some in her own party, Sarah Palin remains the hottest brand name in politics.
Her recent resignation was perplexing. It's raised doubts about her viability as a potential presidential candidate. Still, she remains extremely popular with the GOP grass roots, and most Republican Party leaders would jump at the chance to have her headline one of their events.
That's the picture that emerges from interviews with dozens of GOP state and local leaders from across the country.
Westerners have a particular affinity for Palin, with many noting that she embodied the values of freedom and self-reliance.
Scott Sales, the minority leader of the Montana House, referred to her "curb appeal" among the party's rank and file.
In Colorado, a state where Palin campaigned hard last year on behalf of the Republican ticket but which Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) eventually lost to Barack Obama, Arapahoe County Republican Party Chairman David Kerber said that Palin was a good fit with Western sensibilities.
"She comes across as someone who's going to say what she says and if you don't like it, that's just too bad," Kerber said. "She's not going to lie, she's not going to sugarcoat it — she's just going to let it rip. I think that's what Westerners want."
"People saw her as one of them — someone who could relate to an everyday person. She's not one of the political class," said Heidi Gansert, the Nevada House minority leader. "I also believe that women appreciated her message and what she'd accomplished in her political career and family life. A woman who has a young family, who is able to become the governor of Alaska — a lot of people, women who worked the everyday jobs with their families — they know that she's experiencing the same things they are."
Evangelical Christians and rural and small-town Republicans also hold Palin in high esteem.
"The ones who are most supportive of her are what I would term the very conservative, libertarian-leaning voters of southern Nevada — of which there is a very large contingent," said Bernie Zadrowski, the chairman of Las Vegas's Clark County Republican Party. "You might also classify them as the constitutional wing of the party."
Charles M. Webster, the state GOP chairman in Maine, said Republicans there are very enthusiastic about Palin largely because they can see themselves in her.
"I see her as being somebody who the average, what I call ‘working class guy,' relates to," Webster said. "Somebody who's plain-spoken, somebody who hunts and fishes. And this is Maine — we're in the country up here."
In Florida, Pasco County Republican Party Chairman Randy Maggard agreed that Palin's down-to-earth style also connected with many Gulf Coast Republicans.
"The people I talk to that like her say she relates to them because they don't really look at her as a politician in Washington," Maggard said. "They look at her as a mom who was in business who happened to get into politics. They feel like they can relate to her."
"I was at a forum recently in northwest Ohio. We talked about Sarah Palin," said Ohio State Auditor Mary Taylor. "Everybody's interested and waiting to see what she is going to do next, and I did feel a sense of energy, support and enthusiasm for her."
A New Hampshire state senator predicted: "If she showed up tomorrow in New Hampshire, they'd be lined up across the state."
Since Palin's talents are easily translated into fundraising, like many other party chairs, Palm Beach County, Fla.'s Sid Dinerstein said he's ready to roll out the red carpet for her.
"She's the most popular politician in America today," Dinerstein said. "We would beg her to come to Palm Beach. There's nobody who can raise money like Sarah."
Another Palm Beach County Republican, state committeeman Pete Feaman, argued that Palin has been misunderstood and that, at least among Republican voters, her support is durable.
"Republicans love Sarah Palin whether she's a presidential candidate, a governor or an ordinary citizen," he said. "It's interesting that inside-the-Beltway people have no clue how much she is really loved."
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