No matter what your opinion of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, her place in American politics cannot be denied.
Although many believe the Tea Party Movement and anger directed at current incumbents in Washington didn’t fare well in Tuesday’s primaries across 10 states, one movement did pretty well and it can’t be ignored: The “You Betcha’” movement of Palin won pretty convincingly.
Of the four Republican candidates Palin stumped for, three won outright and the fourth forced a runoff in November. Her apparent power to swing votes in the Republican primaries was formidable and could increase her prestige and value as we head toward November.
Perhaps Palin’s biggest influence came in the race for the Republican nomination for governor in South Carolina. Palin helped a slumping Nikki Haley, who was besieged by allegations of infidelity, make a late surge.
Palin campaigned hard for Haley who now has become the first Republican woman ever nominated for the governorship in South Carolina. Haley’s numbers had been moving south based on rumors she had cheated on her husband numerous times. In came Palin and Haley’s numbers started to perk up and, eventually, she won.
“Her decision to get - and stay - involved in the race here in South Carolina was a huge boon to our campaign because it caused a lot of South Carolinians to take a second look at a rising in the polls but once little-known state legislator who was fighting to give them back their government,” Haley spokesman Tim Pearson said.
This, of course, brings us to the political power Palin now has – whether she ever runs for political office again. Liberals have a special hate for her and conservatives and Republican women adore her. She’s a polarizing figure who withstood a media assault which would make most political newcomers or even veterans gracefully search for the exit. Palin isn’t going anywhere and, despite rabid detractors, she’s made a connection with a core of the conservative Republican base that cannot be ignored.Continued on the next page