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Sarah Palin Most Influential Republican in America

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 25, 2010

After Governor Palin’s winning streak yesterday, with 4 of her 5 endorsees winning and the 5th likely to win, the Internet was abuzz today about Governor Palin’s clout as a GOP kingmaker.

David A. Patten at NewsMax had this to say:

Incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s stunning setback in Alaska sends a powerful message to political insiders in both parties: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is now the GOP’s clear No. 1 kingmaker.

Upstart candidate Joe Miller, who made a lightning-fast rise in the polls following Palin’s endorsement and robo calls, credited Palin for his primary shocker.

“I’m absolutely certain that was pivotal,” he told The Anchorage Daily News.

With an estimated 98 percent of the vote tallied — and with thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted — Miller leads Murkowski by 1,960 votes.

Political pundits suggest the outcome elevates Palin to unique status within the Republican Party.

“Clearly Sarah Palin is the most influential Republican in America,” Democratic pollster and Fox News commentator Douglas Schoen tells Newsmax. “That much is clear as the primary season winds down. And Palin clearly is the candidate who will generate the most enthusiasm if she runs in 2012.”

Miller appeared to come out of nowhere in the campaign’s closing days. A poll that RT Nielsen released Friday showed Murkowski still leading Miller by a strong margin, 47 percent to 35 percent.

[…]

Nor is her influence seen as limited to her home state — her endorsement was considered a key factor in shoring up Sen. John McCain’s right flank in his primary victory Tuesday over former Congressman J.D. Hayworth in Arizona.

“Looks like Miller won,” political analyst and Fox News commentator Dick Morris tells Newsmax. “Palin’s victory in Alaska is very impressive.

“She had defeated Murkowski’s father for governor in a Republican primary, and just defeated the daughter in a Senate primary,” Morris says. “I think she also played a key role in helping build but sentiment about McCain moving to the right, and tying him in with the tea party movement. She made him look like less of a RINO. Both wins demonstrate her power.”

Commentator and syndicated columnist Patrick J. Buchanan called the result “astonishing” on MSNBC Wednesday morning.

“Lisa Murkowski is a fairly popular senator from Alaska who settled in,” he said. “And after the death of Ted Stevens, it looked like she was a winner.
And Sarah Palin steps in, and this fella who’s relatively unknown nationally, is known in Alaska, can put him not only in the competition but maybe into the Senate race itself — this is very, very dramatic.”

Jason Horowitz at the Washington Post wrote:

Palin may have withdrawn from official life in Alaska, but the surprisingly strong showing in Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary by Joe Miller, the long-shot candidate she backed over Lisa Murkowski, made it clear to the entire country that she still exercises great influence in her home state.

[…]

This matters for Palin’s aspirations outside of Alaska, too.

Alaska is central to the political imagery, folksy charm and outsider credentials of Palin. In her introductory speech to national politics during the Republican National Convention she referred to herself as a “gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska.” The bus she rode across the country on her book tour featured Palin beaming in front of Alaska’s snowcapped mountains and spruce-spotted hills. More recently, she coined the term “mama grizzlies” to describe women who want to protect the nation from “fundamental transformation,” because there are grizzly bears “in Alaska.” Her upcoming TV show is called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

By endorsing Miller on Facebook, boosting him on Twitter and making robo-calls for him against the heavily favored establishment candidate, Palin risked sacrificing the founding pillar of her political creation myth. Instead, preliminary results from Tuesday’s election showed Miller ahead, 45,909 votes to 43,949 votes. According to the Alaska Division of Elections, more than 16,000 absentee ballots were requested and fewer than half had been returned. Whether he ultimately prevailed or not was beside the point. Palin, whose presidential and political aspirations are still undetermined, had demonstrated that the strength of her base is not.

“Within conservative politics in Alaska she is still a very formidable force,” Miller said in a recent interview. “She’s certainly a net positive to any candidate running for office.”

[…]

Murkowski, who was vexed by Palin’s endorsement of Miller, which was widely seen as motivated not just by Todd Palin’s friendship with Miller but by Palin’s dislike of the Murkowski family, had sought to put it more diplomatically.

“If you ask Alaskans, they will talk about all of the politicians that represent them,” Murkowski said during a July campaign swing to North Pole, outside of Fairbanks. Her father, Frank Murkowski, lost the governor’s mansion to Palin in 2006. “This is the first election since Governor Palin has stepped down from office, and it’s her first series of elections across the country where she has weighed in, and it remains to be seen how that will play out in the state.”

Not anymore.

From governor to kingmaker?

Last July, Palin announced that she would be abandoning the governor’s mansion to protect the state from the costs of politically motivated lawsuits against her. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, she said, would be inaugurated at the Governor’s Picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on July 25. Next, she signed on with Fox, launched the book tour, raised PAC money and bestowed endorsements on like-minded candidates.

[…]

“It’s clear that there are a lot of people in the state that support and respect Sarah Palin since the presidential race,” Miller said. “It is equally clear that there are folk that no longer support her.”

“There is a ruling family and that has been reflected in the generational politics of the Murkowski family. Lisa’s appointment by her father reflects that. It’s power perpetuated not just by family but by special interests,” he said. “Palin is absolutely outside of that. She certainly came from outside of that mold when she ran for governor. In fact it was her campaign that cracked the establishment.”

[…]

Palin made an appearance with other Alaskan dignitaries at the funeral of Ted Stevens this month, but for the most part, the former governor lays low. Her house is hidden by a tall brown fence Palin erected for privacy after a reporter rented the home next door. An impressive white satellite dish rises above the studio where Palin can do her live television hits. And at the foot of the gravel road leading to Palin’s house, there is a large Joe Miller campaign billboard.

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One Response to “Sarah Palin Most Influential Republican in America”

  1. Joan Towles said

    Sarah Palin. Admirable woman of the year. fighting for truth, justice and The American way! A great communicator. Capable. Dependable. Professional. Discerning. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Media, the Eastern elite, make of her what you will…but, she is the voice of intellect and wit. Constant and undeniably a smart and quick study Let’s hope the Standard Oil establishment will embrace and adore her!!!

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