Sarah Palin on Monday offered a warning shot to Republicans who don’t cater to Tea Party wishes, telling them they’d be “through.”
“I think the machine within the GOP will realize the ‘we the people’ within message is rising and is resonating throughout with independents, with moderates, with hard core conservatives because it’s so full of common sense,” Palin told CNN.
“And time tested truths that could put the economy back on track that heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message if so, the GOP is through,” the party’s former vice presidential nominee added.
Palin is also believed to be testing the waters for a 2012 presidential run, and this message could be a part of that exercise. Though she remains popular among core conservative voters, a large majority of Americans — over 70 percent, according to some polls — don’t think she’s qualified for the job.
Her comments remind observers that the Tea Party movement has thus far widely opposed the creation of its own third party out of electoral pragmatism, as defeating Democrats is central to its mission. But her threat could be credible if the GOP continues to frustrate conservatives.
Embracing “Tea Party ideals” has become an article of faith among conservative politicians during the last two years, as it offers the GOP, which is still suffering from a notably poor brand image, an opportunity to repackage their views under a different banner.
The “Tea Party” label has been endlessly studied and marveled over, and surveys consistently suggest that the movement consists predominantly of elements within the Republican Party’s right flank. Its slogans are popular but its policies have been met with skepticism from those outside the conservative movement.
Some Tea Party-backed candidates whom Palin has endorsed, such as Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, are generating enthusiasm but doing more harm than good to the GOP’s electoral prospects.
Recognizing this energy, Republican leaders have been careful not to irritate the Tea Party, fearful of losing its support. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a longtime moderate who has tacked increasingly rightward in recent years, embraced Palin’s message Monday.
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‘Possible war in the Middle East’: Editor explains why Trump’s visa attack on Iran is ‘lame’ response to oil field bombing
As the United States is searching for ways to draw down on decades-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, serious conflicts might be afoot, one Daily Beast reporter told MSNBC Sunday.
World News editor Christopher Dickey told host Kendis Gibson he doesn't understand the point of barring Iranian diplomats from being able to come to the United Nations General Assembly meeting this fall. During a "Meet the Press" interview Sunday morning, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that the U.S. should deny the visas. The statement prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to call her out for "warmongering," and said she was out of touch with Americans who don't want to get into another costly Middle East war.
Why you should sell your house now — and not wait for the climate to change
Cities across the United States are already seeing the impacts of climate change. Sea levels are on the rise in Miami, Florida, where ocean waters creep into the streets, even when it isn't raining. Massive wildfires have taken out whole neighborhoods in California and in Alaska, about 2.5 million acres have burned since July 3. Wildfires there are getting worse, according to experts.
The problem of climate change has reached a dangerous level for some homeowners in areas that are no longer insurable. In Miami, for example, the "street-level" is now considered the basement and insurers are dropping coverage for basements. According to the Daily Beast, at least 340,000 California homeowners lost their property insurance coverage between 2015 and 2018 because the wildfires are getting worse and companies don't want to pay out when homes are destroyed.
‘Please give me the audacity of a mediocre white man’: Editor unleashes on Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Managing Editor Tiffany Cross, who co-founded The Beat DC, unleashed on the most recent Supreme Court Justice to be outed for sexual misconduct.
Max Stier, a classmate of Justice Brett Kavanaugh came out with another story of the justice forcing his naked penis into the hand of a woman. The FBI was supposed to do a full investigation into Kavanaugh, and Stier gave them the information. Somehow, however, the investigation either wasn't completed, wasn't revealed or was ignored, because none of the information revealed was released.
Cross said that there are some who normally would have said, "man if only we knew about these allegations during the confirmation hearing." The problem, of course, is that it was known, Cross explained. It was simply ignored by Republicans in the majority. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is an excellent example of a pro-choice, pro-woman senator who claimed she trusted Kavanaugh. She's suffered the consequences from her home-state in wake of the vote. In the past four years, she has dropped from being the most favored senator in the country to among the least.