GOP Candidates Tell Palin ‘Talk to the Hand!’
Now that she’s dumped the governorship, Sarah Palin is ready to hit the road and get to work. She’s told us that she is willing and able to get down to the business of helping candidates whose vision she shares. She wants to use her star power to get them elected. Only one teeny problem.
It seems as though GOP candidates who will run in tight races in 2010 would rather not have the “help” of an unemployed ex-governor who completed 65% of one term and then quit because…. uh….because….well….um. Go figure. This tells us what we already know; that Palin does really well with a segment of a really really small political party that just keeps shrinking.
In a recent survey Palin was popular with Republicans, with 71% supporting her. So, that’s 71% of…. 20% of Americans. (tapping on calculator) Great ratings if you have a TV show, or you’re trying to sell a book. Not so good if you think you want to be president.
Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican from Northern Virginia, which is increasingly becoming Democratic territory, offered caution when asked whether he’d welcome a Palin fundraiser.
“I don’t generally need people from outside my district to do a fundraiser,” Wolf said.
Youch. She’s now known by an incumbent Republican congressman as a “people from outside my district.” That’s cold.
Several other lawmakers indicated a wariness about accepting help from Palin, but did not want to criticize the GOP’s vice presidential candidate from last year. They said Palin could hurt them by firing up Democrats.
They’ve noticed that she does that, have they? I wonder if Palin actually managed to raise more money for Barack Obama than for John McCain…
An unnamed GOP lawmaker representing a district that Obama carried in 2008 told The Hill that if Palin came into his district, his opponent would “probably be doing a dance of joy.”
Ah, the Democratic dance of joy, just what every Republican wants to see in 2010.
OK, we see what the Republicans are thinking, but what about the Democrats…you know… the ones we hear are shaking in their shoes at the thought of her colossal fundraising prowess, and ability to whip up testosterone-filled crowds into angry fits of wingnut rage?
The head of the House Democrats’ campaign arm said he’d welcome Palin’s involvement in the 2010 campaign.
“We hope that she will be part of the future debate on the direction of the country,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Welcome to 2010.