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article imageOp-Ed: The Palin effect - Is Republican establishment running scared?

By Heather L. LaMarre     Sep 17, 2010 in Politics
As Sarah Palin took Karl Rove and Washington insider republicans to task on the Factor, one thing became increasingly apparent; this caribou shooting, hockey mom is not afraid of a fight.
Often portrayed by the media as an uninformed, political side show, Sarah Palin is now emerging as a serious force in the growing conservative movement sweeping the nation. Facing off with Washington heavy-weights, Palin comes out swinging as she calls them to task on their snarly attitudes and outward contempt for tea party candidate primary victories.
There appears to be a growing concern among the establishment that Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity are driving a conservative movement not seen since Reagan. But why? What happened to all those so-called “Reagan conservatives”?
Wasn’t it just two years ago that the same purveyors of politics were groaning about not having a solid conservative in the Presidential race? What accounts for the radical departure from Reagan conservatism to Republican power grabbers trading on the voting margins?
Maybe the D.C. dinner party crowd is beginning to realize something they have denied for months. This is not an anti-democrat year and this is not a pro-republican year. This is a year for “cleaning House “(and the Senate could use some dusting too) .
The people tried to speak, but were ignored. They called, faxed, emailed, Face Booked, Twittered, and marched on Washington, but were marginalized. Now they are coming out in droves to speak with the only voice they have left; their votes. And who are they supporting? Not the old Republican guard and not the usual suspects. This time the people are saying “out with the old and in with the new!”
So why are the media and established political operatives surprised? Are the beltway insiders concerned for their own futures in Washington, or just too out of touch to really understand the depth of anger and frustration voters feel?
Perhaps the 24-hour million dollar donation drive on Christine O’Donnell’s (Tea Party-backed winner of the Republican Senate nomination in Delaware) will send the message to the “Architect” of this Republican Party. But will it be ignored? And will sweeping away the voters like peasants result in the downfall of Washington elites?
My dad always told me that the problem with architects is that they create aesthetically pleasing works but, all too often the structure isn’t sound and the engineers are left fixing the weak spots.
It looks like conservative voters are hoping Palin will show up with her hard hat and show them how re-engineering is done the Alaskan way.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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