A day after Governor Sarah Palin made it official that she would not run for President in 2012, the leaders of Team Sarah sent out the following email to their extensive list of supporters.
We’re not retreating, we’re reloading!
While the announcement that Governor Sarah Palin will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for the office of President of the United States came as a surprise and disappointment to many, let’s not forget that we have all been called to “fight like a girl” in an effort to restore our country. It’s a call to stand with Governor Palin and to continue fighting for the conservative values of smaller government, free markets, life, and family.
Team Sarah members will continue to march towards the 2012 elections advancing the values and principles that Sarah Palin represents in the political process. We will join Governor Palin in the fight to secure many victories for commonsense constitutional conservatives at all levels of government.
The email seems to be representative of the sentiments possessed by most Palinistas. While they are disappointed by the fact that there is no chance she will become President in 2012, they are not disappointed in her.
Palin’s supporters appreciate her seeming lack of ambition to hold political office. That is why they understood the thinking behind her sacrificing the second half of her only term as Governor Alaska and did not hold it against her. They understood that the political firestorm that came with the liberal assault upon her was going to make it easier for her successor to advance the agenda that she set, faster and further. Palin’s lack of political ambition is what attracts most people to her. They understand that her opinions and words are not driven by the political motives which are usually behind the words and policies of your average politician.
That understanding and the enormous number of people who support Palin for her ability to articulate what they feel and think, and her desire to be honest and blunt about those sentiments, is the same understanding which gave birth to the TEA movement. That is why for many, the two go hand in hand. It is why Palin is a darling of the TEA movement.
It is also why Palin’s decision not to run, is likely to have as much of an effect on who will be the next Republican nominee, as she would have had if she decided to run for the nomination herself..
That is why pretty soon, the news will be dominated by another topic.
With names like Daniels, Barbour, Ryan, Christie, and Palin definitely out of the race, the endless speculation about who is running which kept many from getting behind any of the actual declared candidates, has finally stopped. There is little talk about who can jump in and change the complexion of the race. But with the front loading of the primary and caucuses actually forcing the first votes in the nomination process to begin taking place in as few as 12 weeks from now, the next media prompted maelstrom will be who Palin is endorsing. There will be a similar media focus on who New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also endorses, but ironically and quite figuratively, the Palin endorsement will carry much more weight than Christie’s. Her support of a candidate could open doors for candidates like Romney, Santorum or Gingrich, candidates who desperately need TEA activists to just consider them as viable choices. Candidates like Herman Cain and even Rick Perry don’t need such an opening to the TEA movement. They already have strong support from many sectors within the less spending, less government, more liberty cause. But a leading candidate like Mitt Romney can ill afford Sarah Palin promoting one of his opponents.
That is why Sarah Palin is very likely to be pivotal in the Republican nomination contest. And probably more so in the nomination process than the general election contest where she will probably not be able to change the minds of those supporting or still considering supporting President Obama for reelection.
In the meantime, Palin holds the power to change the course of history. If she so chooses, she can actually be a determining factor in who the next Republican nominee and subsequently the next President is. Such an assertion is only made more evident by the above letter from Palin supporters which confirms their desire to stand with Sarah Palin through thick or thin.
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