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Palin and Pawlenty Point the Way for GOP in 2012: Outside Agitators for President

This week, Republican former governor Sarah Palin enthusiastically endorsed NY 23rd District Conservative Party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman. Her statement left no doubt of her position:

The people of the 23rd Congressional District of New York are ready to shake things up, and Doug Hoffman is coming on strong as Election Day approaches! He needs our help now….

And best of all, Doug Hoffman has not been anointed by any political machine.

Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty.

Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of “blurring the lines” between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party’s ticket.

Republicans and conservatives around the country are sending an important message to the Republican establishment in their outstanding grassroots support for Doug Hoffman: no more politics as usual.

In the same week, Republican former outgoing governor Tim Pawlenty made a milder statement, refusing to endorse Republican Party candidate Dede Scozzafava over Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman sight unseen, declaring the need for him to review the candidates’ relative strengths before making a decision over them.

Both Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin are frequently mentioned favorites for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination, making their statements regarding New York’s 23rd Congressional race hardly a matter of chance. Their statements signal an approach for the two candidates who previously had planted themselves within the Republican Party mainstream: first, put distance between themselves and the Republican Party, so they won’t have to defend any part of the Republican Party platform of policies. Second, build a campaign off of criticizing the Democratic Party platform of policies. Don’t look for there to be a third step in the GOP approach for 2012. That would be to provide a positive, specific, actionable platform of policy alternatives. The problem with specificity is that it can lead to criticism. As long as you don’t put forward actual ideas of your own, you can’t be knocked for them. Strategically speaking, it’s best to hide what you’d actually do as president until you are, actually, president.

It worked for Obama.

4 comments to Palin and Pawlenty Point the Way for GOP in 2012: Outside Agitators for President

  • ramone

    i love that you describe pawlenty as “former governor”.you know he is supposed to still be running the state, but, he’s far too busy running for the GOP nomination to worry about minnesota. talk about new-speak, tim is a master. after his “no new taxes” line came back to haunt him, he came up with “user fees” to raise revenue. that’s what you call thinking outside the box for blockheads.

    • Jim

      Whoops. You are right. He is still nominally the governor. I incorrectly recalled the statement in which he declared he would not run again for governor. Thanks for the heads-up; I’ll correct the error.

  • Kevin

    what we need are “user fees” on all incomes > $10 million

  • ramone

    tim would call that “class warfare”.
    it’s always “class warfare” when the poor folks want a piece of the action. when the rich want more they just take it and call it capitalism. apparently the poor got no “class”.

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