Well, maybe the Republican rebranding effort isn't all it was cracked up to be. Conservative radio entertainer Rush Limbaugh has surveyed the Republican party's field of prospective candidates to retake the White House in 2012, and has, apparently, decided on a favorite with a familiar-sounding name: Sarah Palin.
On his show, yesterday, Limbaugh tipped his hat to the Alaska governor, and probably left his former golden boy, Bobby Jindal, feeling a bit left out:
Limbaugh defended Palin and heralded her as the "most prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism.
Indeed, who can argue that Palin is prominent within GOP circles? But articulate? Did Rush miss Palin's recent performance before an Indiana pro-life group? But Rush was not content to merely grab a single headline on this day, and took pains to describe the ugly dynamics brewing within his party of choice. Yes, it seems that not everyone is so fond of the thought of Palin atop the Republicans 2012 masthead.
Discussing the Republican listening tour conducted by Former Governors Jeb Bush (F) and Mitt Romney (MA), radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said they are "embarrassed" by Sarah Palin.
Limbaugh said the underlying issue of these speaking engagements is that Bush and Romney "hate" and "despise" the Alaska Governor and former running-mate of John McCain.
He may be right. Mitt Romney, after all, recently took issue with Palin's placement on Time Magazine's list titled "The World's Most Influential People":
"I think there are a lot more influential Republicans than that [Time list] would suggest," Romney said. "But was that the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people? ...I'm not sure. If it's the most beautiful, I understand. We're not real cute."
Classy. But late word has it that Palin has belatedly been invited to join the GOP's official re-branding group, The National Council for a New America. That means Palin, along with the party's old guard, will be invited to help remake the Republican image. As Chairman Michael Steele said yesterday, that includes reaching out to moderates, who will be welcomed back into the party so long as they don't act like moderates.
And what of the tension between Jeb and Mitt and Sarah? Well, it's pretty natural, really, considering that each would very much like to succeed President Obama. Still, between now and 2012, we're going to continue to be treated to a whole lot more jockeying. If you don't believe me, just ask Rush.
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