Pundit Dismisses Palin Because She's No Different Than Bachmann

M. Catharine Evans

GOP pollster Frank Luntz might want to do something better with his time than shill for the Republican establishment. It's not very sane of Frank to cry there's no room at the table for Palin and in the same breath tells ABC's Jake Tapper there's a place for other candidates.

There's no space for her right now. There's a space for Chris Christie, if he decided to do it, or for Paul Ryan, but I don't see for Sarah Palin. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin operate in the exact same space. They have similar personalities. They attract similar voters.

Luntz's rationale sounds familiar. GOP strategist Alex Castellanos used the same argument on Meet the Press in May. "I don't see a place for her. I think the real Sarah Palin is Michele Bachmann, and she's in."

This beltway babble defies understanding. Why aren't Christie, Ryan, Perry and Romney criticized for being the same person? Aren't they all Republicans? Luntz describes Christie as an "in your face blue collar Republican" while Ryan is "one of the smartest candidates." The one distinction between Palin and Bachmann that the strategists will concede is the former's outsider status as opposed to Bachmann's insider position. In May, David Brooks appearing with Castellanos, spelled it out.

The other thing is she's [Palin] just not a team player. This is a team sport. Just take one little thing she did this week. ..She doesn't call the Republican Party of New Hampshire, tell them where she's going to appear, what she's going to do. So you got to play as part of the party, you got to play as part of the team. She's not a team player.

Tapper also told Luntz that the GOP is waiting for a "Godot-like figure," a "savior of the Republican Party." How far away from real conservatives are these people? Folks in the plastic bubble of political punditry sure do suck the same air.

Maybe the Party wants a 'savior' surrounded by Greek columns and holding a faux Nobel Peace Prize but the public wants the opposite. How about a common sense, pro-America, vetted, tested and principled public servant who will defend our constitutional freedoms this time around?

Is Sarah Palin that person? Big media pollsters like Luntz say "No, sorry not enough room for another Bachmann type." Others have been all over the map on whether she will even run in 2012. The "will she or won't she" speculation might be answered on September 3 when Palin is scheduled to appear at an Iowa Tea Party rally. Who knows?

In the meantime, regular Americans are watching this administration systematically decimate the economy, our liberties and the rule of law. Middle America may not know Palin's future plans but after 3 years they trust she is on the people's team-where all faithful servants of 'we the people' should be.

As usual the beltway elites miss the point. The questions are not "Is there space?" or "Will she run?" but rather "Will she continue to fight for the restoration of America?" From what we here in the hinterland have seen of Sarah Palin, the answer is a resounding "Yes."

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GOP pollster Frank Luntz might want to do something better with his time than shill for the Republican establishment. It's not very sane of Frank to cry there's no room at the table for Palin and in the same breath tells ABC's Jake Tapper there's a place for other candidates.

There's no space for her right now. There's a space for Chris Christie, if he decided to do it, or for Paul Ryan, but I don't see for Sarah Palin. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin operate in the exact same space. They have similar personalities. They attract similar voters.

Luntz's rationale sounds familiar. GOP strategist Alex Castellanos used the same argument on Meet the Press in May. "I don't see a place for her. I think the real Sarah Palin is Michele Bachmann, and she's in."

This beltway babble defies understanding. Why aren't Christie, Ryan, Perry and Romney criticized for being the same person? Aren't they all Republicans? Luntz describes Christie as an "in your face blue collar Republican" while Ryan is "one of the smartest candidates." The one distinction between Palin and Bachmann that the strategists will concede is the former's outsider status as opposed to Bachmann's insider position. In May, David Brooks appearing with Castellanos, spelled it out.

The other thing is she's [Palin] just not a team player. This is a team sport. Just take one little thing she did this week. ..She doesn't call the Republican Party of New Hampshire, tell them where she's going to appear, what she's going to do. So you got to play as part of the party, you got to play as part of the team. She's not a team player.

Tapper also told Luntz that the GOP is waiting for a "Godot-like figure," a "savior of the Republican Party." How far away from real conservatives are these people? Folks in the plastic bubble of political punditry sure do suck the same air.

Maybe the Party wants a 'savior' surrounded by Greek columns and holding a faux Nobel Peace Prize but the public wants the opposite. How about a common sense, pro-America, vetted, tested and principled public servant who will defend our constitutional freedoms this time around?

Is Sarah Palin that person? Big media pollsters like Luntz say "No, sorry not enough room for another Bachmann type." Others have been all over the map on whether she will even run in 2012. The "will she or won't she" speculation might be answered on September 3 when Palin is scheduled to appear at an Iowa Tea Party rally. Who knows?

In the meantime, regular Americans are watching this administration systematically decimate the economy, our liberties and the rule of law. Middle America may not know Palin's future plans but after 3 years they trust she is on the people's team-where all faithful servants of 'we the people' should be.

As usual the beltway elites miss the point. The questions are not "Is there space?" or "Will she run?" but rather "Will she continue to fight for the restoration of America?" From what we here in the hinterland have seen of Sarah Palin, the answer is a resounding "Yes."

Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report