Governor Palin Succeeded in a State With Fewer Conservatives than Wisconsin/Open Thread (Update: Karen Handel is in Good Shape)
Many from the center-right and the right claim that we should look to people who have succeeded in less conservative states for leadership. The logic is that these people have been able to successfully win over non-conservatives in the past and will be able to do so in the future. If you subscribe to this logic, then Governor Palin would pass this test as Gallup shows Alaska is effectively comprised with as many conservatives as the nation is. In fact, Alaska is comprised of fewer conservatives than swing states such as Wisconsin and Missouri. For those clamoring about how conservatives and Republicans need candidates who can appeal to people who aren't regular churchgoers, they only need to look at what Palin did in Alaska, one of the least religious states in the country.
In any event, here's the news:
-Michael Bresciani writes that "[w]e may elect someone who would never have been considered in times past, someone whose time has come. That sounds a lot like Sarah Palin to me."
-Journolist continues to get pounded.
-Massachusetts for Palin?
-Would she even face Barack Obama in 2012?
-"Sarah Palin has clearly hit on a successful formula: The former Alaska governor endorses a conservative woman candidate, anoints her a “mama grizzly,” and watches the headlines roll in."
-Rand Paul maintains his lead.
What's going on today?
Update: Karen Handel leads the GOP run-off by 9.
Update II by Kelsey: Governor Palin just posted this on her Facebook page:
I want to remind the good people of Kansas to vote on Tuesday for Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate. He is a strong commonsense conservative who will serve Kansans with honor and help put our country on the right fiscal track.
Update III by Doug: Karen Handel, albeit using different verbiage, tells Nathan Deal to get some cojones:
"This is a race for governor. Things are tough. Campaigns are tough," Handel told Deal at the debate, after he called out her negative ads. "It's frankly time to put the big-boy pants on because, candidly, if you can't handle this, how are you going to handle Roy Barnes?"
Ouch! That left a mark on the party-switching, good ole boy.