Sarah Palin fired up the conservative CPAC crowd Saturday with tart one-liners aimed at mainstream Republicans as well as President Obama. But how long can she keep it up?
“Mama Grizzly” Sarah Palin served up red meat at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, lambasting President Obama and the “mainstream media,” sneering at efforts to “rebrand” the Republican Party, and telling political “architects” like Texan Karl Rove to “go back to the Lone Star State and put their name on the ballot.”
The former governor of Alaska and 2008 losing vice presidential candidate may have no prospects of (or interest in) becoming an elected official again; she may no longer have a high-paying sinecure as a Fox News pundit; and she may be too hot to handle, too tea-party threatening for mainstream Republicans looking to break a string of five losses in the last six presidential popular votes.
“Moderation” and “accommodation” – ideas the GOP may need to approach if not adopt on issues like immigration and gay rights – would not be appropriate characteristics to describe Mrs. Palin.
But, boy, can she stir up a crowd – especially if they’ve been holed up in a conference room for nearly three days listening to what may have been inspiring speeches (some of them, anyway) delivered by lesser mortals. Her stand-up shtick killed.
But will it make any difference?
In a piece headlined “Sarah Palin's next act: Candidate or 'Kardashian'?” Politico’s Maggie Haberman asked conservative leaders about Palin’s possible future. Some of their responses:
Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, who backed John McCain’s picking Palin as his running mate in 2008: “There was a ton of potential there, and it’s conceivable that there could be a second act, but it’s a little hard to see it now…. She didn’t run, obviously, in 2012, and she hasn’t really made herself a leader on any particular issue…. Usually you have to do one of those things … otherwise you’re just another pundit.”