Sarah Palin vows to fight on without Fox News gig
Sarah Palin has parted ways with Fox News, but says, 'we haven't begun to fight!' even though polls show declining support for the tea party movement. In particular, she promises to 'shake up the GOP machine.'
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In her interview with Stephen Bannon on Breitbart.com – the conservative news and opinion website founded by the late Andrew Breitbart – Palin promised to stay in the fight, pointedly targeting establishment Republicans as well as President Obama.Skip to next paragraph
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“Focus on the 2014 election is … imperative,” she said. “It’s going to be like 2010 [when Republicans took over the US House of Representatives], but this time around we need to shake up the GOP machine that tries to orchestrate away too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don’t give a hoot how they do it in D.C.
“We’re not going to be able to advance the cause of limited constitutional government unless we deal with these big government enablers on our side,” Palin said. “And this all ties into the problem of crony capitalism and the permanent political class in the Beltway. We need to consistently take them on election after election – ever vigilant.”
That pretty much describes tea party attitudes and philosophy, and Palin urges followers to “jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism.”
“That means broadening our audience,” she acknowledges. “I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can't just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience. “
Is that larger audience available for Palin’s unique style of political pot-stirring?
A Rasmussen Reports poll earlier this month shows “views of the tea party movement are at their lowest point ever,” with just 8 percent of those surveyed self-identifying as members of the movement, down from a high of 24 percent in April 2010. Just 30 percent have a favorable view of the movement, 49 percent an unfavorable view.
So Palin may relish the fight, but it won’t be an easy one.