Herman Cain and Sarah Palin: Do they still have political clout?
Sarah Palin is defending Newt Gingrich from establishment Republican attacks, and Herman Cain has given Gingrich his full endorsement. But will support from these tea party superstars make any difference?
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All of that was just too much for Palin, who (like her tea party supporters) has never hesitated to go after Republican establishment figures and thinking.
"Look at Newt Gingrich, what's going on with him via the establishment's attacks,” Palin said on Fox Business. “They're trying to crucify this man and rewrite history and rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years.”
Then she took to her Facebook site to continue the defense.
"What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stalin-esque rewriting of history,” she argued. “It was Alinsky tactics at their worst.” (Gingrich frequently charges that President Obama was influenced by Saul Alinsky, the late community organizer and author of “Rules for Radicals.”)
Palin hasn’t formally endorsed Gingrich (yet), but her husband Todd has.
“I think that endorsement was real reflective of a lot of Americans who understand that somebody with experience in cutting government budgets, cutting taxes – which does more for liberty and an economic turnaround than anything else – someone who has waged war on Hillarycare and government taking over of healthcare – somebody with that experience plus somebody who has struggled personally and overcome struggles and challenges – would be one that was embraced by voters,” Sarah Palin said on Fox.
On Saturday, Herman Cain gave Gingrich his full political blessing.
"I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States," Cain said at an event in West Palm Beach, Fla. "It is time for conservatives and Republicans to refocus their attention on the ultimate mission of defeating President Obama. I believe Speaker Gingrich is the bold leader we need to accomplish this mission."
Gingrich welcomed Cain’s support.
“America’s challenges are too great for mere tinkering around the edges,” he said in a statement. “Just like Herman, who ran his campaign based on big ideas, I am running on bold solutions that will boost job creation, cut bureaucratic red tape, and fundamentally transform Washington. I’m honored to have Herman’s support, and I look forward to working with him to help put the American people back to work.”
Will Cain’s and Palin’s support make any difference to Gingrich’s campaign? Perhaps to undecided tea partyers in this coming week’s Florida primary and the contests that follow.