Friday, September 12, 2008

Could Palin Help the GOP Retake House?

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A huge maybe with a larger unlikely.

It's possible that the excitement over Sarah Palin, the plummeting cult of Obama and the inept "leadership" of Speaker Pelosi could merge into a perfect storm that may sink the Democrats this November.

Palin has energized the base of the GOP to the point that turnout may be dramatically higher than if McCain had selected someone like Romney. That would definitely translate into more congressional Republicans getting votes and could turn the tide in some battleground districts--especially in the South. If I was a campaign manager in any toss-up elections, I would paste Nancy Pelosi's face all over every commercial hitting her on everything from being wrong about Iraq to heading out on a book tour while gas prices were skyrocketing and people were truly hurting. It would be gold.

Do I think they have a chance? Yes, but very slim. That could change as we go as more and more GOP supporters bet pissed about the treatment Sarah Palin's received. Plus, this raises my hopes considerably:

PRINCETON, NJ -- A potential shift in fortunes for the Republicans in Congress is seen in the latest USA Today/Gallup survey, with the Democrats now leading the Republicans by just 3 percentage points, 48% to 45%, in voters' "generic ballot" preferences for Congress. This is down from consistent double-digit Democratic leads seen on this measure over the past year.
They haven't been close in ages and that says to me that the time to pounce is at hand. Ride the Palin bandwagon right into November in a clear out the bums campaign. I'd send Palin into every district where we have a shot and have her hammer the Democrats for every issue they've stopped from being debated and voted upon. Hit them hard on fuel prices and argue the case for drilling and energy self-sufficiency, we're on the winning side and we need to beat the hell out of them with it. Hell, send her into Murtha's district and hammer him about accusing Marines of murder in Haditha. Imagine it: her son is a soldier and Murtha convicted several Marines before even hearing the evidence--they were eventually cleared. It would be huge.

There's hope where three weeks ago there was none and it's all because of Sarah Palin.

As happens more often than not, Ed beat me to a post I've been thinking about writing all day but didn't have time to get to until now.

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