The folks at Conservatives4Palin have been hard at work on a “Reconsider” project, with the goal of persuading Sarah Palin to reconsider her decision to stay out of the 2012 presidential race. They’ve put together a TV ad, and just announced that it will be running in Sioux City, Iowa, an impressive $6500 ad buy.
It’s far too late for Palin to enter the GOP primary, as too many filing deadlines have passed. There has been some speculation that she would consider a third-party run, based largely on her thoughts about the “unconventional” nature of the 2012 elections. However, when she appeared on Mark Levin’s radio show to announce that she wouldn’t enter the Republican primary race, Palin said, “I would assume that a third party would just guarantee Obama’s re-election, and that’s the last thing our republic can afford, so the consideration is not there for a third party, no.”
The “Reconsider” ad might be futile, but that doesn’t mean it’s pointless. It’s a very clear reminder to the GOP candidates what they must do to attract Palin’s supporters. Whether any of them can espouse these beliefs convincingly, let alone as well as Palin does, is a matter of debate… but as the candidates run their ground game ahead of the Iowa primaries, it’s useful to remind them of what Palin conservatives want to hear.
Through all of these crowded debates, as front-runners rise and fall, how often have we heard anything like this?
We will not solve our economic problems in this country until we confront the crony capitalism of our permanent political class. This is socialism for the very rich and the very poor but it is a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It’s the collusion of big government, big business. It’s at the heart of President Obama’s economic vision. We need sudden and relentless reform.
I’d like to hear some talk of “sudden and relentless reform” during the remaining 216 debates. (I know it only seems like there are that many to go…) I’d like to hear their thoughts about how they plan to fight the battle that will have barely begun when they arrive in the Oval Office. I’d like to see these candidates make a serious run for the Palin voters. The exercise would do them a world of good.