Share This Article with a Friend!

Palin Is Right: To Win, GOP Must Adopt Tea Party Populism

The establishment Republican Party leaders and their sometime abettors in the establishment media would like to forget that the Tea Party uprising of 2009 and 2010 was as much a revolt against the entrenched GOP leadership as it was a rebellion against Barack Obama and his liberal agenda.
Sarah Palin
Tea Partiers and grassroots conservatives frustrated by the slow pace of change in the GOP or its tendency to equate change with lurching to the left were therefore delighted when former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to the stage at CPAC and delivered a stinging rebuke to the advocates of big government Republicanism and the abandonment of the Republican Party’s support for traditional marriage and other elements of the traditional values agenda.

Most of the media coverage of Sarah Palin’s CPAC speech centered on her humorous tweaking of Karl Rove and America’s nanny-in-chief New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. However, those who stop there in their analysis of Governor Palin’s remarks are missing the most important element of her CPAC speech: her celebration of the populist elements of the Tea Party agenda and a call for the Republican Party to embrace them.

In the first of two key points in the speech, Palin invoked the wisdom of Lady Margaret Thatcher to remind Republicans that the way forward after the 2012 election disaster was not to be more like the Democrats, saying, “The permanent political class is in permanent political mode so where do we go from here? One of my idols, Lady Margaret Thatcher, she offered this advice after her party lost at the polls. She told fellow conservatives not to get lost in abstract debates and green-eye-shade accounting. Mrs. Thatcher advised conservatives to focus their concerns first and foremost on the people. She said; look at every problem from the grassroots, not from the top down. She also cautioned Conservatives not to go wobbly on their beliefs…”

Governor Palin also gave a good analysis of the disaster Obamanomics has wreaked upon America’s middle class. These facts are important, and should get more media coverage whenever the White House says the economy is improving and the recession is over -- but pointing them out is not unique to Sarah Palin. What is unique and important is her analysis of how they relate to the growth of government and the growing divide between Washington and “heartland country” as Palin calls it.

“…[J]ust think about it,” said Palin. “[A]t a time when Washington is so powerful that seven of the ten highest income counties in the country ring the city, allow yourself to imagine leadership that deems to understand us little people, us clinging to our God, our Guns our Constitution and our grassroots – imagine leadership that actually takes seriously the idea of government of the people, by the people, for the people, and then imagine leadership that knows how to prioritize to ensure national security and to stop government waste. That’s leadership that would have as its guiding light, its great North Star, our U.S. Constitution.”

Sarah Palin, almost alone among national political figures regularly points out that the Obama presidency has promoted not just a cultural divide, but a growing economic divide between the urban elite who are running the country and citizens outside the Beltway in real America.

And Obama’s beggaring of Americans in the heartland has real electoral consequences as more and more Americans -- desperate for a job, health insurance, food stamps and mere survival -- become more willing to look to the government to provide them.

In her call for the rebuilding of America and the Republican Party, Palin was invoking pure Ronald Reagan who said in summing-up how he had rebuilt the Republican Party into a winning national Party: “Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the People.' 'We the People' tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us.”

Today’s Republican Party doesn’t need to “rebrand” or try to outbid the Democratic Party for the votes of grievance-based minority groups. What it needs to do is recapture the revolutionary spirit of Ronald Reagan by listening to Sarah Palin and the millions of disillusioned grassroots conservatives in fly-over country that she represents, when she says, “let’s be clear about one thing, we’re not here to rebrand a party, we’re here to rebuild a country… “.

To sign our letter to Karl Rove telling him we are outraged by the disrespect he has shown Governor Sarah Palin and her supporters go to

CHQ editor George Rasley served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Share this

Thank you ...

Mr. Rasley for this post.

Conservative and Sensible

Palin, is right here, keep conservative principles, but be sensible.  Broaden the base or shed the dictatorial few so called party leaders, who look more like rinos every day.  Gather up the Americans, the 50 states who want to cede from the union and accept them along with the Tea Party, the disenfranchized democrats, the jobless, the students, the elderly, the family people etc.  Form a New Republican Party, or a New Independent Party, if the rinosaurs don't want to accept a Positive Change for America.  Please remember the solution:  "Vote Incumbent Out!"   Thank you.

Conservative and Sensible

Your post was OK, if understood properly (like, what do you mean by "broaden the base"), except for the ending.  The solution is not "Vote Incumbent Out!"  Please be more discriminating!  There are really GOOD incumbents!  We have neither the time, nor the money, nor the energy to vote out the GOOD incumbents!  Let's take the time to educate ourselves and find out who the BAD incumbents are!  Vote THEM out!  That will be difficult enough!!!!

Agree with Palin

Traditional values are a winning topic in a political debate. The problem is the ability to articulate those values. To say "your against birth control" does not mean you would take action to deny it to others. There is such a thing as freedom of choice. Being against gay marriage is a long standing value. It means you are for traditional marriage. It is not hating gays. I don't like all white people. I tolerate them. I believe in the saying " judge people by their character". The rest will vary during the character evaluation period. We need to stick to the Republican traditional platform. We are not against immigration. We are against the violation of breaking the law and illigal immigration. We believe everyone who is a legal citizen of the US has the right to vote. We should also be able to verify that legality. We are suppose to be a nation of laws. Why do people object to verifying legal citizenship? one reason! that is to vote when you do not have the right to vote. We should not give up our values or the norms of our society. We need to articulate them better....Roe v Wade is the law of the land. Only when the Supreme court decides to change it will it be changed. Object to Abortion but take Roe v Wade off the political table and replace it with winning the hearts and minds of voters. Until we gain control of the government the constant howling about the law does nothing but distract the voter from the death of the nation.


Conservative Principles

Palin is correct, the GOP lacks Tea Party conservaitvie princilpes. We don't need another liberal party like Reince Priebus'  manifesto suggests.  If we stand on conservative ideals, we win.  If we try to be like liberals, we loose. The RNC is out of touch with most Republican conservatives.  If we change and become more liberal like the RNC suggests, I see a third party in our future. That would be devestating for the Republican Party, however, we may have no choice.  I will not vote for another liberal Republican!

Establishment Republicans got to go.

So, as long as we have the Boehner and McConnel types we will get somewhere. What is the tea party doing in Ohio to get rid of Boehner? I have emailed the Tea Party sites I can find for Ohio to see if they need any help with anything but no one ever responds back. Is there a Tea Party in Ohio?