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Palin vs. Rove And The 100-year War For The Soul Of The GOP

It is a cinch you are going to lose a fight you don’t even know you are in, and for the past 100 years, grassroots conservatives have been regularly trounced by the Republican Party’s progressive establishment elite because they didn’t really realize they were in a fight for the soul of the GOP.

Sarah PalinSarah Palin has drawn the ire – and the attacks – of the GOP’s inside elite because she rallied the Party’s grassroots conservatives and helped them understand that their fight against Washington (and its culture of cronyism, wasteful spending and “you scratch my-back I’ll scratch yours”) is as much, or more a fight with Republican insiders, like Karl Rove, than it is with liberals and Democrats.

In a very real sense, the roots of the Tea Party rebellion of 2009 and 2010 (which was as much a rebellion against the Republican establishment’s abandonment of conservative principles as it was a rebellion against Barack Obama’s policies) can be found in the thousands of grassroots conservatives who turned-out to hear Sarah Palin speak during the 2008 presidential campaign.

And when the election was over and McCain’s content-free campaign went down in flames, the grassroots looked to Sarah Palin for the conservative leadership and inspiration that no other major Republican figure was offering.

Suddenly, the peasants were outside Frankenstein’s castle with their pitchforks and scythes -- with Sarah Palin at the head of the rag-tag army telling them that the way to win elections was to unabashedly stand for conservative principles.

This made the lords of the castle, insiders (such as Bush architect Karl Rove, Bush and McCain advisor Steve Schmidt and Romney advisor Stuart Stevens, and those from the hinterlands who hoped to one day share in the castle’s riches, like Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus) exceedingly unhappy.

If someone started rocking the boat and educating the conservative Republican grassroots that content-free establishment Republican campaigns were a big insider joke (through which the insiders, like Rove, Stevens and Schmidt, made millions whether Republicans won or lost – and governance according to conservative principles was the last thing on their minds), then the entire feudal system of the establishment Republican Party would collapse, and they would be out an awful lot of money.

Sarah Palin’s message isn’t new – conservatives have been saying much the same thing since Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican Party to pursue his progressive agenda.

What is new is that, perhaps for the first time since Ronald Reagan became a national candidate, the grassroots conservatives who supply the votes, manpower and contributions to elect Republicans are beginning to understand that to get governance according to conservative principles, they first have to throw-out the current Republican establishment and then elect principled limited government constitutional conservatives as their leaders.

Leaders such as Sarah Palin.

We don’t know if Sarah Palin has any interest in running for office again -- who could blame her if she didn’t want to put her family through the vicious personal attacks that would surely ensue if she did -- but leadership in politics can take many forms.

Right now Sarah Palin is performing a service greater than almost any she might fulfill in public office, and that is rallying grassroots conservatives to reject the inside “business as usual” elite of the Republican establishment and demanding leaders who are willing to stand for, and fight for, limited government constitutional conservative principles.

If Sarah Palin can help conservatives win this crucial battle in the 100-year war for the soul of the Republican Party – and we are doing our part through The Liberty Prize and our soon-to-be-published book “TAKEOVER” -- then she will have earned her place among America’s great political leaders whether or not she ever again holds public office.

To support Governor Sarah Palin go to and sign our letter to Karl Rove demanding that he end his campaign vilifying Governor Palin and her millions of supporters.

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Sarah and Karl

The reason Rove doesn't like Sarah is because he and the GOP establishment don't own her.  It is because of the establishment, both GOP and Democrat. that this country is in the condition that it is in.  They control it, and the people that run for office, and that is wrong.  It is time that they were booted out of politics and let us get back to "WE THE PEOPLE"!!!


Anytime Rove or Tucker is on Fox or any other show I will CLICK. Nothing they say have any meaning.

There is no aVING THE gop

The GOP is dead, they just haven't been pronounced yet...True conservatives and conservative groups need to stop wasting time, money and effort trying to salvage the GOP. The Republican Party establishment has effectively killed the GOP as a viable political party as their offerings of announced candidates in the last 2 elections confirm. If those groups are the best the Republican Party can come up with out of 300 million Americans, they don't ever have to worry about retaking the White Hoise and are only one election cycle away from returning control of the entire Federal Government to the Democrats....Instead if trying to prop up a corpse, pull ALL forms of support, funding, candidates and manpower and start a new Party without the history and entanglements of the GOP. Let them die on the vine as that is their intention anyway....