The Republican Party will soon elect its next chairman, and a Tea Party petition is calling on Sarah Palin to run.
Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation--the for-profit company/Tea Party group that hosted a Tea Party convention in Nashville in Feburary, where Sarah Palin made her live, in-person debut speech to any big Tea Party gathering (for a hefty speaking fee, it's been speculated)--is circulating this letter to Palin, urging followers to sign it, promising to send it to her in the next few days:
Dear Governor Palin,
John Kennedy once said, "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Right now, your country needs you as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
We are in a fight for the survival of our country. The Democrats have walked off the socialist cliff and are driving the country headlong into the abyss. Unfortunately, there are many on the Republican side who do not seem to get it. They are the embodiment of the old political joke that says, with the Democrats you get more of the same and with Republicans you get less of the same.
We need you as Chairman of the RNC. You have shown in the past no hesitation to take on the establishment. You did it in Alaska. If we end up with establishment control of the GOP and their support for an establishment candidate in 2012, Obama and the socialists will have won. An establishment candidate will not work to repeal Obamacare and the other programs Obama, Pelosi and Reid have put in place. We need someone who will put conservatives in control of the party apparatus, not RINOs.
Michael Steele has spent Republican money with the gusto of a liberal. You showed in Alaska, you know how to put the brakes on unnecessary spending.
Finally, you are a superstar. You have an unbelievable ability to light up a crowd and to raise money. Both of which the Republican Party needs. Something is really wrong with the GOP when the RNC cannot fund a get out the vote campaign for mid-term elections. The GOP needs a conservative who can raise money and energize the troops. You are the only one out there with these unique talents.
We, the undersigned, are asking you to ask yourself what you can do for your country and to step up and become a candidate for Chairman of the RNC.
Thank you for your consideration and for what you continue to do for this great country.
Judson Phillips, Founder - Tea Party Nation
Last I checked, Phillips was sort of a controversial figure in the Tea Party movement. Lots of groups and influential people didn't like the Tea Party Nation convention, due largely to its high ticket prices ($549 for the whole convention, $349 for Palin's speech), and some found TPN's for-profit status (for which TPN does not, by any means, apologize) as potentially indicative of ulterior, greed-related motives. So it's likely that even some Tea Partiers won't sign the petition even if they agree with Phillips that Palin would make a good RNC chair.
Michael Steele is running for re-election, and a handful of challengers have emerged.