A reader writes:
For even more evidence that "it's her party now," check out this blog entry by Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Republican race for Georgia’s Governor featured several candidates with high-value name recognition and typical bona fides of the new conservative party. John Oxendine was the clear leader for much of this year’s silly season, but one simple endorsement via Facebook launched Karen Handel to the top of recent polling.
Unbelievable that Palin has this much clout amongst the electorate. 2012 is not going to be fun; it is going to suck. It will be very hard to watch the further decline of American politics with her at the helm of the Republican party.
This money quote from Galloway on the Georgia race foreshadows Palin's own run:
One year ago, the country at least its reddish portion was seething with anger over health care. The anger has spent itself, town halls are empty, and the lethargy of July has set in, Evans said. “We’re looking at horrible voter turnout,” he said. “If we crack 20 [percent], I’ll be happy.”
This is where Palin comes in. “Given how low the turnout is supposed to be, the tea party impact within the Republican party could be dramatic. In that regard, if [Palin] is able to deliver those votes, yeah, it’ll be a big impact,” Evans said.