Palin's Nixon Strategy
Not just the seething resentment of elites - strategy as well. Weigel handicaps the 35 Palin-endorsed candidates currently running for office:
When smart pundits make the case that Sarah Palin can win at the national level, they compare her 2010 political efforts to the efforts of Richard Nixon in 1966. That year, Nixon endorsed dozens of House and Senate candidates, some of them fighting to take back seats lost in the LBJ landslide two years earlier. The vast majority of them won, and so Nixon's prospects rebounded for 1968.
Palin's best-case scenario:
Some of Palin's endorsees are almost guaranteed to win, like Iowa's Terry Branstad, Oklahoma's Mary Fallin, and South Carolina's Tim Scott. Some of them are fighting tough races but were backed by the establishment before Palin got in, like California's Carly Fiorina. She can take credit for those wins, and the press will give it to her, but she'll really prosper if a half-dozen or so of the endorsees score upsets. If there are big wins by under-funded House candidates like Ray McKinney in Georgia, Ruth McClung in Arizona, and Morgan Philpot in Utah, credit will be paid to Palin for giving them free attention and branding.
The other obvious Nixon parallel is Fred Malek.