Palin vs. Gingrich: Democrats Win!

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


Among the Washington politerati, the dishy subject of the week has been Sarah Palin’s disinvitation from and then re-invitation to a fancy GOP fundraising dinner. It’s been fodder for cable pundits and bloggers. Here’s my take from elsewhere:

There was a lot of teeth-gnashing over Sarah Palin’s no-show-turned-show at the GOP’s Monday night gala in Washington, where Newt Gingrich spent an hour delivering a policy-laden speech that reportedly did not electrify the well-groomed crowd of Republican donors and did not send them pouring into the streets in search of pitchforks. Still, Gingrich stole the show from Sarah Palin, who couldn’t give an hour-long address on policy without generating accusations of plagiarism.

But this silly episode demonstrated, yet again how the Republicans are in a pickle. Choosing between Gingrich or Palin? Would you rather have hemorrhoids or shingles? In reporting on this mini-controversy, The Hill noted:

Sarah Palin has begun to get on the nerves of Republican senators who say the former GOP vice presidential nominee is taking her own White House aspirations entirely too seriously.

Could it be that the GOP is getting some sense? Fortunately for Democrats, the article did report that some Republicans in Washington remain enamored of Palin:

A senior GOP lawmaker said that while Palin may not be taken seriously by some Washington elites, she remains wildly popular among blue-collar conservative voters.

“Her supporters relish the idea that she doesn’t have a lot of money; she could raise it in small amounts over the Internet like Barack Obama,” said the lawmaker. “She’s about the only person in our party who can draw a crowd.

“She appeals not just to social conservatives but also to a lot of blue-collar, working-class Republicans in my state,” he added.

“People in the Northeast who read The New York Times and went to elite colleges dismiss her, but a lot of people in the country like candidates who don’t like Washington and don’t speak with an affected accent.”

It would sure be great for Democrats if Republicans stick with their traditional attacks on East Coast elitism–a.k.a. intelligence. Yeah, with two wars under way and a dozen different bailouts in progress, and challenges like addressing climate change and a broken health care system at hand, the voters really want someone who doesn’t read The New York Times and who won’t turn to policy experts with degrees from top schools. Right?

For years, the GOP has blasted Democrats for being…well, too smart. It kinda worked with Al Gore (with the Supreme Court’s help), at a time of peace and prosperity. It did work with John Kerry. But it didn’t work with Barack Obama, in a time of true crisis. Put Sarah Palin up against Barack Obama and accuse him and his crowd of being too well-educated–does this sound like winning national formula for 2012? Maybe in the reddest of red states. But any GOPers yearning for that sort of face-off obviously didn’t get the memo: know-nothingism is out, at least for now.

You can follow David Corn’s postings and media appearances by clicking here.

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. It's our first time asking for an outpouring of support since screams of FAKE NEWS and so much of what Trump stood for made everything we do so visceral. Like most newsrooms, we face incredibly hard budget realities, and it's unnerving needing to raise big money when traffic is down.

So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate