Palin Thumbs Nose at CPAC While McCain Seen as Leader of the GOP

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Who knew that John McCain would be seen as the leader of the GOP in this Tea Party “patriot” era?   A new Harris Poll points to the fact that perhaps things aren’t as extreme as the Far Right and the Ron Paul Bots would like one to think it is.

“..Other Republican leaders who are viewed by many people as influential and as leading voices in the party include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, McCain’s vice presidential running mate and former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. These six Republicans, all of whom would probably like to be the next Republican presidential candidate, are seen as about as influential as each other. But more people see Palin and Limbaugh as leading voices of the party, and Palin scores more highly among Republicans….”

Interestingly, this is not a “inside” conservative thing, but a general poll.  There are those who think the “tea party movement” is going to become to the GOP what MoveOn.org is to the DNC.  If so, we have a problem.  MoveOn has done more to push the DNC farther left than anything we could possibly imagine.  If the “tea party movement” decides to do the same thing with the GOP, we will be in serious trouble.  Even Ron Paul appears to be throwing the Tea Party “patriots” under the bus.

In fact, Ron Paul may have been a little embarrassed by his Bots in Lexington County, SC.

“...“This fighting — I’m sorry I can’t enter into this really fight of the partisan fights — but really the fight is more philosophic and I think this is a distraction, sometime I think it’s deliberate,” Paul said. “As frustrated as you might get or think how poorly the Tea Party people act, they get frustrated, they act out, and sometimes they act too angrily and it doesn’t come off well. If they keep doing that it might not necessarily build the party.”…”

In one of the smartest things The Pink Flamingo has seen Sarah Palin do lately is to thumb her nose at CPAC and is going to speak at the 2012 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April.  With the advent of the John Birch Society as a sponsor for CPAC, no one in their right mind should go near it.  Even more rich is the fact that SP is going to be a guest speaker at the “Tea Party” Convention, with what is rumored to be a six figure deal.  While the Tea Party “patriots” are floundering in their blind moronic ideology thinking that SP is doing this out of the goodness of her heart, think twice.

The mainstreaming of the John Birch Society is a sign of just how far extreme the right has gone, to the point where they are now embracing individuals and groups Ronald Reagan would never have gone anywhere near.   As Conservatives4Palin notes, William F. Buckley would have nothing to do with the John Birch Society.

What this does show is the fact that the far right may be just a little too far gone for even Ron Paul.  It is obviously SP is pulling back just a little.  This recent Harris poll shows the same thing.  Yes, the country is more visibly conservative.  All it took was Barry, Harry & Nancy.  The Pink Flamingo does not think the far extreme right should get too excited by this.  We’re talking normal “Reagan” conservative, not extreme far right lunacy.

This is good for the GOP – I hope.

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