Palin Book Tour Heads to Heart of Battle Between GOP Establishment, Tea Party
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's book tour is taking her to cities where establishment Republicans will not feel safe as the 2014 midterm elections near, even as entrenched establishment groups attempt to wage war against Tea Party candidates.
While promoting her blockbuster book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, Palin will have at least six stops where Republican establishment politicians will not feel safe next year.
David Freedlander of the Daily Beast notes that "Bethlehem [which was Palin's first stop] is represented by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)," whom he describes as "one of the leaders of the moderate faction of House Republicans... who faced a primary challenge from the right in 2012."
The Daily Beast also points out that Palin's tour includes stops in Columbus, Ohio, where Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) is being targeted for a challenge on the right; Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Republican establishment will try to wage war against incumbent Tea Party Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI); Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K) is being challenged by Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin; Georgia, "where a GOP primary for an open Senate seat is turning into a free-for-all"; Texas, "where John Cornyn, the Senate minority whip, still hasn’t received the backing of Tea Party favorite and fellow Texan Ted Cruz in a seat that the grass roots feel should belong to them."
“Her message resonates with the average person,” Ron Devito, who runs the website US4Palin, told Freelander before a jam-packed book signing. “She supports limited government, free markets, low taxes, and our Constitution.”
As Devito noted, candidates endorsed by Palin have won more than 60 percent of their races, a number that is impressive because she has not just supported "safe" candidates. For instance, Palin recently gave her support to New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan in a blue state like New Jersey even though he did not have a good chance to win his race. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has said he would not be in the Senate were it not for Palin's endorsement. And that is why Devito feels the Republican establishment cannot stand her influence.
“She has come under fire from the establishment of both parties, not just the Democrats. Her own party has treated her worse,” Devito said.
Tea Party leaders in Kentucky said they would welcome Palin into the state.
“We would welcome it. She is well thought of in Kentucky,” Scott Hofstra, a spokesman for United Kentucky Tea Party, told Freelander. “She is not afraid to tell it like it is. She is not afraid to take on the Republican old guard when they are wrong. People in Kentucky want someone who can stand up to the establishment.”
As Breitbart News reported, Palin recently said that the country cannot "afford" Republicans who do not take seriously the war that is being waged on Christmas and "shy away" from the Tea Party.