Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went on FOX News’ “Hannity” on Tuesday night and said Mitt Romney needs to light the conservative base’s hair on fire if he has any chance of beating President Barack Obama in the fall.
Palin said Romney needed to be “courageous,” “bold,” and “passionate” about his free market ideas and had to fight for those beliefs in a way that would allow him to get through the filter of the mainstream media that Palin said were nothing more than “lapdogs” for Obama.
Palin said if the Tea Party is not energized in the fall, it will be difficult to defeat Obama and “reverse course against bankruptcy and insolvency.”
By all measures, the 2012 election seems like it will be a “base” election like 2004, where the side that best mobilizes will win.
At this point, 74 percent of all voters are “definitely” supporting Obama or Romney, and 12 percent say it is unlikely that they will switch from one to the other, making the race a settled issue for nearly nine in 10 voters. For both campaigns, such a high level of early commitment shifts the focus to turnout — and to which side can muster the most effective get-out-the-vote operation.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the so-called independent voter needs to be courted, Romney needs to maximize his support among Tea Party voters so that they turn out as fervently for him as Evangelicals did for George W. Bush in 2004.