Palin provides Perry with resuscitation; Perry gives Palin relevance

Perry needs Palin (and vice versa)

By Shayne Lee

Palin’s endorsement would give the Texan more street cred among tea party constituents, generate large crowds and fill his campaign coffers till overflowing. But more decisively, Palin’s advocacy would do for Perry what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement of Mitt Romney does not, and that is excite a critical contingent of the Republican base: those pesky evangelicals who are just begging for an excuse to reject Romney.

Perry’s Texas charm coupled with Palin’s rock-star status would get everyone talking about the Texan as a viable candidate again. With front-runner Herman Cain sidetracked by the recent revelation of sexual harassment allegations leveled at him while he ran the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, the timing for a Perry-Palin alliance could not be better.

But while it is easy to see how Perry could benefit from an infusion of Palin power, what does the Alaskan maverick with a penchant for self-promotion have to gain by pitching her potency toward Perry?

With Palin’s decision not to enter the race comes the threat of losing her voice. Supporting Perry would provide Palin with a plausible context to remain in the limelight, which translates into more photo ops, more speeches, more television interviews and more chances to flex her muscles.

So both politicians have something to gain from joining forces. From Perry’s vantage point, the Texan can win the nomination with her support. From Palin’s perspective, her legend soars for saving a campaign on life support and, should Perry lose, she can save face by passionately proclaiming that she fought for the candidate and the values in which she believes.

The country would also benefit from this strategic alliance because Palin’s polarizing presence would force both Perry and Romney to reveal more precisely their conservative proclivities and commitments. Simply put, Palin power would push both candidates more to the right, producing a more informed voting public and a clearer contrast between President Barack Obama and the eventual Republican nominee.

As Perry and Palin proceed toward the precipice of an uncertain future, each holds the solution to the other’s most pressing problem: Palin provides Perry with resuscitation; Perry gives Palin relevance.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 18:07:37

    Why? Why does she have a voice? Abusing power while in power and quitting and now is presently a leader of nothing and has no credibility! This isn’t considered a problem? What has Sarah Palin provided in the way of political star power? You say her name and she creates a complete division? I see candidates, besides Cain run from her! No one wants her endorsement!
    What does she say that people pay her 10’s of thousands of dollars? She regurgitate someone else’s knowledge, interest and life experience!


  2. aklucia
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 18:50:34

    This is written by a person who hasn’t a clue about Sarah Palin. The writer is trying to channel the made-up Sarah Palin the McCain campaign generated. I think this holograph will continue making the rounds despite all clues pointing to the fact she is dumber than a post.


  3. Sally
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 19:20:41

    If the conservative idea is to demonize women, take away voting rights from minorities, hurt children, create a nation run by THEIR religious leaders, have an uneducated populace, and keep getting rich at the expense of the dwindling middle class…then by all means, put Perry and Palin out there. For the rest of us, the freedom-loving, educated people who can read and UNDERSTAND both the Constitution and the Bible, forgive us if we say, “No DAMN THANKS!”


  4. Fan Of Balto
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 19:38:08

    If you substitute some words here, it’s pretty damn funny. That’s how I deal with things these days mostly – by laughing. I also work for campaigns I like, and do a bunch of little stuff behind the scenes which surprisingly adds up. I try to find ways everyday to make a difference – last week my mission while traveling out of state was “Random Acts of Kindness”.

    We don’t have to be a group to make a difference, but by each of us making a difference we are a powerful group to contend with.

    “As Perry and Palin proceed toward the precipice of a doomed future, each breathes the pollution of the other’s most pressing problem: Palin provides Perry with retardation; Perry gives Palin malevolence.” I have a couple more but that was the G rated one!


  5. AFM
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 20:32:43

    I just got finished watching Orwells 1984. What a scary thought what our future could look like under a Perry, Bachman, Gringrich or even Cain. If you haven’t seen it watch it. Just Google Orwell’s 1984. You can watch it. So dark.


  6. WakeUpAmerica
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 22:46:30

    Just two boils on the butt of humanity.


  7. KiheiKat
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 06:32:10

    I don’t think Sarah’s endorsement would do anyone any good. Fill Perry’s coffers to overflowing? They already are overflowing with all his big money support. He doesn’t need any piddling contributions she might generate. Her star has fallen so far even many of her SeaO’Pee worshipers have said they won’t necessarily vote for her endorsements. If it can’t be her, they want to choose their own candidates.

    Perry’s stock MIGHT rise if the Tea Party/R’s catch on to the fact that Cain is just playing a gigantic joke on them all. But Perry’s star is way at the bottom too, especially after the insanity of his New Hampshire speech & his support for illegal immigrants children attending college. I doubt if he even has the capability to win another election in Texas.


  8. jadez
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 06:43:18

    this is totally wrong.
    palin does not have much influence in the republican party and just because she would endorse someone(my guess is romney for one WOULD NOT WANT her endorsement) doesnt mean a ton of people would run over to them.
    that aint happening.

    and you people who speak like this need a reality check.
    you are giving palin more weight then she deserves because like her bots you need her to make your own life worthwhile.

    please grow up.


  9. climber357
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 11:20:06

    Perry could snare headlines by introducing sarah as his mother.

    (It would be more believable than this article.)


  10. Julian
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 14:27:01

    Texas charm? Rock star status? Good grief, where is this idiot living? “…her legend soars for saving a campaign on life support”… sorry mate but it’s flat lined weeks ago and no amount of CPR from Perry or anyone else is going to revive it. Palin is toxic, one of the most repellent forces that ever rammed itself to the forefront of the nations’ political scene. The damage she’s done is incalculable, and those who advocate prolonging her presence on the public stage are being wickedly irresponsible.


  11. Fan Of Balto
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 19:55:58

    “Perry’s Texas charm coupled with Palin’s rock-star status would get everyone talking about the Texan as a viable candidate again.”

    Corrected: Perry’s Texas smarm coupled with Palin’s rock-hard flatus would get everyone talking about the Texan as a liable criminal again.

    Shanye Lee is a dude prof. w/ a degree in some mixture of religious sociology. He has a vested interest in keeping her in the public eye so he can swoon over, oops I mean study her strange pull on the village idiot segment of society. In other words, he’s a breath of hot air.


  12. Sammy
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 23:56:45



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