October 29th, 2008
07:57 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin's future causes GOP rift

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(CNN) - Election Day is still days away, but Republicans are already caught up in a heated debate about Sarah Palin's future role in the party should the GOP ticket fail to win the White House.

In one corner are some conservatives who believe the Alaska governor has been a detriment to John McCain's presidential bid and threatens to lead the party astray for the foreseeable future.

Another faction says Palin's core-conservative beliefs, demonstrated political acumen, and compelling frontier biography position her to reshape the face of a party now viewed by many voters as out of touch.

It's a debate,somewhat ugly at times, that is beginning to play out in public view as Republicans brace themselves for the possibility of losing the White House and a significant number of seats in Congress come Election Day. And that may leave the party in shambles with drastically reduced influence in Washington.

Should that happen, political observers say, the party will face its biggest identity crisis in more than a generation, and Palin may well be caught squarely in the middle of it.

"A civil war that is simmering will break out into the open if McCain loses, and the party will have to decide what they want to be in the post-Reagan world," said Gloria Borger, a senior political analyst for CNN.

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Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Bridgette-PA

    “JM”- Don’t worry about OBAMA’S full health records. We haven’t received McSame’s full health records and have seen no health records AT ALL for Barbie!
    “KEVIN IN OHIO” – McSame wasn’t born on American Soil and everyone knows that. Factcheck.org has a copy and so does all of the right wing media. Let it go idiot, it’s over for you and your Failin’ ticket!
    Sorry OBAMA haters….not even Palin’s WITCH DOCTOR can save them now 

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Obambi

    could CNN run just ONE decent, truthful article about Gov Palin? It amazes me that a sitting, very popular Governor gets bad press from CNN and Obama, in spite of all of his very risky connections, gets the halo. My former favorite news station has chosen to take the low road during this election. Very Sad.

    October 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Alex

    Behold the next Alan Keyes

    October 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Sia

    The Radical right Christians should start the Christian Party and leave the 2 main parties alone.
    They do not understand what the Constitution is about.

    This country is blessed by God but he gives us free will. Unlike the Radicals.

    October 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Mickie in PA

    I suggest that all the republicans move to Alaska and vote for secede from the U.S. as Palin and Top Dude have been trying to do for years. Then she can run for President of Alaska. The only thing attractive about Palin is the $150,000 wardrobe she now has.

    October 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Confused by the lack of judgement by so many

    One final thing….when the he!! did "educated" become a synonym for "elitist"? I've seen so many instances where people have confused "education" for "elitism" that it's absurd, or they automatically see someone with extensive education as being an elitist.

    I saw another person's comment similar to this, though a little more aggressive with their choice of words, and I completely agree with them. Educating yourself is the most valuable thing a person can do.

    October 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. tim o

    Democrats have already screwed up the economy. I see the house moving to GOP. We don't want more of thesae old politics.

    October 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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