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

Palin's future causes GOP rift

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/29/palin.gop/art.palin.jpg caption=" Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday."]
(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.

Full story

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Corve

    I think Palin has a bright future in the GOP. She is not only appealing but also has the right values for office.

    October 29, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. NO Palin

    NO, She needs to just GO AWAY..Far Away! Like Russia!

    October 29, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. SB in NoVa

    If THIS is what she's doing to her own party ... WHAT would she do the nation ... or worse ... the world?! She has no business on the national or international stage! (Seeing Russia from Alaska excluded.)

    End the DRAMA

    Already voted OBAMA/BIDEN!
    Turn VA and the country BLUE!!

    October 29, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Josh in NC

    Only the braindead evangelical christian lunatic fringe of the republican party would support her and they are the immoral minority now!

    October 29, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Shane from LB

    I've got an idea, Sarah.

    Go back to Alaska. Stay there. We don't want to hear from you again!

    October 29, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Christine K

    Fellow Republicans, don't let the media fool you into thinking this race is already over. Get out there and vote, no matter how likely you think the outcome in your state is going to be

    Palin is going to be the VP, THAT'S her future role.

    October 29, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Denise Groves

    Her future role? How about going back to Alaska and taking care of her sppecial needs son and enroll her school age children in school

    October 29, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    This is the best news a Democrat could hear . Palin will be the end of the Republican Party this year , again in 2012, & 2016 if they keep her around .

    We are all hoping they do !!!!

    October 29, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. dd

    Yes....please...keep Sarah Palin. It can only benefit the Democrats for as long as she remains in federal politics.

    October 29, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Jeff, North Dakota

    What is wrong with the GOP? Why would they even contemplate a future with this woman?

    October 29, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain used poor judgement in picking Palin and Palin used poor judgement in accepting a position she wasn't educated enough to qualify her. I have never known Republicans to have both a husband and wife in their party who are so poorly educated which is a disconnect in itself.

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

    The republicans are to be blamed for this ecoomic crises. We went to a war that was a mistake, and we are spending almost $12 million dollars a month in Iraq. This money should have been spent wisely in America. Building more Educational facilities, fixing our roads and bridges.But, instead the republicans took this country to a "THIRD WORLD COUNTRY STATUS"
    If the republicans are elected again, that would mean the end of America.

    October 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Rodger

    The blind leading the blind...I hope she becomes the leader of the new Republican Party. At least one third of the current Republicans, will become Democrats!

    October 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Paul Hackett

    A party out of touch only because it has conceeded toward the left a little.
    Palin is a reminder of the direction it should be going.

    October 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Edwina

    First, they have to teach her to be nice. I have no doubt that she will go places, but she needs to learn how to do more than tear people down. She needs to learn how to build a consensus, regardless of what happens next Tuesday. If she is the next Vice President of the United States or if she is simply left staging herself for a possible future at the helm of her party, she must do a better job of being respectful and it would help if she would study the issues. There are a lot of mean girls out there, but not nearly enough to put someone over the top in an election.

    October 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. ANGIE

    Palin Is too far to the Right! way too far

    October 29, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. Obamacan

    According to CNN's recent polls, Jhon MCcaian will win. the race is tightening. By election day Palin will be the president. the race is very close and even the vice president has the chance to become the president.

    October 29, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. You are right Gloria!

    I totally agree.. this "old school" devisivness, hate message Palin has brought forth with add fule to the already ever growing skinhead, white supremist movements. It will also bring huge divisions to the Republican party, Her message is so wing nug, so out of line for any sort od reason that those who salivate after hate and anger will eat her message up.
    By the way Campbell Brown, your slam at Obama's fundraising.. gee a little late aren't you?? You wait for 7 days before the election to slam him.. just because your Guy John is behind -your comments should be more in touch!! Out of touch, out of time commentary.

    October 29, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. PA Voter

    How about the Republican party split in two? One side can be truly about smaller government and being conservative, and the other side can be for protecting CEOs and be blatant liars and claim to be strong Christians? Sarah Palin could be the leader of the 2nd side.

    October 29, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. surprise

    She is a back stabber...it will stab anybody who help her go one stair up...she did it to the mayor and the governor...now it is mccain turn...

    October 29, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Kay

    She can do whatever she likes with her fellow fanatics. These people are hypocritcs.. self professed church gowers whose stuff in trade is hatred and lies.

    What will Jesus say;

    October 29, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    she is a wacko and intellectually retarded. I hope she leads the GOP.....straight off a cliff.

    October 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. barbara

    Palin would be the perfect presidential nominee for the Republicans in 2012 with her mindless devotion to the extreme right-wing agenda; her pattern of secrecy, cronyism, and corruption; her expressions of hatred and divisiveness; and a polished but shallow presentation style.

    October 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Spencer/Virginia

    Impeach the abuse of power governor.

    October 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    OBAMA '08
    OBAMA '12

    October 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10