October 29th, 2008
07:57 AM ET
13 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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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. mb

    Palin should return to her home with her family and live off of the millions of dollars the RNC has promised to pay her for her stunt. She to o has sold her soul to the Devil and now she should reap what she has sowed.

    October 29, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Release your Birth certifciate, Barack! Prove to us you were really born on American soil.

    October 29, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. dave

    I could see her on TV as the less successful, conservative woman's Oprah, but that's about it. Having said that, I hope she runs on the Republican ticket as often as she can.

    October 29, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Jim

    Maybe the two divisions should split into two new parties. The Republican party today isn't exactly the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt anymore. That would really bring about "Change"

    October 29, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Jenny

    "...[T]he party will have to decide what they want to be in the post-Reagan world."

    I hate to have to be the one to remind my fellow Republicans, but the Reagan era was a long time ago. If we are still clinging to the glory of Reagan, it's no wonder that we're losing. I was a small child during the Reagan years. It just doesn't mean that much to me. So, Republican leaders, talk to ME, not to my parents. Come up with some new ideas for the new and challenging times. Then maybe I can return to the fold.

    October 29, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. AL, maryland

    Sarah Palin is like a cancer for the GOP. If she stays around, the democrats will almost certainly rule Washington.

    October 29, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Bama4Obama

    If we're all lucky, her future role will be nothing but wife/mother in far off Alaska, if she doesn't get them to secede first...

    October 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Dan

    JohnBoy, who was sitting in the oval office when we were attacked?,
    when the economy plummeted?

    Republicans maybe?

    I rest my case.

    October 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Ms. Palins values are hypocritical. To be pro-life but unwilling to take responsibility for a healthy environment to support that life, what's the point.

    The fundamentalist christian right is correct, these are the end of our days, thanks to conservative 'values'.

    October 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. Kingslough

    Aaaaaw...shhh....listen, sounds like the GOP have surrender. Ooh... how serene that feels! Inwardly and outwardly, total tranquility, i can feel the calmness, the blueeezzz...ooh what a relief! VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN! 08/12

    October 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. TexicoFromMexico

    Palin has no place in the GOP and will be impeached this year as the Gov. of Alaska. They are waiting for this to be over and you will see stories start to break wide open. I hate to break it to the GOP but she is not Ronald Regan....why you ask? Because she has no interest in learning how Government works. If she were on the top of the Ticket she would have to do shows like "Meet the Press" and Larry King and be able to at least hold her own in front of the firing squad Media. She has proven that she can not do that.

    If the GOP is smart they will start grooming somone with intelligence like Bobby Jindal to run in 2016. He will be in his mid to late 40's then.....and ready for prime time. WAKE UP GOP and stop living this Palin pipe dream.

    October 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Kentucky

    Palin represents the Religious right, and the religious right's intolerance and bigotry. A majority of Americans reject the Religious rights intolerance. Most Americans disagree with the religious rights support of laws that puts Gays in prison. Bush is a good example of the religious right. In his inauguration, Bush quoted Lincoln when he said those who deprive others of their freedom, do not deserve it for themselves. Then, Bush asked the Supreme Court to uphold a Texas law that put Gays in prison for 10 years. Palin is extreme Bush.

    October 29, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    " A civil war is smoldering inside the republican party "says Gloria Burger, well thats good, the republican party needs to take a good look at what it has become; they say they are for small goverment but in the last 8yrs gov has increased by over 300% , they say no nation building,what is Irack ( by the way,someone explain to me the difference in "nation building" and "imperialism", and they are obviously trying to turn America into a Manor system, they are to much for the rich only. I am 60 yrs old, I was a republican all my life until 2004. when Bush invaded Irack on his "gut feeling "that did it. I don't think I will ever support the republican party ever again. I am 100% independent, I have already voted for Obama

    October 29, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Thinking Straight

    Sarah Palin is a polarizing figure and appeals to a base that represents the worst in American society. Palin is a step in the wrong direction. The days of the gun toting, beer slugging, confederate flag waving, redneck bigot needs to be in our rear view mirror.

    October 29, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. PT

    Palin explained the windfall profits tax that she imposed on the oil industry in Alaska as a mechanism for ensuring that Alaskans “share in the wealth” generated by oil companies:

    And Alaska—we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs. … It’s to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans.

    Spread the wealth baby.

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. dj

    Palin's only future role is HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!!!!!...or she would be a natural as a comedian or given a script, drama or commercial ads would be suit her........Sorry Sarah......politics just doesn't work for you!!!!

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. JD

    Calling Palin a Republican is the equivalent of calling Obama a Socialist.

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. jeff

    Nov. 5, 2008: Sarah Who?

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Karen, Arkansas

    Failin coming back in 2012 will be like a returning nighmare...Go away pitbull...just go away...

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. CV

    I can almost forsee the Republicans splitting up after this into a moderate group (one more moderate than the current party image) and a conservative group (similarly more conservative than the republican average). Right now it seems like there are two camps trying to unify under one group that doesn't really serve either of them well.

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. PT

    Palin explained the windfall profits tax that she imposed on the oil industry in Alaska as a mechanism for ensuring that Alaskans “share in the wealth” generated by oil companies:

    And Alaska—we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs. … It’s to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans.

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. pat C.

    PALIN IS DANGEROUS WITH HER IGNORANCE OF THE LAW AND GOVERNMENT. SHE STABBED MCCAIN AS QUICK AS SHE COULD AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO LEAD OUR NATION. SHE SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF OFFICE FOR ALL THE HARM SHE HAS DONE TO ALASKA. SHE IS NOTHING BUT A FEAR MUNGER AND A HATE SPREADER. SHE IS A RACIST AND WILL BE HARMFUL TO ANYONE GETTING IN HER WAY.
    SHE AND MCCAIN NEED TO GO AWAY AND VERY SOON!

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. VP Choice

    What!!!!!! she lost the election for the GOP and they talk of her chances for 2012. What is wrong with them!! If Mc cain had chosen some responsible person, Mitt Romney etc, they would be double digits ahead for winning this election

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Mark

    Middle of next week: Sarah who??

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Bruce

    Seems to me that over a week ago she promised brian Williams that her medical records woudl be made public...so where are they....why is it taking so long?

    October 29, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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