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.

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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Saad from NJ

    She should be a "FASHION MODEL" for the GOP.

    October 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Charles in Cincinnati

    Two thoughts:

    Those wishing for the best possible America would take John McCain-style Republicanism (at least the old John McCain, ca. 2000) over Palin-style Republicanism. The whole Religious Right, Adam & Eve riding dinosaurs 6,000 years ago, no abortions ever, nobody welcome except English-speaking Christians dogmatism is bad, bad, bad for this country.

    Those wishing for the strongest possible Democratic party are rooting squarely for Palin, as her "base" is probably no more than 35% of the voting public, and you just aren't going to win many elections by being a hardliner popular with only a third of voters.

    October 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Kay

    Palin should release her medical records. Maybe she has mental issues.

    October 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Vernell

    Jack, I would like for the canidates to tell us what they will do for the poor, and what safety net will they put in place for people in our country that suffer with mental illness.

    Yes its true we have programs in place for mental health care but it becomes a revolving door, people that are very ill are given a pill and once they are stable they are thrown into the streets, and the cycle starts all over again. Jack, trust me the programs for mental health issues are a joke in America, I think we need Big Brother to watch out for these helpless people in our society!!!!!!!

    Vernell Crawford

    October 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. FLORIDA for Obama



    October 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. McCain/Palin

    Americans are cruel people... Anything this woman says is interpreted, negatively. Quit being so judgemental. Obviously, not everyone has the same opinion. Otherwise, the election would not be as close. It must NOT be true that's she's lying.

    October 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Jen, California

    Lies, fraud, and deceipt are all that Obama and his cronies have demonstrated throughout this election season. Thank God there's still someone like Sarah Palin willing to call them on it!

    October 29, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Chad Raymond

    The Republican party should focus on competency instead of image. I know it's a radical idea in today's environment, but it just might work.

    October 29, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Bruce

    Palin is DONE! There is too much video of her stupid actions to come back to haunt her if she is really DUMB enough to try to run for any office

    October 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Evan

    I think CNN should require posters and commenters to register as the Washington Post recently did. Maybe then we would have an intelligent debate rather than childish name calling from left wing bloggers. The "Hate Palin" obsession coming from the left is incredibly demeaning not only to rational left wingers, but also to the political process as a whole.

    October 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Mike in Columbus

    "It's an argument that has been echoed by a string of conservatives - including David Brooks, George Will, Kathleen Parker, and David Frum - who believe Palin exhibits a poisonous anti-intellectual instinct of the party that threatens to ultimately destroy its foundations."

    That sounds about right... Palin is the reason McCain will lose... its not her fault completely, but she is the reason, in my opinion

    October 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Glenn in California

    Palin has shown during her brief career on the campaign that she is a complete bubblehead. For some reason, those on the right have gone gaga over her, but the woman is a complete joke. No one outside of the lunatic fringe would ever vote for her.

    Palin's future is in Wasilla. Even then, with what Alaskan voters have seen over the past 2 months, she'd have a tough time getting her old mayor's job back.


    October 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. When shall you stop this deception!

    – Why have Sen. McCain and his team using Joe the Plumber to insinuate that "Obama's Presidency will mean the death of Israel"?
    – Why has Sen. McCain not allowed Sarah Palin as promised alone to do interview with LKL, if she is qualified to be a VP of USA?
    – Why is Sarah Palin’s windfall tax distribution to Alaskans not wealth distribution and “socialism”?
    – Why are those checks from Bush Administration last May not wealth distribution and “socialism”?

    October 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. concern

    Let's just be blunt!!!

    She is as dumb as a rock!!

    October 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. No More Hand Outs!

    Gov.Palins Future Role = Vice President!


    October 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Kimberly in Azizona

    I HONESTLY hope she just goes away. Shes a polarizing figure that has NO place in any national position. Shes uneducated, and ONLY won in Alaska because they dont care about things like that. They seemed to have only cared that she was a bible thumping gun toting redneck, sorry, but that is NOT the majority of America, as evident by this election. Obama is turning red to blue and even here in AZ, hes only down by TWO POINTS! I still think if Obama stopped in he would win here big!

    October 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    We must have the two parties, one to keep the other honest, but what we need most are statesmen and stateswomen who truly place the nation first and speak truth to the people, and also persons who are less locked into political ideology, but live out the faith that they say that they profess.

    October 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Jim

    I think they need a Bible Spice.

    October 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Sue T

    Palin has her few far right conservatives in the Republican party that will follow her off the cliff......but the rest of the Republicans are going to have to rebuild their party from the ground up after the last 8 years of Bush and after this terrible campaign that McCain and Palin have ran.........

    If the Republicans want to win in 2012 then they better start looking for someone in their party that can win the Hearts of America not just their base and religious minority.......

    America will not forget the lack of experience that Palin has, her lies, her Abuse of Power, her lack of commuicating with the press, her interviews, and at this point after hearing her interview yesterday about Obama wanting to CHANGE the constitution........she is out for herself now, she isn't helping MCCain she is hurting him everytime she opens her mouth..

    October 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Jeff Brown

    I really hope that the GOP promotes her in the future. This will INSURE long term Democratic leadership!

    October 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Bruce

    If Palin is really what the REPUBLICANS want to represent them they will be out of office a long time.

    The HATE and raceism she has spread is not what THIS COUNTRY is based on.

    October 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. KJL

    I live in Tennessee, and am appalled by the number of people who don't even think about who to vote for. They stick a Republican sign in their yard, and a few weeks later head to the polls. It's the Bible belt, and their "faith" extends to politics. Pretty pathetic, but that's the way it is.

    October 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. St Paul Mom

    Maybe she and her followers will secede from the Republican party.

    October 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Lauren

    I'm not sure about the GOP, but she's definitely the new face of ultra-conservative, Bible thumping, environment raping, bigoted wingnuts.

    October 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. gop not wating her time voting.

    She needs to crawl back into the igloo she crawled out of. She caused us to loose this election. She wasnt ready for prime time, no she wasnt even prepared for interviews. Her Couric interviews show conservatives like myself that she lacked a lot of substance and why uneducated ideologs may buy her winks and squiky voice, i dont buy it for a seconds. There are much better conservative women out the there.
    I'm a woman and she embarrases me. her display of unintelligence has set women back decades. I dont like Hillary for her social views, but i would take Hillary as a woman anyday over Palin.
    I just cant cast my vote for Palin on any ticket, so i'm staying at home.

    October 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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