None of the presidential candidates, least of all front-runner Mitt Romney, got anywhere near that warm of reception. Newt Gingrich, who delivered a classic speech filled with ideas, came closest. But Gingrich has faltered somewhat in his presidential run. Romney still won the CPAC straw poll, likely because he filled the venue with enough of his supporters to pull off a plurality win.
Speaking of Romney, according to Politico, Palin had a warning. Palin and hence conservatives in general are not convinced of his authentic right wing credentials. The Romney campaign is doubtless taking note. It has to try harder to close the deal, to prove the Romney of Massachusetts is in the past and Romney the candidate has grown and evolved rightward. If he cannot do this, he will not be president.
Palin has proven herself the most powerful female politician in the world. Angela Merkel runs a country and has a little influence in Europe. Hillary Clinton’s name used to be on the lips of people in the same sentence as “president of the United States.” But no one else can speak and shake the corridors of power to the foundation as can Palin
From inveighing against “death panels” in Obamacare to crony capitalism in Washington, Palin has shaped the political agenda is more profound ways that one would imagine a private citizen who has the bottom half of a failed presidential campaign who was hounded out of office could achieve.
And, like Ronald Reagan before her, Palin has the power to drive a certain type of person insane. Bill Maher, who infests HBO with his unfunny show “Real Time,” is a prime example. According to Victor Davis Hanson, Maher opined a President Palin would not care much if the terrorists attacked America again so long as they hit a target in a blue state. Maher has said other things about Palin as well, things that should be unspeakable.
Maher let slip something that he might have wished he hadn’t. He imagined Palin could be president. That is a tribute that he might want to take back, but should be readily accepted.