I confess she [Sarah Palin] made it hard to pull the lever, but I did because I liked his [John McCain's] more liberal Republicanism. And I thought he would be a debt-fighter.But McKenzie would like Palin to run, because, he believes, she would get "waxed" -- so would the Republican Party -- which would lead to an effort to remake the party into a coalition that might hope to win a national election. McKenzie says:
But after watching her for the last two years, it seems pretty clear that she's not in the big-tent category of Republicans. What's more, she is the sort of loose cannon that could really damage the party.
Yes, I know, she inspires tea partiers. I'm not here to dump on their activism. But the tea party appears to be mostly a modern version of the Republican right. There may be more of them turning out to vote this fall, but they are not necessarily expanding the reach of the GOP.McKenzies "coalition" would be composed of Latinos, center/right suburbanites, deficit hawks, and moderate evangelicals, and he reminds his readers, "Remember, Ronald Reagan built a big coalition and he did so with a sunny disposition, not a frown."
McKenzies "coalition" is hardly a big-tent. I don't see independents and moderates there. When McKenzie mentions "center/right suburbanites," one has to wonder what is considered "center," now that the right has called people like Lisa Murkowski and John McCain "liberal."
Sarah's been warned: She's going to get "waxed."