|"What am I, chopped liver?"|
What galls the Tea Party activists is the sense that Romney represents a lost opportunity for their agenda of less government, flatter taxes, and constitutional restraint. Facing a vulnerable president saddled with a bad economy and a crisis in the public sector, they feel stuck with a guy served up by Republican elites who speaks conservatism with an establishment accent. Worse, in this view, Romney seems incapable, or unwilling, to even defend himself, as the Obama campaign machine highlights his offshore bank accounts and his career at Bain Capital.
“Romney’s just not a fighter,” says Jenny Beth Martin, head of the Tea Party Patriots, the largest of the activist groups. “That’s why it would be good for him to have someone like Palin speaking at the convention. He needs to do something to rile up his base, to make them enthusiastic. And I don’t mean just the Tea Party. I mean die-hard Republicans. I live in the second-most-Republican county in the state of Georgia, and the folks around here are not enthusiastic about him.”
I think what his person is forgetting is that Palin may be certifiably insane, and is completely unpredictable in her behaviors. McCain learned that the hard way the night of his concession speech, and I have little doubt that Romney has watched the movie "Game Change" with all of the lights turned on, between the fingers covering his eyes, multiple times.
Which might explain the Romney camp's response:
Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence.
And what does Palin say about this?
“What can I say?” she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention, just before heading to Michigan to deliver an Obama-thumping speech. “I’m sure I’m not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on the road to bankruptcy, and engaging in crony capitalism.”
“In accepting those consequences,” she added, “one must remember this isn’t Sadie Hawkins and you don’t invite yourself and a date to the Big Dance.”
Please! Sarah Palin has been inviting herself to the big dance for months, despite the lack of interest expressed by MOST serious Republican politicians.
Remember, Palin famously went on her "One Nation" bus tour just to pull attention away from Romney's big announcement to run for president. Well you just know HE certainly hasn't forgotten!
I would be completely surprised if Romney caved and let the Lunatic from lake Lucille anywhere NEAR Tampa. Even for a guy famous for his flip flops, I think this is much too big of a flop to let flip his script.
Of course that may not do much to keep the political albatross at bay, as Palin has rented space in a nearby plaza for reasons that have not yet been made clear. Which indicates to me that she may have plans to crash the party.
If I were Romney I would see if I could hire Senator Joe Lieberman to run defense.
After all he does have experience.