Governor Palin’s Clarion Call: “Rage Against the Machine…Vote for Newt!”

After saying on Hannity that, “if I were a South Carolinian, I would vote for Newt,” many people wondered what, if any, Governor Palin’s strategy would be moving forward.

Tonight, we got our answer.  Well, for Florida at least…. Vote Newt:

We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and is not afraid to shake up the establishment.  So, if for no other reason, rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal, vote Newt, keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going.

She continues the same argument that she wrote in her Facebook article on Friday by pointing out how this really is a battle between the constitutional conservatives and Tea Party versus the establishment.  But she goes a step further in making her case that, in her view, Newt is the agent of reform that the establishment is seeking to destroy:

How can he say he’s not a part of the establishment? Well, look at the players in the establishment who are fighting so hard against him. They want to crucify him because he has tapped into that average, every day American Tea Party grassroots movement that has said enough is enough of the establishment, that tries to run the show and tweak rules and laws and regulations for their own good and not for our nation’s own good. Well, when both party machines and many in the media are trying to crucify Newt Gingrich for bucking the tide and bucking the establishment that tells you something.

She backs Newt responding to the attacks on him and mourns that Reagan would be ashamed of how people have behaved in this primary process:

Well Ronald Reagan wasn’t afraid to take on sitting members of his own party who were in office.  In the 70s, he challenged a sitting Republican.  And he knew though that the politics of personal destruction just ultimately hurt the cause of conservatism.  So when we see today what happened there in Florida over this last week, it really has gone beyond the pale.  It’s gone beyond just aggressive and fair campaigning against an opponent and it has been this engagement in the politics of personal destruction.  As Rick Santorum…he pointed out…Romney drew first blood.  And at first, Newt Gingrich didn’t respond.  He wanted to take the high road.  He publicly announced his intentions to take the high road.  But when you’re continually hit and bombarded with negative, re-written history about yourself and your record, you have to hit back.  And that’s what we saw Newt Gingrich engage in.  And then from there, Judge, it got even worse with those in the establishment who don’t want to see things shaken up and changed in Washington DC, so they came out so aggressively against that agent of change who has promised to shake it up and that’s been Newt Gingrich.

She argues in defense of his proposals while pointing out that her ultimate goal is to ensure the vetting and debate continues past Florida so everything is out in the open and our nominee will be toughened up for the battle against the left:

That is why I have been the proponent of continuing this vetting process and the aggressive debate that should be fair though…but healthy debate that our country, the electorate will benefit from.  That’s why I say, when I hear pundits on this network and on other networks gleefully proclaiming that it’s all over by Florida, despite the fact that 47 states until today have not even been able to chime into this process yet…we’ve only seen three states have either a caucus or a primary process…to help choose a nominee, we see these pundits and politicos, elites in far away Washington DC, this beltway, telling the electorate that, “hey, by Florida, it’s all going to be wrapped up and we’ll have our nominee.”  And I’m saying NO, don’t let that happen because they do need to toughen up.  They need to debate these ideas so that we elect, through our nominating process, the best candidate to come up against Barack Obama and his failed policies.

I want to hear from all of them.  I don’t want the process to end yet.

When asked by Judge Jeanine (via a Twitter questionner) who could defeat Obama, she repeated what she’s said before:

Which candidate is most passionate about the sudden and relentless reform that’s needed.  Which candidate understands that government is not the answer, not on a state level, say when it comes to mandating what level of health care you must purchase, or on a national level.  And I think that comes down to who can articulate their ideas, their solutions best.  And in a campaign, the way you articulate that is in a debate.  And I’ve appreciated…again…Newt Gingrich…his style in debate, his thinking, his way of explaining what it is that he stands for.  So I think that in a debate, Newt Gingrich would clobber Barack Obama; and that’s one step closer to the voters being able to have a tool to make up their mind whether it should be Barack Obama or the GOP nominee.

It is important to note that the Governor did not endorse anyone tonight.  In fact when pressed, she highlighted that her interest is to ensure that the process continues on beyond Florida and was in the process of saying what needed to be done to make sure that happened when she was interrupted repeatedly by Judge Jeanine.

Given what she said earlier in the same interview, however, it doesn’t take a mind reader to finish that sentence.  In fact, here again is her proverbial “call to arms”:

We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and is not afraid to shake up the establishment.  So, if for no other reason, rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal, vote Newt, keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going.


Why should Santorum voters give her strategy the time of day?

Because Florida is a winner-take-all state.  “The math is the math” she stated again tonight.  Currently the only one within arms reach of Romney is Newt Gingrich.  Santorum isn’t even close.

While she’s made the case for why she sees Newt as the agent of change and “relentless reform” that the establishment is attacking (her term actually was “crucify”), she understands that there are supporters of other candidates like Santorum who would rather vote for their guy instead.

But her message is clear.  If you are in Florida, Governor Palin’s directive is to vote for Newt, if for no other reason than to keep the process going.  Santorum’s numbers aren’t strong enough in Florida for him to overcome Romney.

So for strategic purposes…if nothing else, Floridians…vote Newt.

What will her strategy be after the Sunshine State has its say?

Only time will tell.

Until then, we have a job to do.



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