September 17, 2010, - 3:49 pm

“Electability” v. Conservatism: The Sarah Palin/Tea Party Hypocrisy on Christine O’Donnell

By Debbie Schlussel

I’m having a good laugh at the jaw-dropping hypocrisy of Sarah Palin, many of her Tea Party followers, and all of the conservative pundits who are now lecturing us on how it’s better to support a real conservative than a Republican who is electable and a likely vote with the GOP in the U.S. Senate.


While that’s always been my philosophy, it hasn’t been theirs in any other races. In fact, they supported establishment GOP candidates and betrayed real conservatives in most other races. For example, when I called out Sarah Palin for endorsing Jesse Jackson-friend, Islam fan, and Iran-enabling, previous Barbara Boxer donor, Carly Fiorina for the Republican nomination for California’s U.S. Senate seat, I was attacked at by screeching Palinistas, most of them Tea Party fans, who told me “Chuck DeVore didn’t have a chance,” and “Sarah Palin went with the Republican who was electable.”  The same thing happened on Tuesday, when–as I’ve pointed out–Palin and many of her Tea Party followers supported illegal alien-enabler Kelly Ayotte against Ovide LaMontagne for New Hampshire’s Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, the same thing happened.  Ayotte was the “electable” Republican establishment candidate.  If you believed in the anti-establishment, pro-conservative reasons given for supporting Christine O’Donnell against Mike Castle in Delaware, you should have also embraced those with DeVore and LaMontagne.  If you didn’t, you’re a hypocrite.

Apparently, if true conservatives don’t have vaginas (and, as far as I know, DeVore and LaMontagne don’t), they don’t count when it comes to Sarah Palin’s faux anti-establishment, “real conservative” endorsements.  In the 1970’s they called people with that kind of attitude a “chauvinist pig.”  And, make no mistake, that’s exactly what Sarah Palin is, nothing more, with her “mama grizzlies” BS.

True, some Tea Partiers supported Chuck DeVore, but had Sarah Palin endorsed him and had the other conservative talking heads now lecturing me about the virtue of true conservatives versus “electable” Republicans also endorsed DeVore, he’d be the Republican U.S. Senate nominee from California, and he’d be beating Boxer in the polls by the same scant margin as Fiorina, probably more.

The same goes for LaMontagne, who was the Tea Party candidate.  But enough Tea Partiers voted for Ayotte, because they blindly follow what queen Sarahmessiah tells them to do.  The results were close, and her endorsement of him over Ayotte–rather than the other way around–would have pushed LaMonatagne over the top to victory.  But, hey, six years in six different colleges and a journalism degree trumps anything that anyone else knows, right?  I better not try to “refudiate” her unparalleled wisdom on all things.

So, the next time you hear any conservative, any Palinista, any Tea Partier lecture you on how we need real conservatives to take over the Republican Party and that it’s better to lose with one than to elect an “electable” moderate Republican, ask them where the heck they were on Chuck DeVore v. Carly Fiorina, and Ovide LaMontagne v. Kelly Ayotte.

If you support Sarah Palin, then you were on the side of the “electable GOP establishment,” NOT conservatives.  Because, except for Delaware and Alaska’s Senate primaries, that’s on whose side she put herself.

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24 Responses

In both these cases (Alaska and Delawere) there is a lot to believe that they make talk tough now but when elected they will support big government policies and use tax dollars for themselves even though they are not the “incumbent” Republican.

adam713 on September 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm

If it weren’t for Bill Maher’s old “Politically Incorrect” program, I would not know who Christine O’Donnell is.

But come to think of it, if it weren’t for Bill Maher’s program, I also probably wouldn’t know who Debbie Schlussel is either.

I’ll shut up now.

Irving on September 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I guess Adam 713 just doesn’t like these candidates very much. One guess who he’s representing.

Palin’s lack of endorsement was definitely the factor in New Hampshire; it cost LaMontagne the victory.

The Republican establishment seems to be taking a book from the mainstream press in its smears of O’Donnell. Lots of technicalities and deceptive comments. BTW, Thomas Jefferson was in debt most of his later life, had to sell his massive book collection, and almost had to give up Monticello. So she is in good company.

Little Al on September 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Identity politics – just the same as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton have tried to pull. Palin is no better than they are, as much as her supporters wish to claim that she is the only “true conservative.”

Palin has a very clear method of determining her endorsements: First she asks who is the stronger social conservative? Then who is the stronger fiscal conservative? Then who is the more electable candidate in the primary? Finally who is the most experienced reformer? After all of that study, she takes the results, throws them all out the window, and endorses the woman*

*Unless of course the woman happens to be a Murkowski, in which her own personal feuds take precedence. Palin was right to back Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski, but she did not do so for the right reason.

Brian R. on September 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Can you say opportunist? She has proven she will endorse those who will endorse her later.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

While I often agree with Debbie on these issues, she is partially incorrect about Ayotte v. Lamontagne (btw, there is no uppercase “M” in his last name). I’ve done extensive political work in NH and am quite familiar with Ovide, though don’t know him as either friend or acquaintance. The reason for this is simple. He talks the conservative talk, but doesn’t walk the walk. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and only got Tea Party support because he talks a good game and got them on board. Ayotte is far from perfect… but Lamontagne would have been much worse.

As for electability, I would far rather have a leftist Democrat that we all know, than a mushy “Republican” who is really a Democrat, but we don’t know (the likes of Susan Collins et al come to mind… people who obviously don’t know how to spell, as they spell Democrat r-e-p-u-b-l-i-c-a-n). I spent too many years working in politics fighting those types in the GOP, and they are ultimately far more destructive than the likes of Obama and Clinton.

RR on September 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    “I’ve done extensive political work in NH and am quite familiar with Ovide, though don’t know him as either friend or acquaintance.”

    What a line of bull if I ever heard it. RR, I don’t know what “extensive” political work you have done in my great state of New Hampshire, but I do know Ovide very well, he is a friend and I worked extensively for his campaign…..and your comments are completely out to lunch.

    Debbie is 100% correct on this call. Palin endorsed Ayotte for one and only one reason…..for Palin. There was NO question who the real conservative was in this race, and Palin threw him under the bus. Had Palin simply stayed out of the race, Lamontagne would have won the election. Instead, he lost by 1%.

    In one of the best pieces I read on the race, by Philip Dean (…….he said: to steal a line from Bill Buckley, she “is conservative, but not a conservative.”

    Harold Turner on September 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Sorry Debbie but I’m pretty sure “refutiate” is the correct spelling. Sara has surely learned how to “catapult the propaganda” though, hasn’t she?

Pained Thomas on September 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I voted for Lamontagne but will now throw my support behind Kelly Ayotte in order to oust liberal pork meister, Pelosi puppet Paul Hodes out of political office for good.

TWoPolitics on September 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I seem to be able only to find out the truth about Palin on this site. I am not quick to want to tear her down because I see the LSM doing that now that they don’t have GWB to kick around (never truthfully but lots of made up shiite…and let me state for the record DS is spot on for her many reasons for NOT missing him in the Age of Obamarxist) anymore.

I have to agree with DS regarding Palin supporting Ayotte. It took a long time for me to see TRUE, founded criticism of Palin, but the reasons are out there…cuz there was so mush Liberal BS. When I saw Palin at my local Tea Party on tax day, I was surprised at how perfunctory her speech was.

The Palinistas…I am getting so sick of those poppets! They are no better than the Brain-dead Obama-bot Zombies. It’s nausiating.

Skunky on September 17, 2010 at 11:05 pm

While I live in MI, many of my relatives on my moms side live in New England. We just spent 3 wks there with family in NH, ME,MA,& CT. What struck me in MA is how many people just do not vote there. I do not believe MA is as liberal as suggested. My god, most of my relatives in MA are employed by the state. It is truly a different animal. My relatives in NH were completely against Ovide. They are truly conservative, and say he is not. He has a track record that proves he isn’t according to them. They voted for Kelly Ayotte and are not 100% fond of her either.

There will never be another Ronald Reagan.. ever..but we who complain about conservatism simply complain. We do not run, we do not do enough. In my lifetime this is the closest we have come to bringing conservatism back to the forefront. There will never be the perfect candidate, but I for one am enjoying this ride. Like Sarah Palin or not, she has the guts to call these guys out and it is absolutely incredible to watch. She sometimes gets on my nerves, but my goodness, I cannot wait to watch her debate the won. Incredible TV.

sharon on September 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Man, I’d love to support Palin and O’Donnell. I like what they say and both are pretty hot! (Yeah, I know, very, very shallow…sue me, I’m a man). O’Donnell, especially, seems like a really crazy babe who would stalk you if you cheated on her.

Ahem, back to the non-shallow part….But, they are both just nuts. O’Donnell especially seems kind of kooky with her lies about her past. And, Palin’s family life with her daughter Bristol, (yeah she’s really hot, too!), is anything but “conservative values.”

I like very much the conservative revolt against the mainstream, whether it’s against the left or right. I just wished it was sane and honest people who were leading the charge.

I hate to be cynical, but right now Abraham couldn’t find 10 righteous men in Washington. It’s all about the power and money.

Jeff_W on September 18, 2010 at 12:24 am

Debbie isn’t the only who has seen the hypocrisy. Some in Iowa aren’t to happy about Palin’s hypocrisy. Keep up the great work Debbie.

Support for Branstad irks Vander Plaats’ fans
Palin could face skepticism from some Iowa Republicans about her endorsement of former Gov. Terry Branstad in the primary for governor. The No. 2 finisher, Bob Vander Plaats, received 41 percent of the vote on June 8.
There remains some bitterness from the primary.

Vander Plaats never endorsed Branstad after a post-primary meeting between the two went poorly, and Vander Plaats’ supporters tried unsuccessfully to nominate him for lieutenant governor at the state convention.

Some Republicans said Palin’s endorsement of Branstad, the Republican establishment candidate, over Vander Plaats, an outsider more associated with tea party supporters, betrayed her image as a rebel.
“Do I think it’s a disqualifier for her with regard to my base?” said Vander Plaats, a Sioux City businessman. “Not a disqualifier, but it complicates the vetting process for her. There is some significant blowback in Iowa.”

Vander Plaats is now campaigning against the retention of three Iowa Supreme Court judges who participated in the unanimous ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

Vander Plaats, who was 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Iowa campaign chairman, said he likely would support the former Arkansas governor if he sought the 2012 nomination. Huckabee has said it’s unlikely he’ll run again.

Vicki Crawford, a Granger Republican who supported Vander Plaats in the governor primary, said that before Palin’s Iowa endorsement, Crawford would have considered backing Palin in a potential caucus campaign. Not anymore.

“She has changed her focus in the last year to win-at-just-about-any-cost instead of do-right-at-all-costs,” Crawford said. “She would not be my choice unless something changed drastically.”

CaliforniaScreaming on September 18, 2010 at 1:47 am

Also in the cited article, of Palin’s 43 endorsements 24 had tea party ties and 19 were establishment GOP candidates.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 18, 2010 at 3:03 am

Little Al Wrote> I guess Adam 713 just doesn’t like these candidates very much. One guess who he’s representing.

What is that suppose to mean!! Do you know me personally.

No I don’t like either Joe Miller or O’Donnell.

I don’t see much evidence that either of them are conservative. Yes, Castle was a liberal Republican but we don’t know what O’Donnell is. She may be the same thing or worse. Not everyone is a liberal to the same degree.

The sad part is since it seems most of these women are about feminism and not conservative values (and some women and henpecked men will vote based on gender more then anything)

it is very likely most of these women do support the socialized medical bill that was passed because it helps career woman when you don’t have a situation where women have to pay more for health insurance for obvious reasons. This forces men to buy health insurance they don’t need and I am sure these women want that even though it is bad for medical care as a whole. But that is what gender envy as with any other type of envy we all get screwed in the end which I guess why God put envy as one of the 10 commandments.

adam713 on September 19, 2010 at 12:04 am

It turns out Christine O’Donnell used to practice witchcraft. I guess that’s why Sister Sarah endorsed her. Sarah, after all was blessed by a witch doctor in her Wasilla church. They are both crazy and stupid.

Melvin on September 19, 2010 at 12:06 am

I think Sarah Palin has an agenda and it has nothing to do with getting true conservatives into the house. The Tea Party is very disappointying to me because everyone I met in there were of one mind, not many arguments, and anyone who listened to the takeover artist, Sarah Palin was suspect in my book. Who is she, what has she done and why do people iisten to her, this is what I can’t understand. I don’t like the feminist movement she has going on and I don’t like the fact that she is hooked up with the Fox news people and John McCain whom she claimed she would campaign for, I guess she meant if she herself doesn’t run. He is CFR and I’m afraid of voting for anyone who might even remotely be connected with that group. We have to vote out everyone in office, including John Boehner, they have never lifted a finger to help us out of any of the messes that have gone on since Obama got in, if fact they covered for him so I don’t see anyone on the Horizon that should stay in office. To me they all have to go, Palins choices are iffy because none of us really know where she is coming from. I have to agree with DS, this Mama Grizzley thing is a bit too cutesy for me. Sarah Palin is as bit too cutesy for me. I get the feeling she is out to sabotage the election for the CFR and that is very possible, they are running scared right now, they have to know everything that is going on and they can’t do that if their people don’t get in. I just don’t know who died and left Sarah Palin boss.

MadHatter on September 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

What amazes me is that after half a term as governor of a small state, that the lumpenconservariat consider Palin a political expert in any thing.

My prediction: if she is nominated in 2012, I expect Obama to be re-elected. But nothing will get her blind followers to wake up!

NormanF on September 19, 2010 at 1:40 am

Adam 713 is a troll. His comments should not be taken seriously as a part of this discussion.

Little Al on September 19, 2010 at 2:47 am

Yes, Sarah seems to be all over the map with her endorsements. If Senator McCain was worthy of her endorsement, why not another “Soft Republican” like Congressman Castle? It really does not make sense. Sarah Palin is becoming incoherent.

Worry01 on September 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

I wasn’t going to comment on this anymore because i thought I had said it all but now I have heard on the news station they are talking about running Mike Pence for president along with Sarah Palin as a vice Presidential running mate, they called it a dream ticket. Then they mentioned running Glen Beck as President along with Sarah Palin as Vice President, another dream ticket. It seems to me that the Tea Party and Sarah Palin are taking over the votes for American conservatives. I don’t know about anyone else but I resent a group of people more or less telling me who is going to run and who is going to win, it makes me not want to bother voting , this is what the CFR does , they know who is going to win before they even run. This is not the American way. I sincerely hope this is not going to be the case but that’s how it looks to me.

I can’t say much about Mike Pence, he seems OK, he sure is pretty but I haven’t researched his voting record yet. I do know that no one, and I mean no one in Congress or the Senate have lifted a finger to stop all that has been happening in the white house , not one person, now they want to run for President? I would vote everyone in office out, start with new people, no hook ups with the CFR and no Tea party recommendations.I get the feeling they don’t know anything about any of the people they are foisting on the general public. Sarah Palin is not my cup of tea, I would not vote for her under any circumstances so that would stop me from voting for whomever she is running with, this is not going to be easy. Just remember , whose voice was heard demanding to see Obamas birth certificate, demanding to challenge anything he did or anyone else in office that went against the public opinion. No one stood up and said lets impeach or expose this madman, no one. sorry, vote them all out and start with people who are not connected to or afraid of the CFR and Obama. No more CFR cabinet members, and no more dictatorships.

MadHatter on September 19, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I agree MadHatter, I think they have been telling us how to vote for years.. I like Sarah Palin, but do not love her. She gets on my nerves as all politicians do. To be perfectly honest though It was a real eye opener for me listening to Karl Rove the other night. His Kanye West moment where he yelled “Mike Castle is the better candidate” while she was making her acceptance speech.. I found that to be incredibly unprofessional and quite frankly the wrong thing to do. He was furious and showed a side most people have not seen before. Conservatives have had these candidates shoved down our throats our whole lives, there is no room for all of us in their party. His reaction lamented that for me, he could have given himself a 24 hr cooling off period at least. You talk about how you would not vote for Sarah Palin, perhaps, but if she was the only choice next to Obama you may, or you may not as is our right. There is a lot of truth in your posting. Conservatives do not vote if they are not represented, hence 2006 and the reason John McCain was not elected.

sharon on September 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

So far I haven’t seen this story on any other conservative websites across the internet (inlcuding Breitbart, NewsBusters, etc.) and it’s clear to me that the other conservative websites are no different than the liberal websites on the internet. If the other right-leaning sites claim that their conservative, why haven’t they reported this story about Ms. Palin supporting Kelly Ayotte (which I’ve never heard of Ms. Ayotte until Debbie bought her up last week) who supports 20-30 million illegal aliens in this country who are bankrupting the country, taking away our jobs in which many people in this country are unemployed and can’t look for work, etc.! The other conservative sites might as well be with the “Government Media Complex” like the left wing websites.

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

It would seem on the face of it that now even with Christine O’Donnell, Sarah Palin is in it only for Sarah Palin. Ms. O’Donnell recently removed an endorsement by a certain individual known within this site by the moniker “Scamela” from her website based on an article in Salon (not exactly a conservative site), and in response this particular car-loan fraudster/self-important yenta withdrew her endorsement. Quite a few of the “lumpenconservariat” who frequent that site feel betrayed by what they consider Ms. O’Donnell’s “cowardice” and “appeasement” to a media that hates her guts anyway and is going all-out for her “bearded Marxist” opponent. But reading what Debbie’s written about Ms. Palin and her particular, er, track record in political endorsements, one has to wonder. Of course, I will not link to any of the above – none of them deserve such charity. Suffice it to say, though, that in her temperament Ms. O’Donnell seems to sound more and more like Palin herself.

ConcernedPatriot on October 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

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