Governor Palin continues to keep the issues of energy independence, crony capitalism, repealing Obamacare and electing commonsense conservatives to Congress on the table. It hurts to know that she will not be seeking the presidency. But what will hurt even more is if we don't continue to run with the themes and positions that she continues to take. These ideas cannot lose steam and eventually fall off the table.
In the coming weeks, we will need to decide on which candidate to back. Tonight is the debate at Dartmouth College. We will be looking to see which candidate comes closest to keeping to the philosophical tenets of Palin conservatism. The key word here is "comes closest." We're not going to get perfection. Perfection by my political definition is not running.
The best way to explain this is by using sports analogies. If Palin is a strike in bowling, the candidate the GOP nominates needs to be at least 8 or 9 pins down. Palin not in the race is like the Yankees not being in the playoffs for me. I still love the sport, but the games aren't as much fun. At this point, the best we can root on is an Obama loss to a Tea Party acceptable Republican nominee that is the closest we can find to Palin on the issues.
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