Sarah Palin told the Washington Times in an exclusive interview that she will now campaign for candidates that she believes in. She will even support Democrats against Republican candidates, if she believes the Democrat is more in keeping with her values.
When Sarah Palin resigned earlier this month as Alaska Governor, she did not say what she would do with her career. Today, in an exclusive interview with the Washington Times, she stated that she will stay in national politics. She intends to campaign for Republicans, and even Democrats across the country, who share her views.
She stated in the interview that Americans are tired of partisan politics and that even her 20-year-old son is a registered independent in Alaska.
These comments have lead a lot of people to speculate whether Palin is considering becoming a third party candidate in 2012. This move seems to make sense. The Republican party definitely has mixed feelings about Sarah Palin. Even John McCain’s staff made disparaging comments about Sarah Palin following the 2008 election. Many prominent Republicans have stated over the past few months that Sarah Palin would not be a good candidate for the Republican party because she adds to the “white trash” stereotype of conservatives.
Would becoming an independent be a smart move for Palin? Perhaps. After all, her support is not within the Republican party machine. It comes directly from the grassroots. Her supporters will likely follow her out of the GOP.
Of course, if she becomes an independent and runs in 2012, she may guarantee defeat for both the GOP and herself in 2012. Simply, the conservative vote will get split, with even a very unpopular Democrat able to win.
What do you think? Is Palin headed out of the GOP?