Speculation is increasing among former aides, political journalists, and even Rush Limbaugh that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is considering forming a third party as an alternative for conservatives.
Palin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee who stunned the political world when she resigned two weeks ago with 18 months left in her term, also posted a link to a column speculating about such a move on her Facebook page.
Two articles, one from conservative writer Tammy Bruce, the other in The Washington Times, suggest she may be considering leaving the Republican Party to form a third party.
In addition to the political buzz that surrounds Palin’s plans are the following: Dan Tubagoo, Palin’s former speechwriter, uploaded a video on YouTube that claims to “end the speculation” about Palin’s plans.Bruce said on her Web site, TammyBruce.com, that Palin may form a party of her own as a conservative alternative to “take the nation back from the liberals.”In The Times interview, Palin made her most direct comments yet about conservativism vs. the Republican Party.A Washington Post story Monday said Palin will campaign for conservative Democrats.Radio show host Rush Limbaugh said Palin might leave the GOP and form her own because Republicans have “been just as mean-spirited to her as the Democrats” have.
“When I watched her speech when she announced she was going to leave the governorship of Alaska, I didn't hear the word Republican mentioned once,” Limbaugh said.
A third-party option for Palin is an intriguing possibility, said Limbaugh, who added that it worries him because third parties lose.
“Third parties never end up with a congressional or Senate candidate winning,” he said. “It's not the way to go, but we'll save that for later if that actually begins to transpire, or we see it beginning to transpire.”
Bruce said it’s clear that the GOP is lost beyond the point of return and that Palin, with her considerable and growing base, should take a serious and long look at becoming a stronger, more independent conservative leader.
“Enter now Sarah Palin with very encouraging comments that lead one to believe that she is indeed planning to do what she must: build an independent conservative movement and take this nation back from the liberals which now control both parties,” Bruce wrote.
In the Washington Post story, Palin said she will jump into the 2010 political fray. She said she is sick of nonstop partisanship and would campaign for “Republicans, independents and even Democrats” who share her values on limited government, strong defense and energy independence.
“I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation,” Palin told The Post. “People are so tired of the partisan stuff — even my own son is not a Republican.”
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