Here’s the Crunchy Con a month and a half ago:
If the GOP was the party only of Mitt Romney, of Rudy Giuliani, of George W. Bush and, indeed, of John McCain, who could blame disillusioned conservatives for sitting out this race? The Republicans deserve to lose this year.
But now we know that it’s also the party of Sarah Palin, the kind of conservative that Barack Obama pitied earlier this year as “clinging” to her God, her guns and her traditions because she doesn’t know any better. In her convention speech, Ms. Palin threw his condescension back in his face.
She’s a fighter, this one. And worth fighting for. Come what may in November, we now know what the future of the GOP and the conservative movement looks like.
Today it’s: “Palin flames out; can Huck pick up torch?” At least with Huck, there won’t be any clinging to Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Atelier.