By David Bozeman
A Tea Party based “Draft Sarah” movement has sprung up in recent months, leading to speculation that the former governor may challenge first-term Democratic incumbent Mark Begich for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Palin trails Begich in general election polling, as well as Governor Sean Parnell, her former Lt. Governor, in a primary, though both by only single digits, with numbers varying. Sarah, however, has retreated to Arizona, at least for now, and has expressed little if no intention of launching her first bid for elective office since losing the vice-presidency. ………Predictably, and in their spirit of substantive dialogue, liberal columnists and bloggers continue their schoolyard taunts: quitter, moron, trailer trash, opportunist, publicity seeker, diva, etc., etc.
But Sarah Palin is only the eye of a much larger hurricane. She is simultaneously hated as the sole force who briefly threatened the candidacy of the media’s dream candidate and as a surrogate for the great unwashed. And in the latter lies the truth that continues to elude the Republican establishment: you can moderate here, you can compromise there, you can neglect your base to curry favor with the bloc of the day, but the bottom line is that the left hates who you are, not how you vote.
In fact, this beyond a culture war — this is a war for the very soul of America….To Read More……