Two Wings of the Republican Party
A few facts (labeled with “F”s) and a few questions (labeled with “Q”s):
F1. Sarah Palin has stated that if McCain loses, she will stay on the national stage and perhaps seek the top spot herself in 2012.
F2. Sarah Palin’s presence on the ticket has energized much of what one might term the “Moral Majority” wing of the Republican Party.
F3. Sarah Palin’s presence on the ticket has horrified much of what one might term the “intellectual” wing of the Republican Party, and has been cited as a reason for several prominent members of this wing endorsing Obama.
Q1. Why are the “intellectuals” so horrified by Palin? She doesn’t seem so different from Dan Quayle… or GW Bush for that matter. She also doesn’t seem all that different from Mike Huckabee – sure, he was not the “intellectual”‘s first choice, but I can’t imagine if Huckabee had pulled off the nomination the “intellectuals” would be in this much of a snit. What am I missing here?
Q2. A follow-up to Q1 – Given that the “intellectuals” worship at the altar of Reagan, and Reagan was essentially the one who created the “Moral Majority” wing of the Republican Party as it now stands, is it inconsistent of the “intellectuals” to get this incensed by the “Moral Majority” wing’s champion?
Q3. If F2 and F3 remain as they are, would the Republican party be fractured by a Palin nomination in 2012?