Right wing blogger John Hawkins offers up a list of the 25 most influential conservatives in America that demonstrates much of the problem with conservatives. I’ll just give you the top three, in order: Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Sarah Palin. And here’s what he has to say about Palin and her alleged influence:
The former VP candidate has a fanatical following, regularly makes news for her attacks on the Obama Administration, and did more to get women elected in 2010 than any one human being ever has before in a single election cycle. Palin has enormous juice, but the key question is always, “What is she going to do with it? Run for office? Get other Republicans elected? Become the conservative Oprah?” Time will tell.
Let me answer that question for you, John: She’s going to do whatever it takes to keep the money flowing in and the spotlight on her, as long as it doesn’t take any actual, you know, work. She’s going to give mostly incoherent speeches full of empty platitudes and shallow applause lines that audiences at the nation’s finest American Legion conventions will find incredibly profound and cheer wildly. She’ll go on Fox News once or twice a week and spend a few minutes strenuously concealing the fact that she has no idea what she’s talking about.
And by the way, she didn’t do all that much in 2010 either. She endorsed Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle in the Senate and they both lost races that a mainstream Republican would likely have won. The number of Republican women in the Senate actually went down in 2010. And most of the women she endorsed who won in other races did so because they were the Republican nominee in very Republican states, like Mary Fallin in Oklahoma and Nikki Haley in South Carolina. And since 2010 was three years ago and we’ve had a major election in the meantime, why did he choose to focus on 2010? Because what else does he have? Other than making herself rich and famous, Palin has achieved pretty much nothing politically.