Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says “sleazy” establishment Republicans are out to get her. This comes on the heels of a story in Politico that reveals top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Palin. Sources say there is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.
Why do politicians resort to attack ads? Because, as Roger Simon points out, they believe they work. Candidates spent more than a half-billion dollars on attack ads during this election cycle. And we’re just talking about national and statewide campaigns. More money was spent on these type of ads on the local level, although most local candidates in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri kept it civil and chose to tout themselves, rather than try to tear down an opponent.
Scott Rasmussen, writing for the Wall Street Journal, says if, as expected, there is a GOP tidal wave in today’s election, don’t assume it’s a vote for Republicans. Rather, he points out, the electorate will be voting against the party in power, just like it did in 2006 and 2008 when Republicans were swept out of office.
Howard Kurtz, writing for the Daily Beast, looks back at two years ago and warns about a Republican coronation. He says it doesn’t take long for politicians to fall out of favor with the media and the public, especially if nothing appears to be getting done.
If this year’s Republicans take the House—and perhaps, though the odds seem longer, the Senate—they will have ample reason to celebrate, and the media will give them their due. But soon journalists will demand to know what the new majority has accomplished, why Washington remains deadlocked, and hey, whatever happened to those budget cuts? And the sweet taste of victory could turn sour.