In a speech at CPAC, Sarah Palin told fellow Republicans "Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home, and toss the political scripts, because If we truly know what we believe, we don't need professionals to tell us."
This is typical neo-conservative arrogance and loss of touch with reality.
It doesn't matter what the facts are, we know what we believe and, if we believe it, it must be true and everyone else must also believe it.
Here's the problem lady, much, not all but much, of what conservatives "believe" is just flat out not true and, as the electorate becomes better educated and more sophisticated, it KNOWS it's not true.
Abortion is not murder; homosexuality is not a choice and it's not evil; guns kill people when the wrong people have them; health care in America sucks unless you have means to afford it; Social Security is NOT charity, it's been earned; Medicare isn't charity either; Evolution really is correct; the US WASN'T founded as a Christian nation; tax cuts for the rich DO NOT grow the economy; global warming is really happening; universities and public schools aren't liberal indoctrination centers; teachers really do work hard and unions are generally good things.
The modern conservative movement is bogged down is a quagmire of WRONG ideas that is literally choking the life out of the traditional good fiscal responsibility ideas that are its historical foundation.
Here's an idea, ditch the right wing nuts and return to the conservative roots of social moderation paired with fiscal responsibility. Until that happens I can't take conservatives or the Republican Party seriously.
As for Ms. Palin, will someone please just make her go away.