So Much For the Conservative Dismissal of Sarah Palin

I’m among the many writers across the political spectrum who noticed that conservatives joined and perhaps even dominated the negative reaction to Sarah Palin’s speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit late last month. Could it mean we soon won’t have Palin to kick around any more?

Not right away, it’s clear, per a note from Townhall (h/t Mike Tomasky):

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will address the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference at the end of this month, according to ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp:

“Gov. Sarah Palin possesses a unique ability to speak directly to the American people,” said Schlapp. “She has been enthusiastically received by the conservative grassroots activists and students who attend CPAC, the American Conservative Union’s annual event, and I know her involvement this year will be even more exciting than her past appearances.”

“In addition to being a devoted wife, loving mother, and a crusading conservative mayor, commissioner and Governor, Sarah Palin is known for her unwavering affection and loyalty to our country and our shared conservative values. Few have worked harder in the past six years to elect conservatives, many of whom will also speak at CPAC this year. She is committed to the rights of the unborn, a champion of the American entrepreneurial spirit, and a firm supporter of preserving American sovereignty. Sarah Palin always displays humility and respect for hardworking Americans. She is an extraordinary American, a two-time CPAC closer, and we are grateful to have her join us again at CPAC 2015,” concluded Schlapp.

Now it’s possible that La Pasionaria of the Permafrost will deliver remarks at CPAC that will provide the occasion for her final dismissal from the ranks of conservatives to take seriously. But for all I know it could also represent her triumphant comeback.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.