Ron Devito: Upcoming SRLC is the Real Proving Ground (Update: Register for SRLC Today; Let's Win the Straw Poll)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

CPAC 2010 is over, along with its straw poll. Governor Palin, as we know, did not attend. We now turn our attention to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC), which the governor will attend in April, and we look forward to that straw poll.

With much conversation going on about why not CPAC for her, and why SRLC, Ron Devito offers the following:

With CPAC 2010 finished, media reports are swirling discussing Governor Palin’s absence from this event, which they billed as “mandatory” for conservative candidates for anything. Was it?

SRLC the Real Proving Ground for Gauging A POTUS Run

According to Politico’s Ben Smith, the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) is “the first real chance to gauge the interest in her candidacy among the core of Republican activists and operatives” (Painter, 2010, ¶11). Peter Hamby, of CNN describes SRLC as “a major gathering of Republican officials, donors and activists from 14 southern states” (Hamby, 2010, ¶2). “Political watchers will be paying close attention, and not just because several potential presidential candidates are expected to attend. The SRLC – ‘the most prominent Republican event outside of a Republican National Convention,’ the organization boasts – also conducts a presidential straw poll” (Hamby, 2010, ¶5). As noted in prior coverage of SRLC Governor Palin will not be earning a speaker’s fee for this event.

CPAC Supposedly Owned by Romney

CPAC is practically owned by the Romney camp with the organization’s executive director in his back pocket. This is not a secret to anyone. CPAC’s darling; however, delivered what some considered a snooze-fest of a speech, complete with a front row of staffers reading along, two teleprompters, and a serious story about a trip to WalMart to pick up stuff for his grandchildren. His “ownership” did not translate into a straw poll victory this time around.

Devito goes on to discuss how such topics as the John Birch Society, David Keene, and Federal Express figured in to Governor Palin's decision. Read Devito's full breakdown here.

Update: If you haven't made your plans to attend SRLC yet, I encourage you to do so today. Remember the old saying, "You've got to be in it to win it"? The same is true now. Governor Palin's supporters need to be loud and clear, and you can accomplish that via the SRLC straw poll--but you can't if you're not there. Visit the SRLC website and take a look around. Then click here to register. Some in the mainstream media and in Washington are having a hard time hearing us when we say that Americans want a common sense conservative committed to leading with a servant's heart; we want Governor Palin. At the conclusion of SRLC, let's be able to declare, in the words of another famous phrase, "Can you hear us now?" Go register!

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