GOP Leaders: We've Got to Stop Palin
'Barack Obama would crush her,' says insider
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2010 12:08 PM CDT
Sarah Palin stumps for Republican candidate for Senate, John Raese, during a rally at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock)
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(Newser) – After tomorrow, Republican establishment leaders will shift their focus to another hurdle: making sure Sarah Palin doesn’t get the 2012 presidential nomination. In interviews with advisers to other presidential contenders, Politico found wide-ranging agreement that the former Alaska governor must be stopped. “There is a determined, focused establishment effort to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin,” said one.

The big problem: electability. “We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her,” added the establishment figure, who, like others, refused to be named. Though the “sentiment was a nearly constant refrain,” Politico notes, there’s currently no organized effort against Palin. One strategy: Bolster the RNC, which could serve as a “counterweight to some kind of guerrilla effort Palin might try to launch,” says one GOP leader, continuing, "You deter someone by creating stronger opposition." Click here for more.