After Limbaugh Dig, Palin Joins GOP Group

Alaska gov gets on board rebranding effort after Rush 'hate' jibe
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2009 8:56 AM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin smiles as she talks to reporters after she voted at Wasilla City Hall in Wasilla, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin will join Congressional Republicans' high-profile rebranding committee, CNN reports, after days of confusion as to whether she was snubbing the group or it was snubbing her. Last week John McCain said that the Alaska governor would likely join the National Council for a New America, but there was no confirmation from her office. Yesterday Rush Limbaugh blasted Eric Cantor, the house minority whip, and other group members for "hating Palin"—and, hours later, Cantor announced she was joining.

At the group's kickoff event in Virginia, GOP members praised Obama's political skill and said the party should avoid "nostalgia" for earlier Republican dominance. Limbaugh interpreted that as a swipe at Palin, "the most prominent, articulate voice for standard run-of-the-mill, good old-fashioned American conservatism," by a group of men with what the radio host called "presidential perspirations."