Did Sarah Palin Just Kill the Tea Party?

Some critics think her Trump endorsement is final straw
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Did Sarah Palin Just Kill the Tea Party?
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Sarah Palin made her big return to national politics by endorsing Donald Trump Tuesday night. Will it matter? Is the Tea Party dead? Was the speech weird? All that and more:

  • The New York Daily News is getting plenty of attention for its "I'm With Stupid" front page featuring Trump and Palin.
  • Would President Trump put Palin in his Cabinet? Of course, he tells Today.
  • The endorsement might well mark the death of the "splintered and weak" Tea Party, argues Jim Geraghty at the conservative National Review. Its biggest star just backed a man who defies many of the movement's principles.
  • Colleague Charles Cook agrees: "Today was the day that Rick Santelli's famous yelp finally melted into populism and avarice." But James Antle III disagrees at the Week.

  • The boost for Trump is "potentially significant" in Iowa, where he's in a tight race with Ted Cruz, according to a New York Times assessment.
  • But Cruz has plenty of backers himself in this sudden fight for the "GOP's anti-establishment establishment," says the Washington Post.
  • John McCain's reaction? Relatively muted, per Mediate, but we "remain good and close friends."
  • And about that shimmering cardigan Palin was wearing—the effect was intentional, says the Washington Post.
  • The New York Times rounds up the "most mystifying lines" of Palin's speech here, including one about other candidates wearing "political correctness kind of like a suicide vest."
  • "So, Uh, Here's The Full Text of Sarah Palin's Bizarre Trump Speech," offers BuzzFeed.
(Click to see which celebrities are behind an anti-Trump campaign.)

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