Listening and reading the expected last ditch campaign tactics of the Left, that Republicans, and especially Tea Partiers are racist hatemongers got me thinking.
My thoughts wandered over to something else I heard recently a Leftist lament (this NPR report confirms the Leftist bent) - that this year there was such a dearth of female and minority candidates, that all the gains these groups had made, particularly women, in the "Year of the Woman" of 1992 were going to be erased.
2010 may prove to be a banner year for conservative women. Already, Sarah Palin-backed candidates have won primaries in Alaska (Miller), Delaware (O'Donnell), Arizona (McCain), California (Fiorina), SC (Haley), Kentucky (Paul). The Washington Post has a Palin Endorsement tracker, you can see how Palin's endorsements have gone. Pretty good so far. It's an easy case to make that the most powerful figure in the GOP today is Sarah Palin. A woman.
Even in the Democrat party, the second most powerful person is clearly still Hillary Clinton. If Hillary really wanted to be the MOST powerful Democrat, she would resign from the Obama administration, and focus on building her support for the 2012 primary season and positioning herself as the savior of the party. Rush Limbaugh has begun Operation Reverse Chaos to bring Hillary back to her rightful place at the top of the Democrat Party.
The bottom line is arguably, the two most powerful politicians in this country are women.