Now that she's endorsed an uber-conservative third-party candidate in New York, is Palin ready to start that far-right alternative to the GOP that everyone keeps hoping she will, if only because it'd be comedic gold?
Probably not! (but look, I made you click through the jump) Because for Palin and a growing group of other right-wingers, the latest way to prove you're a "real" Republican is by throwing your support (and the money you're earning on the speech-for-cash circuit) behind non-Republican Doug Hoffman for Congress, so he can destroy the chances of centrist Republican Dede Scozzafava, the lady the GOP actually nominated to run for the seat. Sometimes it's like the Sarah Palins of the world are secretly double-agents for the Dems.
Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of "blurring the lines" between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party's ticket.
Translation: My party is floundering, and so am I, so I'm going to take it down with me. This is not necessarily what Reagan had in mind, but hey, I just said "Reagan," which is the "Quack Quack seat back" of the GOP, so I'm in the clear!
Somewhere, a room full of Democrats are high-fiving each other.