Best idea evah: Palin for RNC chair. Update: Bummer.

I’m not sure how I missed this a few months ago, but Katrina Trinko on the Corner points out the idea isn’t a new one. 

From Politico:

The Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has sent a letter to former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin  asking her to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

“In order for the Tea Party/Conservative movement to be successful, we have to have someone conservative running the GOP,” Phillips told POLITICO. “She is the perfect candidate. If she does not try, I am afraid we will end up with just another establishment flunky running the party and the [Republicans in name only] will control the party again.”

“She has a track record of cutting wasteful spending, which has occurred under the watch of Michael Steele,” he added. “Finally, she is simply a rock star. She can raise money like no one else out there that I can think of.”

In his letter to Palin, Phillips pleaded, “We need you as Chairman of the RNC. You have shown in the past no hesitation to take on the establishment…If we end up with establishment control of the GOP and their support for an establishment candidate in 2012, Obama and the socialists will have won.”

The argument has merits.  The fire Palin would draw as RNC chair–and the money–would divert attention from candidates.  She could continue sticking a fork in the eye of liberals.  Those in the party who question her governing might could sit back and relax. 
Kevin Williamson‘s original post in the wake of yet another Steel flub a few months ago:
Re: Steele and the RNC: Allow me to chime in with my usual observation on this subject: This is a job for Sarah Palin. Palin would be a much better RNC chairman than presidential candidate or freelance kingmaker. She’d raise tons of money and help recruit good candidates, i.e., she’d excel at doing the things Steele should have been doing instead of appointing himself Republican pundit-at-large.

A Chairman Palin would help set the right tone for the Republican party without having to get herself entangled in the minutiae of policy-development, which has not been her forte. Sure, she’d be polarizing, but so is Barack Obama, and these are polarized times. And it’s one thing to have a polarizing party chairman, another to have a polarizing candidate.

Anybody disagree?

(And based on the comment thread at TMPDC, it would drive liberals insane.  All the more delicious, no?)

Update: Ah, easy come, easy go.  Sarah’s not interested.  This doesn’t bode well for those who worry she will run.  Or maybe it’s just meant to drive liberals absolutely nuts before ’12 even hits?  From her comments to ABC:

“I respect the desire to have someone in charge of the RNC who understands the wishes of the conservative grassroots and understands that power resides with the people and not the vested interests in DC. However, the primary role of the RNC chair seems be that of fundraiser-in-chief, and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be, and they would definitely enjoy it more.”


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