'She's Like Sanjayah': Why Won't Sarah Palin Go Away?

On MSNBC this afternoon Chris Kofinis delivers the whammy on Sarah Palin and how she actually is a gift who keeps on giving to Democrats:

Kofinis: Sarah Palin is like that crazy relative who comes over and doesn't want to leave. She just seemingly does not want to leave the limelight. You know, maybe a better way to put it, one of my friends said, 'You know, she's like Sanjayah from American Idol. When is the fifteen minutes gonna be up?'

Of course, Republican strategist Ron Christie gives us the answer -- to wit, the wingnut core of the Republican Party sees her as their once and future leader, when Kofinis observes that "voters decided on Tuesday" that Palin wasn't qualified:

Christie: Voters did not decide that on Tuesday. It was a very close election. I mean -- 52 percent, you can't say that he had a mandate. The Republican Party needs to attract more people like Governor Palin, who are outside of the Beltway, who hold firm conservative values.

... I think the United States of America is still a center-right country. It is not a center-left country, despite what Chris Kofinis might think. This is still a very conservative country, a very pro-family country, pro-religion, pro-country -- that's where Sarah Palin. What the Republicans failed to do -- and this is why we lost -- we failed to articulate a message of why we were the party for limited government, small taxes, and keeping government out of our sights, and that's why we lost.

Kofinis: With all due respect, if that's -- I keep hearing this from Republicans. I hope you keep doing this. You keep talking about going back to conservative principles. You keep talking about going back to Reagan. If that's the strategy or philosophy that you think is gonna resurrect the Republican Party, I suggest putting Dr. Kevorkian as the head of the RNC, because it's a suicide mission. It will not succeed. Personally, I love it.

Christie winds up by promising to "smoke you guys in the next election." 'Tis good for a low mordant chortle or two.

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