Is Palin Becoming The GOP’s Al Sharpton?

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SHARPTON PALINWASHINGTON D.C.- Politico has a new article stating that Sarah Palin has become to the Republican Party what Al Sharpton is to the Democratic party, someone who receives enthusiastic support from one part of the population while polarizing the rest.

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Palin’s politics of grievance and group identity, according to these critics, is a betrayal of conservative principles. For decades, it was a standard line of the right that liberals cynically promoted victimhood to achieve their goals and that they practiced the politics of identity — race, sex and class—over ideas

Matt Labash, a longtime writer for the Weekly Standard, said that because of Palin’s frequent appeals to victimhood and group grievance, “She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition.”

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When asked about the article, Sharpton told NY Mag that the GOP has lost control of Sarah Palin.

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