If I’m correct that Sarah Palin resigned as Alaska governor in order to lead a right wing movement that is ostensibly independent of the major political parties, then the next question is: where will she establish her new home and base of operations?
The Northeast is too liberal, the South is too connected to racial politics (and there’s too much competition for conservative leadership and not enough big money), Washington, D.C., is too much of an enemy camp, and the Midwest doesn’t have enough access to the media.
Texas is certainly a possibility, but I don’t think she’ll want to compete for power with the Bush clan.
Florida also is a possibility, but I don’t think she’ll want to compete for conservatives with both Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.
Utah is solidly Mitt Romney and Mormon territory, and Arizona belongs to former running mate (and now political rival) John McCain.
And while Idaho might have the most ideologically receptive population, it is so far off the media radar that she might as well stay in Alaska.
That leaves California.
Specifically, Southern California.
And more specifically, Orange County.
Orange County is rich, conservative, and close to Los Angeles’ enormous media network.
And California has no nationally known conservative political figure (Arnold doesn’t count) to offer her any real competition.
In fact, the California Republican Party is so fractured because of the budget battle and the hang-them-all ideology of its tea party militants that the Republican establishment wouldn’t be able to offer any real competition to Palin’s brand of radical right-wing conservatism.
It might be very bad news for more moderate Republicans like Meg Whitman and for the statewide chances of the Republican Party, but you can bet that John and Ken would welcome her with open arms (and air waves).
Are you ready for the new Terminator?
California, here she comes!