It should be blatantly apparent at this point that Palin's core constituency is not in the least conservative — though without a doubt socially authoritarian — as its members do not, generally speaking, care at all about supply-side economics or developing a sustainable and cost effective national security program. They are populists who, by and large, flocked to the GOP during the Social Revolution of the 1960s and '70s in search of a political organ to call home after being expunged by the left wing of the Democratic Party due to their social philosophies. While they most certainly made the right call by abandoning the Democrats, they never did fully leave behind their notions of using the state to impose their views upon others or the abhorrent idea of class warfare. That is why so many in what I refer to as the GOProletariat see themselves as locked in a lifelong battle with the more secular, cultured, and knowledgeable "elites" which currently control the national Republican leadership.
If the powers that be in the GOP were wise, then they would end their attempts to appease these people and return the Party to its roots as an organization devoted to, principally, limited government involvement in the economic process and moderately hawkish national security policies. If this were to be done, then a viable nationwide coalition could be built which would leave the leftists at an almost guaranteed electoral loss for decades. For the Rockefeller Republican such as myself, this is the dream to end all dreams, which, in time, may indeed become a reality. One of its major benefits would be that Palin and her cultists would be maligned to the extent that they would be stripped of nearly all the political power which they currently enjoy.
As all logical Americans can agree, that would be an extraordinarily positive development.