While Sarah Palin is largely responsible for setting the welcome example that
encouraged so many Republican women to run for political office this year,
there is a downside to her role in the midterm elections, too.
The role she played in Christine O'Donnell defeating Mike Castle in Delaware for the GOP Senate nomination, and similarly with Sharron Angle in Nevada (and the possible/likely residual effect in Colorado and perhaps Washington state), will make it difficult, perhaps even impossible, for Republicans to repeal ObamaCare.
Palin bears some responsibility for this.
Presidential primaries start early — very, very early. In a few short months, we will be in it, and the sharp focus on Tuesday's midterms may ensure that voters are paying closer attention a bit earlier this time around. Sarah Palin should immediately get to work to mitigate what she did in the midterms by working the grass roots in states with Democratic senators up for reelection in 2012 to build enough pressure from constituents to force them to vote for repeal of ObamaCare. If Palin can do that, she's golden. If not, she may have a problem if Republican primary voters hold her accountable.