Palin endorsed Paul Ryan's Roadmap on December 10, 2010. To my knowledge she was the first major contender to do so. When I wrote about it on this blog, I mentioned how at the time Ryan's Roadmap was considered somewhat of a risky proposition that only serious conservatives would endorse to either their success or their peril.
Now it's May 2011 and Ryan's Roadmap has become one of the most significant arguments in nearly every debate. Each candidate is framed on whether or not they endorse his plan and to what degree. Even the President had to make a rebuttal to Ryan's budget proposal during the budget talks. Not only has this piece of policy become so significant, but Ryan himself has become the go-to guy on our country's economic issues. Would this have happened if Palin hadn't endorsed the plan back in December?
Last Sunday, official 2012 candidate Newt Gingrich slammed the Medicare component in Ryan's budget proposal to his peril. Every major conservative pundit has declared Gingrich done in the 2012 race. I don't know if he did this to make waves in order to get the focus on him and to get more popularity or something, but whatever he wanted to accomplish completely backfired. The 2012 candidates need to realize that we are really fed up with big government and we're not going to forgive gaffes like this so easily.
Palin endorsed this plan in December. She endorsed Ryan's policy credentials throughout the past two years. It's because of her high profile endorsements that these economic policy debates are happening. She has such a great eye for who is going to be good for this country and who is passionate about their work. She's already paved the way for us picking a great nominee in 2012 - one who can go toe-to-toe with Obama and one who is not a RINO squish. Gingrich has been weeded out because of her. That's got to be a great feeling.