She has, for example, called for the elimination of the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, denounced the BP compensation fund for victims of the oil spill as a slush fund, and suggested that her candidacy was a mission for God.
It’s a strange political environment right now. Republicans are going to win a lot of elections in November, and that should mean that as a party, they get more moderate, right? It’s the same problem the Democrats suffer from now: they have a broad coalition that includes representatives and senators from conservative districts, so liberal ideas like, say, including a public option in the health care bill tend to be dead on arrival.
It seems like the opposite could be true this time. Republicans will make gains, but their caucus could very well be more conservative, not less, because there will be so many of these tea partiers around. Weird.