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Sarah Palin Cheers Convention Floor Fight

A vote of confidence for the grassroots dissenters. And a headache for Team Romney.

Posted on August 28, 2012, at 12:43 a.m. ET

Matt York / AP

Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin serves lunch to guests after speaking at a campaign rally for Arizona Republican senatorial candidate Kirk Adams Monday.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who starred at the 2008 Republican National Convention and will skip this one, Tuesday morning offered her support to conservatives pressing for a floor fight over attempts by Mitt Romney's allies to centralize control over the Republican Party. (Some of the parties appear to have reached a compromise in advance of Palin's missive.)

"We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It's about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this," Palin said her Facebook posting. "Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories."

"That's why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It's a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected."

Palin linked Michelle Malkin's call to arms on the subject — adding to the likelihood of an unpredictable and potentially distracting procedural battle on the Republican National Convention's delayed first day.

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