During the panel discussion on the September 22, 2013 edition of “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace mentioned that he had gotten a great deal of “opposition research” on one of the guests, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The twist is that it didn’t come from Democrats, but some of Cruz’s fellow Republicans, according to Fox News.
Wallace declined to identify any of the anonymous Republicans, but Sarah Palin, a Cruz ally and a Fox News contributor was having none of it. Palin, according to the Daily Caller, demanded that Wallace identify the Republicans who were, in effect, trying to use Wallace to stab Cruz in the back.
It is unlikely that Wallace will comply. A journalist is obliged to protect his or her sources. However the fact that the sources are identified as Republicans and that Palin, who has a remarkable amount of influence with the tea party, is bound to cause even more aggravation to Republicans who oppose Cruz’s campaign to defund Obamacare. The grass roots are already irate at certain Republicans for refusing to follow Cruz’s lead and are likely to make their displeasure known to anyone they suspect of being the source of the anonymous leaking against the Texas senator.