Sarah Palin Snubs Washington Insiders At Senate-House Dinner

07/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dissed by the McCain campaign last year and now by the Republican establishment, it's a wonder that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin , the 2008 vice presidential nominee, still has any national standing in the GOP. But as her East Coast tour this week--capped by a controversial appearance at the House-Senate GOP fundraising dinner last night--showed, it's not the Washington big shots she's wooing: It's her grass-roots backers outside the Beltway.

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