"The one mistake — the one mistake we cannot make this November — is to lose," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Sarah Palin signs autographs after speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Friday. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to attendees of the 37th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Robert Giroux/Getty Images hide caption

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"A year later," Palin said, "I gotta ask the supporters of all that, 'How's that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?' " Ed Reinke/AP hide caption

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Hundreds of attendees paid $549 a ticket for the three-day National Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tenn. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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