GOP committees dump Palin as keynote speaker for big fundraiser?

posted at 7:45 pm on March 31, 2009 by Allahpundit

Remember this? She was in, then she wasn’t in, now she’s out. The official word from the congressional committees is that she had to decline due to “gubernatorial responsibilities in Alaska,” but sources tell Politico that the dithering by her staff forced them to pull the plug as the deadline approached:

Palin’s withdrawal is her latest public stumble since Election Day 2008 and the latest evidence of miscommunication between her Washington-based political action committee and her gubernatorial staff in Alaska. The decision by national Republicans to pull the plug on Palin — a significant draw — also reflects the GOP establishment’s growing unease with the Alaska governor…

Palin was never completely confirmed as a speaker — which was precisely the problem, according to sources familiar with the deliberations about who would speak at the dinner…

Three people close to planning for the dinner said Palin’s aides proceeded to hem and haw about the appearance, both publicly and privately, leading the committees to decide to replace her because they were nearing a deadline to send invitations and other fundraising materials to their donors.

It’s undisputed that the initial scheduling screw-up was on her end (indeed, the NRSC’s statement today emphasizes that her team had confirmed her attendance), in which case what incentive do Politico’s sources have to lie? I could see if they had messed up and were now trying to pin the whole thing on her to cover their own rears, but they didn’t. Maybe she finally told them no definitively and they were so irritated that they decided to claim they dumped her instead? Pretty silly, if so: No sense needlessly alienating a draw as big as her.

Update: Blunt as can be, from NRCC spokesman Ken Spain: “We decided to go in another direction.”

Update: Fox News is hearing the same thing as Politico.

Sources familiar with the Palin snub fumed openly about how the governor handled this.

“She was a disaster,” one Republican source told FOX News. “We had confirmation.”…

Another source familiar with the invitation indicated that the campaign committees were so incensed with Palin that they did not even bother to officially notify her that they rescinded the invitation.

Update 4/1: Conservatives 4 Palin cites this quote from SarahPAC spokesman Meg Stapleton in Palin’s defense:

Stapleton said Palin would not agree to political events until after April 20, when the Alaska legislative session ends. “She is focused on Alaska,” Stapleton said today.

And while Palin’s camp claimed no hard feelings about being replaced by Gingrich, Stapleton said, “She probably would have said yes if they could have waited.”

NBC notes that Palin is still scheduled to attend an Indiana pro-life dinner on April 16th, but C4P argues that that’s not a “political,” i.e. partisan, event and therefore might not have the same ethics laws implications while the legislature’s in session. If that’s so, I’m not sure why Stapleton didn’t make that point to NBC.


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I’m sure that whatever colleges Sarah attended benefitted from her presence there. She’s a fine person.

jeanie on March 31, 2009 at 11:54 PM

It sounds like you were one of those people who did not have to pay for their education. Nothing wrong with that, but you should have a little more compassion for people who cannot take a straight quick path to a diploma that really doesnt mean that much.

If you cared at all about accuracy you would know that Palin had interruptions in education due primarily to finances. You and people like you mocked her hard enough for the beauty pageant which was to help pay for school.

America1st on March 31, 2009 at 11:56 PM

For me this quite simple.
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Sarah speaks – I donate.
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Sarah doesn’t speak – I don’t donate!
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End of story!!

Hal-9000 on March 31, 2009 at 11:56 PM

Maybe the GOP refused to have any witchcraft ceremonies?

Palin: Witchcraft (Video)

Poptech on March 31, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Full Quote

“She was a disaster,” one Republican source told FOX News. “We had confirmation. Now we have Newt. Like he will bring in the money. Sarah was our one shot at a sold out event. At this rate, we are going to have to pay people to show up and fill seats.”…

TimeTraveler on March 31, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Sarah’s personality is so great that she does work magic.

jeanie on March 31, 2009 at 11:59 PM

You and people like you mocked her hard enough for the beauty pageant which was to help pay for school.

America1st on March 31, 2009 at 11:56 PM

Oh you mean her private sector experience? LMAO!

Sarah Palin

Professional Experience:
- First Place, Miss Wasilla Beauty Contest, 1984
- Second Place, Miss Alaska Pageant, 1984
- Television Sports Reporter, 1987-1989

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

it was just a misunderstanding between the Alaska governor’s office and Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, that accepted the invite.

Sources familiar with the Palin snub fumed about how the governor handled this.

“She was a disaster,” one Republican source told FOX News. “We had confirmation.”

ROFLMAO! It was the dumb idiots at SarahPac who screwed it up? OMG, ROFLMAO! But they got one thing right…

“She was is a disaster,”

Oh please send your pennies to the the SarahPac!!! Morons.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Donate to SarahPAC.com. She needs your help so she can acquire the resources to protect herself from the evil witches.

TimeTraveler on April 1, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Her PAC screwed up the scheduling…

Allahpundit on March 31, 2009 at 9:30 PM

“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Oh horrors! a scheduling snafu you say! Wait one…right,
the entire Democrat Government, with the aid of the RINO contingent, are sinking the USA in their cesspool — whilst bloviating bloggers toss hand rolled manure balls at the only known candidate with the potential to flush the whole rotten mess down the chute! Sheesh! Fact is folks, the GOP needs Sarah Palin a helluva a lot more than she needs the GOP. I’d suggest the leadership learn some respect, before she shows these clowns, on both sides, just what a MOM running a 3rd party campaign can accomplish!

Not another $dollar for the GOP, I’ve earmarked them for SarahPac.

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on April 1, 2009 at 12:03 AM

“Another source familiar with the invitation indicated that the campaign committees were so incensed with Palin that they did not even bother to officially notify her that they rescinded the invitation.”

Palintologists = EPIC FAIL!!!! ROFLMAO!! OMG I just spit up my dirnk.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:04 AM

Douche Bag Of The Year:

Second Place: A Giant Douche bag
First Place: Poptech

DaveC on April 1, 2009 at 12:04 AM

I know. That’s where she must have developed the great stage presence and easy way with audiences that she has.

jeanie on April 1, 2009 at 12:04 AM

SarahPAC = dumbest group of political supporters EVAH!!!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG ROFLMAO!!!

AP is the man, I cannot stop laughing. OMG ROFLMAO!!

Frickin Palintologists are sooooooooooooooooo stupid. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:06 AM

what a joke this site has become

I thought for a couple of days that Poptech had been banned

I guess not

too bad

joey24007 on April 1, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Yes indeed. We really could be called dumb if we did NOT contribute to her PAC.

jeanie on April 1, 2009 at 12:09 AM

The only joke is Frickin SarahPac!!!!

OMG…………………. no one can make up this massive stupidity. Palintologists are the gift that keeps on giving.

Please send all your pennies to teh Sarah as they will donate it to events she will never attend because none of them have every run anything in their life. Epic Fail +10000.

ROFLMAO!!!

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Please continue the verbal diarrhea, Poopdeck. You make me feel more charitable toward toddlers throwing tantrums.

OhioCoastie on April 1, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Sorry to leave you all to baby sit Pop alone, but keep up the good work. He is getting quite hysterical.

jeanie on April 1, 2009 at 12:17 AM

The NRCC name drops her in the hopes of actually getting her there to speak and to make money.

Sarah’s has priorities. And being someone who in the past has played by her own rules, doesn’t flinch at the NRCC. So in order to save face, the NRCC says it is Sarah’s fault.

DaveC on April 1, 2009 at 12:19 AM

OhioCoastie on April 1, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Hope you got my message on the other thread. It’s a small thing to ask for commenters to give bloggers their due.

Thanks for bringing it up. :-)

Feedie on April 1, 2009 at 12:22 AM

joey24007 on April 1, 2009 at 12:08 AM

joey,
keep slugging!
I find your posts informative, as well as an honorable and spirted defence of Gov Palin, against the addle-minded manure slingers who are incapable of and honest tete-a- tete.

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on April 1, 2009 at 12:27 AM

Yep, sure enough Conservatives4Palin.com has the full story. It is sad that one person’s extreme bias is driving people away from this site… A lot of us are learning that there are places we can go to get the truth about Sarah Palin so I won’t look to HA for truth about her. Allah, ther is a reason Rush only calls out Ed… Next time just out of professionalism post the whole quotes and the whole truth…

CCRWM on April 1, 2009 at 12:30 AM

Ok, this is getting a bit ridiculous. I’ve been following Ed ever since Gomery and followed him here, and have been a big fan of AP and his more right-center views, but this is getting ridiculous. Playing around with quotes is something that I thought we all disagreed on, but that’s not even what’s bothering me lately.

From Captain’s Quarters and for the vast majority of the life of Hotair the writing and story choices have been great, but the comments section is what brought me back time and time again.

I’m one of those who rarely comment, but am at the site reading everything all day. I used to love reading the debates that went on in the comment section, but that seems to be a thing of the past. Now, I get to read people like Poptech and Getalife flame the site all day long, adding absolutely zero to any debate. Comment moderation is different from censorship, and allowing these trolls to hijack thread after thread is ruining the integrity of the site.

I also notice that swearing is now tolerated, which adds nothing to the conversations/debates and just increases the amount of flame posts. Also, with the constant Fox Sexologist headlines (haven’t seen one in awhile I’ll admit) it just makes the site seem tacky. I used to promote the site to everyone that would listen to me, but would be too embarrassed to do so now. It’s turning into Jerry Springer here.

Sorry for the long post and the negative words, but I really want the site to return to its earlier glory.

Cornmeal on April 1, 2009 at 12:31 AM

the NRCC are the same clowns who could not seal it for tedisco … in a district with a 70,000 GOP vote advantage

joey24007 on April 1, 2009 at 12:45 AM

CCRWM on April 1, 2009 at 12:30 AM

Nice website. Bookmarked!

Feedie on April 1, 2009 at 12:52 AM

Good lord, this is so unnecessary. Maybe some of these people ought to be snubbed, they whine like a bunch of babies.

CP on April 1, 2009 at 1:06 AM

I believe there is probably more to this than is meeting the eye.

Newt isn’t exactly the party’s best hope for the future.

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 1:24 AM

It is sad that one person’s extreme bias is driving people away from this site…

CCRWM on April 1, 2009 at 12:30 AM

Really? Then why are you all still here? Have the Palintologists been unsuccessful in intimidating every site into worshiping their right-wing messiah and censoring all dissenting opinion? Even though I have never voted for a Democrat in my life, I should be banned from a Conservative blog. Nothing better then to pretend the GOP is one big Theological collective.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Yep, sure enough Conservatives4Palin.com has the full story spin.

CCRWM on April 1, 2009 at 12:30 AM

Palintologists believe their messiah can do no wrong and will look to any source that agrees with only their view. It is absolutely pathetic.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Another source familiar with the invitation indicated that the campaign committees were so incensed with Palin that they did not even bother to officially notify her that they rescinded the invitation.

Good grief, do we have seven-year-olds running this party? “Well Sarah promised she would come over and play with us and now she says she didn’t so neener-neener! She can’t come to our party and we aren’t even going to tell her she’s uninvited!” /stick tongues out and wiggle fingers in their ears. GROW UP, idiots! Is it any wonder the GOP is in tatters? I hate to borrow a phrase from getaclue, but where are the friggin’ adults? I had high hopes for Steele initially, but if he isn’t capable of reining in this sort of horsecrap, then he needs to go. Did anyone read of his recent account of being rebuffed repeatedly by the Messiah, despite his attempts at reaching out? His tone was oddly similar to that of this temper tantrum about Gov. Palin. Not saying he is the anonymous source (doubt he is since he is on record as a big Cuda supporter), but I am saying he sets the tone for the rest of the children.

This is all a perfect example of why, as I said the other day, the governor needs to surround herself with loyalists who are capable of protecting her from this sort of petty horsecrap. It is immaterial whether she’s an actual candidate for 2012 or not. If she is considering it at all, or wants to remain prominent on the national stage, she needs an inner circle of advisers who will always, ALWAYS have her back. She is not at fault here (if one reads the ENTIRE story at C4P, that is obvious; one rarely gets the whole store here at Hot Air anymore). She only asked that she be allowed to delay her RSVP until after the legislative session. That doesn’t sound like “backing out” to me. What it sounds like is yet another misstep on the part of party leadership, jumping the gun and wanting to trade on her popularity and name recognition to their own benefit and with no regard at all for Gov. Palin. She needs someone at that PAC who knows the ins and outs of these stupid games and who can keep tightly control the flow of information so that these “snafus” don’t happen. They are like chum in the water to the left, and to the insane Romneyites and Paultards and Hucksters who want to see her go down in flames. And most people are not paying as close attention to the Guv’s every move like many of us do. They will rely on the 30 second V.O. on Fox and draw their conclusions accordingly.

It’s all a matter of pragmatism. Whether she’s planning a run or not, if she’s going to play on the national stage, she needs a team around her who will circle the wagons and protect her from attacks. Is that tough to manage, given her promise to put Alaska first and not wanting to appear as though her national ambitions take precedence? Of course it is. But it is unfortunately necessary, and one might even make the case that having a team like that in place is actually consistent with her pledge to make Alaska her first priority because it would severely curtail these ridiculous phony dramas that seem to crop up at the rate of once a week.

NoLeftTurn on April 1, 2009 at 1:56 AM

…I have never voted for a Democrat in my life…

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Well if you say so Poptart, although, most of your posts evince the voice of a braying jackass…perhaps you’re just an April Fool?

“On Watch”

On Watch on April 1, 2009 at 1:58 AM

She is not at fault here (if one reads the ENTIRE story spin at C4P, that is obvious; one rarely always gets the whole store here at Hot Air. She only asked that she be allowed to delay her RSVP until after the legislative session. What it sounds like is yet another misstep excuse on the part of party leadership Sarah Palin.

NoLeftTurn on April 1, 2009 at 1:56 AM

Thanks for clearing that up.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 2:04 AM

Up here in AK, Sarah has been quite busy. there are alot of issues that are forefront to those of us up here that alot of those in Washington do not understand. But give our Guv her due. When she decides that she is going to run for Prez, and she will, she will be ready and her army will be as well.

ConservativePartyNow on April 1, 2009 at 2:07 AM

Poptech,

What private sector experience do you have?

Ever run a business?

What kind of business?

Was it profitable?

rokemronnie on April 1, 2009 at 2:11 AM

Poptech must be wearing a hole in the carpet with all that rolling.

Jim Treacher on April 1, 2009 at 2:36 AM

Palintologists = EPIC FAIL!!!! ROFLMAO!! OMG I just spit up my dirnk.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:04 AM

No the correct equation is:

NRCC + NRSC + RNC = EPIC FAIL!!!!

OMG – FIFY

sarahpalinfan99 on April 1, 2009 at 2:37 AM

I believe there is probably more to this than is meeting the eye.

Newt isn’t exactly the party’s best hope for the future.

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 1:24 AM

Good point! I’m wondering why didn’t they replace Palin with other more prominent names like Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Crist or Jindal?

sarahpalinfan99 on April 1, 2009 at 2:44 AM

What private sector experience do you have?

Ever run a business?

What kind of business?

Was it profitable?

rokemronnie on April 1, 2009 at 2:11 AM

I have my own computer related business that I have been running for over seven years and it is very profitable. Yes I have more private sector experience than Sarah Palin.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 2:48 AM

AND SHE STILL STANDS STRONG

joey24007 on March 31, 2009 at 9:25 PM

And that’s why she gets all my money!

Yes to SarahPac! No to Rinos & DC Good Ole’ Boys!

sarahpalinfan99 on April 1, 2009 at 3:22 AM

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 2:48 AM

Try though I might, I have been unable to find any substantive contributions from you. You certainly don’t have to like Governor Palin, but this pseudo-superiority is really rather wearisome, and not particularly persuasive.

DrMagnolias on April 1, 2009 at 5:01 AM

If you’re going to quote somebody, get it right.

“She was a disaster,” one Republican source told FOX News. “We had confirmation. Now we have Newt. Like he will bring in the money. Sarah was our one shot at a sold out event. At this rate, we are going to have to pay people to show up and fill seats.”…

And remember all your quoting here is an anonymous source. You know, somebody without the balls to give their name in public.

Sarah’s spokesperson gave her name forthrightly to the public in denying that Palin ever accepted:

“The Governor never confirmed her attendance at the event. She was honored to receive the invitation and asked to confirm her attendance at the end of the legislative session,” said Meghan Stapleton, a spokeswoman for SarahPAC. “Governor Palin is thrilled to hear that Newt Gingrich will address the audience as the governor continues to focus on Alaska.”

I’ll take Meghan Stapleton over an anonymous source any day.

Don’t try that again, m’kay?

manofaiki on April 1, 2009 at 5:30 AM

The GOP is afraid of Palin, very afraid.

mixplix on April 1, 2009 at 6:45 AM

So that a 10 year child can understand this whole episode:

Let’s say I’m a mother holding a birthday for my son who has just turned 10. I call up the mothers of my son’s best friends.

On one of my phone calls I get the boy’s female nanny who appears to have the authority to commit her charge, Jason, to the party, without asking his mother, which she promptly does.

I tell my son who is coming to the party. He is especially happy that Jason will be there and he soon phones all his friends (whose mothers I had already talked to) and spreads the word so his friends will be excited to come to his party. Jason is a budding child actor and celebrity.

The next night I am at the PTA meeting talking to these various mothers, including Jason’s mother, Sandra, who knows nothing about Jason’s invitation to the party.

Eventually the topic of the party pops up in the random conversation. Sandra tells me she cannot commit Jason to coming to the party, that the nanny had no right to agree to this, that Jason has a TV shoot out of town and it would be cutting it fine timewise to get him to appear, but she assured me that if he was back in time he would come over as soon as he got back into town, but she wouldn’t know the score on that to about two days before the party was scheduled to take place.

Sandra ends up not telling Jason about the existence of the invitation, assuming I will break it to my son that I wouldn’t know if Jason was going to appear until closer to the party.

The next day I tell my son that Jason might not be coming to the party, but that I will know for sure 48 hours before the party once Sandra notifies me one way or another.

My son takes it the wrong way and decides to confront Jason at school by asking him why he originally committed to coming to his party. Jason denies knowledge of the invitation and says that if he gets back into town in time from the TV shoot he would be happy to pop over.

My son tells him that is not good enough, that he has already spread the word and that he must know now whether he is coming or not so he can promote his appearance and not lose face. Jason again declines to commit.

My son then blasts Jason for being a primadonna and for weaselling out of his commitments. of course as a ten year old he doesn’t use those exact words, but I think you get the drift.

Jason again tells my son, “I cannot back out of something that I did not commit to in the first place.”

Frustrated my son convinces me to hire some local magicians to do magic tricks to entice his friends to still show up so that they will not hold him responsible for Jason’s absence. Meanwhile my son is spreading the word that Jason is unreliable and you can’t trust him to keep his word.

All of my son’s friends henceforth have a lower opinion of Jason and soon view him with disdain and contempt, while my son comes off as a victim rather than a perpetrator of spite.

Now who is really at fault: Jason’s nanny who overstepped her bounds and exceeded her authority (a SarahPAC staffer speaking out of turn)and my son for being impatient, jumping the gun by hiring an alternative performer and being too sensitive to losing face (the GOP Congressional committee)

Now who clarified the status of the invitation: Jason’s mother, in a straightforward, honest manner not meant to deceive in any way (Meg Stapleton) expecting me as an adult to explain the situation rationally to my son (the GOP).

Now who is taking the most heat for something he was not even aware of: Jason (Sarah Palin) for being accused of being unreliable, not trustworthy, a person who goes back on his word, a person that cannot be counted on to fulfill his commitments, and not somebody you would want as a friend or associate.

technopeasant on April 1, 2009 at 7:42 AM

I’m so sick of the Republican Party trotting out this Repeat Adulterer and claiming him to be better than anyone else they could find. Newt Gingrich is a complete hypocrite and a pompous ASS. He had his chance in Congress and stepped on his own “****”. Now he gets some face-work and struts around telling everyother honest and hardworking Republican what they are doing wrong.

Those who under-estimate the support for Sarah Palin will be very sorry. NO NEWT – NO WAY. PALIN IN 2012.

IlonaE on April 1, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Don’t try that again, m’kay?

manofaiki on April 1, 2009 at 5:30 AM

Try what again? Quote Fox News? Oh, ok…. NOT.

Fox News: Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent (Video)

m’kay? like you know?

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:12 AM

technopeasant on April 1, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Wow you explained it sooooo easy like now I get it and yeah you know like yeah.

Those who under-estimate the support for Sarah Palin will be very sorry.

IlonaE on April 1, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Don’t send the Palin Facebook Army!!!! Woooohoooo!!! OMG here they come, spam filters enabled. (hides under desk)

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Hey look it’s Sa-Ra Pac.

ROFLMAO!!!

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:21 AM

How old is this poptech dude? 12? Good God, get a life dude.

therightwinger on April 1, 2009 at 8:34 AM

She never accepted the invitation. The RNC looked goofy initially, not Palin. Who talks to only a PAC and then announces she’s the speaker before confirming with the speaker?

This one is on the RNC, and they just are covering up that they are that disorganized.

AnninCA on April 1, 2009 at 8:35 AM

I would like to invite Poptech (AKA poopdeck) to come for a visit to Australia where I’ll introduce him/her to some very nasty snakes and spiders or perhaps a few crocodiles or sharks in the tropics.

Just a question. Can persons outside of the United States donate to SarahPac?

I may never be able to vote for Sarah but even $5 or $10 a month could go somewhere.

Crux Australis on April 1, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:21 AM

No idea why you’re snickering like a grade school girl over this one–Sarah PAC has been raising more money the last few months than you’ll ever see in your lifetime…

RepubChica on April 1, 2009 at 8:40 AM

SarahPAC has to be the dumbest political organization EVAH!!

The Palintologists are out in force with their marching orders = deny and spin!

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:42 AM

RepubChica on April 1, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Yeah and they are spending it all on Google Ads, I keep clicking on them but not donating… ooops.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Yeah, wash, rinse, repeat…look at the numbers and weep, creep….say…did Nurse Ratchet tighten your straight-jacket a little too much today? You seem to be particularly spiteful towards women…

RepubChica on April 1, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Whadda you care what they spend it on?

OMFG–you’re clicking on the ads and not donating? Whoah there rebel, they’ll be writing books about you soon enough you keep up that campaign…

RepubChica on April 1, 2009 at 8:48 AM

The GOP sources sound like children p*ssed that they are going to miss out on the money and attention they thought they would get from Palin speaking. Talk about users. They were probably hoping that some of the donations flooding into her PAC would come to them.

One has to wonder why it is too hard for them to understand that everytime she is considered for some national commitment the hat mongers slap her with ethics complaints. More likely they just don’t care about that as long as she gets them attention and donations. Too bad – my money is still heading her way.

katiejane on April 1, 2009 at 9:11 AM

It appears that everything OLD is NEW again in the GOP! I can smell a new Contract with America coming on … the party is SO passe!

Monkei on April 1, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Maybe the GOP refused to have any witchcraft ceremonies?

Palin: Witchcraft (Video)

Poptech on March 31, 2009 at 11:57 PM

The video depicts a black African giving a traditional African blessing in church and has nothing to do with the GOP. By mocking this good man constantly, Poptech, aka Fake-Fabio, reveals himself to be a xenophobe, a bigot, a sexist, and probably an atheist. His other favorite posting about Africa has been proven to be a lie, but he continues to post it none-the-less, making him a liar, as well.

littleguy on April 1, 2009 at 9:22 AM

remember Reagan’s 11th Commandment? this is why the Republicans can’t win, folks. we shred each other. just stop it.

kelley in virginia on April 1, 2009 at 9:27 AM

The internal squabbles of the party indicate just how ragged everything is right now. What bothers me isn’t that things are disorganized. Who announces Palin as a speaker before actually talking to her? That’s so rinky-dink.

What bothers me is the smearing that goes on later, trying to cover it up.

Heaven’s it’s like watching a bunch of immature kids pretending to be big-shots.

AnninCA on April 1, 2009 at 9:33 AM

I like Sarah Palin and I feel her heart, values and will are all in the right place. But the people around her are clearly incompetent. She needs to get someone high profile to start advising her. Dick Morris I am sure would jump at the chance.

Daemonocracy on April 1, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Not another $dollar for the GOP, I’ve earmarked them for SarahPac.

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on April 1, 2009 at 12:03 AM

I’m getting calls from the RNC almost every day, but fortunately my caller ID allows me to avoid them. The last one I answered, the caller was sorry they called because I gave them an earful of how they have deserted my values, have become afraid of the press and have allowed the Dems to ruin the country! (It so galls me that the one time in my lifetime they had control of the Legislative and Executive branches, they deserted us!) But I will give to Sarah and to Michelle Bachman and to other Republicans who stand for what our Founding Fathers believed!

Christian Conservative on April 1, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I’m not sure I agree, Daemon. She has been quite consistent. She has not given many interviews, not accepted speaking engagements, and consistently said she’s focusing on Alaska. The only thing she’s done is allow this PAC to be created.

It appears to me that this was messed up not on her end, but on the other end.

I would be watching to see just who on the national level can find the bathroom, if I were her. They seem to just be amateurs all the way around. Worse, they are nasty about her to the press.

The comment pretty much said it all to me. She was smart to step around this. If that’s who is running it? She should steer clear.

AnninCA on April 1, 2009 at 9:42 AM

this not as much a Sarah issue as it is a NRCC issue.

It’s about the bucks. They name dropped her as the keynote speaker. She can’t go. They cry foul.

It’s the Beltway Republicans. Not so much Sarah Pac.

Look at it this way.. Do you really think they would be getting the attention of Newt was announced first instead of Sarah? Follow the money (or empty coffers, in this case).

DaveC on April 1, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Good. Glad Palin won’t be involved. Nothing good can come out of hanging with this party. They need to pull their heads out of their ….

bridgetown on April 1, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Oh you mean her private sector experience? LMAO!

Sarah Palin

Professional Experience:
- First Place, Miss Wasilla Beauty Contest, 1984
- Second Place, Miss Alaska Pageant, 1984
- Television Sports Reporter, 1987-1989

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Poptech, it’s hard to take people like you seriously, because you supported Barak “I have done absolutely nothing substantive with my life” Obama for president.

TTheoLogan on April 1, 2009 at 9:54 AM

SnarkVader on March 31, 2009 at 8:46 PM

I’ve got the front row middle seat at the auditorium.

She’s STILL my girl.

Go gettem MB (mommabear).

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 9:55 AM

That makes sense, Dave. From the get-go on this story, it appeared to me she was being used. Given her treatment within the party during the election, I’d say she’s wise to not use up her capital on them.

Heaven’s they couldn’t even take care of the outfit fiasco, and that was a simple gofer task by the RNC.

AnninCA on April 1, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Steele resigned once he realized how inside-the-beltway things were and concluded that there was no way to save this party.

Let it die, and find something else to do with your life.

The GOP is so rudderless.

The mere fact that some lowerlevel goofball was talking to the press in such an out of control fashion really betrays how undisciplined and pouty they are.

Sarah probably senses that the national GOP is much like the Alaska GOP: Not to be trusted.

She is not in a position at this time to better assess WHO can be trusted in the national GOP.

And if it is true that they tried to force her hand by jumping the gun rather than waiting til the 17th or graciously finding somebody else due to planning restrictions, then she was correct to call their bluff.

She is merely not gonna reinforce their arrogance.

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 10:09 AM

It is way too soon to start a campaign for 2012, even an EC is ridiculous at this stage. I support the idea of Palin going for the nomination enough to send a small donation to her PAC (which will be mostly used in exploratory activity in a couple of years) and try to be supportive on a few blogs, but that’s only support for the idea of her running. I don’t expect her to start a national campaign right now.
Supporters need to stop rising to AP’s bait and let his next few Palin posts go by without foaming at the mouth; merely find and post counterpoints and correctives, rather than attacking our host. Relax a bit, fellow Palintologists (Hey, I kind of like that moniker, thanks Wall :P ), and quit acting like the Pauliens, Romnuts, and Huckaboners. You do your preferred candidate no favors.

As for the Palin detractors, I have seen nothing resembling civilized discussion from any of them. AP won’t even bother to defend his reasons, if he has any, to resist a Palin run in 2012, instead choosing to post every hack piece of transparent crap anyone says against her, Poptech makes Al Gore’s AGW rants look like the soul of logic, the Wall is like talking to one, and getalife and Proud RINO would find Lenin (or, for that matter, Lennon) to be a far-right wingnut. No one has yet tbeen able to come up with a good reason why I should move my support to a different potential candidate. Saying Palin is a big-fat-doody-head just won’t cut it.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 1, 2009 at 10:32 AM

They tried to push Mommabear, and she swatted them.

Hilarious.

This growing populist is gonna be hell for the beltway GOP as well as the plummeting Messiah.

And, good for America. And that’s America with a “c”, not a “k”.

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Sarah should next mail some bagels to them, and then tell them that next time they “get their own bagels.”

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Or, just because she changes Trig’s daiper doesn’t mean she has to change their daiper too.

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM

What if Poptech is working for Sarah’s PAC?

Think of it. As he posts, donations go sharply up.

I’m not kidding here. Attacks on Sarah generate money for SarahPAC.

The strategy seems to be working on me.

:)

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Poptech is nothin but a SarahPAC TROLL.

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Poptech is nothin but a SarahPAC TROLL.

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Interesting theory. If so, SarahPAC needs to hire a higher quality of Enfant Provocateur.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 1, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Sorry for the long post and the negative words, but I really want the site to return to its earlier glory.

Cornmeal on April 1, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Don’t waste your breath.

This site has always had a lot commenters transition through at every turn. Just go back to the first archives and check the names that never appear again.

Allowing commenters like poptech to remain is just another example of how unfocused this site is, what with an acclaimed drunk running it.

Don’t despair because it is quite likely that poptech is Allah’s other moniker to generate comment hits as that drives up his paycheck!

I know it’s sick, but highly plausible.

It’s also highly plausible that Kathleen Parker is Allah’s sister, but don’t despair because if wasn’t for HotAir and Kathleen Parker, Allah wouldn’t have a job!!

Mcguyver on April 1, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Would it be possible to complain to the higher-ups about how HotAir is being driven into the ground by a lack of integrity? Maybe we need to have a mini HotAir Tea Party. I really enjoy this site and so I’m not stomping off yet; however, the point of no return is quickly approaching. Sure, I can choose to not click on certain threads, but there are plenty of other conservative options out there where trolls/aka allahpuppets aren’t allowed to run amok.

haikusrock on April 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Now, I get to read people like [Douchebag1]and [Douchebag2] flame the site all day long, adding absolutely zero to any debate.

Yeah, it’s gotten really bad, hasn’t it? Sometimes I’ll marvel at some of the longer comment threads before realizing that most of them are just flames from the douchebags rather than substantive discussions.

I used to promote the site to everyone that would listen to me, but would be too embarrassed to do so now.

Now this is a great point! Allahpundit likes to snicker about all the people who complain about him but keep coming back. He’s right about that, insofar as folks like me haven’t yet abandoned the place, but I realized after reading your post that I stopped recommending the place to others for awhile now.

Once, I used to promote it relentlessly to friends and acquaintances as a great place to hear conservative viewpoints debated by intelligent people, but not anymore.

Now I gird my loins before stopping by, awaiting the next douchebag attack on Governor Palin or the day’s trashing of the Catholic Church.

Haven’t left yet, that’s true. Allah’s absolutely right about that. But the word of mouth? Awful.

Kensington on April 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Non-conservatives like the above Allahpundit ALWAYS finds reasons for putting Sarah Palin down. She would have been massacred if she left while the legislature was convened debating her decisions regarding stimulus money. So, cut the crap.

rlwo2008 on April 1, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Oh come on, Republicans can be just as elitist as Democrats.

AnninCA on April 1, 2009 at 12:02 PM

BTW……I do find the Palin pics funny.

AnninCA on April 1, 2009 at 12:02 PM

riwo…..I’m not sure the public would have cared, but I do think she’s making a clear statement to everyone.

She’s just not that into constant campaign mode. There’s real work to be done in this country, and there are only so many hours in a day. Focus on the job you have.

Trust that your record will speak for itself, provided people “get” what the challenges really are.

Leave the marketing politicos to do their deal. You can’t win on that level, anyway. And if there’s no substance, then it will be revealed in choices and outcomes.

AnninCA on April 1, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I have my own computer related business that I have been running for over seven years and it is very profitable. Yes I have more private sector experience than Sarah Palin.

No, you don’t. She and her husband have run a commercial fishing business for longer. She’s also run AN ENTIRE STATE in one of the few states with a strong governor (many states give their governors little power). She also ran a city that was thriving even before the nation was made aware of it.

Trying to discredit her because the is ALSO beautiful is as bad as anybody trying to discredit Obama for being black, which should never happen.

Yeah, she’s beautiful but she’s also smart, tough and RIGHT (in every sense of the word)! She takes on corruption wherever she finds it, no matter what party is involved.

The NRCC wanted her to drop her responsibilities as mom and governor during the short Alaskan legislative session and she didn’t do it. After how well they handled NY-20, I wouldn’t give the NRCC two pennies, much less a speech.

PastorJon on April 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM

ROFLMAO! It was the dumb idiots at SarahPac who screwed it up? OMG, ROFLMAO! But they got one thing right…

“She was is a disaster,”

Oh please send your pennies to the the SarahPac!!! Morons.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Nothing says “considered persuasive argumentation” like calling people morons while talking in conversational lolkitteh.

ROFLCOPTER LOLERSKATES OMGBBQPWN.

Need we resort to 1337 speak?

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 1, 2009 at 12:56 PM

The only outcome from this:

SarahPAC will exponentially outraise the NRSC in the forseeable future.

I have not given a dime to the RNC or NRSC since last summer, all my donations since then have gone to SarahPAC. That will continue.

Norwegian on April 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Here’s the story I got from another site:

Two weeks ago, the House and Senate Republican campaign committees announced that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would be speaking at its big annual Dinner on June 8. We told you about it here.

The only problem was no one told Sarah Palin. Her staff said the governor would not be able to commit until the end of Alaska’s legislative session.

But over-eager NRSC staff jumped to the wrong conclusion after meeting with Palin’s Political Action Committee staff, according to a SarahPAC spokeswoman.

“Enthusiasm during a scheduling meeting among SarahPAC members to discuss events that we thought the governor should consider attending was misinterpreted as a confirmation of attendance,” Meghan Stapleton told the Associated Press.

Of course, the NRSC sees it differently claiming that they had a commitment. And since the event is imminent (only 70 days away), they disinvited her, opting for another young, attractive, up-and-comer: Newt Gingrich.

They’re ba-a-a-ck

The unidentified sources complaining about Palin have re-surfaced again too. This time bristling at the perceived slight.

“She was a disaster,” one Republican source told FOX News. “We had confirmation.”

Give the nameless source some credit. If there’s one party that knows about disaster, it’s the GOP.

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Poptech of April 1, 2009 at 8:42 AM

“SarahPAC has got to be the dumbest organization EVAH!!”

SarahPAC is so dumb that with ony 3-4 employees working out of their home it has attracted mass appeal and the blessing of thousands of donors that have made a conscious decision to abandon writing cheques to the RNC and instead funnel their limited resources to an organization led by a one-term governor who should be beset with the loser tag, who has retreated to her home state and remained out of the national spotlight for the past 4 months.

Boy, Poptech, SarahPAC is really dumb. Their leader, Sarah Palin is really dumb. Sarah is so dumb that AP and Ed have dedicated April 1st to showcasing Sarah’s mug on each of their new threads. Sarah is so dumb that she still leads in most of the polls conducted to see where potential GOP contenders stand amongst GOP voters. And Sarah is so dumb that she has attracted over 513,000 members to her Facebook and Team Sarah who is dedicated to advancing Sarah currently has 67,000 members.

If you ask any of Sarah’s potential GOP rivals, they would to a man wish they could be that dumb as well.

technopeasant on April 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Professional Experience:
- First Place, Miss Wasilla Beauty Contest, 1984
- Second Place, Miss Alaska Pageant, 1984
- Television Sports Reporter, 1987-1989

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Hey, Poop.

She was Second Runner-up in the Miss Alaska Pageant AND won Miss Congeniality.

Show some respect.

:(

Sapwolf on April 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

My problem is why the Republicans went to her PAC rather than going to her staff in Alaska in the first place. A PAC is a cheerleader group. Of COURSE they would have been “enthusiastic” but they wouldn’t be able to commit on Palin’s behalf. THAT can only be done by her actual staff in Alaska … the people the GOP committees DIDN’T talk to.

I am not sure I can put all the blame on Palin here. If you want to schedule someone you talk to them, not their fan club.

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Laugh all you want at the ill-advised Sarah Palin, but she is the only reason I voted Republican in 2008.

If she would fire all of her advisors and rely on the same wits and wiles which served her so well before she met John McCain, she would do quite well.

Nonetheless, as a completely disenfranchised former Republican (at least at the national election level), it will take someone like Sarah to cause me to vote for a Republican Presidential candidate in 2010.

So, Hannity and Rush can come to the boringly predictable conclusion that we simply must vote for someone they have previously (and correctly) reviled, but I won’t join them.

Let’s face it, Dole in 96, Bush in 04 and McCain in 08 aren’t exactly the kind of leaders I can rally around.

Nor is Mitch McConnell someone I can even accept as my party’s titular leader in the Senate.

What kind of Republican would support the Wall Street bailout?

Did anyone see his deplorable alternative stimulus package?

He has no core values at all.

I haven’t changed, but the Republican Party certainly has.

When it finally reaches its bottom and selects conservative leadership, I may be interested.

molonlabe28 on April 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I like Sarah Palin and I feel her heart, values and will are all in the right place. But the people around her are clearly incompetent. She needs to get someone high profile to start advising her. Dick Morris I am sure would jump at the chance.

Daemonocracy on April 1, 2009 at 9:34 AM

The scary part is, Daemon, that Morris, for all of his personal faults, has a history of being a winning advisor.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 1, 2009 at 2:08 PM

The problem is the committees apparently never went to “the people around her” … they went to her Washington DC fan club at SarahPAC instead. They got what they deserved by going to the wrong people.

If you want to get someone to speak at your function, do you go to their staff or to their fan club to get them?

The Republican Party was dumb in this case and they are attempting to shift the blame to Palin rather than take responsibility themselves.

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 2:45 PM

In fact, this whole thing was reported on this very site back on March 17.

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

This is one of the reasons I think AP’s resistance to Palin migh be a bit exaggerated. I just don’t believe him to be as shallow as his online persona appears. He is not, or at least was not, the type to ignore his own past writing in order to play “gotcha” without a larger goal.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 1, 2009 at 3:07 PM

I have my own computer related business that I have been running for over seven years and it is very profitable. Yes I have more private sector experience than Sarah Palin.

Poptech on April 1, 2009 at 2:48 AM

Yes…I’m sure your mommy pays you quite well to come up from her basement and defrag her computer.

Now, excuse me while I go make payroll.

Fighton03 on April 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

crosspatch on April 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

This is one of the reasons I think AP’s resistance to Palin might be a bit exaggerated. I just don’t believe him to be as shallow as his online persona appears. He is not, or at least was not, the type to ignore his own past writing in order to play “gotcha” without a larger goal.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 1, 2009 at 3:31 PM

oooo-kay? Howinthehell did that happen?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 1, 2009 at 3:33 PM

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