Close friend of Palin’s: She’ll seriously consider running for president

posted at 7:05 pm on July 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

No way to tell if this is a real window onto her mind or just spin to salve the wound of a tough day, but the Palinistas deserve some hope.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to remain extremely visible and will give serious consideration to running for president in 2012, but has made no decision, a close friend said after her startling announcement Friday that she will resign her office…

Those friends say she plans to give a series of paid speeches, and will also make free GOP appearances, raising money for the party and for issues. She also plans to help other candidates, collecting political IOUs for herself…

Friends said Palin brushes off hostile news coverage but feels that the ethics complaints in Alaska – accompanied by attacks in the legislature, and the relentless pounding she was taking at home – were taking a toll on her family and her state. So she believes the decision was selfless, the friends said.

But:

“She has never been able to deliver a succinct message and this one was all over the place when this really needed to be one of her best performances,” a Republican congressional official said.

“While it is absolutely true that people in Alaska were trying to tear her down with false charges, it doesn’t look good that when she was faced with adversity and attacks on her character that she threw in the towel. … She needed to go away for a while and bone up on issues. Truly bewildering.”

At the Corner, Mark Levin puts on a brave face and declares that she’s running and that’s that. On the flip side, here’s Ed Rollins — who was Huckabee’s campaign manager, remember — making a persuasive case for why this seems like a very, very strange way to launch a presidential bid. Not only did she make the announcement at a time traditionally reserved to bury horrible news but he’s right about her speech seeming hastily pulled together, replete with the bizarre lame-duck rationale, instead of polished at leisure the way one would expect you’d do for an announcement this big. Consensus on the right seems to be gathering behind the idea that she did this for the kids, to protect them and to spend more time with them, but if that’s true, why not make that the focus of the speech and give this presser on Monday morning, when the media’s rested and ready for a full week of new coverage? Quitting for her family only makes her sympathetic. If that’s the real reason, why obscure it?



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right4life at 10:46

We have to choose our battles. In the world of Cloward-Piven we HAVE to be wise enough to choose our battles. We can chase after piddles forever and the left will be thrilled to have us do so; they count on us doing so.

Palin saw she was banging her head against a wall so she left to do something else. That is a smart person. If we all don’t wise up and choose our battles wisely, invest our energies with vision, then this country is going down the crapper.

Don’t blame her for doing what you HAVE to do in a Cloward-Piven world. They count on the sheer bulk of the crap they throw at us to keep us chasing our tails. We can’t play into that.

justincase on July 3, 2009 at 10:58 PM

People are making a huge assumption that she is quiting…no she is releasing control of the governor’s house…doesn’t mean she is quiting the cause. If anything, now that she is no longer acting as a government official she has less strings attached, and can now be a strong advocate for the cause.

Conservative Voice on July 3, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Where can I buy a tee shirt that’s says I’m a “Palinista”?

CCRWM on July 3, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to remain extremely visible and will give serious consideration to running for president in 2012, but has made no decision, a close friend said after her startling announcement Friday that she will resign her office…

Those friends say she plans to give a series of paid speeches, and will also make free GOP appearances, raising money for the party and for issues. She also plans to help other candidates, collecting political IOUs for herself…

Friends said Palin brushes off hostile news coverage but feels that the ethics complaints in Alaska – accompanied by attacks in the legislature, and the relentless pounding she was taking at home – were taking a toll on her family and her state. So she believes the decision was selfless, the friends said.

Exactly what I am saying. We will see much more of the Cuda now. Mark my words, she will be all over the country helping Republicans take the House and Senate back in 2010.

After that……we will see.

conservnut on July 3, 2009 at 11:23 PM

On the flip side, here’s Ed Rollins — who was Huckabee’s campaign manager, remember — making a persuasive case for why this seems like a very, very strange way to launch a presidential bid.

Oh well then – if Ed Rollins says this is strange it must be.

The man should know – he ran the strangest campaign of my lifetime – for Ross Perot.

How’d that work out for ya Ed?

HondaV65 on July 3, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Silence from our fearless leader, Michael Steele.

Mr. Steele, what do you think of Mrs. Palin resigning?

Do you worry she’ll take her case, straight to the people, and bypass all you Rockefeller Republicans? Do you worry we send most of our donations directly to the conservatives that deserve our support and bypass the GOP?

We want you to fix the Republican primary bs…we want a fair fight amongst all the candidates and never do we want a McCain candidate, that sounds just like a Democrat forced down our throat.

We want you to purge those 8 Republicans that voted for cap and trade.

We want nothing of global warmning and unabashed support of getting the private sector moving.

luvstotango on July 4, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Am I the only one tired of this “raises serious questions” bullcrap?

Palin can and will do whatever she wants, and if the same old lame ass pundits don’t like it, well, they can ram it up their asses, right?

Sarah Palin has appeal because she is NOT like the shysters with JDs that we are all used to. They talk in circles and they are “eloquent”. Palin makes a misstep and she’s a royal idiot. Preposterous. Sarah Palin has more balls in her pinky than all these lawyers combined.

So she’s stepping down. Good for her. GO SARACUDA. You do what your judgment decides is best.

Metro on July 4, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Our Warrior Princess is getting ready for battle.

She is entering a phase of preparation, and shedding the vestiges of daily distractions.

Her efforts in the 2010 Congressional elections will be legendary.

First we will slay the evil Pelosi, and throw the incompetent Reid into the volcano. We need her to do these things first.

They will continue to quake in fear, and they will not know what direction she will strike next.

I continue to be very impressed. I will fight for her forever.

(Believe it or not, I don’t do any of the D&D game baloney, but the analogy seems appropriate. I think I’ll go watch ’300′ again.).

Jimmy Doolittle on July 4, 2009 at 5:18 AM

Oops – She will slay Pelosi, but she does need our help, so maybe that was Freudian.

Jimmy Doolittle on July 4, 2009 at 5:20 AM

Did you hear that sound?

Friday will be forever remembered by me not as the day that Sarah resigned, but as the day that she threw down the gauntlet and began her national career of returning America to its roots.

Across the blog-o-sphere were cheers as people came to realize that the last remaining conservative leader cast off her shackles so she could continue her fight against political corruption, insider politics, and media bias.

The sound we all heard also resonated in the White House as they came to realize a real Americans just became free to fight against their America destroying politics, and cowardly socialist revolution.

Amongst those making that revolting noise were the beltway insiders on both sides of the isle, Congress, the faux independants, the weak kneed moderates, and the socialist media.

As they were gearing up to celebrade their day of Obama Dependance they heard the lone voice of conservative ideology tell the World that she was now free to take the fight to the next level …

and the sound of a collective crapping of the pants was heard.

Sarah 2012!

DannoJyd on July 4, 2009 at 9:09 AM

My fantasy: Sarah Palin resigns from the GOP and establishes the new Conservative Party, no old guard Repubs allowed. What sweet, sweet revenge it would be to watch the current crop of RINOs and other beltway insiders absolutely squawk like someone just turned a fox loose in the chicken coop. If she does something like this, she has all my support and a lot of my money.

Proud Texan on July 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM

. . . and Happy Independence Day to all!

Proud Texan on July 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

conservnut on July 3, 2009 at 11:23 PM

The GOP is the same as the DNC.

I don’t want her helping republicans. I want her to support third party, fiscally conservative, very small government independent candidates.

joshlbetts on July 4, 2009 at 2:40 PM

I see 11 articles on Sarah Palin today (July 4) why so many? She out did Obama 11-1. Why so much space to tell us she is done? What is it about Sarah that just drives left of center, Left, Far Left, Center, right of center crazy? I believe it is panic. She is someone who knows what she is doing, HAS done something in public life (unlike an un-named president) is smart as hell(unlike our vice president) can draw a big crowd of enthusiastic voters (unlike a recent Republican candidate). Yep, She is a WINNER! She is not part of the Party, just people like Colin Powell (Americans want bigger government, more taxes). Yep she can’t be a Republican because SHE IS A WINNER and Republicans are strictly for LOSERS!!!

Herb on July 4, 2009 at 3:23 PM

I don’t want her helping republicans. I want her to support third party, fiscally conservative, very small government independent candidates.

joshlbetts

So you want to continue losing? Because that’s exactly what you get with third party candidates.

xblade on July 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Ed Rollins and his raspy I-know-all-the-answers voice.
No surprises on life’s highway for old Ed.
Ed Rollins is STALE.
And so are most of the other political insider/pundits.
I’m tired of the same old crew with their same old thinking.
It’s obvious to me that Sarah Palin represents the future – a future that returns to the thinking and values that built America.
You can see that this is what energizes her millions of supporters.

PaddyJ on July 5, 2009 at 3:37 PM

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