Sarah Palin’s run for Congress

posted at 9:45 pm on July 14, 2009 by Patrick Ishmael

Sarah Palin is taking one heckuva gamble. Weeks after the Letterman controversy, Palin, who’d been continuously battling frivolous ethics complaints in Alaska, resigned her governorship to as she put it, “affect positive change outside government, at this moment in time, on another scale.

It’s the “on another scale” comment that fascinates me. As we’ve seen, Palin’s resignation has evoked a wide array of reactions, but here’s my favorite assessment (from the LA Times) which combines bits of both the positive and negative camps:

Wow. I didn’t see that coming. But I have to say I think it’s a great chess move on her part. Honestly, if only Palin’s intellectual abilities matched her political instincts she would be truly formidable.

Don’t misunderestimate her. While there’s been plenty of talk about possible 2012 ambitions, the discussion oftentimes misses one important interceding event: the midterms, a point which didn’t become glaringly obvious to me until this little tidbit came out of the Washington Times.

“I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation,” she said over lunch in her downtown office, 40 miles from her now-famous hometown of Wasilla — population 7,000 — where she began her political career.

Sarah Palin should run for Congress. All of it. And that may actually be her plan.

Imagine a midterm election and its historically low turnout (29% to 60% for Midterms vs. 48% to 78% for Presidential years). Imagine an agitated conservative base after two years of Obamanomics and a wary public likely concerned about the economy and the government’s leftward tilt. Now imagine a full-time crowd-raising money-machine candidate without a national office to run for, with a free hand to back Democrats and Republicans — many of whom will no doubt invite her in — and a grudge against just about everyone, including many “party insiders” over whom she’d love to lord a few Palin-powered victories. Like I said when the NRCC revoked its fundraiser speaking offer to her in June,

if you hear an ominous “squeeaaaak” echoing across the halls of Congress, that’s the sound of Palin-affilliated money spickets shutting off all over the country.

That money’s Palin’s alone to access now, assuming she commits to the cause I’m contemplating here and amasses a few Ron Paul-styled money bombs… unconstrained, of course, by the fundraising caps of traditional candidates. She doesn’t have to win states. She has to win districts, a great many of which are quite friendly to her. While she may say she’ll back anyone, by and large she’ll be backing GOP challengers and vulnerable incumbants.

And it’s a good political move, too. There are lots of districts where she can help, especially in an off-election year, whose candidates, if they win, will be quite grateful for her assistance. Based on the 2008 election, I count at least 19 seats that went narrowly for Democrats and could go narrowly, or better, for Republicans with enough nudging and some good candidates:

Between Palin and the NRCC, the Republican Party could make some definite plays here, ideally meaning that the NRCC can devote more time to finding candidates for districts outside the 2008 narrow-loss band. It’s the double-edged sword of the NRCC’s Palin situation; the list of GOP-accessible seats may go up with Palin’s intervention, but its power to compete for the hearts of those GOP delegates, and thus maintain its current power structure, will probably be compromised by their inability to get at her donors or control her messaging.

That doesn’t mean I think Palin would run for President in 2012, or that she should. Getting back into the electoral mix too early could doom any higher aspirations for good, and whether Palinistas like it or not, she’s not ready to head up the GOP ticket, at least in so far as the Palin political climate is concerned. The fact that she could play the role of king- or queenmaker in some pivotal Congressional districts would go a long way to securing her hold as a player within the GOP while putting time between herself and her 2008-caricatured-Tina-Fey-pop-culture self. Palinistas should want her stronger if and when she runs again for higher office, and there are ways to make that happen. For example, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her throw her support behind someone like Mitt Romney — two decades her elder and himself a very strong fundraiser — allowing the GOP to rebrand, recover, and reorient while keeping Palin every bit as relevant. If Romney wins following a positive 2010 midterm, it’ll be Palin running in 2020, and stronger than ever, probably with a significant chuck of Romney donors to go along with her own. So far those camps have been discrete groups. She needs to merge them. Eventually. And this is one way to make that happen.

Maybe it’s wishful thinking that the next one, three, or more years will play out this orderly. (Okay, maybe it’s a lot of wishful thinking.) But while Palin’s resignation certainly risks her own personal ambitions for higher office, it also opens up her hand to do the some of the free-wheeling, unfiltered campaigning she couldn’t do last year, with the prime beneficiary the center-right cause. If Palin wants to strengthen her political future, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

Update: A lot of talk in the comments [to the Greenroom post] about whether Palin would support Romney. The video below is from before the end of the Republican primaries. I welcome your thoughts.

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Well, Alaska is very far away isn’t it?
upinak, is there a time delay between the Lower 48 and AK?

Red State State of Mind on July 14, 2009 at 11:08 PM

You mean like a sat phone or a crappy cell line?

Yeah sometimes.

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:13 PM

upinak gets bored all the way up there in AK

so she tries to hunt deer with her SUV

blatantblue on July 14, 2009 at 11:14 PM

unseen on July 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM

The dude stated that he wore the c thing…but not all the time. So they know about safe sex! So please tell why the *** is Palin getting criticized?

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Bristol pushes the double-wide stroller to follow Palin around in her speeches. It is in the AP picture section.

Bristol is not an adult yet

PrezHussein on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

And now let’s get the Romney bashing off to a healthy start:
Romney got beat out by McCain in the primaries. The lame stream media’s favorite aisle crosser beat out a “conservative”?

Blacksmith8 on July 14, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Blacksmith, this is just a point for you to consider;

McCain did well in open primaries (primaries that allow un-enrolled or “independent” votes to take a Republican ballot.)

Mitt did far better in the early closed primaries.

And, lost in one of the caucus states when a group of delegates that had originally gone for Huckabee switched to McCain, to defeat Romney.

I’m not a Mittbot (or whatever you want to call Romney supporters) but it’s important to look at these things as they happened, not through the prism of how we wish them to be.

That said, I don’t think Romney connects on the people-to-people level the way that Palin does.

massrighty on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

upinak gets bored all the way up there in AK

so she tries to hunt deer with her SUV

blatantblue on July 14, 2009 at 11:14 PM

we only have deer on islands…. I surf over them.

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

At this point Palin is just trying to fix her image….going forward…. She isn’t even thinking about running for president right now…

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:05 PM

I never said she was. She made a strategic move is all I said. Running for president would be a tactical move. Since the war she has decided to fight is statism vs consesvatism. The people that say she is going to run for president, senate, house, book tour cash in etc all are trying to put tactical reasons to her decsion. Instead of a strategic one. She choose to fight her war in a different way. Now she will use tactical moves like op/ed, book tours, speeches, comapaigning for house/senate etc to advance that war.

Most people do not think strategically. In business terms its called thinking outside the box. It takes too much intelligence for most people.

unseen on July 14, 2009 at 11:17 PM

You mean like a sat phone or a crappy cell line?

Yeah sometimes.

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Would that explain Ms. Benny’s 3 minute delay?
As an American, I expect my McDonald’s in less than 45 seconds. I expect my computer to boot up in less than a minute, and I expect my HA trolls to snark instantaneously.

Red State State of Mind on July 14, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Red State State of Mind on July 14, 2009 at 11:10 PM

I am just upset that palin gets bashed for her daughter’s mistakes. She gets no credit for the simple fact that Track is serving his country at this moment.

Palin favors the abstinence practice ideally but she isn’t against other anti contraception measures

I just don’t get it.

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:18 PM

PrezHussein on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

No, That was a july 4 event that palin attend with her family.

That girl needs to get her shit together…

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:19 PM

we only have deer on islands…. I surf over them.

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world….

ladyingray on July 14, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Bristol is not an adult yet

PrezHussein on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Don’t know where you live at but age 18 is an legal adult here.

unseen on July 14, 2009 at 11:20 PM

I just don’t get it.

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Well, don’t politician’s often get criticized or judged by what their kids or realtives do? Look at the uproar when Biden’s daughter was arr… uh, never mind.

Red State State of Mind on July 14, 2009 at 11:20 PM

we only have deer on islands…. I surf over them.

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

never tried surfing
always just body surfed

blatantblue on July 14, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world….

ladyingray on July 14, 2009 at 11:19 PM

yet Allah need to do this: Check it out!

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:22 PM

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:13 PM

I don’t believe what you wrote.
I’ve called you out on this already; talking about any candidate “crying in the night…” is simple your not-really-clever way to introduce the idea that Governor Palin is somehow weak, incapable, overwhelmed.

You don’t answer directly, because you can’t.

You should stop talking about her children. All of them.

Or, just stop talking.

massrighty on July 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM

never tried surfing
always just body surfed

blatantblue on July 14, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world….

ladyingray on July 14, 2009 at 11:19 PM

as the Beach Boys would sing…

ladyingray on July 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Try it blatantblue…it’ll change your life brah.

dakine on July 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM

yet Allah need to do this: Check it out!

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Ha!

Poor Allah….

ladyingray on July 14, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Try it blatantblue…it’ll change your life brah.

dakine on July 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM

not sure if i have the balance

blatantblue on July 14, 2009 at 11:24 PM

dakine on July 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Why are you a moron?

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:26 PM

dude I found a pic of Allah and Ed!

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Patrick; nice analysis – not sure I agree with all of it, but it makes one think. Posts like this are the best thing about HA.

I’ll have to go now (early, and long, day tomorrow.)

But, again, thanks for the challenge.

massrighty on July 14, 2009 at 11:31 PM

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:28 PM

When are the big shots going to visit with Sarah?

She has enough money to hire big shot people right?

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Mitt Romney said that having his sons working on his campaign was equivalent to doing military service.
guntotinglibertarian on July 14, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Gack….shades of Ogabe claiming his campaigning was his relevant executive experience.

Bishop on July 14, 2009 at 11:32 PM

This is chance for Palin TO RECREATE HERSELF!

TimeTraveler on July 14, 2009 at 11:32 PM

C’mon Time, you can do better than that. But while we’re talking, why are you a vacuous buffoon? Clearly not a surfer, that’s for sure.

dakine on July 14, 2009 at 11:34 PM

massrighty on July 14, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Thanks, it’s the same reason I like HA, too. Lots of thinkers here, especially the non-partyline type.

Patrick on July 14, 2009 at 11:35 PM

upinak on July 14, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Awesome! They look just like themselves in this pic!

ladyingray on July 14, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Whether Sarah is willing to admit it or not, she is part of that “party machinery”. She continues to put forth the standard GOP talking points. Safe, over cautious. Not really pushing the envelope. Why she draws so much controversy is somewhat of a mystery. My belief is in the area of her potential. The left and GOP Hierarchy are afraid of her potential. She hasn’t realized it yet and may never. Hope she does. DD

Darvin Dowdy on July 15, 2009 at 12:09 AM

who is to say that she didn’t wear a condom?

unseen on July 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Heh!

citrus on July 15, 2009 at 12:09 AM

Darvin Dowdy on July 15, 2009 at 12:09 AM

She needs this party machinery to reinvent herself to appeal to people outside the base.

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2009 at 12:12 AM

massrighty on July 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Not to be a jerk, but I’m me. Blacksmith8 is Blacksmith8.

Setting that aside though, it looks to me like Mrs. Palin has realized that to further her aims, she’ll have to be the Goldwater of the conservative/Jacksonian resurgence within the Republican party. It’s a thankless job, as it implies that she’ll never be POTUS (and may indeed never hold elected office again) – but it’s a necessary job, and without someone holding the unofficial “party philosopher and communicator” post, we’re going to keep getting Statists in red shirts – when we don’t get beat like a drum, period. I think Mrs. Palin’s doing what she can, when she can, and if it means sacrificing the highest office in the land, well it’s not like she’s given every indication that she’s been obsessed with winning the Oval Office since her DOB. Unlike pretty much everyone else in Washington, these days – be damned to them and their arrogant ambitions that helped get us into the mess we’ve got for ourselves!

If local US Rep candidates have the courage to have her speak for them and with them, in local venues and to local crowds, then I think she and they will do just fine, and the Republican Party “brand” along with them.

Blacksmith on July 15, 2009 at 12:16 AM

And now let’s get the Romney bashing off to a healthy start:
Romney got beat out by McCain in the primaries. The lame stream media’s favorite aisle crosser beat out a “conservative”?

Blacksmith8 on July 14, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Ronald Reagan lost in the primaries to Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. What’s your point?

holygoat on July 15, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Of the comments so far, only glennbo’s arrow has landed close to the mark.

My take on the matter is: Palin the conservative vs ‘the beltway machine’.

If I had to guess, her biggest ‘eye-opener’ was exposure to Beltway Machine [of which McCain is a part of…]. Add to that the corrosive and vile assault on her [and her family] from the media/beltway axis during the election and the constant post-election ‘acid-drip’ sniping of leftist/donk operatives…well, that’s a ‘education’ you can’t buy, and few would willingly expose themselves to.

Sarah Palin stands at a crossroads with few options. The Far Left is literally scared shitless of her; they wouldn’t be expending so much political ammo in her direction otherwise.

I know, and many of you know, and I suspect she knows they will NOT stop until she is a pile of political ashes. So then, she can either stand passively while the lefties burn her at the stake, or she take action.

Hint: when you find yourself on dangerous ground and you KNOW there’s something out there that’s planning on converting you into ‘din-din’, you can either hang the ‘blue plate special’ sign around your neck, or you move to ground of your choosing and make it into a proper contest.

That’s the way the world works: trophy for the wall, or a pile of droppings in the middle of nowhere. I suspect Sarah Palin is not inclined to accept the latter result, calmly or otherwise.

The supreme irony is that she probably didn’t want to leap onto the national stage [yes I hear the trolls giggling in disbelief...] in this fashion. I’d guess she would have been content to slowly measure the waters, and gradually move to the spotlight.

You’re either attacking or defending, and for her, defending was eating her and her family alive [and I might add, harming her ability to govern Alaska, a task she took seriously]. That made the best course of action rather obvious…the Left cheered when she resigned, and many of them [and some 'smart' people here] called her a ‘quitter’ and a ‘loser’. Not to mention finished

Few of you considered the possibility that she was actually moving to moving to ‘better ground’.

The final, telling shot has yet to be loosed; some of you would do well to remember that.

CPT. Charles on July 15, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Why does everyone assume that she’ll be supporting either Dems or the GOP? What she actually said was “regardless of their party label or affiliation

To me, that means that she’ll support real reformers and Conservatives regardless of party. I think she’s picked up on the growing resentment toward our elected officials, and heard enough “let’s throw them ALL out” comments to realize that there’s growing support for a 3rd-party movement.

Am I rooting for a Conservative party to spring up to oppose the GOP? No, not while Obama is in power. But I’m sick enough of the Ive League insiders to support independent candidates if the GOP squashes them by funding RINO incumbents. And I think that’s probably where Palin is, too.

hawksruleva on July 15, 2009 at 12:36 AM

The supreme irony is that she probably didn’t want to leap onto the national stage [yes I hear the trolls giggling in disbelief...] in this fashion. I’d guess she would have been content to slowly measure the waters, and gradually move to the spotlight.

CPT. Charles on July 15, 2009 at 12:20 AM

I’m not sure she would’ve ever chosen to go national. But as she went around the country, absorbing the love of common people and the hatred of the media and the insiders, she may have been bitten by the bug. My guess is that part of her really did have limited goals for her governorship, and she was surprised at how EASY it was to get those goals accomplished. It’s funny how simple politics can be when our elected officials are all sincerely working in the public interest. All the national hoopla was surely a shock to her; does she want to be a professional fighter? Or does she want to help a few people that stood up for her, or stand for what she stands for? We’ll see.

hawksruleva on July 15, 2009 at 12:40 AM

Good post, Patrick. I think your scenario for Mitt & Sarah is spot on, but many Palinistas will shriek hysterically at your suggestion that associate with Mitt, never mind stand in line behind him.

Indeed, tonight someone on Fox (Bernie Goldberg?) correctly said it was like a civil war and they two sides better figure out how to come together.

As for that video of Sarah, It’s just a wee bit disappointing to see that she gave props to Ron Paul (plus her unwillingness to commit to the GOP, and believing that fed up Americans like the idea of Independents, is bad news). Glenn Beck is pushing a similar meme and it drives me crazy, as it’s a recipe for disaster. We’re still paying for Ross Perot.

Buy Danish on July 15, 2009 at 12:45 AM

I like your thinking here. I agree that Palin’s not ready to lead a ticket. I don’t think she’s got the chops yet, but even if she does, it’s still too close to the savaging the media laid upon her in 2008 (let alone that potentially-scarring resignation) for her to succeed. But her popularity, especially in Middle America, could really help fuel the Congressional fight against statism.

Sign of the Dollar on July 15, 2009 at 12:51 AM

In the House Hizzouse?

Steelified it for ya.

benny shakar on July 15, 2009 at 12:54 AM

I have not read the first comment on this thread but I have a visceral reaction to anyone tainted with Washington.

Cindy Munford on July 15, 2009 at 12:58 AM

I think Palin could help a GOP candidate take back Ohio-1. That district neighbors mine. Voters there seemed tired of the GOP incumbent (Chabot), and you had the Obama dealy. The Dem (Driehaus) is a twit, and he just voted for cap-and-trade–all the while, he’s from a blue-collar district. We’ll see how they feel when ACORN reps show up to count them for the census and to take down their shoe sizes for the Birkenstocks they’ll get to pacify them while wait for the green jobs to materialize.

I look forward to seeing Palin blanketing Ohio.

BuckeyeSam on July 15, 2009 at 1:28 AM

BuckeyeSam on July 15, 2009 at 1:28 AM

I agree about Driehaus, but Chabot? He is not a US Congressman from Ohio; is he in the Ohio House?

bluefox on July 15, 2009 at 1:39 AM

I don’t know why so many people thought that she quit to run for president. It’s obvious that she figured that being a king maker was a much better position for effecting political change. It would also help take her family out of the nasty loony crosshairs.

And she’s right that it would save her state a lot of money. They deserve to have a full-time governor that isn’t fighting serial lawsuits. Another one was filed today, the 3rd since she announced she was quiting.

The lecture circuit is the perfect place to earn the money she needs to pay those legal bills and still spend much more time with her family.

A win all the way around.

I’m sure she wanted to finish her term, but the pirhanas wouldn’t let her. This is a much better path for her and her family, and a great change for true conservatives.

It would be nice if she would hit Colorado and set us back on the conservative path.

Maybe someday she’ll consider running for office again, but not for a long time.

Common Sense on July 15, 2009 at 2:21 AM

most interesting comment actually is at the end of that interview, her view of…

..Ron Paul

mooseburger on July 15, 2009 at 2:22 AM

I think Time Traveler is Levi.

atheling on July 15, 2009 at 3:25 AM

Nice write up Patrick. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

Cassandros

Cassandros on July 15, 2009 at 3:46 AM

Buy Danish on July 15, 2009 at 12:45 AM

That’s an old video way before she was picked…

atheling on July 15, 2009 at 3:25 AM

The kid used c when yada yada yada… They didn’t use it all the time… = they were practicing sex safe but not all the time.

So safe sex = fails… If you never do it you will never by tempted to do it with the c.

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2009 at 3:59 AM

Buy Danish on July 15, 2009 at 12:45 AM

Wow, She said the same exact thing a few days ago.

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2009 at 4:02 AM

CPT. Charles on July 15, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Well Said. Her move was strategic. I saw the beauty of it on July 3rd.

Geochelone on July 15, 2009 at 4:32 AM

benny shakar on July 15, 2009 at 12:54 AM

Jeanne Devon?

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2009 at 4:58 AM

I love Sarah, but you know what.I’m starting to tire about the speculation on what she’s going to do.

Jeff from WI on July 15, 2009 at 5:01 AM

So she runs for congress, wins a seat and quits one year into it because “I know the people are calling for me to do bigger things”

The Palinistas must all be Amway clients…

Bradky on July 15, 2009 at 5:26 AM

Few of you considered the possibility that she was actually moving to moving to ‘better ground’.

The final, telling shot has yet to be loosed; some of you would do well to remember that.

CPT. Charles on July 15, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Dont confuse us with the pundits. Most of us saw the possible gain in the move.

the_nile on July 15, 2009 at 5:27 AM

Surely she knows that traditionally, the electorate does not return the incumbent’s party to the presidency after eight years. Therefore, helping Romney win in 2012 and hoping to ascend to the presidency in 2020 is a long shot, unless Romney were to lose in 2016. That doesn’t sound like a good strategy to me. Her best bet is still 2012.

Kafir on July 15, 2009 at 7:39 AM

After Iquitarod bailed on her state, Alaskans are going to vote her into congress. Yeah, right.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM

Her best bet is still 2012.

Kafir on July 15, 2009 at 7:39 AM

If Sarah Palin really does have aspirations of making it to the White House (and I hope she doesn’t), her best bet is not to be seen as the frontrunner for the next three and a half years. Just ask Rudy and Hillary about the pitfalls of being presumed nominees for that length of time.

highhopes on July 15, 2009 at 7:51 AM

That’s an old video way before she was picked…
TimeTraveler on July 15, 2009 at 3:59 AM

No kidding, Sherlock Paulnut. Do her comments have an expiration date? Do the same rules apply for everyone?

Wow, She said the same exact thing a few days ago.
TimeTraveler on July 15, 2009 at 4:02 AM

Who’s “she”? Sarah Palin?

Buy Danish on July 15, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Spigots. It’s “spigots”, not “spickets.”

Some drip of an editor let that one past you!

microfiction on July 15, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Yikes – there’s a thrill running up my leg at the thought of seeing it play out this way!

I, for one, haven’t felt this optimistic since the day she was placed on the ’08 ticket.

blish on July 15, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Support local people. Local people support you for a national run.

marklmail on July 15, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Support local people. Local people support you for a national run.

marklmail on July 15, 2009 at 8:47 AM
——
Yes, so quitting on them is an awesome move.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Yes, so quitting on them is an awesome move.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Obama quit to run, Hillary quit, most every “politician” quits to move on…what is your obsession with Palin “quitting” and moving on.
You must have the same job from the time you were a kid…you never changed jobs?
Alaska was not going to get anything from this government as long as she was Governor, and Obama was president.
He, and Pelosi/Reid, would block everything not to give her a “presence”…you don’t know that…with all your “wisdom” you don’t know that the dems need to stop her?
Obama and Rahm considered her the biggest threat to his candidancy…and they still do. She took him apart on the cap and trade issue (disregarding your lies about her supporting it).
Even you know how important it is to stop her, if you thought she was not a threat you would not attack her personally.
A liberal attacking Palin, just means she is making headway…and she is the one they have targeted.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 9:42 AM

After Iquitarod
Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM

Can’t post without a personal attack…typical left juvenile comment…you are right with the liberal talking points.
Attack personally, and attack often.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Michael Medved said these exact things (except supporting Romney) the monday after her annoucement.

I like Romney more than I did. Frankly with the economic mess Obama is creating, a policy wonk that gets business and how things work would probably be a good pick for President. My only concern, as always, is whether Mitt can close the deal. It is not him being Mormon, I think that is actually a minor obstacle and probably less of a hinderance than people think, but Mitt not coming off as authentic. He has to run a better campaign.

Mr. Joe on July 15, 2009 at 10:01 AM

atheling on July 15, 2009 at 3:25 AM

Nah. However, if “ricky hollywood” shows up after the next open registration (snort)…

cs89 on July 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Obama quit to run, Hillary quit

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 9:42 AM
———
Correct. Quit to run for the nomination.
Palin quit for….for…well, nobody really knows.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Can’t post without a personal attack…typical left juvenile comment…you are right with the liberal talking points.
Attack personally, and attack often.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM
——–
Ahh, can’t wait for you to call out 95% of the posters on this site for calling Obama this and that – you know, being juvenile.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM

After Iquitarod bailed on her state, Alaskans are going to vote her into congress. Yeah, right.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM

Nope. She won’t get voted into congress because she won’t run. However, one of the two following situations (or both) will occur. Carry your blankie davie because you should wrap it around your head to minimize the expense when your liberal cranium explodes.

Speaker of the House – Mrs. Sarah Palin

And/or

The President of the United States of America -
Sarah Palin

Oh, and if that doesn’t do it, try “The disgraced former president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, now being held at an undisclosed location on charges of……”

Make sure you can wrap your blankie tightly around your head with a minimum of hesitancy.

bullseye on July 15, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Yes, so quitting on them is an awesome move.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Yep, it works time and time again. In 1683 the Polish King, Jan III Sobieski came to the aid of the besieged city of Vienna. There were 140,000 turks against 30k Poles and 30k Austrians. The Poles attempted a charge of 3000 of their Husaria against the left wing of 30,000 turks. They turned back in the face of overwhelming canon fire. (Quitters).

However later that day, Sobieski had managed to maneuver things so that conditions were more favorable. At about 5 pm, 3000 husaria attacked the 30,000 turks again (each winged husswar was armed with 18′ lances, a bow or carbine, two pistols, a mail piercing sword, a battle axe and a saber along wiht musket proof armor)

This time the Poles smashed the left wing and carried the charge right to Kara Mustapha’s Tent. About 15,000 turks died at that Battle. Sobieski had his victory parade and nailed another 15k at the battle of Parkany

Thugs like jugears don’t understand the concept of a strategic or tactical withdraw. Most of his sycophants don’t either. I don’t know if Mustapha laughed at Sobieski when he withdrew after the first charge but if he did, he must have been thinking about that when the Turkish Janissaaries strangled him with a silk cord for failure because the second charge worked.

That isn’t an isolated incident in history. Pickett knew the charge at Gettysburg was insane..

bullseye on July 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Hey right2bright –

Bullseye just typed “Thugs like jugears ” in his history essay.

I will assume you take offense to this juvenile “personal attack”.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Hey right2bright –

Bullseye just typed “Thugs like jugears ” in his history essay.

I will assume you take offense to this juvenile “personal attack”.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Hey Drywall… Just learning from your messiah… You know the follower of Alinsky… and the other democraps like the bloated sack of Garbage democrap blogger in Alaska who thought it was clever to photoshop a baby in a particularly nasty way.

You didn’t respond to the gist of the post though.. Namely that strategic withdraw works.. right out of Sun Tzu. As I say, OZero and his sycophants wouldn’t have the capacity to understand that.

What do you take exception to??

THUG? – Gee, I think we have seen ample evidence of this. Look at the attacks on Joe the Plumber. “Lipstick on a pig” Making fun of a disabled vet, giving the finger to hillary and MCcain, the special olympics jab at palin. Putting a guy as his henchman who stabs a table saying “Dead Dead Dead” and mails people dead fish…. Thug is about right.

Or do you take exception to Jugears?? Obama has set the level of, of lack of class. I’m tired of a media oozing bodily fluids over their description of Michelles’ toned arms and ‘wonderful clothes’. She looks like something that wandered out of the sideshow. If Letterman can blubber about Palin being a ‘slutty flight attendant’ then I feel free to say whatever I want abotu obama.

bullseye on July 15, 2009 at 11:17 AM

By the way davie. .. I would give half of my net worth to be sitting there watching when you hear the words “Ladies and Gentleman, the President of the United States – Sarah Palin”

I would just want some shatterproof plexiglass between us because I Know your head is going to ‘splode.

bullseye on July 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

bullseye on July 15, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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That you believe one side of the aisle throws more mud than the other is both hilarious and utterly predictable.

Would you like a million links to people oozing over Palin’s looks? Would you now?

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Correct. Quit to run for the nomination.
Palin quit for….for…well, nobody really knows.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Well looks like you can’t read very well….she has already started the attack on the insane energy policies of your boy Obama.
Pretty apparent to all but a few, why she quit…first to begin bringing the energy debate out to the open…after all it is your party that wants not to debate or even read the bills they vote on.
And looks like you didn’t read the part where it was apparent that Alaska wasn’t going to get their fair shake from the administration…you know the one that threatened to take away programs from Arizona, unless they muzzle their Republican Senator…thuggery at it’s best.
She couldn’t attack the administration, knowing they would take it out on Alaska…you don’t understand that? You haven’t figured that out yet? You aren’t too bright, or well read…just read the threats against one senator who opposes Obama’s spending….sheeesh.
But then liberals can’t even read a bill they vote on…we shouldn’t expect you to read the every day simple news. Just report what the liberals tell you, you are doing just fine…don’t think, just regurgitate what they tell you.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Ahh, can’t wait for you to call out 95% of the posters on this site for calling Obama this and that – you know, being juvenile.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM

So your argument is someone else does it so I can…great thinking.
I was speaking of you…and you answer by pointing your finger at someone else…way to take responsibility, and perfect way to show “liberal think”.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Geez! Bristol isn’t running for anything.

BetseyRoss on July 15, 2009 at 12:08 PM

like Romney more than I did. Frankly with the economic mess Obama is creating, a policy wonk that gets business and how things work would probably be a good pick for President. My only concern, as always, is whether Mitt can close the deal. It is not him being Mormon, I think that is actually a minor obstacle and probably less of a hinderance than people think, but Mitt not coming off as authentic. He has to run a better campaign.

Mr. Joe on July 15, 2009 at 10:01 AM

In 2008, Romney was unfortunately eliminated from the primaries before he became truly relevant. During early 2008, Democrat criticism of President Bush centered on the Iraq war, while the economy looked good at the time, except for sharply rising oil and gasoline prices. To counter that criticism, Republicans turned toward McCain, a military veteran who was one of the leaders of the eventually successful “surge” strategy, which saved Iraq from the rampant violence it had experienced in 2006. With the rising energy prices during the summer, McCain turned to Sarah Palin as a running mate, who is strong on the energy issue, but lacked experience with some other issues important in the Lower 48 but not in Alaska.

In 2008, Romney was the retiring Governor of Massachusetts, bluest of the blue states, and was veering toward the right during his campaign while trying to govern as a moderate, and the voters outside MA did not really know where he stood on many issues. He was certainly an expert on economic issues, but during the primaries the focus was on Iraq and energy issues, not the economy.

Then, in late September, “banking was tanking”, and both Bush and McCain bungled the situation by failing to blame the Democrats for forcing Fannie and Freddie to make risky loans to insolvent borrowers, and Obama skated into the White House by blaming “deregulation” and not being Bush. An economic expert was needed on the GOP ticket, and we didn’t have one.

Now, as unemployment continues to rise despite the massive bailouts, stimulus, and deficits, voters will increasingly blame Obama for failing to create jobs and for massive inflation or “stagflation”, and Romney will probably emerge as a voice of economic sanity and competence which is sorely needed. Even if Republicans re-take the House in 2010 and slam the brakes on Obama’s reckless spending, they will still need a President to sign positive, supply-side pro-growth economic policy, and can portray Obama as a lame-duck obstacle to true reform, especially if he vetoes lots of Republican-sponsored legislation.

Romney’s economic expertise will probably be sorely needed and appreciated by 2011 and 2012. Any doubts about his Mormon religion will probably fade, after voters have watched Obama bow and pander to Muslims while denying America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and Romney still has three years to position himself as a solid conservative on social issues, without having to worry about what voters in Massachusetts may think. Unless he wants to run for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in 2010.

This is normally a thread about Sarah Palin, and she would be wise to team up with Romney on whatever issues their political views converge. Romney is a man whose time had not yet come in 2008, but may come in a classic “it’s the economy, stupid” election in 2012. Go back 32 years, and one could say the same about Ronald Reagan.

Steve Z on July 15, 2009 at 12:10 PM

This is normally a thread about Sarah Palin, and she would be wise to team up with Romney on whatever issues their political views converge. Romney is a man whose time had not yet come in 2008, but may come in a classic “it’s the economy, stupid” election in 2012. Go back 32 years, and one could say the same about Ronald Reagan.

Steve Z on July 15, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I think you have it backwards, she has reached out to Romney, he needs to team up with Palin. He sat on his hands and let the dems attack her family, while this man of great “family values” sat, hoping for her take down.
And where, in his background, is any indication that he has some government economic prowess?
Show me where an private successful businessman has ever won a presidential election…the closest is Perot and winning 8%…Rockefeller? Forbes?
What you need to win is someone who can relate and speak to the people…Romney needs Palin a lot more then Palin needs Romney.
Economics you can hire…personality you can’t buy that.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Ahh, can’t wait for you to call out 95% of the posters on this site for calling Obama this and that – you know, being juvenile.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM

So your argument is someone else does it so I can…great thinking.
I was speaking of you…and you answer by pointing your finger at someone else…way to take responsibility, and perfect way to show “liberal think”.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 11:35 AM
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Me: I do it because I like doing it. I couldn’t give less of a sh1t about what other people do.

You: you call me out for name calling but give everyone on your side of the aisle a pass.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Me: I do it because I like doing it. I couldn’t give less of a sh1t about what other people do.

You: you call me out for name calling but give everyone on your side of the aisle a pass.

Dave Rywall on July 15, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Whining liberal…that’s what you are…your argument is still, “they do it, so can I”, you just can’t take ownership, and yes you do care, because so far you only regurgitate what the left tells you too.
You even tossed around that straw man statement from Ifill’s interview “I do, I do”…you know what she meant, but you had to follow your parties line. So obsessed that you will lie…or you would say distort history to make it more accurate.
You are a whining little liberal, “they do it to me, so I can do it to them” wah, wah waaaaah.
Typical, and annoying, and still not an honest argument…just pointing fingers., look that poster did it to meeeee, waaaahhhhh!.
Like a baby squealing piglet at the teats of it’s mother…
See you at another post…and I will point out your lies again, as I have dozens of times in the past.

right2bright on July 15, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Mitt Romney has been behind much of the political savaging of Sarah Palin. He is also a loser, as 2008 has shown us. If Palin campaigns for Jindal, that may help her.

alliebobbitt on July 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

A lot of people on this thread have commented that, as much as they like Palin she isn’t ready to be president. What everyone is forgetting is that she is already much more qualified than the current incumbent.

duff65 on July 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Palins decision making is sound. Her communication is clear and honest….. just like Obama.

highninside on July 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

A lot of people on this thread have commented that, as much as they like Palin she isn’t ready to be president. What everyone is forgetting is that she is already much more qualified than the current incumbent.

duff65 on July 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Are you talking about the current Potus, Totus or VPotus? .. Nevermind. It doesn’t matter, she is more qualified than ozero or plugs… or both together.

bullseye on July 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Picking up from the green thread and the video.

What difference does that make? The fact is that Mitt Romney was her first choice when asked which candidate she liked. Just wanted to point that out when I saw some of you saying that Palin would never endorse Romney because it would supposedly ruin her conservative credentials. Apparently, she thinks pretty highly of him.

JA on July 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM

You’ve got to be shitting me, JA. I just watched the video. She said that she hadn’t even spoken to all of the candidates, but did confirm that Romney had contacted her, and that he “said all the right things” vis a vis developing Alaskan energy.

That doesn’t mean that she “prefers” Romney or that she would support Ron Paul for prez. The only passion I heard in that clip was for Alaska and America.

“Drill, baby, drill!” may well become her slogan.

disa on July 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

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