Exciting conclusion to Politico hit piece: Palin not going to Iowa after all; Update: Slate smears Palin

posted at 5:31 pm on October 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Thus ends the saga of how she shocked Iowa’s conservative establishment by cruelly and greedily demanding a massive speaking fee to attend a pro-life event. Except … she never demanded a fee and never told anyone she was willing or able to attend, facts which you would have stumbled across in Politico’s piece had you read down, oh, 30 paragraphs or so.

Bottom line: No speaking engagement, no fee, no story.

Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION received word this morning that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to accept our speaking invitation due to her book tour contractual commitments, which cannot be changed.

We extended our invitation knowing she would be in the middle of her book tour and the chances of her being able to accept any invitations were extremely slim.

She has asked if she could speak at a future mutually agreeable date. She will not accept any fees for her appearance.

To complete your reading about this sorry episode, click here and stick with it. Exit quotation: “Between Kochel and Albrecht, this sounds suspiciously like yet another case of former Romney staffers ‘going rogue’ and badmouthing their meal ticket’s perceived competition.”

Update: That didn’t take long. Scroll down about halfway to see how the principled liberals at Slate have already assimilated Politico’s smear.


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Has anyone else noticed that the only non-pussy in the room is a woman. Keep kickin’ then in the balls Sarah!

jwp1964 on October 30, 2009 at 8:13 PM

holy crap! WTH is wrong with those people? Do they have any idea how stupid they look?

BrideOfRove on October 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Yet another Palin post by AP. Me thinks AP might have a crush on the lady – and who can blame him. After all, there’s no denying – she is hot.

guest77 on October 30, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Who really cares about Sarah Palin? Oh yeah I forgot the left is supposed to be scared of her!!!!

AP why do you keep posting this stuff. Like Politico, and the rest it’s all for eyeballs and hits……..oh OK

I get it.

harry on October 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Oh yeah I forgot the left is supposed to be scared of her!!!!

harry on October 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

The left, and Mitt and Huck as well. If they’re not scared of her, why the hatred and smears?

ddrintn on October 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

The left, and Mitt and Huck as well. If they’re not scared of her, why the hatred and smears?

ddrintn on October 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

It’s Politics. Look at Hilary, I mean the right hated her so much she became President…Oh gosh…she didn’t.

The whole idea that anyone except the right is scared of Palin is a joke. There really is nothinbg to be scared of.

I’ll make a bet right now, NO 2012 run. If I’m right I’ll expect a “Harry is a true pundit GOD, from everyone who disagrees. If I’m wrong I’ll bow down before every Hotair poster.

harry on October 30, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Sarah Palin: TUNE IN TOMORROW TO HEAR A HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN THAT WILL PROVE TO BE THE GAME CHANGER

Today at 5:28pm

Mark my words – tomorrow is the game changer! Tune in to hear common sense solutions that bury the false accusations that conscientious members of Congress have no solutions to meet America’s health care challenges.

If you’re like me, shaking your head wondering why all the miscommunication between Washington and the American people who have been saying, “Please hear what we’re saying about our desire for health care reform,” then tomorrow will be a refreshing time of clarity for all.

All Americans, and especially colleagues of House Republican Leader John Boehner: please listen to tomorrow’s weekly GOP national address. Rep. Boehner will highlight a common sense alternative to Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-page government takeover of health care. I urge you to watch for it. For a preview, go to:

http://HealthCare.GOP.gov

You’ll hear solutions. You’ll hear of real choices based on America’s proven free-market principles. You’ll know once and for all what the GOP and Independents have been saying all along about alternatives to another big government take over. After tomorrow, you’ll know that accusations against the GOP and Independents for not providing solutions are false. Those claims are bogus. There are alternatives. Tune in to Rep. Boehner’s address tomorrow to hear them.

I look forward to the game changer!

- Sarah Palin

gary4205 on October 30, 2009 at 9:10 PM

It’s Politics. Look at Hilary, I mean the right hated her so much she became President…Oh gosh…she didn’t.

The whole idea that anyone except the right is scared of Palin is a joke. There really is nothinbg to be scared of.

I’ll make a bet right now, NO 2012 run. If I’m right I’ll expect a “Harry is a true pundit GOD, from everyone who disagrees. If I’m wrong I’ll bow down before every Hotair poster.

harry on October 30, 2009 at 9:04 PM

It’s “politics” to semar someone for the hell of it, though they pose no real threat? The right was scared of Hillary so they smeared her…and so the right is scared of Palin, thus the smears? Your logic doesn’t hold up, harry. Plus, The intensity of hatred for Hillary was really not quite the same as the intensity the left has had for Palin for over a year now.

As for her not running, who knows. I wouldn’t bet either way right now.

ddrintn on October 30, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Mormons have morals just like any other group…we are taught that we should have them…doesn’t mean everyone follows through.

Conservative Voice on October 30, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Exactly. Harry Reid is LDS but has no morals. But LDS politicians like Mitt Romney or Orrin Hatch do.

I see someone inferring guilt, but I don’t see proof of guilt. Find that and get back to me.

Noelie on October 30, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Exactly! There’s no smoking gun here and there’s no proof that Romney has orchestrated this smear.

His organizers may have acted under Romney’s direction or they truly did go rouge on Romney against Mitt’s wishes. I can see how people can become suspicious that Mitt might behind it, but that’s not conclusive proof that Mitt actually is behind it. We’ll never know.

If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit Mitt. ;)

Conservative Samizdat on October 30, 2009 at 9:19 PM

His organizers may have acted under Romney’s direction or they truly did go rouge on Romney against Mitt’s wishes. I can see how people can become suspicious that Mitt might behind it, but that’s not conclusive proof that Mitt actually is behind it. We’ll never know.

If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit Mitt. ;)

Conservative Samizdat on October 30, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Oh yeah, that sort of weaseliness is really going to win Mitt votes from those core conservative voters. Brilliant.

ddrintn on October 30, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Allah… your favorite weasel (levi) is going after you favorite Thread burner.

upinak on October 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Nice write up. We were wondering when they were going after this turd. Hope Bristol gets a lot of back pay, as well. Take him down!

gary4205 on October 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Wow, that was a great expose by Emily Geiger. She really did a great job exposing the Romney sycophants. Full marks, Emily!

apacalyps on October 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Perry Reacts To Cheney’s Endorsement Of His Opponent: ‘I’d Stick With Sarah’ Palin

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/10/perry-reacts-to-cheneys-endorsement-of-his-opponent-id-stick-with-sarah-palin.php

gary4205 on October 30, 2009 at 11:43 PM

It’s “politics” to semar someone for the hell of it, though they pose no real threat? The right was scared of Hillary so they smeared her…and so the right is scared of Palin, thus the smears? Your logic doesn’t hold up, harry. Plus, The intensity of hatred for Hillary was really not quite the same as the intensity the left has had for Palin for over a year now.

As for her not running, who knows. I wouldn’t bet either way right now.

ddrintn on October 30, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Delusional

harry on October 31, 2009 at 12:19 AM

I’ll make a bet right now, NO 2012 run. If I’m right I’ll expect a “Harry is a true pundit GOD, from everyone who disagrees. If I’m wrong I’ll bow down before every Hotair poster.

harry on October 30, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Two points:
1) I’m an athiest, dude. I don’t invoke the name God much.
2) I’m assuming you’ve been fitted for knee pads.

BillH on October 31, 2009 at 12:30 AM

Delusional

harry on October 31, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Why yes you are.

Never seen a politician smeared and attacked as Palin has been. Hell, the attacks have been non stop for a year. Most would have run and hid, not this one.

gary4205 on October 31, 2009 at 12:31 AM

This is priceless:

In Key New York Race, Barracuda Chews Up Mitt

Romney ducks the leadership test

What do you find most often in the middle of the road? Road kill. Mitt Romney, who hopes to be the GOP’s next presidential nominee, couldn’t bring himself to endorse anyone in New York state’s contentious 23rd congressional district special election.

The contest, which features a liberal Republican, Dede Scozzafava, and a conservative one, Doug Hoffman, has been a flashpoint for a party in search of its identity. An all-star lineup of national party leaders has weighed in, allowing themselves to be defined by whose side they’re on. But not Romney. The former Massachusetts governor passed, and this could have serious ramifications down the road.

The cliche about the two parties and their presidential selection process is that Democrats “want to fall in love” — and the GOP “falls in line.” The donkeys have emotion-filled knock-down-drag-out affairs involving passionate characters who — win or lose — leave a dramatic mark for decades. The GOP dutifully takes note of who came in second the last time and, well, the odds are that he’ll be the candidate in the next go-round.

Based on that tradition, Romney should be the favorite for the 2012 nomination. But signs are that the Republican grassroots are in a rebellious mood and may not want to fall in line this time. Over the last year, as the Tea Party movement has gathered steam, it’s been clear that its disgust with the nation’s outrageous spending is aimed at George W. Bush as much as Barack Obama.

The conservative grassroots have rejected Scozzava, the party’s official candidate in New York’s 23rd. It started out with the base in the district as conservatives gathered around businessman Doug Hoffman and that rebellion has now gone national. Sarah Palin, using her unique sense of timing, one week ago became the biggest name of in-prime party leaders to endorse Hoffman. Had she stayed on the sidelines, this contest could have played out in predictable fashion: Republicans stayed split and Democrat Bill Owens would have cruised to victory. Instead, by all appearances, the conservative revolt has succeeded. Even the national GOP — which had endorsed Scozzafava and was slamming outsider Hoffman as much as Democrat Owens — is now recognizing that district voters seem to flocking to Hoffman.

Outside observers who want to dismiss Palin do so at their peril. But, there appears to be a reason that her basketball-playing nickname was “Barracuda.” Recall she was the one who coined (or at least made viral) the phrase “death panel” during the health care fight during the summer — forcing Democrats and the White House onto the defensive. Whether Palin is doing all this for PR purposes (her book comes out in three weeks) or being reckless in her political rhetoric, the fact is she is having an impact on the broader debate — and continuing to resonate with her party’s base.

Mitt Romney? Not so much. His voice hasn’t been heard during the battle over health care. And then, Thursday he gave the vaguest statement on the race:

“I have chosen not to endorse the Republican candidate in New York’s 23rd District,” Romney told reporters while campaigning in Virginia for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell. “That should speak a certain amount of volume. I can’t endorse our candidate in that race.”

Yeah, Mitt, that does speak “a certain amount of volume.” It says that you’re willing to campaign for a gubernatorial candidate who has had the Virginia race in the bag for months — but not make a controversial, yet, dynamic decision in a race that would have significant ripples across the country. Palin (and Tim Pawlenty quickly following the former Alaska governor) recognized where the base’s train was going and quickly got on board. Romney missed the train — and missed the opportunity to take a significant role in a tough internal ideological debate that his party is undergoing. Even if Romney endorsed Scozzafava (as former Speaker Newt Gingrich did), at least he would have made a principled decision and could have articulated his reasons for it.

Instead, he looks completely wishy-washy.

It’s a long three years before the GOP selects its next presidential nominee. But the guy who wants it ducked a key leadership test real early.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics/Barracuda-Chews-Up-Soft-Mittens.html

gary4205 on October 31, 2009 at 2:01 AM

Delusional

harry on October 31, 2009 at 12:19 AM
Why yes you are.

Never seen a politician smeared and attacked as Palin has been. Hell, the attacks have been non stop for a year. Most would have run and hid, not this one.

gary4205 on October 31, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Did anyone accuse her of murder yet (Vince Foster)? If not, no, she hasn’t been smeared as badly.

harry on October 31, 2009 at 8:12 AM

SARAH always triumphs!…………..GO SARAH!

Herb on October 31, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Did anyone accuse her of murder yet (Vince Foster)? If not, no, she hasn’t been smeared as badly.

harry on October 31, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Imagine now that one of Palin’s long-time male associates turned up dead in a park. Riiiiight….

ddrintn on October 31, 2009 at 9:46 AM

If anyone’s fingerprints are on this it would be Huckabee. He has the most to lose in Iowa.

scotash on October 31, 2009 at 1:12 PM

AP….You never miss a sleazy story about Palin.

I hope when you cash your Soros check they give it to you in pennies.

P.S. You must be very overweight and haven’t had a guy even look at you in a long time…..Newt and Al need a walking pal…

nondhimmie on November 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM

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