It’s on: Palin vs. Barney Frank at the Gridiron Dinner

posted at 7:21 pm on November 6, 2009 by Allahpundit

Romney, Huckabee, and Pawlenty must be thrilled.

Gridiron Club President Dick Cooper told club members earlier this afternoon that Palin accepted an invitation to speak at the black-tie affair, according to a member of the club’s executive committee.

Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for Palin, confirmed that Palin planned to address the dinner in an e-mail to POLITICO: “The Governor was honored to accept the invitation.”

Also speaking at the dinner will be Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), whom the club invited to represent his party at the event.

The dinner’s December 5th, which makes this even more of a no-brainer than it might have been: Not only does the committee get one of the few Republicans who still generates star power but they get her right in the middle of the media blitz over her book. The spring dinner is the one that the president and other top pols usually attend, but who knows if her being there won’t turn this one into a hot ticket. The downside? It’s off the record, which is a shame since the speeches are all designed to be funny. A little humor, particularly at her own expense, would help soften some of the opposition to her; any Palin fans lurking in the audience are well advised to smuggle a Flip in there and bootleg that sucker.

Meanwhile, three questions. (1) Is the Gridiron committee trying to make the GOP leadership squirm by picking her? She’s the one who helped lead the charge against the party by endorsing Hoffman, after all. (2) Will Barney Frank take a gratuitously nasty shot at her in his speech on a night where good humor’s supposed to prevail? That one’s rhetorical. And (3) what’s the consummate Beltway outsider doing speaking at the consummate Beltway insider event? Well, second-most insider event: The Alfalfa Dinner’s even more secret, clubby, and exclusive. And … she attended that one too.


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Beginning with her “o”prah interview, and on this book tour, she has a real chance to show her grasp of important issues, put liberal questioners back in their place with a smile and a wink, and make some real hay with those who have an unfavorable opinion of her (unfairly derived)

ReaganConservative3 on November 6, 2009 at 8:14 PM

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bloggless on November 6, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Intolerable acts ,tea won’t be the only bags we throw into S.F. bay.

huckelberry on November 6, 2009 at 8:15 PM

If we’ve learned anything, its that a group announcing Palin will appear as a speaker doesn’t mean anything regarding whether or not Palin will actually appear as a speaker.

e-pirate on November 6, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Good to see a liberal admit that he may have learned one thing maximum in his life.

Patrick S on November 6, 2009 at 8:15 PM

enal pirate

huckelberry on November 6, 2009 at 8:16 PM

upinak on November 6, 2009 at 7:57 PM

I think Sarah said her father bagged the Griz or one of his friends. Sarah mentioned it on the American Chopper episode I think I got that right.

Clyde5445 on November 6, 2009 at 8:17 PM

e-pirate on November 6, 2009 at 7:36 Pm

Oops ,enal pirate.

huckelberry on November 6, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Barney Frank: “I see Todd has accompanied Sarah Palin tonight. Todd, I just want to say that as long as I have a chin, you’ll always have a place to sit.”

David2.0 on November 6, 2009 at 8:18 PM

2) Will Barney Frank take a gratuitously nasty shot at her in his speech on a night where good humor’s supposed to prevail? That one’s rhetorical.

I can’t help myself with this: ‘Cuda will rip him a much needed new arseh*le – I hope someone can record her speech for us.

theenforser on November 6, 2009 at 8:18 PM

But, Pirate.

Lanceman on November 6, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Does anyone else think that Barney’s flag lapel pin will be chartreuse with white stars and pink stripes, superimposed over a rainbow?

Brian1972 on November 6, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Good thing this speech isn’t at the Cleveland Steamer Club, with an opening performance by the Rusty Trombones.

Brian1972 on November 6, 2009 at 8:21 PM

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still Barney Frank.

MadisonConservative on November 6, 2009 at 8:12 PM

+10

SuperCool on November 6, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Hey Barney hands off Todd, he’s mine.—–Sarah Palin.

Clyde5445 on November 6, 2009 at 8:26 PM

You can put lipstick on a pig, and then he’ll say it’s not his color….. but it looks good on his boyfriend…

ted c on November 6, 2009 at 8:28 PM

“It’s great to be back in DC, I just sent Todd up the road a bit and he’s got Dave Letterman field dressed by now. I said I might need a little help with Barney though, so get back here quick.”

ted c on November 6, 2009 at 8:30 PM

SilverStar830 on November 6, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Dag! And I thought I was the only one who thought Barney Frank sounds like he’s talking through a mouthful of sp–, erm, tapioca.

SilentWatcher on November 6, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Serious OT…..

BOR just announced Sarah Palin is going to do an interview with him in 3 parts.

Knucklehead on November 6, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Read the whole thing. These people know a thing or two about activism and campaigning. It’s a really good piece:

http://hillbuzz.org/2009/11/05/sarah-palin-launches-presidential-campaign-disguised-as-book-tour/

gary4205 on November 6, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Thank you for pointing this link out. You are right they do love her over there, the comments are awesome.

nwsseeker on November 6, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Palin vs. Barney Frank at the Gridiron Dinner

I bet we could sell more tickets if we could get them to mud wrestle.

Think of the PR opportunities.

percysunshine on November 6, 2009 at 8:36 PM

There ain’t enough lipstick, stockings, or hair spray in the world that could make Barney look hot.

mizflame98 on November 6, 2009 at 7:38 P.M.

Did anyone POL any Liberal men on that?

heshtesh on November 6, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Gonna take a stab at the entree choices: grilled moose steak or pigs in a blanket.

GnuBreed on November 6, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I bet we could sell more tickets if we could get them to mud wrestle.

Think of the PR opportunities.

barney would file a sexual harassment charge after tapping out before he had his shoulder dislocated.

ted c on November 6, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Palin vs. Barney Frank at the Gridiron Dinner

I bet we could sell more tickets if we could get them to mud wrestle.

Think of the PR opportunities.

percysunshine on November 6, 2009 at 8:36 PM

I’d prefer Thunderdome.

With Ann Coulter serving in the role of Aunty and Dennis Miller to give us the truth of it.

SuperCool on November 6, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Allah’s pulling for you, Barney!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 6, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Beads?

heshtesh on November 6, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Allah’s pulling for you, Barney!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 6, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Beads?

heshtesh on November 6, 2009 at 8:46 PM

+ 1 MILLION!

SuperCool on November 6, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Allah… I figured it out…when Palin scores or gets in a good shot you put the winking pic up…that’s good…

CCRWM on November 6, 2009 at 8:49 PM

“And hey Barn…. If you’re specially nice when you speak tonight, I might be able to help ya get some inside poop from that worthless use to almost be son-in-law of mine. You know… bout how he’ll soon be on the cover of that magazine you always buy… Maybe you two could hang out together… er somethin”
-

RalphyBoy on November 6, 2009 at 8:50 PM

There ain’t enough lipstick, stockings, or hair spray in the world that could make Barney look hot.

mizflame98 on November 6, 2009 at 7:38 PM

You always underestimate Sarah. Who knows? Sarah can make wonders with Barney. Sarah will dress her up as a pure conservative woman.

For the first time in his life, BOR will really take a good lusty look on Barney. Hot! Hot! Hot!

TheAlamos on November 6, 2009 at 7:48 PM

At best she can make him look like Rachael Maddow. Either way, it’s not hot.

mizflame98 on November 6, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Barney heard there would be lots of tea baggers there.

Mojave Mark on November 6, 2009 at 8:51 PM

nwsseeker on November 6, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Alot of conservatives may not like it but Sarah has some supporter who are Hillcrats and PUMAS. they did a lot of GOTV last year for McCain/Palin.

Clyde5445 on November 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Intolerable acts ,tea won’t be the only bags we throw into S.F. bay.

huckelberry on November 6, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Ha! Good one.

justltl on November 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Palin vs. Barney Frank at the Gridiron Dinner

I bet we could sell more tickets if we could get them to mud wrestle.

Think of the PR opportunities.

percysunshine on November 6, 2009 at 8:36 PM

I would pay money to see Sarah hose bawny with a flame thrower.

huckelberry on November 6, 2009 at 8:57 PM

She killed it herself?

Barney’s a bear.

Jim Treacher on November 6, 2009 at 7:55 PM

I learn something new everyday at this site…

CCRWM on November 6, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Alot of conservatives may not like it but Sarah has some supporter who are Hillcrats and PUMAS. they did a lot of GOTV last year for McCain/Palin.

Clyde5445 on November 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I for one appreciate it…

CCRWM on November 6, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Damn, you guys are killing me tonight! You all are the best therapy! I need the laffs…

lovingmyUSA on November 6, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Sarah: “Barney’s taken more balls to the chin than Stevie Wonder at a whiffle ball tournament.”

David2.0 on November 6, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Alot of conservatives may not like it but Sarah has some supporter who are Hillcrats and PUMAS. they did a lot of GOTV last year for McCain/Palin.

Clyde5445 on November 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I for one appreciate it…

CCRWM on November 6, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Same here, just goes to show how much good taste they have, they’ve been some of her most vocal supporters.

nwsseeker on November 6, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Still to this day, I find it appalling that Frank got off the hook for his b/f holding a male sex brothel in their home. There is no way Frank didnt know anything about it.

Its even more appalling that that turd burglar has not been fired for his Fannie/Freddie actions. He contributed a great deal in the mess we are in and should be held accountable. But of course, the media chooses to ignore the real causes of this economic mess we are in.

bucsox79 on November 6, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Sarah: “Barney, I have been wanting to ask, did ACORN help you set up the male ho-house in your basement?”

farright on November 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Sarah: “It should come as no surprise that Barney is in the middle of a scandal involving “Freddie” and “Fannie”.

David2.0 on November 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

being an insider/outsider is a state of mind. It matters not of physical location.

unseen on November 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

1. Don’t know. Who cares.

2. If he doesn’t and he’s not insulting people and lying through his teeth 99% of the time, than it’s probably a an alien or a very botched attempt at a fembot.

3. OMG, like, you’re sooo right! She is , like, such an insider an’ stuff! Like, you know?…. all inside the beltway and whatnot?

Dongemaharu on November 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

being an insider/outsider is a state of mind. It matters not of physical location.

unseen on November 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

If you are Bawney Fwank it does.

farright on November 6, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Sarah: “I’m glad to see Barney Frank finally made it… The last I heard, he was pouring salt on his a%s and was heading down to the petting zoo.”

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2009 at 10:00 PM

If Sarah Palin is a true conservative she will tell an Elmer Fudd joke.

thevastlane on November 6, 2009 at 10:01 PM

If Sarah Palin is a true conservative she will tell an Elmer Fudd joke.

thevastlane on November 6, 2009 at 10:01 PM

you meant to say that “she ain’t got bear fur on her balls if she don’t tell an elmer fudd joke” didn’t you?

HEHEHEHE

ted c on November 6, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2009 at 10:00 PM

DOUBLE AWESOME !!!!

ted c on November 6, 2009 at 10:07 PM

AND THE WINNER IS!!!!!!!:

Sarah: “Barney, I have been wanting to ask, did ACORN help you set up the male ho-house in your basement?”

farright on November 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM!!!!!!!!!!

SilentWatcher on November 6, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Thank you for pointing this link out. You are right they do love her over there, the comments are awesome.

nwsseeker on November 6, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Nice folks. You should have seen them after the Letterman deal!

gary4205 on November 6, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Alot of conservatives may not like it but Sarah has some supporter who are Hillcrats and PUMAS. they did a lot of GOTV last year for McCain/Palin.

Clyde5445 on November 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Nah, we conservative Palin fans have at least one thing in common with the PUMAs: we both got screwed over by Teh One and his army of media sycophants.

ddrintn on November 6, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Romney, Huckabee, and Pawlenty must be thrilled.

While Sarah is taking on Bwahney Fwank, these 3 eunuchs can look around to see if Sarah left them behind a little extra testosterone. candy asses

james23 on November 6, 2009 at 11:14 PM

He’ll try to put her down, then he’ll admire her shoes and handbag.

I anticipate that he’ll be wee weed up after she launches some righteous harpoons at his fat ass.

ted c on November 6, 2009 at 7:49 PM

One of many funny comments in this thread.

Man, this encounter should be on pay per view.

james23 on November 6, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Suppose Sarah knows any good pot jokes? Looks like they may be applicable after tonight.

proudteadrinker on November 6, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Sarah as at the Right To Life dinner in Milwaukee tonight. Here are some tweets from someone who is there.

http://twitter.com/Michael_Haz

Here’s a few of my favorites:

“What. A. Babe. Honoring the military”

“Wow. She tells a couple of WI stories, mentions Greta. Instant connection with crowd.”

“Taking apart Death Panels like Godzilla going through Tokyo”

It was standing room only.

gary4205 on November 6, 2009 at 11:30 PM

gary4205 on November 6, 2009 at 8:14 PM

I can vouch for that. I had several of them behind me at her campaign stop, with HUGE Nikon cameras.

ProudPalinFan on November 7, 2009 at 12:09 AM

Heh, heh. I do love that woman. She has spunk.

SheofTwoMinds on November 7, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Bawney will bawck ouwt.

wildcat84 on November 7, 2009 at 1:12 AM

I can vouch for that. I had several of them behind me at her campaign stop, with HUGE Nikon cameras.

ProudPalinFan on November 7, 2009 at 12:09 AM

There a “or are you just happy to see me” joke in there somewhere, but I’ll leave it alone.

gary4205 on November 7, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Off the record means cellphone footage on youtube.

- The Cat

MirCat on November 7, 2009 at 2:49 AM

Barny will be bringing his John holmes strap on…

He can dream can’t he

Sonosam on November 7, 2009 at 3:52 AM

OT kinda. Bawney’s boyfriend got busted for pot while Bawney was present. Sources tell FOX25 that when Frank was questioned he told police that he did not live in the house and that he only smoked cigars.

I thought he smoked sausages.

iceman1960 on November 7, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Cuda vs. Pothead. I’m not shocked that Bawney could be a pothead. That explains an awful lot. Mandatory drug testing for legislators, stat!

Philly on November 7, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Oh, and Bawney: YOU LIE!

Philly on November 7, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Beauty and the beast.

Homo sapien vs Homo stupidien

Woman the way God created her and Frank, who thinks he is a woman but is just a drag queen in more ways than one.

Hening on November 7, 2009 at 9:47 AM

“Barney, Conservatives know that you’ll never be able to practice fiscal restraint and stop bankrupting the country, but can you at least tighten your belt? The audience can see Uranus from their seats!”

singer on November 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Speaking of drugs, wasn’t Sarah’s kid – Tigger or whatever his name is, involved in that stuff? That’s quite a bunch!

simplesimon on November 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Speaking of drugs, wasn’t Sarah’s kid – Tigger or whatever his name is, involved in that stuff? That’s quite a bunch!

simplesimon on November 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Wow, don’t let the facts get in the way of your agenda of painting her and her family as trash.

thevastlane on November 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Wow, don’t let the facts get in the way of your agenda of painting her and her family as trash.

thevastlane on November 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

To paraphrase someone with similar intelligence as Sarah: “Trashy is as trashy does”.

simplesimon on November 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Brothel in the basement. Bawny’s boyfriend busted with a bong and a stash. Sorry, libs, but Palin Derangement Syndrome does not change the truth. I suspect we’ll learn more about this story.

Philly on November 7, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I can’t help myself with this: ‘Cuda will rip him a much needed new arseh*le – I hope someone can record her speech for us.

theenforser on November 6, 2009 at 8:18 PM

There are so many places to go with that concerning Bawnee Fwank; unfortunately, all of them would get me banned from HA.

HAnthonyWayne on November 7, 2009 at 3:06 PM

I can see gay brothels from my townhouse.

Kataklysmic on November 7, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Barney Frank wouldn’t know self-deprecation if it ran an escort service out of his house.

Speedwagon82 on November 7, 2009 at 6:05 PM

I was at the Milwaukee event for Wisconsin RighttoLife.

Sarah was radiant and in fighting shape.

Excellent passionate speech. C4P’s K. Carpenter has a good post up on it.

It is getting very hard not to like this woman. I really believe she will be our best shot at not only beating Obama, but also more importantly, leading us back to reducing spending, taxes and the government, not to mention picking solid interpretationists for the court.

And yes, she is fearless and passionate for the unborn and their mothers.

And the organization they have in Wisconsin RighttoLife is very effective in their efforts to save babies and moms. They could teach a thing or two to other state pro-life groups.

Sapwolf on November 7, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Beauty and the beast.

Homo sapien vs Homo stupidien

Woman the way God created her and Frank, who thinks he is a woman but is just a drag queen in more ways than one.

Hening on November 7, 2009 at 9:47 AM

I’ll go farther.

Good vs. Evil.

:)

Sapwolf on November 7, 2009 at 8:44 PM

If Barney bails Sarah can say

I understand that Barney couldn’t make it tonight because of a case of botolism

apparently he got some bad meat in the can…..

Sonosam on November 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM

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