Confirmed: Palin to keynote first national tea-party convention

posted at 7:35 pm on January 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

I thought we already knew this, but CSM’s story about it yesterday got a lot of play, so maybe we only thought we knew it. Or maybe we knew she was speaking but not necessarily keynoting.

Now it can be told: She is.

On its face, the gig would seem a step down for Ms. Palin, one of conservative America’s most popular and polarizing figures (not to mention major thorn in the side of the Obama White House).

But with an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll ranking a generic “Tea Party” as more popular than either Democrats or Republicans, and Palin herself rivaling the charming Mr. Obama in poll popularity, many experts see the Tea Party event as a potential milestone for a mounting, even transformational, force in US politics…

But courting what many call a fringe and inchoate movement carries huge risks, argues Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, in Atlanta.

He says a Republican shift toward the Reaganesque Tea Party ideal could lead to a sort of pogrom for moderate Republicans, forcing out those (think Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe) who don’t hew precisely to rock-hard conservative principles around economic freedom and limited government interference…

Solidly behind that assessment, Democrats are aiming to vilify the rising Tea Party movement as woefully old-school and out of touch.

Here’s the convention homepage; if you’re planning on going, I … assume you’re wealthier than I am. Choosing Sarahcuda for the keynote is in some sense an easy call — she’s the undisputed rock star of rock stars among grassroots conservatives — but it’s odd to me that a movement devoted to taking back Washington would hand its biggest spotlight to someone who’s not running for office in 2010. Isn’t there a certain would-be “tea-party senator” who’d benefit from this free publicity more than a woman who’s done O’Reilly, Limbaugh, and, oh yeah, Oprah just within the last three months? If they’re serious about electing “true conservatives” to restore small government principles next year, there’s no time like the present to start boosting actual candidates.

In fairness, Palin’s speech will be more interesting than whatever Rubio would say just because she’ll be under pressure to extol the independent, nonpartisan nature of the tea parties — after having agreed with Rush two months ago that no, of course America’s not ready for a third party. No biggie if she does, though: She’s leveraged her tea-party appearance with another speaking engagement at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Exit question: So, who’s going to Nashville?


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Hmmm… #2

It didn’t do it that time!

rcl on January 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

That’s why families are important. That’s why the govt shouldn’t make it so easy to cut your family ties:i.e. w/ no-fault divorce.

Badger40 on January 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Yes. There are also good financial reasons as well as moral ones for not making divorce too easy, never mind the fact that males often get treated like walking wallets in court.

I think there should be some programs in place for the desparate who have no one or have lost everything through no fault of their own.

Also agreed.

Public schools have been forced by the fed govt to do things with special ed students that are unfunded.
Like NCLB & all other brillian federal unfunded mandates.

Badger40 on January 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Gah, NCLB…I was just young enough to get a taste of that nonsense. Should’ve been called No Child Left Untested.

I would argue that the federal responsibility for education should be to define a basic set of academic skills that every high school student must have in order to graduate, as a sort of baseline. But the ‘how’ is best left to individual states.

There is a desperate need for some kind of sensible national standard, but the sad truth is that I may never see such a thing. Liberals don’t like the ‘standards’ part, conservatives don’t like the ‘national’ part, and our government will be ‘sensible’ about the same time Lucifer is wearing ice skates.

Dark-Star on January 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Dark-Star on January 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Just leave it up to the states instead of having some federal standard.

mizflame98 on January 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Sarah Palin is ditching CPAC because the Birchers are a co-host. Smart move, dumb? My guess it is the smart move, given that the Birchers, while I sympathize with their little “l” libertarianism, are a bit odd. Plus, it is probably wise for a conservative to quietly ask themselves before an important decision: “What would WFB, Jr. do?” (Christopher Buckley might consider that). I mean, I may have disagreements about Ike, but I do not think he was a Communist.

Meanwhile the racism is so tasty!

Mr. Joe on January 8, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Dear Trolls,

The “quitter” thing just isn’t working. Caribou Barbie’s numbers inexplicably just keep going up. To continue receiving your paychecks, commence “Palin = Raaaaacist” immediately.

That is all. Pass the lotion.

Signed,

Daddy Soros

BlueStateBilly on January 8, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Just leave it up to the states instead of having some federal standard.

mizflame98 on January 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I agree with this idea. And the states will more than likely look to industry & the job markets to ascertain what skills are necessary for their kids in the real world.
This is why schools should stop taking federal funds & tell the feds to stick it.
They would be much better off financially if they ran on what the state & local communities give them.
Federal mandates & rules are onerously expensive & in the long run, way too costly to make a real difference.

Badger40 on January 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM

The core of Tea Party movement are libertarians. Libtards hate libertarians even more than they hate conservatives. Of course they are going to say nothing good about it.

Speedwagon82 on January 8, 2010 at 4:34 PM

In another brilliant move, the same people who went on about tea bags at the beginning of the movement have their convention at a hotel with “gay” in the name. Its like they are getting paid by Daily Show writers.

Speedwagon82 on January 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM

she’ll be under pressure to extol the independent, nonpartisan nature of the tea parties —

This will be easy for Gov. Palin. She speaks to and relates with “We the People”. The state controlled media will do whatever they can to divide us. Don’t take the bait.

mike_NC9 on January 8, 2010 at 4:48 PM

“gay”
Speedwagon82 on January 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Yes of course. These tea parties are only about homosexual things.
It certainly doesn’t have naything to do with the millions of unemployed, beleaguered, & PO’d Americans, white, black, hispanic, etc. who are sick & tired of the govt overstepping its bounds.
This is obviously all about homosexuals.

Badger40 on January 8, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Just for you guys:

President Obama To Sarah Palin: Where You Lead I Will Follow!

gary4205 on January 8, 2010 at 5:45 PM

She speaks to and relates with “We the People”.

Especially for $75,000. Joseph Farah and his moustache are pretty excited about speaking to the sheeple people too.

Grow Fins on January 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Dear Trolls,

The “quitter” thing just isn’t working. Caribou Barbie’s numbers inexplicably just keep going up. To continue receiving your paychecks, commence “Palin = Raaaaacist” immediately.

That is all. Pass the lotion.

Signed,

Daddy Soros

BlueStateBilly on January 8, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Sent out across the still in operation Obama ’08 Campaign Text Message Machine, who’s structure OBTW was recently updated thanks to millions of dollars in Porkulus earmarked to non-existent zip codes.

It’s the Chicago way of doing business.

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Grow Fins on January 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM

And here we have another excellent display of Guppy’s redundant wit–over and over, same thing, different place. Typical–expect a woman to work for nothing…while not demanding same standards from the men…Wonder how much Clinton or Al Gore charge?

lovingmyUSA on January 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM

The “quitter” thing just isn’t working.

FIFY.

She walked away from her last job based on some kind of bizarre basketball analogy! Only in the world of Palin fans does quitting your job not amount to quitting!

That’s why she can never run for public office higher than dog catcher again. President? The DNC attack ads are probably already in the can.

chumpThreads on January 8, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Breaking News:

Failed Governor Hijacks Tea-Party Movement for Personal Agenda; Film at 11

voxpopuli on January 8, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Mitt Romney??

massrighty on January 8, 2010 at 8:31 PM

All signs point to her as nothing more than a shallow, petty narcissist — the right-wing version of Barack Hussein Obama.

Time will tell but if you’re betting on this babe’s ability to put the party before herself, I would not hold my breath.

voxpopuli on January 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Someone hasn’t been paying any attention.

massrighty on January 8, 2010 at 8:47 PM

The DNC attack ads are probably already in the can.

chumpThreads on January 8, 2010 at 8:15 PM

This may be the only thoughtful thing you’ve ever said here.

massrighty on January 8, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Do all you doubters live in eternal hope of fairy tales coming true? You sound like obamabots who are looking for your next fix.

Tea party is a mindset – like it was in the beginning. Leaderless is what won the American Revolution. Don’t start with the Geo. Washington stuff either – there was over 12 years before the constitution was even ratified so that he could be a president.

The Tea Party Nation is an effort to pivot certain cultural forces into a money profit. Private enterprise at its finest. But it is not grassroots and only an idiot would think that Sarah doesn’t see at least what allahpundit sees.

Sarah is on her way to the White House. The path is a secret, whch is as it should be. Make no mistake – this is not a Sarah ad hoc operation. More like the Iraq surge – a bold visionary strategy designed by a brilliant general.

The tea parties must remain grassroots, meaning local small groups loosely affiliated with nearby groups like a spider web. Each one (or a few of them acting in concert) popping up at random with a flashmob every so often. Individually, each one is like a single rice krispie. But across the country, it’s thousands of rice krispies and taken together it will be a deafening sound.

It’s our version of whack-a-mole. A steady drumbeat of protests rolling across the country back and forth.

No way the libtards can get in front of it nor can they assign group fault because the groups have sufficient differences so that anything that sticks to one will be greeted by “you talkin’ to me?” from the next one.

When the time comes to go political, Sarah will whip out her Palin Bot Whistle and we alone will hear her call. (okay, that’s a sarc but just barely)

platypus on January 9, 2010 at 12:48 AM

The trolls are a lot like George Custer and his men the day before the battle of the Little Big Horn. Full of piss and vinegar and full of self confidence. Those stupid red skins don’t know what they are messing with! Watch us, with our repeating rifles,(A metaphor for the thick headed), feathered head bands and our stupid ways of swelling up to meet head on a lazy arrogant army of over confident followers. Why do you post here?

inspectorudy on January 9, 2010 at 2:06 AM

Looks like there’s plenty of Troll $#!+ here, picking up the slack for the missing SimpleSimon. He always enjoyed a Palin thread. I bet that little Blind Puppet Monkey is still here though… feeding his bleeding ulcer.

ronnyraygun on January 9, 2010 at 4:40 AM

She’s a smart cookie…..here’s a scenario…ASSUMING she is running in 2012.

She is wisely tapping into the Tea Party movement (whilst the Cocktail Republicans flea from anything not sanctioned by the DC Media). She could use the power of the TPM to build a huge Conservative groundswell (an insurrection if you will) within the GOP Primaries in 2012. Come on you think Mitt is going to do anything but sneer at the TP’s?

Then Palin rides the Tea Pary groundswell into the takeover of the GOP….forcing all the RINO’s into either sucking it up and pretending they like her (like they had to do with RR in 1980). That combining of the Tea Party distrust and anger at D.C. with the legislative history of governance could make for a ACORN/SEIU/OBAMA Coalition smashing in 2012.

Tea Party Activism combined with Ballot recognition as a Republican.

Could THIS be why The Law Professor in chief and his thugs in Congress are in a hurry to pass Amnesty and Voter registration reform?

Just scenario’in here.

PappyD61 on January 7, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Don’t forget the religious/Christians; she has those already! Special needs families, people w/other handicaps, Latinos and Latinas that don’t like to be mocked and “we don’t exist”, because there are a lot of us that believe in the American Dream, in the history of this country, and that it is not fair to take advantage of the system to get the flat screen teevee.

Those who have changed their minds after reading her book, people in the medicine field, you name it, she’s got them. Any stats on how many people have special needs or have a neurological disorder? (besides me, of course). As you can see, I am all summed up into all the above, and have been a Palinista ever since she stepped onstage.

ProudPalinFan on January 9, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Keep repeating the message. It is getting through. It is time to renew our understanding of and belief in the Constitution and the Representative Republic it created. Especially, that the powers of government are limited not unlimited.

Let U.S. start understanding and teaching the Constitution in schools again. Also, making Civics a course not a popular car. There are many of U.S. left that remember Civics was a class that was essential to graduation, because upon graduation you are entering the world as an adult and have been blessed with the right to vote, a right that must never be taken lightly.

MSGTAS on January 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Not to mention CPAC is going to be a Bush….sorry Romney-Rubio show.

The GOP/Whig establishment looks like they are willing to back Mitt (who I voted for in the ’08 Primary).

Why would The Wasilly Hillbilly go only to have Mittens beat her badly in a straw poll? Simple politics. As for the fee? She’ll probably wind up donating that to charity anyway, no biggie. Remember Reagan caught crap after he left office for speech in Japan for something like a mill or two.

Letting it play out, and FYI……..Jeri Thompson would rock as RNC chair!

PappyD61 on January 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

OT but I want to share with you…Through email buddy, pass around conservative email…

. .

When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson

Amendment 28:

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United
States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives,
and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or
Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the
United States .

Let’s get this passed around, folks – these people have brought this upon themselves!!!

ProudPalinFan on January 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

…but it’s odd to me that a movement devoted to taking back Washington would hand its biggest spotlight to someone who’s not running for office in 2010.

Sarah Palin draws huge crowds wherever she goes… That she’s picked to speak at a convention makes perfect sense, whether she’s running for office, or not.

I find it odd, anyone would think it’s “odd.”

franksalterego on January 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM

So, lemme’ see if I’ve got this straight….

Flipping the Switch:

“It’s War, not a Crime Spree”
Sarah Palin, January 5th

The Dim-Bulb Gets a Little Brighter:

“We are war. We are at war with al Qaeda.”
Slappy, January 7th

Funny,

how Dumb ol’ Sarah Palin can shape America’s Foreign Policy, and National Security Policy, from Alaska,

isn’t it.

franksalterego on January 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Breaking News:

Failed Governor Hijacks Tea-Party Movement for Personal Agenda; Film at 11

voxpopuli on January 8, 2010 at 11:51 AM

What’s the agenda?

Is there any difference between Palin’s and TPM’s agenda? NO.

Personal? You sound like an idiot again. Everything about politics is PERSONAL to all of us. Only idiots like you believe that OBAMA, ROMNEY, PAUL, etc. DO NOT HAVE PERSONAL AGENDA.

And don’t tell me you now value the TPM. Last time I read your post, you were dissing the Tea Party people. Case in point: The Scuzzy thing.

TheAlamos on January 9, 2010 at 1:31 PM

All signs point to her as nothing more than a shallow, petty narcissist — the right-wing version of Barack Hussein Obama.

Time will tell but if you’re betting on this babe’s ability to put the party before herself, I would not hold my breath.

voxpopuli on January 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Party before herself? You’re not voxpopuli. You’re a fake voice of the people.

You’re REALLY THE VOICE OF The Republican GOOD OLD BOYS.

TheAlamos on January 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Funny,

how Dumb ol’ Sarah Palin can shape America’s Foreign Policy, and National Security Policy, from Alaska,

isn’t it.

franksalterego on January 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Governor Palin types it, l’il Barry Dunham does it. He’s just a puppet on a string. It’ll be a great day when we the people can cut out the middle man and hand Sarah the reins.
 
I’ll stick with Sarah.
 
FREEDOM!

Blacksmith8 on January 11, 2010 at 9:17 AM