Romney advisor on Palin: “She’s not a serious human being”

posted at 6:34 pm on July 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

Huckabee’s taken potshots at her from time to time, but between this fusillade from unnamed Mitt advisors and the furious counterattack on Romney at Conservatives 4 Palin, I’d say that the 2012 primary is now, at long last, officially on.

In the immortal words of Greg Stillson, “The missiles are flying. Hallelujah.”

Still, few express much regard for Palin’s ultimate chances. One adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 frontrunner, says of Palin, “She’s not a serious human being.” Another Romney intimate warns, “If she’s standing up there in a debate and the answers are more than 15 seconds long, she’s in trouble.”

One of the most experienced Republican national political operatives in the country suggests that while Palin might be envied and sleek, she lacks the endurance required for a protracted nomination fight. “She’s like a cheetah. She can run really fast, but not really long.” In the end, this school of thought about Palin goes, she is too polarizing to be seen as likely to beat Barack Obama, and Republicans will be too hungry in 2012 to risk nominating someone who could cost the party the White House — maybe even in a landslide…

Such a disjointed field can only provide more encouragement for Palin.
And nothing would make the White House happier. The President’s political advisers, troubled by the weak economy and Obama’s image as a big spender, are more worried than he is about re-election and more worried than they let on publicly. Obama himself has told people that he believes the Tea Party movement will still be going strong in 2012, leaving the party to go into battle against an incumbent with a candidate too far right to win. In fact, the President’s advisers believe that if Palin is the nominee, New York’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, could enter the race as an independent, scrambling all the conventional rules yet again.

Bloomberg as a self-funded stalking horse for his pal Barry intent on taking down the GOP? Why, that sounds … entirely plausible, actually. As for the nastiness about her being unserious, righties as respected as Krauthammer and George Will have made the same point. And I’ve noted before myself that, given the media’s obsession with painting her as a female Quayle, she’d have to be virtually perfectly on the trail for more than a year to avoid that narrative. The tiniest, most innocent flub — think Bush being quizzed on the names of foreign diplomats — will be hyped into the second coming of the Katie Couric interview, with the press breathlessly insisting that no sane person would vote for such a doofus. Can she be that perfect on the trail? Can any human being, including Barack “Bitterly cling to guns and religion” Obama?

Follow the link and read all of that piece, actually, if only for the bit about Bush and Cheney both reportedly pushing their old pal Mitch Daniels to GOP movers and shakers. Given the reviving influence of Team Dubya over the party’s establishment, I wouldn’t underestimate Daniels’s ability to burst out of obscurity quickly via a huge push from prominent Republican donors and groups. And speaking of quick bursts, more on Palin from Mark Halperin:

She would be the only woman against a half-dozen or more Republican men. As long as she leaves the door to a race open, she can freeze the field, prevent other GOP hopefuls from gaining much traction, keep the media in a perpetual will-she-or-won’t-she frenzy and jump into the race whenever she likes. That would be impossible for an ordinary candidate, but Palin could splash in as late as November 2011, just a few months before the voting begins. There is no deadline for signing up for the Iowa caucuses, and when it comes to competing in early-state contests, she will have a far easier time than any previous insurgent. Her candidacy would require almost none of the usual time sinks that force politicians to jump in early: power-broker schmoozing, schedule-intensive fundraising, competitive recruitment of experienced strategists, careful policy development. She would have immediate access to cash, with even small Internet donations likely bringing in millions.

Fred Thompson splashed into the last primary late, but not as late as November. Then again, Fred wasn’t the grassroots phenomenon that Palin is and he suffered from the perception that his late start was due to him not caring quite as much about winning as the rest of the field. That wouldn’t be the case with Palin; her late entry would be seen as calculated for dramatic effect, which would probably give her boost. And the point about small donations is well taken: Romney’s PAC has dwarfed hers in fundraising so far this year, but according to the Globe, most of the money’s come from events and large donors. By contrast, three-quarters of SarahPAC’s haul came from small donors. That’s not good news for her in terms of raw numbers — Mitt can almost certainly use big-money bundlers to crush whatever amount she’d rake in from grassroots contributors — but the media will go bonkers for a storyline about plucky blue-collar conservatives trying to propel Palin to victory against the Romney fortune one five-dollar donation at a time. And of course, that media coverage will be worth millions in itself. Remember: The default press narrative in 2012 will be Palin vs. Anti-Palin, with the task for Romney, Daniels, or whoever emerges as her nemesis to try to embody the good qualities the Anti-Palin is supposed to have — smart, competent, experienced — while avoiding the bad ones (elitist, white-collar, uncharismatic). As such, they’d better be awfully careful with how far they push the condescension towards her, especially given the potential alluded to by Halperin for gender politics to enter this race.

For what it’s worth, former McCain associate Mark McKinnon thinks she’s going to run even though neither she nor the country are ready for it. Note well his point at the end about what a Palin loss in the primary would mean; given the fervor her supporters are known for and the likelihood that the race will turn nasty, he’s totally right about the possibility of devastating party divisions in the general election. Exit question: Some Palin critics are speculating that the Bristol/Levi tabloid wedding announcement was secretly blessed by Sarah. Um, given the fact that her alleged unseriousness is already a major political liability for her, why on earth would she do that?


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Romney is not a serious conservative!

Gob on July 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM

1000 posts or the Cat gets it!

portlandon on July 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Well, at least they allow that she’s a human being.

And buddy, if anyone’s answers are over 15 seconds in a modern debate, they’re in trouble.

phelps on July 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Alternate title post: “Oh, snap!”

Pasalubong on July 15, 2010 at 6:38 PM

The Autoplay is enacted on that video. Every time you reload the page it starts over.

portlandon on July 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Palin is a nice lady, gets a really bad rap from the media (and jealous Republicans such as this case) but she is unfortunately a useful distraction for Obama and the libs. I really hope she doesn’t run, but continues the good work she is doing from the sidelines.

Go RBNY on July 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Sarah announces her candidacy on Feb 6th, 2011 in Tampico, IL. The birthplace of Reagan and on the 100th anniversary of his birth

ConservativePartyNow on July 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I’d like to see one of these fellows claim she’s not serious as she sights in, dispatches, and field dresses a moose. Or while she disciplines her kids. Mama grizzly not serious?
Surely you jest.

NTWR on July 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM

So Romney and camp are using the liberal play book…

That’s going to work out well for them/

katy on July 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Unnamed. The end.

Ronnie on July 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Which Mittens sent this out? The rock-ribbed conservative Rambo mittens, the modern metro-sexual health-care reformer, or the non-descript business man with executive experience who just wants to right the ship of the American body politic?

abobo on July 15, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Palin is slow on her feet. That will kill her.

She can’t win nationally.

rickyricardo on July 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

They would never dare say that about a Democrat or the President, they are pathetic.

rob verdi on July 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Well, at least they allow that she’s a human being.

And buddy, if anyone’s answers are over 15 seconds in a modern debate, they’re in trouble.

phelps on July 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM

You got that right…and quite frankly, they don’t need to be! The issues are NOT that complicated…despite what the dems and the MFM say…

winston on July 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

The Autoplay is enacted on that video. Every time you reload the page it starts over.

portlandon on July 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

If you have Firefox and AdBlock, just add this an exception for this video.

Electrongod on July 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

That’s dumb to say

blatantblue on July 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I like Sarah but I’m not convinced 2012 is her time. I think her time would be better spent running the RNC and turning the Republican party back to it’s Conservative roots.

kareyk on July 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

It’s probably a planted quote… meant to rile people up… but the worst thing I’ve heard Team Mitt say is that RomneyCare won’t matter… it will matter more in 2012 than it did in 2008… they’re delusional…

Why would any conservative pick Romney over Daniels, who expanded coverage through health savings accounts?

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

I like Sarah as a person. But the people who think she’s up for being President concern me. A lot.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Sorry guys, its true. Accept it.

Yes, she has gotten more unfair attacks than ANY public figure over the last 2 years. Period. Guys like Andrew Sullivan are scoundrels. However, unfair attacks DOES NOT equal quality candidate.

I know it’s heresy to say in some conservative circles, but here goes: She CANNOT take a challenging interview. She CANNOT debate. It’s amazing to me that anyone could challenge this.

HDFOB on July 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Allah please do not embed tapes that play automatically. It will replay with every refresh to look for new comments! And what in h@ll does this tape have to do with the topic of the thread anyway?

ProfessorMiao on July 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Note well his point at the end about what a Palin loss in the primary would mean; given the fervor her supporters are known for and the likelihood that the race will turn nasty, he’s totally right about the possibility of devastating party divisions in the general.

BZZZT! Wrong.

There are a lot of fervent Palin supporters, but they would converge on the “notObama” vote if/when it comes to that.

Especially if she gets a fair shot, and blows her own feet off politically by being the dunce in debates, etc. that the “elites” seem to think she is.

Give her a chance.

Why does she need to “avoid” running, lest she cause unneccessary division, but Romney, Huckabee, Daniels etc. seem to be getting a green light from many to give it their best shot?

cs89 on July 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I want choices in 2012 so I’m all for anyone who wants to join the race to join…including Palin.

terryannonline on July 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

To Romney, Daniels and the other GOP establishment hacks:

Get lost! There is no way in hell I could vote for or support any of you lowlifes. Your connection with the conservative movement is dead. Your influence is over.

Norwegian on July 15, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I too don’t think that Sarah is ready. She need to be a Community Organizer for several years while becoming friends with bigots and anti-American A-holes. Then she will be ready.

Electrongod on July 15, 2010 at 6:47 PM

The tiniest, most innocent flub — think Bush being quizzed on the names of foreign diplomats — will be hyped into the second coming of the Katie Couric interview, with the press breathlessly insisting that no sane person would vote for such a doofus. Can she be that perfect on the trail? Can any human being, including Barack “Bitterly cling to guns and religion” Obama?

If she can pull it off then she deserves the nomination. If she can out debate Obama than we might have a chance at it.

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

terryannonline on July 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Amen. The stronger the field, the stronger the eventual nominee.

notropis on July 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

I’d be careful dissing Palin. The forest floor is littered with her detractors. And those Mamma grizzlies will play with you for a while before they finally kill you. It’s pretty brutal.

RBMN on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Am I the only one not thrilled with any of the names being bandied about? I’d love to see some Bobby J in there or Chris Christie (though he won’t run for 2012).

Pasalubong on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

cs89 on July 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

See

Norwegian on July 15, 2010 at 6:47 PM

notropis on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

2012? What? No candidate is serious yet.

IlikedAUH2O on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Sorry guys, its true. Accept it.

Yes, she has gotten more unfair attacks than ANY public figure over the last 2 years. Period. Guys like Andrew Sullivan are scoundrels. However, unfair attacks DOES NOT equal quality candidate.

I know it’s heresy to say in some conservative circles, but here goes: She CANNOT take a challenging interview. She CANNOT debate. It’s amazing

Prepare to be crucified by the Palin Cult.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Get lost! There is no way in hell I could vote for or support any of you lowlifes. Your connection with the conservative movement is dead. Your influence is over.

Establishment Hack Mitch Daniels actually has something over Sarah Palin…. conservative accomplishments…

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

My man Mitch has a much better chance than Mittens does now. Romney is smart and capable, but he’s got a lot of baggage from Romneycare & his last few years of flip flopping…Daniels is no consummate speechmaker but he’s sharp as a frickin tack on things that matter…i.e “fiscal responsibility”…

Tim Zank on July 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Am I the only one not thrilled with any of the names being bandied about?

I actually like the names being named, personally. I just don’t think any of them will win. I think Obama is gonna be hard to beat. If we can keep close in 2012 and not let Democrats make big gains…that would be good.

terryannonline on July 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Romney is just another RINO progressive.

tarpon on July 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

She will be judged by her actions if she does decide to run don’t worry.

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2010 at 6:53 PM

2012? What? No candidate is serious yet.

IlikedAUH2O on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

And might never be. Beating Obama will have to be far more likely for that. If not, serious candidates will wait for 2016 rather than take the chance. Much the same way no one serious ran against Bush in 2004.

exception on July 15, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Mitt is the establishment candidate. McCain was the last establishment candidate.

Time to buck the system.

William Amos on July 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I want choices in 2012 so I’m all for anyone who wants to join the race to join…including Palin.

Not me… the more people the more extreme the antics they do to get attention… they deform each other… I want 5 or so fresh people without any national political baggage… and at least one who is not a white man even if they don’t win(Palin has baggage so pick someone else)

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

notropis on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Let me clarify-

Yes, some commenters say various candidates shouldn’t run.

However, when you read the blogosphere and news media, there are probably 5-10 “Palin shouldn’t run because….” articles for every one highlighting why Daniels, Mitt etc. would have a difficult time winning.

Sorry if I was unclear.

cs89 on July 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Are we really going to get worked up about aspersions cast by unnamed individuals in a Time article? Why are we so quick to allow lefty “journalists” to lead us around by the nose?

Dead Hand Control on July 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I’d love to see some Bobby J…….Pasalubong on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Jindal? Really? He was AWOL during the healthcare debate, just when conservatives could have used someone with his background the most.

I used to like the guy, but his silence made me do a 180 degree turn on him. He needs to prove he has the guts to mix it up on the national level.

HDFOB on July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Palin is the person the MSM would love to have us nominate. She is a walking tabloid.

PrezHussein on July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Ahhh SHIT!!!

It’s TOO EARLY, people! This is what ruined us last election. We spent so much time infighting that we didn’t attack the real enemy- the Socialists- and they won!

I would be overjoyed with either Palin or Romney, especially over the Tyrant we have now.

FOCUS.

Go after the current evils, not the potential or possible evils should so and so get nominated and then possibly elected if the Commies haven’t already rigged the election process beyond repair.

Just stop it.

The end.

NTWR on July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Watches the blood.

upinak on July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Mitt is taking off the Mittens!

Mr. Joe on July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Hey it’s early on, and don’t underestimate the ability of Teh One to continue to honk off even more independents & dems…

At this rate anybody we put up will beat him.

Tim Zank on July 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM

If she runs and loses the Republican nomination, her opportunity to influence the future is diminished. While she could follow a Reagan-like path and compete again, her loss would create a perilous split in the Republican Party. If her fervent fans refuse to support the nominee (think of Hillary Clinton voters’ angst times 10), chances of a Democratic victory in 2012 and beyond could improve significantly.

McKinnon displays his ignorance about her supporters – and her. IMO her supporters just think she should get her chance to compete for the nomination. If she throws her hat in the ring and loses fairly most will back the winner unless it’s someone they absolutely hate more than Obama.

This constant sniping and picking about how she should wait, she’s not ready, she’s too stupid, blah, blah, blah is what will drive her supporters away from the eventual candidate. Hillary voters deserted the Dems because they thought she got shafted by the insiders and Palin supporters will feel the same way.

katiejane on July 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM

At least when their is trouble afoot, Palin, unlike some people, doesn’t run and hide.

Tav on July 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Daniels is no consummate speechmaker but he’s sharp as a frickin tack on things that matter…

Tim Zank on July 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Oh yes, Mitch “Truce” Daniels is so smart! Wants to surrender on to Democrats on all social issues, then calls atheists “brutal”. Brilliant thinker indeed…. /sarc

Not surprised that the Bushes are pushing him. Daniels is a Bush clone throughout.

Norwegian on July 15, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Palin is slow on her feet. That will kill her.

She can’t win nationally.

rickyricardo on July 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

So…same refrain as the last Palin thread, huh? Nothing new to add? No, you know…. proof or examples or anything? Just repeating mindless blathering?

powerpro on July 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

I want to see articles with anonymous Palin aides trashing Romney.

VidOmnia on July 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

They pulled the same crap with Reagan. And, we all know how that turned out.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Once again Mitt is doing what he does best – using surrogates to attack while he runs for cover.

How can someone totally lacking in courage, constantly holding his finger in the air, wondering which choice will make him more popular, ever consider running for the Presidency?

Sarah Palin is just a girl, but she is more man than Mitt will ever be (as also are 85% of the women in the country).

bw222 on July 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

cs89 on July 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Actually, I was referring to your statement “they would converge on the “notObama” vote if/when it comes to that.”

I hope you’re right, but it sure doesn’t sound like it; and conversely, were Palin the nominee, we already know the alleged conservatives “ninjapirate” and “TheBlueSite” and their ilk vow to actually vote for Obama.

I hope it’s all just hyperbolic talk, and people come to their senses by September of 2012, and back the nominee — unless it’s Huck, because, by God, I swear I could never pull the lever for that man….

(Guess I’m no better.)

notropis on July 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM

One adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 frontrunner, says of Palin, “She’s not a serious human being.”

Since when is the 3rd place (that’s THIRD PLACE for the numericallly challenged) finisher the “putative frontrunner”? Now tell me who is sufficiently serious…

Another Romney intimate warns, “If she’s standing up there in a debate and the answers are more than 15 seconds long, she’s in trouble.”

Tell former Alaska U.S. Senator and Governor Murkowski that…

Gohawgs on July 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM

So, we shouldn’t like Palin because of the media veto? What they can do to her, they can also do to Romney or Huckster.

joeindc44 on July 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

We have to admit it: Mitt just can’t stand that he’s not the prettiest person in the race anymore.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Palin is the person the MSM would love to have us nominate. She is a walking tabloid.

PrezHussein on July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

No, she isn’t. (Don’t tell the tabloids, though.)

As for a Mitch Daniels’ candidacy, I really think AP must have taken up smoking cr*ck during his vacation.

Jenfidel on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Commercials of Mittens debating himself on abortion, RomneyCare, gay marriage, gun control and other issues will be the death knell.

bw222 on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

The tiniest, most innocent flub — think Bush being quizzed on the names of foreign diplomats — will be hyped into the second coming of the Katie Couric interview, with the press breathlessly insisting that no sane person would vote for such a doofus. Can she be that perfect on the trail? Can any human being, including Barack “Bitterly cling to guns and religion” Obama?

I don’t agree that she has to be so utterly perfect to win the nomination or the general election. However, she does need to go through the slog of a long campaign fighting tooth and nail all the way. If she manages that herculean feat then she’ll deserve the nomination (not that she would win it but will have shown the mettle to deserve it).

We haven’t seen her on a long campaign trail so we don’t know if she’ll do well or not. We have seen Romney on the long trail (and ya know, he didn’t come across all that well) so maybe his staff is projecting a little.

One thing is for certain, whomever wins the Republican nomination will have done it the hard grueling way, nobody will be anointed this time around.

JonPrichard on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Romney advisor on Palin: “She’s not a serious human being”

Coming from Romney, the guy who has his hair oil changed at Jiffy Lube every 3000 word?

Romney, the candidate whose opinion changes depending on what audience he is speaking to?

Romney, the John Kerry of the Republican Party?

Romney, the same guy who bankrupted Mass. with his Healthcare system “RomneyCare”?

That Romney?

portlandon on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

How can someone totally lacking in courage, constantly holding his finger in the air, wondering which choice will make him more popular, ever consider running for the Presidency?

bw222 on July 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Clinton did it. But then they didn’t call him Slick Willy for nothing.

Tav on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Why would this come out now by a romney advisor? Are guys worried? How about letting the voters, not the msm let us who we conservatives want to run, and hopefully win against this bho. We got dear john that the msm said we ‘gotta have’ and with those two choices, I voted against this bho for dear jonh. I, our home would vote for Sarah for President against this bho. The guys are doing all they can do to keep on top, just look at them.
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letget on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

At this point I pretty much hate all the Republican presidential contenders.

greggriffith on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Palin would be lucky to get 25% nationally.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Just stop it.

The end.

NTWR on July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Tell that to Mittens’ minions. Palin has been obeying the Eleventh Commandment and has been entirely focused on taking the fight to Obama, and working toward conservative victory in 2010.

Meanwhile Mittens is focusing on trashing fellow GOPer’s to eliminate his potential rivals for 2010. Snake. In. The. Grass.

VidOmnia on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

“Fred Thompson splashed into the last primary late, but not as late as November. Then again, Fred wasn’t the grassroots phenomenon that Palin is and he suffered from the perception that his late start was due to him not caring quite as much about winning as the rest of the field. “

FYI, as someone who was literally “in the room” at the time, Fred really never ran for Prez. He was a McCain decoy running interference in the state McCain (SC) did not intend to get blindsided by the social concervatives again by Huck like he did by Bush in 2000.

Really. Follow Huck’s SC schedule of appearances, Fred’s mirrored his just 24hrs later, check it, its a fact. McCain knew Romney’s mormon backround made him no threat in SC but Huck’s type of “…the constitution should be more like the Bible” candidacy was.

Why would Fred agree to it?

Fred and John are so close its a little eerie, well… more than a little I should say. For instance, when Fred married his trophy, on his honeymoon he brought along John and his trophy for the (a) ride. Innocent, or kinky? I wasn’t in that room, so I don’t know.

But take it as gospel, Fred had no desire to be Prez in ’08, if ever, and jumped in soley for the purpose to get his pal John over the SC hurdle.

I was there.

Fred and John are so c

Archimedes on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Wow. Two unnamed sources supposedly said something bad about Palin. Is anyone else completely unsuprised that Allahpundit ran with it? Of course not.

Dave From Canada on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

VidOmnia on July 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Here’s how Palin becomes president.

If she spends next year locked in a room with a bunch of GOP Policy figures as well operatives learning what she needs to know.

She needs to be prepared for a national campaign by savvy people and then maybe she can pull it off.

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

And really? 2012 is, um, after 2010. Who knows how many levels Govs. Christie or Jindal will have levelled up by then.

joeindc44 on July 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

One more time: If Palin wants to toss her hat into the ring, let her. She will either rise or fall, based upon the merits of her campaign. Here is the REAL difference between her supporters and the supporters of all the other GOP candidates who attempt to capture the nomination in 2012:

If Palin is given a fair shot, and she loses fair and square, her supporters will still rally around the winner of the primary season. After all, sending Obama back to private life is the top priority.

Can the other Republican voters say that they would support Palin with vigor should she WIN fair and square while their preferred candidate of choice falls short?

Based upon some of the comments I have seen on this site and others, the jury may well be still out on that question.

itzWicks on July 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

So, we shouldn’t like Palin because of the media veto? What they can do to her, they can also do to Romney or Huckster.

joeindc44 on July 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Repeat after me: “We will not allow the MSM/SRM/MFM to choose the GOP candidate for POTUS in 2012. the MSM/SRM/MFM delivered McCain to us and we’re not going to make the same mistake twice.”

/Seriously… the MSM/SRM/MFM are apparently frightened, so let’s not give that discredited bully the club to beat us up with.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

…read all of that piece, actually, if only for the bit about Bush and Cheney both reportedly pushing their old pal Mitch Daniels to GOP movers and shakers.

I like Cheney, but Daniels telling us we must surrender to the Democrats on social issues was plain stupid.

The Tea Party is a response to too many Republicans going along and getting along with progressive Democrats. If they run a non conservative, Democrat friendly, candidate for President again, it might be the last straw for many Conservatives.

RJL on July 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Sorry guys, its true. Accept it.

Yes, she has gotten more unfair attacks than ANY public figure over the last 2 years. Period. Guys like Andrew Sullivan are scoundrels. However, unfair attacks DOES NOT equal quality candidate.

I know it’s heresy to say in some conservative circles, but here goes: She CANNOT take a challenging interview. She CANNOT debate. It’s amazing to me that anyone could challenge this.

HDFOB on July 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I don’t agree. She flubbed the Couric and what’s-his-face interviews… and I’d like to see her tighten her responses even still…but she has time to do this.

Regarding debates… she killed Biden and in her debates for the AK governorship, she was biting and knowledgeable on policy issues. And she murdered them both at the polls.

powerpro on July 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Palin would be lucky to get 25% nationally.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Gagdad Gibbs! We are so uhhh. Uhhh. Uhhh. So. Uhh. Uhh. (head scratch) Uhh. Well. Uhh. (nose pick) Uhh. Yes, but. Uhh. Glad you’re here!

/Gibbs = The Worlds Worst Nerd

Key West Reader on July 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Key West Reader, srsly. Mcain last election, bob dole in 96.

joeindc44 on July 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Not me… the more people the more extreme the antics they do to get attention… they deform each other… I want 5 or so fresh people without any national political baggage… and at least one who is not a white man even if they don’t win(Palin has baggage so pick someone else)

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

The Dems in 2008 had plenty of candidates and they won. I don’t think have a big field of candidates will be a deterrence. It might actually make the eventual candidate stronger.

terryannonline on July 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Palin would be lucky to get 25% nationally.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

What states that Bush won would Palin lose?

powerpro on July 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Palin would be lucky to get 25% nationally.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010

Yeah. Reagan too, in 1978.

JonPrichard on July 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

“She’s not a serious human being”

Whatever you think of Palin’s possible candidacy for the Republican nomination, this kind of poisonous remark has no place coming out of anyone’s mouth, let alone a Republican’s.

ProfessorMiao on July 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Palin would be lucky to get 25% nationally.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

As a long time supporter of Mitt Romney, and my pick for 2012…

therightwinger on October 19, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Your guy Romney would be lucky to get 25% in a GOP primary in 2012. He spent over $1,000,000 per delegate he won in 2008 in the weakest GOP field evah, and still placed 3rd after McVain and the squirrel eater. Epic fail.

Norwegian on July 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Yeah. Reagan too, in 1978.

Nonsense…

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Palin would be lucky to get 25% nationally.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

She’s polling dead even with Obama at 46% right now; I don’t know why her numbers would go down. It’s not like the MSM could smear her with anything new — although a Bristol and Levi reality show really would not help matters.

notropis on July 15, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I know, we GOP’ers need someone who will reach across the aisle and has gravitas. Let’s nominate Lyndsey Graham.

joeindc44 on July 15, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Hmmm.

Romney operatives badmouth Palin! News at 6!

Seriously Allahpundit. This is news?

memomachine on July 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

If she spends next year locked in a room with a bunch of GOP Policy figures as well operatives learning what she needs to know.

She needs to be prepared for a national campaign by savvy people and then maybe she can pull it off.

TimeTraveler on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Sarah doesn’t need “operatives” or “savvy people.”
She already has learned what she needs to know and is a savvy person and I don’t understand why you’d assume otherwise.
You clearly haven’t read her FB Notes, heard her speeches or listened to her on Fox News where she indeed speaks for longer than 15 seconds.

BTW, she won the VP debate with Biden and that required her to speak longer than 15 seconds also.

Jenfidel on July 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

One more time: If Palin wants to toss her hat into the ring, let her. She will either rise or fall, based upon the merits of her campaign. Here is the REAL difference between her supporters and the supporters of all the other GOP candidates who attempt to capture the nomination in 2012:

If Palin is given a fair shot, and she loses fair and square, her supporters will still rally around the winner of the primary season. After all, sending Obama back to private life is the top priority.

itzWicks on July 15, 2010

Yup. Spot on!

JonPrichard on July 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Palin would be lucky to get 25% nationally.

therightwinger on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

I’m not a Palin fan but this is pretty ridiculous. We live in an extremely partisan era and I don’t think the GOP can get less than 40 percent unless the candidate is EXTREMELY horrible or a third party candidate. I mean McCain got 47 percent and he ran a horrible campaign and Bush’s approval ratings were in historic lows.

terryannonline on July 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

This is gonna be a long one. Gird your loins! ;)

Bee on July 15, 2010 at 7:13 PM

1000 posts or the Cat gets it!

portlandon on July 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Alright…put down the cat and I’ll add my post, port.
Romney…Palin…can we PLEASE get some more choices here? Retreads from the disasterous 2008 campaign? Come on, there are 300 million people out there, some of them legal citizens…can we NOT find anyone better?

HornetSting on July 15, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Yeah. Reagan too, in 1978.

Nonsense…

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Are you not aware that Reagan was being pummeled by Carter in 1978/79 by like a 20-30 point margin?

powerpro on July 15, 2010 at 7:14 PM

It’s on.

You wish it was on Allahpundit.

PrezHussein on July 15, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Meanwhile Mittens is focusing on trashing fellow GOPer’s to eliminate his potential rivals for 2010. Snake. In. The. Grass.

VidOmnia on July 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Can anyone really blame Romney though? He is merely taking the Huckabee play book that destroyed him last election, and using it himself. Willard is wising to the fact that he has to get out there and play hardball. This is an obsession for Willard now. He spent alot of his own money last time, and he won’t be denied. When a person of his wealth and economic upbringing is denied what they most want, they will eventually do anything they can to obtain it.

Willard will not be denied his rightful spot as the next in line by some nobody out of Pumpkin-Patch Alaska. It’s his.

portlandon on July 15, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Yeah. Reagan too, in 1978.

Nonsense…

ninjapirate on July 15, 2010

Really? Why? Reagan was purported by the media as the dumbest rock in the universe and wasn’t considered much of a threat to Carter. So why is this nonsense?

JonPrichard on July 15, 2010 at 7:15 PM

“She’s not a serious human being”

Whatever you think of Palin’s possible candidacy for the Republican nomination, this kind of poisonous remark has no place coming out of anyone’s mouth, let alone a Republican’s.

ProfessorMiao on July 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

The DNC obviously wants to run Romney. Painfully obvious, somewhat hilarious, totally devious. Wow. That defines the Zero administration. Go, DNC! Go, NAACP! Go, Re’rend Wright, Sharpton, Jackson, go ACORN!

Key West Reader on July 15, 2010 at 7:15 PM

some of them legal citizens…

HornetSting on July 15, 2010 at 7:13 PM

But are they natural born?

(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

notropis on July 15, 2010 at 7:16 PM

this was engineered by Huckabee ….slick

runner on July 15, 2010 at 7:16 PM

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