Internal White House debate: Is it time to start attacking Palin?

posted at 6:18 pm on September 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

I know, I know. Supposedly they already decided to do this, right? Well, yes and no. David Plouffe took a few shots at her the other day and Gibbs called her “the most formidable force in the Republican Party” at today’s White House presser, but no one’s thrown any roundhouses yet.

The question: Is it time?

There is, in fact, a much better avatar of the Tea Party movement [than Boehner, Beck, or DeMint], someone whose very name provokes disgust among Democrats, someone whose name identification is 100 percent and whose ubiquity is extremely useful.

That person is Sarah Palin. All that’s required is for the President to utter her name a couple of times. The Fox-Rush-Redstate nexus would explode. Palin would bask in the attention and respond. And respond. And respond. The press would cover the story and ask why the President would elevate Sarah Palin? David Broder might write a column bemoaning the fact that the President chose politics over the institution of the presidency, which is supposed to respect the dignity of all Americans.

Elevate Sarah Palin? How much higher can she go? Everyone knows her. Some of Obama’s advisers have argued in the past that the attention paid to Palin by Americans in the last stages of the 2008 campaign is one reason why Obama was able to win so cleanly.

PPP’s new presidential snapshot poll has her trailing Obama by six, with 38/52 favorability nationwide. (Follow the link for interesting numbers on Glenn Beck.) I’m mystified as to why they’re holding back. If they’re worried about raising her profile, forget it: She’s so famous now that not even Obama can do anything to further raise her profile. All the media coverage this week of O’Donnell’s win and her endorsement has cemented her identification with the tea party, which makes things nice and tidy for Democrats in terms of using her unfavorable ratings to taint TP candidates by association. In fact, as Ambinder goes on to note after the excerpt above, her image among Dems and centrists as a culture warrior is an efficient way to counter the GOP’s strategy of appealing to indies by playing up fiscal concerns and downplaying social issues. And of course, regardless of what happens this year, building up Palin is in the White House’s long-term interest insofar as she’s the candidate they want to face in 2012. A “referendum election” in which voters are asked to grade The One’s first term sounds like a very bad idea right now if you’re a liberal. But if you can make it a “choice election” between Obama and the left’s idea of a wingnut supervillain, then, in theory, they’ve got a shot. No one’s more super on the right at the moment than Palin; if the White House believes in its strategy, they should want to do everything they can to keep it that way.

And if they take her on now, the timing would be perfect. Tonight’s her big Iowa speech, an occasion which led her to say this to Fox News earlier today:

“If the American people were to be ready for someone who is willing to shake it up, and willing to get back to time-tested truths, and help lead our country towards a more prosperous and safe future and if they happen to think I was the one, if it were best for my family and for our country, of course I would give it a shot,” she said.

“But I’m not saying that it’s me. I know I can certainly make a difference without having a title. I’m having a good time doing exactly that right now.”

She’s not opening the door, just sort of … opening the door to opening the door. Presumably Axelrod et al. are holding back on her because they saw how O’Donnell’s fundraising exploded this week the day after the election; a White House attack on Palin would be gleefully exploited by the GOP among grassroots donors — “Defend Sarah and tea partiers by donating!” or something like that — and the resulting moneybomb could cut deep into the Dems’ dwindling money advantage. But as the big red wave advances — and it’s starting to look awfully big — they have less and less to lose. Why not help a blogger out by giving him a traffic bonanza for weeks on end? C’mon, Barry. Attack.

In honor of the glorious prospect of a full-on Obama/Palin smackdown, I give you the latest from the blogosphere’s favorite Taiwanese animators. Keep a sharp eye out for the chicken.


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Unfortunately, yes. He tried putting fire to it so he could comb it out nicely…but alas…fire doesn’t melt steel.

MadisonConservative on September 17, 2010 at 7:01 PM

zing!

upinak on September 17, 2010 at 7:06 PM

The risk for them is that we end up with President Sarah Palin with a filibuster-proof Senate majority in 2013…

Well, if they want to go for it, I’m sure Sarah’s up for a fight…

tigerinexile on September 17, 2010 at 7:07 PM

The Left hates Sarah because she’s a woman, and because she doesn’t fit their prejudice of what a woman should be. It’s the same reason they hated Miguel Estrada and Clarance Thomas.

Liberals accuses the Conservatives of racism and sexism not because of what Conservatives are, but because of what Liberals are.

Socratease on September 17, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Is it time to start attacking Palin?

Go for it!

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you.
Then you win.
Gandhi

Hey here’s a thought for Obama.
How bout doing your job! Not campaigning, but your job of POTUSA. Of ALL the USA, not just the Progressives and Unions.

Let’s recap, the first 6 to 8 months of this admin Obama focused on operation “RushBo” a personnel attack against a non elected radio talk show host.

Unemployment rose to unprecedented levels, Obama blamed Bush, went on vacation.

Then Obama focused on Fox news, for reporting that Obama wasn’t focusing on the economy/unemployment.
Unemployment continued to rise to unprecedented levels, Obama blamed Bush, went on vacation.

Next Obama focused his attacks on Palin for pointing out the sham known as “Obama care” will not do what Obama claims it will do, and of course Obama is not focused on the economy.
Unemployment remains at high unprecedented levels for over a year, Obama blamed Bush, then again, went on vacation.

Obama back from VaCa holds many “love me” parties for himself, ignores the economy, blamed Bush, Republicans, Fox news, Rush Limbaugh and Palin for all that’s wrong in the world, then goes on vacation.

Obama back from VaCa blames the “ingrates” known as “we the people” for not understanding how utterly awesome he is for the upcoming political defeat of his party.

Obama’s “kneepad brigade” know as “Main Stream Media” agree with Obama that the “ingrates” are just too stupid to know what’s good for them, like the unprecedented high levels of unemployment for the last 20 months (almost 2 years), massive tax increases on the horizon.

Obama, the kneepad brigade and the talking head elitist (note: not elite) all agree it’s Bushes fault.

And now Obama wonders if it’s time to attack Palin again!

The ONLY reason Obama will not be unemployed come Nov. 3rd is cuz he’s not actually on the ballot.

F-ing brilliant!

DSchoen on September 17, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Sure, go right ahead … every person or institution on the right that you’ve attacked so far has bested you and you haven’t a clue how it happened.

ya2daup on September 17, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Obama and his stooges in Alaska already went after Palin once and look how that turned out. I say bring it on because they way I see it every time Obama has tangled with Palin in the last two years he’s come off second best and Palin has increased her popularity and influence.

Hellrider on September 17, 2010 at 7:12 PM

This was yummy. Thanks.

John the Libertarian on September 17, 2010 at 7:12 PM

If they do this, again, they will lose.

Sarah’s much talked about poll numbers may just rise among independents in response to being Obama’s Public Enemy #1.

I’m with AP, though, as stupid as it seems for them to do, it would provide some serious bloggy goodness.

I’m also quite confident that she will kick his narrow ass.

Brian1972 on September 17, 2010 at 7:14 PM

How about this more important issue: Why the Dems Can’t Win in the Tax Debate
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703440604575496223092291204.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

onlineanalyst on September 17, 2010 at 7:17 PM

This should be laser printed out 3ft x 5ft, framed, lighted, and hung on the wall in the conference room of Organizing for America HQ:

Sarah Para Bellum

I wonder why AP never uses that image on a Palin post?

It is just too damn awesome.

Brian1972 on September 17, 2010 at 7:19 PM

…the American left practically CREATED their ultimate nemesis.

Khorum on September 17, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Yep.

She doesn’t do Elmer Gantry. This is the big mistake the liberals are making.
She doesn’t need to. The base knows she’s got “Babies, Guns, Jesus” nailed down already.

victor82 on September 17, 2010 at 6:57 PM

And yep.

At this point, I’m undecided whether I want her to run in 2012. At this point, I’m very satisfied that she’s reforming the GOP. For now, maybe that’s the most important job we need her to do.

petefrt on September 17, 2010 at 7:19 PM

If they strike her down, she shall become more powerful than they can possibly imagine!

But we’ll never find out, because, frankly, they couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with a flamethrower.

It would be funny to watch Obama go after Palin again, though.

Palin: Roadrunner
Obama: Wile E. Coyote

The funny thing is, I wouldn’t be such a fan, and she wouldn’t be such a celeb, if the left wasn’t driven completely out of its collective mind by her mere existence.

Merovign on September 17, 2010 at 7:19 PM

At this point, I’m very satisfied that she’s reforming the GOP. For now, maybe that’s the most important job we need her to do.

petefrt on September 17, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I agree with this wholeheartedly. Besides, if Sarah decided to toss her hat in the ring, she could do it well after the Iowa caucus and still be bling-BLING in the race.

John the Libertarian on September 17, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Hey Barry Keep FN that chicken !

William Amos on September 17, 2010 at 7:21 PM

which makes things nice and tidy for Democrats in terms of using her unfavorable ratings to taint TP candidates by association.

Of course they will try this, AP. But it won’t work, because the people who are going to be going to the polls in droves in November DO NOT EFFING CARE if Dems and the media tie the Tea Party to SP. Either they like Palin already and support her, or it matters not, because they hate what the Dems are doing.

Only people who already support Dems and hate Sarah Palin will respond to this gambit. But there are not enough of them. Independents have shown that in this election cycle, it’s a done deal and are breaking 2-1 toward the GOP wave. Dems can’t win them back. It’s too late.

Missy on September 17, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Do you really think 2 more years of this will be good?..:)

Dire Straits on September 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM

It’s horrible, but it’s the best we have right now. It will be good in the end. Buck up!

BetseyRoss on September 17, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Just heard Sarah’s speech will be carried live on CSPAN, starting at 7:30 EST

ConservativePartyNow on September 17, 2010 at 7:28 PM

The limp whisper lispy beta males need to rethink takin’ on a real woman.This is what you get when you go Ivy, Poison Ivy.
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Col.John Wm. Reed on September 17, 2010 at 7:29 PM

in a word……..YES.

Be afraid, very afraid (but they don’t have enough sense).

The campaign for 2012 has already begun (“Death Panel” started it)…..but….it officially begins on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd.

Bring it…….you Godless Communists (in the White House and media).

PappyD61 on September 17, 2010 at 7:29 PM

The Left hates Sarah because she’s a woman, and because she doesn’t fit their prejudice of what a woman should be. It’s the same reason they hated Miguel Estrada and Clarance Thomas.

Liberals accuses the Conservatives of racism and sexism not because of what Conservatives are, but because of what Liberals are.

Socratease on September 17, 2010 at 7:08 PM

They also hate her because like black conservatives, conservative women are a mortal existential threat to the democratic party. They do much better with women than men, and if we can just even that out to par, democratics are dust.

slickwillie2001 on September 17, 2010 at 7:30 PM

How about this more important issue: Why the Dems Can’t Win in the Tax Debate

onlineanalyst on September 17, 2010 at 7:17 PM

The answer to your “more important issue”, happens to be the topic. Sarah Palin.

Brian1972 on September 17, 2010 at 7:31 PM

I am a little confused by this story. Are you telling me that the Democrats have not been attacking Sarah Palin for the last two years? Is there a bizarro world somewhere that she is not being attacked constantly by liberals, the lame stream media and the Democratic Party… and oh, the same jerk offs in the Republican Party who attacked Christine O’Donnell.
(you like how I slipped the masturbation theme in there? since everyone seems to be thinking about masturbation every day all day)

PhilipJames on September 17, 2010 at 7:32 PM

The fact that the White House people are even arguing about going after Palin confirms my theory that they still want to run against Mitt Romney, as they expected to in 2008. Note this does NOT mean I like Romney or think he should be the GOP nominee in 2012! But I have an inkling that David Plouffe originally designed an elaborate campaign against Romney in 2008 and expected to use it, and still thinks it is awesome and wants to use it in 2012. I don’t think they had a clue in 2004 how to deal with Palin, and they still don’t. Add to that Barack Obama’s obvious personal issues with white women, and you have a recipe for disaster.

What this says to me is that the GOP would be stupid to nominate anyone BUT Palin in 2012, if she runs, and I’ve been pretty agnostic about her as the nominee before now. She may be a crapshoot as an actual President, but given the disaster that Obama has been, it’s hard to imagine how she could be any worse.

rockmom on September 17, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Bring it on! This is going to be fun to watch ’cause I’m not sure the Libs can take it to another level.

MestizoMaverick on September 17, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Internal White House debate: Is it time to start attacking Palin?

Uhhhhhh ……start attacking ??

At exactly what point did the attacking actually stop ??

cableguy615 on September 17, 2010 at 7:46 PM

She may be a crapshoot as an actual President, but given the disaster that Obama has been, it’s hard to imagine how she could be any worse.

rockmom on September 17, 2010 at 7:36 PM

In what way would she be a crapshoot, as you say, as an actual President?

I find it easily predictable what she would do as President.

Not a gamble at all to me.

Brian1972 on September 17, 2010 at 7:47 PM

In honor of the glorious prospect of a full-on Obama/Palin smackdown, I give you the latest from the blogosphere’s favorite Taiwanese animators. Keep a sharp eye out for the chicken.


You mean the black guy running from the train?/chicken plucken

I thnk they ended the video a tad too early…

RalphyBoy on September 17, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Elevate Sarah Palin?

I imagine she is the most powerful person in the world at the moment.

faraway on September 17, 2010 at 7:51 PM

which makes things nice and tidy for Democrats in terms of using her unfavorable ratings to taint TP candidates by association.

Of course a lot of that unpopularity stems from the bigoted and hateful attacks on Palin and her kids by the democrats.
Bigoted attacks that all the women’s groups have either joined in on or simply ignored.

Watching these liberal groups that are supposed to care about the treatment of women but go along with the tearing down of women they disagree with politically is sickening to watch.

Look at the media attention and selective outrage about this female reporter and her “humiliating” experience in the NY Jets locker room….that turns out to be not so “humiliating” after all:

NFL responds to TV reporter incident with training program

* Associated Press
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81a9cf8a/printable/nfl-responds-to-tv-reporter-incident-with-training-program

In a letter to Johnson, Goodell said that while “there seems little doubt that passes were thrown in Sainz’s direction at last Saturday’s practice, it is also clear that she was never bumped, touched, brushed against, or otherwise subjected to any physical contact by any player or coach.


Goodell said Sainz also told the NFL that she hadn’t seen or heard any catcalls, sexually explicit or offensive comments or gestures directed at her, “and did not believe she was subjected to any improper conduct.”

Sainz said on her Twitter account last Saturday that she felt “very uncomfortable!” in the Jets’ locker room,

….So all this media attention from women’s groups and liberal idiots like the View’s Behar outraged at the appalling treatment that this woman had to endure….and in the end the only thing she apparently endured was feeling “uncomfortable” in a room full of half naked men.
Could be Sainz is in the wrong line of work if being around athletes makes her “uncomfortable.”

Contrast this with the daily misogynistic treatment of Palin from the same people getting their panties all twisted up over nothing happening to a woman in a Jets locker room.

Most Americans are not stupid and see through this hypocrisy.This demonization worked two years ago but will backfire on the democrats and their supporters in 2012.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2010 at 7:56 PM

For anyone who thinks Palin as Prez would be a crap shoot, let me share this post from C4P with you.

Every once in a while I visit the Indiana University Water Cooler Discussion board. Today I saw a post over there that I thought would be of interest here. Keep in mind that most of the posters there are ultra liberal, so I’m sure it made their heads explode.

Here it is:

CO. Hoosier, I’m not even sure that I can be classified as a “Palin fan”, but I am kind of an observer. An old school buddy of mine has worked within the Alaska legislature for the last twenty years or so. He’s a registered Democrat and has worked on projects that allowed him to cross paths with her going back when she was a city commissioner, as the mayor, and as the governor.

He told me that the picture painted of her as a mindless ideologue is about 180 degrees off base. He said that over the years, he’d probably dealt with her a couple of dozen times and that her input and/or decisions were always supported by law and not by personal beliefs.

The thing he told me about her that really peaked my interest of her was her ability to process information and then to quickly forge a plan with the information she was given. He said she was a living, breathing CPM chart. He said he had seen her on multiple occasions on a variety of subjects instantly absorb input from others and then respond with cogent solutions to problems. He said if you put her in a room with a bunch of people, the chances would be great that she’d be the smartest one in the room.

He told me that when he saw her debacle with Katie Couric, his first thought was, “who is that Sarah Palin imposter?” He said that was not the Sarah Palin he had worked with for years. He was sure that the interview was highly edited. It came out later that there was almost six hours of the interview that people didn’t see.

He told me that if I really wanted to get a feel of who she is and how she dealt with powerful people, I should read the book, “Sarah Takes On Big Oil”. It was released in October, 2008 and written by two of the state’s top oil & gas editors. The lady they described had no fear to stand toe-to-toe with heavyweights and leave them slinking away with their tales between their legs. She told them that she was the advocate of the citizens of Alaska and there would be no deal making that would adversely affect them. The big boys at Exxon-Mobile and BP folded like a cheap suit.

One other thing he told me that still amazes him was how she managed to get people to work together. According to him, she could take two people with opposing opinions, sit down with them, listen to them, offer her solutions, and both guys would leave happy and not feeling that they had compromised their position at all.

He laughed at the “she doesn’t read” meme. He said it is well known in the capitol that she was a voracious reader. She truly did read most of the national mags and newspapers, mostly on line, as well as a dozen or so energy trade magazines. According to him, there were stories about how she would take home stacks of papers and reports to prepare for a next-morning meeting and it was as if every word of those reports were stamped into her brain when she sat down at the meeting.

He told me not to be fooled by her syntax or her colloquialisms because they were not a fair barometer of her smarts. He said if people would just listen and not try to read between the lines, she was easy to understand. He said he’d love to see her and Obama in a debate about energy or even healthcare. He said she’d clean his clock. He even said that if she were given a day or two to prepare for a debate on foreign affairs, his money would still be on her.

He said she was the epitome of a leader. She assembled her staff, listened to their advice, allowed opposing ideas to be heard, and then acted accordingly. As a manager, she advocated making a plan based on the best info available, budgeting the plan, working the plan, measuring results, and quickly adjusting the plan if it was determined it wasn’t working as expected. She believed in the First Law of Holes.

He thought her biggest struggles in the 2008 campaign were the product of trying to endorse McCain’s positions on issues. She was able to voice her dissenting opinion on ANWR because her views were known, but on everything else she was expected to toe the McCain line. He said that she lacked the ability to shovel crap and sell it as perfume.

He reminded me that anyone who denies the accuracy of her “death panel” metaphor should go back and read her exact words, both her initial FB post and her rebuttal of Obama’s attack on her words. He said “read what she wrote, not what someone wrote or said what she wrote”. Her words in those posts have already been proven to be true.

He said that “divisive” is not a word that should be used to describe her. He said that was just a simple use of Alinsky’s rule #13. He said, “look at all the issues. Her position is in line with the majority on virtually all of them”.

He told me she wasn’t perfect, but if I read something or heard something that was negative, I should check it out a little closer. He shared a lot more, but I’m afraid I’ve already rambled on for too long.

Should she run in 2012? I really don’t know. Would I vote for her? It depends who she’s running against. Will she drive the agenda if she doesn’t run? Yes, for a long time.

NoNails on September 17, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Start?

When did they stop?

SuperCool on September 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Democrats. Pretentious, patronizing fools. They wanted leadership, they got it, and now they’re crapping all over it. Stop looking for villains, and start looking for solutions. NoNails’ post above says alot. We should take a closer look at Palin. Hypocritical “feminists” burning their own sister.

teacherman on September 17, 2010 at 8:30 PM

NoNails on September 17, 2010 at 7:58 PM

That is exactly the impression I have had from what I’ve read and observed. To add to that, she is a natural superstar at retail campaigning. What Rich Galen said in that piece about Iowa was just utterly ignorant.

He said that the Iowa process requires slogging through bad weather, sleeping in downscale motels because it’s the best in town, meeting the little people and so on, and that he did not think that seemed to be Palin’s theory of how her life should be conducted. So, all that is beneath the haughty Sarah Palin, diva? How does this guy think she got elected Governor? Alaska is nothing but small towns and bad weather! Good grief, how can he be so ignorant, and still spout off like he is a reliable source?

If she runs, she will not concede any ground to anyone.

She will hit Iowa like a Cat5 hurricane, shaking hands and kissing babies the whole way. She will fight Romney tooth and nail in New Hampshire, then on to South Carolina.

Sarah Palin won’t be skipping any states. All the others are going to have to fight for every vote they get, because she will be after them all.

Brian1972 on September 17, 2010 at 8:36 PM

NoNails on September 17, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I’ve long felt she’s quite different than the McCain people made her out to be.

AnninCA on September 17, 2010 at 8:36 PM

NoNails on September 17, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Thanks for posting that. It comports with everything else I’ve read about her from insiders in Alaska.

Missy on September 17, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Palin has been Hitlerized! It has begun.
Dem Staffers with Nazi Signs

Apparently, it’s okay for Dems to call people Nazis, but not Independents and Repubs. I wish I could keep the rules straight!

PattyJ on September 17, 2010 at 8:38 PM

How does this guy think she got elected Governor? Alaska is nothing but small towns and bad weather! Good grief, how can he be so ignorant, and still spout off like he is a reliable source?

Exactly. But you know – it’s much better that they remain ignorant. If they don’t know what they’re up against, it will be nearly impossible for them to fight her effectively.

If Sarah Palin decides to do retail politics in Iowa, there will be no one to match her.

Missy on September 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM

“Ohhhhh, the gloves are coming off now!” Come on. What are they going to do, order more Tina Fey appearances on SNL? They don’t dare take her on on policy issues.

ddrintn on September 17, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Bring it Barry! Go ahead and let’s see what the American people think of the President, presiding over an economic track record that looks like a HazMat train wreck with the Keystone Cops as the first responders, attacking a private citizen who is not running for anything! Oops, we already did, did’t we?!

Not sure you want to do that with a character you can’t demonize quite as easily as el Rushbo, Barry. That just might light the fuse on a huge can of Whup-ass. It just might.

drunyan8315 on September 17, 2010 at 8:42 PM

I’ve long been a Sarah Palin fan, from even before the nomination in 2008, and she’s been my first choice as a Presidential candidate in 2012. I will not vote for Mitt Romney, no matter what. A Palin/Romney ticket would make me cry, because, as I said, I will not vote for Mitt Romney, no matter what.

Having said that, I am starting to wonder if she might be better for the country in the role she’s in now. She certainly is the most powerful conservative voice right now, but part of that is, as has been said above, entirely the fault of the left and it’s incredibly thin-skinned leader.

Would she be as powerful with a Republican in the White House? No, almost certainly not, but she still commands a lot of respect and creates enthusiasm and action with just a few simple keystrokes.

As Tammy Bruce is fond of saying, “type, type, type, type, SEND…BAM!” She has the potential to keep doing that for many more years if she desires.

Chris of Rights on September 17, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Whenever a White House, any White House, openly attacks someone that person is elevated as they are the underdog and the President is diminished. Obama is still trying to figure out how such a powerful position can be so weak… and can’t understand the calculus of what being the President actually means.

Thus I expect him to attack Palin, go down in the polls, elevate Palin and cause a fracture in his staff when this, like all the other attacks done by the White House and President, backfires. They didn’t stop Rush, Beck, Fox News, nor anyone else they have gone after… as they can’t learn from their mistakes, they will repeat them. Continuously.

ajacksonian on September 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Let Obama go ahead and attack her; after all, he’s been so successful at it and she’s curled up into a foetal position each time and been too scared to respond. Go ahead, BarryO! Make her day!

SilentWatcher on September 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Good speech. I’m not sure she’s going to run. She’s not softening the speech, toning it down.

Here’s the link for the White House.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295525-1

PappyD61 on September 17, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Thus I expect him to attack Palin, go down in the polls, elevate Palin and cause a fracture in his staff when this, like all the other attacks done by the White House and President, backfires. They didn’t stop Rush, Beck, Fox News, nor anyone else they have gone after… as they can’t learn from their mistakes, they will repeat them. Continuously.

ajacksonian on September 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM

I agree with you there. They are so arrogant, they have bought their own hype about Obama, so it is natural they have bought their own spin on Sarah too. They will try to stick with the ridicule and dismissal strategy because it is what they desperately need to believe.

She will be ready for them. She will use it to her advantage, further securing the Republican base behind her, and probably turning some heads among the independents who are leaving Obama like somebody pulled the fire alarm.
They have to go somewhere, and she is bound to get a second look if she is in the game when it gets going.

This is a fluid process, things are in motion constantly.

She can make the sale when it counts. I am more sure of that now than I have ever been. The country is getting ready for a big swing, and she is already standing where they will end up going. Her own campaign for Governor was really the first Tea Party campaign, when you look back on it. She ran against both parties, a current Governor in the GOP, then a former Governor in the general, and whipped them both, to everyone’s amazement.

The Nation is moving towards her, and I think she will do it.

Brian1972 on September 17, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Good speech. I’m not sure she’s going to run. She’s not softening the speech, toning it down.

PappyD61 on September 17, 2010 at 9:15 PM

It is not time for that yet. We still have this November to get through. After the midterms are settled, she has the Alaska documentary on Discovery, and the second book tour.
That is when she will shift gears, and look to 2012.

Brian1972 on September 17, 2010 at 9:24 PM

BTW,

Palin understands what Reagan did.

In America…………it’s always Morning.

PappyD61 on September 17, 2010 at 9:31 PM

The left hate Palin because she is an American woman, who believes in God, loves her husband, puts her family first, smells pretty, wears a bra, shaves her legs, has a great set of cans, can shoot like a Marine, talk like Limbaugh and is conservative.

Alden Pyle on September 17, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Help us Sarah Palin, you’re our only hope.

long_cat on September 17, 2010 at 9:55 PM

She hasn’t announced and she trails by only six?

Woo Hoo!

Kafir on September 17, 2010 at 10:06 PM

See Obambi run. Run Obambi run. Don’t let the cowcatcher get you where the good Lord split ya.

AH_C on September 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Yes, let’s keep peddling Sarah Palin as nothing more than a culture warrior. I hope the Dems keep riding that hobby horse straight to 11/4/12. People less consumed with PDS who are capable of thinking for themselves and reviewing Palin’s record know that, short of Chris Christie, there’s probably not an executive in this country who has the fiscal con creds that Palin has.

NoLeftTurn on September 17, 2010 at 11:16 PM

The thing he told me about her that really peaked my interest of her was her ability to process information and then to quickly forge a plan with the information she was given. He said she was a living, breathing CPM chart. He said he had seen her on multiple occasions on a variety of subjects instantly absorb input from others and then respond with cogent solutions to problems. He said if you put her in a room with a bunch of people, the chances would be great that she’d be the smartest one in the room.

Thanks for posting this NoNails. I have actually read this more or less from others as well. Apparently she is a multitasking savant. One of the quotes I read about her said she could be checking email on her Blackberry all the while you were trying to explain some problem or issue to her and you would be convinced she wasn’t listening/paying attention/comprehending. But when you were through speaking, she would provide you with a cogent response and/or solution. I think this person referred to her as a “sponge,” capable of absorbing enormous amounts of complex information, synthesizing it, and acting accordingly. Yeah, she sounds really stupid to me. /

NoLeftTurn on September 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Bring it, White House morons. Once again complain about someone who is not in office. ELEVATE your opposition via your negative attention. Clowns.

rayra on September 18, 2010 at 4:03 AM

If they attack her now or any time soon they make her rather than break her. They are in an interesting bind unless you think there is a reason to “make her” and then shred in November 2012. If they “make her” they obviously would believe they could then defeat her. They very well might be able to do so.

{^_^}

herself on September 18, 2010 at 5:33 AM

The woman is Teflon – the more they attack – the better it is for her.

Done That on September 18, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Pfff. Time to start attacking Palin?

As if they ever stopped.

As if there’s anything more disgusting that they haven’t already used against her.

Rehashing grub is a job for maggots.

maverick muse on September 18, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Lots of great comments by so many posters here today. It’s a treat to read (most of) them. I used to think Palin was, like Rush, living, rent-free in their heads. Now I think they’re paying her to live there based on the exposure and attention they lavish on her. Sarah has the best enemies she could possibly hope for.

Extrafishy on September 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I love how it ended…Obama doesn’t jump off the track to avoid the ‘tea-party express’…he runs down the track! It’s a perfect metaphor really. He’s such a moron.

AUINSC on September 17, 2010 at 6:25 PM

The absolute best part was that Obama runs like a girl. I don’t usually pick on his manliness, but that was hilarious.

There Goes The Neighborhood on September 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The Left hates Sarah because she’s a woman,

Socratease on September 17, 2010 at 7:08 PM

A white conservative Christian woman, that abhors abortion, lives her convictions, has a handicapped child and honors God in her life.

That is considered evil by the dims?

dthorny on September 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM