Joe Miller: Of course Palin’s legally qualified to be president

posted at 5:41 pm on October 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

Skip ahead to 4:30 for a little damage control after last night’s e-mail leak. Naturally HuffPo and Mediaite are conveniently omitting the flattering things Miller said here about Palin — “she’s done phenomenal things for this country,” “she’s elevated the debate,” and, like the rest of the field, she’d do a better job than The One — in favor of emphasizing his more legalistic answer towards the end. That said, he’s clearly very, very uncomfortable with the idea of the race becoming a Murkowski/Palin proxy fight, which is interesting because Murkowski seems uncomfortable with it too. Aside from the zinger she launched at Palin during the announcement of her write-in bid, she hasn’t mentioned Palin’s connection to Miller at all lately as far as I know. I assume the blackout on Sarahcuda is due to neither side feeling confident enough about how Alaskans view her right now to risk injecting her into the race. If Miller thought voters up there loved her, presumably he’d be running ad after ad mentioning her; if Murkowski thought they didn’t love her, ditto. Or have those ads been running and I’ve simply missed them? Alaskans, please advise.

In case you haven’t seen it already at the Standard, here’s Todd Palin’s response to the e-mail flap:

My family has worked hard in supporting Joe Miller, so when I heard he’d said something less than supportive of my wife’s efforts, I responded. But it turns out we’d gotten our wires crossed and Joe hadn’t said anything like what I’d been told. So there’s no story here except the fact that the press put our personal emails online again, and again couldn’t even be bothered to conceal our email addresses or take any steps to protect our privacy.

He ripped Miller a new one without even confirming that Miller said what he supposedly said? That sounds … familiar, actually. She really is qualified to be president!



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She’s at least 35 and an American citizen!

Ian on October 6, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Did I miss something? Is it 2012? I thought we had to go through the 2010 elections first…

sandee on October 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Are you baitin’ the Palin-h8terz again AllahP?

Or just stirrin’ the pot a bit

:)

RocketmanBob on October 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

How was that email intercepted, again?

d1carter on October 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

She’s at least 35 years old and a natural-born American citizen!

Emperor Norton on October 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Todd was probably told by someone he didn’t think he’d have a reason to doubt…I don’t know why anyone would seriously care about this.

Emily M. on October 6, 2010 at 5:49 PM

He ripped Miller a new one without even confirming that Miller said what he supposedly said? That sounds … familiar, actually. She really is qualified to be president!

No, this isn’t familiar. Familiar would be Michelle Obama firing Shirley Jerrod and then apologizing.

unclesmrgol on October 6, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Trust but verify is what Palin always says.

However, Miller seems clearly rattled by this dust up.

Also, his answer about his wife being on unemployment while he is philosophically opposed to it was pretty weak IMO. Seems to me he’s getting some bad advice. I wonder if RSM’s reporting from last night about 1/2 of his staffers from Huck’s campaign F’ing up a lot lately has some truth to it.

davek70 on October 6, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I live in Alaska, and you’re right, AP. Neither side’s touching Palin. Miller’s painting Murky as a priviliged RINO, and Murky says that Miller is the puppet of outside extremists, with an extreme agenda of extremism.

Or words to that effect.

Doogie on October 6, 2010 at 5:53 PM

She’s at least 35 years old and a natural-born American citizen

And she has not already served two terms as pesident.

aunursa on October 6, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Heh. Poor Joe can’t answer this one the way he’d like to.

Jaibones on October 6, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Why bring in Palin…there is good and bad.
Miller is ahead, so you don’t throw something into the mix, you keep on message that got you ahead.

right2bright on October 6, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Waiting on SarahCudas(Grizzly Bat Signal),for
SarahCuda to officially throw her bonnet in the
ring!!

Yes,she’s American!!

And yes,I’ll bet some Liberal Alaskian Birthers will
claim she was born in the USSR,since its sooo close,
ugh!!!!

canopfor on October 6, 2010 at 6:05 PM

And she has not already served two terms as president.

Not yet.

Emperor Norton on October 6, 2010 at 6:05 PM

live in Alaska, and you’re right, AP. Neither side’s touching Palin. Miller’s painting Murky as a priviliged RINO, and Murky says that Miller is the puppet of outside extremists, with an extreme agenda of extremism.

Or words to that effect.

Doogie on October 6, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Doogie and AP are right. (I live in Alaska too.)
I live in Alaska and I’m following the campaigns

TeleL on October 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM

No, this isn’t familiar. Familiar would be Michelle Obama firing Shirley Jerrod and then apologizing.

unclesmrgol on October 6, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Or the First Lady firing people from the White House Travel Office and then apologizing.

malclave on October 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Did I miss something? Is it 2012? I thought we had to go through the 2010 elections first…

sandee on October 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

We do. This is about Palin, though. It MUST be posted. It’s the law.

joejm65 on October 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM

It appears that this midterms is heading for a
massive Narration Deception/Perception War!!!!

canopfor on October 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Alaskans, please advise.

Come up and find out.

upinak on October 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM

It’s kind of cool that Todd admits to having been wrong. Pretty refreshing.

myrenovations on October 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM

6PM.

Allahpundit post.

Palin in the title.

20 comments in 30 minutes.

Better start applying at the Daily Beast, AP.

MadisonConservative on October 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Doogie on October 6, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Only the news seems to care.

upinak on October 6, 2010 at 6:14 PM

So Todd wrote a scathing email and got Sarah to spike a facebook post, without even hearing first hand what Joe Miller supposedly said? Like I always say, drama queen!.

Chudi on October 6, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Trust but verify is what Palin always says.

However, Miller seems clearly rattled by this dust up.

Also, his answer about his wife being on unemployment while he is philosophically opposed to it was pretty weak IMO. Seems to me he’s getting some bad advice. I wonder if RSM’s reporting from last night about 1/2 of his staffers from Huck’s campaign F’ing up a lot lately has some truth to it.

davek70 on October 6, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Agreed. Miller needs to fire whoever the leaker was, which appear to be a Huckster plant.

Norwegian on October 6, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Mountain meet mole hill.

roux on October 6, 2010 at 6:22 PM

If the ridiculous accusations that Miller is a puppet for outside influence starts to stick, then he is going to have to bring Palin in and go for Murky’s throat.

Daemonocracy on October 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM

For those worrying about Todd being “highly sensitive” regarding family- isn’t the fact Levi is still converting oxygen into carbon dioxide a pretty convincing proof Todd has remarkable self-control?

Just my take.

cs89 on October 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM

cs89 on October 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Actually who would have faulted Todd if they’d heard that Levi was found staked out on an ice floe?

katiejane on October 6, 2010 at 6:31 PM

This is a trap that the old media will spring on any Republican candidate that they can. They won’t accept a simple yes or no, they will want to dig deeper. They do this to divert attention from the issues that need to be discussed this election, and to split off support from the candidate.

Republicans need to develop a simple answer so they can stay with the issues.

slickwillie2001 on October 6, 2010 at 6:40 PM

All of this has got some Huckabee weaseliness on it.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Obviously AP need a few more hits for some kind of quota amongst the blogs and Sarah always comes through for him. What’s even funnier are the trolls who talk about Todd and Sarah like the actually know anything about either of them. Some of you mouth breathers are sooo funny with your adult comments maybe you could get a gig in your mom’s basement.

inspectorudy on October 6, 2010 at 6:48 PM

The Palins are learning by leaps and bounds and becoming more savvy and polished by the day. This is a teaching experience for them and, one might add, a teaching experience for anyone who is a beneficiary of Sarah’s powerful endorsement.

You are a team player or you will hear about it. I like what this says about the Palin campaign.

bonnie_ on October 6, 2010 at 6:49 PM

cs89 on October 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM

katiejane on October 6, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Yeah, and that gap between David Letterman’s teeth isn’t wider. You know, like no teeth.

Mirimichi on October 6, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Teleycoman on October 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Uh-oh. Miller’s on the Huckster’s payroll.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM

OK not sure what I did wrong but my most elegant prose on this did not show up. So here is the hack job. Mr. Miller no longer has my support. All he had to say is yes Palin is qualified for the job, but he had to him and haw on it, what the heck is that about!

Teleycoman on October 6, 2010 at 7:09 PM

do not take the media bait!

the stories floating about HRC VP and Miller dissing Sarah etc etc are causing brush fires among the HUGE coalition that has naturally evolved from Obama AND Pelosi/Reid’s hubris and overreach.

We have conservatives, Republicans, moderates, Reagan Dems, Indys all in sync to deliver a MASSIVE AXX KICKIN to Obama and Co.

Heads down, push forward, try to make 40 calls to GOTV :0>

ginaswo on October 6, 2010 at 7:10 PM

malclave on October 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Yes HRC was co-POTUS 10 yrs ago, she had juice she used it. Get over it.

Now stay on target. We are defeating the Democrats here in 2010

ginaswo on October 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM

What a nothing-burger story this is.

rrpjr on October 6, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Looks to me like someone :>) is doin a fabulous job of getting national air time and being able to get the message out that this is not Palin Vs Murkooksky! This is Joe Miller vs an incumbant RINO who happens to be named Liza Murlousky!

I see that Joe doesn’t want this a Murlooser vs Palin fight as some are trying to portary it rather the new fresh Tea party conservative candidate vs the corrupt old incumbant who has not done the greatest job for her state.
Any port in a storm any way to get air time to frame the debate when the message is being stolen or twisted. Good Job Joe/Sarah! :>)

dhunter on October 6, 2010 at 7:43 PM

This whole situation smells fishier that last years salmon. Are they just attempting to make the Palins appear inept? hmmmm.

Kissmygrits on October 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM

So Miller has presidential aspirations, too is the take away from his odd answer.

If Palin rises, Miller can say he was misunderstood, and if she tanks, Miller can say: “See, I told you so.”

He is just being a standard-issue, ambiguous politician, covering his ass bets.

profitsbeard on October 6, 2010 at 8:43 PM

The leftists in government and in the media hate all Republicans and they hate Sarah Palin more than they do the other Republicans. Nobody outside of Alaska, before McClain bought her on as a running mate,knew even who she was. When they seen the way she energized the conservative base- they immediately feared her and began their smear campaign to destroy her. They attack her on a daily basis and even attack her children and the baby with Down syndrome, call her stupid and many other vile names but she is one tough lady. The Media is making this a bigger issue than it really is. As the old adage- making a mountain out of a mole hill. Serves two purposes for the leftist media. Make Joe Miller look bad and also make Sarah Palin look bad.
Isn’t going to happen, the people are on to the lies and the distortions of the media.

flintstone on October 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

And she has not already served two terms as pesident.

aunursa on October 6, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Heck, she hasn’t even served a full term as governor!

chumpThreads on October 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Are you baitin’ the Palin-h8terz again AllahP?

Or just stirrin’ the pot a bit

:)

RocketmanBob on October 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

I keep telling you guys, it’s the accent.

Allahpundit would sooner support a Stalin/Che ticket than anyone with a “folksy” accent.

/do I really need a tag?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on October 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Or have those ads been running and I’ve simply missed them? Alaskans, please advise.

No, they have not been running.

AshleyTKing on October 6, 2010 at 10:48 PM

She really is qualified to be president!

That’s a non sequitur.

Why, because her husband said something based on someone else’s information (who presumably he trusted)? You sound like Gloria Allred, who claims the husband’s knowledge trumps all reality.

Opinionator on October 7, 2010 at 4:06 AM

Joe Miller: Of course Palin’s legally qualified to be president

That’s not exactly an endorsement there, Joe, lol.

xblade on October 7, 2010 at 4:15 AM

It is too early to be endorsing anyone for 2012 publicly, especially when you have an election to win this month.

I do not blame Joe Miller for dodging the question like he did, because Sarah herself also dodges those questions, and rightly so.

I find the whole practice of repeatedly asking the question of anyone and everyone, “Is Palin qualified to be President?” as a peculiar exercise. It is a dumb media tactic, and even FNC is not immune to it because it is designed to generate controversy, further stories and ratings. That is what they do.

I’m more concerned with how that scumbag loser blog got ahold of that e-mail in the first place.

Brian1972 on October 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I keep telling you guys, it’s the accent.

Allahpundit would sooner support a Stalin/Che ticket than anyone with a “folksy” accent.

/do I really need a tag?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on October 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM

That, plus the beautiful woman/intimidation/beta-male factor.

Oh….and Chudi is a drama queen.

Dongemaharu on October 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM