Quotes of the day

posted at 9:45 pm on November 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

“President Obama should be vulnerable in the next election given the current arc of the economy, but his personal popularity and the power of incumbency still make him a formidable opponent. For a Republican to beat him it’s either going to take somebody who already holds enough popularity to finish the march to the finish line or a new face with a lot of room to grow in both name recognition and approval.

“Sadly, you don’t fill the bill for either description. You have an impressive army of followers who are loyal to the bitter end, but that’s exactly what the end will be. There is virtually no one left in the country that hasn’t gotten to know you and formed an opinion, and there are no second chances at a first impression in this game. Your disapproval numbers are north of fifty and stubbornly show no signs of budging. If you run you’ll probably come close, but close won’t be good enough. The president knows he is in trouble politically and your best indicator of your prospects should come from looking at a boatload of those less than $200 ‘anonymous’ contributions that have been mailed in to SarahPAC lately. (Hint — they’re coming from Obama.)”

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“In fact, there is only one reason I can ask Sarah Palin to brave the sewers of a presidential run. The reason is that we need her.

“The brutal reality of America is that an aristocracy has developed in Washington against the wishes of the founders of this country. The Republican Party ‘insiders’ are just as deep in the corruption and aristocratic thinking as the liberal elites. If anyone ever needed convincing of the deep disregard in which the aristocracy holds the serfs, the ‘insiders’ reaction to the Tea Party movement answered that question. In such an atmosphere of aristocratic minds, who else would be able to cut them down to size and remind them that they work for the people of America? Would Romney, with his own aristocratic flair and his own version of Obamacare, be willing to curtail the reach of the aristocrats into our lives? Would politician-turned-talk show host Huckabee be willing to rein in the very people who supported him in his political life? Sarah Palin is one of few politicians who have fearlessly taken on the establishment, both Democrat and Republican, with a consistent message about the enforcement of the constitution and the returning of government to the people.”

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“If Palin runs, I think the entire Republican primary process will be hijacked. With ardent fans and a rabid media, it will become Palin-palooza. A celebrity fest will follow with even more amplitude than the adulation and adoration that surrounded Barack Obama, who was so revered he was sometimes referred to in biblical proportions as ‘The One.’ An all-consuming super nova, Palin will suck the oxygen out of every room, everywhere she goes. And one of two things will happen. Discerning conservative voters in early primary states will be offended by the circus-like atmosphere and the presumption that they could so easily fall for a ‘cult of personality.’ And they will vote against her. And she will lose. Or, Republican voters will be completely swept up in the mania and nominate her as the GOP standard bearer to go up against President Obama. And she will lose—perhaps the only Republican nominee who could lose in 2012.”

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“Here in flyover country, we see an honest woman with our values and our best interests at heart. She is not a liar, nor is she a fool, and she is as angry as we are. The ‘we love her but don’t want her to be president’ push poll is meaningless two years out from 2012. It is a tool to mute enthusiasm for her. The electorate is tired of ‘old boys’ and their endless manipulations. The Tea Party and Sarah Palin are not sitting back, content to savor the latest victories. The spin-masters and talking heads who lament Palin’s lack of ‘gravitas’ forget that Obama has ‘gravitas’ aplenty. Obama’s attitude is a façade and an affectation, while Palin, love her or hate her, is the real deal. Unlike Obama, you can read the details in her résumé. That counts for something now.”

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“But the biggest possible silver lining for Obama is, ‘S-A-R-A-H P-A-L-I-N,’ according to one Democratic operative who lovingly sounded out each letter of the former Alaska governor’s name.

“‘There is no doubt that the GOP today is dominated by a half-term resignee who helped her party blow an historic chance to retake the Senate,’ adds Begala. ‘[T]he party of Palin is so far to the right it makes Newt look like Che Guevara. If President Obama can move the needle on jobs — a big if, I grant you — I think Mrs. Palin’s powerful pull to the fringe can allow Obama to reclaim the center and win reelection.’”

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but who doesn’t have her weaknesses.

Purple Fury on November 27, 2010 at 9:38 AM

They’d also have to have Palin’s strengths. Charisma. Being able to fill more than a high-school gym without having to give away free beer and pizza.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Really? On what specific issues is Palin “extreme right”? They really don’t want to get into that debate.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 9:33 AM

It’s confusing for democrats because they have no idea how far left we really are. We have to go waaaaaay right just to get the country back to some sort of center.

darwin on November 27, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I hate to say it — hate to realize it, actually — but I’ve become an anti-Rove. Seeing his mug with the little whiteboard on the HotAir front page caused a disgust to surge through my body.
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And as for that handheld whiteboard, what’s up with that? You think you’re Tim Russert Karl? Well, you’re not. You’re Karl I-hate-tea-parties Rove.
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I’m starting to hope Palin runs just to flush more of the entitled elitism of the Repub Party out of the woodwork.

MaxMBJ on November 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM

In his book Karl Rove says he got into politics because he was beat up by a girl for supporting Richard Nixon and he decided then he didn’t like losing. In 2000 his candidate, whose campaign he ran, lost the popular vote. In 2004 his candidate, whose campaign he ran, won with a weak majority and claimed he had political capital.

Rove tells of campaigns where he developed messages for this group and that group and won hard fought elections in squeakers.

Rove rarely talks about ideas. Rove divides voters into groups and decides what to say to them.

Reagan and his campaigns talked about ideas. Small government. Freedom.

Rove knows how to squeak out elections. If she runs, Palin will bury him with ideas and he will fade into obscurity.

InterestedObserver on November 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I hope the GOP doesnt blow this thing~

As the recovering Dem, Tea Party Patriot, and someone who loves HRC and Sarah, I would like to win this thing in 12 folks, to save the economy!

Romney/Palin ’12
Hillary/whoever ’16

I disagree with TeaPartyNation whom I also belong to, about bringing in some of the social issues now.

Lots of we Reagan Dems have just rejoined the party so to speak and Indies could be scared away if we get too vociferous about non economic issues

the win is the economy, Romney is the win. The answer to healthcare is simple, states have the right to experiment, Feds dont. MASS wanted it, he gave it to them, he has learned from his mistakes

meanwhile he is great on economic issue is ROmney. Bain Capital baby

so what happened to unifying the party by using the ticket?

We have Romney for economic exp, Palin for the people, we win.

If the GOP fails to deliver we have HRC in 16 bet on it.

I dont think Sarah is ready for the top of the ticket.
She is very young and can run 8 yrs from now for the top job. VEEP first.

And I wish she could be Secy of Energy AND Veep, if only 1 I would rather Sec of Energy but conservatives may do an 08 and sit home and gift us with Obama again if she isnt on the ticket, sigh.,she has PLENTY of time ahead of her, the country does not.

We need to win in 12

ginaswo on November 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Romney/Palin ’12

ginaswo on November 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Won’t ever happen. There’ll have to be some other conservative scapegoat in the VP slot this time around.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 10:25 AM

I’m not sure why so many people are even thinking that Obama is terribly vulnerable.

I don’t see it. His approval ratings aren’t bad at all, and today, he agreed with the GOP on a change to HCR.

He’ll be looking for ways to do just that. And it could turn out that people like him a lot more with a GOP driven congress.

Much fuss over Palin, here. I think it’s getting embarassing for pundits. The GOP pundits are just about as silly as the liberal commenters.

AnninCA on November 27, 2010 at 10:25 AM

^ Although I really can’t think of any possible VP pick who would help pull Romney over the finish line. Thune? Santorum? Pence? Nah.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Much fuss over Palin, here. I think it’s getting embarassing for pundits. The GOP pundits are just about as silly as the liberal commenters.

AnninCA on November 27, 2010 at 10:25 AM

They have the exact same motivation, and use the same tactics.

For all their trash talk, I’ve never seen one (hey Allah!) try to dispute her on the issues, not even once. They can’t, because like Kos kiddies, the vitriol and snark and back-handedness is all they’ve got.

dtestard on November 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM

We still have a raft of GOP pundits who are still fighting the 2008 election and losing badly.

And if the leftwingers like Begala actually believe Palin hurt Republican changes in 2010, they are into serious drugs.

Republicans are lucky we still allow them to call themselves Republicans. They were a disgrace. We had to pick out of the gutter and remove their urine soaked clothes and bathe them. Most of them were either crying or trying to find super duper ways to suck up to Obama (remember Lindsey?).

The Democrats are next… BATTER UP!

Lonetown on November 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM

She is just too polarizing a figure at this point in her career to win a general election. And if the Republicans lose to a weakened President Obama, she will forever be blamed for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

The first half of this is accurate – she is far too polarizing to win. Saying she’s probably the only Republican who could lose against Obama isn’t far off the mark.

The second half of that is not. If there’s one thing the Christine O’Donnell race has taught me anything, it’s that “true conservatives” are very good at blaming anyone BUT their own candidate for the inevitable embarrassing loss.

Vyce on November 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

And if the leftwingers like Begala actually believe Palin hurt Republican changes in 2010, they are into serious drugs.
Lonetown on November 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Well it’s not as if they have poll after poll after poll after poll backing up their assertion.

…..oh wait, that’s right – they actually DO.

Cue “polls are meaningless two years out!”

But they aren’t. Unless you’re a relative unknown – if you run a poll of Mitch Daniels, for example, against Obama, and Daniels is seriously underwater, that COULD be explained away as Daniels not being widely known by the electorate, which is factual. The same cannot be said for Palin.

Vyce on November 27, 2010 at 11:07 AM

If you are looking for people who strongly support Sarah Palin to either apologize for it, or change their minds, you are going to be in for some serious disappointment.

gary4205 on November 27, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Do you even read what you’re writing? I’m not asking anyone to apologize or change their mind. I think you need to stop banging your spoon on your high chair and throwing a tantrum when people don’t see things exactly through your prism. It’s getting old.

TxAnn56 on November 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Vyce on November 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Unfortunately, all “true moderates” will succeed in doing is electing another big government Republican. Who knows, maybe “true moderates” can elect another Bush. Compared to Bush, Bill Clinton looks like a fiscal conservative.

darwin on November 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM

If you run you’ll probably come close,

Well they are moving her up from “not a chance” to close call. All Palin-All the Time—–GO SARAH!

Herb on November 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM

You know this is a real movement versus a manufactured one by the geniune fear that is invoked on both sides of the aisle.

I’m so fed up with both of them, both Democrat and Republican alike. I’ve been voting since ’76 and have watched the elephants and the donkeys take our votes and ignore the reason we put them in office. The great hope for me in the Tea Party is that from now to history we keep voting out the scoundrels until we get a group of concerned citizen-legislators who get it.

Rove, what are your core values, other than winning? Begala? Don’t step on each other answering the question.

itsspideyman on November 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM

The left is counting on the Republican establishment doing what they do best (ignoring the voting public) and the normal way the Republican nomination process goes (who is next in line that has paid their “dues”… which is Romney). Unless Romney has a very strong conservative governor from “fly-over country” as VP, he will lose. RomneyCare is a millstone around his neck. Obama and Axelrod know all this. The problem is… I don’t see anyone that fills that bill. Palin… maybe… but, she is way beyond settling for VP again. She either goes for it all or sits out.

The punditry on the left has also seriously misread this past election and the mood of moderates (ala Begala) and the Republican establishment (ala Rove) continues to seriously misread the voting public, the party’s base, and the mood of moderates. Both do so at their own peril.

The 2012 election will be about solutions with specificity that reverse the current course toward national bankruptcy and the “new world order”, plans for execution, and who best will execute the plan. Politicians woefully underestimate how well-informed the electorate is now. The electorate is finished with nebulous candidates which seal up their background and records, campaign on yet-to-be-defined change, and do nothing but draw attention to themselves instead of the country’s needs.

lewisge on November 27, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Karl Rove:

You have a tendency to over-think everything.

Some things are REAL…no manipulation or spin needed!!!

Sarah Palin is one of those.]

Get over it!!!

landlines on November 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The second half of that is not. If there’s one thing the Christine O’Donnell race has taught me anything, it’s that “true conservatives” are very good at blaming anyone BUT their own candidate for the inevitable embarrassing loss.

Vyce on November 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

B.s. One bit of moderate dogma we’ve been force-fed over the past 2 years is that Palin hurt McCain — despite the fact that moderate McCain never led Obama in the polls until he chose Palin.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

One thing is true, though, about the role of president. If you cannot command respect, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to convince people that your policies will be effective.

There’s no way to fake that one.

AnninCA on November 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

The second half of that is not. If there’s one thing the Christine O’Donnell race has taught me anything, it’s that “true conservatives” are very good at blaming anyone BUT their own candidate for the inevitable embarrassing loss.

Vyce on November 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Do you have to be this nasty all the time? Would it kill you to be pleasant now and then?

alwaysfiredup on November 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM

AnninCA on November 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

If she can pull off a win I think that will command its own respect. Also, she has been working hard to help elect he people just so that she can have a cadre that doesn’t disrespect her.

alwaysfiredup on November 27, 2010 at 1:16 PM

*to help elect HER people

alwaysfiredup on November 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Do you have to be this nasty all the time? Would it kill you to be pleasant now and then?

alwaysfiredup on November 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Well, like I said, moderates always save their bile for conservatives. Moderates generally are liberals who are ashamed to admit it.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM

it’s that “true conservatives” are very good at blaming anyone BUT their own candidate for the inevitable embarrassing loss.

Vyce on November 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

What are you talking about?

No one blamed anyone…especially with regards to the O’Donnell race. Sheesh!
And real conservatives don’t always lose nor are we embarrassed.
I’m never embarrassed to stand for conservative values!
And neither are most conservative candidates because those are American bedrock values.

Jenfidel on November 27, 2010 at 1:44 PM

One thing is true, though, about the role of president. If you cannot command respect, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to convince people that your policies will be effective.

There’s no way to fake that one.

AnninCA on November 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

And what are you talking about?
Zerobama proved in his campaign that you can get elected without either commanding respect or convincing people that his policies would be effective.
He promised “hope and change” with no tie and an open shirt and he did it in Germany.
Please.

Jenfidel on November 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Jenfidel on November 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I agree with you 100% on this..:)

Dire Straits on November 27, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Zerobama proved in his campaign that you can get elected without either commanding respect or convincing people that his policies would be effective.
He promised “hope and change” with no tie and an open shirt and he did it in Germany.
Please.

Jenfidel on November 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Yeah, but Obama had every scrap of the MSM licking his rear.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Yeah, but Obama had every scrap of the MSM licking his rear.

ddrintn on November 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM

+100

itsspideyman on November 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I hope the GOP doesnt blow this thing~

As the recovering Dem, Tea Party Patriot, and someone who loves HRC and Sarah, I would like to win this thing in 12 folks, to save the economy!

Romney/Palin ’12
Hillary/whoever ’16

I disagree with TeaPartyNation whom I also belong to, about bringing in some of the social issues now.

Lots of we Reagan Dems have just rejoined the party so to speak and Indies could be scared away if we get too vociferous about non economic issues

the win is the economy, Romney is the win. The answer to healthcare is simple, states have the right to experiment, Feds dont. MASS wanted it, he gave it to them, he has learned from his mistakes

meanwhile he is great on economic issue is ROmney. Bain Capital baby

so what happened to unifying the party by using the ticket?

We have Romney for economic exp, Palin for the people, we win.

If the GOP fails to deliver we have HRC in 16 bet on it.

I dont think Sarah is ready for the top of the ticket.
She is very young and can run 8 yrs from now for the top job. VEEP first.

And I wish she could be Secy of Energy AND Veep, if only 1 I would rather Sec of Energy but conservatives may do an 08 and sit home and gift us with Obama again if she isnt on the ticket, sigh.,she has PLENTY of time ahead of her, the country does not.

We need to win in 12

ginaswo on November 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Welcome to the dark side!! :-)

Seriously though.

Two problems with your thinking.

One, Sarah Palin won’t ever run as a VP candidate again, and especially not with some hack. Go back and read what I wrote on page 4. Her “mini-resume” She’s a CEO, not an understudy.

Palin has more experience than any potential candidate, and her record is filled with success. She’s a highly effective leader.

Two, Mitt Romney is not some economic genius. Not even close. He might know haw to run a hedge fund, but he has no clue about governing.

In fact, he was one of the worst governors in the country, and that DOESN’T count RomneyCare, which is his crowning achievement in stupidity.

Really research the guy’s record. He sucked!!!

Actually, there are 3 problems here.

You do realize Hillary is just as big a commie as Obama is right? She worships Saul Alinsky just as Obama does. Oh, she hides it better, but she is just as bad, and just as dangerous.

If you haven’t checked it out, take a look at HillBuzz.org. This is a group of gay guys out of Chicago who were HUGE Hillary supporters and lifelong democrats.

They can’t stand Obama, they know exactly what a corrupt POS he is, and got even madder at how Hillary was treated.

They joined up with the McCain campaign to stop Obama. Then they met Sarah Palin. They are now strong supporters.

Their website is a must read now for Conservatives and Palin supporters. They have also announced they would no longer support Hillary as a candidate, though they personally like her. (a very reasonable position)

There are stories like this nationwide. Only Sarah Palin has the ability to do this. No one else.

We need a serious, accomplished leader. That’s Sarah Palin, not Mitt Romney. The only thing he accomplished as governor was reaching the highest levels of incompetence and mediocrity.

gary4205 on November 27, 2010 at 3:17 PM

No Republican woman or minority candidate (minority as defined by the left) will ever be allowed to go un-destroyed into a presidential election. Ever. Period. Race and continuing racism is the cornerstone of the Democrat Party since the early 60s. If the Republicans field a female or minority candidate, and win, the jig will be up for identity politics. Identity politics is the only thing propping up the Democrat Party, so they will risk everything to destroy any Republican who has a chance to show that women or African Americans or Hispanics can be proud and strong and Republican. That is why Sarah Palin was destroyed by the lefty press. We shall see if that press has as much say as they think they do.

LakeLevel on November 28, 2010 at 1:17 AM

No Republican woman or minority candidate (minority as defined by the left) will ever be allowed to go un-destroyed into a presidential election. Ever. Period. Race and continuing racism is the cornerstone of the Democrat Party since the early 60s. If the Republicans field a female or minority candidate, and win, the jig will be up for identity politics.

LakeLevel on November 28, 2010 at 1:17 AM

Yeah, but Palin’s problem isn’t Democrats. It’s Republicans like Rove who play along with the memes. In Palin’s case it has less to do with the fact that she’s a woman than with the fact that she is just not an Establishment type. The Establishment would have had no problem at all with a Meg Whitman joining its ranks.

ddrintn on November 28, 2010 at 9:34 AM

If there’s one thing the Christine O’Donnell race has taught me anything, it’s that “true conservatives” are very good at blaming anyone BUT their own candidate for the inevitable embarrassing loss.

Vyce on November 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Wow, that’s certainly nonsensical. ‘True conservatives’ by and large win quite handily (recent election as evidence). One example (even if someone were to stipulate that you had a point on that one example) does not a universal truth make.

Midas on November 28, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Rove would probably like it if Murkowski planned to run in 2012; anything to keep the ‘establishment’ folks in power.

GTFO, Rove – your parking meter is beyond expired.

Midas on November 28, 2010 at 10:54 PM

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