Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on December 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

“Palin is by no means politically unnuanced. Quite the contrary, she is as politically savvy as they come, whether on the domestic or international front. Her speeches during the recent congressional elections were not only unteleprompted barnburners in the best populist tradition, but revealed a meticulous command of the domestic issues currently bedeviling the nation as well as a finely nuanced understanding of America’s pancreatic failures in international diplomacy. She displays a far more realistic perspective on the Middle East and has far more accurately taken the measure of America’s geopolitical competitors, particularly Russia and China, than anyone in the Democratic administration.

“But is Palin electable? The next two years will determine whether she will be able to counter the slanderous media campaign against her candidacy and her competence, and so convince enough people that she has the right stuff to lead the country in perhaps its most perilous historical moment since the Civil War. Clearly, she suffers more than her share of antagonists among the megabuck left and their myriad satellites, Ivy League academics, mainstream journalists, public intellectuals, union impresarios and henchmen, and the entitlement-addicted segment of the public. They are terrified of her. She even has the panjandrums in the Republican old guard shaking in their Guccis.

“As Victor Volsky writes in American Thinker, ‘in the eyes of the political/cultural aristocracy, [Palin] is the embodiment of its worst nightmare: the revolt of the masses against their masters.’ And she knows that the master class will mobilize its considerable reserves against her. The question is whether, by sheer force of character, will, and charisma, like an American version of Delacroix’s Marianne leading the charge at the electoral barricades, and by pursuing a tireless itinerary, she can prevail against overwhelming odds and bring to the American people authentic change and genuine hope for the future.”

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“Yes, she did give at least a couple of Serious Policy Speeches, but I don’t get the sense that they got any traction at all, not with all of the tweets and the reality shows and the books stuff with platitudes. Her fans, of course, never needed convincing, but for the rest — and, here, I’m really focused on Republicans — is there anyone who wrote her off as a lightweight who is now giving her a new look because of her speech on the Fed? I very much doubt it. As for proving herself trustworthy to interest group leaders and Republican politicians, well, I haven’t seen any reporting that even hinted at that. She had some notable good calls in the 2010 contest, such as in the South Carolina gubernatorial race, but just as many bad, or just odd, endorsements. I can’t imagine that the Joe Miller fiasco helped, either.

“Mostly, she’s giving every indication that if she formally enters the race, she intends to run as a factional candidate by mobilizing her personal loyalists. That was a viable strategy in the 1970s, perhaps, at least on the Democratic side, but it’s highly unlikely that a factional candidate can win now in a coalition-style nominating process.

“It’s not too late for her, but it’s getting closer, I think.”

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“DeMint backed Romney in the 2008 presidential primary — but said he’s got ‘an open mind’ about 2012…

“Palin, for one, has never talked to DeMint before, even though they hail from the same part of the ideological spectrum and are considered heroes of the tea party movement.

“‘We’ve never spoken, but she left me a nice message, and I believe she’s done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan,’ he said.”

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“On balance, these factors look somewhat less favorable to Ms. Palin than they did a year ago. In particular, it should be alarming to her how quickly some figures in the Republican establishment have turned against her. It is probably not a coincidence that these attacks began to escalate shortly after this November’s elections, in which Republicans were perceived as having sacrificed several Senate seats, like in Delaware and Nevada, because of having nominated unelectable candidates.

“Meanwhile — after an interim period in which she seemed to be playing the role of the happy warrior, endorsing and raising money for Republican candidates — Ms. Palin recently seems to have become less selective about the arguments that she is engaging in. Her choice to attack Ms. Obama’s anti-obesity initiatives, for instance, suggests that she is either not listening to advice or that her advisers are not highly competent. Instead, she should be erring on the side of turning the other cheek: one thing that has generally been true is that presidential candidates who project a sunnier, more optimistic disposition tend to outlast those that come across as angrier. This may be especially important for Ms. Palin, who is always a lightning-rod for criticism; she doesn’t need to instigate any conflicts that she isn’t already engaged in.

“Still, Ms. Palin has some unique strengths, like her ability to use new media to attract the political world’s attention virtually at her whim. It remains conceivable, also, that the attacks that Ms. Palin will receive from members of the Republican establishment — and those which she will eventually begin to receive from other Republican Presidential contenders — could be turned to her advantage if she manages them in the right way, considering the anti-establishment mood in some corners of the party.”

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Via the Daily Caller.


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Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Agreed Cindy. I think the beltway folks are clearly under-estimating the power of the grass roots/Tea Party, who have just begun to fight for the restitution of their liberties.

Rovin on January 1, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Glad you are back and I hope you are well.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Thanks Cindy…I missed you guys and you gals. Tell Hawkdriver I said hi. Respect.

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Hawk’s around, I am sure he’ll see your comment. He’s finally getting to retire.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Rovin on January 1, 2011 at 9:07 AM

He had to step back his original views on the Tea Party folks and I am glad he did but I can’t get over the feeling that he thinks this is all a game.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Hawk’s around, I am sure he’ll see your comment. He’s finally getting to retire.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM

The man deserves all the prosperity this nation has to offer. I hope he retires in style and maybe gets involved in some leadership position. I don’t picture him standing idly by while all that he fought for turns to dust.

I am totally in line with his perception about our lack luster opposition of the GOP in the lame duck session. If I have read him right.

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Love you Sarah but not this time. It is imperative to get rid of Barry and his regime in 2012 and we cannot take any chances.
I would support Huck but only because he can beat zer0 and that matters more than anything else.
We are on a precipice with this guy, he needs to go.

FireBlogger on January 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I would support Huck but only because he can beat zer0 and that matters more than anything else.

FireBlogger on January 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Whaaaat? The media like Huckabee. That’s a sure sign the communist democrats think they can easily beat him.

darwin on January 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM

He retires this month and already has a job he is enjoying and he’s back with his loving family and you are right he deserves it all and more. I disagree a bit on the lame duck. While I was extremely unhappy with what got through, I wonder how many of the votes were revenge on the voters by those who lost their seats. I can’t be very unhappy about the GOP performance in the lame duck when their numbers were the same as the previous two years. I think there are some things that passed that they can undo with funding and overriding the president’s backdoor regulations. If that doesn’t happen,, and quick, than I will be disappointed.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 9:38 AM

So many things happened over such a short period of time it all became a blur. That may have been by design. Not enough time was allowed to even debate the matter amidst a flurry of obfuscation over the specific details.

I can’t believe Gubmint works this way.

But on Jan 4 we can hit the undo button. I want to see tangible results. None of this playing to the camera, saying we tried. I hope you are right.

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I don’t picture him standing idly by while all that he fought for turns to dust. Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM

“We” won’t let that happen Geochelone. I’m of the firm belief that there are still millions in this nation that understand the sacrifice and devotion Patriots like Hawk and so many others have given to make our lives more secure.

I am totally in line with his perception about our lack luster opposition of the GOP in the lame duck session. If I have read him right.

As are many. Yet, when this grassroots spirit rose above these status quo politicians last November, one can’t help but think there’s a small hope that “the purge of the aristocrats” is not over. This year, every one in the electorate must remind those who were installed to rein in this government ARE ON PROBATION! And they’re on a short leash. “We” put them in, and we can damn well take them out.

Rovin on January 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM

All is Quite Quiet on New years Day!

U2. NEW YEAR’S DAY

Mild Hangover…not to worry

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Oh goody, now the concernedly-concerned concern trolls are out!

Dude [ or dudette]you must be joking. NO ONE can articulate the solid principles of Conservatism as well as Sarah Palin.

I know it hurts you to see your fellow leftist travelers ripped to shreds by her “snark” [as you call it] but even that is in the grand tradition of Ronald Reagan who continually ragged on his opponents with jabs exactly like hers.

gary4205 on January 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Your aim’s a little off, here. Mankai is no troll, though he’s too quick to dismiss Palin.

It occurs to me you may be mixing him up with the poster named Monkei, who is very much a troll.

tom on January 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Rovin on January 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Good post Rovin. I book marked your blog.

Geochelone on January 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM

It’s interesting that people like Nate Silver think that because the GOP establishment is against her, that means she’s not electable. Reagan waged all-out war with the GOP establishment in the run up to 1980 – a war he won. Not saying Palin can do this as successfully as Reagan, it’s just that Nate seems a little young sometimes.

If the GOP establishment had a candidate that had a good shot at winning, I’d be more persuaded by this argument. Unfortunately that’s not the case.

Missy on January 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

PrezHussein on January 1, 2011

Are all trolls liberal? Even the most iconoclastic conservative poster is more of the form “these are the facts, this is what I believe, you are wrong”. Laying out what they truly believe, rather than the trolling objective of posturing, provoking, and disruption.

Paul-Cincy on January 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Good morning!

Cup of coffee in hand, watching the rose bowl parade

cmsinaz on January 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Good morning!

Cup of coffee in hand, watching the rose bowl parade

cmsinaz on January 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Good Morning cmsinaz! Happy New Year and have a great one too.

Rovin on January 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Happy New Year To All.

What’s the deal no “New Years” Post? Is Allah laying face down in Time Square somewhere?

Allah phone home….it’s not possible he got lucky is it?

Dr Evil on January 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

It’s interesting that people like Nate Silver think that because the GOP establishment is against her, that means she’s not electable. Reagan waged all-out war with the GOP establishment in the run up to 1980 – a war he won. Not saying Palin can do this as successfully as Reagan, it’s just that Nate seems a little young sometimes.

If the GOP establishment had a candidate that had a good shot at winning, I’d be more persuaded by this argument. Unfortunately that’s not the case.

Missy on January 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Thank you Missy. It gives me a chance to remind us all of what Reagan was putting up with 6 months before the ’80 elections:


Time Magazine – March 31, 1980

National opinion polls continue to show Carter leading Reagan by an apparently comfortable margin of about 25%. They also show that more moderate Republicans like Ford would run better against the President. This suggests that Reagan is not the strongest G.O.P. choice for the November election and that he clearly faces an uphill battle.”

Party operatives are plainly unhappy with his selection. In Massachusetts, where both Bush and Anderson defeated Reagan, party leaders are not yet reconciled to the Reagan candidacy. Says one: “There’s a vacuum of leadership at the national level; and what appears to be the Republican Party’s response? A 69-year-old man who has done virtually nothing for years”

Reagan has a history of committing rhetorical blunders that drive away voters. His quest in 1976 was damaged when he suggested vaguely, without proper research and consideration, that $90 billion in federal programs should be turned back to the states. He then spent months explaining that the affected programs would not be eliminated, only transferred. As Governor, Reagan was outraged by student unrest and once proclaimed: “The state of California has no business subsidizing intellectual curiosity.”

Worse perhaps than the verbal gaffe is Reagan’s relentlessly simple-minded discussion of complex problems. He is aware that he is charged with this failing, and in his 1967 inaugural address on becoming Governor of California, he asserted: “We have been told there are no simple answers to complex problems. Well, the truth is there are simple answers, just not easy ones.”

Time Magazine – March 31, 1980

1980:

1.Reagan was behind President Carter by 25%
2.Establishment Republicans didn’t like Reagan
3.Reagan was a blunderer who makes Gaffes
4.Reagan is simple-minded
5.Regan was an old man who hadn’t done anything in years.

2011:

1.Palin is behind President Obama by 25% + percent
2.Establishment Republicans don’t like Palin
3.Palin was a blunderer who makes gaffes
4.Palin is simple-minded
5.Palin is a young women who hasn’t done enough.

portlandon on January 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

cmsinaz on January 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Has the Ronald Reagan float gone by yet? Oh, good morning and Happy New Year.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

.it’s not possible he got lucky is it?

Dr Evil on January 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Fingers crossed.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Fingers crossed.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM

We won’t know how it turned out until he throws up a Palin or Meggie McCain post LOL!

Dr Evil on January 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

portlandon on January 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Very nice. Establishment Republicans sold Ronald Reagan and William Buckley in 1975 but the people had the final say. I don’t think the people will be as easily quieted anymore.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Happy New Year to everyone on hotair!

bluemarlin on January 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Just saw the Ronald Reagan float on the Rose Parade.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

This feels like Obama all over again.

Palin: Relative amatuer, charismatic, *diverse*, no particular qualifications for president, and cultish devotion to her.

Sounds like a recipe for success, after all, this is exactly how we got Obama.

We just need a catch phrase like “Hope n Change“, maybe a more appropriate Alaska wildlife sounding one like “Bait n Switch.”

scotash on January 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

scotash on January 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

When they start writing children’s songs to Palin and having public school children singing about her during concerts, or people fainting in the audiences while she speaks, or when the media starts giving Palin puff pieces and trying to elect her, THEN you can compare Palin to Obama.

Palin has supporters.
Obama has Worshipers.

portlandon on January 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I think that many social conservatives are overestimating their control of the tea party movement. The real power lies in the middle with swing voters. The tea parties are a coalition of libertarians, conservatives and moderates alarmed by the hog wild spending of the past decade. But 70% of the public opposes cuts in entitlements and that should frighten anybody who cares about the future of this country.

flataffect on January 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Rovin on January 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Happy New Year!!

wasn’t that a great float? and people were standing when it went by….very nice :)

cmsinaz on January 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM


Her speeches during the recent congressional elections were not only unteleprompted barnburners in the best populist tradition

Yes, but her understanding of her speeches is power point deep. She’s excellent at exactly what she is doing, but when she is taken off script and has to think on her feet, she goes into platitudinous bu~l s~~T mode.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 12:34 PM

But 70% of the public opposes cuts in entitlements and that should frighten anybody who cares about the future of this country.

flataffect on January 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

70% of the public has no clue as to the depth of the hole we’re in. We’re on our way to inflating our way into a large part of those entitlement reductions.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Palin has supporters.
Obama has Worshipers.

Pretty hard to tell the difference, especially around here.

JFS61 on January 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM


Time Magazine – March 31, 1980

1980:

1.Reagan was behind President Carter by 25%
2.Establishment Republicans didn’t like Reagan
3.Reagan was a blunderer who makes Gaffes
4.Reagan is simple-minded
5.Regan was an old man who hadn’t done anything in years.

2011:

1.Palin is behind President Obama by 25% + percent
2.Establishment Republicans don’t like Palin
3.Palin was a blunderer who makes gaffes
4.Palin is simple-minded
5.Palin is a young women who hasn’t done enough.

portlandon on January 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM


And don’t forget how Palin had a dynamic 15 year political career beginning with the president of the screen actors guild and culminating in a two term governorship of California before her first failed ran for… oh, never-mind.

I like Palin, but she needs to bake in the oven for another 8 – 12 years.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Palin has supporters.
Obama has Worshipers.
Pretty hard to tell the difference, especially around here.

JFS61 on January 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Nah, can’t even imagine Palin saying, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow,” or standing in front of Roman columns pontificating to zombie crowds.

Obama enjoys lording over us. Palin is one of us.

Fallon on January 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I’m really gettig tired of Charles Krauthammer and his bloviating. He was wrong about Obama, he was wrong about the Tea Party, he’s wrong about Obamacare and he’s wrong about Palin. And just what the hell has he done for the conservative movement lately–or ever for that matter? And why should conservatives care what he thinks anyway? He’s an elitist snob with no clue about the current culture or political climate in this country and only makes a fool of himself when he pontificates on either.

Redneck Woman on January 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

portlandon on January 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

This is how Sarah Palin is not like Ronald Reagan.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Redneck Woman at 12:58
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GaltBlvnAtty on January 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM

This is how Sarah Palin is not like Ronald Reagan.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Sure, if you compare Reagan’s entire career to Palin’s entire career.

Now, without peeking, tell us where on that timeline Reagan was 46 years old. Okay, nearly 47.

Missy on January 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

It seemed to me that when Krauthammer spoke, Conservatives all hushed and listened to see what the very wise man had to say on any subject, and if he spoke it, then it must be so. That’s the reason O’Reilly, ever the opportunist, started having him on regularly. It seems he isn’t the wisest sage after all, and he is now dead to me.

silvernana on January 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

If Sarah Palin were as dumb as everyone says she is, they wouldn’t pay any attention to her. The political establishment is scared to death of Sarah Palin and it’s going to get worse. The longer she has a political life the more shrill the comments are going to be. It’s really pretty funny.

I don’t believe the polls and the reason why is that, if you say you support Sarah Palin and would vote for her, you’re sure to be in a fight before you can finish the sentence. It comes to the point where it’s easier to say you’re still thinking about it and mention the establishment candidates as the ones you’re looking it.

If she runs the proof will be in the voting booth. The post above, which compared the Time article on Reagan is surely comparable to this also. The sycophant press has a knack for tearing down those they feel are the top tier Republicans so, if you really want to know who has the best chance of winning, look at who they’re trashing the most, Chris Christie and Sarah Palin. When those 2 get Obama’s press, then you can start worrying, and it ain’t going to happen.

bflat879 on January 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

silvernana on January 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

He’s still a good read and listen if you want to know the D.C. line of thinking is without listening to actual liberal dribble.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Now, without peeking, tell us where on that timeline Reagan was 46 years old. Okay, nearly 47.

Missy on January 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Let me guess, working for GE as a Democrat? (I’ll check after I post.)

I like Palin despite her faults. But I don’t believe that she’s capable of processing all she was deficient in two years ago in order to be an effective president two years from now. I’d like to see her run in about 10.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

silvernana on January 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

He’s still a good read and listen if you want to know the D.C. line of thinking is without listening to actual liberal dribble.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Good point there. I used to be one to “listen” when Krauthammer spoke and thought it must be so because he is so wise, but no more. You are right in your assessment.

silvernana on January 1, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Missy on January 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Looks like I can remember something for at least 30 minutes.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

This feels like Obama all over again.

Palin: Relative amatuer, charismatic, *diverse*, no particular qualifications for president, and cultish devotion to her.

Sounds like a recipe for success, after all, this is exactly how we got Obama.

scotash on January 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Let’s check your “work:”
Relative amatuer: Nope. City Council, Mayor, State government Oil and Gas Commissioner, Governor, and VP candidate.
Your points: 0

Charismatic: Yep. But that’s only a bad thing if it’s all you could say for her.
Your points: 1

Diverse: Well, it’s technically true that she’s a woman, but so are half the people in the country. Her husband is half Caucasian, half Native American, but that’s hardly remarkable in Alaska. No evidence she’s ever used “diversity” or “affirmative action” to get anywhere, though.
Your points: .5

No particular qualifications for president: Most presidents historically have been governors or generals, and very few just Senators. In fact, historically the best presidents have usually been governors, followed by generals, and Senators/legislators at the bottom.
Your points: 0

Cultish devotion to her: Show me a politician that doesn’t have devoted support, and I’ll show you a politician that loses elections. But cultish? I guess I missed the songs written about her, the people fainting in the audience, the schoolchildren performing programs in her praise, etc.
Your points: 0

So 1.5 points out of 5, and that’s being extremely generous. 30% is a failing grade anywhere.

And I’m still being too generous, because your central point is that she’s “just like Obama.” And that is a truly and deeply stupid thing to say, given Obama has been carefully prepped and groomed in politics for his entire career, and Palin had to fight against many in her own party to get elected governor — a trend that continues to this day.

tom on January 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM

I never said Palin was Reagan. I merely use the article as proof that the media, and polling showed Reagan and Palin in about the same place.

I listed out the similarities in the article.

And don’t forget how Palin had a dynamic 15 year political career beginning with the president of the screen actors guild and culminating in a two term governorship of California before her first failed ran for… oh, never-mind.

I like Palin, but she needs to bake in the oven for another 8 – 12 years.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Palin’s political career began in the early 1990′s.

Palin was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992.

So Palin has held a political office from 1992-2009.

That is 16 years.

During that time she was also on the Oil and Gas commission.

Palin didn’t just appear in 2008. She had a political career long before that date.

portlandon on January 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Let me guess, working for GE as a Democrat? (I’ll check after I post.)

Not bad! :)

Missy on January 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I like Palin, but she needs to bake in the oven for another 8 – 12 years.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM

I would also prefer a more seasoned Palin in her first Presidential run.

However, the country desperately needs a new President and I don’t think any of the other dudes are going to make the cut. No one has convinced me differently – in fact, hardly anyone is even trying. It’s all anti-Palin, not pro-someone else.

Please, someone, make the case for how ANY other contender can both win the primary AND beat Obama.

Missy on January 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

silvernana on January 1, 2011 at 1:39 PM

He and George Will are both interesting. I’d say Mr. Will has more conservative view points than Dr. Krauthammer but neither like it when the American people don’t use the inside voices. That’s when we get in the tough stuff territory.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Missy: I await a reasoned response from someone to your excellent request.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 1, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I would support Huck but only because he can beat zer0 ….

FireBlogger on January 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Still drunk from last night?

Extrafishy on January 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM

What will define the 2012 election will be the need to define the word “entitlement”.

The elderly on social security are in fact “entitled” to the benefit that they paid into during the years that they worked and paid SS taxes.

The welfare pimps and queens who lay around and produce offspring for the sole purpose of increasing their “entitlement” are not, in fact, “entitled” to my tax dollars.

Boldly define the meaning of the word entitlement in American society and you will win through sheer common sense.

/And do it without a twang, okay?

Key West Reader on January 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

If she runs the proof will be in the voting booth

bflat879 on January 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Not if the spineless GOP doesn’t come to its senses and close the primaries. If they sit back and allow the Left to choose our candidate for us again then they deserve to be lynched. And if we let them get away with it then this nation deserves to go down in flames.

OlympicLeprechaun on January 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

OlympicLeprechaun on January 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Primary rules are set by the states in which they occur.

Not the national party.

So if the Legislatures that are now Republican-controlled can close the primaries in their states good for them. Good luck on getting that through in any state that is controlled by Dems though.

SgtSVJones on January 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

This is how Sarah Palin is not like Ronald Reagan.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Not only fighting those Cold War battles, he was reading The Freeman, Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and even Ayn Rand.

AshleyTKing on January 1, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Palin is one of us.

Just keep telling yourself that.

JFS61 on January 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM

The Palin skeptics need to just drink a big cup of STFU and admit that if Palin is such a weaktard, she’ll implode in the primaries.

Competitive primaries are a good thing. Her skeptics should not be afraid of them.

But they are, and they are afraid of Palin’s presence in them.

The Primary Campaign will tell the tale.

victor82 on January 1, 2011 at 8:08 PM

But 70% of the public opposes cuts in entitlements and that should frighten anybody who cares about the future of this country.

flataffect on January 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

70% of the public has no clue as to the depth of the hole we’re in. We’re on our way to inflating our way into a large part of those entitlement reductions.

elfman on January 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM

70% of the public, at minimum, can’t tell the difference between being entitled to something because you paid/sweated for it (ie; SocSec) and being entitled to something because you think you deserve it.

Dark-Star on January 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Palin is one of us.

Just keep telling yourself that.

JFS61 on January 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Just goes to show, there’s no fool like an old fool.

JFS61 on November 18, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Fallon on January 1, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Just goes to show, there’s no fool like an old fool
Fallon on January 1, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Wow – What a crusher.

Yet another of the well reasoned and insightful responses we’ve become used to here at HA as of late.

JFS61 on January 2, 2011 at 2:34 AM

shazzbot

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