Quotes of the day

posted at 10:35 pm on January 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin missed a prime opportunity on Wednesday to demonstrate that she can play on the presidential stage, top Republicans say…

“‘You have to see it through her eyes,’ said Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary for former President George W. Bush. ‘She has been accused in the mass media of being a accessory to murder.’

“But, he added, ‘She would have done much better if she had just ridden above all the nonsense and the politics of the shooting, including all the references of her map.’

“‘She could have, and should have, set a different tone entirely. She did for 75 percent of the speech, but for 25 percent she did not,’ Fleischer said.”

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“I hope one can still use cooking metaphors in this new age of low-key rhetoric, right? Anyway, this has been another Bad Week for Palin Inc. She’s been traduced this week and the statement she’s released today, while typically punchy, isn’t likely to change anyone’s opinion. Nevertheless, the fall-out from the Tucson shootings has damaged the erstwhile Governor and added weight to the sense, fair or not, that nominating her may be more trouble than it’s worth. I think her prospects of winning the Republican nomination have been sliding quietly for some time (whatever the polls say) and this week’s events do nothing to change that. Among the reasons why I think she’s done

“George Will was never going to endorse Sarah Palin and nor was Charles Krauthammer. But while Will may not be as influential as he once was there are plenty of people who still listen to Dr Charles. Now that it’s ok to point out the obvious – Palin can’t win – expect more conservatives to do so. Hell, she;s lost Jennifer Rubin too. She’s no longer Untouchable. You can like her, but that doesn’t mean you have to vote for her. Sorry, Sarah…”

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“Coming days after the event and then shrouded in what literary critic Walter Gibson once identified as the ‘stuffy,’ official language of bureaucrats and Fourth of July picnic speakers, it is not only curiously dispassionate but vague and legalistic (filled with barely earned conclusions prefaced with ‘so,’ ‘thus,’ etc.). It is a tapestry of threadbare cliches (‘our Founders’ genius,’ ‘May God bless America,’) in search of a news hook, the type of windy oraration that could be dusted off for any event, from a disaster site to a Kiwanis luncheon. And if the style is what captures the reader’s attention, it’s because there’s no substance on which to feed…

“But since her bravura entrance onto the national stage, virtually every interaction she has had with her public has been so tightly stage-managed and scripted that her main selling point has been swathed and suffocated in layers and layers of distance from anything approaching a real-time response to the world she lives in. When she resigned her governorship long before her first term was up, she signaled that she wasn’t so interested in being an actual legislator. Fair enough, and who can blame her? But she’s now getting to the point where she’s signaling that she is incapable of giving even her most sympathetic audience what it wants from her. Which means there’s one less interesting character on the public stage and her future, even as an entertainer, is dimmer than it once seemed.”

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canopfor on January 13, 2011 at 6:50 AM

perfect :)

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 6:53 AM

this is says it all with the msm…nothing sarah does is right…

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 6:27 AM

cmsinaz:Yup,and its too bad Sarah never got the MSM
as Hopey gets,me thinks,its a Liberal Snub
Operation!

They,the Left cannot compete in the arena of
ideas,so now the strategy apppears to be,ig
nore her,just a guess!!:)

canopfor on January 13, 2011 at 6:55 AM

(I found the reason the event turned into a pep rally. It was never supposed to have been a memorial service. This is the note I had posted on my FB page:)

Arizona suffered a tragedy on Saturday, January 8, at the hands of a madman. Jared Loughner killed several people and shot a member of Congress. One would naturally think that people would want to attend a memorial service to mourn the dead and pray for the injured. That did not happen. A ‘service’ had been held at the University of Arizona, but it was no memorial service. T-shirts were passed out, people were cheering and chanting Obma’s name. It was more like a pep rally or political rally. Either way, it was no memorial service. And now I know why. The following has been copied directly from the Wall of the University of Arizona fan page and is unaltered. I’m bolding the important comment in the thread of the Wall posting. This is where civility no longer exists for the dead:

Posted January 12, 2010, 8:44 PM CST

Eve Baker
I’m sorry, I thought that was supposed to have been a Memorial Service to respect the dead, not a pep rally, complete with cheering and T-shirts!!! Really, that’s the most respect that could be mustered up??? Disgusting!

Brittani Janae Phillips I would like to humbly suggest that even a pep rally is far more helpful for the Tucson community than seeking out Facebook pages and criticizing said community members. Just a thought.
about an hour ago

Kevin Wos Thank you, Eve.
about an hour ago

Eve Baker If said community members had any respect for the dead and the families of the victims, I would not feel the need to point out their faults. This was NOT supposed to be a political rally, yet that’s exactly what it turned into. Anyone with any sense of decency would feel horrified for the families of the victims in attendance, that their loved ones are being used for political purposes.
about an hour ago

Eve Baker What has any of this to do with Obama or Bush himself? Why couldn’t this have simply been a somber speech given to honor the dead and their families? Why did all the cheering have to come into play? Where were the loved ones of the victims and their speeches and sotried about their lives? This was not a memorial, but a rally! I had truly hoped for so much more, but when the cheering started and continued, it made me sick! Manners and respect have become a thing of the past apparently!

Brittani Janae Phillips The only people turning it into a political rally are people such as yourself. The crowd was obviously moved by the events there. In the long run, does it matter if there were t-shirts? Does it matter if people were cheering? If healing took place, I really think not.
about an hour ago

Eve Baker Healing was not what I saw taking place. I saw a pep rally, and a whole lot of pain on the family members faces. But I guess those who were on the cheering high woud not have noticed that not everyone was having a good time.
about an hour ago

The University of Arizona Hi Eve, thanks for your thoughts. Tonight’s event has been called an event by the UA, not a memorial service.about an hour ago

Eve Baker That may be so UofA, but I never once heard or saw it referred to as anything but a memorial. It was consistently called a memorial on the news, and by the presidents staff, so that’s what I and most of America assumed it was going to be. H…ad people known otherwise, I’m sure very few would have bothered turning it on to pay their own respects. We would have done so through another venue, and not been so upset by what most of us see as disrespect shown to the victims and their families. Once it started being referred to as a memorial in the media, I would have made damn sure that it was clarified beforehand, if, in fact, it was never designated nor intended as such.

madmonkphotog on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 AM

canopfor on January 13, 2011 at 6:55 AM

possibly, and yet,they are the ones that keep bringing her in the picture…

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 6:57 AM

BREATHTAKING…………

Instead of silence from the GOP Leadership in defending Palin or Conservative talk radio or the Tea Party we get the RINO/Progressive infested GOP DC establishment actually trashing her (US)!!!

We really have allowed a RULING CLASS to be created in the AXIS of PROGRESSIVE EVIL in this country!

Her speech was great…….and very Presidential and another reason you can tell that is because all the “SMARTER THAN YOU” Bushies are telling us what we saw wasn’t what we saw.

I’m weary with Fox News and the talking heads there.

PRYING THE PROGRESSIVES lose their power will take Generations……God help us!

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 AM

madmonkphotog on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 AM

wow…just wow

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 AM

If Palin runs for President, I’ll vote for her. I don’t listen to ‘experts’–most don’t know their up from down anyway.

zoyclem on January 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Many “Conservatives” are beginning to treat Palin in much the way the pretend Catholic liberal politicians treat abortion. Well I’m personally opposed to (her) but I respect the right of others to support her(the idiots)

I suspect (but lack proof) that, besides the beltway crowd of insiders (Krauthammer, Rove, etc), the ones that don’t want her elected fall mainly into several catagories: macho men, jealous women, libertarians, and the anti-God crowd of any ilk. Just a guess – but fire away (or can you say that anymore?)

Don L on January 13, 2011 at 7:05 AM

I’ll vote for her.

Viper1 on January 13, 2011 at 7:05 AM

canopfor on January 13, 2011 at 6:55 AM

possibly, and yet,they are the ones that keep bringing her in the picture…

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 6:57 AM

cmsinaz:Exactly,using her as a scape-goat!:)

canopfor on January 13, 2011 at 7:06 AM

cmsinaz:Exactly,using her as a scape-goat!:)

canopfor on January 13, 2011 at 7:06 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 7:08 AM

So now what?

The House GOP is going to submit the Rollover-and-Play-Dead-on-Obamacare bill?

BuckeyeSam on January 13, 2011 at 7:08 AM

BuckeyeSam on January 13, 2011 at 7:08 AM

i sure hope not or they may as well say goodbye in 12….

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Wow, now that Dr. K says she can’t win, I guess I won’t be voting for Gov. Palin/s

WordsMatter on January 13, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Is this the day that Ed ends the OODT feature in favor of a Palinism of the Day?

What the h*ll; it’s just about the superficial show, right?

BuckeyeSam on January 13, 2011 at 7:17 AM

If Sarah gets out of the bed on the left side of the bed, she is clearly not presidential material. If Sarah gets out the bed on the right side of the bed, she is more trouble than she is worth to the Republican Party. I get so sick of the attacks on Palin because they aren’t responses to what she did. What she did is merely a pretext to attack her.

I’m also annoyed by the constant chanting that she can win moderate voters. I’m a moderate and I want her to be the next president.

thuja on January 13, 2011 at 7:18 AM

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Krauthammer, not because he does not support Palin as a presidential candidate, but because his condescension and constant sniping have diminished his stature. Now his other commentary, even when spot on, sounds perfunctory and rote.

RedRedRice on January 13, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Let me get this straight: a paid spokes-hole in the media tells us, unflinchingly, that it was unnecessary for Palin, a private citizen, to respond to wide-scale slander FROM the media, of which the said spokes-hole is a part?

That’s Kafkaesque their chuckles.

Yikes!!

So CK thinks he is the self-appointed chess master and private citizens are just disposable pawns that can be sacrificed for the greater good of a grand strategy to which only he is privy.

Most unfortunate.

He can wheel his arm-chair analysis out of the room.

Check Mate, Clown.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Many “Conservatives” are beginning to treat Palin in much the way the pretend Catholic liberal politicians treat abortion. Well I’m personally opposed to (her) but I respect the right of others to support her(the idiots)

I suspect (but lack proof) that, besides the beltway crowd of insiders (Krauthammer, Rove, etc), the ones that don’t want her elected fall mainly into several catagories: macho men, jealous women, libertarians, and the anti-God crowd of any ilk. Just a guess – but fire away (or can you say that anymore?)

Don L on January 13, 2011 at 7:05 AM

A salient observation, a different observation, and well said.
+1

diogenes on January 13, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Axis of Progressive Evil

DC Beltway Political Ruling Class / The Media in NYC / the Progressive Ivy league schools that feed them both.

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 7:33 AM

As soon as Palin’s gutsy and Presidential address was released, you knew the Republican Establishment had to pan it. It made them look so bad by comparison. All of them, every last one, had clammed up and suffered the smear in silence. Not Palin. And when she pushed back, they instantly looked small–microscopic–by comparison.

The Republican Party doesn’t deserve a real leader. It is a party of and for very small people, concerned only about protecting “their turf.”

At this point, I believe the Tea Party needs to take the next step. “Changing the GOP from within” is snake oil. The TP will strike out on its own, or perish.

james23 on January 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM

I’m also annoyed by the constant chanting that she can win moderate voters. I’m a moderate and I want her to be the next president.

thuja on January 13, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Ditto. I’m a moderate too.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Over at Instapundit, he cites CJ Burch, who notes that O moved to the right in his speech last night – because O would certainly have wanted to chime right in with the rest of the libs, as he has always done.

It wasn’t Dr. K who moved Obama to the right.
It wasn’t George Will who moved Obama to the right.
It wasn’t “top Republicans” who moved Obama to the right.

It was Sarah.

Sarah is the most influential Republican and conservative voice in America, right on par with even Limbaugh.

The pundits are irrelevant and lack influence in matters political. They just talk about it.

But Sarah changes the game.

beatcanvas on January 13, 2011 at 7:36 AM

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 7:33 AM

I am with you on this.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Had to laugh at a report this morning of course comparing the pep rally to Reagan’s “touch the hand of God” Challenger Disaster speech.

It was mentioned and should be repeated that Reagan gave his eloquent speech 2 hours after the event.

2 hours. Rehearsed Obama for 3-4 days and put the script in his hands and t-shirts on the chairs, and Dr. Krauthammer is back in love. Only to write next month’s article on what a clueless, studio-manufactured fraud he is.

Marcus on January 13, 2011 at 7:42 AM

As soon as Palin’s gutsy and Presidential address was released, you knew the Republican Establishment had to pan it. It made them look so bad by comparison. All of them, every last one, had clammed up and suffered the smear in silence. Not Palin. And when she pushed back, they instantly looked small–microscopic–by comparison.

The Republican Party doesn’t deserve a real leader. It is a party of and for very small people, concerned only about protecting “their turf.”

At this point, I believe the Tea Party needs to take the next step. “Changing the GOP from within” is snake oil. The TP will strike out on its own, or perish.

james23 on January 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM

I hear ya. Seems that there is an artificially imposed embargo on the truth, cause the cartel needs to alter reality to remain a cartel.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 7:48 AM

It’s pretty clear the punditry is taking the PC position on this. Obama’s prepared remarks were for the most part okay. The problem was the venue. I think he should have shown some presidential leadership and avoided this because it was completely obvious it would become a circus.

Obama didn’t lead us in the traditional American value of showing somber reverence at a memorial. He lead us in the irresponsible shallow values of our spoiled youth. This event was all about them and how they feel. They refuse to get outside of themselves to honor those who just days before were full of life.

And Obama and his handlers KNEW this would be the response! That is why they did it! Their mistake is that they think they can slough this off as not their fault because they didn’t plan the event. Two things undermine that BS excuse. First, he could have suggested the university set a tone of reverence by not printing T-shirts and asking the attendees to be respectful. Second, Obama eventually embraced the campaign atmosphere. He couldn’t help himself and went right into campaign mode with the finger jabbing, looking up and down his nose (like Mussolini did), and increasing his animation to put emphasis on certain points.

All in all, great words delivered by a despicable opportunist Marxist politician.

csdeven on January 13, 2011 at 7:51 AM

i guess my biggest problem with all this praise for dear leader is he can talk the talk but he won’t walk the walk…it’s just words, he will fall back in with the hard core rhetoric as soon he hits the campaign trail…

and these folks are falling for it hook, line, sinker…

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 7:54 AM

So, while we argue over this and defend ourselves from the blame, how many executive orders and regulations are going to go through that will limit our free speech and gun rights?

mizflame98 on January 13, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Maybe members of the Establishment GOP are lobbying for healthcare waivers or wealth-redistributin’ waivers, or both.

BuckeyeSam on January 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Oh whatever.

This whole thing reminds me of 2008 and the whole: Trig isn’t Sarah’s baby/she wants to ban Harry Potter from the Wasilla library/Palin hates rape victims — bu!!$#it. It doesn’t matter if there is any basis in reality. The whole strategy is to just throw everything you can at her and see what sticks.

bitsy on January 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Hell, she;s lost Jennifer Rubin too.

Had to comment…This is just balderdash.

I have been reading Jen Rubin for a long time at Contentions and now at the WaPo. I don’t recall Rubin ever being a Palin fan.

marybel on January 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM

andy barr and alex massie? Who the hell are they? I’ve never heard of either and until they write something else the liberals can use to attack conservatives I’ll probably never hear anything from them again. And nick gillespie was very disappointing, he has sided with liberalism over conservatism in coming out of the closet to attack Palin. Libertarians are just liberals who understand economics but they just don’t understand that without economic freedom there is no other freedom and the left no that with economic freedom they will never gain control. Champion abortion and the homosexual agenda until the iron toed boot comes down, nick, because then it will come down on you, too, pal. Palin’s statement was mature, intelligent and presidential. It’s my opinion that anyone who didn’t see that has a problem with Palin that can not be overcome. romney, huckabee, pawlenty, santorum will never be elected. Keep allowing the left to write the narrative on Palin and we will enjoy another 4 years of barrack the destroyer and the beast emperess.

peacenprosperity on January 13, 2011 at 8:04 AM

The same idiots who complained that bush never defended himself are complaining that Palin stood up for America.

peacenprosperity on January 13, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Andy Barr, speaking from that Journolist anti-Palin nest, Politico, gets one vote. Charles Krauthammer, chronically anti-Palin also gets one vote. Massie doesn’t have a vote he’s a Brit. They were against her earlier, and now they’re still against her, so what?

Viator on January 13, 2011 at 8:07 AM

soooo, a bunch of insiders don’t like her, eh?
Another plus on her resume, I’m thinking.

gordo on January 13, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Another observation, when I was in high school back in the 70′s I used to watch political roundtables on pbs where krauthammer was glaringly liberal. When did he become the conservatibe icon?

peacenprosperity on January 13, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Viator on January 13, 2011 at 8:07 AM

In other words we outnumber them and we decide who represents us—sounds eerily like a democracy.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin missed a prime opportunity on Wednesday to demonstrate that she can play on the presidential stage, top Republicans say…

LOL! Really, these people live in Fantasyland. She demonstrated, unequivocally, that not only can she play on the Presidential stage, but that she can do it better than anyone else, including the current President.

Chris of Rights on January 13, 2011 at 8:11 AM

i guess my biggest problem with all this praise for dear leader is he can talk the talk … these folks are falling for it hook, line, sinker…
cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 7:54 AM

My biggest problem is Obama’s letting the bashing of his conservative opponents go merrily forth for many days, even going so far as making a personal congratulatory phone call to that nasty Sheriff Dupnik for ostensibly doing his dirty work.

By the time Obama made his speech, his henchmen had already wiped the floor with his “enemies.”

marybel on January 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Is this the day that Ed ends the OODT feature in favor of a Palinism of the Day?
What the h*ll; it’s just about the superficial show, right?
BuckeyeSam on January 13, 2011 at 7:17 AM

ed wants to be pawlenty’s press secretary and allah is a hilary voter. We haven’e had a regular moderator who was conservative since Brian left.

peacenprosperity on January 13, 2011 at 8:14 AM

so this is the new way to win elections, well actually it is pretty old. smear them until they are no longer viable, who’s next? This is evil at work. Bachman next?

Who ever we the little people think we want will be the next target. there is a lot of work to do taking back the Republican party, or we need to build a real tea party.

odannyboy on January 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

marybel on January 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM

tru dat

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I am turning off the television for a while. Here at the hospital, every set I see has blood libel all over it.

OmahaConservative on January 13, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Lately I’ve been wondering if this is going to have a “Hollywood backfire” like during the 2004 election. Let’s hope so.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 13, 2011 at 8:20 AM

LOL! Really, these people live in Fantasyland. She demonstrated, unequivocally, that not only can she play on the Presidential stage, but that she can do it better than anyone else, including the current President.

Chris of Rights on January 13, 2011 at 8:11 AM

They keep reinforcing what will undoubtedly be her campaign …

Palin vs The Establishment and the rebirth of American exceptionalism.

The left doesn’t know it yet … but they’re the establishment as well.

darwin on January 13, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I am turning off the television for a while. Here at the hospital, every set I see has blood libel all over it.

OmahaConservative on January 13, 2011 at 8:19 AM

It’s become blood lust.

darwin on January 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Yes, I agree with some of the comments on Rubin, lately of the WaPo. Palin never had Jennifer Rubin, which the Brit Massie should know if he is going to shoot his mouth off. Both Rubin, when she was at Commentary and Commentary as a whole are anti-Palin. So again, they were against her last month and they are still against her. Yawn.

Maybe someone should instead concentrate on the comment of Krauthammer that the left lost this battle in a rout. If the left lost this battle so badly and their target was Palin, then who won?

Viator on January 13, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Sure she had every right to defend herself, but it’s unfortunate that she couldn’t have just taken the high road. Instead, she’s created a whole new reason for people to discredit her, valid or not. On the other hand, if she had said nothing she’d be criticized for that too. The woman can’t win, not with the lefties and the vile contempt and conspiracy theories they have for her. Journalists and politicians alike have reached a low this past week I never would have dreamed possible.

scalleywag on January 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Sure she had every right to defend herself, but it’s unfortunate that she couldn’t have just taken the high road.

scalleywag on January 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM

She just didn’t defend herself, her words encompassed everyone the left has smeared over this. It’s better to put it out there then have people ask her about it for months down the road. It’s now out there, it’s done.

darwin on January 13, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Sure she had every right to defend herself, but it’s unfortunate that she couldn’t have just taken the high road. Instead, she’s created a whole new reason for people to discredit her, valid or not. On the other hand, if she had said nothing she’d be criticized for that too. The woman can’t win, not with the lefties and the vile contempt and conspiracy theories they have for her. Journalists and politicians alike have reached a low this past week I never would have dreamed possible.

scalleywag on January 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM

There is absolutely nothing she could POSSIBLY have done that would NOT have “created a whole new reason for people to discredit her, valid or not”. The question now is, do we defend this woman (we need her, she fights), or do we allow this kind of nonsense to go unanswered, thus clearing the way for the “blood libel” type of Big Lie to be used against the next conservative figure to show up? Because if this is allowed to stand, we won’t be left with anybody to vote for but more John-McCain and Bob-Dole types; the Left will turn their viciousness against anybody stronger, and we won’t even have much reason left to vote anymore, at least not at the national level.

Aitch748 on January 13, 2011 at 8:39 AM

She is already leading….

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 8:47 AM

So…yeah.

It’s obvious the old guard has no intention of changing, even in the face of extinction. I used to like Krauthammer but lately every time I see him do his “gravitas nod” on the Fox roundtable I change the channel.

I’ve had it with GOP and the beltway crowd, switching my voter reg back to Independent and voting Tea/third party in 2012.

Finis

Sugarbuzz on January 13, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Sarah rocks, but at this point even if I wasn’t in the tank for her, I’d vote for her just to piss people off.

Especially the Ari Fleishers of the world.

If/when she is POTUS, the RINOs and GOP eleite will be so far in the wilderness they’ll be, like, way out in the wilderness.

Akzed on January 13, 2011 at 8:49 AM

If/when she is POTUS, the RINOs and GOP eleite will be so far in the wilderness they’ll be, like, way out in the wilderness.

Akzed on January 13, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Unfortunately, no. They will still be around and poisoning the well with their unique blend of stupidity and avarice. The GOP as an entity is hopelessly broken and unfix-able. It needs to go the way of the whigs

Sugarbuzz on January 13, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Is anyone else listening to the nasty, disgusting attack on Palin that is taking place right now on the bill bennett show between bennett and mona charon? charon obviously hates Palin for some reason and bennett is taking advantage to pile on. Someone needs to tell bennett that his endorsements aren’t what he thinks they are and he’s doing damage to paul ryan’s credibility with his gushing crush.

peacenprosperity on January 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM

There is absolutely nothing she could POSSIBLY have done that would NOT have “created a whole new reason for people to discredit her, valid or not”.

You are absolutely right. The day before her video they were attacking her for her silence. We know why the left hates her but I think these so called conservative pundits hate her for everything they are not; principled, ethical, courageous.

peacenprosperity on January 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

“Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin missed a prime opportunity on Wednesday to demonstrate that she can play on the presidential stage, top Republicans say…

If Romney or any other GOP establishment approved candidate had given the exact same speech the GOP would be falling all over themselves hailing the person as the obvious choice to lead the nation.

darwin on January 13, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Sarah should have been the one to give a memorial talk last night instead of dear leader, but then he would have missed his first stop on the rehab the image tour. CK took 2 words from her video and trashed the whole thing. Does he ever really listen to the words? There are still pundits and pols pressing the attack on her, talk radio and Fox. Small, local papers in fly over are just now reprinting articles from the big city papers that own them. Grinding of the axe continues.

Kissmygrits on January 13, 2011 at 9:03 AM

There has never been a VP candidate in the history of this country who had so much muck thrown at them. The left and the media know that if you keep repeating the lies, soon they will be considered truths. The tipping point comes when your enemies friends start repeating the lies. It’s occurring now with Conservative pundits and it happens here at HA too when people say “She’s unelectable”. They know in their hearts that no matter what, they feel like they will waste their vote should she run.

Test this yourself by talking to the most nonpolitical person you know. Ask them what they think of Sarah.

Progressives win.

I hope I am wrong, but I see the point of no return on this.

BierManVA on January 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM

The left and the media know that if you keep repeating the lies, soon they will be considered truths.

And the psuedo-conservative pundits who belong to the self annointed political elite propagate the lies of the left and msm.

peacenprosperity on January 13, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Dr. K is interesting to listen to most of the time, but lately he seems to have fallen under the spell of Obama again. So probably Dr. K’s ego and the lust for power most journalists have has taken over and he enjoys jerking his audiences around. I like, trust, and respect Sarah Palin very much and I’m not about to get influenced by a bunch of political hacks, even if they’re the republican establishment because they’re intimidated by this powerful lady. Maybe a question they should ask Dr. K is, would this unfortunate congresswoman fighting for her life have gotten the same, fantastic medical care she’s now getting if we were under Obamacare now? (well, being a congressional democrat we know she’d get prefential treatment anyway but it would be an interesting question to ask.)

mozalf on January 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Charles has been waffling a lot lately and I have been less impressed with him than I have with Sarah. I think she did a fine job of responding to false allegations but the left is so hell bent on totally destroying her because she scares the crap out of them. The fact that some on the right are now doing the same really bothers me. I guess the country isn’t ready for a plain speaking no nonsense elected official.

Beck proved that very point on his show last night. He had his staff contact all the congressmen and senators and ask them to sign a 3 paragraph statement about non violence and only 14 out of over 500 would. Apparently some of them had to study this large document a little more before making their decision. Of course thousand page bills that they don’t have a clue on the content gets rubber stamped.

New Patriot on January 13, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Unfortunately, Palin fell right into the Alinsky trap and quite honestly, she should have known better.

The left used three points under Alinsky’s “Tactics:” 1) Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon; 2) If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside; and 3) Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

The American people weren’t buying the “blame Palin” theory and she shouldn’t have either.

moonsbreath on January 13, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Many “Conservatives” are beginning to treat Palin in much the way the pretend Catholic liberal politicians treat abortion. Well I’m personally opposed to (her) but I respect the right of others to support her(the idiots)

I suspect (but lack proof) that, besides the beltway crowd of insiders (Krauthammer, Rove, etc), the ones that don’t want her elected fall mainly into several catagories: macho men, jealous women, libertarians, and the anti-God crowd of any ilk. Just a guess – but fire away (or can you say that anymore?)

Don L on January 13, 2011 at 7:05 AM

I’ve praised Gov. Palin’s speech in two different threads.
I would still rather that she no be the nominee on 2012-though I’ll enthusiastically vote for her if she is.

I’m a woman…who’s not a RINO(more conserv-atarian), I’m not jealous of her in anyway, I’m not anti-God….and I’ve always been respectful to Gov. Palin in these threads…as my friendly , worthy, opponents will attest.
They certainly don’t think of me as a ‘Palin-hater’-because I’m not.
I just don’t want her as President of the US.
My first choices aren’t going to be running and my third choice got foot-in-mouth disease this week.
Who’s my next choice?
I don’t know-except that it still isn’t Gov. Palin.
Maybe before the 2012 primaries it will be…or maybe someone will come out of nowhere.

The year is young.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

I will vote for Sarah Palin without an ounce of reservation. I can’t say that about another probable/possible candidate, mainly because I don’t know enough about Mike Pence yet. Some of the ones that are being pushed by the GOP insiders will have me sitting at home, but hey, I’m just a single voter, so take your chances, smart guys.

Sarah, you have my full support. Thank you for the video.

pannw on January 13, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The Republican party is dead to me. Those wondering why they are not defending Palin need to wake up. They want her off the stage as much as democrats do. The Republican party will get a very rude dose of reality this next presidential election. If they continue to prop up weak kneed nominees who refuse too stand up to liberals and the media they will find that the base will stay home or write a candidate in.

I refuse to cast my vote while I hold my nose again.

mikkins on January 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

pannw on January 13, 2011 at 9:53 AM

My first choice is Jindal-but he’s not running.
I don’t think Pence will either, and Pawlenty jumped on Gov. Palin about the cross hairs.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Palin can’t do anything right according to the media and GOP establishment. Reagan was the same thing … they hated him, ridiculed him and criticized everything he said and did.

Back then there was no internet or Fox News.

We will win.

darwin on January 13, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Sarah Palin gave a somber and heart felt Prayerful and God fearing response to a crime spree she had been accused of facilitating. She invoked the rights of free speech and freedom of expression in the political arena as vital and good competition that makes the country stronger.

She did it in private from her office as such things should be done!

The ever inaapropriate “Cousin Eddie” on Endless vacation President hijacked an event for the express purpose of rallying the troops and basking in the applause and adulation of a group of young people with nowhere else to go and nothing else to do ( classes had been cancelled)!

The inappropriateness of the venue stands in star contrast between the two and I have long ago given up on the words of a LIAR who repeatedly LIED to the American people about his transparent processes, the things that were and were not in healthcare bills, the closing of GITMO and ending of wars.

The LIAR IN CHIEF will says what needs to be said to benefit himself the most.

He could have called for restraint from his water carriers and Presstitute enablers wiothin hours of the shooting like he did at Fort Hood, but the narrative and tone were set, the playbook written to slim the Tea Party in general and Sarah in particular and he and the silent RINOs and moderate Repugnantcans were all to happty to sit silently while their percieved oppostion was tarred and feathered.

the Tea Party and Sarh Palin will be fine for as any thinking person can see there was an appropriate and inapproprite way to handle this grave matter.

The Republican Party is on thin ice and if they think it benefits them to throw Sarah under the buss then they will usher in a president Obama for four more years because this time I will stay home and let the party of no balls suffer the fate that cowards and submissives always suffer.

I will write in Sarah Palin if I have to.

The sourkrauts, tokyo Roves, Ed Gillespies, Ed Rollins, David Frums and the Republican enouchs be dammed!

dhunter on January 13, 2011 at 10:16 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Well, then, at the moment, that leaves Sarah out in front all by her little self. Fortunately, I’ve got full confidence in her ability to handle it. :)

I like Jindal, too, though I can only imagine the field day the MSM will have with him, if and when he does decide to run, what with that whole Catholic, exercism stuff from his college days. (I’m Catholic and believe completely in exercism, btw) But they’ll eat him alive, or try, just like they do with Sarah. They call good evil and evil good, as we see on a regular basis.

pannw on January 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

pannw on January 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I joined the Church last year. My patron saint is Edith Stein.
I’ll have to read up and see if she believed in exorcisms.
I’m not so sure-but admittedly…I’m a contrarian by nature.

As for Jindal, he turns 40 in June. He has a long, bright political future ahead of him.
I’m also 40-and looking at Jindal ,Ryan, Palin, Rubio etc I have no doubt that my generation is going to do great things for this great nation.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

You know this woman scares the he!! out of the liberals, and now..she’s doing the same for the Republican elite.

Which tells us one thing. She is right for this country, if we don’t want to slide into communism.

capejasmine on January 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

The REAL “lay of the land” … (this is what we’re facing) …

We are facing a Republican Party that is still controlled by the elitists who drove this economy into the ditch. We sent a bunch of new, bright young people up to Capital Hill as a result of November’s elections – but we didn’t change anything to do with the leadership of the party. We have the same pitcher on the mound in the Senate who lost the last World Series and we have the same Quarterback on the field in the House that lost the Superbowl. In reality – nothing can be done with losing leadership.

But it’s worse.

Not only is that leadership misguided and untalented – it’s manipulative. This is a Republic and pols don’t get elected without the votes of people. The Tea Party has been a great gift to the GOP but the Republican leaders don’t want anything to do with it. They know the grassroots, if it has their way – will FIRE the losing pitchers and quaterbacks.

It’s virtually ONE ELECTION away and our assimilation of the party will be complete. THEY KNOW THIS – THEY’RE FIGHTING THIS.

But they can’t do it openly or we’ll all turn against them.

The absolute WORST thing that could happen to them is for Sarah Palin to win the Presidential nomination. Palin will turn the losing pitchers and quarterbacks out into the cold. A President can pretty much pick his her own Senate or House leader – if he or she is popular. Boehner and Mitchell know this – so does Krauthammer and Tokyo Rove – and all the elitists who make their livliehood from being “plugged into” the political machine of Washington, DC.

So the plan is … allow the leftist media to destroy Sarah Palin – put a jab in to punctuate the LSM’s meme from time to time. This week – when Sarah Palin released a video that made her look VERY Presidential – one that really turned this debate around on it’s heels – it was clear the LSM’s attacks had backfired – and Palin actually GAINED prestige.

Enter K-Hammer and the elitist Conservative Media – to directly dump on Palin in order to blunt the failure of the LSM.

This will happen time and again. They will not enter the fray until it appears she’s winning. But each time she scores a victory – the GOP elitist media will attack her.

And all because – they are bankrupt of ideas and morals – and can’t put forth a candidate who inspires the people.

GOP – you can run – but you can’t hide!

HondaV65 on January 13, 2011 at 11:33 AM

My opinion is that Sarah is simply the represenative of the opposition to the liberal agenda.

That’s my take.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM

“Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin missed a prime opportunity on Wednesday to demonstrate that she can play on the presidential stage, top Republicans say…

What a coincidence! Top Republicans missed a prime opportunity on Wednesday to demonstrate that they are worthy of winning a presidential election.

tom on January 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Oh please. It amazes me how far people on our side of the spectrum will go to criticize Palin. Now her timing is wrong. I’m not a Palinista. This kind of criticism is ridiculous. Palin can’t get anything right in the minds of her critics, but Obama can go to a political pep rally masquerading as a memorial service, make some valid points about being non partisan- after his allies have spent four days going wild working on his behalf- and even people on our side hail his performance as magnifique. Just what is it about her that scares our side to the point that they lose their own credibility when it comes to Palin?

JimP on January 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Sugarbuzz on January 13, 2011 at 8:56 AM

You might want to reconsider changing your party affiliation…

If you are dissatisfied with the GOP, does that include your local representatives or just the national party?

If its the local(House and Senate) reps and you live where the primaries are closed, you can have a greater affect on the Party by removing the derelicts in the primary than you can in a general election. Hang in there and kick the ‘dead-wood’ out in the primary. Besides, the general election is where you want to slam the door on the libs/progressives.

You can withhold any donations from the national party and send it to whom ever you want to support. The GOP will eventually ‘get it‘, when they realize that policy and revenues are related to each other.

belad on January 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

there are plenty of people who still listen to Dr Charles. Now that it’s ok to point out the obvious – Palin can’t win – expect more conservatives to do so

“OH No mr Bill” then you’ll have much fewer hits won’t you?
So AP, if not Sarah, then who??? I have yet to see a potential Republican/Independant candidate (who hasn’t already declared they are not running)with the cojones to truly challenge the liberal/progressives & actually stand their ground to represent the values of of the overwhelming majority of folks in this country!

huskerdiva on January 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Charles, Charles, Charles…the attacks on Palin were done and over with per your own mouth; but then you could help but pile onto her: heaping your scorn for her.

He seems to have a woman problem.

aigle on January 13, 2011 at 3:34 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Welcome home. :)

We’re from the same generation and I hope you are correct, for the sake of my children. There are definitely hopeful signs, but so many really uninformed and stupid people who get to vote. Factor in the people who are supposed to be on our side attacking good conservatives and I’m cautiously optimistic for our nation, at best.

As to exorcism *misspelled before* >.<, I think it may be a prudential judgment thing, but Jesus performed them and told the apostles to 'cast out devils' and they did. Also, the Church has an official rite for it, so far be it from me to argue. ;)

pannw on January 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM

You might want to reconsider changing your party affiliation…

If you are dissatisfied with the GOP, does that include your local representatives or just the national party?

If its the local(House and Senate) reps and you live where the primaries are closed, you can have a greater affect on the Party by removing the derelicts in the primary than you can in a general election. Hang in there and kick the ‘dead-wood’ out in the primary. Besides, the general election is where you want to slam the door on the libs/progressives.

You can withhold any donations from the national party and send it to whom ever you want to support. The GOP will eventually ‘get it‘, when they realize that policy and revenues are related to each other.

belad on January 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

My problem is with the National party at large. I already withold donations from the national party and donate to individuals. However until the top level of the GOP is permanently removed I am not convinced they will ever “get it”. Luckily Honda’s post above summed up my feelings succinctly and saved me the legwork of typing all that.

Have you ever worked on a project that got so screwed up and off the original design that the best thing to do was just to dump the whole thing in the trash and start over?

That’s my feelings on the subject

Sugarbuzz on January 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

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