Quotes of the day

posted at 10:37 pm on January 19, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Even James Carville’s polling firm cannot get Obama to get 50% against Governor Palin. She trails him by a reasonable ten points considering that it’s Carville’s firm (go ask re-elected Governor Corzine about how left-leaning Carville’s polling group is) and that this poll was taken at the same time that Governor Palin was being blood libeled. It’s quite amazing that Obama can only beat someone the Democrat Party effectively claims is an accessory to murder by ten points.

“This poll also shows that Governor Palin has room to grow among her base. Only 83% of Republicans have decided who they are going to vote for her in a hypothetical Palin-Obama matchup while 98% of Democrats have decided. So she can close the margin pretty easily just by winning over undecided Republicans while Obama does not have any more room to grow among his Democrat Party base.”

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“A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor. That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points from just before the midterm elections, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning.

“Thirty-eight percent of people questioned in the poll say they have a favorable view of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, down two points from October…

“According to the survey, Palin’s unfavorable rating is up 10 points among women, compared to just three points among men, and among independent voters, her unfavorable rating has grown a whopping 14 points.”

***
“Professional jealousy and intellectual snobbery, however, only scratch the surface of the left’s bizarre attitude toward Palin. They explain the intensity of the disdain, but not the outright hatred–not why some people whose grasp of reality is sufficient to function in society made the insane inference that she was to blame for a madman’s attempt to murder Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“This unhinged hatred of Palin comes mostly from women

“We’d say this goes beyond mere jealousy. For many liberal women, Palin threatens their sexual identity, which is bound up with their politics in a way that it is not for any other group (possibly excepting gays, though that is unrelated to today’s topic)…

“Liberal women are the active, driving force behind hatred of Sarah Palin, while liberal men’s behavior is passive and manipulative. In this respect, feminism has succeeded in reversing the traditional sexual stereotypes. If this is the result, you have to wonder why anyone would have bothered.”

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“The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest. I say that not because I dislike her; on the contrary, I’m a fan. I think she did an excellent job as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008 and has been an effective spokeswoman for conservative causes in the years since. But there is no way she is ever going to be elected President, and the sooner Republicans get over that idea, the better…

“No one with a 59 percent unfavorability rating among independents has the chance of a snowball in Hell of being elected President. 2012 will be a vitally important election year; it is no time for a kamikaze Presidential campaign or for a cult of personality. Republicans (and conservatives) need a candidate who has a chance to win against an incumbent who, despite everything, is not particularly unpopular and who won’t be able to do much visible damage between now and then.”

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Via Mediaite.


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Oh, a Bieber fan eh?

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 2:28 AM

NO! http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l3t7xfHR451qb4sh6o1_400.png

MeatHeadinCA on January 20, 2011 at 2:31 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 2:30 AM

Later..:)

Dire Straits on January 20, 2011 at 2:32 AM

goodnight, canop

MeatHeadinCA on January 20, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Nice photoshop, Meaty…I wouldn’t even know about lil Justin if it weren’t for all the blow back about him that I see on youtube, etc…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 2:34 AM

Nice photoshop, Meaty…I wouldn’t even know about lil Justin if it weren’t for all the blow back about him that I see on youtube, etc…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 2:34 AM

I don’t know. I don’t listen to his crappy music and I sure am not going to go watch his stupid 3d movie … bleh

MeatHeadinCA on January 20, 2011 at 2:35 AM

If I move to Texas I’m gonna hafta unlearn THIS.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2011 at 2:21 AM

LOL!..You and your Hubby will be fine if you move to Texas!..:)

Dire Straits on January 20, 2011 at 2:35 AM

These Palin threads sure rack up the comments…6 pages, tho I prefer Page 3…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 2:35 AM

I’ll be gone for an hour or so…But I’ll be back in time to make sure the light is on for O.C.

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 2:37 AM

And when I think of it, it galls me that the boys in the establishment think they can take SP’s and the TP’s blood, sweat and tears, all that made the November victory possible, and walk away with it, having had NOTHING to do with it. The D.C. career betas could not have pulled off what Palin and the TP pulled off if their lives depended on it. Not only do they have zero gratitude or acknowledgement, but but they are actually passively/actively torpedoing her and us.
Something’s got to change. And it won’t be SP and the TP.

tigerlily on January 20, 2011 at 2:38 AM

OK, I’m out. bedtime was a long time ago. Night, guys.

MeatHeadinCA on January 20, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Buckingham Nicks — Frozen Love

An excellent album btw.

My contribution to the ‘Palin all the time, HA Channel’.

My apologies if this record has already been referenced.

GnuBreed on January 20, 2011 at 2:39 AM

MeatHeadinCA on January 20, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Later..:)

Dire Straits on January 20, 2011 at 2:41 AM

GnuBreed on January 20, 2011 at 2:39 AM

Nice post!..I listened to some of their music growing up..My older sister was a big fan!..:)

Dire Straits on January 20, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Got to take the Tortie to the vet in the morn.
Night all.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Some great writing by Nicks – Silver Spring

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksmsv4myOmg

tigerlily on January 20, 2011 at 2:51 AM

Was John at Powerline transported here in a time machine from 1979? Because if you swapped out Palin’s name for Reagan’s, you’d have what a lot of people were saying about him two years before the election.

Morris is off the mark. This woman is d@mned if she does and d@mned if she doesn’t. Had she not replied at ALL, I submit her numbers would have fallen even more precipitously than they allegedly have b/c the smear machine was running full throttle for days straight before she finally spoke. The mere fact that anyone is polling her “handling” of the shooting aftermath is in and of itself, to me, proof that she is a serious candidate. I don’t see anyone blaming other Republicans, or taunting them to answer blood libel charges, or taking the country’s temperature when they do answer.

The WSJ piece was good and unfortunately all too true. Taranto is worried about sounding sexist b/c he’s a man, but I’m a woman so I’ll come right out and say it: He’s right. Women — and liberal women in particular — can be some of the meanest, nastiest, most jealous and hateful people on the planet. And as a doctrine, liberalism just serves to further enslave women by encouraging them to remain mired in such petty competitiveness with other women instead of celebrating their gifts and accomplishments. It’s really very sad.

NoLeftTurn on January 20, 2011 at 3:02 AM

She can borrow some of my medication(I have genetic hypertension) it’s a wonder drug.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2011 at 1:33 AM

alt,, if you’re still around, what drug might that be? (seriously)

Yoop on January 20, 2011 at 3:17 AM

I look at polls on the Internet everyday so I’m not going to dismiss any poll and say they’re too early to be of any significance etc etc etc but I want to say that polls should be seen in light of four factors:

1)The general trend in all the polls.

2)The results of the 2010 exit polls.

3)The sample of the poll, whether it is skewed towards oversampling Democrats, liberals/moderates, females and/or minorities.

4)Whether the poll is of ADULTS, REGISTERED VOTERS, or LIKELY VOTERS

Let me show you how ridiculous polls can be. Marist polling on November 24, 2010 found that only 27% of WHITE voters would DEFINITELY vote for Obama for re-election and 57% would not.

And then you get a poll showing Obama beating Palin by 26 points. How do you reconcile these two ideas? Simply you can’t.

But poll after poll recently despite a bump in Obama’s job approval have shown Obama is doing no better than between 38% and 40% with WHITE voters and even with these numbers with WHITE voters there is no way Obama could beat Palin by that even 15-20 points, if at all.

Quite honestly these pollsters would have you believe that Sarah Palin is the most evil person to walk the face of the earth, some sort of modern anti-Christ that white conservatives who have previously hated Obama would suddenly change their mind on the Messiah. If you really believe that I have several pieces of swampland to sell you in the Everglades.

You have to remember if Palin is nominated by the GOP she would have been in the Presidential spotlight for a good 18 months or longer. By then conservatives will know she is a conservative and WHITE voters who disdain Obama will side with her against an ingrained socialist. And this is despite what the MSM will attempt to do to Palin. 18 months is a hell of a long time. People will know her by then. Of course that is what Obama is afraid of that the election will be all about him and not about Palin.

Well here’s some news for you folks. Every re-election campaign is about the incumbent and not the challenger. Here’s the deal: if the voters want to keep Obama around for another 4 years they will but if they en masse decide to fire him they will vote for Palin despite some people who are not totally sold on her. That is exactly what happened in 1980 with Carter vs Reagan. Once the people made up their minds to fire Carter they knew they had to vote for Reagan which they did.

Here from Democracy Corps are numbers which weren’t reported by the MSM:

Among 2010 voters:

Obama 47%

Palin 41%

Remember Reagan was down 25% to Carter in March of 1980.

Obviously what the MSM and its pollsters are trying to do now is to create a narrative that Sarah Palin is toast and to convince her it would be foolhardy to launch a presidential run when she is held in such disfavor.

Now do you really believe that Sarah Palin is so stupid to buy into the narrative that ABC, NBC and CNN are trying to sell that she doesn’t have a chance?

Sarah Palin for the umpteenth time is NOT stupid.

And she knows this is January 2011 not January 2012. She has plenty of time to make her case to the GOP primary voters. And of course that is what her enemies on both the left and right fear, that she will.

technopeasant on January 20, 2011 at 3:52 AM

You’re a Cary Grant fan, too? He’s my favorite :swoons: TCM didn’t show a whole lot for his bday, just from 5am-7pm CST, I wanted the full 24 hours, lol!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 20, 2011 at 3:57 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2011 at 1:44 AM

LOL, my mom made me their fan when I was a kid… LOVE them!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 20, 2011 at 4:06 AM

My 3:47 am was directed at Knucklehead… pimf.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 20, 2011 at 4:15 AM

this may have been referenced somewhere before…another view on why Palin is hated:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/why_the_left_hates_sarah_palin.html

Very sad….feels like it is correct. Why does the left hate us…because of who we are.

r keller on January 20, 2011 at 4:17 AM

Is Governor Palin Checking Out Iowa?

From Whitney Pitcher:

Some exciting news has emerged from the Hawkeye state. Real Clear Politics is reporting that SarahPAC has been quietly gauging grassroots support in Iowa for a possible Presidential run.

While this is the first news of specific 2012 Presidential possibilities, Governor Palin is no stranger to Iowa as she has made three stops in Iowa in the past four months. She made two stops in Iowa during her most recent book tour earlier this winter. One stop was in the capital city of Des Moines in late November, and one stop was in the northern town of Spirit Lake in early December.

Governor Palin also spoke at the Iowa Republican Reagan day dinner this past September. During the 2010 Midterm election, Governor Palin endorsed newly inaugurated Governor Terry Branstad.

She also endorsed Attorney General candidate, Brenna Findley, who lost her bid to unseat seven term AG Tom Miller.

Without further ado, here’s the exciting news:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has tasked her aides with quietly gauging her level of support for a potential presidential campaign by making inquiries to a select pool of likely allies and grassroots activists in Iowa, RealClearPolitics has learned.

Key Republican officials and operatives in the nation’s first voting state had begun to assume that Palin would not run for president in 2012 since most of them have not heard a word from her or from her small circle of aides, even as other likely candidates have begun jockeying more forcefully behind the scenes. But a Palin adviser confirmed that although the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee’s footprint has not been as heavy as that of other possible candidates, her political action committee has indeed been taking discreet steps in Iowa that would help her build a credible campaign here if she decided to launch one.

“The idea that we’re not in Iowa is inaccurate,” SarahPAC adviser Andy Davis told RealClearPolitics.

A top official in the Iowa Tea Party who insisted on anonymity to avoid betraying Palin’s trust told RealClearPolitics that a friend of SarahPAC met with him in person in Des Moines late last year and prodded him for suggestions on how Palin might mount a grassroots campaign in the state.

Earlier this month, the same Iowa Tea Party official began preliminary work on scheduling a potential invitation to Palin for a fundraiser in Iowa. RealClearPolitics independently confirmed that the Tea Party official has been in contact with Palin allies.

Even as speculation has ramped up in media and campaign circles that Palin has become increasingly unlikely to mount a presidential campaign, her aides have been strategizing on how they would organize their infrastructure in Iowa and have continued to reach out gently to close confidantes in the state.

“I know of three of four people in Iowa who have had contact with Palin’s aides,” the Iowa Tea Party official said.

The race is now officially over for all of the wanna-bees!

BTW, we all know how tight-lipped Sarah’s team is. This wouldn’t be out there unless she WANTED it to be out there.

Madam 45 sure has a nice ring to it!

gary4205 on January 20, 2011 at 4:20 AM

gary4205 on January 20, 2011 at 4:20 AM

I only hope it is true. The story is also up at RCP, by Scott Conroy.

technopeasant on January 20, 2011 at 4:28 AM

I only hope it is true. The story is also up at RCP, by Scott Conroy.

technopeasant on January 20, 2011 at 4:28 AM

Yeah, Whitney links that in her piece.

Looks like they have been working behind the scenes for some time.

I bet she has more lined up than the so-called political geniuses she’ll be running against.

Again, RAM and the rest of her crew are as tight lipped and disciplined as they come. This wouldn’t be out there unless SHE wanted it to be out there.

gary4205 on January 20, 2011 at 4:46 AM

tigerlily on January 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Amen, m’dear, amen! I very much appreciate your posts. This one was quintessential.

Opinionator on January 20, 2011 at 4:47 AM

First.

Bishop on January 20, 2011 at 4:50 AM

The Latest Polling Explained-Rush Limbaugh(Video)
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Posted by Gary P on January 19, 2011

Lots of bogus polling out there lately. We’ve been working on a comprehensive guide to understanding polls, and how to spot a bogus poll from a credible one. In the mean time, Rush talks about the latest polls concerning Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. He’s on a roll, but starts explaining the problems at 2:14 in the video.

http://sarahpalininformation.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/the-latest-polling-explained/
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http://sarahpalininformation.wordpress.com/

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 5:28 AM

A tad O/T
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Swiss Newspapers Now Making TV Commercials Mocking Obama’s Economic Policies(Video)
=======================
January 19, 2011

http://www.mererhetoric.com/2011/01/19/swiss-newspapers-now-making-tv-commercials-mocking-obamas-economic-policies/

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 5:35 AM

Reagan’s Nashau Moment.

portlandon on January 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM

tsk tsk….soooooo un-Presidential /

NY Conservative on January 20, 2011 at 5:59 AM

WOW (video)
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Obama played politics with Virginia Tech tragedy, Arizona shooting
April 16 2007
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFQQrGis-Ug

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:02 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Thanks for the linky!

gary4205 on January 20, 2011 at 6:07 AM

Good grief! I’m reading last nights comments and just shaking my head. How could you all torture Jenfidel like that? She’s saving the Republic single-handedly, and what does she get in return? UnChristian music,jeers,cat calls? And pride, and lust, and sloth and… You know who you are. For shame!

katy the mean old lady on January 20, 2011 at 6:16 AM

katy the mean old lady on January 20, 2011 at 6:16 AM

We tried…Don’t forget curmudgeon…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:18 AM

Good morning C….thanks for all the linkies :)

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 6:20 AM

canopfor,

When do you sleep?

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:21 AM

Sarah Palin…No one likes her but the people.

kingsjester on January 20, 2011 at 6:22 AM

canopfor,

When do you sleep?

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:21 AM

Gohawgs: I’m on Auto-Pilot:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:25 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:25 AM

I heard that about Canadians…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Morning kj…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:26 AM

*******************Kool-Aid Alert***************************

Pelosi Remarks at United Auto Workers Conference
January 19, 2011
================

“You are building the cars that American want to buy. We saw that with the Cash for Clunkers initiative,

(which was successful beyond our wildest dreams).
————————————————-

When families traded in their gas-guzzlers for new, more fuel-efficient vehicles, the results were remarkable: 60,000 American jobs created or saved; 700,000 vehicles sold; and economic growth of up to $6.8 billion.
——————————–

“Republicans want to take us back to a system where:

•Children with pre-existing conditions can be denied coverage.
•Young people age 26 can’t stay on their parents’ plans.
•Pregnant women and breast and prostate cancer patients could be thrown off the insurance rolls.
•Seniors pay more for their drugs.
•The deficit increases by $230 billion.
•Small businesses pay higher taxes.

http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2014

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:29 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:25 AM
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I heard that about Canadians…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Gohawgs:Morning,lol!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:30 AM

kingsjester on January 20, 2011 at 6:22 AM

Amen KJ

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 6:31 AM

Good grief! I’m reading last nights comments and just shaking my head

katy the mean old lady on January 20, 2011 at 6:16 AM

katy the mean old lady:Tee-hee,it was all the Musical
Rhetric,Morning to ya!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:02 AM

canophor, since I cannot play youtube videos here at work, what is the little clown prince of ayres saying?

lukespapa on January 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

“Republicans want to take us back to a system where:

•Children with pre-existing conditions can be denied coverage.
•Young people age 26 can’t stay on their parents’ plans.
•Pregnant women and breast and prostate cancer patients could be thrown off the insurance rolls.
•Seniors pay more for their drugs.
•The deficit increases by $230 billion.
•Small businesses pay higher taxes.

http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2014

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:29 AM

is it me or is this gettin real old now…
they have got to get some new lines I tell ya….

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Good morning C….thanks for all the linkies :)

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 6:20 AM

cmsinaz:U-Betcha,GoodMorning:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:33 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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is it me or is this gettin real old now…
they have got to get some new lines I tell ya….

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

cmsinaz:

Yup,I heard the (which was successful beyond our wildest dreams) part on Fox and Friends,looking for a video!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:35 AM

kingsjester on January 20, 2011 at 6:22 AM
gary4205 on January 20, 2011 at 6:07 AM
lukespapa on January 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM
============================================
You`ll like this part from When we were soldiers!

We Were Soldiers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBbQm1avEY

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:40 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:35 AM

okey doke

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 6:42 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:02 AM
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canophor, since I cannot play youtube videos here at work, what is the little clown prince of ayres saying?

lukespapa on January 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

lukespapa:Cheering and clapping,and if you go bankrupt,
violence is unfortunate,I`m paraphrasing a bit!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:43 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 6:40 AM

Good morning Canada! You alway cheer me up.

katy the mean old lady on January 20, 2011 at 6:48 AM

canopfor,

Free speech hasn’t been squelched in the Great White North…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:51 AM

good for them

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 6:53 AM

As was said earlier, let Palin run if she wants. If she loses, she loses. I’ve never seen so many people trying to convince a person NOT to run. It’s downright weird.

ddrintn on January 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM

I agree, I have never seen so much time spent on it either. Let the people speak with their money and their voices.

wi farmgirl on January 20, 2011 at 7:01 AM

canopfor,

Free speech hasn’t been squelched in the Great White North…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Gohawgs:I noticed that on American Power Blog,yup,we too
have Liberals in every aspect of Canadian instit
ution…..nuts!!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 7:45 AM

canopfor,

Free speech hasn’t been squelched in the Great White North…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Gohawgs:Heres the Movies website,and trailer!:)
===================================================

http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 7:54 AM

OT: the blm is crying for specific cuts….here ya go…

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 7:16 AM

cmsinaz:Excellent heads up,and oh sh*t,2.5 Trillion,the
Democrats are going to have a snit/fit!!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 7:59 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 7:59 AM

yes they will :)

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 8:01 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 7:59 AM
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yes they will :)

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 8:01 AM

cmsinaz: Hey,scoot over to this website,and get an online
pass to the movie,thats coming out,I made it in!

Need an e-mail:)

http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 8:08 AM

cmsinaz: Hey,scoot over to this website,and get an online
pass to the movie,thats coming out,I made it in!

Need an e-mail:)

http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 8:08 AM

just registered…thanks :)
man that trailer is something else…

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 8:14 AM

dick Morris is wrong here.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Once again the news of Palin’s politcal death has been greatly exaggerated:

January 20, 2011
Palin Putting Out Presidential Feelers in Iowa
By Scott Conroy

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has tasked her aides with quietly gauging her level of support for a potential presidential campaign by making inquiries to a select pool of likely allies and grassroots activists in Iowa, RealClearPolitics has learned.

Key Republican officials and operatives in the nation’s first voting state had begun to assume that Palin would not run for president in 2012 since most of them have not heard a word from her or from her small circle of aides, even as other likely candidates have begun jockeying more forcefully behind the scenes. But a Palin adviser confirmed that although the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee’s footprint has not been as heavy as that of other possible candidates, her political action committee has indeed been taking discreet steps in Iowa that would help her build a credible campaign here if she decided to launch one.

“The idea that we’re not in Iowa is inaccurate,” SarahPAC adviser Andy Davis told RealClearPolitics.

A top official in the Iowa Tea Party who insisted on anonymity to avoid betraying Palin’s trust told RealClearPolitics that a friend of SarahPAC met with him in person in Des Moines late last year and prodded him for suggestions on how Palin might mount a grassroots campaign in the state.

Earlier this month, the same Iowa Tea Party official began preliminary work on scheduling a potential invitation to Palin for a fundraiser in Iowa. RealClearPolitics independently confirmed that the Tea Party official has been in contact with Palin allies.

Even as speculation has ramped up in media and campaign circles that Palin has become increasingly unlikely to mount a presidential campaign, her aides have been strategizing on how they would organize their infrastructure in Iowa and have continued to reach out gently to close confidantes in the state.

“I know of three of four people in Iowa who have had contact with Palin’s aides,” the Iowa Tea Party official said.

By all accounts, Palin has not yet made a final decision on whether she will run for president. But the assumption among powerbrokers in Iowa that she would be unwilling or unable to do the traditional legwork required — and would instead rely almost exclusively on a larger-than-life media campaign to blow away her rivals — appears to be inaccurate.

Palin’s aides have long emphasized in private conversations that she relishes opportunities to engage with voters face-to-face in small venues and would not repeat the mistakes that Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani made in 2008 by declining to do the hard work required in the early states.

Palin’s initial Iowa push appears to differ most clearly from that of other candidates in that no SarahPAC staffer has been assigned to work the state on the ground, and her aides are not yet making hard pushes to lock up experienced operatives.

Palin and her staff have been frustrated by false reports about her activity in the state, including one story that was widely circulated before it was debunked, which claimed that aides had been scoping out real estate in Des Moines for a possible campaign headquarters venue.

The confusion has been amplified due to activity on the part of a loose, nationwide network of Palin’s most devoted supporters — many of whom are actively promoting a possible campaign. Several of these Palin devotees have traveled to early voting states at their own expense to try to build grassroots support for a campaign, without the explicit backing of SarahPAC.

One Palin supporter from California told RealClearPolitics that he has spent the better part of two months in Iowa trying to drum up support for a campaign among lower-level officials and activists. During a recent dinner hosted by the Polk County Republicans, a county official mistakenly gained the impression that the California supporter actually worked for SarahPAC and insisted to a reporter on Thursday that Palin already had a staffer on the ground in Iowa

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/01/20/exclusive_palin_putting_out_presidential_feelers_in_iowa_108601.html

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:20 AM

The pundits have no idea of what is about to hit them….

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:23 AM

The pundits have no idea of what is about to hit them….

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:23 AM

yup

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM

this guy seems to understand:

On January 5, 2011, three days before the Tucson shooting, I warned that the mainstream media would mount Operation Demoralize:

The mainstream media will undertake, and already has undertaken, a concerted effort to blame the Republican House for everything that goes wrong, for not living up to promises, for living up to promises, for failing to compromise, for selling out, etc.
Do not fall for it.

Holding the Republican House to its commitments is one thing; falling for Operation Demoralize is something else.

If you think that the mainstream media is not still 100% in the tank for Obama, think again.

Keep your eye on 2012. They are.

I could not have anticipated that the event which would kick off Operation Demoralize would be a mass murder and attempted assassination of a Democratic Congresswoman by a mentally deranged gunman who had no obvious interest in the real world of politics but who clearly was not a Republican in name or otherwise.

I also could not have anticipated that one of the leading Republican potential presidential candidates, Sarah Palin, would be falsely accused of inspiring the shooting, and that the mainstream media would run with that narrative to the point that almost a third of Americans believed it.

But as we all have witnessed the past 10 days, there has been an all out mainstream media assault on Tea Parties, conservative talk show hosts, and most of all, Sarah Palin.

Is it any surprise that Palin’s negatives have reached new highs?

Yet some people who say they actually like and support Palin on the merits already are succumbing to Operation Demoralize even though the primaries are more than a year off and the Presidential election is almost two years away….

….You can throw Palin under the bus if you want, but what will you do when the next candidate faces blistering false accusations which drive negatives high after a mainstream media feeding frenzy?

Why not let the political and primary process work itself out. We do not even know if Palin is running, or if she will garner enough Republican support to win.

There is an insatiable mainstream media hunger to demonize and marginalize potential Republican nominees. Feeding that beast in the wake of the Tucson shooting is not the way to win in 2012.

–William A. Jacobson, Associate Clinical Professor, Cornell Law School (click image for Profile)

One thing the good Professor does not mention but should. Those GOP establishment figures that throw Palin under the bus will be in worse shape than Palin when the media attacks because her supporters will NOt be there when they are targeted. In fact most of us will join in the pile on. The Golden rule still works and those that do onto others should expect the same done onto them.

This blood libel is not about policy it is a character attack and those on our side that have joined in the attack like Newt and Gov Chrisite as well as blogs like Powerline will be long remembered as the Benidict Arnolds that they are. these quislings will never be respected by Palin supporters in national politicas and a huge base of support will be denied them for all time.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:34 AM

the end result of this blood libel will be to move up Gov Palin’s announcement of her running.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:36 AM

To read some of the reviews telling Sarah Palin it’s over as to any hope of winning a general election, you would think she would be down in the polls versus Obama by an enormous margin, particularly if a poll were taken in the days after the Tucson shooting when the media was in full blame mode tying Palin’s electoral map to the shooting.

But if this poll conducted January 9-12 by Greenberg Quinlin Rosner, a Democratic polling firm, for Democracy Corps is accurate, Palin is down 10% among voters and 6% among people who vote in 2010:…..

……I don’t know about the accuracy of this polling firm, but the poll is being touted by Democrats because of other findings supposedly showing that the public is not as against Obamacare as generally thought.

Considering the beating Palin took in the media during the days in which the poll was being conducted, being down 10% is much better than would have been expected.

How about we let the primary process work, instead of throwing candidates overboard based on perceptions which may or may not be accurate, and which in any event are premature.

William A. Jacobson

can’t use a link because his website’s name gets caught up in the filter.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Good posts unseen

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 8:40 AM

As for us, we’ve never seen so many weak knees and spineless serpents in our lives as what we have seen not only in the GOP, but among the ranks of those who consider themselves conservatives as well. One would think that someone smart enough to earn a law degree would have enough sense not to fall for the DMC’s opening gambit this early in the chess game.

http://texas4palin.blogspot.com/

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM

The Golden rule still works and those that do onto others should expect the same done onto them.

This blood libel is not about policy it is a character attack and those on our side that have joined in the attack like Newt and Gov Chrisite as well as blogs like Powerline will be long remembered as the Benidict Arnolds that they are. these quislings will never be respected by Palin supporters in national politicas and a huge base of support will be denied them for all time.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:34 AM

You are misreading Christ’s golden rule.

dedalus on January 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

There are many things women do not like about Sarah Palin, and that is unfortunate. And most of it has nothing to do with policy, even on abortion.

We have been conditioned over many years of feminist blather to expect women to become leaders; but for the most part, we have been conditioned to expect them to abandon their femininity in order to do so, and certainly not to flaunt their sexuality by actually wearing skirts and sexy hairdos. Sarah Palin does not fit the mold we have been given of a female leader. So we call her Caribou Barbie and make fun of her fancy nails and her up-do.

We have also been conditioned to expect women to work their way up the political ladder, as Hillary Clinton did, and not burst on the scene at the very top like Sarah Palin did. To some women, she inspires the same gut reaction that Barack Obama did – here comes the pretty one who isn’t as competent as me, but he/she gets the job over me even though I have worked my butt off and am a better candidate. Most middle-aged women have had this happen to us at work at one time or another. We rage against the pretty ones who get the jobs over us and our competent friends.

And believe me, a lot of women hate Sarah Palin because the men in their lives think she is hot and sexy. I can’t tell you how many otherwise conservative women I know who roll their eyes when Palin’s name is mentioned and then go on a rant about how their husband is obsessed with her and wants to sleep with her. I thought it was pretty disgraceful how many male commenters here at Hot Air were dying for McCain to put her on the ticket because they just wanted to look at her boobs.

I know that Palin is a heroine to many conservative women, and I know why. I happen to agree with them. But I think she will have a hard time winning a national election because of the more visceral reasosn women dislike and resent her.

rockmom on January 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

I agree with Rush Limbaugh when he hears criticism of Sarah vs Obama. He said “Yes sir, I want 4 more years of Obama!”

Herb on January 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

because of the more visceral reasosn women dislike and resent her.

rockmom on January 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Says a lot about the results of the “woman’s movement”…That, and the leftwing dems that “run” it…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Dr ZERO aka John Hayward charges into the fray.

That Unfavorable Woman: Sarah Palin’s unique location in our cultural geography

The other day, Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan decided to be “nice” to Sarah Palin, in the course of a meditation on the “new spirit of civility” in politics. “How about my long treatment of Sarah Palin?” Sullivan asked. “Here, there is no conceivable way in which, in my judgment, her presence on the national stage can improve our discourse, help solve our problems or improve public life. But that does not forbid one from noting the great example she has shown in rearing a child with Down Syndrome, whatever his provenance, or noting her effectiveness as a demagogue, or from admiring her father’s genuineness or her skill in exploiting new media.”

“Whatever his provenance? What the hell does that mean?” you ask. Well, for the benefit of those who didn’t start rolling their eyes the moment they saw his name, Sullivan’s “long treatment of Sarah Palin” is a psychotic obsession. For years, the Atlantic has allowed this raving loon to question whether Palin is actually the mother of her Down-syndrome boy, Trig. In a February 2010 column, he floated the idea that Trig’s name is a contraction of the medical term for Down Syndrome, “Trisomy-g,” which Palin chose as an insult to the child.

It is difficult to imagine the Atlantic humiliating itself by publishing the work of such a madman, if his psychosis were focused on virtually any other public figure. But, with Sarah Palin, it’s okay. You can say anything about her. After all, the entire mainstream media just spent a couple of weeks trying to indict her for incitement to murder.

In the wake of this effort, CNN took a poll in partnership with Opinion Research, and found Palin’s disapproval numbers had reached 56%. (How many other private citizens have “disapproval ratings,” by the way?) Another CNN poll earlier this week, however, indicated that only 35% were prepared to assign some degree of blame to Palin for the Tucson shootings. The gap between these numbers measures the volume of the media megaphone.

Now America has enjoyed a few days of “new tone” civility, in which Democrat Steve Cohen called his Republican opponents Nazis, while Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee said they wanted to kill Americans by repealing ObamaCare. The painful dishonesty and stupidity of the “Climate of Hate” narrative has devolved back to its origins: pitiful whining about Sarah Palin and her “crosshairs” electoral map. She’s the target they won’t let go of, no matter how foolish it makes them look… because Palin sits in a free-fire zone, where there is no penalty for deploying the most toxic or radioactive ordinance. The ugly “comedian” Kathy Griffin paid no price for announcing her intention to “target” Palin’s 16-year-old daughter. Heck, Griffin’s scheduled to appear in the next Muppet movie.

CNN just spent a week telling people Palin inspired that Loughner boy to shoot twenty people in Tucson, then asked how they felt about the bloodthirsty hatemongering kill-billy. Imagine what Barack Obama’s approval ratings would be, if the media had invested similar effort highlighting Loughner’s interest in the 9/11 “Truther” conspiracy, while reminding everyone that Obama once tried to appoint a Truther to his cabinet.

Palin has been designated the Unfavorable Woman, by a Left that believes (and has some of the Right convinced) it can still select and target one enemy at a time for utter destruction. Before Palin it was George W. Bush and Newt Gingrich, in a line stretching back to Ronald Reagan. Imagine some member of the Kennedy clan hawking a book in which Ted Kennedy is portrayed as a mental incompetent during the last years of his life, his mind ruined by alcohol. The media reaction to this would be a deafening howl of outrage… but it’s perfectly acceptable to put out a book that says Ronald Regan had Alzheimer’s during the latter years of his presidency.

Reagan wasn’t supposed to have a chance at the Oval Office, any more than Palin does. Carter was ahead of him by double digits in early opinion polls. There was no way the reviled George Bush could retain his stolen White House against war hero John Kerry. The Left loves to stick opinion-poll thermometers into its designated Unfavorable Man or Woman, take the temperature of its contempt, and pronounce their goose cooked.

Look at it this way: according to CNN’s analysis, 35% of the public is foolish or venal enough to think Sarah Palin used black magic to control Jared Loughner with a map graphic he never saw… but 38% still view her favorably. Those are even battle lines, not a lost cause. If Palin doesn’t end up with the Republican nomination in 2012, then whoever gets it will instantly become the next Unfavorable Man, or Woman. May they acquit themselves as well as she has, when the all-out assault begins.

May they acquit themselves as well as she has, when the all-out assault begins because I for one will NOT have their backs. Screw those Quislings.

and for those that don’t know a Quisling is a traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country. the name comes from Vidkun Quisling the head of Norway’s government that gave the country over to and worked with hitler in WW2

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41293

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 8:52 AM

You are misreading Christ’s golden rule.

dedalus on January 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

christ does not have a lock on the golden rule. It is represented in 21 different relgions. And it is considered a moral maxim which plainly stated means:

treat those how you want to be treated and the reverse is also true. How you treat others will be how they treat you.

Those that have been spewing the Palin hate for 2 years and attacking her supporters in an effort to rise their candidates out of the primordial swamp of scumsuckers will have only themselves to blame when those tactics and those words are revisited on them.

Palin supporters after facing the March of Sherman will not suddenly open their arms to those that burned and pillaged or the quislings that helped to enable that march.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Dewey beats Truman. As long as we’re looking at history, might as well go back farther.

If we took the names off the page when comparing all the Rs that might end up running, Sarah would come out on top. That she is a woman in a man’s world is her biggest detraction. Look at the alternative, 4 more years of Obummer.

Kissmygrits on January 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Not only has is the irrational and untruthful attack on Palin immoral, but it is misdirection play by the MSM. The public is talking about this bogus civility debate rather than our cow-towing to China. Gas prices could eventually hit 4 or even $ 5 a gallon. The media illusionist games will only work so long.

mwbri on January 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

They know she’s inevitable.
They knew it the first time they saw her.

It’s why they go insane every time they think of her.

idesign on January 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM

The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest.

But there is no way she is ever going to be elected President

No one with a 59 percent unfavorability rating among independents has the chance of a snowball in Hell of being elected President.

kamikaze Presidential campaign or for a cult of personality.

Republicans (and conservatives) need a candidate who has a chance to win against an incumbent

Like Tim Pawlenty…who’s at what, 3%?

/sigh

remember when Powerline mattered? Remember when Powerline would have dug into this poll, and found plenty to mock? Now it’s, “sure CNN. Absolutely. Now get out of the way, Palin, so we can crown Pawlenty, President.”

MNHawk on January 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Gas prices could eventually hit 4 or even $ 5 a gallon. The media illusionist games will only work so long.

mwbri on January 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

the elites still don’t understand the cause of the recession. They only saw the effects when housing prices fell and when the credit markets froze. these were effects not causes. the cause was Gasoline at $4.00/gal. As of today nothing has been done to change that if the economy starts to recover. Like taking suger out of the petri dish $4.00/gal gas will stop whatever growth has started to occur.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM

MNHawk on January 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM

One thing about GOv Palin she has the ability to show voters who is the wheat and who is the chaff. Powerline has show itself to be the chaff along with Newt and Gov christie.

When I think of how only 6 or 7 months ago I respected Gov christie and thought he was a conservative. It only took a couple issues most of which was brought to the national debate by Palin like the GZM to show Gov Chrisite as the blowhard he is.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM

The Governors Highway Safety Association says pedestrian deaths increased in the first half of 2010 and the First Lady’s program to get Americans to be more active could be partly responsible.

Governors Highway Safety Administration spokesman Jonathan Adkins told 630 WMAL that Michelle Obama is “trying to get us to walk to work and exercise a little bit more. While that’s good, it also increases our exposure to risk.”

After four straight years of steady declines, pedestrian deaths were up during the first six months of 2010, the latest figures available to be studied.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Unseen,

You are proceeding from a false assumption: that the GOP campaign to take her down will be successful. It won’t be.

This is the last gasp of an Establishment Ruling Class that has lost the right to rule the GOP, in many ways because of its similarities to the Democrats. They are frightened and are lashing out at Palin because of who and what she represents.

Get present with something: the Establishment despised Reagan. They all latched on to Big Gummint because they made money off of it. Every two years they come down from DC and mention Ronald’s name as if we’re supposed to fall for it. The Ruling Class doesn’t realize how despised it has become, like the Bourbons before the French Revolution.

victor82 on January 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

She runs, and she wins.

People are overlooking that there are two political dimensions: the pre-game show and the game. These are not dimensions connected in any meaningful way.

rrpjr on January 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

alt,, if you’re still around, what drug might that be? (seriously)

Yoop on January 20, 2011 at 3:17 AM

Verapamil.

Originally I was on another drug but it dropped my already low pulse to dangerous levels.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

It ain’t beanbag. She’ll take shots from competitors and should be expected to hit back. The comments from Christie were mild compared to what’s the norm in a primary contest. Good for her if she runs.

dedalus on January 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Hey, if winning is the only thing that countrs AP, lets draft Obama, or beltter yet, go straight to the source of anti-Americanism and draft Geroge Soros to run as a republican. All we have to do is assure the voters that he isn’t Sarah Palin.

If the right caves in to the left’s success at picking their candidates, they’re dead anyway. Lets’ ask Yamamoto and Tojo some poll questions about Douglas MacArthur’s likeability. Did you tell us to run with the very likeable John McCain or what?

Don L on January 20, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Get present with something: the Establishment despised Reagan. They all latched on to Big Gummint because they made money off of it. Every two years they come down from DC and mention Ronald’s name as if we’re supposed to fall for it. The Ruling Class doesn’t realize how despised it has become, like the Bourbons before the French Revolution.

victor82 on January 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

I’m saying at this point because of their actions the gop establishment is damned if they do and damned if they don’t. They have used scorched earth policy on Gov Palin and her supporters burning away whatever bridge existed. Even if they are successful which like you I doubt they will be they will never rule with majority support again. The mask once taken off can not be replaced. they have over the last 22 years pretended to be Reagan conservatives. They screwed that pooch.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Originally I was on another drug but it dropped my already low pulse to dangerous levels.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Thanks for the info. I’ll research that one.

Know what you mean. My pulse was averaging 44, and even dropped to 38 during sleep. Now back up to 48-52, but doc is about to give up on finding a drug that will stop the high hypertension surges.

See him tomorrow. Will ask about this, since we have tried everything else, and every test.

Thanks again.

Yoop on January 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM

That Taranto piece is darn good. The rebuttals by the Left-wing feminoia’s should be fun.

RepubChica on January 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Darn, looked it up:

Verapamil >>>>> calcium-channel blocker

The new procedure I had on the heart to fix AF means no CCBs.

:-(

Thanks

Yoop on January 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

You can vote for Christine O’Donnell #2 and get the same result and feel good about yourself while Obama gets another 4 years and another Supreme Court nominee or you can begin to intelligently parse her ‘popularity” and see how that relates to her “electability”….

rickyricardo on January 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Thanks for your permission. I think I’ll do that.

miConsevative on January 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

It ain’t beanbag. She’ll take shots from competitors and should be expected to hit back. The comments from Christie were mild compared to what’s the norm in a primary contest. Good for her if she runs.

dedalus on January 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

It’s ain’t beanbag? No shii1 sherlock.

The problem with people like gov christie and Newt is they are thinking about the primary not about the wider issues. By them not standing up defending one conservative for sheap politcal points as they see it against the real enemy they have become quislings for that enemy and has done harm to the movement in their selfish attempts to game the system for their or their friends benefit.

when your side comes under attack and make no mistake Gov Palin is part of the team of the gop then the gop should have like the dems drawn a protective circle around her and their loudest magaphones in talk radio and the conservative media. Thus allowing them to capitalize on the mistake of the left/media and advance the conservative/gop agenda gaining votes for the entire team in the process. People like Chrisite are instead trying to use it to tear down one of their own which only ends up helping the left not them. the fact that Newt and chrisite are too stupid to understand this makes them unfit for higher office.

unseen on January 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Palin battles while the lamestream rattles.

This could be her campaign song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Feq_Nt3nM

profitsbeard on January 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Unseen, Victor hits on it. The PL guys are Ruling Class Guys (not sure I like that term, I’d say party guys first) idea guys second. They’re also Pawlenty homers. That makes for an ugly combination, culminating in that post.

Since when would anybody not want a vigorous primary? That’s just an incredibly stupid post, calling for someone to drop out…because they’re 10% behind the incumbant President…2 years before the election!

MNHawk on January 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

It’s really almost a crime about Sarah. I do not understand this perceived attitude among moderate women voters. Am not going to let these off the hook by proclaiming that they think of her as a threat. I am going to confront them as not being able or willing to think for themselves and unduly influenced by the media and other outside influences. They need to step back and do their own analyses. It puts me in mind of the many so-called independent women who run for and win seats held by their husbands and then proceed to vote as he would have or as he suggests they should. That is not independence, that is the ‘independent’ who is allowed to think she is, however untrue it really is. Many of these gals fall exactly into this category.

jeanie on January 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

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