Palin up $1.3 mil in PAC filing – but no expansion into 2011

posted at 12:55 pm on January 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The will she or won’t she? question continues at Politico, where Andy Barr reports on SarahPAC’s FEC financial disclosure yesterday.   The PAC finished 2010 in good shape, with $1.3 million in the bank and no debt after spending more than $2.6 million during the midterm campaign.  But absent from the report are any indications of the kind of expansion usually seen with candidates preparing for an electoral campaign:

Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin headed into this year with more than $1.3 million in her political action committee, according a financial disclosure filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

The filing shows no indication that Palin has started to ramp up for a potential presidential run, as no new staff shows up on SarahPAC’s expenses — which remain very low compared to a campaign of even moderate size. Her PAC spent nearly $230,000 for the period between the end of the campaign and end of the calendar year, and more than $2.6 million in 2010.

Palin raised $275,000 during the six-week reporting period, bringing her total to $3.5 million for the year. A look through her contributors shows checks come in from across the country — and though not every donor listed their occupation, a large share identify themselves as retired.

Since forming the PAC, Palin has raised roughly $4.5 million and spend $3.2 million.

There may be a couple of reasons for this, though.  Palin has near-saturation levels of name recognition, which puts her far ahead of other potential nominees.  She has two best-selling books, as well as her status as a media lightning rod.  Can anyone name a political development that at least some national media outlets don’t immediately put in the context of Sarah Palin?

Furthermore, Palin has a strong following in the Tea Party movement; she’s as close to a national leader as it has.  That means Palin would require somewhat less organizing, at least to start a national campaign, than others in the Republican Party.  Potential candidates like Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, and even Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney need to build organizations to get boots on the ground, where Palin can afford to wait a little longer — although not necessarily all that much longer to get the talent locked into her campaign.   Other than the talent, Palin can afford to jump in later and try to swamp out the lesser-known candidates without taking the bruising that retail politics provides.

However, the hiring issue relates directly to Barr’s analysis, and eventually everyone needs good talent on the ground.  Fred Thompson and his supporters found that out the hard way in late 2007.  It takes both a skilled candidate and a good organization to win a nomination, let alone a general election.

The other explanation is that Palin is organizing more for activism and kingmaking than a run herself.  That’s always been a possibility, but it’s still a little too early to tell from the FEC disclosures.  In April, the next disclosure period, we should be able to tell the difference.


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Bishop on January 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

How much of that is from foreign donations?!?!?!

SouthernGent on January 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Can anyone name a political development that at least some national media outlets don’t immediately put in the context of Sarah Palin?

exactamundo…msdnc probably has a template of her name to pop in whenever an issue arises

cmsinaz on January 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Time to over-scrutinize in an effort to get the ‘scoop.’

Hey, I heard that Palin switched to another brand of mascara. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

fossten on January 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

What is amazing is the relatively small period of time that she has been in the public eye…

search4truth on January 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Whatever Palins role is, I appreciate her willingness to call out liberalism for the liars they are.

Palin might be trying to run a campaign devoid of the Washington insiders who are supposedly “loyal” to any one campaign. I think Palin learned the hard way about campaign staff during the McCain/Palin ticket of ’08.

I think there is a little Steve Schmidt/Nicole Wallace in every campaign person and Palin HATES that face. But a fact it is.

portlandon on January 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

A wealth of talent is out there from which Sarah can draw, though probably not among establishment GOP types. She will need people who know the ropes but aren’t bound by those ropes to the backstabbers who run the GOP.

SKYFOX on January 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Politico doesn’t belong to the “Ignore Palin” Club…?

d1carter on January 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

She spent nearly all of her PAC fund getting Republicans elected nationwide in 2010. Man, she’s so divisive for the party.

RepubChica on January 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Oops

face = fact.

portlandon on January 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

LMAO! Forensics on the crumbs of evidence for speculation on Palin’s future plans…comedy gold! So funny that she is outwitting so many who think they know so much!

Rush is commenting NOW on Palin’s “WTF” commentary last night! LOL!

ornery_independent on January 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

She’s trying to flush good, conservative candidates out into the open so she can evaluate them first before she decides. Nothing wrong with that. I also think she’s looking for someone who would be reform minded, like herself, as well as traditional conservative values. Reformers are feared by both sides of the aisle, traditional conservatives, not so much.

a capella on January 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

If she decides to run we’ll see days of mockery and piling on. If she decides not to run we’ll see days of mockery and piling on. The only real question will be which side will be more upset/elated.

Mord on January 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Forensics on the crumbs of evidence (in the SarahPAC FEC filing, that is) for speculation on Palin’s future plans

ornery_independent on January 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Reagan lost the nomination in ’76 to Ford.

But increased his ‘gravitas’ by the exposure, debates and general public scrutiny of this “second rate actor from “Bedtime For Bonzo’”.

If the GOP throws up another Ford in 2012, Palin will have the win in 2016 by general disgust with a full measure of Obumbles and crew.

But Sarah needs to run this time to keep everybody else honest.

And, who knows, she might surprise the electorate, since she has done nothing but, so far.

Plus, she has the only political cojones in action that are noticable.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

How much of that is from foreign donations?!?!?!

SouthernGent on January 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

You mean from the “Lower 48?”

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I would imagine Sarah has a problem trying to find people she feels she can trust to work for her after those in the past who have slammed her. Even a persons family members can turn on you if someone pays them enough to do so. She will do what she feels right for her do at the right time, IMO.
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letget on January 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

There’s a third option …

Sarah Palin can bypass the primaries and run third party.

2012 will be fertile ground for a third party – the nation will be in extremis from bankruptcy and feeling the effects. And … that bankruptcy will be OWNED by both established parties – as they both had a role in creating it.

Add to that – the strong “anti-establishment” sentiment rising in the nation – and the growing dissatisfaction with the GOP ruling class and you have a very fertile ground to plant an “outsider” candidate on a third party ticket.

I hope it happens – I’m already selling my stock in TEAM GOP.

Palin needs NO expansion for a good while if she goes that route!

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Furthermore, Palin has a strong following in the Tea Party movement; she’s as close to a national leader as it has. That means Palin would require somewhat less organizing, at least to start a national campaign, than others in the Republican Party. Potential candidates like Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, and even Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney need to build organizations to get boots on the ground, where Palin can afford to wait a little longer

Sarah just has to say, “Let’s roll” and at least a million people are ready to take to the streets.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Looks like all that “talent” that helped McCain to the win loss will be scooped up by the likes of Pawlenty, Thune, Daniels, Newt, Romney and maybe even Huck. That’ll leave those that have a clue on how ot run a 50 state election campaign available for Palin if she decides to run…

Gohawgs on January 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

There’s a third option …

Sarah Palin can bypass the primaries and run third party.

2012 will be fertile ground for a third party – the nation will be in extremis from bankruptcy and feeling the effects. And … that bankruptcy will be OWNED by both established parties – as they both had a role in creating it.

Add to that – the strong “anti-establishment” sentiment rising in the nation – and the growing dissatisfaction with the GOP ruling class and you have a very fertile ground to plant an “outsider” candidate on a third party ticket.

I hope it happens – I’m already selling my stock in TEAM GOP.

Palin needs NO expansion for a good while if she goes that route!

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Idiocy. And Palin has said so herself.

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

If conservatives break from the GOP, the GOP will be the minority party – probably around 10%. Honda’s point is that the GOP needs to quit acting like the ruling class.

fossten on January 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

We are more likely to see a third-party run from the far lefties, an alliance between the Code Pink types and Ralph Nader’s voters.

slickwillie2001 on January 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

fossten on January 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I have no idea where you get your numbers from but going 3rd party means D’s win. Every single time. If TR couldn’t do it no one can. Plain herself has said it is stupid and not the way to go

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I hope there’s plenty of Ativan or other drugs that can help with serious withdrawal symptoms on hand.

When the “ignore Palin” month starts, there are going to be people twitching and brushing imaginary spiders off of their straight jackets something fierce.

DrAllecon on January 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Idiocy. And Palin has said so herself.

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Right … as if politicians never reverse their previous statements. Look – she’s technically still on TEAM GOP – so she supports the team. She can easily, like the rest of us, say that the GOP has regained it’s power in the house – but completely lost it’s way. With Boehner in charge I have no doubt he’ll give her every reason to push that button.

Add to that the fact that many of out here are still incredibly PO’d about the lack of support Tea Party candidates received from the NRSC, NRCC and the rest of the ruling class and … you can’t blame us for walking – especially when we KNOW that TEAM GOP is responsible for at least half this massive debt and electing Republicans does NOTHING to solve the debt problem.

I think, as a third party candidate – she might not win but she will BURY the whoever the ruling class in the GOP decides to run (next white guy in line – we know who it is).

That will, at least – put an end to the sorry party of emasculated eunuchs.

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I have no idea where you get your numbers from but going 3rd party means D’s win. Every single time. If TR couldn’t do it no one can. Plain herself has said it is stupid and not the way to go

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

And electing Republicans does WHAT for us? Please remind me. I’ve been alive for 49 years – maybe I’ve got alzheimers. Can you name one POTUS in 49 years that reduced the deficit other than Clinton?

I can’t.

Now you can say that it was a Republican Congress that really did it – but what happened when Bush came in? He had a Republican Congress too.

Hell – if the only way we can control spending is put Obama back in the WH with a GOP congress – I’m good with that – as I’ll vote for a Rodeo Clown if he can get my grand kids out of debt.

Go Sarah!

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I think, as a third party candidate – she might not win but she will BURY the whoever the ruling class in the GOP decides to run (next white guy in line – we know who it is).

That will, at least – put an end to the sorry party of emasculated eunuchs.

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Politics is the art of the possible. You may be fine with her going down in flames and glory but some of us want this country to get fixed and kick Obama to the curb. I’ll take a 75% pure victory rather then a 100% pure defeat

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Somehow I think Palin’s own goals differ from her most ardent supporters.

The supporters seem to want to bring down the government rather that tackle the problems.

I give Palin more credit than that.

petunia on January 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Now you can say that it was a Republican Congress that really did it – but what happened when Bush came in? He had a Republican Congress too.

Hell – if the only way we can control spending is put Obama back in the WH with a GOP congress – I’m good with that – as I’ll vote for a Rodeo Clown if he can get my grand kids out of debt.

Go Sarah!

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Republicans suck but are better then the alternative. Real change is coming from the bottom up, replacing the old vestiges of the Republican party with a new more conservative one. 3rd party will be the end of us

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

The other explanation is that Palin is organizing more for activism and kingmaking than a run herself. That’s always been a possibility, but it’s still a little too early to tell from the FEC disclosures. In April, the next disclosure period, we should be able to tell the difference.

Or it could also show that gov Palin can do more with less. she has the highest ROI then any PAC in operation. she has a small staff because she does alot of the work herself instead of farming it out to underlings. She writes her own notes, helps writes her speeches etc.

Unlike Mitt that needs a large support group to prop him up, Palin needs a small staff to handle the day to day business. when her needs change she will hire the people needed. She is not going to waste resources on hangers on sinmply so she has them when needed.

She will find talent when she needs it. and those “talents” that might be locked up doesn’t seem to be allstars.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Please note that her PAC money was well managed and has no debt. Now there’s a qualification for President if I ever read one.

jeanie on January 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

so let’s see spend million today for a possiblity of “locking up ” talent 6 months form now. Or wait save your money. handle the day -to day stuff with the staff you got and then use those savings when they really matter for stuff that really matters.

the problem people have with Palin is she is a fiscal conservativ ein her daily life as well as her politcal life. She does not spend money if it is not needed.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Sarah is a mighty force for the people doing exactly what she is doing. I’m good with that; if she does decide to make a run she’ll have all four members of my family ready to hit the phones and streets. Most of my circle of friends are engaged in the TP movement and would support her run. Most of also agree that she lives in their heads 24/7 from the perch she currently occupies.

Love this woman and her family.

Keemo on January 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Please note that her PAC money was well managed and has no debt. Now there’s a qualification for President if I ever read one.

jeanie on January 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

i read somewhere that sarahpac has been the best run PAC at the presidential level for decades. Her ROI is better than Mitt’s, Obama’s and Clinton’s.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Honda, I totally agree with you and share your frustration, but 3rd parties equal Losertarians.

I know, it took me a long time to admit to it, but once you see it, you see what a losing game it is.

Annoying, I know, but for someone to beat Turkmanbama, they have to run as Republican. The wimpy Repubicans ARE letting us down. Those wimps are so used to being pantsed by the Dems. They are PATHETIC. And unfotunately, to beat ObaMarxist, we have to go with those wowsers.

What is even MORE pathetic is that 2 years into ZerObama, and we still have NO ONE setting the Conservative world on fire. Disgraceful!!!

Gob on January 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

wait a second. $1.3 million in the bank, no debt…..But I read somewhere where she was finished. Done. Over.

Yet here she is in a strong fiscal position, a mighty warchest with very little top heavy campaign infrastructe.

she is a lean mean fighting machine when she take soff the gloves the GOP establishment will quake in fear

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Since some of you are commenting without looking at the figures for SarahPAC and saying how she spends her money on candidates, you are confused with DeMint who does spend his PAC money on candidates. Here are the figures for SarahPAC where most of the money goes for expenses including for her family:

Donations: $5,685,212 (almost all from personal donations)
Expenses: $4,356,362 (including food at a Yankees game)
Money given to candidate committes: $509,000 (about 8.9% of contributions)
Money on hand: $1,328,951

By contrast Jim DeMint gave over 60% to candidates after raising over $9M.

PhiKapMom on January 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I particularly like the 3rd (Tea) Party route. The RINO party still does not get it (see Lame Duck, Prom Night…).

kevinkristy on January 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Agreed. I am very interested in watching her run a national campaign on her terms. I assume it will be unconventional. I also assume it will be fun to watch. Money won’t be a problem for her. The day (if) she announces will be the mother of all money bombs.

KCB on January 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Sarah just has to say, “Let’s roll” and at least a million people are ready to take to the streets.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

+1

How many new staff members does it take to run a campaign from Facebook? ;)

pannw on January 27, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Time will tell but to be honest.. when I saw her making “WTF” comments, I knew she was not running.

Her current path seem much more Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Beck than it does serious POTUS canidate, sorry that’s just my opinion.

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Palin has learned the lesson don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes. Or to keep her powder dry.

she will not waste money just to build her empire.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Time will tell but to be honest.. when I saw her making “WTF” comments, I knew she was not running.

Her current path seem much more Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Beck than it does serious POTUS canidate, sorry that’s just my opinion.

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Yeah the WTF comments were amusing, don’t get me wrong but I can’t imagine Reagan saying something like that. I think she realizes how polarizing she is and is content to help the conservative movement from the outside

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

PhiKapMom on January 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

that would be the Yankee game she went to with rudy or christe? you know a politcal meeting. Maybe you can quote the time she went to a Az diamondback game with AZ gov in defense of antiillegal immigration law.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Candidate,king maker–which ever, you can be sure it will be well done. Go Sarah!!!

jeanie on January 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Ed, remember it was very late in 1979 before Reagan jumped in, well after the rest.

Sarah isn’t going to load up her staff with the usual suspects. She’ll get sharp people who know how to get things done and she’ll try to win all 57 states.

Her campaign won’t look like anyone else’s. She’ll benefit from almost 100% name recognition, but she LOVES retail politics and will show up everywhere to speechify and meet people.

All the other candidates are old, tired, and soft. She’s a marathon running. She’ll be everywhere.

I can’t wait. It’s going to be fun.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Republicans suck but are better then the alternative.

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Really? By what metric?

Uhm … if you use RHETORIC as a metric – than you’re right. However, rhetoric never did one thing to reduce a debt or deficit.

This is the fact that we Conservatives need to face – and face it head on. We may not like this fact, but it’s a fact and we need to pull our heads of the sand …

There has been ONE TIME in the last half-century when we actually had budget surpluses – and that was under Bill Clinton. Not even Ronaldus Maximus was able to run a surplus – and even after talking about how government was “the problem” – he did nothing but expand it.

Now … you guys can invest your money in a fantasy horse that looks good – but can’t win a game to save it’s life. As for me – I’ll judge by the results and I’ve got a half century of life that tells me these GOP guys are nothing but blowhards. I’ve sold my stock in them – you can keep yours and continue to lose.

Winning elections doesn’t translate into saving the nation. Now – if you view politics as a “team sport” like the NFL or NBA – and your only goal is to WIN and you don’t care about the fact that your team doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to do what it takes to save the nation – then go ahead … vote for your team.

But there’s a lot of us out here who are in this only to keep LIBERTY for our grandkids and pass on to them the American dream. Hell yeah – I’ll vote for third party if the candidate is capable of doing what’s necessary to save the nation. If Obama wins – well – then at least we have the same recipe for deficit reduction that worked during Bill Clinton’s term – and that is a “D” in the White House and “R”‘s in charge of Capitol Hill.

Whatever it takes.

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Yes, let’s nitpick the SarahPAC numbers.

Trolling, trolling, trolling…

SurferDoc on January 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I rarely get solicitation letters from Sarahpac, but did get one recently. Kind of a “birthday card” mailing, with a request for a donation. If millions of others got the same mailing, and if it’s effective, her April numbers may reflect an uptick in donations.

Especially if there’s an announcement in Feb. or March, of course.

As to staffing- why does anyone need a full-fledged campaign staff in Jan. 2011? Huck has pretty clearly stated he doesn’t want to “burn” that kind of cash this early. Romney may be building his team, but he will need it (charisma deficit, IMO). Pawlenty, etc. have to put a ground game together to get their names out & make a respectable showing in early polls (which Pawlenty seems to understand, and is executing well apparently).

Palin has a core team, an established PAC with a demonstrated ability to raise millions, and a national megaphone. She has no need to telegraph her intentions with “here’s my new, bigger team!” right after the midterms.

Just my $0.02.

cs89 on January 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

she is a lean mean fighting machine when she take soff the gloves the GOP establishment will quake in fear

This stuff is rich. I do enjoy reading these threads.

sherry on January 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM

that would be the Yankee game she went to with rudy or christe? you know a politcal meeting. Maybe you can quote the time she went to a Az diamondback game with AZ gov in defense of antiillegal immigration law.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Or in any political capacity, if it’s related I think it’s fine to pay out of the PAC. It’s not like folks contributing to her PAC thought she was a canidate last year, they knew it was to help fund “efforts” at electing canidates. (this comes from a non palin fan)

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Sarah has an advantage in that she won’t have to buy a personality implant. Her branding and name recognition are complete and paid for by the Blood Libel Media (thank you very much).

SurferDoc on January 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Time will tell but to be honest.. when I saw her making “WTF” comments, I knew she was not running.

Her current path seem much more Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Beck than it does serious POTUS canidate, sorry that’s just my opinion.

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Go get some new talking points from your handlers, those are the 2008 models.

“WTF” means she’s running. She’s the ONLY one who has been directly stomping all over Obama since the end of the 2008 campaign. The ONLY one.

No one else has a shot at the nomination if she’s in, and Obama is finished.

By the end of 2013 he’ll be lecturing at some small community college that no one ever heard of.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM

also Demint specifically tied his PAC to funding other candidates. It was his pitch to raise funds that the money would go to the senate candidates. Demint set up his PAC to be a kingmaker not a king. Palin’s is more of alloy of the two. Different animals.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Go get some new talking points from your handlers, those are the 2008 models.

“WTF” means she’s running. She’s the ONLY one who has been directly stomping all over Obama since the end of the 2008 campaign. The ONLY one.

No one else has a shot at the nomination if she’s in, and Obama is finished.

By the end of 2013 he’ll be lecturing at some small community college that no one ever heard of.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Thats the nice thing about binary yes/no statements… one of us will be right, one wrong.

We will see…

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 2:01 PM

also Demint specifically tied his PAC to funding other candidates. It was his pitch to raise funds that the money would go to the senate candidates. Demint set up his PAC to be a kingmaker not a king. Palin’s is more of alloy of the two. Different animals.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I was not aware of that diffrence between the two. That said, I don’t look at any diffrent than a Real Estate agent putting lunch with perspective clients on expense report. It’s a business expense.

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

It’s a business expense.

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

agreed

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I am voting for Sarah Palin. Whether or not you choose to get on the ship now or later, she has the right ingredients to be the next POTUS. All you have to do is watch “Morning Doh” to see the obvious….

psychocyber on January 27, 2011 at 2:07 PM

She’s NOT RUNNING.

Media:
She doesn’t have the stomach to play with the big dogs. That’s why she agreed to be McLames’ VP in 2008.

She’s a quitter, she is a rube, a hillbilly, a person in search of a thought, an accidental celebrity, a yokel and a general joke in the elite circles. She’s also way to plain spoken which belies the vast intellectual wasteland between her ears. She isn’t fit to match wits with the Ivy League International we have making decisions in the Oval Office now. And more importantly…….she doesn’t heal people like O’Jesus does (you think Giffords will remember to tell him “thank you”?).

*All the reasons I’d be happy to take a leave of absence and campaign for her in 2012 wholeheartedly.

PappyD61 on January 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Yeah the WTF comments were amusing, don’t get me wrong but I can’t imagine Reagan saying something like that. I think she realizes how polarizing she is and is content to help the conservative movement from the outside

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

You obviously never paid any attention to Reagan. He’d love the WTF word play.

He’d really love Spudnuts, both how Sarah used it, and to eat.

Your “concern” however, is duly noted.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

For quite a long time, I like Sarah. No, I never for a second imagined that she was qualified to hold office, but I liked the way she attacked the donkeys. She was something of a Michelle Malkin if MM were a candidate.

But as time has gone on, I find her supporters to be so deluded and obnoxious (not quite as obnoxious as her detractors, but giving it a good run for their money) that I am starting to loath her.

MJBrutus on January 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

THIS:

Sarah has an advantage in that she won’t have to buy a personality implant. Her branding and name recognition are complete and paid for by the Blood Libel Media (thank you very much).

SurferDoc on January 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Palin/Perry 2012 FTW!

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 2:24 PM

MJBrutus on January 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

ROFL……loathe away.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:30 PM

great interview with gov Palin today:

http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-on-the-bob-and-mark-show.html

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

cs89 on January 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Exactly. Sarah will do things her way which will be low budget high return. That’s how she operates. Also she has a whole country full of dedicated supporters who will go to great lengths for her and are eager to do so. Her army is in the early stages of organizing. Don’t expect to see too many establishment types involved. This will most probably be a very grass roots Tea Party type effort. The kind that brought 16,000 of us to Boston Common on a weekday to hear her speak and volunteer to do whatever was needed.

shmendrick on January 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Daily Wishcasting from Pollutico.

james23 on January 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

top three things Gov Palin says she will do if she was POTUS

1) cut the corp tax rate

2) send message no more bailouts

3) repeal obamacare.

from the interview linked above

4) stop earmarks

5) cutting non-consitutional mandated programs like NEA an NPR, get rid of subsidies for things like Amtrac

6) open up federal lands for energy exploration

then big picture stuff

7) reform entitlement programs and NOT make any new ones
a) change the plan for new enrollees. keep the promises that we have given to those in the system

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:42 PM

But as time has gone on, I find her supporters to be so deluded and obnoxious (not quite as obnoxious as her detractors, but giving it a good run for their money) that I am starting to loath her.

MJBrutus on January 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Yet, you can’t stop stalking Palin supporters.

portlandon on January 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

now who was talking about her not talking about policy again?

7 items she wants to tackle right off the but. All economic.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

This ought to drive them crazy:

EXCLUSIVE-Sarah Palin to headline Reagan 100 celebration at Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara

singer on January 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

she says that the unfunded manadtes with the fat strings and “free money ” form the states have to stop. Refers to the building codes within the stimulus that now requires states to hire building inspectors to enforce new building codes

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:47 PM

talks about the smear on Todd

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

That the left attacks Palin is no surprise in fact for them its a mandate for the loony left to destroy anyone who doesn’t bow down to Karl Marx but what the Hell reason is it that elements who claim to be on the Right self righteously attack a woman who so vociferously reflects their most strongly held ideals?

Why should independents vote for any Republican when their own base can’t stop attacking them?

Its time to get a clue, start looking for the positive points our leaders offer.

Speakup on January 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

EXCLUSIVE-Sarah Palin to headline Reagan 100 celebration at Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara

singer on January 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

cool got a link?

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

HatTip singer

Geochelone on January 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Thanks. Tried to link but couldn’t. Think she’ll announce or wait until the actual birthday?

singer on January 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Somehow I think Palin’s own goals differ from her most ardent supporters.

The supporters seem to want to bring down the government rather that tackle the problems.

I give Palin more credit than that.

petunia on January 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I use the expression ‘most ardent supporters’ a lot as well.
Please keep commenting.
I very much appreciate your posts.
-Barb

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I can hear the PDSers screaming already.

HatTip singer

Geochelone on January 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

OMG. this will be broadcast nationally if fox is smart.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

VP chenney will also give a speech there.

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM

EXCLUSIVE-Sarah Palin to headline Reagan 100 celebration at Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara

singer on January 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

But, but….Time Magazine says Obama loves Reagan so much that they put them on the cover together. How dare Sarah headline instead of Obama? /

*vomit* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzm6ycaezZY&feature=player_embedded

pannw on January 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Of all the Conservatives on the national stage right now, Sarah Palin is chosen.
Not Mittens, not Gingrich, not Pawlenty, not Pence, not Huckleberry, not any of the other pretenders.

What does that tell you? It tells me that all those polls out there that say Sarah Palin’s numbers are weak and that she has high negatives are all a bunch of bull crap. When Sarah Palin declares and starts her non-stop ground campaign in the primaries, she will crush the pretenders. She will then swing around and roll over that other pretender, Obama, and his socialist dolts and then we will finally have a person in the White House who will at least stand a chance of cleaning that cesspool up.

I snagged this post from BigGov.com on the Palin-Reagan keynote speech on Feb 4th.

Geochelone on January 27, 2011 at 3:04 PM

My impression of Sarah is that she truely has a “servants heart” she has not groomed herself or been groomed to seek and attain higher office. She jumped into politics because she is a doer and saw political moves and decisions she felt harmed her family and community. She serves if that is what she feels called to do. She doesn’t appear to have an ego that needs to be fed.. Sarah probably would be very happy to let a true common sense conservative of strength and conviction run and she’d support that person and so would we Palinistas. She would run if no one who she trusts and fits that bill doesn’t. So she cares and isn’t ambitious like Romney or deluded like Huckabee. Her PAC gets its money from We The People in small amounts from a lot if us. She isn’t connected and getting large amounts donated by a few…

Whatever she does she has my support and that of my husband’s and my now eligible to vote son!

CCRWM on January 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Geochelone on January 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Thanks. This part looks very interesting:

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, Governor Palin will reflect on the seminal speech by President Reagan, “Time for Choosing,” that discussed the risks and rewards before an America at a crossroads in the early 1960’s. Governor Palin will draw parallels to today while calling for young people to continue the Reagan revolution into the future.

cs89 on January 27, 2011 at 3:24 PM

As I wrote in a previous thread, Obama has tried to steal Palin’s thunder by cloaking himself in Reagan’s clothing as he knows what resonates with true Americans. We’re even starting to hear the dreaded “he’s Reaganesque” meme.

Sorry, Bambi, but that torch has been passed to Sarah and she shows every day that she’s worthy of it while Mittens, Huck, “insert your Establishment Republican of choice here”, et. al. hide behind her skirt.

Sarah leads and leaders aren’t afraid to make mistakes. Followers are paralyzed by their indecisiveness and inaction. Sarah is playing to win. The rest are playing not to lose.

singer on January 27, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Hey, I heard that Palin switched to another brand of mascara. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

fossten on January 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Quitter!

/s

trigon on January 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

3rd party will be the end of us

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

You do realize the irony of your statement, don’t you?

Republicans were a new, 3rd party, formed from the Whigs when the Whig establishment leaders wouldn’t fully support the 100% abolitionist stance of the grassroots conservative groundswell.

Sound familiar? Replace two or three words, and you have what’s happening today. The question is… will the establishment leadership back a 100% conservative movement, or will their cowardice force the conservative movement to split and form a third party?

I agree with an earlier poster. I’m a Conservative first, Republican second. I’m only sticking around to see what happens in the primaries. If conservatives win the day in the Republican party, I stay. If not, I drop the “R” and go independent… and I WILL back a 3rd party, if they reflect my conservative ideals.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

dominigan on January 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Ahhh.Another blissfully snark-free analysis from Ed. It’s much appreciated! Although, I really think HA should stop giving Politico so much business and legitimacy, imo.

Dongemaharu on January 27, 2011 at 4:21 PM

She’s not running.

If she were running, she wouldnt have been calling Obama’s speech a “WTF moment” on FOX last night.

Sarah is smart, and she knows you cant go around talking like that if you want people to think you’re presidential. She would be more tempered with her language than that if she were running.

American Elephant on January 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Somehow I think Palin’s own goals differ from her most ardent supporters. The supporters seem to want to bring down the government rather that tackle the problems.
I give Palin more credit than that.
petunia on January 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

What we have is a government? It’s a one party system with politicians on both sies of the aisle screwing both Liberals and Conservatives. Conservatives seem to end up on the short end of the stick more often.

Herb on January 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM