Romney supporters at CPAC pitching him as the anti-Palin

posted at 8:14 pm on February 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

Do note, while HuffPo refers to “common” swipes at Palin in the halls of CPAC this year, their evidence consists of quotes from … two people. And one guy isn’t even guilty of a “swipe.” He says he likes her but simply fears she can’t win.

Even so, as I’ve argued many times before, this dynamic in the primaries is inevitable — even if she doesn’t run. Half the field will compete for the principled “true conservative” nomination (Palin, Huck, Santorum), the other half will compete for the moderate/managerial nomination (Mitt, Daniels, Huntsman), and then there’ll be a showdown. (Pawlenty and Gingrich are more or less trying to straddle the two.) Winner take all — unless he/she alienates the other camp so badly that some Republicans stay home in the general election, in which case game over. The “Palin” candidate will paint the “anti-Palin” as a squish who’ll get rolled by the left and the “anti-Palin” will paint “Palin” as incompetent and unelectable. Right? This is all old hat. But since “anti-Palin” supporters talking smack is always good for a freakout in the comments, let’s liven up the night a bit:

“Intelligence versus not-so-intelligent,” was the pitch by Ken Merritt, a Virginia-based Romney supporter with roots in Palin’s home state of Alaska. “Fluff versus not about fluff … [Palin] does a great show on TV, though.”

Swipes like these have been common during this year’s gathering of conservative activists. A no-show at CPAC for several years running, Palin has been a popular subject among the convention crowd, her absence interpreted either as an innocent scheduling conflict or, more often, evidence that she doesn’t feel the need to placate conservative voters…

“I would much rather have him than Palin,” said Bradley Gunther, a student at the University of Delaware whose college Republican group organized buses to Washington for the conference. “I think she is a good spokesperson for the conservative movement. She’s like Howard Dean for the Democrats: she gets people fired up but can’t win an election.”…

“He does go deeper into policy than any other candidate, and sometimes going deeper into policy, because he is so much more conversant, can give the perception that he’s not perfectly consistent,” Merritt said. “But what’s not to like about him? He has the experience and credentials to know what he’s doing as well as a business background and an organizational background. He is obviously the most intellectually-gifted one in the pack.”

Red State contributor Dan McLaughlin says of course Romney is the anti-Palin: Palin, after all, has principles. Mitch Daniels almost took a shot at Mitt too, goofing on his stiffness before backing off at the last moment. It’s campaign season, amigos — time to start throwing some punches. In fact, even the new head honcho of CPAC is getting into the mix, suggesting that Palin and Huckabee mustn’t be serious about running or else they’d have showed up this weekend, wouldn’t they? Zing!

For your viewing pleasure, a few minutes of Romney’s speech this morning indicting The One for helping to bring about new Hoovervilles. (Really?) Fox News pollsters asked Republican voters which potential nominees they think would make good presidents. Only Huckabee (55 percent) and Romney (54 percent) cracked majority support. Gingrich landed at 43 percent and Palin at just 40, with Jeb Bush behind her by a single point.


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All I know of facebook, I’ve seen in group popularity competitions and whatnot. It’s not what MOST adults, not today, would generally think of in regards a Presidential candidate. Which was my point.

Lourdes on February 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Facebook is a vital, hugely successful new media channel. It’s uses and limitations are still being worked out, but ignoring it would be akin to ignoring radio in the 1920s. IMHO ; )

ElectricPhase on February 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

All I know of facebook, I’ve seen in group popularity competitions and whatnot. It’s not what MOST adults, not today, would generally think of in regards a Presidential candidate. Which was my point.

Lourdes on February 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

MOST adults who are informed would know that the Obama campaign played the tech angle like a piano. Worked out pretty well for them.

ddrintn on February 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

All I know of facebook, I’ve seen in group popularity competitions and whatnot. It’s not what MOST adults, not today, would generally think of in regards a Presidential candidate. Which was my point.

Lourdes on February 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

See, this argument makes no sense to me. You could just as easily say that blogs and comment forums are “not what MOST adults, not today, would generally think of” as a platform where mature adults publish essays and editorials and serious comments about current events.

Have you actually read any of her essays? What do you think of those? Do you think they are incoherent and not well-thought-out, or do you think that they are basically correct and reasonably well-crafted? Or have you decided that if it’s on Facebook, you’re not going to even bother with it?

Aitch748 on February 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Have you actually read any of her essays? What do you think of those?

Aitch748 on February 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Palin didn’t really write those, ya silly. LOL

ddrintn on February 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Palin’s also the one the Left is pushing to be the GOP candidate.

Lourdes on February 12, 2011 at 4:01 PM

So where’s the love for Palin that they showed for McCain before he became the GOP nominee?

ddrintn on February 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Yeah, maybe in some alternate universe they want her to be candidate. Its the one’s they heap love upon you should worry about, not the person they try make a scandle out of whenever she speaks, eats, or simply dares exist.

Really show me how they’re trying to make her the nominee. Wouldn’t they generally encourage that person? I don’t see anyone on the Left encourage her – what I see is them trying to undermine her and they’ve done so since day one.

Sharr on February 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

McCain was the Left’s favored for 2008 and look how that transpired.

The Left is hardly treating Gov. Palin like McCain…

Sharr on February 12, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Really show me how they’re trying to make her the nominee. Wouldn’t they generally encourage that person? I don’t see anyone on the Left encourage her – what I see is them trying to undermine her and they’ve done so since day one.

Sharr on February 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Exactly. If they wanted her to be the nominee, why aren’t they talking her up? It doesn’t make sense.

Occam’s Razor says the person they try hardest to derail is the person they least want to see as Obama’s opponent.

Missy on February 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Some on the left (as well as on the Right) actually believe the distortions the MSM and the (mis)adminstration have put forth concerning Gov. Palin…

Gohawgs on February 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Exactly. If they wanted her to be the nominee, why aren’t they talking her up? It doesn’t make sense.

Occam’s Razor says the person they try hardest to derail is the person they least want to see as Obama’s opponent.

Missy on February 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

To go further: It wasn’t Romney, Huck, Newt, or Christie the entire Left/Media tried to pin a mass murder on, but rather Gov. Palin specifically and the Tea Party.

Now why would they do that if they wanted her to be Obama’s opponent? What that tells me, is they want to try to take her out before 2012 by any means!

Sharr on February 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

On the matter of Facebook. Its considered an “in” marketing tool. There’s a reason many, many businesses establish Facebook pages. Because, it works. Don’t doubt the power of web 2.0 to sell and get a message out.

Those who berate it are lost in a long gone era of “respectable media” which is better off gone btw.

Sharr on February 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Just stoppin’ by to say, “Sarah 2012.”

davidk on February 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I’d like to see Thaddeus McCotter as President. He’s probably the smartest guy in Congress. I wish he represented me…..

adamsmith on February 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

On the matter of Facebook. Its considered an “in” marketing tool. There’s a reason many, many businesses establish Facebook pages. Because, it works. Don’t doubt the power of web 2.0 to sell and get a message out.

Sharr on February 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Unless your name is Sarah Palin then it’s not an “adult” way to communicate.

darwin on February 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Unless your name is Sarah Palin then it’s not an “adult” way to communicate
darwin on February 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM

That’s about the size of it.

davidk on February 12, 2011 at 6:03 PM

There’s also a reason many sites, including this one provide some manner to either “like” or share on Facebook. I think it would be awesome if Hot Air posts had either “like” or “recommend” buttons. The Big Sites are just now adding them.

Sharr on February 12, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Mitt doesn’t have to worry about any aspects of Mormon doctrine he is uncomfortable with because in one interview he gave he acted like he was completely unfamiliar with the entire faith. When asked about a living prophet Romney said he didn’t think God had spoken to anyone since Moses. He sounds about as Mormon as our current President.

Mormon Doc on February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

You can’t be serious! I would like to have the reference for your snarky quote of a man who had been a stake president.

Bambi on February 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

You can’t be serious! I would like to have the reference for your snarky quote of a man who had been a stake president.

Bambi on February 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I agree. Cite the source of your quote. If you don’t, it didn’t happen.

I do know that Romney has expressed his disagreement over polygamy though. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Conservative Samizdat on February 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

mikkins on February 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Unseen, also.

I like Mitt and told my wonk. He promptly tossed up all the points you guys made with an emphasis on the inconsistency. Of particular pungence was Mitt’s habit of talking about Romneycare in a “We” fashion for some time and then a “they” fashion later. On Hannity, it was the second, of course.

We fought and finally agreed that Mitt was the thinking person’s Obama. We also agreed that the WH likes this field. The strategies almost define themselves. And the media is chomping at the bit.

IlikedAUH2O on February 13, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I have been wondering for a while what thrill posters get in their pursuit of bashing Sarah Palin
on this forum and others. There have been few legitimate
concerns from those who have researched her record.

The conclusion can only be that either they hope to shore up
their liberal creds or exhibit what they entertain to be superior intellect.

Unfortunately, they fail.

Amjean on February 13, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Way different? Enlighten me, I’m all ears or are you going tell us it was all the legislators fault? Is Mittens now going to play the Barry game of “Blame Bush”?

Knucklehead on February 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Ooh, the difference between RomneyCare and ObamaCare?

One put the government in control of making everyone get health insurance; raising the costs in a “surprise” to the legislators who passed it. The “surprise” was it was supposed to lower the costs; but the results were higher costs; which anyone who looked at it could have seen coming.

The other… um, wait, which one was that a description of?

Obama’s bent the cost curve upward; Romney’s is billions over budget. Both were sold as a plan to “lower costs”… yeah, now I can’t recall which I meant that description to be. Clearly they’re “way different”.

If you like a government led by someone who passes huge proposals that promise to limit costs while actually increasing them, elect Romney… or keep Obama.

gekkobear on February 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

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