Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on April 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

“‘We didn’t elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic,’ Palin said during a rally in front of the Wisconsin statehouse in Madison. ‘What we need from you, GOP, is to fight.’ Pointing to the national champion University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, Palin said the GOP could learn from its resolve and ‘needs to learn how to fight like a girl.’

“Palin took issue with the GOP leadership for promising $100 billion in cuts from the current budget, trimming that pledge to $60 billion and finally settling for $38 billion in the recent budget battle.

“‘Then after some politics as usual and accounting gimmicks we found out — ya know that $38 billion? We’re actually borrowing that $38 billion,’ Palin said. ‘That is not courage, that is capitulation.'”

“‘When the history of the Tea Party is written, what you accomplished here will not be forgotten. And the 2012 election begins here,’ she affirmed.

“To drive the point home, Palin recalled the Green Bay Packers’ 2011 Super Bowl win, saying, ‘What better place to call out the liberal left and let them know, Mr. President, game on!‘”

“In the last few months, political professionals and insiders have been writing off the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, convinced she won’t run for the GOP nomination in 2012 or ever. Then again, even those GOPers who are running can hardly compete with the MSM’s weird, all-consuming fascination with The Donald.

“But all it took was one powerful, pugnacious and presidential speech — just 15 minutes long — for Palin to again make herself completely relevant to the current political and policy battles raging across America…

“That line about fighting like a girl, as well as her ‘Game on!’ declaration will surely reignite speculation about presidential plans. And understandably so. Frontrunner Mitt Romney continues to fashion and refashion a saleable explanation for his Obamacare-esque Massachusetts health plan. And while Tim Pawlenty scored a coup with the hiring of hotshot campaign manager Nick Ayers, his embryonic candidacy is still a work in progress. There’s enough voter unease that another Mitch Daniels boomlet seems to be in progress.”

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The other night I overheard a guy saying that some bigwig donors he knew were considering supporting Romney, but before they commited money they wanted him to address his mistake with RomneyCare. If not, forget it. Good timing on this rally speech if you ask me. People are yearning for a leader to get us out of this mess. Show them the way Sarah.

txmomof6 on April 17, 2011 at 8:09 AM

There is an easy litmus test for them to apply to Romney – is he the alternative: The Anti Obama candidate? First there is Romney Care which he painted himself into a political corner with. Even if he changes his position on Romney Care. Romney has flip flopped on big issues before like Pro Life. It’s an unfortunate pattern. It didn’t help John Kerry.

There is an easy two step application the people who are looking at the candidates need to apply if they want their candidate to get public support. Who is the Anti Obama. Sarah Palin.

Obama is Anti Business why on earth the Republicans are not painting him with this label at every opportunity is beyond me. Americans are Pro Business they get how our economy works.

Obama is Anti Reform. Obama it’s not going to be business as usual in D.c. well that’s true to a certain extent it’s the Chicago way “Pay for Play” Yes Americans see examples of this GE is a poster child they provide Obama with a propaganda arm NBUC, and low and behold Immelt is a favorite of the Obama administration. The Permitorium down in the gulf – effects gas prices at the Pump.

Real Reform does not equal regressive bureaucratic regulation. Blatantly Anti Business practices….pay for play is out in the open cronyism.

The Republican party can’t get the message out? It writes it’s self. This is Obama’s “weaknesses” this is why the country is in such “weak” shape. The American People want a Real Reformer not a pretend Reformer, and a Pro Business Leader in the White House who won’t except what the Economist, foretasted for the next year 2.5 GDP. We need 3.0 GDP just to absorb new people coming into the job market like those college kids who voted for Obama/Sarc.

Next to Sarah Palin (Proven Reformer) the only other person bringing up these two issues “talking points” is Donald Trump. He has a simple message Obama is a weak leader and that makes America weak. Pro Reform and Pro Business. That’s is what it’s going to take to dig us out of our Carter Esq malaise.

Dr Evil on April 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I would love to hear how Mr. Trump will get around that small impediment known as Congress. And it will be both parties blocking his changes.

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

John Boehner isn’t helping the Republicans with that D.C. slight of hand he performed with the 2011 Budget – Not Pro Reform or Pro Business. In the current political climate the party not behaving politically shady is going to come out on top. It’s seems like I am making a duh comment, but there are politicians in D.C. who don’t always consider being even handed and above board, one of their options LOL!

Dr Evil on April 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Dr Evil on April 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I think you are right about Trumps message on the business end of things, however, I have no idea where he is on CinC issues. Don’t know if being a business leader translates into making military decisions in the best interests of our country. Not to mention judges. Something to consider.

txmomof6 on April 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

If she wanted to have a say in that debate maybe she should have run for the Senate when Alaska needed a new Senator..then she could have actually been involved in the process.. The truth is this is just another example of Republicans yelling at each other rather than doing anything meaningful to oppose the Democrats.

So if I want to have a say in the debate, I have to be a legislator in Washington, D.C. Good to know, Terryeee. I’ll sit down and shut up now.

I understand the frustration and that is why I support big cuts like the kind Paul Ryan is talking about…but this budget that Palin is talking about was the budget that the Democrats were supposed to have done before the GOP even took over, most of the spending was not even on the table and the Democratic Senate and the Democratic President were not going to go along with the demands of Sarah Palin..they could care less what she says.

Then the House leadership should have been honest and upfront and said they didn’t think it was really a fight worth having, or one that wouldn’t yield great results, instead of employing all of the theatrics and lies and coming dangerously close to losing the base, all for just $352 million in real cuts.

If they had just shut down the government, they would only have been faced with the same fight later after they had managed to piss off the whole damn country. It would not have balanced the budget or cut spending. The GOP she is complaining about are the ones who have to do the job of making these cuts..giving speeches is much easier.

Then they should have represented their plans accurately to their supporters instead of leading them on. And how hard is it to make the cuts? You make it sound like rocket surgery or brain science. Cut spending. Don’t raise taxes. That must take a genius beltway politico, or something.

So yes, I think she is right when she says they need to fight, but they also need to be smart in that fight and wage it in a way that might actually accomplish something real.

Sarah Palin has accomplished more than John Boehner and Eric Cantor ever have or likely ever will (at least, without her as President).

Demagoguery from both sides is probably the greatest threat to real spending cuts and deficit reduction.

Terrye on April 17, 2011 at 7:45 AM

No, the progressive agenda is the greatest threat, not a speech by Sarah Palin.

steebo77 on April 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

steebo77 on April 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I love the way you fight like a girl!

Jayrae on April 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The question is will the MSM and the WH be able to resist responding to this speech? Hmmmm. The soundbites about fighting like a girl alone are irresistable.

txmomof6 on April 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM

OK, I know I just posted, but my head is spinning. She did so many things no one else dares do to.

1. Taught the enemy – Identified with the union members, showed how Walker was actually the one looking out for them and the corrupt union bosses were only using them as pawns to win things for themselves. Welcomed in the millions of union members and only pushed away the few bosses. Can you say Palin Democrats?

2. Called the GOP to truly represent their constituents The voters voted for a $100b cut, the GOP didn’t follow what their bosses – the voters – said. Said the GOP will support them and fight for them if they deliver for their base. Set up herself as an outsider from DC so no matter what bad things happen there, she is immune, while keeping the door open for claiming any victories as exactly what she called for. She also managed to call out the weak points of the GOP without separating herself from it. She wants to reform the GOP folks – I can’t believe every commenter on HA isn’t behind her for that reason alone.

3. Didn’t move to the center, worked to bring the center to her Taught that gov’t should be responsive to the people, not overlord that we are helpless against. That budgeting saves pensions, union jobs, medicare and social security. Prioritizing wisely instead of non-judgmental, indiscriminate spending gets help to those in need while not subsidizing leeches.

4. Destroying the media’s ability to misrepresent and lie Takes them to task by pointing out specifics to prove how they were dishonest which is revealing the extent of how bad thing are. They will not be able to continue what they are doing if it is continually pointed out for continually for 2 years. It will force a lot of the country to see that the fake Palin was a media construct and allow her to remold it effectively. It’s also an incredible service to the country as it will force them to stay more honest all around since people are on to them.

5. Figured out the essence of current political landscape and did what was right for that rather than do things ‘like you’re supposed to’ whether it’s right or not Every political pundit has been saying the center of the countries political debate is in Madison, but no politicians have gone their because they are in Iowa, NH, SC, etc. It represents the fight to reduce the size of government, the corruption of politicians, the entitlement mentality that’s destroying the country, hyper-partisanship, the tough votes we have ahead, that the people can win even against corrupt political organization like Soros, how budgeting saves the entitlement rather than more spending, how the electorate needs to be educated..and probably other things I can’t think of. She addressed every one of them in a way that educated, unified and encouraged. That fact that she’s the only one who figured this out should put to rest the thought that she doesn’t have a deep understanding of issues. She just sees deeper than the inconsequential details that everyone else obsesses with to the root of the issue – if it were a cancer ward, all the other doctors would be talking in depth about the symptoms and giving out tylenol to make the feel better while they die while she’d go straight to the cancer diagnosis, explain enough to the patient so they want the operation even though it will hurt, then she’d rip out that tumor and save their life. Those of you looking for her to give all these specific number with a budget are trying to elect the orderly instead of the surgeon.

6. As usual, gave a few lines everyone will talk about and remember that perfectly sum up the entire event “Fight like a girl” – what everyone else is doing still (the establishment GOP and Dems) is not right, the ‘girl’ has the answers (everything Palin said). And “Game on!” It’s beyond Obama, it’s beyond the Dems, it’s beyond the establishment GOP – she’s out to slay the monster the federal government has become – the overspending, the meaningless ‘deals’, the self-serving politicians, the lack of responsiveness to the people, the misleading and lying to the people, the idiotic inefficient way things are done, the policies that are representative of special interests not the people – ALL THE REASONS MOST PEOPLE HATE GOVERNMENT INCLUDING INDEPENDENTS.

Showing me any other candidate doing any of these things, let alone all of them. All in one, 15 minute speech.

She only has one obstacle – the false media “Palin”. Reagan had one of those too. He beat it by appealing to common sense, pointing out how accepting opinions are false, educating the people on basic civics, identifying with certain groups who typical were pawns of the left, pointing out how Washington is broken and offering common sense solutions that ring true to large numbers of the population.

I have no idea how anyone on here want any of the other ordinary ‘safe’ GOP candidates just because they might defund Obamacare. Her goals are the get the media back in like, renew the America spirit of self sufficiency, teach the voters then talk to them like adults about budgeting and entitlements so the changes don’t just pass because of slightly more than half of the people in DC voted for it and none of the population on right or left is happy about it, but because they will understand the costs, the fairness, the shame of taking what you didn’t earn, the pride you feel when you realize you can take care of yourself.

It’s what most of you say this country should be. And it’s why it makes no sense to us Palinistas that all you want to achieve in this election is 51 in the senate, and anyone with a GOP on them in the white house. More politics won’t fix the current problems in American, because the problem isn’t just the spending, the entitlements, the overreaching. The problem is, most Americans have forgotten what America is. Politicians can’t fix that. We need an American leader.

miConsevative on April 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

txmomof6 on April 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Trump is behaving like the tip of the spear of a Republican counter insurgency. Karl Rove isn’t a stupid man so we have to conclude he is giving Donald Trump cover with his comments that condemn Trump for the birther remarks. Obama announced his reelection campaign. There isn’t a Republican front runner…so the Republicans send in a proxy Donald Trump who is doing a hell of a job. He is media savy and he is inside the media already because of his tv show. This actually gives me comfort that means the GOP are not going to just rubber stamp Romney because he is next in line. We are going to have to wait to wait a couple of months for the Republicans to start declaring. In the mean time the Democrats can’t figure out if Donald Trump is a Dark Horse or a Trojan Horse.

Dr Evil on April 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Sometimes I think Republicans like John Boehner suffer from fear of success. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump aren’t afflicted with this malady.

Dry your eyes John Boehner, there is a self help book for what ails you ;)

Dr Evil on April 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I think it bears repeating that Madison lies in the heart of Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district, one of the country’s most Democrat-leaning (with a Cook PVI of D+15 and, according to National Journal, long represtented by the most “Progressive” member of Congress).

This is where Sarah Palin, who is supposedly too afraid of being unscripted and venturing out from the “friendly” platform of Fox News, chose to take the fight–and that fact alone speaks volumes about her character and determination. To deliver, without missing a beat, such a healthy helping of unvarnished truth in the midst of unhinged union thuggery–in the very birthplace of American Progressivism no less!–requires a degree of courage not matched by any other possible GOP contender. Sarah Palin is heads and shoulders above the rest.

steebo77 on April 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

The 2012 election cycle is going to see Tea 2.0 new and improved and packed with new organization tools ;)

Dr Evil on April 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Now with more anti-oxidants.

FloatingRock on April 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

I hope so. Hope it is not as some have said a plant by WH to play a Perot role.

txmomof6 on April 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Gohawgs, go back to this post and click on that youtube link to a beautiful tribute done for Palin back in 2009. I had not seen it before, it was terrific.

karenhasfreedom on April 17, 2011 at 6:36 AM

Another one of my favorite Palin mvids. That will make a great campaign song for her. ;o)

NoLeftTurn on April 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Sometimes I think Republicans like John Boehner suffer from fear of success.
Dr Evil on April 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

yes, it’s that, but it’s also a terror of the media — a total, paralyzing terror. The two fears are intertwined. True conservative “success” will require confronting the media. It’s the portal into the Left. There is no other way. But this in turn will require the media to counter-attack with greater ferocity. It will stir the hornet’s nest. This must be avoided AT ALL COSTS. The GOP’s real fear is of the media.

What the establishment GOP wants above all is a non-threatening RINO president who abets the growth of government, appeases the media and Left, and provides for its (GOP’s) bureaucratic seats and sinecures of power. They are clueless to the fact that those days are gone forever, that the Left is newly empowered and vicious and out for blood and body counts). The GOP’s second choice is a Bill Clinton-type president, someone they can “live with”. Forget it — also gone forever.

The last thing the GOP wants — and will do everything in its power to stop — is a conservative crusader who, they sense, will raze the old ways of Washington to the ground. In their minds, that would be Palin.

But take heart — the GOP is pathetic and has no way to deal with a straight-up fighter like Palin. Our real war is with the media (and by extension the Left). As Breitbart so often says, the political Left is nothing without the media. It’s all about the media in 2012. This is our main fight. I do believe that Palin understands this, though I hope she fully understands it.

Her speech yesterday will up the ante. The words “war” and “fight” are not just words here. The Left and media see the end of themselves in Palin’s candidacy and presidency. You understand what that awareness does to savages? I hope she does. This will be a war like we’ve never seen in American politics, at least in the modern age.

rrpjr on April 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I didn’t have the opportunity to see the speech live, but I watched the video. Wow. Goose bumps at the line: Game on!

I’ve read a good sampling of the comments in both Palin threads of yesterday. Those of you who are complaining, have you ever had to shout to be heard over a raucous crowd? Even with amplification, what we heard is not what she heard. Don’t go there with your voice analysis. She is what she is, and she’s not going to shut up.

As far as the specifics in a speech, it’s a STUMP speech. And it had plenty of specific points on defining the issues. A rally is not the place to give a white paper. Let Pawlenty (Puhlentee?) or Romney (Mr. Absent from the debate altogether) do that from the sidelines. Sarah Palin is in the front line, shaping the debate.

Want to know who the dems fear? Wait and see on Monday how much they attack and ridicule Sarah Palin and no one else.

Game on? Announcement coming soon.

Tennman on April 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Check this out. On the back of her binder, she slid in pics of Trig and Piper. She did her best to hide that by her waist. Scroll down to see them. BTW these pics are fan-tas-tic!


ProudPalinFan on April 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM

ProudPalinFan on April 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Imagine Palin and West, side by side on a stage, without saying a peep…


ProudPalinFan on April 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

If she wanted to have a say in that debate maybe she should have run for the Senate when Alaska needed a new Senator..then she could have actually been involved in the process..

Terrye on April 17, 2011 at 7:45 AM

A Senator Palin would be a waste of material. Her whole experience is on the executive side. If she runs for anything it should be for President. Or possibly for VP, but only with a running mate who’s really conservative and won’t stab her in the back.

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Mitt Romney 2012.

He sucks on Taxes, He sucks on Heath Care, he sucks on Government spending !

But hey he Might Just WIN !

William Amos on April 17, 2011 at 8:56 AM

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell, isn’t it? Plus, IT’S MITT’S TURN, DAMMIT!!! If the GOP wants to lose the 2012 Presidential election in a landslide, nominate Mitt Romney.

holygoat on April 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Demagoguery from both sides is probably the greatest threat to real spending cuts and deficit reduction.

Terrye on April 17, 2011 at 7:45 AM

No, the progressive agenda is the greatest threat, not a speech by Sarah Palin.

Thank you. I would say our greatest danger to our “side” is the let’s reach across the aisle idiots as shown by Terrye.

Noelie on April 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

She is quite simply our best candidate. Let’s not buy into all of the memes about unelectability. Let’s stand on our principles now or there will be nothing left to stand for. Let’s rally behind her. Have the courage to look deep into yourself if you are not supporting her and ask yourself why. Is it because of pride and not wanting to admit you were wrong about her? What is it really? Is it because she speaks in a common way rather than like a so called intellectual? The reasons that I have seen people give are really flimsy and ego based.

ReneePA on April 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

And the 2012 election begins here,’ she affirmed.

Hmmmmmmmm, hint?

44Magnum on April 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

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