Quotes of the day

posted at 10:43 pm on June 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

“[K]ey early state players are tiring of trying to read the tea leaves about whether she’s in or out. They’ve reached the point where they just want to know the answer.

“‘Trying to figure out Sarah Palin reminds me of the ancient practice of extispicy, divination by examining entrails for meaning,’ said former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen.

“‘I’ve become convinced that there is no grand strategy behind Palin’s activity,’ Cullen added. ‘There is no rhyme. There is no reason. The only common theme to her schedule of activities, statements and appearances is her seemingly unending ability to attract media coverage.’”

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“Sarah Palin will run for the White House in 2012 and conduct an ‘unorthodox, grassroots campaign the likes of which you’ve never seen’, according to the man who has spent the past eight months organising for her in Iowa.

“Speaking to me after the premiere of the film ‘The Undefeated’ in Pella, Iowa, Peter Singleton, a California lawyer who has been assiduously courting Republicans across the state where the first contest of the 2012 election will be held, said it was ‘unthinkable’ she would remain on the sidelines.

“‘She’s the right person at this time,’ he said. ‘If you look back at Churchill’s time, in 1938 Churchill was unelectable, in 1940 he was indispensable.’”

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“Singleton and his team of Palin organizers have personally met with most of the county GOP chairs across the state. That is something that none of the current presidential campaigns can say that they have done. Instead of selling Iowa activists on Palin, they instead make sure that people understand that there is a possibility that Palin will run.

“The Palin organizers also soak up any Iowa political knowledge they can get. A couple of weeks ago, I was speaking to a conservative breakfast club in western Iowa. After conversing with those in attendance for an hour or so, I noticed that one of the women was taking extensive notes. I was worried that I might have missed the fact that a reporter was present at the meeting. It wasn’t a reporter. It was a Palin organizer who I had yet to meet.

“Even though Sarah Palin doesn’t play by the same rules that seem to govern the rest of the field of Republican candidates, she has developed an extensive ground game in Iowa, even if it’s not being officially coordinated by her or her advisors. In many ways, I think that Palin is probably more organized in Iowa in terms of grassroots communication than most of the current field.”

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“Unlike Sarah Palin, who has brandished the feminist moniker and spoken of an ‘emerging conservative feminist identity,’ Bachmann told me in an interview Tuesday that she wouldn’t call herself a feminist—instead, she simply described herself as ‘pro-woman and pro-man.’ When I pressed her on the matter, the Minnesota congresswoman said she sees herself as an ‘empowered American.’…

“Unlike Palin, who frequently decries the ‘lamestream media,’ Bachmann doesn’t attack the attackers. ‘The media is what the media is,’ she says. ‘It’s part of the territory. A person has to accept that there are difficult questions and unfair questions and it is a part of this process and it is what it is.’”

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“Judging from Bachmann’s performance over the last few months, she had the luxury of observing [Palin] from the sidelines, and learning from her errors.

“Bachmann has message discipline. She’ll throw out red meat to her base but subtly and smartly so as not to be labeled a nut.

“She is deeply entrenched in the issues of the day from foreign policy to the budget and boasts an impressive resume that she has no problem touting, unlike Palin, who relied on McCain advisors to assist in her branding…

Lessons have been learned. She won’t give the press the fight that they want. She won’t let her gaffes (and all politicians make them) define her. And she will not resign from office to pursue her passions.”

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Via Breitbart TV.

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“Coulter also addressed rumors that Rep. Bachmann and Palin didn’t get along– ‘they like one another!’ These she attributed to sexism: ‘liberals are just so shocked that there are so many conservative women politicians,’ she argued, and assume ‘there are two girls in the race; they must hate each other.’”

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Via Caffeinated Thoughts.

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I think what Palin accomplished in her 2 1/2 years as governor is much more impressive than Bachmann’s 4-5 years in congress(tedious disclaimer time – yes Bachmann has done some quality work there).

Dongemaharu on June 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

And that’s fine, as long as you can lay out their accomplishments back-to-back and compare, rather than simply go with the “executive experience is better” meme.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM

There has never been a moment since she hit the national scene that I have doubted her intense love of this country… Sadly, the inverse is true so far as the bast*rd in the WH is concerned…
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RalphyBoy on June 30, 2011 at 11:21 AM

She lost my support when she voted to continue funding Obama’s illegal Libya war.

Roy Rogers on June 30, 2011 at 6:56 AM

You keep telling yourself that and keep throwing out that lame excuse. Oh the humanity of it all.

It was a bad bill full of loopholes that West, Ryan and many others voted against. With that kind of thinking, you also don’t support Ryan or West, correct? And every other Republican that voted down the bad bill, right?

Find a better talking point, perhaps one that Bachmann has stolen all of Palin’s dress designers. It’s more fitting/

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Make up your damned mind. Either criticisms of Palin and Bachmann are both valid(and not indicative of support of RINO candidates), or they aren’t. Your double standards are only surpassed in their inanity by your teenager-like demeanor when speaking.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Make up YOUR damn mind, and don’t project your look-at-me-I’m-so-cool middle school putdowns on me. Criticisms of Bachmann by Palin supporters are evidence of “cultishness”, while objecting to criticisms of Palin are evidence of the same.

Endlessly asking about executive experience when you back someone who didn’t finish her first term as an executive, and ignoring legislative experience like it doesn’t matter(a point I disputed above, but you either haven’t read or don’t want to acknowledge) is not a debate tactic. It’s a weak stalling tactic.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM

But vis-a-vis Palin vs Bachmann, Palin has more executive experience. It’s no use going into some O-bot-style redefinition of “executive experience”. If Palin served 2 1/2 friggin’ DAYS as governor and if Wasilla consists of 20 people and one dirt road, it’s still more executive experience than Bachmann has. Now if you want to argue the validity of executive experience as a criterion, do so without relying on “I like so-and-so but so-and-so doesn’t have executive experience, therefore executive experience isn’t necessary”, and then let’s by all means lay the accomplishments of both side-by-side and examine them in an objective fashion.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 9:47 AM

*applause*!

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Glad to see another who likes the guy. Even after the disaster that was the ’04 IL Sen. race, I still like him. and Jeanne Kirkpatrick, God rest her soul, loved him, too.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Now if you want to argue the validity of executive experience as a criterion, do so without relying on “I like so-and-so but so-and-so doesn’t have executive experience, therefore executive experience isn’t necessary”, and then let’s by all means lay the accomplishments of both side-by-side and examine them in an objective fashion.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

No f**kin’ s**t, eh? Where’d you hear that awesome logic? Oh yeah:

And that’s fine, as long as you can lay out their accomplishments back-to-back and compare, rather than simply go with the “executive experience is better” meme.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM

By all means, keep on demonstrating how much of an independent thinker you are.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM

You GO darlin’

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM

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