Palin: House passage of debt deal is a victory for the Tea Party

posted at 12:00 pm on August 2, 2011 by Tina Korbe

It seems to be the new talking point: The deal is a victory for conservatives not because of what it does (which is, not much!), but because it supposedly represents a change in the direction of the debate. Once, Washington discussed what to grow. Now, Washington discusses what to cut. Even former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has echoed the theme — but with qualifications. The Wall Street Journal Washington Wire reports:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Monday’s House vote to lift the debt ceiling was a victory for the tea party, proving that conservative activists had shifted the conversation in Washington.

“We shall take this victory and make sure our politicians in office today are learning from this victory,” Ms. Palin said Monday night on Fox News, where she is a paid contributor. “It’s not a 100% pure genuine victory. We just handed the most liberal president, I believe, in U.S. history a $2.4 billion debt increase.” …

Ms. Palin didn’t fully embrace the deal, saying she had plenty of problems with the compromise  between the White House and congressional leaders, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner. In the past, the former governor said she was not convinced America would face a default if lawmakers did not raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2.

Meanwhile, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the founders of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress (along with GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann), says the deal can’t possibly be touted as a win.

“The Tea Party is not calling this a victory,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said today on Fox News. “I’m certainly not.”

It’s perplexing, really — the way so many conservatives changed their minds at the last minute. About a week ago, Palin called for any supposedly small-government freshman who voted for a debt ceiling increase to face a “contested” primary. Now, she’s silent on the subject of the 59 House freshmen who voted for the deal. And what about the 59 freshmen who voted that way in the first place? What accounts for their support? What accounts for Boehner’s comment that he got “98 percent” of what he wanted, when he clearly didn’t?

The effort to spin this compromise as a conservative victory is impressive — and it makes sense. No one wants to declare themselves diminished politically. And this deal enables leadership to tout its ability to garner votes, to prevent default, etc., etc. etc. But it’s still just a political victory. It’s not a solution. And to rest too much on the laurels of maybe-no-tax-hikes and at-least-it’s-not-a-clean-debt-ceiling-increase obscures the distance the country still has to go. Better to stay focused on the facts: The nation is still spending money it doesn’t have (we’re borrowing about $2 million every minute of every day!). The government is still growing (keep in mind the cuts are to increases in spending over the next 10 years).

Here’s the full video of the Palin interview:



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Ouch. Her stock went down a notch with me.

gryphon202 on August 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I don’t see it as a win with the exception that taxes weren’t raised.

darwin on August 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

(crickets)

Good Lt on August 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Primary that RINO!

Oh, wait. She’s not serving in any elected office. Whoops!

KingGold on August 2, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Purge her.

Pablo Honey on August 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Oh please, are we going to nitpick everything she said to pieces? She did say it wasn’t 100% victory. She hasn’t changed her mind, she tried to prevent it, she could stall it for a day but she knows now that it has been done and there’s no sense in burning political capital further and alienate Boehner and his cronies further. She’ll neuter him some other point when the opportunity presents itself. On the other hand, Boehner all but crowned her yesterday.

promachus on August 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

She said plainly that it does not address the real problem and gives the current President more to spend when he has already spent us to the verge of bankruptcy. I believe Sarah also stated that the ‘cuts’ are an accounting trick, not real cuts to spending us into greater debt.

idesign on August 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Purge her.

Pablo Honey on August 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Save your venom for when she’s actually in office. Unless you’d like to purge her from the ranks of private citizenry.

darwin on August 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Sorry, Sarah. My butt still hurts.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Shades of interpretation.

Count to 10 on August 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Palin called for any supposedly small-government freshman who voted for a debt ceiling increase to face a “contested” primary.

Please supply the quote and context. You won’t be able to because that is not what she wrote.

huckleberryfriend on August 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Palin: House passage of debt deal is a victory for the Tea Party

RINO.

PRIMARY HER, HotAir conservatives! The GOP will betray Sarah Palin has betrayed you!!!

Vyce on August 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Wow, if that’s a win, I’d hate to see a loss.

American Taxpayers are the biggest losers in this deal. Barack Hussein Obama has an open pocket book and ObamaCare is protected.

katablog.com on August 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Increasing the debt limit by the largest amount in history: that’s quite some victory for “conservatives.” It’s no wonder that “conservatives” are the most inept political bloc in the United States. Why are “conservatives” so afraid to use the power they have, whether little or great? Why do “conservatives” consistently throw up their hands after making passionate, principle-based speeches and say, “Woe is us! We don’t have the numbers… We’d lose… We don’t have the influence… They might call us names… We don’t have… We can’t… We won’t… So, which evil would we rather have?” Then they cheer when the least of two evils wins. Brilliant… “Conservatives” need to realize the power that exists in perhaps the most beautiful word in the English language: no.

Send_Me on August 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Both parties are talking about the Tea Party in ways that sound as if they both fear it…good job.

d1carter on August 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Not to the Palin detractors: Her stock may have gone down a notch in my book, but my support for her is still solid. She has yet to pull a Romneycare or a Gardasil putsch.

gryphon202 on August 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Sorry, Sarah. My butt still hurts.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Thanks for your concern.

promachus on August 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I think she’s being realistic. The Tea Party serves as an ideological movement, and that is what they need to be. At the same time, even Tea Party politicians need to work within realistic expectations. There’s a reason people roll their eyes at Ron Paul’s ideas about closing all overseas bases, dismantling the IRS/Dept of Education/Dept of Homeland Security, etc.

Ideology must guide us, not restrict us. We still have to make a play with the cards we have, otherwise we lose everything we’ve wagered. Palin, I think, understands this. Unfortunately, with the contrast to her earlier attitude about primaries, she does look a bit foolish. A simple “I was wrong” about that would clear everything up. Sadly, those are the hardest words for any political figure to say.

MadisonConservative on August 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

With the millions she’s been making, I guess she can afford make stupid comments like this…

Hope she’s been buying gold with all that paper money…

PatriotRider on August 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

PRIMARY HER, HotAir conservatives! The GOP will betray Sarah Palin has betrayed you!!!

Vyce on August 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

This is gonna be a fun thread. Too bad I have to go to work in about 15.

VegasRick on August 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Boom! Way to spin it, Sarah. You’re getting better at this!

dczombie on August 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Ideology must guide us, not restrict us.

MadisonConservative on August 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

What a crock.

Ideology IS EXACTLY WHAT MUST RESTRICT US, especially the government, from passing laws that abolish freedom and prosperity.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Bad call or bad choice of words on this one Sarah! It is a terrible deal and just shifting the discussion is not a great win for conservatives or the Tea Party.

Biden’s comment was vile though, you got that right.

bluemarlin on August 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I listened to Rand Paul on Mark Levin’s show last night and he was pretty subdued. I think he and Palin are resigned to the fact that it is a done deal and they don’t want a civil war in the Republican ranks that would lead to Obama’s reelection.

Had it not been for pressure from the Tea Party I can only imagine what McConnell and Boehner would have given up. The two senators leading the fight – Marco Rubio and Rand Paul – wouldn’t be in the senate if the GOP establishment had its way.

bw222 on August 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Thanks for your concern.

promachus on August 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Not concern. Disappointment with a mixture of anger.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

She’s a Momma Grizzly. She’ll cuff ‘em later. Right now the wayward Freshmen need a hug.

We did affect the direction of the conversation/debate but we Hobbits are outnumbered right now. It’s more important to win the presidency and the Senate in 2012 with fiscally conservative candidates and add more to the House.

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

This is gonna be a fun thread. Too bad I have to go to work in about 15.

VegasRick on August 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

2nd shift at Mickey D’s can be rough, I’ve heard.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

She anwsered Greta’s question the way she asked it. It was a lead in question, she did not ask what she thought of the Bill. She also ripped congress for not using the 3 day rule.

idesign on August 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Did she cut her hair? Hmmmm…….

Knucklehead on August 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Oh please, are we going to nitpick everything she said to pieces? her yesterday.…

promachus on August 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Yeah, if you’re gonna nitpick, nitpick everything Perry says, or Cain, or Bachmann…

/

cartooner on August 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

It is a victory, in that 0bama didn’t get a clean debt limit increase – which he certainly would have without the Teaparty republicans fighting against him.

It wasn’t a victory, in that the bill does not address the black hole of debt we’re in.

Rebar on August 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

No one wants to declare themselves diminished politically.

The Democrats seem to be doing it with all the whining about how they got bulldogged by 22 freshman terrorists in the House – or whatever. “the terrorists won’t let us spend money”

I don’t like the deal, but it’s a political win when the Democrats completely lose control of themselves like they have. Hopefully this is the last term for plenty of them.

forest on August 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

We did affect the direction of the conversation/debate but we Hobbits are outnumbered right now. It’s more important to win the presidency and the Senate in 2012 with fiscally conservative candidates and add more to the House.

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Maybe we’ll actually get around to cutting a few pennies off the deficit around 2071.

Play the long game baby!!!

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Some of her sentiments were stated yesterday and day before by some people who voted for the deal. Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, and others have and continue to give credit to the Tea Party for shifting the conversation. They also said this was not a complete win but a small first step.

youngTXcon on August 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Well, after listening to the vid, I come to the conclusion that she gives all the reasons why this ISN’T a victory for the Tea Party.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Sarah…

…. Thanks for trying to put a brave face to this, I really do appreciate it.

But I’m getting pretty sick and tired of getting anally rap%d…

Seven Percent Solution on August 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Oh boy. This thread will go nuclear…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM

2nd shift at Mickey D’s can be rough, I’ve heard.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

You’re proud of being a jackass, aren’t you?

KingGold on August 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM

RINO!!!!!!!!

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Hope she’s been buying gold with all that paper money.

Hmm, spot Gold $1639.11 an ounce.

Emperor Norton on August 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Church of Palintology hardest hit…

JohnGalt23 on August 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM

2nd shift at Mickey D’s can be rough, I’ve heard.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Really? I’m an exec at a casino and I make over 120k a year. You sound kind of bitter.

VegasRick on August 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM

WRONG SARAH.

portlandon on August 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Sarah…

…. Thanks for trying to put a brave face to this, I really do appreciate it.

But I’m getting pretty sick and tired of getting anally rap%d…

Seven Percent Solution on August 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

You basically wrapped up what I was thinking. She pretty much showed how it wasn’t a victory and the only thing I can surmise is she’s trying to rally the troops or something.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Her comments disappointed me as well. Then I realized that it’s a question of style. I’m confrontational and adversarial. I want Breitbart 24 hours a day. But she isn’t, and I’m glad. This is good for our country. My style has fun on the margins of the culture, but it doesn’t win big. Palin is a classic politician in all the senses of the word that we used to admire but which have been degraded and perverted. She’s meliatory, not adversarial. She’s not going to rabble-rouse, she’s going to inspire. She’s going to build a coalition. She’s no Michelle Bachmann.

rrpjr on August 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Once, Washington discussed what to grow. Now, Washington discusses what to cut.

All they’re doing is cutting the rate of growth.

It’s a crappy deal, but the best that can be gotten when we have Democrats in charge of the Senate and a far left president. I’m resigned to it, but this needs to be a reason why we need fiscal conservatives in office in 2013.

rbj on August 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I listened to Rand Paul on Mark Levin’s show last night and he was pretty subdued. I think he and Palin are resigned to the fact that it is a done deal and they don’t want a civil war in the Republican ranks that would lead to Obama’s reelection.

bw222 on August 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

They both sounded subdued AND disappointed, and looking for that “silver lining” I guess.
A 6 minute interview with Greta isn’t the platform for expressing the outrage, but believe me it’s coming.

tencole on August 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Come on, commenters, attack that RINO scum for the GOP betrayer that she is!!

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Did she cut her hair? Hmmmm…….

Knucklehead on August 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

It’s not March 17th, that must be you I see up in Chicago…

Gohawgs on August 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM

She anwsered Greta’s question the way she asked it. It was a lead in question, she did not ask what she thought of the Bill.

idesign on August 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Pay attn folks…

Gohawgs on August 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I realize that we get newbies here all the time but some you veterans of Hotair should not have to be spoon fed the obvious. Sarah Palin doesn’t like the Debt deal. Just watch the video for proof. Her point was simple; the tea party has and still is very successful in framing the debate. In that since, its a Victory for the tea party. You need look no farther than here.

Amadeus on August 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

You’re proud of being a jackass, aren’t you?

KingGold on August 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM

LOL look who’s talking, “nitwit.”

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

WRONG SARAH.

portlandon on August 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Oh come on, not you too?

Amadeus on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Ideology IS EXACTLY WHAT MUST RESTRICT US, especially the government, from passing laws that abolish freedom and prosperity.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Wrong. Default would restrict us. Ideology must guide us to choose from the best of a set of options, none of which are particularly pleasant.

MadisonConservative on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Church of Palintology hardest hit…

JohnGalt23 on August 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Ooooooh! Good one!

cartooner on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Sarah basically echoed what some of us have been attacked mercilessly for. The deal sucks, but realistically, we were never going to get much more.

We have turned the momentum back towards talking about what to do about the debt, rather than what can the government do MORE of.

Even Rush said yesterday he was undecided on this deal (at the beginning of the show at least, I missed the last 2 hours.)

Kudos to Sarah Palin for recognizing that we need to win in 2012 to get closer to the REAL deal that we want.

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Her comments disappointed me as well. Then I realized that it’s a question of style. I’m confrontational and adversarial. I want Breitbart 24 hours a day. But she isn’t, and I’m glad. This is good for our country. My style has fun on the margins of the culture, but it doesn’t win big. Palin is a classic politician in all the senses of the word that we used to admire but which have been degraded and perverted. She’s meliatory, not adversarial. She’s not going to rabble-rouse, she’s going to inspire. She’s going to build a coalition. She’s no Michelle Bachmann.

rrpjr on August 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

So she’s taking a pragmatic approach.

youngTXcon on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Oh no, Sarah?! /facepalm

ElectricPhase on August 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I’m not happy with this. The deal didn’t move the economy in the direction necessary to avoid disaster.

But the deal did move the premise of the debate, and given the small representation in Congress of true conservatives, that does count for something.

No way to call this a victory, so I disagree with Gov. Palin on that. But Boehner held his ground far more than was expected of him by most, and the compromise could have (and without the Tea Party would have) been much, much worse.

The Tea Party members who helped it pass should be challenged on their “principled stand” failing in the final moment. Other than that, this needs to be shown for what it is, the reason to keep up the Tea Party pressure, the same reason for the shellacking of 2010. Use it, don’t lose it!

Freelancer on August 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Wrong. Default would restrict us. Ideology must guide us to choose from the best of a set of options, none of which are particularly pleasant.

MadisonConservative on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

False choice. Everything I saw showed that Default would only happen if Obama wanted that to happen.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

its a Victory for the tea party

And a surrender by the Republican Party.

Emperor Norton on August 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Wrong. Default would restrict us. Ideology must guide us to choose from the best of a set of options, none of which are particularly pleasant.

MadisonConservative on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Wrong, default would have forced Obama to choose which programs to cut, putting him in a tight spot.

Just admit that you are more afraid of what the media will say about us than you are of doing the wrong thing.

Because this deal was the WRONG THING.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

LOL look who’s talking, “nitwit.”

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

You are one bitter dude. I responded to your McDee’s comment but I think it got eaten by the TMI. Suffice it to say I don’t work at McDrrs.

VegasRick on August 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

A minor blemish; easily remedied. Still standing ready to work my a$$ off for her starting the day she announces.

SKYFOX on August 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Buck up. We are taking two steps forward and one step back. Yeah, it’s frustratingly slow but we’ve been sliding backwards since the 1940′s.

Many of us woke up from our if not comatose, our pleasantly catatonic political state just a few short years ago. It didn’t happen overnight and it won’t be solved overnight.

I was crabby and disappointed this morning, too, but I am over it. There are fights down the road that are more important than ruminating on our current shortcomings due to being outnumbered.

Focus on future fights. That is where I am going to be putting my energy. If I’m going down, if my America is going down because we woke up too late, I am still going to go down fighting.

We owe it to our children and their children not to give up, not to get cynical. I’m gonna slap a fricken’ smile on and get busy!

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

It was a good interview. She basically called it a victory in the sense that it was a smaller crap sandwich than would have been the case.

Oh, and said she believed in contested primaries, not that anyone who voted for an increase in the debt ceiling should face a primary challenge. She herself supported Cut Cap and Balance, which did raise the debt ceiling.

Ted Torgerson on August 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Heh? What would the hobbits do?

To me she is saying we must persevere…Mordor has more friends than the hobbits.

tinkerthinker on August 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

A minor blemish; easily remedied. Still standing ready to work my a$$ off for her starting the day she announces.

SKYFOX on August 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

What was the blemish?

idesign on August 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Well, knock me over with a feather. Whodathunk that when it came to spending Romney would be to the right of Palin. Strange days indeed.

tommyboy on August 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Oh my, the Palin kids are turning on The Palin.

Moesart on August 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Buck up. We are taking two steps forward and one step back. Yeah, it’s frustratingly slow but we’ve been sliding backwards since the 1940′s.

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Groupthink is a bad idea.

It was no steps forward and three steps back.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Her comments disappointed me as well. Then I realized that it’s a question of style. I’m confrontational and adversarial. I want Breitbart 24 hours a day. But she isn’t, and I’m glad. This is good for our country. My style has fun on the margins of the culture, but it doesn’t win big. Palin is a classic politician in all the senses of the word that we used to admire but which have been degraded and perverted. She’s meliatory, not adversarial. She’s not going to rabble-rouse, she’s going to inspire. She’s going to build a coalition. She’s no Michelle Bachmann.

rrpjr on August 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Whatever helps you sleep at night.

Or, you know, you could treat her the way the “true cons” of HA treat anybody else that utters what she did.

PRIMARY HER RINO BUTT.

Good Lt on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I was disappointed as well especially after the FB post warning TP freshman. I’m still a rock solid Palinista though.

I’m wondering if this isn’t some sort of strategy on her part in lieu of a run for POTUS to appear more “reasonable” and try to separate herself from a flame thrower like Bachmann.

davek70 on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Focus on future fights. That is where I am going to be putting my energy. If I’m going down, if my America is going down because we woke up too late, I am still going to go down fighting.

We owe it to our children and their children not to give up, not to get cynical. I’m gonna slap a fricken’ smile on and get busy!

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

THIS!

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I don’t see it as a win with the exception that taxes weren’t raised.

darwin on August 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Wait until January 2013.

Sarah basically echoed what some of us have been attacked mercilessly for. The deal sucks, but realistically, we were never going to get much more.

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Of course you won’t get more when the GOP, which controls the House, which controls the purse, give Obama 2.4 TRILLION dollars. Keep rationalizing.

j_galt on August 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM

PRIMARY HER RINO BUTT.

Good Lt on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

She’s not in office, idiot.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM

There you have it…

No more will in Congress to stand up to Democrat demagogues.

This is the spin of the Republican leadership. Grant the Tea Party patronizingly a pat on the head with a pyrrhic victory, but continue to spend.

Then hope next year, they can take more seats in the Senate… to do what? The Republican leadership has handed the keys to those who want to spend this country into oblivion.

The only ones who will financially benefit are those giving Obama $50k at his fundraisers.

More people dependent on government handouts.
A smaller tax base enslaved by paying increasing taxes for government subsidies.
A weaker national defense.
Further erosion of the role of Congress.
Accelerating the process of nationalized healthcare.
A progressively weakening economy.

Look out Socialism… Here we come!

Danny on August 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Or, you know, you could treat her the way the “true cons” of HA treat anybody else that utters what she did.

PRIMARY HER RINO BUTT.

Good Lt on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

EXACTLY. If Romney or Pawlenty said this, the Palinbots would be frothing at the mouth to attack them. Sarah says it, and they excuse it.

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

It was no steps forward and three steps back.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Okay, maybe, but we’re still standing. Keep fighting! Dammit!

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

They DID stop the Tax hike BS cold….

Did they not?

If it wasn’t for them (and us) would Boehner have walked out on the President when Oman tried to goose it 400 billion more?

How about Cantor earlier?

Just thought I’d bring that up as something to remember as we get worse for the election… :)

golfmann on August 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Buck up. We are taking two steps forward and one step back.

I don’t see how you get there.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Oh please, are we going to nitpick everything she said to pieces?

promachus on August 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

When Palin used the word “victory” actually repeating Greta, the only question in my mind was which of the three HA RINOs would run with it.

bw222 on August 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Her comments disappointed me as well. Then I realized that it’s a question of style. I’m confrontational and adversarial. I want Breitbart 24 hours a day. But she isn’t, and I’m glad. This is good for our country. My style has fun on the margins of the culture, but it doesn’t win big. Palin is a classic politician in all the senses of the word that we used to admire but which have been degraded and perverted. She’s meliatory, not adversarial. She’s not going to rabble-rouse, she’s going to inspire. She’s going to build a coalition. She’s no Michelle Bachmann.

rrpjr on August 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I think you are right there…she she’s smart.

tinkerthinker on August 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

I encourage people to watch the whole video.

Greta sets up the idea of the deal as a Tea Party “victory,” but Palin takes that and qualifies it.

Having first listed a number of things she doesn’t like about the deal, she then says “yes, it is a victory in that the Tea Party was able to change the debate, but we still have so much more work to do” to rein in spending.

Tina is doing something slightly sneaky here IMHO in suggesting Palin is doing some kind of rah-rah act on the deal. You’ll see that’s not the case if you watch the whole segment.

Missy on August 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

She is WRONG!!!!

The Tea Party is being demonized…….and was she asked about the HOBBIT comment from the former “Fighter” known as McCain?

PappyD61 on August 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Whatever helps you sleep at night.
Or, you know, you could treat her the way the “true cons” of HA treat anybody else that utters what she did.
PRIMARY HER RINO BUTT.

Good Lt on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I don’t know what that means. Any of it.

rrpjr on August 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The fact remains is that the “change” in conversation is all that was really accomplished. I don’t want that diminished it but it sure needs to be turned into more concrete results. Stay tuned.

Cindy Munford on August 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Oh my, the Palin kids are turning on The Palin.

Moesart on August 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

If by “turning on her” you mean “refusing to vote for her,” don’t hold your breath.

gryphon202 on August 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

davek70 on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

And to separate herself from Romney’s dogmatic approach yesterday.

Sarah Palin appeared a lot more reasonable than Romney has.

Hard to believe.

technopeasant on August 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM

When Palin used the word “victory” actually repeating Greta, the only question in my mind was which of the three HA RINOs would run with it.

bw222 on August 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM

You better watch the whole video Sparky….

Or do you just respond to one word sound bites?

idesign on August 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM

EXACTLY. If Romney or Pawlenty said this, the Palinbots would be frothing at the mouth to attack them. Sarah says it, and they excuse it.

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

If you are speaking of me, then you are totally wrong.

tinkerthinker on August 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

This is a done deal. There is nothing Sarah Palin can do to stop it now and she realizes it.

I am sure she has made a list and some candidates who received SarahPAC funds in 2010 won’t be getting them in 2012.

My guess is that Allen West lost at least $100k in conservative contributions – not necessarily for his vote but for stupid statements he made.

bw222 on August 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

It’s kinda hard to keep throwing brickbats at the GOP after the last 24 hours of absolute screeching from the Left. If they are having such a huge meltdown over this deal, why can’t we call it at least something of a win for our side?

rockmom on August 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Okay, maybe, but we’re still standing. Keep fighting! Dammit!

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

We are still fighting, but I’m not about to buy into this false narrative that we won or something.

MeatHeadinCA on August 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

She’s not in office, idiot.

fossten on August 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Still here? Thought you’ve had enough of this place.

Screw this place. We had nothing but name calling from RINOs for the last week, telling us we were extremists and crazy for saying that the GOP was selling us out.

And we were right.

And where are the jerkoffs that told us we were crazy?

Where are you a$$holes?

fossten on August 1, 2011 at 7:50 PM

So…get to it. Leave. Stop flipping out and namecalling and just leave.

I’m perfectly calm, thanks Mr. Condescension.

The GOP has proven that they cannot be trusted.

Not only am I done voting for them, but I’m going to actively oppose them at every opportunity.

Here’s hoping Palin runs third party after this.

fossten on August 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

That’s cute.

What makes you think a now-confirmed RINO like Palin would run third party anyway? She essentially just joined the establishment.

You need to step away from the computer for a few hours take a nap, bud.

Good Lt on August 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

The fact remains is that the “change” in conversation is all that was really accomplished. I don’t want that diminished it but it sure needs to be turned into more concrete results. Stay tuned.

Cindy Munford on August 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Right on. That’s actually pretty much exactly what Palin said in the segment.

Missy on August 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

The fact remains is that the “change” in conversation is all that was really accomplished. I don’t want that diminished it but it sure needs to be turned into more concrete results. Stay tuned.

Cindy Munford on August 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Which was exactly Palin’s take on it. How does it make you feel to know you have something in common with the thrilla from Wasilla, Cindy? ;-)

gryphon202 on August 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

The use of the word “victory” was a carryover from the
content of the question Greta asked. Palin has said in
previous interviews, facebook, etc. that she was against
raising the debt ceiling. She certainly would be against
giving Obama trillions to spend “willy nilly”. She certainly would be against minimal spending cuts. She certainly would be against this sham.

It is good political will to give credit to
Tea Party Americans for helping issue change in Washington.
Actually it was brilliant strategy – they are a great part of her base. Why do you think Bauchmann voted “no”? Her
base is mostly tea partiers who have been convinced that Palin is not running and think Bauchmann is like Avis, No.2.
And, I agree with another poster that she need not antagonize the repub Washington elites unnecessarily
at this time.

Not enough change, not enough victory, however, a start,
albeit very, very tiny. This 75 page bill has not even
been read or posted online TO read. Lots of comments left
folks; lots of campaign material. Will Sarah Palin lead
the discourse? You betcha. Wait for her speech in Iowa.
Noone jazzes up the base like Palin does!

Amjean on August 2, 2011 at 12:43 PM

You douchebags that were giving us such a hard time for “worshipping” Sarah Palin are coming down on us now for being critical of her. Douchebaggery abounds…

gryphon202 on August 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

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