New Hampshire: How ’bout we blow your minds and hold our primary three months from now?

posted at 8:15 pm on September 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

Nothing’s set in stone up north, but Florida officially moved its own primary to January 31st today so the early-state dominoes are about to fall. Here’s the first domino, already wobbling. New Hampshire’s potentially much more of a Christie state than a Palin state, so of the two late entrants, this would hurt him more than her. But of course, if New Hampshire moves up to December, Iowa’s going to move too to retain its pride of place. And Iowa’s probably a must-have for her if she gets in.

This year, it’s a Christmas caucus!

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who has unilateral control to set the Granite State’s date, moved up the presidential primary filing period to begin Oct. 17 and ending October 28, signaling the New Hampshire primary contest will be moved up in the calendar.

“Unfortunately, we’ll be unable to have the upcoming presidential primary on the second Tuesday in March and will continue to honor the tradition of our first-in-the-nation presidential primary,” Gardner told NBC News. “Because we cannot rule out of the possibility of conducting the primary before the end of this year, we are, regrettably, as we were four years ago, forced to move the presidential candidates filing period to October.”

Until today, the first ballot deadline was Florida’s on October 31. New Hampshire just shaved three days off that window. (There’s no deadline for Iowa because it’s a caucus.) And even for the later primaries, there’s not as much time left as you think:

Furthermore, the number of hoops candidates must jump through to get on some states’ ballots means it is likely already too late to enter the 2012 fray, said Matthew Sanderson, who helped with balloting issues for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. In Virginia, for instance, candidates have until Dec. 22 to submit the signatures of 10,000 qualified voters, including 400 from each congressional district. The Virginia State Board of Elections recommends that candidates collect 15,000 to 20,000 signatures and 700 from each district “because many people who are not registered to vote will sign a petition.”

Mr. Sanderson said the drop-dead date is fast approaching. A late entry, he said, is not “impossible, but it does make success harder to achieve.”

Christie could get this done, I assume, because some of his core support is coming from fabulously wealthy Republican donors who can bankroll the staff needed to get the petitions done. Palin, whose organization is more DIY and heavily dependent on small donors, may have a tougher time. As for why Florida would move its primary up knowing that the RNC will penalize it by subtracting half of its delegates, two reasons. One: New Hampshire and South Carolina will also lose half their delegates by moving up to stay ahead of Florida, so to some extent the cost is spread. Two: Who cares about the delegates? Unless the GOP race goes down to the wire in the spring, the nomination won’t turn on those lost delegates. It’s more important for Florida to be seen as an early kingmaker than to retain all of its convention votes.

Via Newsbusters, here’s video of NRO’s Robert Costa, who hears from Christie’s people that you-know-who is “closer now to running than he ever has been.” The AP and the Newark Star-Ledger are hearing more or less the same thing. The decision might be made this weekend or early next week, but we’ll know soon. As for Palin, I’ve seen no signs. But Red State is keeping a solitary vigil

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This has Romney’s fingerprints all over it.

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I said this in the headlines – this is getting stupid. They need to hold regional primaries and be done with it.

They could do it by time zone with Alaska and Hawaii joining the Pacific one.

gophergirl on September 30, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Florida can go to hell for ruining the primary… I bet Perry could win a lot of goodwill by totally dumping on that place… like skipping the 2 debates they just scheduled.

ninjapirate on September 30, 2011 at 8:19 PM

This has Romney’s fingerprints all over it.

I agree 100%… and I think it may backfire big time if concrete proof comes out.

ninjapirate on September 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Iowa’s probably a must-have for her if she gets in.

The woman who is against ethanol subsidies absolutely has to win Iowa or she’s not a contender? Nice set up.

SD on September 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Ever since Palin dominated Erick’s September poll, he’s become unglued..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Skip these debates…

thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/184915-with-florida-moving-primary-up-debates-target-sunshine-state

ninjapirate on September 30, 2011 at 8:21 PM

I hate this entire system.

bridgetown on September 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I’m in Florida and it I don’t get this. Especially since it is apparently going to cost the state both money.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Opps money & delegates.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Palin has planned for this. Pundits will cry.

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

The Republican party is a joke.

derft on September 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM

I don’t understand anyone’s thinking on this. Let’s just move all the primaries to this Halloween and be done with it.

Oh yeah, and this stinks to high heaven of Mittens.

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Ever since Palin dominated Erick’s September poll, he’s become unglued..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM

The only ones who are unglued at this point are those who still think Palin is going to run. Don’t get angry at Erickson for calling Palin out; how about asking Palin why she strung her supporters and donors along all these months?

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Please guys, the system is fine… IA, NH, SC, and NV are great states to start with for both the GOP and the Dems… the schedule the RNC was good for whomever eventually got the nomination.

If Romney is behind these shenanigans, he’s going to regret it as soon as he gets the nomination. An early primary means annoying people in the middle of winter near Christmas and a long slogging campaign where the press gets bored… which will mean tearing the GOP candidate apart.

ninjapirate on September 30, 2011 at 8:28 PM

The Republican party is a joke.

derft on September 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Circus tents are the largest there is…

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Palin has planned for this. Pundits will cry.

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Get out the popcorn..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

The only ones who are unglued at this point are those who still think Palin is going to run. Don’t get angry at Erickson for calling Palin out; how about asking Palin why she strung her supporters and donors along all these months?

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Why do you and EE worry about Palin when Perrytanic is the one sinking?

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Stop it B…

mad saint jack on September 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I go back and forth on this, so any thoughts would be appreciated: which uniquely American system is more asinine, the way we hold and schedule these primaries, or the way we crown a college football national champion?

elcapt on September 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I’m in Florida and it I don’t get this. Especially since it is apparently going to cost the state both money.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Both of the states aggressively moving up their primary schedules are the keys to Romney’s early state strategies, and he’s secured many state-level endorsements in both of them. Romney is doing all he can to convince Christie, who poses a mortal threat to his candidacy, that its too late to enter the race, even if that means getting his state-level supporters to push forward the primaries.

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

As serious as this is, the first thing to pop into my mind is: “What kind of parody could Seth McFarland make out of this material?”
Stay tuned . . .

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

but Florida officially moved its own primary to January 31st today

More political weirdness from the land of the hanging chad.

And now others are joining in. *sigh*

predator on September 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I told you the American political system was a joke but no one would believe me.

Crux Australis on September 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Christie could get this done, I assume, because some of his core support is coming from fabulously wealthy Republican donors who can bankroll the staff needed to get the petitions done.

Palin, whose organization is more DIY and heavily dependent on small donors, may have a tougher time.

Allah, this logic is slightly discombobulated.

Palin puts up a webpage asking for donations. The donations are in the bank in 15 minutes.

Christie sets up 25 country club cocktail parties. 8 weeks and 85 cases of champagne later, he has the paper checks from his cronies constituents.

faraway on September 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Meh. I don’t really care when N.H. has its primary. What do they know, anyway.

Besides, I’m busy watching the Janeane Garofalo Marathon on the Logo Channel.

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

When I’m King all the primaries will be held on the same day. So I guess never.

derft on September 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

New Hampshire: How ’bout we blow your minds and hold our primary three months from now?

..yeah. Whatevs.

Why doncha see about holding THE GENERAL ELECTION three months from now and run all of the GOP candidates (and the three-day-old ham sandwich) against the The Pantload?

The sooner we flush that turd, the better.

The War Planner on September 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

First, why is Florida doing this? The other states are going to move too, putting Florida in the same position it is in now except for less delegates and less money.

Second, I’m sick of these stupid initial states that for some stupid reason think they are more important than the rest of the nation and that they somehow are barometers of the will of the Republican electorate. I am not sure New Hampshire should even be in the union at this point and South Carolina should have their conservative balls cut off for electing Grahamnesty over and over again.

Grr….

Darksean on September 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Money talks. The primary process is a scam by early states to generate dollars on influance peddling. Its not right. Primary date was always first tuesday in May. Why change?

tom0508 on September 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Who’s mad at Erick?
RedState September poll..:)

Michele Bachmann 1.2%
Herman Cain 21.1%
Chris Christie 0.9%
Newt Gingrich 2.1%
Rudy Giuliani 0.1%
Jon Huntsman 1.0%
Gary Johnson 0.6%
Sarah Palin 52.3%
Ron Paul 10.1%
Rick Perry 7.5%
Buddy Roemer 0.1%
Mitt Romney 2.5%
Rick Santorum 0.6%

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s_thankyou.aspx?sm=6X51iJe6uJp66VYQzS7l%2faLEH330fqmNmZ%2bujH3wYu4%3d
LOL

LOL

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

This is insane, I can’t take it. Primary states leapfrogging each other, Christie rumors, Huckabee rumors, even some recent Daniels rumors, and of course will she or won’t she; ARRRRGH.

The only silver lining I can see to any of this is that we will either have a down to the wire contest which will captivate the American public OR we will have an early and clear winner who can speak with one voice for the party against Obama’s attacks.

The field is getting way too crowded and it’s time to either have nothing but Demint style forums or kick Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman, Johnson and Paul to their own second tier debates. I can deal with Perry, Romney, Christie, Palin, Cain, and Gingrich as the debaters. That would be pretty awesome actually.

Daemonocracy on September 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Meh. Who cares? What difference does it really make?

Answer: None

BierManVA on September 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Besides, I’m busy watching the Janeane Garofalo Marathon on the Logo Channel.

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

oooooooo! She’s hot! *barf, barf, barf*

predator on September 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

As a California resident I say both this sucks and I don’t care. Can’t remember a primary where the nominee hadn’t already been selected by the time I get to vote.

They should just do it in cluster of states by region and no primaries before the summer of 2012. That way the nominee can sprint to the end. Get picked to soon and everyone will be tired if him/her by Nov. 2012.

SPCOlympics on September 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

The only ones who are unglued at this point are those who still think Palin is going to run. Don’t get angry at Erickson for calling Palin out; how about asking Palin why she strung her supporters and donors along all these months?

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Sarah’s donors and supporters don’t have a problem with her “stringing them out.”
The loudest complaints about her actions (or lack thereof) are the opposition. Looks to me like she’s getting to them, too.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

faraway on September 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Keep clicking them heels boy.

LOL

LOL

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Come on number one . You can give us one more LOL. I know you can.

CW on September 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

I told you the American political system was a joke but no one would believe me.

Crux Australis on September 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

While it may frustrate us from time to time, it’s still the best on the face of the Earth.

Tim Zank on September 30, 2011 at 8:41 PM

So how long before the Jeb Bush rumors start?

Jeb Bush!!!!!!

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Just kidding, just kidding.

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Sarah’s donors and supporters don’t have a problem with her “stringing them out.”
The loudest complaints about her actions (or lack thereof) are the opposition. Looks to me like she’s getting to them, too.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

You’re too busy just hoping and clicking your heels. For you to dare even entertain the thought will force you to admit that without her you and your fellow nistas will have a giant void in your lives.

CW on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Besides, I’m busy watching the Janeane Garofalo Marathon on the Logo Channel.

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

oooooooo! She’s hot! *barf, barf, barf*

predator on September 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Alright you two, be nice. I really don’t think she’s that bad looking . . . just dumber than a box of rocks.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Sarah’s donors and supporters don’t have a problem with her “stringing them out.”
The loudest complaints about her actions (or lack thereof) are the opposition. Looks to me like she’s getting to them, too.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

More then ever..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

You’re too busy just hoping and clicking your heels. For you to dare even entertain the thought will force you to admit that without her you and your fellow nistas will have a giant void in your lives.

CW on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Where’s she going? LOL

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Well at least Jeb could get 400 signatures from each congressional district. Can Cain, Perry, Newt or Palin? Pure BS from Romney.

derft on September 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Allah, this logic is slightly discombobulated.

Palin puts up a webpage asking for donations. The donations are in the bank in 15 minutes.

Christie sets up 25 country club cocktail parties. 8 weeks and 85 cases of champagne later, he has the paper checks from his cronies constituents.

faraway on September 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

The first rule of pundits: It’s always too late for Palin, now more then ever!1

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

What the heck is wrong with these states? January or even this December is too early to make a decision on who the nominee will be. There’s a whole lot of campaigning to go, bombs to throw and dodge, changing leaderboards. It’s too squishy to nominate based on a nine-month lead-in if the GOP’s convention is in August or thereabouts. Anyone know the date?

Sounds like someone has his people on the state boards pushing this stupidity. It looks almost like buying the election; something he couldn’t do last time. I’m not naming names, but his initials are Mitt Romney.

Still waiting patiently for SP to get in. Until then, all this, IMO, is just a fluffy filler.

Tennman on September 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Why do you and EE worry about Palin when Perrytanic is the one sinking?

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Because, this isn’t about Palin, its about so many of Palin’s most strident supporters who have been adamant that this was all part of some grand strategy for a late entry to the primaries, and have relentlessly attacked anyone who disagreed with them. Palin said she would decide by the end of September; not Erick Erickson, not the lamestream media, no one else but Sarah Palin. And you all preached the gospel about how she would be in by today. Hell, I thought she might get in for a little bit after Perry imploded in the debates, but its not happening. RedState’s hoopla today isn’t about Palin; Erickson is calling out her supporters.

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Don’t get angry at Erickson for calling Palin out; how about asking Palin why she strung her supporters and donors along all these months?

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

He didn’t “call her out.” He launched a a distasteful and adolescently witless internet stalking game along the lines of Daily Kos. “Unglued” is absolutely the correct word. Palin is terrifying this particular class of insecure republican males to a degree that is worthy of psycho-pathological studies.

rrpjr on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I really don’t think she’s that bad looking . . . just dumber than a box of rocks.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Dude, get your eyes checked!!!!

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Alright you two, be nice. I really don’t think she’s that bad looking . . . just dumber than a box of rocks.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Inked-up skanks are teh hawt!

predator on September 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Here is what’s happening.

It’s quite clear that whoever sits on the ballot opposing Obama will be the next POTUS. Therefore, the entire campaign for 2012 will be decided by the GOP primary process. Moving the primaries is an attempt to emplace the candidate the GOP wants, not who the people want.

The GOP candidates are engaging in some weird frenzy to make sure they are the nominee.

BobMbx on September 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Ever since Palin dominated Erick’s September poll, he’s become unglued..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM

The only ones who are unglued at this point are those who still think Palin is going to run. Don’t get angry at Erickson for calling Palin out; how about asking Palin why she strung her supporters and donors along all these months?

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Right, because posting “Is Palin in yet? No? Haha” every single hour today is clearly a sign that Erickson is as sane as can be. And who’s angry at Erickson? I thought he completely beclowned himself today. Maybe I’d be angry if I actually respected him.

If Palin DOES jump in — say, in early or mid-October — the reaction should be epic. :)

Aitch748 on September 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Because, this isn’t about Palin, its about so many of Palin’s most strident supporters who have been adamant that this was all part of some grand strategy for a late entry to the primaries, and have relentlessly attacked anyone who disagreed with them. Palin said she would decide by the end of September; not Erick Erickson, not the lamestream media, no one else but Sarah Palin. And you all preached the gospel about how she would be in by today. Hell, I thought she might get in for a little bit after Perry imploded in the debates, but its not happening. RedState’s hoopla today isn’t about Palin; Erickson is calling out her supporters.

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

We dont need your “care”. Got it?

EE should call his shrink.

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Sarah’s donors and supporters don’t have a problem with her “stringing them out.”
The loudest complaints about her actions (or lack thereof) are the opposition. Looks to me like she’s getting to them, too.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Oh, I know you all don’t have a problem with her stringing you along. That’s why it is getting weird at this point.

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Sarah’s donors and supporters don’t have a problem with her “stringing them out.”
The loudest complaints about her actions (or lack thereof) are the opposition. Looks to me like she’s getting to them, too.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

You’re too busy just hoping and clicking your heels. For you to dare even entertain the thought will force you to admit that without her you and your fellow nistas will have a giant void in your lives.

CW on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

I don’t believe you were trying to give my prior post credence, but you succeeeded.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

If she does get in, it won’t be until after her vid hits the stores. It’s part of her political promo, imo.

And that’s fine with me.

predator on September 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

He didn’t “call her out.” He launched a a distasteful and adolescently witless internet stalking game along the lines of Daily Kos. “Unglued” is absolutely the correct word. Palin is terrifying this particular class of insecure republican males to a degree that is worthy of psycho-pathological studies.

rrpjr on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

BS, now go back over to Red State and whine and cry some more. Why are you Palinista’s so thin skinned?

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Here is what’s happening.

It’s quite clear that whoever sits on the ballot opposing Obama will be the next POTUS. Therefore, the entire campaign for 2012 will be decided by the GOP primary process. Moving the primaries is an attempt to emplace the candidate the GOP wants, not who the people want.

The GOP candidates are engaging in some weird frenzy to make sure they are the nominee.

BobMbx on September 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM

That’s what Palin been observing.

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

But Red State is keeping a solitary vigil…

Alinky’s 5th rule used to perfection. Need the laugh after this dangerous game of screwing around with primary dates. And to think some were saying there were too many debates, way too early…

A question for the Palinistas: Did she figure all this primary date maneuvering into her brilliant strategy to delay an announcement so Romney would be broke by the time she entered?

Buy Danish on September 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

If she does get in, it won’t be until after her vid hits the stores. It’s part of her political promo, imo.

And that’s fine with me.

predator on September 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

I like it when a plan comes together..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Palin said she would decide by the end of September;
Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Actually, no, she didn’t. Tapper made a statement about the end of September in an interview. She never made that statement or a promise to make an announcement by the end of September. She has repeatedly said she’s still in the process, which I think she has to legally say that because of McCain Feingold. You pop your cork, you have to play by the MF bubbly.

I’ve not vilified anyone for doubting her intentions. I don’t honestly know them myself. I am HOPEFUL that she’s in. I believe that she’s in. Until she says she’s not, in my mind, she’s in.

But what end of September deadline was artificially placed in our minds by Jake Tapper. She didn’t disabuse him of it. But she sure as heck never promised anyone to make her announcement on the 30th of September.

Tennman on September 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Because, this isn’t about Palin, its about so many of Palin’s most strident supporters who have been adamant that this was all part of some grand strategy for a late entry to the primaries, and have relentlessly attacked anyone who disagreed with them. Palin said she would decide by the end of September; not Erick Erickson, not the lamestream media, no one else but Sarah Palin. And you all preached the gospel about how she would be in by today. Hell, I thought she might get in for a little bit after Perry imploded in the debates, but its not happening. RedState’s hoopla today isn’t about Palin; Erickson is calling out her supporters.

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I went back and listened to what she’s said. She didn’t promise to get in by the end of September, she said that for practical reasons, September/October would have to be the latest she could get in.

The legal deadlines are approaching so we’ll know one way or the other soon but if she’s doing what I think she’s doing, yes, it is part of a greater strategy.

powerpro on September 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

A question for the Palinistas: Did she figure all this primary date maneuvering into her brilliant strategy to delay an announcement so Romney would be broke by the time she entered?

Buy Danish on September 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Or perhaps she was aware of these kinds of wranglings and wants to time her entry so that it’s strategically best for her and her campaign.

powerpro on September 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Because, this isn’t about Palin, its about so many of Palin’s most strident supporters who have been adamant that this was all part of some grand strategy for a late entry to the primaries, and have relentlessly attacked anyone who disagreed with them. Palin said she would decide by the end of September; not Erick Erickson, not the lamestream media, no one else but Sarah Palin. And you all preached the gospel about how she would be in by today. Hell, I thought she might get in for a little bit after Perry imploded in the debates, but its not happening. RedState’s hoopla today isn’t about Palin; Erickson is calling out her supporters.

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Translation:

“Bwahahahahahaha!!!! Those damn dirty ape Palinistas just went too damn far! Their constant hateful attacks were just too damn much to take! This is revenge! No, this is WAR! You wanna WAR? Well, you got one! We’ll teach you to claim that Caribou Barbie is going to decide by the end of September! Oh yes we will! If it means Erickson has to stalk Palin on the hour every hour like some creepy obsessed stalker posting from his grammy’s basement to teach you Palin creeps a lesson, by God, so be it! EAT IT, YOU BASTIDGES!!!!!!”

LOL.

Aitch748 on September 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

BS, now go back over to Red State and whine and cry some more. Why are you Palinista’s so thin skinned?

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Look who’s whining..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

A question for the Palinistas: Did she figure all this primary date maneuvering into her brilliant strategy to delay an announcement so Romney would be broke by the time she entered?

Buy Danish on September 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

If I knew her plan , I wouldn’t tell you.

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

I really don’t think she’s that bad looking . . . just dumber than a box of rocks.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Dude, get your eyes checked!!!!

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:47 PM

So what if she’s not a “supermodel?” I’ve seen her without those geeky glasses, and I think she’s cute. Her problem is what comes out of her mouth overshadows all else, and then some.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

The legal deadlines are approaching so we’ll know one way or the other soon but if she’s doing what I think she’s doing, yes, it is part of a greater strategy.

powerpro on September 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

You’re right, we’ll know soon enough… unless there is a write-in campaign!

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Alright you two, be nice. I really don’t think she’s that bad looking . . . just dumber than a box of rocks.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Dude. Duuuuuude.

Put
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down.

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

that without her you and your fellow nistas will have a giant void in your lives.

CW on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Hilarious. You obsessive anti-Palin nutcases are the ones who won’t be able to do anything if she’s out of the picture. Whatever will you b1tch about then?

ddrintn on September 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

OK, I’m a guy that’s not going to run.

I decide to endorse someone, and I:
- say I endorse them (dribble these out for best timing)
- say I’m not going to run (to help a candidate freeze someone out)
- say I might run (to freeze someone out)

This is what’s going on right now.

Just a few more weeks and those games will be over.

faraway on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

If I knew her plan , I wouldn’t tell you.

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

“plan” :D

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

You don’t think Erickson is a bit over the top when he is knowingly sucking on the Perry teet?

CTSherman on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I like it when a plan comes together..:)

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Exactly. Why get in before? She wants to tell her story and have it viewed by as many people as possible. It’s a long political ad that people can watch at their leisure and as often as they like. If it works, great. If it doesn’t then life goes on. She is my preferred, not my end-all. (Although she and Herman are the only ones I’m really excited about.)

I say she releases the vid (4th I think?), and then announces up or down shortly after the debate on the 11th. We will see.

predator on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Or perhaps she was aware of these kinds of wranglings and wants to time her entry so that it’s strategically best for her and her campaign.
powerpro on September 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Ha! Do you work for her? If that’s the case, can you ask her why she keeps saying her careful consideration dithering has to do with her family?

Buy Danish on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

BS, now go back over to Red State and whine and cry some more. Why are you Palinista’s so thin skinned?

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

You WISH we were thin-skinned. We’re laughing at all the Palin detractors jumping up and down screaming “IS SHE IN YET? NO? ROTFLMMFAO!!!!” every single hour today while we Palin supporters are just saying “what will be will be.”

Aitch748 on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

If she does get in, it won’t be until after her vid hits the stores. It’s part of her political promo, imo.

And that’s fine with me.

predator on September 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Right, people will be lining up for days, in the pouring rain, cold, hungry and dirty, just to get that first DVD. Is this latest theory or is it that Bannon guy who has a huge bomb to drop that’s going to change the political landscape of America forever?

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Translation:

“Bwahahahahahaha!!!! Those damn dirty ape Palinistas just went too damn far! Their constant hateful attacks were just too damn much to take! This is revenge! No, this is WAR! You wanna WAR? Well, you got one! We’ll teach you to claim that Caribou Barbie is going to decide by the end of September! Oh yes we will! If it means Erickson has to stalk Palin on the hour every hour like some creepy obsessed stalker posting from his grammy’s basement to teach you Palin creeps a lesson, by God, so be it! EAT IT, YOU BASTIDGES!!!!!!”

LOL.

Aitch748 on September 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

ROFL…

ddrintn on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Someone remind EE that Perrytanic promised not to run for president.

I dont have the heart to do that…

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Palin has become very toxic for everyone….. She is not fit for any office let alone the presidency.

TimeTraveler on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Christie could get this done, I assume, because some of his core support is coming from fabulously wealthy Republican donors who can bankroll the staff needed to get the petitions done.

Palin, whose organization is more DIY and heavily dependent on small donors, may have a tougher time.

I semi took what AP said here as a big ‘ole /sarc tag.

preallocated on September 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Palin said she would decide by the end of September; not Erick Erickson, not the lamestream media, no one else but Sarah Palin
Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

She did? not according to the transcript of the Brody file interview conducted at the Ia state fair:

http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2011/08/12/sarah-palin-and-the-brody-file-one-on-one-at-iowa-state.aspx

At the same time, I want to be very fair to supporters and not keep them hanging on in perpetuity. It’s fair to them to give them an answer here, in short order, so that they can jump on board with someone else, and/or to decide for themselves what they want to do. So, still haven’t made up my mind, haven’t decided when that announcement would be yet.

David Brody: Is that short order by the end of September? October?

Palin: I think that that is a fair timeline for people, because Fall time, they can start getting engaged with different campaigns, but still thinking about it, and really, really desiring to be a participant in the positive change that needs to happen in this country.

unseen on September 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Well at least Jeb could get 400 signatures from each congressional district. Can Cain, Perry, Newt or Palin? Pure BS from Romney.

derft on September 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Don’t get me wrong. Jeb Bush was a great governor. One of the best. I voted for him twice.

He should just run for governor again.

SlaveDog on September 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

You don’t think Erickson is a bit over the top when he is knowingly sucking on the Perry teet?

CTSherman on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Of course not. Shilling for Perry is perfectly OK since sour old Knucklehead doesn’t seethe with resentment toward Perry.

ddrintn on September 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

while we Palin supporters are just saying “what will be will be.”

Aitch748 on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Ah yes, that has been the tone of Palin supporters for the last two years, “what will be will be.” Totally. o_O

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Sarah’s donors and supporters don’t have a problem with her “stringing them out.”
The loudest complaints about her actions (or lack thereof) are the opposition. Looks to me like she’s getting to them, too.

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Being ‘strung along’ and being ‘strung out’ are two very different things. Are you a substance abuser?

preallocated on September 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Palin has become very toxic for everyone…..

TimeTraveler on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Nah, just the nutjob anti-Palin obsessives.

ddrintn on September 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

But Red State is keeping a solitary vigil…

Ooooooo, Erikson is soooo clever. Yeah, he’s “calling Palin out” with a virtual vigil. That’ll leave a mark.//

conservative pilgrim on September 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

You’re too busy just hoping and clicking your heels. For you to dare even entertain the thought will force you to admit that without her you and your fellow nistas will have a giant void in your lives.

CW on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Amen. The cult of personality, slash, poli-worship is strong in this crowd.

I’m 28, and since I’ve been paying attention I’ve seen very few genuine politicians. A more apt description is professional smoke blowers. Libertarians, I’m not talking about you guys, so relax.

preallocated on September 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Right, people will be lining up for days, in the pouring rain, cold, hungry and dirty, just to get that first DVD. Is this latest theory or is it that Bannon guy who has a huge bomb to drop that’s going to change the political landscape of America forever?

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

“people will be lining up for days, in the pouring rain, cold, hungry and dirty”

Where the Hell do you live?

North Korea? LOL

idesign on September 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

You don’t think Erickson is a bit over the top when he is knowingly sucking on the Perry teet?

CTSherman on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Over the top? It’s been the talk of Twitter and the blogosphere all day. Erickson probably got more traffic today than he gets in a week. The dude’s cashing in.

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Why weren’t all these dates set a year ago??? Who’s stupid idea is it to wait until a few months beforehand to set them.

dforston on September 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Save a pretzel for the gas jets!

the_nile on September 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Ah yes, that has been the tone of Palin supporters for the last two years, “what will be will be.” Totally. o_O

Lawdawg86 on September 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

It has, pretty much. It’s the anti-Palin ‘bots that have the constant bugs up their asses.

ddrintn on September 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

BS, now go back over to Red State and whine and cry some more. Why are you Palinista’s so thin skinned?

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Freud once said he wouldn’t ever have had to deal with persecution complexes if there had never been any persecution.

Has a political figure in our time ever been more persecuted? The passive-aggressive attack on Redstate is just more evidence of the fear and loathing among the threatened fraternity. It would be too easy and glib to cite just misogyny, but it really is so much a part of it.

But “thin-skinned”? Can’t anything new ever be offered? The monotony and monomania of this game: the attacks and then the preemptive effort to disarm any response with the “thin-skinned” slander. This is how the power game is always played (and the Left has mastered it). Palin is condemned to begin with, and irredeemably condemned if she attempts to challenge the condemnation.

rrpjr on September 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Ooooooo, Erikson is soooo clever. Yeah, he’s “calling Palin out” with a virtual vigil. That’ll leave a mark.//

conservative pilgrim on September 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

maybe he can rent the house next door to Palin like creepy Joe?

unseen on September 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Palin has become very toxic for everyone…..

TimeTraveler on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

I beg you, please call the CDC or some other gubminaginsee.

They need to know! Maybe the EPA, since they are keen on making sure the bacteria levels in streams are up to snuff when it comes to any topsoil runoff into streams, here in the Appalachian Mtns.

preallocated on September 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM

I’m 28, and since I’ve been paying attention I’ve seen very few genuine politicians.

preallocated on September 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

You’ve been paying attention for what, 6 or 7 years? Big whoop.

ddrintn on September 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Right, people will be lining up for days, in the pouring rain, cold, hungry and dirty, just to get that first DVD. Is this latest theory or is it that Bannon guy who has a huge bomb to drop that’s going to change the political landscape of America forever?

Knucklehead on September 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

I never suggested anything of the sort. And I’m a bit disappointed that you would go there. Out of all the Palin supporters here, I have said less about her than just about any. And when I did comment, I often said that I could live with a true conservative president besides her with her as an Energy Secretary.

I’ve never been shy about saying that I support her whole heartedly. I do. But if she doesn’t run, I’ll not seek a bridge to jump from.

I never gave the impression of people lining up in droves in the rain to buy the vid. What I said was that she will wait until it is released, gauge the response, and use that as part of her decision making process.

I’ve never put words in your mouth. I’d appreciate the same respect.

predator on September 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

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