Sarah Palin to keynote CPAC

posted at 7:30 pm on January 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

For the past four years, she has swayed, danced and dodged around the Conservative Political Action Conference, but, this year, Sarah Palin says she has committed to deliver the keynote address Feb. 11, the last day of the conference. ABC’s The Note recounts the rocky history between the former vice presidential candidate and CPAC’s sponsor, the American Conservative Union:

She declined to keynote the event in 2011, citing a scheduling conflict. But her refusal to participate fueled speculation that she wasn’t going because of GOProud, a gay Republican group, that planned to attend. She denied that was the case. Her political action committee, SarahPAC, did sponsor a reception at the convention.

In 2010, Palin cited ACU’s business dealings, particularly those of its then-chairman David Keene, as the reason for dodging CPAC.

In 2009, she initially accepted an invitation to kick off the convention, but then dropped out, saying that she had to attend to the “duties of governing.” She sent a taped message instead.

And in 2008, Palin cancelled her speech just two weeks before the event. By then, she had not been named Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential candidate, but in 2007, the man who would eventually become her running mate was booed by the crowd.

Why now? It’s fun to speculate. Could be that she’s keen to recover her standing in the CPAC straw poll, in which she’s fallen over the years. Could be that she doesn’t have quite so many opportunities to nab headlines as she once did. Could be that she thinks CPAC could be an ultra-dramatic setting to drop an endorsement. Or it could be that she still believes strongly in the message of limited government that she’s articulated from her first day on the national scene — and sees this as a timely opportunity to remind voters of that message.

It’s certain, though, that she’s still a lightning rod for emotion and opinion. As just one recent example, her remark to the effect that Michele Bachmann should drop out of the presidential race drew exceptional cheers and jeers. Today, Twitter and the blogosphere are alight with folks who say they’re excited to hear Palin speak at CPAC and those who say they saw this coming and, frankly, consider Palin a little passé.

Before I went to Ames, Iowa, this summer, I thought I was indifferent to the Sarah Palin appeal. But on a hot day in August, I wandered around the Iowa State Fair for an hour in a vain attempt to catch a glimpse of her. That taught me she matters to me — if for no other reason than that she matters to y’all. I’m still not always sure why — but I’m always curious. CPAC will be my first time to hear her live — and I confess: I’m excited.


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CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 1:10 AM

That was really nasty. And you know it.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Has Romney ever won a Hotair poll? He never gets jack squat in Hotair polls. Conservatives don’t like this guy despite the fact that he is forced on us by the establish, kind of like a date rapist. This should be amazing, Palin almost never goes to any events or fundraisers and is reclusive. She turns down more invitations than anybody. It is clear Palin has some distaste for these events and the people that run them, but CPAC was weak last year with Allen West and was weak the year before with Glenn Beck. Sarah Palin will make this CPAC great. I look forward to it and hope the Palinistas pack the house.

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Flora Duh on January 6, 2012 at 1:32 AM,

Ed is the only real conservative of the three. Allahpundit hates Palin. Tina definitely has a negative attitude towards Palin, just not as pervasive as Allahpundit, whom we can always count on give us the Anti-Palin slant.

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Wow, talking about claws, that was a nasty bit of vitriol. :-(

LazyHips on January 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I have been a HA reader for along time. Trust me pal, the “Dark Side” is strong with this one…
This person alone spews more vitriol than all the Palin “haters” combined.

APasserBy on January 6, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Are you a newbie?

idesign on January 5, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Yep, proudly so ;-) I think Tina’s post was pretty lighthearted and that comment seemed over the top nasty as a response to her musings.

LazyHips on January 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM

If you stick around long enough, you will find out that, as soon as the name “Palin” is uttered, brains shut down (logic goes out the window), and basic instincts take over (if you can keep your head while others lose theirs, you will be able to see the cognitive dissonance of some of their “arguments”); scorched-earth practicers will roam this realm, “decapitating” anyone who dares to dissent.
If you don’t take them seriously, you can even have fun being on the receiving end of their “love”.
Cheers and welcome aboard!

APasserBy on January 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Cheers and welcome aboard!

APasserBy on January 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Thanks for the welcome! (and the sage advice ;-) )
Cheers and g’nite

LazyHips on January 6, 2012 at 3:20 AM

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Your out of line! Please note this is an “Adult” political site.

heshtesh on January 6, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Per HA terms of use, yes, way out of line; however, very INLINE with the contents of his/her heart

You know, you really don’t do Governor Palin any favors with comments like that. It also helps intensify the meme of “rabid Palinistas”.

You appear to be a great admirer of hers, do you honestly think she would agree with those kind of remarks against someone who is just doing their job?

Tina, Ed, and Allah, have just as much right to their political commentary as you, or even Governor Palin do. Actually they have more, because they are graciously letting you use this plot of internet property, rent free.

Flora Duh on January 6, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Very well said. Quite polite and to the point. I am afraid though, your fine expression will be seized and quickly distorted into something unholy.

How soon before someone will declare CoolChange80 to be an “infiltrator” whose sole purpose is to denigrate the “true fans”?

APasserBy on January 6, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Well, now Sarah’s two fer two in the hypocrite department.

First she says the GOP better not diss Ron Paul. A former governor who had an Israeli flag in the corner of her office holds political hands with a guy who couldn’t care less about Israel. Hypocritical point number one.

Second she (a professed evangelical Christian) publicly discloses that she will be the keynote speaker at a collection of special interests claiming to be conservatives, which most notably includes a group promoting the mainstreaming of deviant sexual behavior. Hypocritical point number two.

I am really starting to wonder what it is that I ever thought I saw in this woman. In less than ten days she has managed to show her lack of integrity and her flexible moral character twice.

I hope Santorum keeps his distance from her, since her endorsement would be a IED for his candidacy.

platypus on January 6, 2012 at 3:44 AM

A disappointed duck billed marsupial mammal is not a pretty sight…

Gohawgs on January 6, 2012 at 4:17 AM

She could wear a burka and still mop the floor with Obama

idesign

Too bad she couldn’t beat him where it matters….in the voting booth. Heck, she didn’t even mop the floor with Biden. Apparently, Palin Delusion Syndrome is forever.

xblade on January 6, 2012 at 4:53 AM

Platypus, newsflash: In case you didn’t hear, GOProud is not involved in CPAC this year.

leftnomore on January 6, 2012 at 4:59 AM

xbiade January 6,2012 at 4:56 AM

She didn’t lose ,Mclame AKA moderate #1 lost to Obama . just like Romney AKA moderate #2 will.

rudee on January 6, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Well, now Sarah’s two fer two in the hypocrite department.

First she says the GOP better not diss Ron Paul. A former governor who had an Israeli flag in the corner of her office holds political hands with a guy who couldn’t care less about Israel. Hypocritical point number one.

platypus on January 6, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Are you referring to when she said that Ron Paul has good ideas on fiscal policy, but that she doesn’t agree with his ideas on foreign policy? And that those in the GOP should guard against demonizing the Paul supporters if they hope to get any of their votes when/if Paul is no longer a candidate?

Flora Duh on January 6, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Second she (a professed evangelical Christian) publicly discloses that she will be the keynote speaker at a collection of special interests claiming to be conservatives, which most notably includes a group promoting the mainstreaming of deviant sexual behavior. Hypocritical point number two.

platypus on January 6, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Platypus, newsflash: In case you didn’t hear, GOProud is not involved in CPAC this year.

leftnomore on January 6, 2012 at 4:59 AM

Flora Duh on January 6, 2012 at 7:01 AM

It seems that all the Palin haters are distilled to a bunch of adjectives that a drunken fool uses who has no grasp of the english language what so ever. The majority of journalists do the same thing and parrot what others say and add their own adjective to the heap. The Palin family was crucified by the media and that rant continues to this day. The OWS has similar rants coming from supposedly educated intelligent people backed by supposedly intelligent politicians. Yes, we all hear what you have to say but by no means do we need to agree with your twisted minds.

mixplix on January 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Am I allowed to comment at a Palin thread? Some have suggested it’s against the rules or something. Anyhoo, her speech will no doubt be terrific- if she stays away from the platitudes. The word “Constitution” has been so overused, now that we really need it to mean something I fear it will fall on deaf ears. As for her prior vacillations, this has always been a problem- and remained so until the end- iykwimaityd…

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Michelle Malkin is right on Palin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJceU_LUHB0&feature=youtu.be

Green eyed Lady on January 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

And that those in the GOP should guard against demonizing the Paul supporters if they hope to get any of their votes when/if Paul is no longer a candidate?

Sounds like sound advice to me. I guess it doesn’t to you.

Flora Duh on January 6, 2012 at 1:19 AM

I interpreted her remarks as a suggestion to the GOP that they shouldn’t ridicule the Paul supporters and then be surprised when they stay home come election time.

Can’t speak for others but my inclination to work with/line up with some supporters who have been insulting & vile toward the candidate I supported is pretty low. If the GOP establishment is going to continue calling the Paul supporters stupid/suckers, cultists like they did the Palin supporters – don’t expect them to vote for the GOP on election day.

katiejane on January 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

The Constitution is a platitude, I suppose freedom is too, you what is a platitude, most everything Romney says, 9-9-9, certainly, I have
a titanium spine, well you get the drill,

narciso on January 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Tina Korbe,
Go Suck A Romney!

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Foul, unnecessary and stupid comment.

Siddhartha Vicious on January 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Tina Korbe,
Go Suck A Romney!

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I hope Romney = Lemon, in your statement.

portlandon on January 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Sarah Palin brings outs the insecurity of the RINOs and the Beltway class. Sarah Palin is the only chance of stopping Romney.

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The republican party is not a conservative party. The one conservative that would have beat Romney, they spent 3 years attacking and undermining. Sarah Palin is the Anti-Romney we need. She could beat the rigged game. We Need a Conservative, Now more than ever. I predict 2012 will be a great year for Sarah Palin.

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Sarah Palin is the only one that can stop Mitt Romney! Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum can’t do it. Rick Perry is DOA he is just staying because he already spent the money in South Carolina. Huntsman will be gone after New Hampshire. Sarah Palin can win, she can unite the Anti-Romney vote. Palin is the only one that can stop Romney unless Newt Gingrich lands the Death Blow to Romney, which I hope he does.

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Palin’s entrance music for CPAC 2012

apocalypse on January 5, 2012 at 8:59 PM

haha! How about this one?

nottakingsides on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Salute.

apocalypse on January 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Tina Korbe,
Go Suck A Romney!

CoolChange80 on January 6, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Wow CC80..What a moronic post by you..:(

Dire Straits on January 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

If th “Wasilla Barracuda”is there, I’m going. I would really like to meet her and shake her hand.

The lady calls them like they are which drives the Liberals and the Republican establishment crazy. God bless her and her family and keep them safe.

Spots the Dog on January 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

>MY PURPOSE OF BEING A COMMENTER TO HOTAIR POST’S IS NOT TO ATTACK CONSERVATIVES OR FELLOW COMMENTER’S OPINIONS BUT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO ADOPT REAGAN’S

ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

.The Eleventh Commandment was a phrase used by former President of the United States Ronald Reagan during his 1966 campaign for Governor of California. The Commandment reads:

“Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

hermitmind on January 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Hey Tina, If you don’t like it that Palin is going to be than stay home.

oldyeller on January 7, 2012 at 12:51 AM

As far as I remember, didn’t Sarah Palin consistently win a lot of polls here?

Then why the bull crap snark being posted here? Did she say something negative about Hot Air?
about any of the contributors? Has she been a strong and consistent Conservative?

So what the F is the problem with you a**holes?

http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/01/dear-hot-air-what-did-palin-ever-do-to-you.html

PhilipJames on January 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Well the last link comes from a source that has not only consistently hostile to Palin, (and often wrong, like the whole ‘controversy’ with the bracelet, but with the tea party in general.
At the time of the first instance cited, she was putting the finishing touches on the AGIA pipeline legislation, the second she was under attack, by the ‘dead enders’ of the old guard, plus the Alinsky squad, It’s interesting because this site, in a backhanded
way, through the acceptance of so much snark and ephemera, helped
create C4p, and ultimately led to the founders becoming her kitchen
cabinet.

narciso on January 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Furthermore, Ziegler, is at best a conflicted source, the last Palin related project was a ‘True Hollywood’ segment, that he facilitated without consultation, that went awry in part because he did not realize the purpose of such an enterprise. Only a project like the Undefeated really captures what she has been through the last three years,

narciso on January 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Lots of snark Tina…. disappointing.

Do you even know what Palin has accomplished in her 20 year career? Maybe you should research that, then take a long hard look at the current candidates, then ask yourself WHY…if we have such a bright, energizing, fearless conservative, why are we stuck with what we are stuck with?…

As a conservative, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Don’t take it from me though…

@allahpundit Allah Pundit
Anyone have an extra pair of balls to lend these losers who refuse to hit Romney?

allahpundit Allah Pundit
This field is to politics what the Jets are to pro football #brutal

rightConcept on January 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

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