Palin to Christie: Don’t get your panties in a wad over Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina

posted at 7:23 pm on January 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Obligatory, for many reasons. One: Our resident Palin fans will relish every second. Two: It makes for a sweet undercard to tonight’s main event. Three: It’s part of a longstanding low-grade feud between Christie and Palin that began when he tweaked her on Jimmy Fallon’s show and has continued in fits and starts ever since. If it’s ever going to go from simmering to a full boil, this ought to do it. Four: Palin hitting Christie for playing into the media’s hands perfectly captures the Gingrich/Romney dynamic right now. Despite his own diversions from conservative orthodoxy over the years, Newt has become the de facto “true conservative” in the race partly because he’s running against the Ultimate RINO and partly because he’s good at flaming the bete noires of the base — the media, the GOP establishment, etc. To some extent he’s following the Palin playbook while Romney, as a supposedly electable centrist blue-state governor, is trying to follow Christie’s path to success. Gingrich isn’t as charismatic a populist as Palin, though, and Romney isn’t remotely as charismatic an establishmentarian as Christie. In a way, they’re running a watered-down version of what would have been a much more entertaining (and even nastier) race.

Via Philip Klein, three excerpts from her interview with Eric Bolling that’ll air later this evening on Fox Business. Boldface parts are mine:

On New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calling Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich an “an embarrassment” to the Republican Party:

“I do care to take him to task — poor Chris. This was a rookie mistake. He played right into the media’s hands. Here’s a host that asked Chris, ‘Does Newt embarrass the party.’ I think he asked him twice, and there Chris played right into it and spewed that about Newt embarrassing the party. Sometimes if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when Romney lost to Newt the other night and of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy, you kind of get your panties in a wad and you may say things that you regret later. And I think that that’s what Chris Christie did. His response to what the media was asking him was reflective of a lack of self-discipline. I’ve learned my lessons all along the way, too, and not responding, not playing into the media’s hands when they’re trying to get you to say something like is this candidate an embarrassment to your party?”

On if Christie was tricked into calling Gingrich an “embarrassment”:

“I think if Chris were asked about some of his past actions, taking a state helicopter to his kid’s baseball game, some people may say, well, that sort of embarrassed your party, Chris. And he would then be on the receiving end of a comment that maybe he wished that somebody kept as an inside thought and not blasting that to the rest of the nation. He’s been in office a year or two is all, and he’ll learn that the media goad you. They want you to say things like that in order to boost ratings and make it more of a reality show-type scenario that we’re watching in the GOP primary. And a comment like that just kind of played right on into that narrative.”

On how Democrats will use Christie’s comment against Gingrich:

“He just produced an ad for the Democrats. If Newt is the nominee, he just handed them free this negative PR ad that they’re going to incorporate into their negative scenario against somebody who came out there against HillaryCare back in his day, who came out balancing budgets, working with a Democrat governor, who came out cutting taxes and trying to rein in government growth in order to put the country on the right track back then, and has intentions of doing that today.”

True enough about Christie producing attack-ad fodder for Democrats with that line about Newt but we’re waaaaay down that road already on Romney thanks to Gingrich’s attacks on Bain. As for her point about “reality shows” and playing into the media’s hands, I’m curious to see whether Christie will let that lie or if he’ll get snotty with her in his response. You would think that the last thing Romney needs is for one of his top surrogates to start feuding with a grassroots favorite, but since he seems totally incapable of generating any excitement on the stump himself, maybe he’ll unleash Christie as an attack dog to start scoring points on Newt and his surrogates. That’s if Christie’s willing to do it, of course: The more bridges he burns now, the harder things get for him in 2016 or 2020.

Stay tuned. Click the image to watch.


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Well, for what its worth, you are certainly entitled to your “humble opinion”. But since you weren’t in her shoes facing a half million dollars in personal legal expenses which were bankrupting her family, perhaps you would have been better off not spouting off on a subject with which you are so obviously unfamiliar.

I am not spouting off on some subject that of which I know nothing. And $500,000 to me is a small fortune. I am also, quite sure that her defenders, such as you and many others would have been more than happy to have footed the bill. A defense fund was set up to help her pay the legal bills that were not paid for by the state of Alaska. One thing I do not know is whether her defense fund did pay all of her legal bills or not.

I am not that happy with the current field that is running either. I never am. There is no such thing as a perfect candidate. I will vote for anyone but Obama in 2012. The staggering $15 trillion in debt and our sickly economy both worry the heck out of me.

SC.Charlie on January 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I hope Sarah keeps tweeking the establishment. It’s good to have a person that I can relate to on the national stage. I don’t identify her with most politicians and for me thats the charm.

buckeyerich on January 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

One thing I do not know is whether her defense fund did pay all of her legal bills or not.

SC.Charlie on January 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The defense fund was shut down once it became the target of further ethics complaints.

steebo77 on January 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Well, dog catcher in Wasilla maybe a good bet for her.

rubberneck on January 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Then it’s our loss.

Meanwhile, the dogs of Wasilla will have a well-organized, well-funded , yet-still-under-budget facility run by someone who cares enough to inspire them to be the best dogs they’ve ever been.

You know, maybe you’ve hit on something; dogs don’t get their opinions from newspapers and other trolls. The dogs would like Sarah for what she’s done and said, not dislike her for what she hasn’t done or what someone else said about her.

rwenger43 on January 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM

No she’s siding with the crony lobbyist insider dogs now. The jig is up.

rubberneck on January 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Why does Palin sound even more dumb than usual in this clip? And what’s with her crass “panties in a wad” line? Is she some kind of truck driver? Or, maybe she’s auditioning for a Jerry Spring-style show host job? She does herself no favors when she uses this kind of language. She’s just reinforcing the “incompetent clownish trash” view of her that many people already have.

Palin was already a joke when she ran with McCain, and she just continues to get worse, sadly.

Can anyone imagine this buffoon as Vice President? What. A. Joke.

It’s no wonder a large portion of Republicans can’t stand the woman.

bluegill on January 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Wow, the Mittbots don’t like Palin.

And, in other news: Fish swim.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

bluegill on January 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Dang bluegill, the night you turned up missing a bunch of us put together a search team to go out and find you.We just got back in. We paged you and paged you and, well we were worried. You okay? One of the other commenter’s had mentioned pulling in a 8 oz bream one evening late, another commenter had said his kid had caught seven or was it eight, but had thrown them back. I even put some bread balls on a hook just yesterday to see if you would bite. Nothing! It didn’t even occur to me to check over here on this Palin thread, knowing how much you hate her and how much she disturbs you. I never figured you would be here./ Anyhow glad you’re back safe and well, glad you’re back. Oh Mitts latest ad is some weak a$$ tea. He’d better pick it up soon or he’s toast. Oh and thanks for letting me know what you thought about my review of Mitts other ads, yeah I know I spent a good bit of time on it for ya. No worries.

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

P.S.

Oh, and you Palin haters, both people and fish alike are still funny. Rent free! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahhhahahhahahhahhahahahhahahhhahhahahaahaahhahahahha

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Having fun, yet? : )

listens2glenn on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

The defense fund was shut down once it became the target of further ethics complaints. – steebo77 on January 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

How about a link to something with more authority than you just saying it was done.

SC.Charlie on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

listens2glenn on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

; )

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

How about a link to something with more authority than you just saying it was done.

SC.Charlie on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

On a related topic, thanks for the link that showed that all those complaints against Mrs Palin had been fully investigated and dropped–but it would hold more credibility if the link weren’t from an article that appeared before she even resigned.

Got one more recent that discusses the charges that were still in place when she left office?

My assertion that many charges were dropped after she left office is due to common ethics practice in government–Ethics Boards don’t bother investigating private citizens anywhere in the country. My governor, for instance, used to be an Assemblyman with a truckload of Ethics complaints–until he resigned, waited a couple years then ran for Governor. Now that he is an elected official again he is starting a new batch. My guess is that the world will never know whether or not he is guilty of anything. Political opponents who want to obstruct outside of normal legislative due process are enemies of the American system of government. I think even Hamilton, who is as much the architect of American prosperity as Jefferson is the architect of Liberty, indulged in a little crony capitalism of a reasonable nature.

rwenger43 on January 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

How about a link to something with more authority than you just saying it was done.

SC.Charlie on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I’m not great at links, but do a search of Sarah Palin+defense fund and you’ll see that it was shut down.

from Reuters one example:

(Reuters) – A legal defense fund for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was illegal and must repay nearly $400,000 to donors, according to a settlement with a state-appointed lawyer announced on Thursday.

unaffiliated on January 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

No one has embarrassed the Republican party more in the last few years than Sarah Palin.

bluegill on January 24, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Rent free!

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Exactly.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

No one has embarrassed the Republican party more in the last few years than Sarah Palin.

bluegill on January 24, 2012 at 8:16 PM

The Republican Party truly deserves to be embarrassed these days, and Sarah Palin deserves a big thumbs-up every time she does it.

Aitch748 on January 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

How about a link to something with more authority than you just saying it was done.

SC.Charlie on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The fund was deemed unethical/illegal due to one word, “Official”. Official was used to distinguish it from several other funds started up by supporters around the Country. But, the “investigator” (that had ties to the Obama campaign) determined that the word “Official” conveyed that the State of Alaska had sanctioned the defense fund. Btw, some of the same people that advised and worked to set the Bill Clinton, John Kerry and others defense funds worked to set up Sarah Palin’s…

Gohawgs on January 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM

rwenger43 on January 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Nope, any outstanding charges were investigated and found to be without merit. As were subsequent charges and lawsuits filed after she left office and within the “window” to do so…

Gohawgs on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Gohawgs on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

OT: WPS

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Gingrich isn’t as charismatic a populist as Palin,

They are both hated, and I mean hated, by a majority of Americans.

Whether deserved or not is another discussion, but they are both hated. Those in the blog bubble don’t have a clue, but there is a long list of things they have no clue about.

Moesart on January 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM

No one has embarrassed the Republican party more in the last few years than sarah Palin.

bluegill 8:16 PM

Republican: either that word doesn’t mean what you think it does, or it doesn’t mean what I think it does.

rwenger43 on January 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Right back atchya…

Gohawgs on January 25, 2012 at 1:19 AM

they are both hated. Those in the blog bubble don’t have a clue,

Thanks for admitting your own stance.

I doubt that those outside from the internet news (internet providing access to all MSM) and the many people who are not being East Coast residents even know who Christie is, or might confuse the names of Christie and Crist. Ex: if Jay Leno did a Jaywalk asking people on the street, go figure.

To be fair, I’d agree with your point. Most people refuse to do more research than “find” the news from their favorite source that feeds preconceptions. Few bother researching, let alone researching from contrasting original sources. Most buy whole cloth hype. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that most people “hate” either Palin or Christie — that word “hate” is too frequently used, and even too frequently felt these days. Dislike is better formatted in this case, as most people do not personally know or have direct dealings with either Palin or Christie. And until SNL chooses to take on Christie as their weekly mascot for skit themes, he won’t gain the national recognition that Palin was afforded (at her own personal expense, given the derogatory nature from the media messaging). The more those outside of New Jersey learn about New Jersey and Christie, the less confidence he garners except from those who go to dog fights.

And there it is, Christie and Newt have personality conflicts, too much alike, both requiring being the most obnoxious in order to “win”. Maybe New Jersey needs Christie, but to impose Christie on other states would not go well for any concerned.

Voters who think that the most offensive bully has the VOTER’S best interest at heart are suckers, as if the bully would never pick on the compliant voter. Supporting Newt because Newt bites does not take into consideration that Newt will bite any hand, including the hand that votes for him, if that hand attempts to hold Newt accountable for his own innately “grandiose” deceits.

maverick muse on January 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM

maverick muse on January 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Your attempt to portray Newt as the bully is hilarious.

In case it is your memory that is failing rather than your honesty, try to recall whether it was Romney or Gingrich who first went negative.

Fighting back is not ‘bullying.’ People who think it is are worse than the bullies.

fadetogray on January 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong but I haven’t heard Sarah say unequivocally that she would not reconsider a run for the presidency. She seems to mince her words very carefully when asked if she would reconsider. My take, some of which may of course be wishful thinking, is that she would get into the race if the true conservative message gets lost in the debate or there is no true conservative voice left in the race.

Right now the media is trying to foster a battle between the candidates so that the anti-Obama conservative message is lost in the shuffle. The candidates, especially Romney and Gingrich are falling into the media’s trap by continually focusing on each other’s flaws and agreeing to answer the media’s line of questioning about social or comparatively minor issues rather than keeping it focused on exposing Obama for what he really is, and for what he is doing that will result in destruction of the economic infrastructure of this country.

We desperately need a candidate that is charismatic and can communicate the true conservative message consistently with conviction as well as expose Obama as the radical he really is. Right now she is one of a very few who can fulfill that role.

JimGeb on January 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

JimGeb on January 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

For several years now I have believed that Sarah is the ablest spokesperson for our side and that she would bring abilities and alliances to the job of President that we particularly need right now.

But a huge part of her gaining the opportunity to become the President is achieved by going through the process.

It doesn’t matter how capable a few of us think she is if she cannot go through the months-long slog that changes the opinion of the additional 20-30% of the voters it would take to elect her. No matter how charismatic, she cannot change voters’ minds without help, and I’m not talking about help from us who are the truly dedicated.

I think that the only way Sarah gets elected President is if she preaches simple, positive, common sense every day on the trail and slowly converts the John King, Jake Tapper-types who still practice journalistic integrity and who must take her seriously just in case she wins. Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Gwen Ifill, and David Letterman can all be influenced to tone down their shrillness if they know their prejudice will be exposed for what it is by comparing their behavior to that of journalists who are not so far in the tank for Obama that they cannot prepare for the pendulum swing.

(Okay, Tingles and Letterman will never tone it down, but their idiocy can be exposed by the others’ professionalism.)

Even that is not a given, but I think the only way 20-30% of voters change their mind about Sarah is if the media takes her more seriously and; the only way they do that is if she garners the respect it takes by becoming the actual nominee as a result of going through the process. By having earned the nomination, she would be taken seriously; and by being the first woman to have done so would make her even more so.

Many voters will remain scoffers so long as there is no mainstream voice taking her seriously. But people can have their minds changed when just a few instrumental people change their tune. But it will never happen if she is crowned the way President Downgrade was.

rwenger43 on January 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM

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