Palin: These cannibals in the GOP establishment are employing leftist tactics

posted at 8:25 pm on January 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

This should have been Gingrich’s message at the debate last night. Like I said in the preview thread, I thought it would be. He got a second look in South Carolina by venting resentment at Elites on the left (in the persons of Juan Williams and John King), so why not try for a third look in Florida by venting at Elites on the right in the persons of Ann Coulter and Matt Drudge, etc? Newt’s not an appealing enough candidate in his own right to overcome all of Romney’s money, organization, and Beltway support. I think he thinks he is — this is why he lets it all hang out on lunar bases, for example — but on the merits he’s probably a 25 percent candidate. The obvious way to build on that is to reframe the campaign as a grand expression of populist grievance against a diabolical machine. He made that point well enough yesterday while out on the stump, but when it came time for the big debate, … nothing. Probably too late now, but Palin’s going to do her best to drag him across the finish line:

But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties’ operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans “bitterly clinging” to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the “wisdom” of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 that didn’t win. Well, here’s a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.

I spoke up before the South Carolina primary to urge voters there to keep this primary going because I have great concern about the GOP establishment trying to anoint a candidate without the blessing of the grassroots and all the needed energy and resources we as commonsense constitutional conservatives could bring to the general election in order to defeat President Obama. Now, I respect Governor Romney and his success. But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now. That is why this primary should not be rushed to an end. We need to vet this. Pundits in the Beltway are gleefully proclaiming that this primary race is over after Florida, despite 46 states still not having chimed in. Well, perhaps it’s possible that it will come to a speedy end in just four days; but with these questions left unanswered, it will not have come to a satisfactory conclusion. Without this necessary vetting process, the unanswered question of Governor Romney’s conservative bona fides and the unanswered and false attacks on Newt Gingrich will hang in the air to demoralize many in the electorate. The Tea Party grassroots will certainly feel disenfranchised and disenchanted with the perceived orchestrated outcome from self-proclaimed movers and shakers trying to sew this all up. And, trust me, during the general election, Governor Romney’s statements and record in the private sector will be relentlessly parsed over by the opposition in excruciating detail to frighten off swing voters. This is why we need a fair primary that is not prematurely cut short by the GOP establishment using Alinsky tactics to kneecap Governor Romney’s chief rival.

As I said in my speech in Iowa last September, the challenge of this election is not simply to replace President Obama. The real challenge is who and what we will replace him with. It’s not enough to just change up the uniform. If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country. We truly need sudden and relentless reform in Washington to defend our republic, though it’s becoming clearer that the old guard wants anything but that. That is why we should all be concerned by the tactics employed by the establishment this week. We will not save our country by becoming like the left. And I question whether the GOP establishment would ever employ the same harsh tactics they used on Newt against Obama. I didn’t see it in 2008. Many of these same characters sat on their thumbs in ‘08 and let Obama escape unvetted. Oddly, they’re now using every available microscope and endoscope – along with rewriting history – in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own party’s primary. So, one must ask, who are they really running against?

Somewhere Philip Klein is marveling at the irony of Newt being the victim of Alinsky tactics. Follow the link up top for the full piece, including a summary of yesterday’s back and forth on Newt and Reagan. This is smart politics from Palin by any measure: Gingrich has fallen far enough behind Romney in Florida that no one expects a comeback now, especially after last night’s debate washout. If he does come back, she’ll get tons of credit for making this last-minute pitch for him. If he doesn’t, no one will blame her for not being able to work an eleventh-hour miracle. Meanwhile, this sets her up perfectly for her big CPAC speech a few weeks from now and then for the rest of the campaign as a populist foil for Romney if he’s the nominee. In theory Gingrich should play that role as the vanquished opponent, but Palin’s a much bigger draw and seems more willing than even Newt is to treat the race as a pure “establishment versus grassroots” death struggle. Imagine how eager the media will be to hear from her during the general when, not if, Romney starts to inch back towards the center to try to capture independents from Obama.

One question, though. Is it true that tea partiers will “certainly feel disenfranchised and disenchanted” if Romney’s establishment pals help him wrap this up early? I posted this Fox News data set the other day but let me post it again here:

Because tea partiers are the fiercest opponents on the right to a second Obama term, they’re also — so far — more willing than mainstream Republicans to hold their noses and vote for a candidate they don’t prefer. That could change as disgust with Romney grows, but watching the party’s nominee come under withering fire from the White House will work wonders, I bet, in grudgingly reconciling them to voting for Mitt. The only defense Romney’s gotten from the right through the entire primary thus far was when Gingrich started attacking him from the left on Bain. Imagine six months of that ramped up a thousandfold as part of the Democrats’ class-warfare strategy. It’ll be hard to look the other way.

On the other hand, the more this race transforms from “Gingrich vs. Romney” into “tea partiers vs. establishment,” the more bitter it’ll get and the deeper the schism inside the party will be in the fall. The irony of these primaries turning so hot is that Newt vs. Mitt is a match-up that leaves so many conservatives cold. On Twitter tonight, in fact, the boss emeritus is gently chiding Palin to remember that it’s not just Romney-bot “cannibals” who have been criticizing Gingrich. And when asked for comment about the race by the AP, Tea Party Patriots chief Mark Meckler said this:

It’s unclear whether the anti-Gingrich push is driving a new wedge between establishment Republicans and anti-establishment insurgents such as the tea partyers.

“We don’t like the Republican establishment anyway,” said Mark Meckler, a Californian and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots. He said tea partyers are heavily focused on state and local races, and are wary of getting drawn into the presidential quarrels.

After all, Meckler said, “it’s not as though Newt Gingrich hasn’t been part of the Republican establishment.”

Meckler seems to see the race as essentially a Hobson’s choice. Palin sort of does too when she says Newt is an “imperfect vessel” for tea-party support, but by casting Gingrich as the newest victim of lying gutless insiders, she’s necessarily framing his candidacy as a vehicle for true conservatives to slay the RINO establishment dragon. In fact, she’s right on the cusp of claiming that Romney’s nomination will be illegitimate if he wraps this up on Tuesday aided by the ferocious media criticism of Gingrich (“it will not have come to a satisfactory conclusion”). If that’s the prevailing view among tea partiers, that Mitt cheated by being the beneficiary of Beltway collusion, that lingering bitterness will be a problem for him in the fall. Which would be ironic, since some sizable chunk of the people who are attacking Newt are doing it only because they’re terrified that he can’t beat Obama.


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STOP SHOVING YOUR NOSE INTO OUR POLITICS, YOU REALITY TV SHOW QUEEN!!!!!11!1

Just kidding. I agree with her completely.

Aitch748 on January 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM

The GOP establishment are employing leftist tactics? Newt has been employing leftist tactics for almost a month now on a daily basis!

Roymunson on January 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Newt lost me last night by attacking from the left.

MikeZero on January 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Won’t need any bread balls for this one.

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

No one knows cannibalism better than Newt and his attacks on capitalism and Bain from the left.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

CUDA!

idesign on January 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Palin is clueless. The Conservative Entertainment Establishment is circling the wagons around Newt.

They must protect their own. Palin is throwing away what little credibility she had left on a closet Progressive and con man like Newt.

NickDeringer on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

OK mittbotts fire away!

HerneTheHunter on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

This may be shocking for a political neophyte like Palin, but this is what’s called a Presidential primary. They happen every four years.

lowandslow on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Palin: These cannibals in the GOP establishment are is employing leftist tactics

Fixed.

itsnotaboutme on January 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

necessary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNGdhxhiDlk

mAc Chaos on January 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Right On Sarah Palin is telling the truth only a Romneybot could disagree with her analysis. Brilliant, Sarah Palin. Brilliant.

CoolChange80 on January 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

And I question whether the GOP establishment would ever employ the same harsh tactics they used on Newt against Obama.

I didn’t see it in 2008. Many of these same characters sat on their thumbs in ‘08 and let Obama escape unvetted. Oddly, they’re now using every available microscope and endoscope – along with rewriting history – in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own party’s primary.

So, one must ask, who are they really running against?

- Sarah Palin

You were on the ticket, Sarah! It was your job to vet Obama. You and McCain sat on your thumbs and reacted to the limelight like deer in headlights!

And the anti-capitalist, OWS-style Bain attacks were what exactly if not character assassination? Even the people in the documentary have come out to disavow the Michael Moore level propaganda documentary. The class warfare got so bad that in last night’s debate, Newt was talking about his small mouse and Romney’s big elephant.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Willard Alinsky

wheelgun on January 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY . . . . . . another Sarah thread.
How HIGH (# posts) can we go?

Aitch748 on January 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Dittos

listens2glenn on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

When the nation is bankrupt and needs sober fiscal discipline to recover and restore itself, Gingrich is off fantasizing about a Moon Colony.

There’s no money for it, champ.

Thirt years ago, yes. Thirty years from now, yes.

Now, lunatic nonsense.

Palin’s support for this silliness is sad.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

At what point to tactics used by GOP campaigns stop being “leftist tactics” and start just being “GOP tactics”?

e-pirate on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

haner on January 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM,
Desperate Romneybots are going to lose the war.

CoolChange80 on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

on a closet Progressive and con man like Newt.

NickDeringer on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

have some respect for the man who brought a conservative majority to congress for the first time in 40 odd years, shameful rhetoric on your part

golembythehudson on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Palin: These cannibals in the GOP establishment are employing leftist tactics

Get back to me Sarah when you start questioning the OWS, liberal talking points, wealth envy crap that Newt has been spewing for a month.

O.K.?

JPeterman on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Elites on the right in the persons of Ann Coulter and Matt Drudge, etc?

Matt Drudge….please

dmann on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

This may be shocking for a political neophyte like Palin, but this is what’s called a Presidential primary. They happen every four years.

lowandslow on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

You’re clueless….

You must have missed the 2010 election, when the grassroots took on the establishment.

idesign on January 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Best line:

…Now, I respect Governor Romney and his success. But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now.

INC on January 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

RomneyCare was an attack on capitalism from the left but we aren’t supposed to care about that.

Or the fact that ROmney defending himself from Newt’s misguided Bain ads by comparing what he did at Bain to Obama’s takeover of GM and firing people. I’m not sure you want to make Romney the SpokesMan for Capitalism simply b/c he was targeted by some off-base ads by Newt.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

This may be shocking for a political neophyte like Palin, but this is what’s called a Presidential primary. They happen every four years.
lowandslow on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Did I miss something in her quote? I didn’t read any ‘shock’.

listens2glenn on January 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

haner on January 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Dude, how long have you been following politics? Palin was calling Obama out for all kinds things but was promptly told to STFU by the braintrusts running McCain’s campaign.

Kataklysmic on January 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Same woman who just last week said that tough vetting is good, and that iron sharpens iron and steel sharpens steel.

Then called out Romney on his 100K jobs claim (non-issue), crony-capitalism at Bain (non-issue) and his tax returns (non-issue).

swamp_yankee on January 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I hate the word “grassroots”.

Just say conservatives. Don’t call them grassroots conservatives.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

NickDeringer on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Now this is just a stupid comment on your part.

HerneTheHunter on January 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

MikeZero on January 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

but it was okay when mittens did it??

chasdal on January 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

This is completely ridiculous. It is as if Gingrich has no flaws, if we were to listen to those who purport to speak for conservatism.

The attacks on Gingrich “completely dishonest?” Right. No shred of truth.

“Alinksy” like? Right, I wonder if Palin has read Rules for Radicals, it is short book, she should get a copy on the kindle.

I loved Sarah Palin but when endorsing your candidate, stay above board. At least have the guts to recognize that Mittens and Gingrich have engaged in ugly falsity. The difference, Romney’s PAC went after Gingrich, while Gingrich himself stated falsity.

But whatever, Romney and his Rombots do no know anything and we are all apart of the establishment and truly do no understand conservatism.

The relevancy of Palin is fading. Rush’s defense of Romney 2008 is all but forgotten to the heaps of history.

ConservativeLaw on January 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Well she’s right and Newt got at least one vote today in the FL primary. Romney and the GOP establishment must not be getting a good feeling from flash polling. Interestingly enough I got polled right after I left the early poll site, and I don’t even have a cell with a FL area code but that area code has already voted so I must have been targeted. LOL, Pretty strange

whbates on January 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Meckler does not speak for most Tea Party people.

NoNails on January 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Sarah has gone off the rails.

Priscilla on January 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Sarah, please make your full-throated endorsement of Newt ASAP so we can go ahead and move on to the general election.

ak90049 on January 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Just exactly what in the hell would Sarah Palin call Gingrich’s attacks on Romney’s income and the work of Bain Capital if not “Alinsky” attacks? If she wants to support Newt, fine. But this is a dishonest attack BY PALIN, and makes me all the more happy that Newt is cratering.

Rational Thought on January 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I disagree with the theory Gingrich only won SC b/c he dissed the media. He won b/c he’s perceived as a conservative by a lot of people despite some flaws. At least more conservative than Romney. Romney couldn’t eben list one conservative accomplishment and he had to mumble something about family which I assumed was a swipe at Newt on the adultery thing.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

She nails it, as usual. The GOP’s elite snakes have earned a good a&& beating. Hopefully, Palin tags in to administer it.

james23 on January 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Yes, like attacking capitalism and investing private equity in private companies that create jobs and all that.

ray on January 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Just say conservatives. Don’t call them grassroots conservatives.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Not all conservatives are willing to get their hands dirty – i.e., attend a protest, lit drop, fundraise, etc.

I wish every conservative would.

beatcanvas on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Palin is throwing away what little credibility she had left on a closet Progressive and con man like Newt.

NickDeringer on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Yeah. Because Mittens is the epitome of conservatism. Whatever Newt’s faults, he’s actually done some conservative things in office. Mittens, not so much.

That said, I’m pretty “meh” about both of them. I can’t believe I’m actually taking a second look at Santorum.

Walter Sobchak on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

The GOP Establishment eating its own. Quite the nauseating sight. And yet, once our candidate has been chosen, they will chide us to keep it above the belt in going after JugEars.

minnesoter on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

NickDeringer on January 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Now this is just a stupid comment on your part.

HerneTheHunter on January 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

It’s always a stupid comment on his part.

NoNails on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

When the nation is bankrupt and needs sober fiscal discipline to recover and restore itself, Gingrich is off fantasizing about a Moon Colony.

There’s no money for it, champ.

what Newt was talking about has absolutely nothing to do with govt, he referenced enabling the private sector to take the lead with space exploration, he stated that he would take 10 percent of NASA’s budget and use it as prize money, much like the first person to fly over the atlantic, or the X prize which enabled the first private space plane(scaled composites) to go into sub-orbit, or the CcDEV contract that NASA has with spaceX which enabled them to become the first private company to go into space and land a capsule back on earth safely, this has been a intentional smear on hotair for the past few days, and at this point, i believe that people know this, but are lying to score cheap political points.

golembythehudson on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I don’t see how Palin helps herself by coming out for Romney. That would just make everybody hate her. She’ll never get support by most of our pundits and the political consultants that influence GOP elections.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Yes, just like Newt did when he attacked the Tea Party candidate in the NY race.

ray on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties’ operatives with a complicit media egging it on.

What a joke! It’s the Tea Party that instantly tags somebody as a RINO if they do or say something that Tea Partiers don’t like. Give me a break. Again, all these folks were bragging about what a “fighter” Newty is last week when he was having his moment. Suddenly they’re all afraid of a fight and instead want to truly adopt the Left’s “I am victim” argument.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I think Palin, Rush and Levin are using leftist tactics by claiming that anyone who is supporting Romney is being duped by the establishment. Hell, Rush and Levin supported Romney themselves in 2008 until McCain got the nomination. Back then they said McCain was the establishment candidate. Now I am a tool of the establishment for supporting Romney? They are the ones that changed their mind from 2008, not me.

echosyst on January 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Sarah Palin sure gets the Mittwits all wee weed up…LOL

Rent free!

idesign on January 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

haner on January 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Dude, how long have you been following politics? Palin was calling Obama out for all kinds things but was promptly told to STFU by the braintrusts running McCain’s campaign.

Kataklysmic on January 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

And there’s a guy here by the username of Southernblogger who to this day keeps berating her for saying Obama had “palled around with terrorists”.

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Allah,

I don’t know. The facebook post reads to me as her laying down markers for her to possibly get back in the race. She doesn’t diss anyone not even Mitt. she doesn’t attack them personally. she attacks the “establishment” she gives salutes to Paul and Rick. she claims Newt is not perfect but the lesser of two evils who is being destoryed by “the establishment” almost calling the gop elites a bunch of scoialists. The facebook post reads almost like a declaration of independence to the gop establishment.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

She’s still my Queen, and she is right about the establishment, and she is correct in telling the party to not give Paul the cold shoulder…I wish she would give Santy some more prompts.

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

What was Palin doing just last week? Attacking other Republicans, including remarks like “panties in a wad.” Look who’s bunched up now, talking like a rookie.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Damn, that Saul Alinsky really gets around…

sauldalinsky on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I disagree with the theory Gingrich only won SC b/c he dissed the media. He won b/c he’s perceived as a conservative by a lot of people despite some flaws

Well Mitt was ahead in the polls in SC until the debates remember? Newt won because he yelled at John King, even though his answer was later found to be false.

echosyst on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Not all conservatives are willing to get their hands dirty – i.e., attend a protest, lit drop, fundraise, etc.

I wish every conservative would.

beatcanvas on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Is that was grassroots means? An activist type?

I’m making conservative case on internet comment boards. Is that grassroots or not willing to get hands dirty?

I like talking politics but I could never get excited about fundraising or distributing campaign propaganda for a polician I’m probably not goign to like once they get elected. :)

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The GOP Establishment eating its own. Quite the nauseating sight. And yet, once our candidate has been chosen, they will chide us to keep it above the belt in going after JugEars.

minnesoter on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Yes, Gingrich is an irredeemable swine, but Obama is just in over his head. /

Aitch748 on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Wait.

So Gingrich attacks Romney from the left, yet its Gingrich’s opponents and critics who are using leftist tactics?

Ms Palin, again, I respect you, but this idea is clearly at odds with reality. Besides that, why are you trying so hard to push Gingrich? I know he talks the talk better, but he’s held many of the same views that makes Romney a, “dirty stinking liberal,” and in a few areas he’s markedly worse!

He is NOT a Tea Party candidate, please stop trying to USE the tea party as a political tool, thank you.

WolvenOne on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

You Newt people should go and start a new political party. The country is crying out for a new anti-capitalist, pro-amnesty, pro-freddie mac, era of Reagan is over kinda party.

Buddahpundit on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I must admit, I can’t stand Romney. He just comes off as flakey and fake as they come.

But with that being said, Palin(who I somehow wish was still in the race now. Not sure how that ever EVER could have been possible)is a blind idiot if she’s really gonna stand behind Newt here, much less with this narrative that’s she’s trying to convey. She’s putting her already slim credibility with the larger American electorate by putting her mouth and a*s on the line tying herself to him.

Leftists attacks?! Are you deaf, blind, or dumb right now Sarah? That’s been Newt’s whole playbook and this diminishes some of that growing respect and desire for you in public office that I had been somehow slowly cultivating.

Idiot. How dare you? How effing dare you sit there and claim to be some great grassroots-er, then shill Newt Gingrich to the peon ACTUAL grassroots folks?

Why don’t you choose a better candidate to back, even of they have no hope, or condemn them all as the cesspool leavings that they are, loopy c*nt. THAT would be honesty.

You’re misleading folks Sarah. And trying to talk them into backing someone who doesn’t deserve their support any more than Mitt.

Genuine on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Vetting of Romney = Healthy.

Vetting of Newt = Alinsky Tactics.

swamp_yankee on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

This is exactly why, if it had come down to Palin vs Romney, Palin would be running away with this thing, regardless of any Team Romney sewer tactics. The Mittbots know it. That’s why she’s really The Worst Person in The World. I think the slime tactis was why she didn’t run. She knew her family would be Romney and his Mittbots’ target number one.

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Palin: These cannibals in the GOP establishment are is employing leftist tactics.

Fixed.
itsnotaboutme on January 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I didn’t used to believe Sarah was a part of the Republican Establishment.
However, due to your educational and enlightening post, I have changed my mi- . . . . . . AW, WHO AM I KIDDING? ! ! ! !

You’ve got the only one who thinks Sarah Palin is part of, or working at the behest of the Republican Establishment.

listens2glenn on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Some of you people are friggin’ morons. Palin isn’t endorsing Newt for the nomination, she is trying to turn the primaries into, you know, primaries. The only way to do that is to postpone the coronation a while. Put away your hate, then read and listen.

pugwriter on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I think grassroots conservative is used by some moderate and liberal pundits as an insult. Basically means nutty or stupid, fomaing at the mouth.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Palin: These cannibals in the GOP establishment are employing leftist tactics

Crucifying poor Christ-like Jesus Newty and now they are cannibals eating him? My word! Sarah is getting absolutely hysterical and doubling down on it. She is employing leftist tactics by the demijohn. Is she drinking?

VorDaj on January 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Palin/Mike Lee 2012

wheelgun on January 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Sarah Palin sure gets the Mittwits all wee weed up…LOL

Rent free!

idesign on January 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

She’s the one flailing about, whining about how mean the mysterious “establishment” is. I thought she was a fighter? I thought Newty was a “fighter.” That sure didn’t last long, did it? You wanted a fight, you got one. Can you handle it? Or do you need Mommy to come do your fighting for you? Sarah is wee weed up because her and Todd’s endorsement didn’t carry Newt for a week.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Thanks so much Sarah for insulting those of us who do not support Newt Gingrich’s candidacy.

I’ve supported Romney since 2007 and I don’t recall you pissing and moaning about the “GOP establishment” when you and Senator McCain were elected over my candidate.

You’re certainly doing Gingrich no favors by offending half your audience.

The Ugly American on January 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Dude, how long have you been following politics? Palin was calling Obama out for all kinds things but was promptly told to STFU by the braintrusts running McCain’s campaign.

Kataklysmic on January 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

And she promptly STFU’d. Why isn’t she running this year to take on Obama? Why isn’t she the grassroots candidate?

It’s so easy and cheap to opine on Foxnews and being paid handsomely for it. You don’t actually have to have a voting record or be put in a difficult policy position.

Bottomline, she should have ran this year. Now she is trying to foist upon us a Freddie Mac Historian as the Tea Party torchbearer. No thanks.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

The facebook post reads almost like a declaration of independence to the gop establishment.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

There is a ready made audience in waiting for that declaration.

james23 on January 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

She’s absolutely right, as usual.

Yo, Mitt! Go home and get your shinebox!

Naturally Curly on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Vetting of Romney = Healthy.

Vetting of Newt = Alinsky Tactics.

swamp_yankee on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Examination of Newt’s Freddie Mac ties = vetting.
Examination of what exactly Mitt Romney’s business career consisted of in detail = class warfare.

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Romney doesn’t seem to get vetted. He gets the teacher’s pet treatment in my view. Never seen a politician so coddled since Obama. :)

He needs to start being a man and stop hiding behind other groups when he wants to lie about other candidates.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

In theory Gingrich should play that role as the vanquished opponent, but Palin’s a much bigger draw and seems more willing than even Newt is to treat the race as a pure “establishment versus grassroots” death struggle.

Shame she isn’t in this. She would be running away with the nom easily. Newt and Romney are so flawed, they will be crushed by Obama’s media shills.

rightConcept on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Amen.

predator on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Imagine how eager the media will be to hear from her during the general when, not if, Romney starts to inch back towards the center to try to capture independents from Obama.

The Romney campaign should PAY Palin to criticize Mitt.

Go RBNY on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

This makes me angry if you can’t tell.

Dumbest line of attack ever, and blatant pandering to what the base WANTS to hear rather than what is true, honest, and forthright about our situation. That we’re f*cked, and Newt/Mitt, they’re only gonna ruin us and put us right back in the minority. What the h*ll is she thinking?

Genuine on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

What was Palin doing just last week? Attacking other Republicans, including remarks like “panties in a wad.” Look who’s bunched up now, talking like a rookie.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

you beat me to it…also, it wasn’t Alinsky tactics to attack Romney from the left, see the whole ‘vulture capitalist’ nonsense…

jimver on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Vetting of Romney = Healthy.

Vetting of Newt = Alinsky Tactics.

swamp_yankee on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

That is a perfect summary of Palin’s post. What the hell is wrong with her??!!

Rational Thought on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

13,000 people on the moon, Sarah. Thirteen thousand.

carl todd hand on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

This is exactly why, if it had come down to Palin vs Romney, Palin would be running away with this thing, regardless of any Team Romney sewer tactics. The Mittbots know it. That’s why she’s really The Worst Person in The World. I think the slime tactis was why she didn’t run. She knew her family would be Romney and his Mittbots’ target number one.

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

One of them is running, the other one is sitting home updating her Facebook page. Wow.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Allah, another great post. As a TP guy myself, I am not to smitten with the establishment types. In my eyes for one reason or another they are a large part of why we find ourselves at this crossroad. That said being from Ga I know far to much about Newt to truly support him as a nominee, strictly based on my TP perspective. Romney is even farther away from my desire’s in regard to a nominee. I do feel disenfranchised and slighted by the Republic Party. The reality is that there is no other place to go. My bottom line on the situation at hand is; We must remove 0 at almost any cost. The establishment issue is one that we can take more time overcoming or at least equalizing. First 0, then establishment. Definitely both. Both in the appropriate time contraints placed upon us. Horse cart, cart horse.

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I scoff, smirk, sneer when I see somebody say Palin offends Romney supporters who like her too. I don’t see much overlap there.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Well Mitt was ahead in the polls in SC until the debates remember? Newt won because he yelled at John King, even though his answer was later found to be false.

echosyst on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

No, dummy. Newt won because he’s NOT MITT FRIGGIN’ ROMNEY.

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Enough with the Palin spam already.

You-Eh-Vee on January 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Gingrich is dirty and cannot be trusted – this not an attack, it is a simple statement of fact. Palin is doing her best to make Gingrich into something he is not. I am greatly saddened by the fact that Palin has abandoned her fight for conservative values by aligning with Gingrich.

Pork-Chop on January 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Examination of Newt’s Freddie Mac ties = vetting.
Examination of what exactly Mitt Romney’s business career consisted of in detail = class warfare.

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Freddie Mac “ties”? Nice euphemism. Out here in the world we call it lobbying. The examination was into his lies about the lobbying. And they were found to be…well, actual lies.

Rational Thought on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I’ve been told that Gov Palin is scheduled for 2 interviews on FOX and FBN respectively Saturday night.

After this absolute BROADSIDE at the GOPe of a FB post, I wonder whether FOX might cancel her….. whether it is within their power to do so

if there is videotape spreading virally online of her speaking like this … basically issuing a declaration of war against the GOPe on behalf of the fed-up Conservative/TP Base …. they may be too fearful to give her a FOX platform to speak

One can see from this FB post that there is ONLY.ONE. Leader who will be able to UNIFY a RAGING Conservative Base against the LSM-protected DEM ticket

I believe FortWasilla really does intend to wrest power of the GOP from The Ruling Class, so that SRR can rescue and restore America

OR

there is Plan B

It will be one or the other.

This woman is not gonna sit by and let her beloved America go down without giving all she’s got, to the fight to save America.

…. and please don’t say to me, “well why isn’t she running in the GOP Primary then?” … if you can’t see the answer yet … we’ll have to wait and watch events play out ….. CPAC will be …

T H U N D E R O U S

*__*

exodus2011 on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I kind of disagree we must remove Obama at any cost if Romney’s not going to be any better. We are setting the precendent for very liberal candidates like Romney to regularly win our nominee based out of fear of losing to the Democrat candidate. If you start letting fear rule all of your decisions, this is the kind of thing that happens. Nobody can prove Romney is more electable than anybody else. It’s all speculation.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I think she went ahead and wrote this because of

–the way the GOP establishment has consistently treated the base

–the way South Carolinians have been insulted this past week

–the hit job on Newt and Reagan

INC on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Sarah stick with your strenght; how about some travel tips on Alaska, where to fish, good helicopter charters, best fence companies. Your 15 minutes were up a long time ago!

dmann on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

One of them is running, the other one is sitting home updating her Facebook page. Wow.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Yeah, one of them is running and having problems with a baggage-laden from Speaker.

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I like Palin but the truth is that Newt and Romney are so bad that the only responsible choice at this point is between Ron Paul and Santorum. If people don’t like them then we need somebody else, maybe Palin. I’m still game for Palin/Paul or Paul/DeMint, though her support of Newt is disconcerting, I admit.

FloatingRock on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

This should have been Gingrich’s message at the debate last night.

Newt appeared to take personally the all-day attacks from all over and wasted his airtime swinging at gnats.

On top of that, he acted as if he had fallen for his own pork politics and actually believed his own moon talk.

kunegetikos on January 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

The Romney campaign should PAY Palin to criticize Mitt.

Go RBNY on January 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

They won’t because they realize that she still has influence. And they’ll need those supporters to beat The Won. His weakness is with the base. She is popular with the base, whether anyone wants to admit it or not.

If anything, they would be wise to try to find a way to curry her favor.

predator on January 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Romney offends real conservatives every day-so you can have your squishy unprincipled “moderate” and watch as he and your other compromising pals in Congress-Boehner and Mcconnell help Obama destroy this country.This lifelong Conservative Republican activist (for over 40 years) will not cast my vote to help destroy this nation.And don’t even try to blame me and other conservatives for helping to re-elect Obama.You give us Romney we give you nothing!

redware on January 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Gingrich/Palin 2012!

May they sink together further into irrelevance, not that Gingrich wasn’t already irrelevant prior to his presidential campaign.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

*former Speaker

ddrintn on January 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

What was Palin doing just last week? Attacking other Republicans, including remarks like “panties in a wad.” Look who’s bunched up now, talking like a rookie.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

When she posts video that’s doctored to make it look like Mitt is dissing Reagan, get back to me. Because it’s pretty apparent that’s what she’s referring to.

Oh, wait. She wouldn’t have to doctor any video, because Mittens actually did diss Reagan and left the party when he was nominated.

Such a towering bastion of conservatism, that Mittens. I mean, NOTHING says “I’m a conservative” like leaving the party because you were embarrased that Ronald Reagan was it’s nominee.

Walter Sobchak on January 27, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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