Sarah Palin: Establishment is trying to “crucify” Newt Gingrich

posted at 2:20 pm on January 27, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In an interview with Fox Business Network’s John Stossel yesterday, Sarah Palin said the establishment is trying to “crucify” Newt Gingrich.

Palin suggests that a double standard exists — that even conservative media members will criticize Gingrich, but ignore the flaws of Mitt Romney.

Palin is far from alone in this opinion. Whatever suspicions conservatives had that much of the media is in the tank for Mitt Romney were confirmed yesterday by Matt Drudge’s multiple-link assault on Newt Gingrich (which, to the detriment of my standing with some HA commenters, I found interesting and compelling enough to post about here). A sampling of the ire that the Drudge attack drew:

“Cherry-picked quotes, biased headlines and hyperlinks to Newt-hating op-eds in order to patch together an ugly and distorted mosaic of the former House speaker is not journalism,” Matt Barber, a blogger, wrote in a post titled “The Drudge Distort.” He continued, “It’s mercenary-style political prostitution.”

Another blog post declared Thursday to be “Bloody Thursday the Day the Drudge Report Sold Out.”

The writer said, “I have read the Drudge Report daily ever since he broke the Lewinsky story. I have NEVER seen him attack anyone with the volume of coverage and with the venom that he has attacked this Gingrich fellow.”

The blog post concluded, “On this Thursday, this quite bloody Thursday, I can only say, et tu Matt.” …

Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show on Thursday, also took note of the headlines, calling it a “coordinated” effort to smear Mr. Gingrich.

“Now, when I saw all it is stuff — and obviously it’s a coordinated document dump here, opposition research dump. It’s obviously coordinated,” said Mr. Limbaugh, who has not been a fan of Mr. Romney’s in the past.

On this subject, I’d like to offer this disclaimer: I know I’ve written more negative posts about Newt Gingrich than about Mitt Romney — but I’ve done it because I assumed the flaws in Romney’s record were more well-known — at least to my generation. We weren’t old enough to be attuned to politics during Gingrich’s speakership, but we did encounter Romney in the first GOP presidential primary in which we were eligible to vote.

The rest of the primaries promise to be this way — messy and vicious in all directions and with sensitivities also running high in all directions. At such a time, it’s helpful to remember what the end goal is. From my perspective, the end goal is to elect a president who would at least sign an Obamacare repeal bill, who will reduce spending across the board and who will actually move the ball forward on entitlement reform. Everybody probably has a different list of legislative and executive priorities — but there’s also probably a lot of overlap. What’s most important to you in a president?


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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.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

tom on January 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Dude, humor the Mittbots. Sarah just gave their entire team a beatdown.

Tell them about unicorns and fluffy rabbits.

victor82 on January 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Romney should call off his attack chimps. Put them in a cage with jailbait.

SparkPlug on January 27, 2012 at 8:05 PM

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.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

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?

- Sarah Palin

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Bark at the Moon meet Man on the Moon.

ray on January 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

She’s the best isn’t she? “Legend Killer” I call her. I absolutely adore the woman.

HerneTheHunter on January 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM

- Sarah Palin

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I can answer that, Sarah. They’re running against us.

predator on January 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Palin’s facebook post could be seen as a warning shot across the bow. If the old guard establishment tries to cut off debate she might throw her hat into the ring. She will have her reason. Ijn fact one could read the entire facebook post as her reasons. Point by point. for reenetering the race. And she would change the race in a new york minute if she did.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I know I’ve written more negative posts about Newt Gingrich than about Mitt Romney — but I’ve done it because I assumed the flaws in Romney’s record were more well-known

So fix that problem and start writing about Romney’s flaws.

joecollins on January 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM

She’s the best isn’t she? “Legend Killer” I call her. I absolutely adore the woman.

HerneTheHunter on January 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM

she makes all the other candidates look like third string placeholders.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Sarah Palin. Doing what she does best. Whine Eviscerate the hypocritical left and RINOs.

BocaJuniors on January 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

NOW, it’s accurate.

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….

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.

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?

Yep. She’s right on target on the RINOs .

tom on January 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I can answer that, Sarah. They’re running against us.

predator on January 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

the socialists control both parties. The party that Reagan built is dead. the gop has been co-opted.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale. It was unprecedented in GOP primaries. I’ve seen it before – heck, I lived it before – but not in a GOP primary race.

Palin wanted the primary to go on. Did she expect Mitt and those of us who support the only one who has a chance of beating Obama would concede the race to Gingrich?

Palin, and other Gingrich supporters, need to do their homework.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Gingrich bashed Reagan left and right, and now lying Newt is trying to pretend like he and Reagan were besties?

Newt Gingrich is a disgrace.

Reagan himself apparently didn’t even think much of the pompous, erratic Newt Gingrich. Reagan even had the guts to come out and say that Newt’s bad ideas would have crippled our defense program. Good for Reagan!

bluegill on January 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

So you’re going to repeat establishment Republican talking points about Obama, too? I used to watch Gingrich during special orders in the House. No one in his right mind would conclude Gingrich was anti-Reagan. Delivering Republicans from permanent minority in the House was a remarkable achievement, as was getting government’s fiscal house in order.

Nexialist on January 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Mitt will not get my vote. considering NC will be a battleground state with Mitt as the nominee. I guess that means when you all tell me it doesn’t matter you are wrong. The votes for Mitt in MA, Pa, NY those are the votes that do not matter. Mitt will never carry those states.

He needs NC, AL, SC, GA and I doubt he gets them.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I think you are wrong, he can carry MA (and he can help Scott Brown keeps his seat), PA is a hard win for any Rep, but not impossible…

jimver on January 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

DannoJyd on January 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Sorry Danno. The 10th amendment is THE issue. It’s not a side issue, or a curiosity. It’s part of the constitution, and it says precisely that states (like Massachusetts) are ALLOWED to pass laws like MassCare, while the Federal government is not. How is it that so many people can willfully ignore this?

MassCare and ObamaCare could be point-for-point and line-by-line identical and it wouldn’t change the fact that one is permissible and the other is not.

Since you’re so down on MassCare, please tell me precisely what you would have done differently in Romney’s shoes? Would you have stonewalled the legislature (remember, they wanted a government-run, single-payer plan), and then vetoed it, only to have them override the veto? Or would you have done what Romney did and try to do the best possible job you could for the state you governed? Which approach do you think would have done the most good for the State of Massachusetts?

Too many people see headlines like the one you cited from the venerable Michelle Malkin and think, “I can’t support Romney, he probably secretly likes ObamaCare.” The difference is in the 10th amendment, and it’s an issue-defining difference.

(Sorry for the repost, not sure you saw this, since we’ve been inundated by long sarah palin quotes)

Longing4Lincoln on January 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Great point.

Nexialist on January 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Gingrich bashed Reagan left and right, and now lying Newt is trying to pretend like he and Reagan were besties?

Newt Gingrich is a disgrace.

Reagan himself apparently didn’t even think much of the pompous, erratic Newt Gingrich. Reagan even had the guts to come out and say that Newt’s bad ideas would have crippled our defense program. Good for Reagan!

bluegill on January 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

All that has already been debunked by the likes of Jeffry Lord, Mark Levin, Art Laffer, Ed Rollins, et al. They were there.

NoNails on January 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

the socialists control both parties. The party that Reagan built is dead. the gop has been co-opted.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Third party movement on the horizon. But not until after this election. It has to be done right. Bit by bit, precinct by precinct, election by election. Fill down ticket seats. Gradually work to gain enough representative power to claim a legitimate place in the game, and then shoot for the big prize. Could take a number of years, but with patience and perseverance, it can be done.

This has to end.

predator on January 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Palin’s facebook post could be seen as a warning shot across the bow. If the old guard establishment tries to cut off debate she might throw her hat into the ring. She will have her reason. Ijn fact one could read the entire facebook post as her reasons. Point by point. for reenetering the race. And she would change the race in a new york minute if she did. unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I would love to see Palin debate Romney. The importance of education, experience and IQ differential would be apparent in minutes.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

They’re going no need a heavy duty cross to hold Gingrich’s girth.

If he can’t stand the heat, stay off the Moon.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I think you are wrong, he can carry MA (and he can help Scott Brown keeps his seat), PA is a hard win for any Rep, but not impossible…

jimver on January 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

ROFL. MA was the only state that didn’t have any bounce form the wave election of 2010. MA is one of the blueest states in the country. They will never go red. the last time MA voted for the gop was Reagan. And Mitt is antiReagan in every aspect.

Mitt will lose the south as conservatives like me sit home or refuse to vote for Mitt and the black vote carries the states for Obama. Mitt will lose the northeast as the bluecollar dems vote for Obama over their “boss”. nobody likes their “boss” nobody wants their “boss” to get promoted. Obama will run to Mitt’s right just like he did to McCain. PA can’t be won, the northeast can’t be won. Thinking it can is delusional. But what else would one expect form a Mitt support. Tip to you North easterns in the gop. your vote doesn’t matter. And will not until you carry your states for the gop.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

People can’t forgive each other? Weird. That’s not what I’ve been taught.

Fallon on January 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Sure… but Newt didn’t cheat against you, so there’s nothing to forgive. I find it odd when people take it upon themselves (playing God?) to forgive Newt for his adultery. That’s not their role. The only people who should forgive Newt are his exwives and the family members and friends he has hurt along the way.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

haner, you are a good student:-) I remember this discussion before.

Fallon: Yes, as Christians we are commanded to forgive one another.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

The importance of education, experience and IQ differential would be apparent in minutes.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Yeah Palin would clean his clock and make people wonder if all that money they are spending on Havard is worth it.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I would love to see Palin debate Romney. The importance of education, experience and IQ differential would be apparent in minutes.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

the phony won’t know what hit him…

By the way, why did Romney steal Sarah Palin’s Crony Capitalism argument?

idesign on January 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The incessant attacks by those in the punditry we conservatives thought were our friends has totally disgusted me.These aren’t principled conservatives-they are opportunistic establishment elitists simply trying to maintain their sphere of influence.Keep it up morons and watch what conservatives do in November!

redware on January 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Really, how can Sarah Palin rail against Washington cronyism and “attacks from the left” and be supporting Newt? Come on. I don’t know what the hell she is talking about, and I don’t think she knows what the hell she is talking about. I used to be a fan. Now I just want her to go away. She’s like a wife that just wants to fight for the sake of fighting. It gets old very fast.

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

Two, quick, final points. Small is a relative term. Compared to us hoi polloi, they’re small, but I bet they could pack a decent size arena easily enough.

Again, lots are great folks. I just often find myself on the other side of that group-think over the last half century.

Our goals are different. I want smaller government. I believe their primary motivator is power. When we’re on the same side, it’s great. Other times, it’s kind of ugly. Enjoyed the chat.

TitularHead on January 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I enjoyed the chat, too. It’s nice to try to find common ground with someone pleasant for a change.

So my takeaway from all this is what’s been defined as the Republican establishment is a very small subset of the overall GOP electorate and they have electability as their foremost concern for largely selfish reasons. To me that doesn’t make them a whole lot different than the people who supported Huckabee in 08 because abortion was their primary concern. The reasons motivating the establishment are much less admirable but in the examples I listed both groups are at their core just single-issue voters.

Just like you, shrinking the size and scope of the federal government is my primary concern. I’m not going to begrudge any group of voters, be it the establishment or anyone else, for having a different set of beliefs. I’ll question them but I don’t see the point in setting up the adversarial relationship that “defeat the establishment” crowd seems to have. The establishment is small, way too small to pick our nominee on their own, so I’m going to go back to ignoring them the same as I did before. When my guy wins, great. When the guy the establishment supported (and who needed WAY more than just their support to win on account of them being relatively few in number) does then fine, he’ll have my vote in November because he’s still bound to be better than the Democrat.

alchemist19 on January 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

he can carry MA (and he can help Scott Brown keeps his seat), PA is a hard win for any Rep, but not impossible…

jimver on January 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Laughable. He will get killed in MA and will lose PA by at least 10. Five voting conservatives in this PA household will not vote for Romney under ANY set of circumstances. IF the GOP nominates him, they go down with him.

james23 on January 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Palin Facebook post now up…:)

idesign on January 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

new Palin post up

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

The post at AmSpec does not vindicate Newt at all. He basically referred to Reagan as a paper tiger in that his weak policies did not match his rhetoric. He claimed that Reagan was going to fail.

echosyst on January 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Just in case no one replied to you before this: you need to read it again. You missed it.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Newt is nowhere near a tea party candidate. He is no more a tea party candidate than Romney or Santorum. We don’t have a tea party candidate left, unless we go third party, which is becoming a real possibility with this crowd.

ray on January 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Palin’s facebook post could be seen as a warning shot across the bow. If the old guard establishment tries to cut off debate she might throw her hat into the ring. She will have her reason. Ijn fact one could read the entire facebook post as her reasons. Point by point. for reenetering the race. And she would change the race in a new york minute if she did.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

By getting on the ballot in the, what, 13 states where the window isn’t totally closed yet?

alchemist19 on January 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I wrote a blog piece here.

Made it Palinesque, like a Facebook post. Too bad I missed this earlier, been ill. I’ll go back and check the PDS and the cat fights.

ProudPalinFan on January 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Hope you feel better and improve. Will check out your blog piece.
Late getting on this thread tho.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

unseen

Uh oh, time to buy stock in Jergens, folks, there’s about to be a massive increase in sales, lol.

xblade on January 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM

At such a time, it’s helpful to remember what the end goal is. From my perspective, the end goal is to elect a president who would at least sign an Obamacare repeal bill, who will reduce spending across the board and who will actually move the ball forward on entitlement reform.

Too bad no one like that is running.

xblade on January 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

So are you saying every election that does not go YOUR way is because of voter fraud? Okay, Al Gore. ;o)

g2825m on January 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Well if you’re willing to go so far as to believe there’s a big powerful conspiracy that is responsible for everything I’ve been told “the establishment” is responsible for then is voter fraud on that scale really out of the question?

alchemist19 on January 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I’m sure you think the “conspiracy” talk is clever, but the reason people talk about the Republican “establishment” is because those actually in power in the Republican party are far less conservative than the Republican base. The base is fairly conservative, and the rest of the Republican party — the ones in power — are constantly having to sell themselves as conservative in order to get the votes from the base.

So yes, there is a Republican establishment. You can object to the name. I would agree it’s not a great name. Regardless, there is a group of people in the Republican party who push someone like Romney that their own party’s voters don’t like and expect the rest of the party to just fall in line.

The outrage against the Republican establishment is due to the fact that they try to manipulate the rest of the party by various tactics.

You really do have to ask how someone like Romney gets anointed as the ‘FrontRunner’ when most actual voters find him an unappealing, over-smooth, under-principled pretender. He’d be a career politician, except he keeps losing elections.

tom on January 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

For the record, chasdal was a Perry supporter.

Kataklysmic on January 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I would say anyone that posted that vulgar comment was a Gov. Perry hater. Hope the person was banned.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Palin, I’m sure is running out of dough…

Redford on January 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

You know, every once in awhile a post comes up that is just remarkable in it’s stupidity…yours is the one this time.
So you think Palin is “running out of dough”, good grief, she is a multi-millionaire, many times over. Her book alone gave he enough money to live on the rest of her life…she makes tens of thousands of dollars at speaking engagements, and Fox pays her a bundle…my, my, I do not wonder any more how Obama got elected, just look a the mentality of the voting public.
Palin, running out of dough….amazing…

right2bright on January 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Follow the money. She has spent her money like a drunken sailor. And yes her speaking engagements have dried up. That’s a fact. No, I am not her bookkeeper, but her few worshipers continue sending her donations…that she uses for ‘vacations’.

Her contract is up with FOX 1/13..she won’t be renewed. Her unfavorable ratings are in the high 70′s and that’s among Republicans.

She is spewing crazy talk now. Maybe she and Newt will take their show on the road tour. Both of them are opportunists Certainly, Palin knows Newt loses in a landslide. She does read polls. And she knows hers too.

Redford on January 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Palin’s facebook post could be seen as a warning shot across the bow. If the old guard establishment tries to cut off debate she might throw her hat into the ring. She will have her reason. Ijn fact one could read the entire facebook post as her reasons. Point by point. for reenetering the race. And she would change the race in a new york minute if she did.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I believe, I fervently hope, this has been her plan all along. She is the ONLY one “clean” enough of scandal and dirty dealing and smart and honest enough to really sock it to not only the pretenders in the GOP but to the socialist in chief, the big zero we have in office now.

And one more thing. Unseen, if Sarah runs, don’t count the Northeast out. We’re not as blue as you might think. She has brought out big crowds at her rallies here. She is very popular here and if she runs I and many others are prepared to go all out for her. As for the rest, not so much.

Run Sarah Run. I’m looking, hoping for an announcement sometime in mid Feb. Hey, I can wish, I can dream. The country badly needs her and she knows it. I can’t believe she will sit this out and leave it to these seriously flawed remaining candidates. I think she just wanted to let these guys get properly vetted because if she had been a candidate up to now all the heat and fire would have been on her and they would have had a relatively free pass. She’s already been through the fire and been vetted and emerged only stronger and now she knows what she is up against. The day she announces there will be a TON of money sent her way from millions of people. Right now it’s just being saved for that day. Not from the “big” donors but from millions of “little” people.

Run Come See Jerusalem. (credits to Blind Blake)

shmendrick on January 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The two front runners are in Florida. One is pandering to the locals promising multi billion dollar projects which will boost the economy in the area. The other candidate is refusing to pander. He says we can’t afford these lunatic schemes.

Sarah Palin is confused as to which one is the conservative. Oh, BTW, the conservative is also the one who believes we have a responsibility to pay for our own health care.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Redford on January 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Talk about clueless. Could’ve been straight from ole Bobbo himself. Sounds like the left came up with all new lies just in case she showed up. Well it didn’t work last time and it won’t work now, so sorry, you can try harder, but you’ll still lose because you’re just plain wrong. But that’s nothing new.

shmendrick on January 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

“Newt is nowhere near a tea party candidate. He is no more a tea party candidate than Romney or Santorum. We don’t have a tea party candidate left, unless we go third party, which is becoming a real possibility with this crowd.ray on January 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM”

No ideas are new and if it hadn’t been for Newt and people like him the Tea Party movement would have had a much larger task.

Mark Levin was there and yesterday said:

“I’m going to tell you something. Newt Gingrich was the former Republican Speaker of the House, the first Republican Speaker of the House in almost half a century, and he was fighting the Democrats and to win the House of Representatives before most of the people writing on the Internet about him and trashing him and going with talking points from other campaigns were old enough to wipe themselves,” Levin said. “[W]e can certainly criticize Newt Gingrich, but do not count me among those who are going to destroy the man. I saw that attempt already by the hard-left Democrats led by [Michigan Rep.] David Bonior.” …

“I’m supposed to sit here, read all this crap on the Internet, listen to purported Reaganites and others tell me that he didn’t do these things?” Levin said. “I was there. I lived it. I saw it. Or let me put it this way — Newt Gingrich, if he does nothing else, did more for the conservative movement and to stop the liberal Democrats in the House of Representatives than virtually everybody today who’s criticizing him.”

davod on January 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

She’s not confused. She knows them both for what they are. She just doesn’t want Mitt to get too far ahead too early. Keep the race going she said. Why? The longer it goes the more vetting that goes on and they all expose each others feet of clay. Makes it all the easier for her to jump in and save the GOP’s day from itself. Pretty soon all these pretenders will have revealed themselves to be seriously wanting. Already the public is hungering for a better and a real conservative alternative. Enter soon, I hope, Sarah. She’s so far ahead of these turkeys it’s pathetic.

shmendrick on January 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

She’s not confused. She knows them both for what they are. She just doesn’t want Mitt to get too far ahead too early. Keep the race going she said. Why? The longer it goes the more vetting that goes on and they all expose each others feet of clay. Makes it all the easier for her to jump in and save the GOP’s day from itself. Pretty soon all these pretenders will have revealed themselves to be seriously wanting. Already the public is hungering for a better and a real conservative alternative. Enter soon, I hope, Sarah. She’s so far ahead of these turkeys it’s pathetic. shmendrick on January 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Spoken like a true Palinista. Clueless. If she enters tomorrow, she can get on 13 state ballots, assuming she meets the entrance requirements.

What kind of turkey is a shmendrick?

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

bluegill on January 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

All that has already been debunked by the likes of Jeffry Lord, Mark Levin, Art Laffer, Ed Rollins, et al. They were there.

NoNails on January 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

It boggles the mind…

… doesn’t it?

Like bluegill would actually change someone’s vote with her talking points…

Seven Percent Solution on January 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

So Newt isn’t part of the establishment? What then qualifies one for membership? Newt is an outsider? Where is K Street? Newt is THE conservative? Consider…Pelosi on the couch, attacks on Bain, attacks on Tax returns, and Freddie love…….I love Sarah, but she has bought the “Newt is the conservative” spin. All these guys are light years ahead of Obama, but can Newt or Santorum really win? You had better think carefully about your answer!!! I am a Tea Party conservative from Tennessee who would have preferred Palin, Bachman or Cain, but they are gone! Now we need to look to the best option for VICTORY!

essequam on January 27, 2012 at 9:37 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…
unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Errr. No, it’s about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney.

V7_Sport on January 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

First Sarah Palin has not come out to throw her support or endorse Newt. She has only endorsed and/or supported the continued primary process, continued debates and vetting.

All her comments have set up Romney as the guy to vote against and Gingrich the guy to vote for. She is shilling for Gingrich.

Second Todd Palin is a registered Independent and is free to support whomever. Him and Sarah are not exclusively tied to the hips you know.

Sure he is, but I can see that his character is not one to be emulated.

Third if at the end she does come out to fully unequivocally endorse Newt. Then it’ll be because he is the best conservative left standing. Now seeing as I know that you’re Mitt Romney supporter, you can’t possibly think…..oh nevermind I think you know that will NEVER happen.

HerneTheHunter on January 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Neutron Newt can be a lobbyist for freddie, endorse amnesty for illegals, support a federal mandate, and criticize free market capitalism and be a conservative on a scale. But it is impossible for Gingrich to be a conservative with his long history of lying, corruption, and violation of the public trust. Those are the first tenets of conservatism that we must adhere to in order to claim the title of “conservative”. Violation of those tenets is the province of the progressive. Gingrich’s basic nature is that of a cheat and a liar and that makes him a progressive to the core. That is why attacking free market capitalism comes so naturally to him.

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM

idesign on January 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Thank you for posting this. Great piece by Sarah. Glad she wrote it for it covers the reasons for her concern. They should be ours as well.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Palin’s facebook post could be seen as a warning shot across the bow. If the old guard establishment tries to cut off debate she might throw her hat into the ring. She will have her reason. Ijn fact one could read the entire facebook post as her reasons. Point by point. for reenetering the race. And she would change the race in a new york minute if she did. unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I would love to see Palin debate Romney. The importance of education, experience and IQ differential would be apparent in minutes.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I’d love to see that debate. Good luck convincing Romney to do it. He’s smarter than you are.

tom on January 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Let’s balance the budget while building a Lunar colony!! And Palin thought the Bridge to Nowhere was bad!!!

essequam on January 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

right2bright on January 27, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Hahahahaha!

You know, they make medication to sooth your 4 year depression over ?fred? hoodwinking you. Remind us again, exactly how much did you contribute to that fraud?

And here we are, 4 years later and Palin betrayed you also. Fortunately for you, the med you can take for your ?fred? depression, will also work for your St Palin the Victimized depression. It is kind of expensive and considering you gave her your rent money several times this past summer, you may need to go see Montel for some free meds.

UNFORTUNATELY, there is no med available that can help you get over your desire to exorcise your demons upon Romney’s soul with no effort on your part. No, your recovery will require that you learn to accept reality. But so far, you have shown an inability (or unwillingness) to do so.

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I think the GOP Establishment is backing Mitt because many of them know he will lose, thereby setting up Jeb for 2016.

KirknBurker on January 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I’ve thot this too. This is why it is so very important to get familiar with the House & Senate races across the nation. Jim DeMint’s site searches for and eventually supports via donations for great Senate Candidates. The only thing with the House races, we must be careful not to support D’s running as R’s or especially Conservatives.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Sarah Palin has not come out to throw her support or endorse Newt. She has only endorsed and/or supported the continued primary process, continued debates and vetting.

All her comments have set up Romney as the guy to vote against and Gingrich the guy to vote for. She is shilling for Gingrich.

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM

She made it clear that her support for Gingrich is only temporary in order to keep the race going, keep the vetting going. She is not shilling for him. Listen to what she says. Stop jumping to your own erroneous conclusions.

She wants the race to continue, not be over quickly as the “establishment” seems to want. She wants the Tea Party’s conservative positions to NOT be ignored and that’s what would happen if Romney ran away with it quickly. Right now Gingrich is the only one able to stand up against him, he’s flawed, just like Romney. She knows that. She’s backing the underdog to keep the fight going. Hopefully so she can step in later. If Newt were way ahead right now, she’d be helping Romney. She’s said nice things about Santorum but he’s currently too far back in the pack to be of much effect. She’s also said nice things about Ron Paul. She’s trying to help even things out so the fight will continue to be undecided. Do you think the general election will be easy? This is just a taste of how nasty and disingenuous the left will get.

shmendrick on January 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Has anyone actually considered that the establishment conspiracy is:….drum roll……Romney is the best candidate to defeat Obama! He’s a great debator, he’s sworn to repeal Obama-care and he’s never worked for the federal government! His personal ethics appear to be conservative and untainted..he’s fairly agreeable….jeeeeez… what more do you want?

essequam on January 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I agree that it’s a battle between the political class establishment (both parties involved) and TEA party(puts country first). I believe the Democrats would rather run against establishment GOP than TEAmericans. An Obama vs. Romney general would be a completely inside pool proposition.

mike_NC9 on January 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Sorry, this former Sarah Palin fan isn’t buying what Palin is selling this time.

bluegill on January 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Speak ill of who you please, but don’t be a hypocrite about it and say you were a fan of Sarah Palin.

Anyone that was a true supporter of Sarah Palin or any other Candidate would still be a supporter and would not trash them.

You have proven yourself for who and what you are multiple times.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Rush reported that George Soros is publically supporting Romney. Isn’t that proof enough that Romney is the biggest threat to Obama!

essequam on January 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

This is simply about keeping someone like Newt or Sarah from restoring power back to the people.

mike_NC9 on January 27, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Not only Newt or Sarah, but anyone that isn’t in their “club”.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Longing4Lincoln on January 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Hat tip to the marvelous Tina Korbe:

The difference between skepticism and cynicism, a dear professor once told me, is that a skeptic demands to be shown while a cynic refuses to be shown.

DannoJyd on January 27, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Good point. There are many of the newbies that demand others do all of the searching and provide proof. They have a habit of questioning various comments for that reason. That’s what search engines are for, right? LOL

Oh, we have cynics & skeptics:-)

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Sarah fought against people like Newt! Newt is an establishment insider!

essequam on January 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Palin, running out of dough….amazing…

right2bright on January 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM

LOL, it is astonishing to read some of these comments. Many sound like kids posting:-)

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM

She made it clear that her support for Gingrich is only temporary in order to keep the race going, keep the vetting going. She is not shilling for him. Listen to what she says. Stop jumping to your own erroneous conclusions.

shmendrick on January 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I hope you’re right because we need her for the down tickets races. But, I am making that comment from an interview she did with Hannity before the FL debates. His questions on which candidate Floridians should vote for got the response from her that in my view, described Gingrich and eliminated Romney. She justified the attacks on Romney and was displeased with the attacks on Gingrich. She then went on with some contradictory statements.

It appeared she thought she was being clever, but for me it was transparent shilling with an attempted cover up afterwards.

I stand by my assessment but also stand by my hope that you are right and she will never support that corrupt cheating liar every again. We will see, but this accusation against the establishment, is not convincing me. The bottom line is that Gingrich is an admitted liar and has betrayed the sacred public trust. ALL conservatives, no ALL PERSONS, should be excoriating him for that behavior. That includes the establishment.

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

BTW, terrific beatdown by Palin today.

victor82 on January 27, 2012 at 8:02 PM

nobody and I mean nobody can do it better. I wish she would have run. Mitt would be toast right now.

unseen on January 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Hey unseen!! You know what I would have loved to have seen? Sarah in one debate.

Would like to see her as one of the Mods in the next debate. Don’t know if her contract with Fox would permit it.

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

“It is laughable to see lectures on honesty coming from a paid influence peddler who suffered an unprecedented ethics reprimand, was forced to pay a $300,000 penalty, and resigned in disgrace at the hands of his own party,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

Oh snap!

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

“It is laughable to see lectures on honesty coming from a paid influence peddler who suffered an unprecedented ethics reprimand, was forced to pay a $300,000 penalty, and resigned in disgrace at the hands of his own party,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

Oh snap!

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Nice job. You really gave that nauseating spin the zing it needed.

mike_NC9 on January 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM

An example of nauseating spin: “Newt is the Tea Party Candidate”!

essequam on January 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Palin has the permanent political class in the crosshairs. Newt should offer Ron Paul a seat on the bench. He would make a good Supreme Court Justice.

mike_NC9 on January 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

She even called them bran muffins. How rude!

The Nerve on January 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

The battle is Safe vs Conviction. Just having a Republican in the WH or either/both chambers of Congress does not mean much to me. Were lessons not learned since 2001? How about when they loved attacking Libya unconstitutionally? Or when they can’t even convey simple fiscal numbers to the people who support them?

Status Quo must be crushed not simply adjusted. Easier to be against something than for something. If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything.

John Kettlewell on January 28, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Longing4Lincoln on January 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

UNTIL the SCOTUS renders its decision on 0bamaScare it remains LAW thanks to the efforts of unrealistic Americans who voted for the Communist Democrat Party back in 2008 because the 0bamaGanda media told them to do so.

RonMEy did EXACTLY what he wanted to do. He even hired on a team of socialists to ‘develop’ HIS plan, and which 0bama later used to create his own personal disaster.

Due to my having lost so many family members in the fight against Socialist Communism I personally wouldn’t allow my good name to appear on such a grossly socialist piece of offal. PERIOD!

DannoJyd on January 28, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Oh, we have cynics & skeptics:-)

bluefox on January 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM

AMEN! I wonder how many of them are in the employ of the Communist Democrat Party …

DannoJyd on January 28, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Here’s what PALIN doesn’t GET:

It’s the INSIDERS WHO KNOW NEWT BEST.

That’s why they are crucifying him.

Because THEY KNOW HIM.

mountainaires on January 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

mountainaires on January 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

It’s not Palin that doesn’t get it, it’s you. She never said she’s endorsing Newt except for the SC primary. What she DID say is that she wants the primary race to continue and by standing up for Newt against the GOP establishment/Romney/Democrat onslaught she is trying to keep Romney from locking things up early. This was all these flawed pretenders will have their own weaknesses exposed BEFORE the general election campaign starts so they can deal with the fallout now and not have the Communists/Obama & Co. spring any surprises come this fall. This is an important consideration.

I also hope and expect her to enter the race in Feb. and the more divided the field is the easier it will be for her to win the nomination since she has already been fully vetted and the public, once they hear what she has to say, and learn more about her, (ie via the Undefeated Movie) will be very supportive of her.

shmendrick on January 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Drudge SHILLING for Romney in 2008

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

You should also include the link to Rush shilling/endorsing Romney in 2008. And DeMint endorsing him too. Bring back quotes from all those RINO squishes who made Mitt out to be some great conservative alternative.

alchemist19 on January 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Music to my ears alchemist19… you know it! Rush Limbo, Coulter, Hannity, and the rest of the establishment phonies were all supporting moderate liberal Romney in 2008 and calling him a true conservative.

apocalypse on January 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Plus every single Pro-Romney comment is being deleted on her facebook post. Hypocritical.

grosven on January 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

grosven on January 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Her who? Or did you mean to say their?

shmendrick on January 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Whatever Sarah Palin might think, nothing negative about Newt Gingrich said or written by anyone–Evil Elite Republican Establishment included–is false: his train wreck of a personal life, his influence peddling for Freddie Mac, his hypocrisy and grandiosity and over-inflated self-importance, his most definitely Washington Beltway insider status, all of it. If he is indeed being crucified, Gingrich brought the nails.

troyriser_gopftw on January 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Sarah Palin is a moon bat! Religion is nothing but a bunch of wish thinking, super-naturalism and superstition. She is unelectable and that’s why she isn’t running. Instead she comes out in favor of another moon bat; Gingrich, who is also incapable of winning a general election. Let’s focus on fiscal conservatism and leave the socon nonsense out of it.

Bandit13 on January 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

What hasn’t changed, is the one fact in Gingrich’s favor.

He is not Romney.

mark81150 on January 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Bandit13 on January 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Do you always win over friends and associates by insulting their core values like this? “Socon nonsense”? Yeah,. I mean after all, Look how Reagan ignored us fo….. oh wait, he didn’t ignore us. he actually brought us on board.

Your guy would have been McCain, and that worked out well without the bases support, didn’t it?

God’s real, you, I have doubts about.

mark81150 on January 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

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