Sarah Palin at CPAC: The door is open …

posted at 6:15 pm on February 11, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In a CPAC keynote speech filled with applause lines and momentarily interrupted by hecklers, Sarah Palin refrained from endorsing any of the current GOP presidential candidates and instead repeated her calls for a long primary.

“We’ve all heard we have to wrap it up, but in America, we believe competition leads to victory,” she said.

At the same time, she urged conservatives to stick together no matter what.

“We’re not red and blue Americans; we’re red, white and blue — and, President Obama, we are through with you,” she said. (It sounded a little like a Valentine’s Day card in reverse.)

She hit the unity theme throughout, at one point saying: “The left may smear our records or attack our families [but] we can’t let the left divide the next campaign. We must stand together as conservatives. For the sake of our country, we must stand united, no matter who our nominee is.”

Her speech itself furnished an immediate example of turning liberal enmity into conservative unity. When a smattering of Occupiers chanted, “We are the 99 percent,” the CPAC audience shouted them down with “USA! USA! USA!” — and, shortly thereafter, “Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!”

The former Alaska governor — who frequently appears on national TV before a natural background that looks pretty remote from D.C. — really hit her stride midspeech as she denounced “the permanent political class” and knocked the District.

“Often, politicians come to D.C. denouncing it, but, after a year, they decide it’s not a cesspool, but a hot tub,” she said to laughter.

It’s up to voters to drain the jacuzzi, she said, before she declared that the grassroots will do just that — by sending more Tea Partiers to Congress.

“This time, Establishment,” she said (and I’m pretty sure she looked sternly over her glasses at just that moment), “we expect them to get leadership positions in Congress.”

Her closing sentiment? “The door is open.” It’s hard not to find that sentence provocative — especially given that she repeated it throughout the speech — but she seemed to have meant it in the sense that the door is open to defeat Barack Obama and to take back the nation. The crowd considered the alternate meaning, too, though, to judge by chants of “Run, Sarah, run!”  Who knows what might happen before this long primary ends?

At any rate, Palin’s unrivaled ability to rally a crowd was definitely on display; she drew more standing ovations than at least one gal could count. It was red meat to the base — a reiteration that conservatives stand on the shoulders of the Founders, that we have solutions to the fiscal problems that face our nation, that we have a better jobs plan than the president (“It’s called the free market!”), that we can achieve energy independence, etc., etc., etc. — and the audience loved it.

Update: Video courtesy of The Right Scoop! Forget to tip my hat to the hard-working folks there, and I apologize for that.


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What could have been.

wheelgun on February 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Cuda!

carbon_footprint on February 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Give her Rince Repeats job.

Trusser13 on February 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

wheelgun on February 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Watching now, correction, What should have been!

Bmore on February 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

The door is open to a brokered convention.

psychocyber on February 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

10,000 comments or bust!

Masih ad-Dajjal on February 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

This will be the main political take-away from Palin’s CPAC speech:

Palin dig at Romney: “we need someone who can instinctively turn right..it’s too late to teach that or spin…it must be there”

http://twitter.com/#!/DanaBashCNN/status/168459261997887488

BCrago66 on February 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

So what does everyone think? Is Palin urging GOP voters to keep the primary going because “the door is open” for her to sweep in at a brokered convention?

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

“We must stand together as conservatives. For the sake of our country, we must stand united, no matter who our nominee is.”

Amen. We must hang together, or we will certainly hang separately.

squint on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Oh crap, Mitt just won Maine.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I dearly love the daylight out of Sarah! I am so sorry she is not on the ballot to vote for. I know I will get slammed for this post, but Sarah has more smarts than all those running, IMO. Sarah has been vetted more than any others running, IMO. The women don’t like her, hubby thinks she is attractive, the men don’t like her, no woman should be president, she has a voice that turns some off(have you listened to bho), and Sarah is a CONSERVATIVE, unlike some running! Ok, go after me!
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letget on February 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Romney’s now 2 for 2 today!

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Get her on the ballot in the remaining states, stat! Split the vote and take it to the convention. Run, Sarah, run!

aero on February 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Mitt Romney wins Maine. Three points ahead of Ron Paul.

YYZ on February 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Wow, Romney won.

andy85719 on February 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Newt got 5% in Maine.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

This is the person who should be our nominee for POTUS.

ChuckTX on February 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Sarah is playing the role of Ronald Reagan in 1976 to 1980. Let the establishment have their candidate and keep the heat on for conservative values.

Sarah realized that conservativism > Her in the White House.

Shame others do not.

William Amos on February 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Watching now, correction, What should have been!

Bmore on February 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Gonna watch it right now. This lady can fire up a crowd.:)

predator on February 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Wow, Romney won.

andy85719 on February 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Did you really think Ron Paul had a chance?

sharrukin on February 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Newt got 5% in Maine.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Whoops, 6% and Santorum 18%

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Romney in Maine 2008: 52% Romney in Maine 2012: 39%

Hmm…

andy85719 on February 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PMblockquote>

I don’t think so, I think she is encouraging us to know everything that can be known about our candidates and then support the winner. A brokered convention helps no one.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Ugh.

Romney 39%; Romney 36%; Santorum somewhere in the teens; Newt 6%.

See you in the Midwest, Mitt–severely.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

So what does everyone think? Is Palin urging GOP voters to keep the primary going because “the door is open” for her to sweep in at a brokered convention?

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Yes. I think she decided awhile back, after all the hell that she went through, virtually undefended by the powers that be, that we would have to beg her to run for president. I’m ready to beg. I’m so ready to beg!

Please save us from ourselves, Sarah! You said you’d run if no one could bring the party together and fight for conservatism. It’s past time!

aero on February 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Is Palin urging GOP voters to keep the primary going because “the door is open” for her to sweep in at a brokered convention?

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

No.

alwaysfiredup on February 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

There is nobody better. Sarah Palin is Greatness. You don’t see Greatness Everyday. She inspires me.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Wish she was our front runner.

wi farmgirl on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Sarah is playing the role of Ronald Reagan in 1976 to 1980

… Except Ronald Reagan could back up his rhetoric as the two-term governor of a huge state.

YYZ on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Whoops, 6% and Santorum 18%

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Santorum got 18% in Maine?

sharrukin on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Totally awesome speech. Why isn’t she our candidate? If she isn’t going to run are the other candidates going to revamp their campaigns and follow her lead? They haven’t so far. Today’s speech was the rubric for campaign speeches. Run Sarah, run!

BetseyRoss on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

So what does everyone think? Is Palin urging GOP voters to keep the primary going because “the door is open” for her to sweep in at a brokered convention?

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

No. I believe Sarah is arguing that our values are greater than our disagreements. That we need to hear the arguments rather than just rush to get the process over with.

The problem is we all want Obama gone so badly we are trying to rush to get that outcome. But if we take shortcuts we dont learn the correct path.

Id rather hear all of our candidates arguing what makes conservatism great rather than sitting silent for 6 months waiting for the november elections to kick in.

William Amos on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Did you really think Ron Paul had a chance?

sharrukin on February 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Wait, what? He lost by 3 percentage points. I’m not a Paulnut, but almost took Mitt out.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Should a brokered convention happen is there any doubt of who would influence that the most?

Sarah Palin: Kingmaker!

DannoJyd on February 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Except Ronald Reagan could back up his rhetoric as the two-term governor of a huge state.

YYZ on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

By that criteria only Rick perry could get elected. Last time I checked Barack Obama didnt even finish out a single term in federal office.

The times have changed as has the criteria.

William Amos on February 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM

The door is open…

Walk through it, Sarah!!!

pannw on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Trusser13 on February 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

No thanks! She’s headed for better once Mitt Rmoney has his turn and we finally get rid of him.

HerneTheHunter on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Give me the Sincerely Conservative Sarah Palin rather than the Severely Conservative Mitt Romney. Sarah Palin is Awesome. She Rocked CPAC.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

RUN, SARAH! RUN!

WilGolden on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Santorum got 18% in Maine?

sharrukin on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

He did and I think Maine has been caucusing all week.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

… Except Ronald Reagan could back up his rhetoric as the two-term governor of a huge populated state.

YYZ on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Get out a map with both California and Alaska on the same scale, numbnuts.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Wait, what? He lost by 3 percentage points. I’m not a Paulnut, but almost took Mitt out.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I just assume Ron Paul is going to lose. Its what he’s good at. 36% is not bad I will admit, but he is limited in how many will support him. Maine is pretty liberal so maybe a lot of Romney supporters are drifting over?

sharrukin on February 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Mitt Romney is a laughing stock and incapable of moving people like Sarah Palin does.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Sarah was just awesome, she owned the place, and as usual she never misses an opportunity to ridicule bo.

tim c on February 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Wha..? Romney almost lost Maine to Paul? WOW! That’s rough.

BoxHead1 on February 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

predator on February 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Hey predator, The term firebrand, Sarah is the absolute definition of the word, both fire and brand. 0 knows this, she is his worst fear, she owns him. Rent Free! Not bad for someone so Irrelevant.///

Bmore on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

God! I love Sarah and lave since she blasted on to my screen. She is the one I trust to tell me the truth no matter the cost to herself.
Happy Birthday Sarah. It is important how many years you have lived. But how many people are glad that you did.

Pecos on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

A conservative, a liberal and moderate walk into a bar and the bartender says, “Hi, Mitt.”

andy85719 on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

If you listen to the crowd in the beginning they sing “happy birthday to you” for her. It’s her 35th birthday…

the_nile on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

If only she had run.

If only she had not promoted Gingrich.

If only…

fight like a girl on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Hey Sarah, Would you want this race to go on if Santorum had as many delegates as Romney has? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Competition is good for the Republican race only if Romney is winning. If Santorum and Gingrich were leading she would tell them to wrap it up and tell one to concede.

I can’t stand Sarah Palin and her pompous, self righteous claim to the conservative throne. She is utterly unimpressive and I can’t see what conservatives see in her.

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Sarah Palin can beat Barack Obama. Nobody in the race right now can. Palin is the real deal.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:34 PM

If only she had run.

Whats a Seawolf on February 11, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Get out a map with both California and Alaska on the same scale, numbnuts.

“Huge” can refer to area or population, genius. And besides, I said huge not largest, and California is the third largest state by area.

YYZ on February 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

This was the only potential candidate I would have emptied my wallet for.

leftnomore on February 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

wi farmgirl on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I’m not sure she isn’t the front runner in many ways.

Bmore on February 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

fight like a girl on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Sarah Palin promoted Newt for a bit. Now I think she has phase two coming. She is greatness.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Great speech.

She’s spittin’ mad too. Never leave her alone in the room with a “liberal”.

darwin on February 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

You are making me laugh. Pathetic.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I can’t stand Sarah Palin and her pompous, self righteous claim to the conservative throne. She is utterly unimpressive and I can’t see what conservatives see in her.

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

How’s that hopey changey thing working out for ya?

idesign on February 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Just left CPAC. Sarah was awesome. Lots of energy in the room. Too bad the powers that be decided she was unelectable.

lilredhen on February 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

If Sarah was our president, I feel she would be the likes of Reagan and Lady Thatcher. Not too many people I could say that about.
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letget on February 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

letget on February 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! and don’t worry, I’ll get your back.

red131 on February 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Is Palin urging GOP voters to keep the primary going because “the door is open” for her to sweep in at a brokered convention?

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

….I sincerely hope so. My own personal belief is that she is the one best hope for this nation at this point in time.

PackerFan4Life on February 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

So what does everyone think? Is Palin urging GOP voters to keep the primary going because “the door is open” for her to sweep in at a brokered convention?

Rational Thought on February 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

That wasn’t my takeaway. It seemed a very sincere opinion on her part that the candidates are only becoming stronger as a result of the process. And she was also basically calling for them to scale back a bit in the attacks they’ve been heaping on each other. I would think she would just let them shred each other to bits if she had any plans for herself.

lynncgb on February 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Santorum got 18% in Maine?

sharrukin on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

He did and I think Maine has been caucusing all week.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

That is amazing for Maine!

wi farmgirl on February 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

They had tight security for her. The Occupy Bums and the Glitter Boys wanted to get to her they couldn’t. I love her. She is cool. There are so few conservative that are cool. Palin is real and sincerely conservative. Mandate Mitt, the 65 Year Old Ken Doll is severely conservative in his Planned Parenthood supporting defective RINO turd mind.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I can’t stand Sarah Palin and her pompous, self righteous claim to the conservative throne. She is utterly unimpressive and I can’t see what conservatives see in her.

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Thanks for stopping by and enlightening us with your mental poop.

Goodbye and good luck in your future endeavors.

Dack Thrombosis on February 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

You’re trying too hard to hate her. Your words ring hollow.

Fallon on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Lunatics with the 99% chant. They are the 47% that approve of Obama. And Maybe they are the 48% that doesn’t pay any federal taxes.

Fleuries on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I actually lived in Portland, Maine. Winning a GOP Caucus in that joint says quite a bit how “severely conservative” a person is NOT.

shannon76 on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

What can you say,Sarah is the tops and would have my vote in a heartbeat but I heard Madonna say she was an idiot and hated her./

docflash on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I hope you are right. Her supporting Newt in the last few contests has really lost her a lot of support.
I went to a conservative women’s meeting and they were really ticked and disappointed, as am I.

fight like a girl on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Trusser13 on February 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

No thanks! She’s headed for better once Mitt Rmoney has his turn and we finally get rid of him.
HerneTheHunter on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

(Face-palm) s i g h

listens2glenn on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Get a grip. Sarah Palin has never claimed a throne to anything, she’s never claimed to be anything other than a patriot. And if you know her you’d know that.

HerneTheHunter on February 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Romney! Because losing a sure-win election is so nuanced.

carbon_footprint on February 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

And you never will. Hater.

Bmore on February 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

He did and I think Maine has been caucusing all week.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

True.

Maine hosts a “lazy caucus.”

The state’s Republican Party requested that Maine’s counties and municipalities hold their caucus events sometime between Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. The majority of the state’s events have been slated for Feb. 11, but a couple of towns have already caucused.

INC on February 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

You’re not a Conservative, we get it.

listens2glenn on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Sarah Palin brings out the inferiority of the Romneybots. She is Greatness. Romney is pretty much the Grecian Formula and Money covered in the stench of liberal republican.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

fight like a girl on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Political strategy is hard.

Bmore on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I’m not sure she isn’t the front runner in many ways.

Bmore on February 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

She is for me, all she has to do is say it, declare she’s running.

wi farmgirl on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Way to go, GOP! Romney is Brady and Obama is Manning.

carbon_footprint on February 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM
Is a mental defective. The transition from Romneybot to Obamadrone is a seemless one.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

listens2glenn on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

are you compensating for something?

HerneTheHunter on February 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Sarah Palin brings out the inferiority of the Romneybots. She is Greatness. Romney is pretty much the Grecian Formula and Money covered in the stench of liberal republican.

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

It’s fear, if she runs they know he’s toast.

wi farmgirl on February 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

After watching Palin’s speech, I am reminded of how narrow and petty the Republican candidates appear when sniping at each other, especially Romney. Palin truly lives and breathes conservative principles, as her words and her actions, particularly her executive accomplishments, clearly bear witness.

More importantly, she inspires other conservatives to rise up and face the challenges ahead. That is the mark of a true leader, one who can rally the troops to battle. And that is what she did at CPAC. Rally the troops to take on Obama.

What a great speech! I hope more is to come!

ariel on February 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I hope you are right. Her supporting Newt in the last few contests has really lost her a lot of support.
I went to a conservative women’s meeting and they were really ticked and disappointed, as am I.

fight like a girl on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Newt was the one keeping the race going.

the_nile on February 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Oh crap, Mitt just won Maine.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

This should surprise no one. He’s a northeast liberal. Just like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

SouthernGent on February 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Just left CPAC. Sarah was awesome. Lots of energy in the room. Too bad the powers that be decided she was unelectable.

lilredhen on February 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

The powers that be are salivating at the thought of a smoke filled brokered convention whereby their man Jeb “I love and pander to illegals” Bush magically becomes the nominee.

TxAnn56 on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I can’t stand Sarah Palin and her pompous, self righteous claim to the conservative throne. She is utterly unimpressive and I can’t see what conservatives see in her.

teliason on February 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Funny, that’s what I say about Romney.

darwin on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Sarah Palin could lead the revolt that burries Mitt Romney. She shouldn’t waste her time trying to polish turds like Santorum and Newt. She is the Cream of the Crop. The Conservative that We Want!

CoolChange80 on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Santorum got 18% in Maine?

sharrukin on February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

He did and I think Maine has been caucusing all week.

JPeterman on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

That is amazing for Maine!

wi farmgirl on February 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

There were a total of fewer than 5,300 total votes in Maine.

Kaffa on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

CUDA = Severely unelectable. Even worse than Sweater-Vest or the serial adulterer/ socialist fat guy.

Jailbreak on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Jailbreak on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Atleast she’s not severely conservative.

HerneTheHunter on February 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

We could have had Palin/ Perry or Perry/Palin and actually be able to afford gas for our cars and industry, heat for our homes and jobs for our people. But Nooooo.
They both have accents. Can’t have that.

Pecos on February 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

CUDA = Severely unelectable. Even worse than Sweater-Vest or the serial adulterer/ socialist fat guy.

Jailbreak on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Moronic Mittwit says what?

idesign on February 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

The door is open to a brokered convention.

psychocyber on February 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

There are NO brokers you should trust.

Contested convention all the way!

p.s. looks like the “door is open” means that Jailbreak got loose.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

CUDA = Severely unelectable. Even worse than Sweater-Vest or the serial adulterer/ socialist fat guy.

Jailbreak on February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

You’re severely retarded or severely stupid. Or both.

Dack Thrombosis on February 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Give her Rince Repeats job.

Trusser13 on February 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

She has quit better jobs.

borntoraisehogs on February 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

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