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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I gave Sarah a standing ovation because I didn’t think that she knew how to read.

xxessw on February 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Where’s Bishop? They are practically jumping in the boat.

Dr Evil on February 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It’s not a matter of being snotty elitists. It’s a matter of being unwilling to play dumb. Palin began her speech by saying she was “glad to get to be here”.

Basilsbest on February 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

You’re mountain-izing a molehill.

steebo77 on February 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

True dat, steebo!

In Minnesota, they end their sentences with “eh?” In New Orleans, it’s “cher.” and so on. Alaskans have local phrases just like any other part of the country. My in-laws up there are proof of that. Doesn’t mean they are dumb. You are really reaching Basil.

Mr_Magoo on February 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Didn’t Palin say we have to unite and rally around the nominee whoever that may be?
darwin on February 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Didn’t we do that in 2008 with McCain? After his rousing “stand up” speech, he proceeded to give away the WH with his nice guy campaign.

Mr_Magoo on February 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I gave Sarah a standing ovation because I didn’t think that she knew how to read without using a TelePrompter or refering to Corpse-Men…

xxessw on February 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

FIFY….

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Didn’t Palin say we have to unite and rally around the nominee whoever that may be?

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Didn’t we do that in 2008 with McCain?

Mr_Magoo on February 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Yes, the conservatives united and rallied around McCain; the moderates in the party, however, voted for The One they had been waiting for.

steebo77 on February 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Didn’t we do that in 2008 with McCain? After his rousing “stand up” speech, he proceeded to give away the WH with his nice guy campaign.

Mr_Magoo on February 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Think of it as a detailed preview, four years early, of what a Mittens-vs.-Obama one-on-one will most assuredly end up being, should the GOP flatly insist upon committing electoral suicide and nominate Omama 2.0 (“Now available in blinding WHITE — !”) as its standard bearer this year.

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Registered Republican Voters in Maine as of 11/2/11: 275,978

Number of votes cast in yesterday’s caucus: 5524

*shakes head*

Flora Duh on February 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

You’re not supposed to notice, but you can bet the democrats are taking notes – copiously.

The turn out is underwhelming except for South Carolina where Newt Gingrich won. This is among predominantly republican identified primary and caucus voters, Ron Paul’s fan club not withstanding…..now imagine how underwhelmed Independents like myself feel with the republican primary field.

Dr Evil on February 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

How many times do you have to be told that the voting took place and the results of the straw-poll were released BEFORE she gave her speech, before it finally gets through?

Flora Duh on February 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

That’s why I love you!…you are patient!…you try to fix Stupid!

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Good afternoon Haters.

xxessw = Hater
KeninCT = Hater
teliason = Hater
mountainaires = Hater
CW = Hater Surprised by this one.
csdeven = Hater
Isserley = Hater
pm123 = Hater

I have a question for you haters. It is obvious that your heart is filled with hate, that much is quite easy to see, just read your own post’s on this thread. The larger question is with Sarah Palin taking up all that room inside your head, where do you store the brain cells? Oh, wait……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Never mind. Thanks for all the comments though. I just know with your help we can get to 2000 here shortly. So come haters do what you do, the only thing you do, Hate!

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

CPAC CONSERVATIVES VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY

mountainaires on February 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM
You’re a bit confused. About 1300 of the 10,000 attendees voted for Mitt. Of those 1300, I doubt very many of them were “severely” conservative. Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that only 13% of the attendees voted for Mitt? Most attendees didn’t take the time to vote in the straw poll because they knew it was a worthless waste of time. It might be more accurate to say that 65% of the attendees voted for “None Of The Above”. To suggest that Mitt was the favorite of the attendees is beyond ludicrous. I can assure you that very few, if any, of the “actual” conservatives at the conference voted for Mitt.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Math is hard!

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Her W-T-F usage just keeps getting better. She shows her class everytime she uses it.

borntoraisehogs on February 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Sarah Palin Is just amazing..:)

Sarah Palin on HBO Palin Movie: I’ve Created More Impersonators Than Obama’s Created Jobs (Video)

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/02/sarah-palin-on-hbo-palin-movie-ive-created-more-impersonators-than-obamas-created-jobs-video/

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Some of this would be good if she was running for office, but she isn’t. It would be great if Santorum would pick up some of this language and articulate some more tea party libertarian style beliefs, if it is in him.

ray on February 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Never mind. Thanks for all the comments though. I just know with your help we can get to 2000 here shortly. So come haters do what you do, the only thing you do, Hate!

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I like Sarah. She should have run . I really wanted Perry. That being said I will vote for whoever gets the Republican nomination. One more thing. There are plenty of “haters” of Romney here. Is that ok? How about Gingrich? Santorum?My point is even though tempers are high we need to pull together in this race or we will be seeing another 4 years of Obama…

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

He could always do the intellectually honest thing, given both his political history and positions, and primary Obama from the left as a Democrat. ;)

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Well-played, sir.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It would be a short primary….he’d win!

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

sandee, good afternoon, we are in agreement. Haters, hate, it is all they know.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

(I’m trying, but I have to go to a basketball game with the three kids!)

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

So come haters do what you do, the only thing you do, Hate!

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

They’re DNC plants. It’s that simple…

beatcanvas on February 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

SARAH!! SARAH!! SARAH!!

Oh, how I wished you had run.

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I really should have taken a shower today – maybe shave, cut my nails, clean the Cheetos off the floor…but I was busy hating Sarah Palin.

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

She often sounds like an uneducated hick. She is hurting the conservative brand.
Basilsbest on February 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I had no idea being conservative had special linguistic requirements.
darwin on February 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

She’s NOT hurting the ‘conservative brand’ one BIT.

And I think she sounds like a VERY educated hick, but a hick nonetheless.
What’s supposed to be the downside to that?

THE COMMON REPUBLICAN VOTER WANTS A HICK.
It’s college boys (and girls) who AREN’T hicks, that we have a problem with.

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Her W-T-F usage just keeps getting better. She shows her class everytime she uses it.

borntoraisehogs on February 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Yes everyone should ignore that the Obama Administration stole the concept from Newt Gingrich, and that no one will relate it to the WELL USED AND WELL KNOWN Internet acronym themselves, because of the social conservatives tender sensibilities.

Dr Evil on February 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I gave Sarah a standing ovation because I didn’t think that she knew how to read.
xxessw on February 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Where’s Bishop? They are practically jumping in the boat.
Dr Evil on February 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Doc’, that’s one of BEST laughs I’ve had at hotair. : )
+ (a very large number)

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

SARAH!! SARAH!! SARAH!!

Oh, how I wished you had run.

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Soon. I much prefer if she continues in her role now. We need people that are willing to take the hit in the MSM to get the message out.

Even if she changes 5% of the voters to a more Conservative base, we’ll win in the long run.

If i had my way, I’d nominate her for the Speakers position if the GOP, if the old guard wasn’t so afraid to keep their table-scraps mentality.

Let her take that role for a few years, then run again…win or lose, she can make serious inroads in 2016, either at the top of the ticket or as Veep.

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

(I’m trying, but I have to go to a basketball game with the three kids!)

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

You did a great job! Enjoy the game!

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Even if she changes 5% of the voters to a more Conservative base, we’ll win in the long run.
BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Boy, ain’t THAT the truth.

If i had my way, I’d nominate her for the Speakers position if the GOP, if the old guard wasn’t so afraid to keep their table-scraps mentality.
BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

What would we think of Sarah Palin as RNC Chair?

Whose “Old Guard” ASS would we have to kick, to bring it about?

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

While I’m all for people dropping hate and accusations of hate, I would take whatever Sandee says regarding unity with a grain of salt until you see what she does the next time there’s an argument over whether or not Romney is a conservative.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

They’re DNC plants. It’s that simple…

beatcanvas on February 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Good afternoon sir, yes they are, still Haters though.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Duly noted, thank you for the tip.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

While I’m all for people dropping hate and accusations of hate, I would take whatever Sandee says regarding unity with a grain of salt until you see what she does the next time there’s an argument over whether or not Romney is a conservative.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Really?

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Hey, you’re no Hater, funny though.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

you blew my cover Bmore :)

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Where’s Bishop? They are practically jumping in the boat.
Dr Evil on February 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

You know Dr, I’ve found myself wondering that same thing on occasion, man I will be ticked off!

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

CPAC CONSERVATIVES VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY
mountainaires on February 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM
It might be more accurate to say that 65% of the attendees voted for “None Of The Above”. To suggest that Mitt was the favorite of the attendees is beyond ludicrous. I can assure you that very few, if any, of the “actual” conservatives at the conference voted for Mitt.
NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

.
Mittens did get more votes than any other candidate. So your 65% none of the above rhetoric would apply to ALL candidates above – even your guy – right?
Maybe they could just run “none of the above” as the R candidate in Nov. That’ll show those dems we have unity on our side.

FlaMurph on February 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

She often sounds like an uneducated hick.

Yes, she sounds NOTHING like the President, who went to TWO (count ‘em!) Ivy league colleges, was (allegedly) the editor of the Har-vaad Law Review…and still needs not ONE but TWO teleprompters to deliver a speech to schoolchildren???

Who thinks that Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan?
Who thinks there’s 57 States in the Union?

She is hurting the conservative brand.
Basilsbest on February 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

No, Republicans that campaign as Conservatives but govern as Democrat-Lite is hurting the Conservative brand.

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Some of this would be good if she was running for office, but she isn’t. It would be great if Santorum would pick up some of this language and articulate some more tea party libertarian style beliefs, if it is in him.

ray on February 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I’d be happy if he could articulate them, I’d rather he embrace them. That’s the problem with all the candidates and my major beef with Sarah. She knows that none of them fully embraces conservatism. She has it in her bones, but she decided not to run. I’m upset, but I understand. I’d be afraid for my family as well.

Pattosensei on February 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Some of this would be good if she was running for office, but she isn’t. It would be great if Santorum would pick up some of this language and articulate some more tea party libertarian style beliefs, if it is in him.
ray on February 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

If we can let Sarah Be Sarah, can’t we let Rick Be Rick? He can articulate his message without “picking up” some tea party libertarian beliefs.

Mr_Magoo on February 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Soon. I much prefer if she continues in her role now. We need people that are willing to take the hit in the MSM to get the message out.

Even if she changes 5% of the voters to a more Conservative base, we’ll win in the long run.

If i had my way, I’d nominate her for the Speakers position if the GOP, if the old guard wasn’t so afraid to keep their table-scraps mentality.

Let her take that role for a few years, then run again…win or lose, she can make serious inroads in 2016, either at the top of the ticket or as Veep.

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

For me, top of the ticket.

I agree with your analysis, though. I just wish we had somebody in the race close to her level of conservatism.

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Just one thing I would like you to know. I fell prey to the Hater thing briefly. Fortunately I realized it and it won’t happen again. I had gotten in the habit of referring to Dr. Paul as Baby Dr. Paul as a slight to his supporters. It won’t happen again.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Amen!!

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I keep reading those who are saying “she isn’t running”. Who says she isn’t running? She said this would be an unconventional campaign. Well she is waging one whether anyone realizes it or not.

First, even though her popularity was strongly rising following her great speeches in Iowa and WI she knew she could not announce last fall as that would have put all the media and oppo heat and attention on her and exempted all the wannabes back in the pack. She has already been vetted to the max. These other candidates not really at all. By withdrawing last Sept. she put the spotlight squarely on all of them and how have they fared? Not too good for them.

Things have played out exactly as she has planned. Almost every month a new “conservative” hero has come to the fore, only to be revealed by the process to be found seriously wanting, only to be replaced by a successor who was also soon be similarly rejected. As of this writing Santorum is the flavor of the month. He is currently rising, while Gingrich is ready for the fork, and now even Romney is beginning to show his feet of clay as his poll numbers start to slip. It’s already clear that the base doesn’t want him.

But who do they want? Last nights response to Sarah’s speech should be a clue. She did not get a luke warm response from the audience, they LOVED her. All the others, not so much. She is our lady in waiting and what she is waiting for is for the process to come to it’s logical conclusion…. There is no one else who fits the glass slipper.

It only fits her, Sarah, our very own warrior princess.

She is trying to unite the party, the conservatives and the people.

It is a replay of the Bagavadh Gita.

shmendrick on February 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I’m not saying you were not sincere with your comment, I’m just waiting to see if you back it up with future comments. There have been Mittens (I’m not accusing you) who rip people up and then call for unity.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

OT/
It’s WAR
Watch the awesomeness of Breitbart

redridinghood on February 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

What would we think of Sarah Palin as RNC Chair?

Nice idea. But to get into that internecine battle will take way more of a power base than what she has right now.

Besides, I want to see her in a position to help bring policy onto the floor…not to mention, wash away the close up images I got of the first two women Speakers we’ve had…Pelosi & Bohner… :o)

Whose “Old Guard” ASS would we have to kick, to bring it about?

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Long Answer: All of them….immediately. I mean total scorched earth from attic to basement.

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Just one thing I would like you to know. I fell prey to the Hater thing briefly. Fortunately I realized it and it won’t happen again. I had gotten in the habit of referring to Dr. Paul as Baby Dr. Paul as a slight to his supporters. It won’t happen again.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Fair enough. Of course I hope “hate” isn’t what people really mean. Tempers are flaring. Everyone has their favorite choice in this race, sad as this group of Candidates might be.. I personally wanted Perry, but he’s out.Do I think Mitt is a super Conservative? No. I’m just not sure we are going to get that this time around. I still will be voting for whoever gets the nomination.

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

So, essentially, Palin has voiced her concern that Romney isn’t ‘conservative’ enough for her. Fair enough. I’m not convinced that Sarah Palin hasn’t sold out completely and become nothing more than another member of the media.

She strung her supporters along shamelessly last fall until the very last minute before announcing that she had decided not to run for political office.

She uses every symbols and theme of patriotism to increase her won wealth and cache as a media personality, thus increasing her speaking fees, book sales, and her value to FOX news as an ‘analyst’, for which she commands a very lucrative salary.

She currently holds no position within the realm of politics. She does hold a position as a member of the media.

She is promoting the notion of a brokered convention, not, I believe, with any designs on a bid for the nomination in her own right, but to advance the career of another career politician for the nomination, presumably Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels, both names that have been posited publicly as the preferred choice of the GOP establishment elites, despite neither man having had th e courage to stand for the primary race.

thatsafactjack on February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

shmendrick on February 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Love your passion for her. But there is no road for her to get in now this cycle. She could only get in through a brokered convention, and there is NO WAY the Establishment who will be running the convention is going to choose her. No matter how big and enthusiastic a crowd she can draw, they don’t want her and will block from getting the nod.

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

To be Speaker you have to run for the House and then work your way up through the hierarchy. I don’t see a viable scenario for that.

It’s also difficult for me to envision a governor becoming a Rep or Senator. It’s a step down, IMO, because being a governor is an executive position. There have been governors who were first a Rep (Bobby Jindal LA) or Senator (Lawton Chiles FL)), and that makes more sense politically.

IMO if she wants to step back into politics, it’s more likely that she would become a cabinet member for a R president–say Energy.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Perhaps we could see a bit more flattering pics on the Palin threads instead of the ones we usually see…. Like some of these.
http://barbaricthoughts.com/2012/02/palin-at-cpac-photos/

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

To me, Hate and passion share no common thread.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

For me, top of the ticket.

I agree with your analysis, though. I just wish we had somebody in the race close to her level of conservatism.

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Oh I think she could make serious inroads as President. But I don’t discount the power of a good VP either.

VP of late were supposed to be the Presidents “go-to” person on issues that were either too hot-potato for the President to tackle up-front or needed a certain amount of finesse…or ruthlessness, take your pick.

I think if you paired her with a solid partner like a Rubio, West or Jindle you have a good start.

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

If we can let Sarah Be Sarah, can’t we let Rick Be Rick? He can articulate his message without “picking up” some tea party libertarian beliefs.

Mr_Magoo on February 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

If Rick is Rick, and Newt is Newt, and Mitt is Mitt, without fixing their weaknesses and picking up some strengths, then this prolonged nomination strategy is good for naught.

ray on February 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Brava Sarah! What a rousing speech!

dukecitygirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Great photos!

Thanks for sharing..:)

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

ray on February 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I disagree, in the long run you can’t change what a person is and the longer you have to get a true picture, the better we all are. It will even help in framing the campaign because a lot of people are going to have to find positives to support a nominee that isn’t they first pick.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I can’t see her as someone’s VP. I think she’s pretty much done with conforming to someone else’s agenda. She’s been the de facto leader of Republicans these last few years.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

To be Speaker you have to run for the House and then work your way up through the hierarchy. I don’t see a viable scenario for that.

It’s also difficult for me to envision a governor becoming a Rep or Senator. It’s a step down, IMO, because being a governor is an executive position. There have been governors who were first a Rep (Bobby Jindal LA) or Senator (Lawton Chiles FL)), and that makes more sense politically.

IMO if she wants to step back into politics, it’s more likely that she would become a cabinet member for a R president–say Energy.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

That’s not true. The Speaker DOES NOT have to be a member of Congress.

The Constitution does not provide for any provisions or legislature stating that the Speaker of the House of Representatives needs to be a member of this chamber of Congress in order to be eligible. Essentially, anyone that meets the requirements of eligibility for the office may be considered for nomination.

The requirements are the same as those for any other seat in the House of Representatives. However, those that have shown a skill for leadership will be given extra consideration. The three basic requirements are:

● At least twenty-five years old

● Citizen of the United States for the previous seven years

● Inhabitant of the State they are to represent at the time of election.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I can’t see her as someone’s VP. I think she’s pretty much done with conforming to someone else’s agenda. She’s been the de facto leader of Republicans these last few years.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Spot on.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Great photos!

Thanks for sharing..:)

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

She is beautiful inside and out. I have listened to her speech three times and each time I like her more than I did previously.

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Love your passion for her. But there is no road for her to get in now this cycle. She could only get in through a brokered convention, and there is NO WAY the Establishment who will be running the convention is going to choose her. No matter how big and enthusiastic a crowd she can draw, they don’t want her and will block from getting the nod.

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I so wish you are wrong. I don’t really understand the workings of a brokered convention, but look at what they did to Hillary. She didn’t see that coming.

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

What would we think of Sarah Palin as RNC Chair?
listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

. . . . I want to see her in a position to help bring policy onto the floor…not to mention, wash away the close up images I got of the first two women Speakers we’ve had…Pelosi & Bohner… :o)
BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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Okay. : )
.

Whose “Old Guard” ASS would we have to kick, to bring it about?
listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Long Answer: All of them….immediately. I mean total scorched earth from attic to basement.
BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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I figured as much. : (

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

To be Speaker you have to run for the House and then work your way up through the hierarchy. I don’t see a viable scenario for that.

Not exactly true. As per the Connstitution: (h/t, the Founding Fathers & Wikipedia)

Clause 5: Speaker and other officers; Impeachment

The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Section Two further provides that the House of Representatives may choose its Speaker and its other officers. Though the Constitution does not mandate it, every Speaker has been a member of the House of Representatives.

Just because it hasn’t been done before, doesn’t necessarily mean it cannot be done. I think i understand how you put it, but you shouldn’t automatically dismiss it out of hand.

It’s also difficult for me to envision a governor becoming a Rep or Senator. It’s a step down, IMO, because being a governor is an executive position. There have been governors who were first a Rep (Bobby Jindal LA) or Senator (Lawton Chiles FL)), and that makes more sense politically.

We are in agreement there. Being a governor has a lot of power. It can be in essence it’s own fiefdom (and we can think of plenty of examples of that) that a unscrupulous person can wield unimaginable power.

Side note, as of this year there have been 20 governors that became President vs 16 Senators. So in a sense, Palin remaining ex – Gov. Palin has a sligtly better chance of winning than if she did take a Senate seat.

IMO if she wants to step back into politics, it’s more likely that she would become a cabinet member for a R president–say Energy.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Unless its one of the bigger Departments which would either entitle law enforcement, foreign policy or Defense (of which I would feel less comfortable of her taking – There are plenty of wonks and those that cut their teeth on just that and nothing else) she won’t be able to get her name or face out there.

OTOH, as a member of Congress, regardless who wins in 2012, be it Obama or Romney, Gingrich, etc, she can be “loyal opposition” without over grandstanding al-la Pelosi

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

So, essentially, Palin has voiced her concern that Romney isn’t ‘conservative’ enough for her. Fair enough. I’m not convinced that Sarah Palin hasn’t sold out completely and become nothing more than another member of the media.

One is her opinion and the other is yours. Both seem fair to me. Not agreeing or disagreeing with either statement, but I can see how you both came to your conclusions.

She strung her supporters along shamelessly last fall until the very last minute before announcing that she had decided not to run for political office.

In order for this to be true, she would have had to have known she wasn’t going to run long before she announced she wasn’t. Is there any indication that this is true? Or did Palin supporters merely convince themselves she was going to run and were crushed when she opted not to?

She uses every symbols and theme of patriotism to increase her won wealth and cache as a media personality, thus increasing her speaking fees, book sales, and her value to FOX news as an ‘analyst’, for which she commands a very lucrative salary.

Or “She makes a lot of money telling people what she believes.”. Either way, sounds like capitalism to me. Why is that a bad thing?

She currently holds no position within the realm of politics. She does hold a position as a member of the media.

Agreed. I’m happy she’s not running. I would like to see her get elected to a another national office (or appointed to something) to give her a chance to show that she can “get things done” in such a capacity.

She is promoting the notion of a brokered convention, not, I believe, with any designs on a bid for the nomination in her own right, but to advance the career of another career politician for the nomination, presumably Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels, both names that have been posited publicly as the preferred choice of the GOP establishment elites, despite neither man having had th e courage to stand for the primary race.

That’s as good a guess as any, I suppose. I would disagree with the Jeb Bush part. You want to get the dems out to vote in droves? Put a Bush on the ticket. The current administration would LOVE that.

thatsafactjack on February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

SA_Ron on February 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

You either HAVE principles and stick TO them, or just go away. Real Conservatives aint buyin’ Willard. Get over it.
This “electability” factor is again doomed to failure.

Karl Magnus on February 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Well this should be true. In reality, all this bickering regarding these compromised candidates masks the heart of the argument. In recent history republican politicians have gotten away with acting like democrat lites. They have not been held accoutable. This has been going on for, at least, over 30 years (depending on if you use actual dollar amount of U.S. debt or as a % of GDP). The Romney crowd understandably says, “why stop with my guy? And besides Gingrish & Santorum have their own serious lapses from conservative principles.”

Why? With Obama making laws w/o the burden of having actual legislation passed (“from this day forward all employers will provide contraception on demand”), conservatives are rightfully becoming extremely skittish and are pushing for a return to a constitutional based form of government. So, for many conservatives, Romneycare disqualifies Romney. The fact that he pushed this legislation at the state level is unpersuasive. The fact that people voted for it 3-1 (read the fifth regime of Plato who warned of the tyranny of the majority) is unpersuasive. No “conservative” governor should be enacting laws – in Massachusetts or on Mars – that are contrary to the principles of the constitution vis-à-vis individual liberty. Romney doesn’t get to say, the citizens of Massachusetts wanted me to trample individual liberty and the constitution didn’t expressly forbid it so move along, there’s nothing to see here. BS. He owns Romneycare in all its despicably overreaching and socialistic glory.

So, we are left with Newt, Santorum or to stay home and let Obama continue to destroy the constitutional form of government and pray that the nations somehow emerges, like a phoenix, after this clown is finished with his destruction.

How’d we get to this point? In large part by continiung to blur the lin between conservative and libeeral policies. By voting for the likes of Bush/McCain/Gingrich/Romney/Huntsman/Christie/Pataki/Bloomburg/Whitman/Graham/Hatch.

noeastern on February 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I so wish you are wrong. I don’t really understand the workings of a brokered convention, but look at what they did to Hillary. She didn’t see that coming.
wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

They could have NEVER done that to Hillary without those (multiple expletives censored) SUPER DELEGATES.

Able to leap tall buildings with a SINGLE bound, the SUPER DELEGATES.

The FEW, the PROUD, the S U P E R D E L E G A T E S.

(Even if you hate Glenn’s guts, you’ll still get a good laugh from that link)

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Sarah should have been Prez 3 years ago…..:lol

dec5 on February 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I disagree, in the long run you can’t change what a person is and the longer you have to get a true picture, the better we all are. It will even help in framing the campaign because a lot of people are going to have to find positives to support a nominee that isn’t they first pick.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I agree they cannot change who they are, their innate instincts and abilities. But they can improve their skills, how they communicate, and their messaging. Which goes to my original comment, I would like to see Santorum improve his communication and messaging; which would help to see what is really inside the candidate. Hopefully we see improvement with the long campaign.

ray on February 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I like Sarah. She should have run . I really wanted Perry. That being said I will vote for whoever gets the Republican nomination. One more thing. There are plenty of “haters” of Romney here. Is that ok? How about Gingrich? Santorum?My point is even though tempers are high we need to pull together in this race or we will be seeing another 4 years of Obama…

sandee on February 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Hi Sandee,

I am not a Romney hater, but I just don’t trust him. While he keeps saying that he will kill Obamacare, Pam Bondi OTOH told Greta that he will implement his plan in all 50 states.

What’s the point? I totally agree with Sarah, Rush and others that keep commenting that Romney needs to be pushed to the right. Don’t flaunt it if you don’t have it.

I don’t mind Gingrich at all. WYSIWYG.

Rick Santorum, what is starting to get my attention is that he has no exec experience, just like Obama. While it’s true that he hasn’t governed a state to gain that executive experience his whole life you can tell where he stands for, what religion is, what are his priorities and has not gone off message of that. I DO want Rick S. to enhance and be as bold as he is with his socon values and flip it to ficon solutions and promote them to a hilt. So he has to work on that…

I believe some people have not caught on the message that Rick Santorum has brought to the table and are focusing on numbers, because there are certainly so many things wrong with this country that what he “preaches” mind you, is one of the roots of the United States’ problems. The other thing he has to show me/prove me is that he won’t be “bullied” or influenced into changing decisions once in the WH; that whoever is in his staff will turn his tide and change what he is and turn into a whole ‘nother Santorum.

It’s time that Santorum talks numbers. Then his polls will be even higher. It’s time for Newt to not only embrace volunteer-based campaign staffers, but to not be ashamed to ask for dinero. I am liking Calista, and it is time to kill it when it comes to their past. That’s over and done with.

Paul, WYSIWYG. I prefer Rand take over. I’d rather have Rand run for office. If Paul won the nomination, who’d he pick as VP, Rand? His son?

Sorry if there’s grammar/punct. errors, I am almost on the way out.

ProudPalinFan on February 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Sorry if there’s grammar/punct. errors, I am almost on the way out.
ProudPalinFan on February 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Unforgivable for a Sarah supporter, but lucky for you I’m feeling charitable today. : )

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Perhaps we could see a bit more flattering pics on the Palin threads instead of the ones we usually see…. Like some of these.
http://barbaricthoughts.com/2012/02/palin-at-cpac-photos/

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Awesome link wi farmgirl

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I hope Bmore and KOOLAID2 aren’t slacking off in our quest for 1,700. They will bring it I’m sure.

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Late, but watching Sarah defend her speech to Chris Wallace on Fox.

Romney is “evolving” toward “true conservatism” but she’s “not convinced”.

But then, Oh my, listening to Sarah talk about Trig, and her article in Newsweek…she’s so real, so normal, happy, and still plugs Lincoln’s Birthday in there. OMG, she is so honorable and precious. God Bless her!

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

…Sorry if there’s grammar/punct. errors, I am almost on the way out.
ProudPalinFan on February 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I hope you are ok. You have a nice focused blog site.

ray on February 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Although not a bible verse, I think this is appropriate.

“Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.” ~ Whittaker Chambers

Flora Duh on February 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Well well…Flora Duh is a brainiac. I knew she was. Nice quote.

Conservatism, from the mouth of babes like Munford, Katy the Lady and Flora Duh, is very sexy.

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

OT/
It’s WAR
Watch the awesomeness of Breitbart

redridinghood on February 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I totally missed this yesterday. That is awesome to say the least.

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Just remember last time, it took two days to get to 1700. We are well on our way.
1376

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

WELL LO AND BEHOLD THOU Hypocritical MITTBOTS.

Romney loved him some “earmarks”.

Read it and weep stone throwers.

http://news.yahoo.com/spin-meter-romney-backed-earmarks-governor-134733990.html

PappyD61 on February 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Just remember last time, it took two days to get to 1700. We are well on our way.
1376

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I salute you~~commander of the thread count and general of overall well-being—SIR.

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

SparkPlug
I’m also trying to get permission to bring the other Palin thread over here to this one.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Mittwits: “Everyone this election is excited about and united behind MITT ROMNEY!”

Conservatives: “Actually, we’re not. Many of us will probably even stay home.”

Mittwits: “Shut up! You’re trying to elect Obama! Romney’s the only one that can win! You like Romney! And even if you don’t, you will!”

Conservatives: “With a record like his? No we won’t.”

Mittwits: “LA LA LA! WE’RE NOT LISTENING!”

Conservatives: “…We know.”

Stoic Patriot on February 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Some of this would be good if she was running for office, but she isn’t. It would be great if Santorum would pick up some of this language and articulate some more tea party libertarian style beliefs, if it is in him.

ray on February 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

If they’re smart, ALL the candidates will pay attention to her audiences. She’s a one-woman focus group creator.

Barnestormer on February 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

..now imagine how underwhelmed Independents like myself feel with the republican primary field.

Dr Evil on February 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Compared to the uber-underwhelming Zerobama?

I know, we’re “scroomed”, but ABO. Then we hold it’s feet to FisCon fire, hopefully with assistance from a Tea Party Senate and House.

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

http://barbaricthoughts.com/2012/02/palin-at-cpac-photos/
wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Awesome link wi farmgirl
SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Y E S . I T . I S !

Any of you who haven’t seen it yet, SHOULD.

Great shots ‘farmgirl.
Makes me jealous, actually.

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

SparkPlug
You see if we could just add the 365 form there to here we would already be over 1700. Allah split them.Oh wait this one is Tina’s, never mind.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Stoic Patriot on February 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

True and funny.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

They could have NEVER done that to Hillary without those (multiple expletives censored) SUPER DELEGATES.

Able to leap tall buildings with a SINGLE bound, the SUPER DELEGATES.

The FEW, the PROUD, the S U P E R D E L E G A T E S.

(Even if you hate Glenn’s guts, you’ll still get a good laugh from that link)

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I have learned a lot from Glenn, I think he woke up many people with his program on Fox. That was pretty funny and explained it very well. Basically another scam for the Dems to pick their guy and take it away from the people. Thanks L2G.

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Good afternoon Haters.

xxessw = Hater
KeninCT = Hater
teliason = Hater
mountainaires = Hater
CW = Hater Surprised by this one.
csdeven = Hater
Isserley = Hater
pm123 = Hater

snip

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Note to Ed and AP: in case you haven’t noticed, here’s your Monday “to-do list: use the hammer on these that lower the quality of the CPAC Top Site”.

We want to stay “Top”, so time to take out the DNC/Kos paid trash.

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

thanks for the list, bmore!

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Great shots ‘farmgirl.
Makes me jealous, actually.

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Well tell AP to put up that great shot of her in the black sweater & jeans next time he posts a Palin thread. My husband gasped when he saw it…”she looks great” was what he said. I agree!!!

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I gave Sarah a standing ovation because I didn’t think that she knew how to read.

xxessw on February 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Dude.
Really?
Dude.

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Thanks for the link, those are great pictures!

tinkerthinker on February 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Except to a very few, she’s irrelevant. The Wasilla grifter talks a good game, but doesn’t put her money where her mouth is. Just extracts it from the fools who send it to her.

BTW, her candidate Newt has sunk like a stone in the polls, so her cred is out the window.

rubberneck on February 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

thanks for the list, bmore!

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

For a brief second there you had me worried. You didn’t strike my name from the list. I was scared, kinda like when the blue light comes on in your rear view.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

OT/
It’s WAR
Watch the awesomeness of Breitbart

redridinghood on February 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I totally missed this yesterday. That is awesome to say the least.
wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I reposted this to ‘carry’ the link.

I saw Andrew on Friday night.
Definitely one of the best out of the whole convention.

“It’s WAR”, sums it up rather accurately.

listens2glenn on February 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Except to a very few, she’s irrelevant. The Wasilla grifter talks a good game, but doesn’t put her money where her mouth is. Just extracts it from the fools who send it to her.

BTW, her candidate Newt has sunk like a stone in the polls, so her cred is out the window.

rubberneck on February 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Yep. That’s why she was the Keynoter Speaker at CPAC.

Idjit.

kingsjester on February 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

rubberneck on February 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

One more late arrival. How nice. Hater.

Mr. Galt, would you like to add it to the list or shall I?

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

shmendrick on February 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Warrior Princess. Nice.

noeastern on February 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Well said.

Btw, anyone noticed that the “diminished influence” meme seems not to be in evidence on the thread?

wolfsDad on February 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Thanks for the thread Tina.

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Good afternoon Haters.

xxessw = Hater
KeninCT = Hater
teliason = Hater
mountainaires = Hater
CW = Hater Surprised by this one.
csdeven = Hater
Isserley = Hater
pm123 = Hater

snip

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Note to Ed and AP: in case you haven’t noticed, here’s your Monday “to-do list: use the hammer on these that lower the quality of the CPAC Top Site”.

We want to stay “Top”, so time to take out the DNC/Kos paid trash.

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Or at least devise a program to just click and delete all their posts if you don’t feel like wading through the poo.

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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