Why isn’t Sarah running?

posted at 4:00 pm on February 12, 2012 by J.E. Dyer

I’ll take a crack at it.  Her CPAC speech today was a barn-burner, hitting every conservative, small-government point and pumping out soundbites that will no doubt resonate in the public dialogue for days to come.  Some of my favorites:

“Drain the Jacuzzi!”

“This government isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed.”

“We don’t want an economy built to last, we want an economy built to grow.”

“This is Obama’s Washington.”

I wonder, however, if one of the points she hammered throughout the speech really registered with her audience.  Her signature line in this speech was “The door is open.”  She meant that political conditions are becoming conducive to a renewed commitment to small government and liberty.  People’s mindsets are changing.  We are not governed by the “rules” of political seasons past; the door is open to choosing our candidates and charting our nation’s future on a different basis.  The door is open to not accepting a continuation of the false compromises of previous decades.

(As I go to press, I see that Tina Korbe picked up on this theme.)

I have referred to those false compromises – “compromises” in which the conservative, small-government side gave up virtually everything – as the “old consensus.”  I see it losing, bit by bit, in this primary season.  People are no longer obediently making their political choices within the parameters defined for them by the professional political class.

This doesn’t mean that the voters have ideal candidates with whom to make their statement against the old consensus.  Santorum and Gingrich both have their drawbacks, as Paul always has.  But a critical mass of voters has recognized that Romney is the old consensus, and they are rejecting it.  The CPAC vote was remarkable for Romney’s 38% — because it wasn’t bigger, because Santorum got 31%, and even Gingrich, in a conclave of the politically connected, got 15%.

Everyone outpolled Ron Paul at CPAC, even though he has regularly won the CPAC vote in the past.  This signals a change in the mindset of politically active conservatives – not merely a new perspective that it’s overwhelmingly important to defeat Obama, but a perspective that the core of the conservative movement is shifting, and we need a serious mainstream candidate because it is a life-or-death matter to be effective in the political process.

That obviously doesn’t mean the CPAC voters think we need a “moderate,” leadership- and media-approved candidate.  If it did, they would have gone for Romney, rather than voting 46% for the mainstream candidates who are not Romney – and who are perceived, in many if not all cases correctly, as less satisfied with and enthusiastically “managerial” about the matter of big government.

But the point to take away is that voter sentiment, as it relates to the meaning of different candidates and the basis of government, is changing.

And that, I think, is about half the reason why Sarah Palin didn’t throw her hat in the ring for this campaign cycle.  Her evaluation of political conditions is remarkably accurate and prescient:  she saw, long before most of the voters did, that the game of expectations itself needed to change, and that only we could do it.

What strategic value was there for Palin in participating in the Cynical Media Slime-fest and All-Out Kick-em-in-the-Nads, mud-slinging, business-as-usual, expectations-on-autopilot primary season?

Six or eight months ago, the sea change in the voters’ sentiments and propensities might have been foreseeable, but it hadn’t happened yet.  Those who think Palin could have won lots of primaries on the basis of pre-primary voter sentiments are wrong, I think.  After all, the business-as-usual approach – Karl Rove tells everyone how bad a candidate is, the media magnify his or her every quirk or mistake, the media and some (not all) of the other candidates pile on with allegations that range from hostile spin to outright falsehood – has so far felled our most conservative candidates.

But in the process, the voters have been changing.  That’s what Palin saw before others did.  Do I think she is counting the days to a brokered convention?  No.  There is no one who could reasonably adopt that as a “plan.”  She won’t run this year; that’s my rational assessment as well as my gut feeling.  (I could of course be wrong, although I think some big conditions will have to change more for that to be the case.)

But if she does run, it will not be because she has changed, but because we have.  There are political conditions in which she could run successfully, and conditions in which she couldn’t.  The latter have constituted our political environment up until the last couple of months.

If the conditions are changing now, I believe that is largely because voters are having to wise up to the flaws in our own thinking by going through this ugly spectacle.  We already knew that the media have no intention of giving our candidates a fair shake, and that many in the GOP leadership want to submarine the small-government conservatives.   What many voters didn’t understand is that if we want to select leaders of character, we have to graduate from high school, and overlook the vicissitudes of “presentation” that sometimes make good people look like buffoons to those who see without humility, mercy, or discrimination.  We have to see with better eyes.  We have to think independently of the jeers embedded in the media narrative.  We have to be wiser citizens, placing in political leadership only the hope that is appropriate to free men and women.

We can’t have a candidate who sounds like Mitt Romney, but will lead the way a small-government conservative would.  That’s not an option.  What we’re doing in this primary season is coming to grips with that reality.  I think Palin knew instinctively that we would have to, before it would make sense for her to jump back into the electoral fray.

But, as I said, I think that’s only about half the explanation.  The other half is that Palin is an evangelical Christian.  She believes God has a plan for her life, and that He gives her a certainty in her spirit about the big choices she has to make.  I suspect she has had a peaceful certainty that joining the campaign as a candidate for 2012 was not something she should do.  If she were to analyze it, she might say that God knows better than any of us how the voters’ concerns and expectations are going to change.

Meanwhile, the door is open.

J.E. Dyer’s articles have appeared at The Green Room, Commentary’s “contentions,Patheos, The Weekly Standard online, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative.

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I think she had every intention of running. Her bus tour was a strong indication for me. It’s been my opinion that something happened in late August/early September that presented a huge problem, and my best guess has been that it was in regard to the crazies who have stalked her and her family.

INC on February 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I agree. She was planning on running imo. There were several indicators: “When we announce, you won’t be able to miss it” “We’re going to go down swinging”, etc. If she hadn’t have been planning on running, she wouldn’t have cared when Perry announced. Remember the “That’s fine that Perry is running, even though he said he wouldn’t” thread here? That was a doozy.

I think you are correct on the timeline of when she changed her mind and I think she spent the next month figuring out how in the hell she was going to break the news to her supporters. She started floating the “you don’t have to have a title to make a difference” trial balloon more, but probably saw that it made little difference.

As far as what caused her to change her mind, I would really like to know. I doubt it was polling though. Rick Damn Santorum is the national frontrunner as of this minute. It should be obvious that if he can pull that off, Palin easily could have.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

milcus on February 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

boooooooooooo!

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Seriously? You honestly think I would waste my time (and my nerves, her voice is fingernails on chalkboard) listening to a Sarah Palin speech? Please. I didnt listen to any of it…just saw a couple blips on a press report.

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

lol.

Perfect.

Tim_CA on February 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

she can’t hold a candle to his record as a conservative.

eski502 on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Do you honestly believe Romneycare is evidence of Mitt’s Conservatism?
Or his forcing Catholic Hospitals in 2005 to offer the Morning-after pill?

That’s not the “fruits” of a Conservative.

kingsjester on February 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Mitt won the straw poll but Sarah won CPAC’s heart; Palin was absolutely electrifying, one of the better political speeches of recent years.
– Michael Medved
“… but… but… severely conservative!” ;)

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Do you have a link? That quote is surprising.

BoxHead1 on February 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Not true. They have spent millions because she is a joke, and they want the rest of the conservative movement to look like and be tied directly to her.

We don’t need a publicity loving, reality tv failed Governor who bailed on our state to lead our movement.

eski502 on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Logic fail.

If Palin were the publicity hound you think she’d be running for president.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Perchance they were actually onto something…..

Bradky on February 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Well, if the intellect displayed by our resident Palin haters is any indication, I doubt if being “onto something” is something they’re even capable of.

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Cripes…did she take your lunch money back in school?

I’m a reasonable support of Gov. Palin – I think she like all the candidate have strengths and weaknesses, except for Rep. Paul who’s just sane enough to be called crazy-eyes.

That being said, if she ran, she’d get my vote and support, but if she waits, I’m good with that too.

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Sarah wasn’t yesterday morning. hopefully this morning her iphone tells her different.

renalin on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

she can’t take the heat. She is not very bright.

Romney should be very grateful that she doesn’t like him.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I don’t think she’s a genius but I’ll bet she’s brighter than you

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

She quit her governorship after only two years to become a reality TV star and has done nothing to advance the cause of conservatism in America.

sheryl on February 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Why do you insist on showing your ignorance?

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

she can’t take the heat. She is not very bright.

Romney should be very grateful that she doesn’t like him.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

You have been so off your game lately.

Romney would absolutely KILL for her endorsement.

Again – You’re better than this.

Tim_CA on February 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

rik on February 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Compiling an exhaustive list of every last example of mouth-breathing illiteracy in one of Jailbreak’s ditherings is like attempting a precise hand count of the fat cells in one of Michael Moore’s butt cheeks. ;)

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Do you have a link? That quote is surprising.

BoxHead1 on February 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I gave you the link upstream. All you had to do was click on it.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

J.E. is a she …

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Really? Is she married?

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

The items missing from your grammatical assessment, sir, are, a personal pronoun, four commas, an apostrophe, and a subject-verb-object structure to pair with that clause you left standing all alone. Aside from all that, you’re as witty as any Wasilla wag that ever rebutted an insolent ungulate.

M240H on February 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Thank you for that – still laughing…

karra on February 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

After all, the business-as-usual approach – Karl Rove tells everyone how bad a candidate is, the media magnify his or her every quirk or mistake, the media and some (not all) of the other candidates pile on with allegations that range from hostile spin to outright falsehood – has so far felled our most conservative candidates.

I found this observation most interesting. Why has Karl Rove been given this power by the media?

Fallon on February 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

she can’t take the heat. She is not very bright.

Romney should be very grateful that she doesn’t like him.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Look who took time out…from drooling!

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I don’t think she’s a genius but I’ll bet she’s brighter than you

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I have a shoe that is smarter than lib4life.

VegasRick on February 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

J.E. is a she …

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Really? Is she married?

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

lol.

Tim_CA on February 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I don’t think she’s a genius but I’ll bet she’s brighter than you

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Well, proclaiming oneself a “liberal4life” certainly doesn’t seem very bright.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

“the door is open”

Cross over Sarah, Come in to the light!!!

They could stop all this crap they are doing and you’d be THE Conservative Candidate WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!!!!!!

RealMc on February 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

It appears those that call themselves republicans who despise SP the most are the RINO’s or worse the Elite Establishment types. Interesting. The real hatered comes from the progs/socialists, that hatred is something to behold.

D-fusit on February 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

She didn’t run because she knew she would get the O’Donnell, Miller and Angle treatment from the Establishment: sniping endless at her, undercutting her at every turn, refusing to raise money for her, working to see her fail. That is what happens to O’Donnell, Miller and Angle. Rather than accept the will of the Republican base and work to get them elected, the Establishment went into overdrive to make sure that those Tea Party Senatorial candidates got the deep six treatment. Remember Rove endless criticisms of O’Donnell? The total lack of support for those three from Establishment, both in the media and politics?

Sarah knew the same fate awaited her. She could have run the table and had the nomination sewn up by April, had ten of thousands turn up at every rally, had a hundred million in small donations flood her campaign (I was ready to donate $1,000 to her), have the base in red hot energized mode and still the Establishment would work overtime to see her fail. The rumor on the street is that she was told in September that she would never have the support she needed to win; the money, the consultants, the backing of other elected officials. That is why we all saw the change in her the later part of September. The incident in North Hollywood with Bristol was the last straw and she listened to the No vote of Track and Willow. So she stood aside and we are left with Mitt, Newt, Rick and Ron. We are the ones that lost out. Sarah got to be free. And it shows. She is more radiant than ever. The weight she was prepared to carry with a Servant’s heart has been lifted away. Now she walks with a glint in her eye because that burden is not hers to carry. What should have been.

BTW A brokered convention will not work in Sarah’s favor. Don’t delude yourself. My guess is Daniels would emerge from a brokered convention, not Sarah.

Tarnsman on February 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

J.E. is a she …

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

J.E. is a chick? Hey noooow…

Anyway, another great article, as usual! It’s a shame Palin isn’t running. Now you have to write about the conservative awesomeness that is Rewttorum!

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

https://twitter.com/#!/MedvedSHOW/status/168801842120232960

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

WOW. That’s incredible for Medved to say that.

conservative pilgrim on February 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Do you have a link? That quote is surprising.

BoxHead1 on February 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM. Page One of this very thread.

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

She quit her governorship after only two years to become a reality TV star and has done nothing to advance the cause of conservatism in America.

sheryl on February 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Why do you insist on showing your ignorance?

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Winner!!

Chitown2424 on February 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM
hey dumba**:
My MOTHER also has degrees in communications-BA and MA-and she got her BA at the age of…41.
There is NOTHING wrong with a degree in communications….absolutely NOTHING.
Btw: I may never finish my BA in history. I don’t have a college degree. So what.
The pages of history overflow with detritus of well-educated fools.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

[She] . . appeals to the lower to middle class conservative voting contingency by flaunting that she isn’t that educated.

You don’t sound educated. It’s contingent, not contingency.

She . . .was absolutely lambasted by a large portion of our population as a political joke during the 2008 election.

She was lambasted by the media, not the people.

Emperor Norton on February 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Hey ‘twerp, did you ever check out Jindal’s CPAC speech? It was very good.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Do you mind listing her extreme positions for us rubes?

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I shall do that…soon.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

You’re off your meds again, aren’t you?

kingsjester on February 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Isn’t that cute, did you renew your code pink membership yet?

D-fusit on February 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

She’s someone who can articulate conservative talking points as base bait and appeals to the lower to middle class conservative voting contingency by flaunting that she isn’t that educated. She didn’t even do a full term as governor and was absolutely lambasted by a large portion of our population as a political joke during the 2008 election. I appreciate what she did in energizing the tea party movement, but there’s no way she’d win a presidential race. I have yet to see any facts that indicate otherwise.

Kriggly on February 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Romney is currently being lambasted as a political joke by a large portion of our population. He has spent how much money trying to win this and the last primary? He’s not even smart enough to pick up on the hint that we’re just not that into him. He had since the last primary to develop some conservative credentials, but instead spent his time making promises to his big money donors and buying off or sliming his opponents. Oh, and there are more of us than there are of you, so deal with it.

Night Owl on February 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Logic fail.

If Palin were the publicity hound you think she’d be running for president.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I know. “Palin’s not running for president because she’s a media whore.” Only liberals can come up with such idiocy. And these are the people claiming Palin’s not smart. Oh boy.

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Dammit…..I really had high hopes for this one.

But, alas……it’s in the end reverted to parroting tired liberal dogma and tossing grenades.

I know it’s where they all end up…..I just thought this one would last longer.

Tim_CA on February 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

You don’t sound educated. It’s contingent, not contingency.

Emperor Norton on February 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Is it some sort of article of cosmic law, that those suffering most profoundly and demonstrably from Rampaging PDS are invariably illiterates…? ;)

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

She didn’t run because she knew she would get the O’Donnell, Miller and Angle treatment from the Establishment:

Tarnsman on February 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

which shows she isnt the fighter her sycophants claims she is. she’s a tax raising, wealth re-distributing progessive populist. her record in alaska shows just that if sarah cultists would actually look at what she did

chasdal on February 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Up from your nap I see. Come over here and let me burp you. How were your dreams? Still having the nightmare I see. That’s okay little one, everything will be fine, just wait you’ll see. Alright back to sleep little one.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Everyone outpolled Ron Paul at CPAC, even though he has regularly won the CPAC vote in the past. This signals a change in the mindset of politically active conservatives

Wrong.

Paul did not pay for his acolytes to attend CPAC. Romney did.

Still, Romney only receive 38%.

The critical question is which anti-Romney will get the nomination?

slp on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Sarah Palin’s Al Sharpton?
Dang! Sure fooled me.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

all she cares about is selling books and speeches.

She is not smart enough to debate Obama one on one. Thats why she chickened out.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

which shows she isnt the fighter her sycophants claims she is. she’s a tax raising, wealth re-distributing progessive populist. her record in alaska shows just that if sarah cultists would actually look at what she did

chasdal on February 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Self-imposed ignorance doesn’t become you.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist I am an idiot and a moron and must be banished from American politics Hotair forever.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Fixed.

JPeterman on February 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Gov. Palin is the most successful project of destruction ever taken on by the media. I don’t believe she has any possible entrance back into the political arena unless she were to have a stunningly successful tenure as a cabinet member. We are getting ready to elect the father of Obamacare to do what? Reduce government spending and regulation, sure we are.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

She quit her governorship after only two years to become a reality TV star and has done nothing to advance the cause of conservatism in America.

sheryl on February 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

But Romney has. You Romney-azzdwellers are not very bright.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The meme that right-wingers are dumb hicks and rednecks pretty much got started on The Tonight Show, where starting in 1977, Johnny Carson played a recurring character named Floyd R. Turbo.

He wore a hunting jacket and hat and delivered a broadcast editorial.

To Carson, this was a Republican. To MSNBC, it is now.

Emperor Norton on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Can you give me a list of Palin’s political positions that aren’t supported by the majority of Americans? I bet you can’t.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

You know who doesn’t think she’s a joke? The democrats and the media. No one spends millions trying to destroy a joke.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

this is grand :-)..so, you’re saying that media doesn’t spend big money on entertainment and circus??…panem et circenses (or to put it in a language that you speak: ‘bread and circus’) must be the single most salient appeasement ‘doctrine’ used by the political class since the Roman Empire to this day…

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Because President Corpseman…President 57 States is like soooo like totally smart and stuff.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

which shows she isnt the fighter her sycophants claims she is. she’s a tax raising, wealth re-distributing progessive populist. her record in alaska shows just that if sarah cultists would actually look at what she did

chasdal on February 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

OK, let’s look at what she did.

http://pa4palin.blogspot.com/p/gov-palins-record.html

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Seriously? You honestly think I would waste my time (and my nerves, her voice is fingernails on chalkboard) listening to a Sarah Palin speech? Please. I didnt listen to any of it…just saw a couple blips on a press report.

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This ^ moron says the same thing on every Palin thread that has shown on HA since he/she got in!
Has some degree from a non-accccreddddited cereal box, or something.
Even the people that sent this moron here, have to be embarassed about it by now! Can’t even troll right!

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

JPeterman on February 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Luckily stupid isn’t a reason to be excluded from HotAir.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

all she cares about is selling books and speeches.

She is not smart enough to debate Obama one on one. Thats why she chickened out.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Still waiting for that list of her extreme positions.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

all she cares about is selling books and speeches.

She is not smart enough to debate Obama one on one. Thats why she chickened out.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

1.) Sentences begin with capital letters.

2.) “One-on-one” is a hyphenate.

3.) “That’s” has an apostrophe.

Five bucks says Sarah Palin learned all of those at the appropriate time, in grammar school. What’s your excuse…?

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Still, Romney only receive 38%.

The critical question is which anti-Romney will get the nomination?

slp on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

No, Romney only received 38% of those who voted. Sixty-five percent didn’t vote because they knew it was a waste of time.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Isn’t there a moose wandering around in the tundra minding it’s own business that needs to be shot?

JFS61 on February 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

She won’t run this year; that’s my rational assessment as well as my gut feeling. (I could of course be wrong, although I think some big conditions will have to change more for that to be the case.)

Wow, ya think?
So…insightful, but then of course I could be wrong.

greataunty on February 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Why isn’t Sarah running?

Cause she can’t win. She just can’t carry the bulk of the independent vote necessary to win these days.

To be sure, she’s a force to be reckoned with. And she can sure fire up the conservative base.

BacaDog on February 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Do you mind listing her extreme positions for us rubes?

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Let me help liberal4life:

1.Breathing.

2.Being conservative.

3.Being attractive.

4.Not killing her baby.

5.Daring to challenge Obama at the height of his messianic campaign at the convention.

This is extreme to libs.

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Gov. Palin is the most successful project of destruction ever taken on by the media.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

This.

(Love or hate her politics……doesn’t matter. If you deny the above, It’s YOU that’s a simpleton, or moron, or whatever MSM phrase attributed to the governor that you’ve latched on to and made your own.)

Tim_CA on February 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Straw polls are just that.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

You’re just jealous because she’s gorgeous and you’re not. Some women are just petty like that.

daddysgirl on February 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Sarah Palin’s Al Sharpton?
Dang! Sure fooled me.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The makeup artist/sfx guy is sure to win an Emmy for that one. The speech coach too.

Buckshot Bill on February 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

this is grand :-)..so, you’re saying that media doesn’t spend big money on entertainment and circus??…panem et circenses (or to put it in a language that you speak: ‘bread and circus’) must be the single most salient appeasement ‘doctrine’ used by the political class since the Roman Empire to this day…

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I’m saying the democrats don’t routinely go after someone and try to dissuade them from ever going after national office again if they think they’re a joke. The entire democrat campaign to bankrupt and demoralize Palin after the 2008 election wasn’t because they thought she was a joke. The media does their part creating a misperception of Palin that people who are too lazy to do their own research accept.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

JFS61 on February 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I’m against hunting…but your comment is still inane.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

LMAO…I’d much rather see Palin on t.v than that second rate Rev. Ike…

…and yeah, I went there. :o)

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Toting guns

Fishing

Hunting

Eathing the establishment for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Isn’t there a moose wandering around in the tundra minding it’s own business that needs to be shot?

JFS61 on February 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Go for it Sparky….

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

She’s not running because she know she would get hammered like a nail again and that would significantly hurt her earning potential. You make more cabbage laying in the cut throwing bombs then failing for everybody to see. Plus she couldn’t quit this deal like she did with her previous gig.

Your Mamma loves me on February 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Quitting the governorship of Alaska hamstrung Palin from seeking the presidency- “If you can’t stand that little, local heat, how could you stand the blast furnace of the presidency?”- until she rescues/restores her gravitas with a Senatorial position.

If Palin fails to do that, she has no chance to win a presidential level majority in any Oval Office race, having been cartoonized in the popular mind as the consummate lightweight.

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Eathing = eating

Plus

Patriot

Pro Military

Unabashed pro-U.S. American

“Bible-thumper”

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

she can’t take the heat.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Can’t take the heat?? Even you don’t believe that. She got served an S-sandwich by half of McCain’s campaign team and the entire national press, every effin day of the campaign and never once lost her cool.

Obambi couldn’t take ONE day of the heat she regularly endures. You can make fun of her voice, or where she grew up and went to school. One thing you can’t HONESTLY accuse Sarah Palin of, is being a wilting flower. She’s got more guts than most the men in the GOP.

I truly believe she could stand toe to toe with Putin and not blink. We’ve seen how well our current President has done with him.

TugboatPhil on February 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

JFS61 on February 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Ah, come now you can do better then that, try again. Come on now something witty.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Well, if the intellect displayed by our resident Palin haters is any indication, I doubt if being “onto something” is something they’re even capable of.

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

LOL

Night Owl on February 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Sarah Palin is an extremist and must be banished from American politics.

liberal4life on February 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Can you give me a list of Palin’s political positions that aren’t supported by the majority of Americans? I bet you can’t.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I’m still waiting.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

If Palin was serious about change then she would’ve ran, win or lose. Sure, she can generate wild enthusiasm among the conservative GOP base, which is more than Mitt Romney seems capable of doing, to be sure. But Romney is running. So is Gingrich and Santorum and all the rest who gave it their best but came up short. Meanwhile, Palin, Christie, Daniels and others give rousing speeches telling us time is short, the situations is dire, we need leadership to rise to the occasion, and so forth.

No kidding. Where were you?

troyriser_gopftw on February 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Did you major in BS?

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Haha. Great list. Especially number 5. I have long maintained that Palin’s line about the Greek colums being returned to the prop lot was the first time in the entire election cycle that liberals felt the slightest bit of fear that they might not win. From that second on she had to be destroyed.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

You know who doesn’t think she’s a joke? The democrats and the media.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

And Mittbots. Just by existing she shows how weak and deficient Romney is.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

She should be running. She would win.

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

See J.E., see whats happening here, same as the first Palin thread. These comments should be included in the first.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

She couldnt even handle one single term of a governorship for a state with relatively few people. She is so unpopular in her own state that her endorsement is seen as a negative…hello Senator Murkowski.

She is a clown and her supporters are mostly clowns too.

Neat, huh?

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

If Palin fails to do that, she has no chance to win a presidential level majority in any Oval Office race, having been cartoonized in the popular mind as the consummate lightweight.

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

go crawl back under your rock. the left hasn’t quite yet turned your brain to mush with their talking points.

renalin on February 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

She is a product of the right wing goofball media that makes money from the lower class that wont get out of the lower class because of their lack of intellectual effort.

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Irony, how sweet thou art!

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

She’s not running because she know she would get hammered like a nail again and that would significantly hurt her earning potential. You make more cabbage laying in the cut throwing bombs then failing for everybody to see. Plus she couldn’t quit this deal like she did with her previous gig.

Your Mamma loves me on February 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

She’s been hammered for almost four years. Being “hammered” wouldn’t be new to Palin. She’s not running because as J.E. said, she’s waiting for us to change. Until we figure out electing the same people over and over again isn’t going to fix anything then there’s no reason for her to run.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Gov. Palin is the most successful project of destruction ever taken on by the media. I don’t believe she has any possible entrance back into the political arena unless she were to have a stunningly successful tenure as a cabinet member. We are getting ready to elect the father of Obamacare to do what? Reduce government spending and regulation, sure we are.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Just as Obama is the most successful media creation ever. Palin is all too aware of the power of the media. Their position has not wavered. That is likely on of the major reasons she is not running. There is not enough money to overcome the media’s Obama promotion machine.

talkingpoints on February 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Why isn’t Sarah running?
You mean she isn’t? Then what in the hell is she doing on TV all the time?

borntoraisehogs on February 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

She couldnt even handle one single

She is a clown and her supporters are mostly clowns too.

Neat, huh?

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The clown is you, dummy. She can spell better than you, and she’s not “educated”, as you claim.

Irony is thicker than molasses.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

J.E. makes some good points. It will be the times that choose Sarah Palin and they will.

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

She is a product of the right wing goofball media that makes money from the lower class that wont get out of the lower class because of their lack of intellectual effort.

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

LOL. You just outed the democratic voter base.

Well done!

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

She is manna from Heaven for internet traffic.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Key West Reader, I answered you yesterday.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

he couldnt even handle more than a single term of a governorship. He is so unpopular in his own state that his endorsement is seen as a negative…hello Governor Patrick.

He is a clown and his supporters are mostly clowns too.

Neat, huh?

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Yup. Pretty neat.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Why isn’t Sarah running?
You mean she isn’t? Then what in the hell is she doing on TV all the time?

borntoraisehogs on February 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Getting attention. See, it pulled you in here.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Her conservative education, or lack thereof, is still better than your leftie one, dummy.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

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