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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idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Hopefully you read the article instead of just the headline..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

So how did the date go, I set you up with? Better then that website you were on, right? So let me know all the details. Its so exciting bringing people together isn’t it Kenin ?

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Can we all just agree to ignore the troll? That guy is the epitome of the word.

CW on February 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Which one?

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

How can someone so dumb make so much money?

chewmeister on February 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I wonder that every day…the Obamas will live the lives of billionaires, forever, based on absolutely nada. It will be the travesty to the entire productive world.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

“Jug-ears” is busy cleaning up the mess that the cowardly male cheerleader left behind.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

He sure is awfully slow about it…what’s economic growth now, 0.002%? To be revised downward?

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Which one?

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

LOL.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

But she also helped them out. One of her biggest missteps was an unforced error. Perky Katie asked her what magazines she reads? The Governor whiffed.

We need to avoid glossing over that error. It was a defining moment for her political future. The young kids don’t pay attention to much, but that resonated with them and anyone on the fence at all.

EconomicNeocon on February 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Does it matter to you that the Couric interview that aired consisted of 20 heavily edited minutes of over six hours of interviews? It’s just like when Palin speaks or writes something. The media takes excerpts and makes them out to be something that’s extreme.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Palin has damaged her conservative credentials so severely, by supporting Gingrich, that she may have lost the support necessary to every make a serious run (as a conservative) for the presidency. When Palin abandoned the conservative movement, and joined forces with “progressive” Gingrich – she violated her own (supposed) beliefs and the beliefs of her millions of supporters. Gingrich is morally bankrupt, and is a dirty, progressive, Washington insider; Is this not what Palin has fought against for years?

It is unclear exactly why Palin has given up on the conservative movement, but many of us who once supported her, and SarahPAC, are still looking for answers about her bizarre support and defense of Gingrich.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

She was on God’s path for her and she turned from it.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You can’t possibly know what God’s path for Sarah Palin might or might not be, and whenever someone claims a Charlton Heston movie moment of Divine Revelation where a beam of blinding light comes down accompanied by celestial choirs and Bach background music, I tend to distrust whatever else they might say, good or bad.

Truth is, Sarah Palin and her people looked hard at the numbers and figured she had no chance of winning in 2012 whatever scenario they played out. That’s how these calculations are made. So if she can’t win, then what? As it is, her high profile and strong base support translates to influence. That influence, along with her endorsement of candidates and incumbents at state- and national-level politics, enables her to shape platform and policies. Sarah Palin is my age, which is comparatively young in politics. Her time might come, it might not. No way to know.

I still say she should’ve gone for broke this year and made a run for it. You can’t win if you don’t play.

troyriser_gopftw on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Romney will not disappoint conservatives.

matthew8787 on February 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Absolutely true, in two vital respects:

1.) It’s exceedingly difficult, if not downright impossible, to “disappoint” those who wisely — based upon your own public track record, mind — expect less than nothing from you to begin with.

2.) Mittens will never achieve the presidency. You (and he; or, rather, He) have no clue whatsoever just how savage and merciless a fire hammer is going to come crashing down upon his aspirations, once he reaches the southern states. Demonstrable liberals from Massachusetts — particularly those responsible for formulating the precursor to the justly reviled ObamaCare — will resoundingly reject him; and even today’s imbecilic GOP machine knows full well that there is no conceivable path to Oval Office for them, sans the south.

Book it. Bank it. Bet the mortgage on it.

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

“Jug-ears” is busy cleaning up the mess that the cowardly male cheerleader left behind.

Mission Accomplished, REAL American!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Same old talking points with no basis in fact behind them.
Another liberal robot.

chewmeister on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

shmendrick on February 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

You may be right. But I am one former palinista who will not put on the uniform a second time. My first tour of duty has not even been acknowledged, let alone had any gratitude expressed, yet she has all the money and I’m still where I was.

Even a hooker gives you a kiss on the cheek (so I’ve heard).

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

He has too much baggage, is too dumb, and is only out for the money.

lhuffman34 on February 12, 2012 at 5:29

Obama2012.

Have some more peas. Oh, and have an abortion on me!

BHO 2012

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Romney will not disappoint conservatives.

matthew8787 on February 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Just like Obama doesn’t.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Mission Accomplished!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

that old canard…where is the anti war movement today?

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

wrong argument ;) Kobe Bryant anyone? how about lady gaga?

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I wouldn’t say either is exactly stupid.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

He sure is awfully slow about it…what’s economic growth now, 0.002%? To be revised downward?

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

That’s a valid point. But since it becomes more evident each day that he has through 2016 to get the job done I’m not too worried.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I find familiarity to be contemptuous.
*wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Good speech at CPAC. Did she write it?

Does anyone know?

MrLynn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

that old canard…where is the anti war movement today?

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

OWS. Dirty hippie communists are just like checkers on a board. The commie leaders just move them to wherever they need them.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Romney will not disappoint conservatives.

matthew8787 on February 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

No, he won’t. The Conservative Base views him as a left-leaning Moderate…and sho’ ’nuff, that’s how he governs.

kingsjester on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

That’s a valid point. But since it becomes more evident each day that he has through 2016 to get the job done I’m not too worried.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Get what job done? Turning us into Greater Pyongyang?

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

that old canard…where is the anti war movement today?

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Occupy Wall Street, same thugs, same source of funding, different venue

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

You may be right. But I am one former palinista who will not put on the uniform a second time. My first tour of duty has not even been acknowledged, let alone had any gratitude expressed, yet she has all the money and I’m still where I was.

Even a hooker gives you a kiss on the cheek (so I’ve heard).

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Looks like John Ziegler just showed up….LOL

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Come on now, date details, how was your date?

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I still say she should’ve gone for broke this year and made a run for it. You can’t win if you don’t can’t play against the Obama Machine and his compliant MSM.

troyriser_gopftw on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

There, there, dear.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Get what job done? Turning us into Greater Pyongyang?

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Stay tuned! Great things are coming. Since this isn’t N Korea, however, you’re free to leave!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

She was on God’s path for her and she turned from it.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You can actually prove a statement this breathtakingly imbecilic, right?

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Good speech at CPAC. Did she write it?

Does anyone know?

MrLynn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Doesn’t matter. The best of the best have help, if they’re smart.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Good speech at CPAC. Did she write it?

Does anyone know?

MrLynn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Unless Palin has a speech writer tied up in her basement that no one knows about … she wrote it.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Palin has damaged her conservative credentials so severely, by supporting Gingrich, that she may have lost the support necessary to every make a serious run (as a conservative) for the presidency. When Palin abandoned the conservative movement, and joined forces with “progressive” Gingrich – she violated her own (supposed) beliefs and the beliefs of her millions of supporters. Gingrich is morally bankrupt, and is a dirty, progressive, Washington insider; Is this not what Palin has fought against for years?

It is unclear exactly why Palin has given up on the conservative movement, but many of us who once supported her, and SarahPAC, are still looking for answers about her bizarre support and defense of Gingrich.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Palin has made it quite clear that her so-called support of Gingrich was limited to three primaries for the purpose of keeping the process going. Is that too difficult for you to comprehend?

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Does it matter to you that the Couric interview that aired consisted of 20 heavily edited minutes of over six hours of interviews? It’s just like when Palin speaks or writes something. The media takes excerpts and makes them out to be something that’s extreme.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I actually think that’s a legitimate critique. Palin should have told Nicole Wallace to go pound sand when she suggested the Couric interview. Then again, she should have told McCain to go pound sand when he asked her to be on the ticket. Of all the mistakes and missteps she made, signing on with that pathetic inept campaign was the worst.

Walter Sobchak on February 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM
Come on now, date details, how was your date?

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

What date? You’re a strange person. Try to watch The Undefeated with your pants on.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Palin has damaged her conservative credentials so severely, by supporting Gingrich, that she may have lost the support necessary to every make a serious run (as a conservative) for the presidency.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The reception to and aftermath of her CPAC appearance says otherwise. Romney on the other hand is walking wounded.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

May all the looters of the world spontaneously combust. The dummy moochers can’t help that they’re that stupid.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Tarnsman on February 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I figured it was something like this or even worse. So sad we have to sit back and take this crap. Why can’t we have someone we want to run instead of who they pick.

wi farmgirl on February 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

While I think she would have easily beaten Romney for the nomination and been a stronger general election candidate than anyone currently running, I understand why she chose not to run.

She is good position right now. She is beloved by the conservative base, her influence on the Conservative Movement is greater than ever before, and yet she does not have to deal as much with the negative aspects of media scrutiny she would’ve faced if she ran.

Norwegian on February 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Stay tuned! Great things are coming. Since this isn’t N Korea, however, you’re free to leave!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Since you don’t agree with the majority of Americans, nor their ideology, you first.

kingsjester on February 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Good speech at CPAC. Did she write it?

Does anyone know?

MrLynn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Why? You need a job?

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

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

What? Are you *BLEEP*ing kidding me???

I volunteer to debate the guy!

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Stay tuned! Great things are coming. Since this isn’t N Korea, however, you’re free to leave!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

It’s going to be hard when gas is $12 a gallon.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

You know Kenin I went out of my way to set you up on that date, by the way your date still hasn’t made it back, are you hiding something?

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Did you major in BS?

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Never ask a question you are the demonstration of.

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

OWS. Dirty hippie communists are just like checkers on a board. The commie leaders just move them to wherever they need them.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Look up Mrs. Obama’s deep fried chicken heads.

Better than the average nugget, she’s here to tell us. LOL.

Fiber.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

It’s going to be hard when gas is $12 a gallon.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Gas prices are the Kenyan’s fault? Keep hoping for doom, Real American. Remember, if it’s bad for America it’s grreeat for REAL America.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

“Jug-ears” My mom is busy cleaning up the mess that the cowardly male cheerleader I just left behind in my diapers.

Mission Accomplished, REAL American Yay Mom!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Fixed

JPeterman on February 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Stay tuned! Great things are coming.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I have the sinking suspicion that your definition of “great things” may differ from mine. Specifically in the realms of higher taxation and greater governmental control over people’s lives.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Sure Kenin, I’m the strange one, what did you do with your date? Don’t make me call the law on you.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

[I]t’s difficult to exaggerate the significance of Santorum’s trifecta this week in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado. In 2008, Romney won Minnesota by a mile (if you define a mile as 19 percentage points), winning more than half the counties. On Tuesday, he lost every county and came in third place. In Missouri, he lost every county, and Santorum won every county. In Colorado, where Romney was the heavy favorite, he lost by 5 percentage points, 40- 35. In 2008, Romney won Colorado with 60 percent of the vote; he won 56 counties out of 64. On Tuesday, he captured a mere 16 counties in Colorado.

The lamentations of Team Romney count for little. They prattle about low turnout, as if the “front-runner’s” failure to excite the base is an asset. They mutter that these were beauty contests and non-binding votes where no delegates were awarded.

True enough. But no delegates were awarded in the Iowa Caucuses either. Romney seemed to think those mattered. More important, these three states offered a huge referendum on Romney, and the crowd rose up to say, “Meh.”

Man, oh man… when Mittens has finally begun the sadly inevitable process of losing even the formerly worshipful National Review…! ;)

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

She is good position right now. She is beloved by the conservative base, her influence on the Conservative Movement is greater than ever before, and yet she does not have to deal as much with the negative aspects of media scrutiny she would’ve faced if she ran.

Norwegian on February 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

That is not why she did not run. Always listen to her words. She said she did not run because of logistics. She did not have enough people required, people she could trust.

promachus on February 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Gas prices are the Kenyan’s fault? Keep hoping for doom, Real American. Remember, if it’s bad for America it’s grreeat for REAL America.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Do you ever have a point? You talk in circles reminiscent of a mentally ill homeless person.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Gas prices are the Kenyan’s fault? Keep hoping for doom, Real American. Remember, if it’s bad for America it’s grreeat for REAL America.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Obama’s failed. Romney’s failing. Kleenex?

kingsjester on February 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Good speech at CPAC. Did she write it?

Does anyone know?

MrLynn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Did you notice that the only time she gave her notes anything more than a quick glance was when she recited the two Reagan quotes? Those words didn’t come from just her lips, they came from her heart. That’s why she connects with people whether she’s giving a speech or meeting them on a rope line. What she says is what she believes, not what someone has written for her, unlike Obummer or even Romney for that matter.

NoNails on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

You can’t possibly know what God’s path for Sarah Palin might or might not be, and whenever someone claims a Charlton Heston movie moment of Divine Revelation where a beam of blinding light comes down accompanied by celestial choirs and Bach background music, I tend to distrust whatever else they might say, good or bad.

Truth is, Sarah Palin and her people looked hard at the numbers and figured she had no chance of winning in 2012 whatever scenario they played out. That’s how these calculations are made. So if she can’t win, then what? As it is, her high profile and strong base support translates to influence. That influence, along with her endorsement of candidates and incumbents at state- and national-level politics, enables her to shape platform and policies. Sarah Palin is my age, which is comparatively young in politics. Her time might come, it might not. No way to know.

I still say she should’ve gone for broke this year and made a run for it. You can’t win if you don’t play.

troyriser_gopftw on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Of course I can tell what God’s plan is for someone, as long as the person is a chosen one. Otherwise, how could I tell who is a fraud and who is real on the spiritual battlefield?

Sadly, you snark about Heston and blinding light means that you aren’t aware of how God talks to His own. But that is not a big deal. What is a big deal is for one of His to get cold feet. I think there were enough Scriptual stories in my comment for anyone to understand what was going on with Sarah. And then you PROVE I’m right by reciting statistical awareness and how it showed her she should not run.

Exactly. But the test was the guy who talked to her in Iowa after her speech while he had tears streaming down his face. That was the proof that the numbers didn’t matter. But Sarah missed it, and so did you.

You can relax. God still wins in the end.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

It’s Lisa Jackson and Brock Obama are going to be hard when gas is $12 a gallon.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Accurate.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

JPeterman on February 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I know that the diaper reference is just another shot at David Vitter. He’s a good christian and supports the troops. Leave him out of it.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Meanwhile, Sarah will endorse John McCain and stump for him and fools will bend over backwards to defend her.

Dante on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Through trade negotiations. Even though they are carrying most of our debt, they need us for their economy to survive.

chewmeister on February 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

aha, the much needed nuance…’negotiating with them’ is not exactly ‘standing up to them’…it means that you do not come from a position of strength or advantage, you just have as much leverage as they do in the process, and that was precisely my point, expressed somewhat sarc-ly…and btw, trade negotiations with China as far as I know is the position taken by every single candidate in the GOP race, isn’t it, I mean it;s not that you do anything with/about China, but ‘negotiate’…the post I was responded to was implying that she would be somehow the only qualified to ‘stand up to China and Russia’, coz… I don’t know exactly why, the argument was rather irrational…coz she’s Putin in skirt or something like this…

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I actually think that’s a legitimate critique. Palin should have told Nicole Wallace to go pound sand when she suggested the Couric interview. Then again, she should have told McCain to go pound sand when he asked her to be on the ticket. Of all the mistakes and missteps she made, signing on with that pathetic inept campaign was the worst.

Walter Sobchak on February 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

She probably made the mistake assuming they too wanted to win.

the_nile on February 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Never ask a question you are the demonstration of.

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Is that all you’ve got? LOL

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Meanwhile, Sarah will endorse John McCain and stump for him and fools will bend over backwards to defend her.

Dante on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Looks like Dr. Paul is an also-ran again. Kleenex?

kingsjester on February 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Gas prices are the Kenyan’s fault?

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Hey, even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Never ask a question you are the demonstration of.

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

A preposition, never end a sentence with.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Stay tuned! Great things are coming.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Yeah. That’s why we are wiping out the Dem caucus. From Sea to Shining Sea, babe. From Sea to Shining Sea.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

He sure is awfully slow about it…what’s economic growth now, 0.002%? To be revised downward?

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Seems you found the obvious.

CW on February 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

She was on God’s path for her and she turned from it.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

She is still on God’s path for her. God is sovereign. She isn’t.

The Rogue Tomato on February 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

great things! like inflation, higher taxes, loss of liberty, continued exposure to coma inducing TOTUS recitations…but people get free cell phones!

great. effin’. things.

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Is that all you’ve got? LOL

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Go on. Make a statement of your own.

I will wait, only because I am kind to the cause of the retarded mentality of leftist mantras. But please, do… do go on.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Meanwhile, Sarah will endorse John McCain and stump for him and fools will bend over backwards to defend her.

Dante on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Let’s say for argument’s sake, she had decided to tell McCain to get lost when he asked her for endorsement in his 2010 AZ senate race. She certainly would have had every right after he allowed Schmidt and Wallace to savage her in the press and blame their ridiculous losing campaign on her. Instead of being called a sellout rino which is what I assume you are insinuating, she would have been called a flaky Benedict Arnold, etc. How is that any better?

Plus it’s not like there was strong conservative trying to unseat McCain. It was JD “here’s how to get free money from the government” Hayworth. It was a no win situation.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Why isn’t Sarah running?

Two words: Death Threats

Serious stalkers and credible death threats against her and every member of her family come in regularly from lefty goons. That’s how the left operates. It’s all they got. Own it, csdeven and the rest of you brain-damaged Palin-haters. That’s YOU and all your scumbag peeps. As we say in SC, “F’ckallyall”, PDS’ers.

Harbingeing on February 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Well bless your insipid little heart.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:Lol—–:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Go on. Make a statement of your own.

I will wait, only because I am kind to the cause of the retarded mentality of leftist mantras. But please, do… do go on.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

What the hell are you talking about?

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Hello friend..We missed you yesterday..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 5:58 PM

He sure is awfully slow about it…what’s economic growth now, 0.002%? To be revised downward?

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Seems you found the obvious.

CW on February 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Seems your commentary is as useless as ever.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Of course I can tell what God’s plan is for someone, as long as the person is a chosen one. Otherwise, how could I tell who is a fraud and who is real on the spiritual battlefield?

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

‘Of course’ you can tell what God’s plan is for someone, as long as that person is a chosen one? I’m sorry, a chosen one?

Forgive my complete, unabashed incredulity. We’re talking American politics here. You obviously think you’re the real world equivalent of Lawrence Fishburne’s Morpheus character. I understand there are whole sites devoted to Matrix fans. That Keanu Reeves is some actor, huh?

troyriser_gopftw on February 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

What the hell is christic?

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

you can’t use ‘christic’ (adj. derived from ‘christ’) and hell in the same sentence…tzk, tzk, tzk…I should have said messianic…

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Gas prices are the Kenyan’s fault? Keep hoping for doom, Real American. Remember, if it’s bad for America it’s grreeat for REAL America.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

KeninCT:

Soon to be in jail,John Edwards begs the question,

in which,of the “Two Americas”??…..IS the REAL AMERICA!!!???

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Because she knows she is dumb and couldnt win a state…not even Alaska…ask Senator Miller if you disagree.

She is a fraud and she knows it. She is a charade and her purpose is to play to the no-college crowd who thinks she is actually a serious person. She plays well to the part of the party that gets jealous over people who DIDNT have to go to 5 colleges to get a weak bachelor degree….or people who SUCCESSFULLY raised their children to not spread their, um, talent until after marriage (like her, snicker).

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

You captured it perfectly. She is an uneducated dunce, who knew she would be found out if she attempted to run.

Chudi on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Ddrint: I can’t fathom what you are trying to convey, but let’s start with these facts.

1. Romney is wealthy and could be spending all of these years in luxury with his beautiful wife Ann (who is going to be a sensational First Lady), their children and grandchildren.

2. No sane person with these material advantages is going to spend 6 years of his life in seedy Holiday Inns running for president if they didn’t hunger for the office.

3. Romney is not going to roll over for Obama, Biden or the MSM. Beyond the GOP base, his appeal is with independents, seniors, soccer Moms and discerning Dems. Romney is not going to get the vote of hard coreDems – so your point is bogus. Romney is going to match Obama dollar for dollar and he is going to fight aggressively to win the presidency

4. Romney, like Reagan, understands the mmultiple dangers we face and he, like Reagan, understands what needs to get accomplished. This will not be hashed-over Keynesian economics and any other warmed over Democratic policies. Why? Because a continuation of current policies spells political disaster for both Romney and the entire GOP House and Senate. Our leaders, including Romney, are not stupid and they are not suicidal.

5. I am ABO but genuinely believe Romney gives the best risk-reward in terms of winning the presidency, having down-ballot coattails to bring in a GOP senate, and govern sensibly Right-Center to effect the change we desperately need.

matthew8787 on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Good speech at CPAC. Did she write it?

Does anyone know?

MrLynn on February 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Yeah, the Romney speech was much better. “I love America, because I am the most conservatively conservative conservative in the race. I was severely conservative while governing the conservative state of MA. My conservatively conservative family has alwasy been conservative. Oh, and I love America.”

Night Owl on February 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Palin has damaged her conservative credentials so severely, by supporting Gingrich, that she may have lost the support necessary to every make a serious run (as a conservative) for the presidency. When Palin abandoned the conservative movement, and joined forces with “progressive” Gingrich – she violated her own (supposed) beliefs and the beliefs of her millions of supporters. Gingrich is morally bankrupt, and is a dirty, progressive, Washington insider; Is this not what Palin has fought against for years?

It is unclear exactly why Palin has given up on the conservative movement, but many of us who once supported her, and SarahPAC, are still looking for answers about her bizarre support and defense of Gingrich.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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Clearly you have a pork chop for brain… Gingrich is the Only conservative in the race

georgealbert on February 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Much to the Left’s chagrin, it’s Sunday dinner time.

Leftists? That’s the time where we roast beef! And kill potatos and mash them into oblivion using REAL butter! OMG. And then… then we bake bread, and we eat it. Oh, the poor bread.. Who shall save it?

And not only that, but we also put gravy all over the meat and potatos, and then… OMG we … yes, we… we do eat vegetables. Like corn or spinach.. or OMG somtimes both vegetables.

Keep your farking birth control. I’ll keep my children, my choice, my freedom and my Religion.

Love to all,

American Woman!

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

You captured it perfectly. She is an uneducated dunce, who knew she would be found out if she attempted to run.

Chudi on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

you captured it perfectly!

fvck!ng dork

DHChron on February 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Stay tuned! Great things are coming.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I have the sinking suspicion that your definition of “great things” may differ from mine. Specifically in the realms of higher taxation and greater governmental control over people’s lives.

Kataklysmic on February 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

It’s another one of those “Is it a Mittbot or an O-bot? You decide!” sorts of things.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

many of us who once supported her, and SarahPAC, are still looking for answers about her bizarre support and defense of Gingrich.

Porky-Pig on February 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Concerned Christian Conservative, right? Old supporter from Wasilla?

james23 on February 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

This is HILARIOUS!! That irrelevant woman!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oVF-zYpTxdI

HerneTheHunter on February 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Posted by HerneTheHunter.

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

What the hell is christic?

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

darwin:Must I do all the work(Sarc)!:)
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Christic:
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Relating or pertaining to Christ.

http://www.wordnik.com/words/christic

Thank-Gawd,Urban Dictionary,doesn’t have a meaning of it yet!!

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Good points, JE.

I would posit that part of the dynamic that made her decide to not run was the high negatives pumped by so-called conservatives based on the most superficial of criticisms, ie, screechy voice, simple grammar, and other msm talking points. Never a valid criticism of actual ideas or policies. Or how about the latest criticism this weekend ; ‘duh, nothing new, just boiler plate conservatism “. Really now? Then why aren’t the candidates hammering that at CPAC? Mittness with his “severely” platitudes.

I don’t have a problem with criticism on the points. But too often we go apesh!t in a single issue ; Perry and in-state tuition etc. This is so lame, when the calculus should be “to what percent does each candidate and I have in common”?

Oh well.

AH_C on February 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

You captured it perfectly. She is an uneducated dunce, who knew she would be found out if she attempted to run.

Chudi on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Two leaches (ChudiLeech and JailbreakLeech) suck blood out of each other. Amusing perpetual motion machine.

SparkPlug on February 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Love to all,

American Woman!

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

BTW, that is Obama and Mitchell’s song to American Women.

They are here to do business and they ain’t kidding around.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Ddrint: I can’t fathom what you are trying to convey, but let’s start with these facts.

1. Romney is wealthy and could be spending all of these years in luxury with his beautiful wife Ann (who is going to be a sensational First Lady), their children and grandchildren.

2. No sane person with these material advantages is going to spend 6 years of his life in seedy Holiday Inns running for president if they didn’t hunger for the office.

matthew8787 on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Yeah, he’s ambitious. He wants to be president so bad his hair hurts. We know that. But a moderate is always a moderate. They regard indies and moderates as their base. Now, orthodoxy says that to come down hard on Obama in a campaign will merely drive away those indies and mods. Romney will never get beyond “he’s a good man who’s in over his head”.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The sniping done here at HA by the Romneybots is an example of the snit they’re in because in spite of Palin not running for office, in spite how they mock her education, her employment history, her voice, etc, she still is able to appeal to the Conservative base in the way Mitt never will. She has the charisna of a leader while Mitt is the GOP’s usual boring white guy. And in spite of what they say, if Mitt ends up the nominee they will bit*h all day if Palin doesn’t rally the base around him – probably end up blaming her when he loses the election.

katiejane on February 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Beyond the GOP base, his appeal is

matthew8787 on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Which is it that you see as being more indicative of Mittens’ “appeal [to] the GOP base,” specifically:

1.) His losing resoundingly to the hopeless, hapless John McCain in 2008; or —

2.) His demonstrable inability to stem the increasingly serious electoral flow of conservatives, seeking any — ANY — workable “Anyone But Romney” candidate in this year’s primaries?

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Stay tuned! Great things are coming.

If we’re talking about the election of anybody nut Obama, you darn tootin’.

Since this isn’t N Korea, however, you’re free to leave!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Not according to Ron Paul or Michael Moore… :o)

BlaxPac on February 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Much to the Left’s chagrin, it’s Sunday dinner time.

American Woman!

Key West Reader on February 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

key West Reader:Bravo…fries,haddock,chicken breat nuggets,and
Catsh*t,er Kepchup,and tasty vinegar we is hav’n!

America Women,

oh,and a Canadian band that sings it,woo-hoo:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Did you really ask why?

kozmo on February 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

katiejane on February 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Yep to all of that.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

AH_C on February 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

You said that better than I did, thanks!

Night Owl on February 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Seems your commentary is as useless as ever.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Pretty rich coming from you . I am just trying to figure out who is more dense. Is it you or Idesign?

CW on February 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Hello friend..We missed you yesterday..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Dire Straits:What a day,C-Pac,Whitney.Ya,the grand-child departed
Saturday night,and the wifey is hav’n a girl night out
at her girlfreinds…….
…..we is a free bird tonight…haha!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

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