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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Who cares why she’s not running? Maybe we should invest some of that energy we’re putting into figuring out why Palin isn’t running, into figuring out how to make the best of the shit sandwich we’re being served up — again.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:15 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

I like idesign. Like most female Palin fans, she’s probably hot. You on the other hand are just a screeching bunny-boiler and probably not the best judge of “density”.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I love the meme that Palin amd her people looked at the nunb3rs and decided it was a bad idea to run. What people? She had no people. When, on October 4th, 2011? Perhaps she might have had better numbers had she whole heartedly jumped in early.

This other notion that she has some grand plan to get nominated at the RNC is laughable, and deluded. She’s done with ever being an elected anything. She’s nothing more than a talking head these days.

William Teach on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

…..we is a free bird tonight…haha!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Good deal..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

a screeching bunny-boiler

I’m stealing that.

james23 on February 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

She’s nothing more than a talking head these days.

William Teach on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Riiiight. Just a common talking head who gets several hundred hits on each of the blog posts about her at HotAir. Okay.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

…..we is a free bird tonight…haha!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM
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Good deal..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Dire Straits:Btw,hows your little one doin!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Why isn’t Paul Ryan running? Why isn’t Mitch Daniels running? Why isn’t Haley Barbour running?

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

She’s nothing more than a talking head these days.

William Teach on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Who’s invited to give the closing speech at CPAC. Not bad for a talking head.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

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).

Jailbreak on February 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

You sound like my former SIL. She proclaimed to the world that her daughter would be pregnant when she got married, well he child was born 6 months after the wedding. I see this in your future Grampy.

RickB on February 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

She’s nothing more than a talking head these days.

William Teach on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Riiiight. Just a common talking head who gets several hundred hits on each of the blog posts about her at HotAir. Okay.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

She’s the Paul Sheldon to the MittBots’ foaming, collective Annie Wilkes. ;)

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

the owsers had to drug, kicking and screaming from Sarah’s speech. during mitt and ricks they helped old ladies across the street and helped attendees to their seats.

renalin on February 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

She has the charisna of a leader while Mitt is the GOP’s usual boring white guy.

katiejane on February 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Boring white guys have done a lot of good things for this country. Sarah Palin? Not so much…

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I think Obama will win again, maybe 55/45…Rs will not pick up the Senate…and the House….did you guys look at the Rasmussen poll?

Conservatives need to get very serious about politics…not in the HA way, but in a strategic sense.

For example. We are all sympathetic with the Catholic Church in the Obama mandate. But, a small amount of research shows that it is perfectly legal. So we need to move on from here.

I would note that our ‘coalition’ is weak. Maybe some single issue people who have no where else to go, maybe some big corporations that are hedging their bets, to make sure the cronyism doesn’t stop

A few libertarians holding their nose. The left on the other hand, buy their votes…a mult-year contract so to speak

On balance, i don’t think the social cons are helping the R party. 15 years from now, gay marriage will be wide spread…rear guard actions are not helpful.

The contraceptive argument was a fake issue that barry used to troll for independents…and all good hearted people who want a non-extremist in the WH

Abortion is a generational thing (ie 50 years) that should not be on and presidents list of important things to do

Liberty and prosperity should be our goal…a simple goal

Bear in mind this country is center-left on social issues…don’t kid yourself.

And with barry/left doling out money, I’m afraid we’re already center-left fiscally.

So what does a conservative party look like in a center-left country. That is what we should be talking about.

r keller on February 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Palin . . joined forces with “progressive” Gingrich

What you talkin’ about, Willis?

Gingrich is a longtime conservative who wrote the Contract With America, and was so right wing he was reviled by NEWSWEEK as “The Gingrich that Stole Christmas.” Gingrich was the father of welfare reform, too. Lately, Newt has been talking about chopping 40% off Federal spending, and killing Obamacare.

All that’s conservative. I mean, that’s real conservative.

Gingrich is morally bankrupt, and is a dirty, progressive, Washington insider;

Yes, Republicans work in Washington from time to time. That’s how we want it. Libertarians, by contrast, don’t.

I don’t know what institution you escaped from, but someone–like you–who calls one of the leading conservatives of the past 20 years a “progressive” needs to have some therapy.

Emperor Norton on February 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I like idesign. Like most female Palin fans, she’s probably hot.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

At least you’re not shallow.

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

oh, sorry…and all that? That is why Sarah isn’t running, and shouldn’t run. Romney is as far right as this country will go.

Don’t every believe your own Press Releases

r keller on February 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Riiiight. Just a common talking head who gets several hundred hits on each of the blog posts about her at HotAir. Okay.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

And they’re all by the same 40-50 people.

BettyRuth on February 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

the owsers had to drug, kicking and screaming from Sarah’s speech. during mitt and ricks they helped old ladies across the street and helped attendees to their seats.

renalin on February 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

From AmSpec:

“It just doesn’t bubble up like it does with Newt or Santorum,” said Shawn Gregg, an attendee from Traverse City, Mich. “He’s not convincing me. I just don’t think he in his heart believes it.”

Hundreds of students and activists gave Romney a standing ovation at the beginning of his speech and another at the end, but the crowd’s reaction was otherwise mixed. A contingent started chanting “Mitt,” when the frontrunner strode on stage, but the cheer didn’t catch on and died after just a few seconds.

LOL…

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Why does anyone run, knowing that your whole life will put to scrutiny by the MSM? Answer: For the power to tell you what to do, using your money and enriching themselves in the process.

racquetballer on February 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

And they’re all by the same 40-50 people.

BettyRuth on February 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

You just described the vast majority of non-Palin posts here too, Sweetie. Do the words “closed registration” mean anything to you?

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:29 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

Yep. Big winner will be Bill Ayers. Little Bammie will start on his third autobiography, and this time around Ayers will bargain hard for more than the pittance he got for the first two.

slickwillie2001 on February 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I like idesign. Like most female Palin fans, she’s probably hot.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

At least you’re not shallow.

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Maybe shallow, but I ain’t dead.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Why does anyone run, knowing that your whole life will put to scrutiny by the MSM? Answer: For the power to tell you what to do, using your money and enriching themselves in the process.

racquetballer on February 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

…an opportunity that, for whatever reason, Sarah Palin declined. That says as much about her character IMO as it says about the great American toilet bowl that is our body politique.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Boring white guys have done a lot of good things for this country. Sarah Palin? Not so much…

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2012/02/10/spencer-bachus-its-time-for-you-to-go/

Spencer Bachus: it’s time for you to go.

the_nile on February 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I love the meme that Palin amd her people looked at the nunb3rs and decided it was a bad idea to run. What people?

William Teach on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Bankers, accountants, book and TV agents, etc.

Oh, you thought she was talking about poll numbers?

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

My litmus test – I’d much rather have SP and her family as my neighbor than most of the nuttier commenters around here.

VegasRick on February 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I guess those same 40 or 50 people were listening to her a CPAC.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Why isn’t Paul Ryan running? Why isn’t Mitch Daniels running? Why isn’t Haley Barbour running?

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Because they all know that Perry is going to be picked once the convention locks.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM
Romneybot insanity

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 6:37 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?

idesign on February 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

You did it again.

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Rick Perry is a loser. He fumbled the football and will never be anything more than Governor of Texas. The man was gift-wrapped the nomination and blew it! He blew it.

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

profitsbeard on February 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

OMG that is funny. I almost lost my monitor.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM,
Nice reference to Misery.

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I guess those same 40 or 50 people were listening to her a CPAC.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I was able to listen to her speech in its entirety. Lots of applause lines, but at the end all I could think to myself was, “America is really done, and Columbia the Gem of the Ocean deserves to be put out of her misery once and for all when women such as Sarah Palin are slandered and minimized.”

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Rick Perry is a loser. He fumbled the football and will never be anything more than Governor of Texas. The man was gift-wrapped the nomination and blew it! He blew it.

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

You may be right but it doesn’t matter. A compromise candidate isn’t one who is running. He’s picked in private negotiations and then they vote to make it official.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2012/02/10/spencer-bachus-its-time-for-you-to-go/

Spencer Bachus: it’s time for you to go.
the_nile on February 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

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canopfor on February 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

So what does a conservative party look like in a center-left country. That is what we should be talking about.

r keller on February 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

It looks dead, and we end with with a totalitarian government.

The country is not “center-left”. If it was the Republicans never would have had an historic 2010 election that took the house, state legislatures and governorships.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Beyond the GOP base, his appeal is

matthew8787 on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Hot Air Survey Results: CPAC Edition

Rick Santorum has taken the lead for the first time at Hot Air. He is followed by Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul.

“Appeal [to] the GOP base!” WOOT WOOT!

*snort*

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

You just described the vast majority of non-Palin posts here too, Sweetie. Do the words “closed registration” mean anything to you?

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Yeah, it means that the 40-50 here who worship Palin, there are millions who don’t. Sweetie.

BettyRuth on February 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I love the meme that Palin amd her people looked at the nunb3rs and decided it was a bad idea to run. What people? She had no people. When, on October 4th, 2011? Perhaps she might have had better numbers had she whole heartedly jumped in early.

This other notion that she has some grand plan to get nominated at the RNC is laughable, and deluded. She’s done with ever being an elected anything. She’s nothing more than a talking head these days.

William Teach on February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Patronizing anyone doesn’t score points. And yes, Palin has/had people. She hired Michael Glassner last year, for example, as her chief of staff. He’s considered one of the keenest political analysts in the country. Guys like Glassner do look at the numbers and do build models and do conduct war-gaming sessions, just as corporations do, when analyzing and planning possible go-forward scenarios. Perhaps her numbers would’ve improved had she wholeheartedly jumped in early, but I’m guessing more experienced people than yourself looked closely at the possibilities and figured it no-win regardless.

The other notion to which you refer is a straw man since the odds are fantastically against it, historically speaking. There hasn’t been a brokered convention of either party since Democrat Adlai Stevenson in 1952.

Try harder, Brainiac.

troyriser_gopftw on February 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Nice reference to Misery.

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Pleased that someone caught it. ;)

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Yeah, it means that the 40-50 here who worship Palin, there are millions who don’t. Sweetie.

BettyRuth on February 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

There aren’t millions of members here. But nice try. Even assuming that your argument-by-assertion is true, it may just mean that a majority of hotair posters are irrational mouth breathers.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Maybe not a total reason but what I think is a major factor for her not running: No amount of security would protect her or her family from the insane loony’s (that would be most lefties) hatred. I would vote for her, but how would she be protected?

TfromV on February 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

There aren’t millions of members here. But nice try. Even assuming that your argument-by-assertion is true, it may just mean that a majority of hotair posters are irrational mouth breathers.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Sorry Sweetie, I was referring to all the Republicans who’ve never even heard of HotAir.

BettyRuth on February 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

argument-by-assertion

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Isn’t that the title of the donkey/MSM playbook?

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I see BettyRuth crawled out from under her rock.

What joy these anti-Palin gasoline drinkers bring to the world. Living with them must mean each day is filled with laughter and puppy dog kisses. Each of their comments about Sarah overflows with the warmth of human kindness.

Dack Thrombosis on February 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

She is doing fine..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I was referring to all the Republicans who’ve never even heard of HotAir.

BettyRuth on February 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Those are called RINOs.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I mean from the beginning. Why is it a bigger deal that Gov. Palin isn’t running but those viewed by the general consensus as the best and brightest aren’t?

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

The country is not “center-left”. If it was the Republicans never would have had an historic 2010 election that took the house, state legislatures and governorships.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

2010 could have been even better if not for Palin’s moron army that helped nominate goofballs like Christine O’Donnell.

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Perry blew it, to be sure. But I wouldn’t call him a loser. Pretty successful guy otherwise.

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Why is it a bigger deal that Gov. Palin isn’t running but those viewed by the general consensus as the best and brightest aren’t?

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Because Sarah is hot and she wouldn’t kill her baby. I’m surprised the left hasn’t made Santorum’s kid an issue. After all, it’s obviously not a life worth living. Maybe they are waiting.

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

How many rooms did they need for overflow to hear Gov. Palin’s speech? I am more than willing to concede that her career is over and she has no political weight, I guess the news is slow to get around.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

argument-by-assertion

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Isn’t that the title of the donkey/MSM playbook?

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I see a lot of self-professing “conservatives” use it, too. Repeat something often enough, and someone somewhere will begin to believe it.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:52 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

This is a must read .
http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/palin-reagan-thatcher-and-the-political-second-coming-of-1976/

CoolChange80 on February 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Thanks for the links!

bluefox on February 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

2010 could have been even better if not for Palin’s moron army that helped nominate goofballs like Christine O’Donnell.

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I know, those dummies right? How DARE they go out and vote for their preferred candidate during the primary election!

If only they had called into RINO central and gotten their heads on straight! Even better, you could post your phone number here and everyone can call and make sure they’re voting for your approved candidate! How much better this world would be!

Dack Thrombosis on February 12, 2012 at 6:53 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

Yep. Big winner will be Bill Ayers. Little Bammie will start on his third autobiography, and this time around Ayers will bargain hard for more than the pittance he got for the first two.

slickwillie2001 on February 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I am reminded of one of my favorite passages of Scripture. From Psalm 37.


“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”
Psalm 37 vs. 1-3

Though they may enrich themselves till they’re richer than Croesus, their wealth will not prevail, neither will it prevent or cushion their fall. Our job is to be faithful in what we have been given, lest we also fall.

ariel on February 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

2010 could have been even better if not for Palin’s moron army that helped nominate goofballs like Christine O’Donnell.

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Almost four years of nonstop hatred and venom. There must be a name for what ails you people.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I don’t care why Sarah Palin isn’t running. I think that energy we’re using to discuss it could be directed elsewhere to much better effect. Yes I admire her. Yes I wish she would have run. But come on, people! It’s over, and it’s been over for over four months!

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

platypus on February 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

They will. Seriously, you think this hoopla is given to Gov. Palin based on her looks when Rep. Ryan has done so much serious work on curing our financial woes? I don’t think I buy that. There is some reason the “A” Team isn’t running. I have to assume that they think they (we) are better off taking Congress and keeping Obama.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

What’d I miss? I see the typical non-Palin fans in a Palin thread.

I always wondered why people visited threads of subject matter that that they don’t particularly like. Self inflicted pain?

Midwestprincesse on February 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Almost four years of nonstop hatred and venom. There must be a name for what ails you people.

darwin on February 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Yeah. It rhymes with “massbowl”.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

They will. Seriously, you think this hoopla is given to Gov. Palin based on her looks when Rep. Ryan has done so much serious work on curing our financial woes? I don’t think I buy that. There is some reason the “A” Team isn’t running. I have to assume that they think they (we) are better off taking Congress and keeping Obama.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Or maybe they believe that Obama in 2012 is a foregone conclusion. Personally I think that America deserves him, the bulk of its electorate being made up of constitutional illiterates.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

2010 could have been even better if not for Palin’s moron army that helped nominate goofballs like Christine O’Donnell.

Go RBNY on February 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

You can’t be serious, right? I mean, you meant this as an attempt at humor? I hope? Please? Ok. You did. That makes me feel better.

Good attempt.

Midwestprincesse on February 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Nice!

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

But none of that matters, because a ragtag army of freedom-loving Americans knows who’s got the guts of a real Commander-in-Chief. President Palin, we’ll see you on January 20, 2013
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http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/sarah_palin_combat_veteran.html#

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Awesome writing, thanks for posting it!

bluefox on February 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

^ “being a massbowl” I should say.

I think that energy we’re using to discuss it could be directed elsewhere to much better effect.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Like talking up the field we do have? I’d rather talk about Palin.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Midwestprincesse on February 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Getting ready to hit the road. Left a note for you.http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/12/open-thread-sunday-morning-talking-heads-11/comment-page-4/#comment-5463021
Not looking for any misunderstandings.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/sarah_palin_combat_veteran.html#

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM
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Awesome writing, thanks for posting it!

bluefox on February 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

bluefox:Anytime,I loved that piece!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

You can’t be serious, right? I mean, you meant this as an attempt at humor? I hope? Please? Ok. You did. That makes me feel better.

Good attempt.

Midwestprincesse on February 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I’d bet he posted something to the effect of “Rubio CANNOT defeat crist!”

VegasRick on February 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Like talking up the field we do have? I’d rather talk about Palin.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I hear you. Someone mentions Romney and it’s like talking about anal cancer or necrophilia. It’s icky and unpleasant and often just downright nasty.

I’d rather talk about someone with a positive attitude and outlook about America.

Dack Thrombosis on February 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Like talking up the field we do have? I’d rather talk about Palin.

ddrintn on February 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

It’s not talking about Palin that bothers me. It’s trying to divine the reasons that she decided not to run. News flash DD: We’ll never know for sure unles she says so and she has nothing to gain by telling us. Nor do I believe that we need to “talk up” our current field. But we’d sure better be thinking about doing something to make the best of this shit sandwich the media calls “the slate of Republican presidential candidates.”

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Yes I admire her. Yes I wish she would have run. But come on, people! It’s over, and it’s been over for over four months!

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

As this very thread so convincingly demonstrates: it will never. ever. ever. “be over” for the ragtag jumble of moorless, unprincipled online cranks and psychotics making up the fanatical bulk of the PDS Pantsload Patrol. It’s the mad, staring hatred that’s the actual selling point for them, ultimately.

Most likely it helps with the coldly certain foreknowledge that they’re all destined to die unloved and alone, I think. Just a little bit.

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM
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Nice!

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Bmore:—-:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

A REAL American celebration of stupidity:

Palin
Bachmann
Perry
O’Donnell
Angle

Book-learnin’ isn’t always bad, you know!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM
She is doing fine..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Dire Strait:Great to hear Dire,I have a daughter as well.
Daddy’s little girl…….————-:)

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

It’s taken a while to get the public this ignorant, their work is almost done.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Book-learnin’ isn’t always bad, you know!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Someone needs a diaper change.

Dack Thrombosis on February 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Good Deal..You have a daughter and a son correct??..:)

PS..For the record..I have a daughter and a son..:)

Dire Straits on February 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

As this very thread so convincingly demonstrates: it will never. ever. ever. “be over” for the ragtag jumble of moorless, unprincipled online cranks and psychotics making up the fanatical bulk of the PDS Pantsload Patrol. It’s the mad, staring hatred that’s the actual selling point for them, ultimately.

Most likely it helps with the coldly certain foreknowledge that they’re all destined to die unloved and alone, I think. Just a little bit.

Kent18 on February 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I’m not even annoyed chiefly with the haterz, tho. It’s when J.E. (who is no Palin hater, btw) posts columns with titles like:

Why isn’t Sarah running?

…that I find annoying. While she’s at it, I’ve got a few questions of my own:

Why does our field of presidential candidates stink like a well-used whore?

Why are so few pundits, let alone blog commenters, talking about the importance of returning to the original intent of our constitution to cure what ails us as a country?

Why do we seem to make the same mistakes over and over and over again as a nation writ-large?

Why do so many Americans recoil at the thought that there may simply be nothing left of America worth saving?

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I think conservatives are beginning to figure out that Obama is going to win and we can’t do anything about it. You have virtually all of the media in the tank for Obama and couple that with a dumb, uninformed electorate, and Obama wins without too much trouble.

If that’s the case, why not go down with a real conservative instead of a Mitt Romney Obama light candidate. If this is the Alamo for America, then let’s fight like it was the Alamo. Let’s nominate a real conservative, like Sarah Palin and not some namby pamby RINO like Romney.

RUDYJ on February 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Not looking for any misunderstandings.

Bmore on February 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I responded to you on that thread. :)

Midwestprincesse on February 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Let’s nominate a real conservative, like Sarah Palin and not some namby pamby RINO like Romney.

RUDYJ on February 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I’m on board with the sentiment, Rudy. But that’s the whole freaking POINT. That ship already sailed.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

r keller on February 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Mr. keller, ever read this before?

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams

THIS MEANS YOU!

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

If that’s the case, why not go down with a real conservative instead of a Mitt Romney Obama light candidate. If this is the Alamo for America, then let’s fight like it was the Alamo. Let’s nominate a real conservative, like Sarah Palin and not some namby pamby RINO like Romney.

RUDYJ on February 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Nicely put. It’s better to go down swinging than through in the towel before the bout even begins.

ariel on February 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Well, looking at this thread, it’s clear why she didn’t run. There are still people who give in to the Left’s narrative about how evil and a fraud Sarah Palin is. Good grief! With Republicans like that, the Left doesn’t even need to lift a finger.

MrX on February 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Nicely put. It’s better to go down swinging than through in the towel before the bout even begins.

ariel on February 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I’ll say it again since it doesn’t seem to be sinking in: We already have thrown in the towel in every way that really matters. What next?

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Well, looking at this thread, it’s clear why she didn’t run. There are still people who give in to the Left’s narrative about how evil and a fraud Sarah Palin is. Good grief! With Republicans like that, the Left doesn’t even need to lift a finger.

MrX on February 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

You could say that about a lot of people, and a lot of issues. The way Sarah Palin was treated from within her own party is symptomatic of a much more prevalent cultural rot.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

through throw in the towel”

ariel on February 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

If Palin had ever had any aspirations about running for another office, she wouldn’t have stepped down from her AK position.

She plays a role in politics, but she will never run for public office.

It doesn’t pay enough $$$.

Redford on February 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

It’s taken a while to get the public this ignorant, their work is almost done.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

bit melodramatic? the public is not a passive entity, you know, to which things are being done and inflicted upon…if they wanted to inform themselves, they could, they have only themselves to blame…

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Why isn’t Sarah running?

Because she quit you dolt! Good gravy! What a load of bull$hit that was!

Are you really so obtuse to think to lecture us that the old ways are wrong and the news ways are best? In the old days, politicians didn’t abdicate their responsibilities and then arrogantly expect to be elected to a much tougher job.

In the old days when one wanted to compete for an office, they did not say they would “put their name in the hat”. YES, Sarah did say that! Placing ones name in the hat means that which ever persons name was drawn out of the hat was the winner. A primary is not a random luck of the draw! It is a contest where all are vetted for worthiness.

Sarah Palin is incapable of competing in any contest except for one run here at Hot Air. In the real world, she isn’t fooling anyone.

csdeven on February 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

bit melodramatic? the public is not a passive entity, you know, to which things are being done and inflicted upon…if they wanted to inform themselves, they could, they have only themselves to blame…

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

No argument there. But I think it’s a little more complex overall than the either/or question. Human nature doesn’t change. People will always want freedom for themselves at the same time they want to exercise power over others. It’s practically a natural law.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Book-learnin’ isn’t always bad, you know!

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM
Someone needs a diaper change.

Dack Thrombosis on February 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Senator Vitter prayed for forgiveness. Leave the good christian soldier alone, will you.

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

You think people are naturally logical? We have to be trained to be so.

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

As always, Sarah Palin is just the Republican Obama.

An unqualified celebrity that reads a teleprompter well. Cue the fan club.

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.

Yeah. And, the fan club swoons. Big deal. It’s easy to talk a big game when you are not in the game.

Now, book her for a speech to your organization today. It will cost ya.

Moesart on February 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

KeninCT on February 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

If you’re book-learnt, you’re the establishment. – Sarah Palin.

csdeven on February 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

jimver on February 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Can and will are two different things when it comes to looking for information. Then there are those who are supported by taxpayer dollars, what incentive do they have to seek information?

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

If you don’t have toenail fungus, you’re the establishment. – Sarah Palin.

csdeven on February 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

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