Hey, how about a “Jeb Bush vs. Palin” brokered convention?

posted at 9:57 pm on February 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

I know, I know. It’s not going to happen. But you can’t throw traffic bait this sweet at me and not expect it to be posted. When I saw it, my eyes lit up like a hitter sitting on a 3-0 count with the bases loaded watching a lollypop curveball start to break.

Think of the storylines. Establishment vs. grassroots. Dynastic blue bloods vs. self-made middle-class populist. Third Bush nominee vs. first woman nominee. It would be the greatest blog story ever. It would also tear the party into thousands of pieces, but never mind that.

Greatest blog story ever.

Santorum’s contraception boom — “We’re all Catholics now,” said Mike Huckabee — won’t hold up. Because we’re not. This race could well go to a brokered convention. If Jeb Bush is proposed, so Sarah Palin should be minutes later. She is now and always has been the singular Jacksonian voice in the original Tea Party phenomenon; the only one who can bring it to the mainstream. Her absence from the primary race has left a vacuum and no substitute has been found. Every other possible or potential leadership hopeful has risen and receded in this long Republican primary season…

Perry won [the Texas gubernatorial race] in a landslide. But why would the Bush establishment pull out all the stops to support Hutchison, who was sure to lose? Because they saw a new conservative movement building with Perry and Palin and were determined early on to stamp it out. They still are.

Bush/Christie or Christie/ Bush as “establishment” representation is bound to bring muffled chuckles (“Hey Abbott!!!”) and Obama would win in a landslide. But Bush/Christie vs. Sarah Palin/Rick Perry positions coming head to head at the Republican Convention would pit the storied worlds of Dexter and Paulie Walnuts; the most notoriously corrupt, burned-out, busted-up, used-up, dangerous, underwater and broke Eastern states, against the new, independent, states-oriented, freedom-seeking constitutional conservatives like Palin of the Western states, Texas and Alaska. Now that would be interesting.

If the convention did deadlock on the first ballot and some establishment favorite emerged as the knight in shining armor — Daniels, Bush, Christie — would a populist favorite jump in as an alternative? If so, who? Remember, if we got to that point, the party would be in a white-knuckle panic that its nominee would be fatally weakened against Obama in the general. Electability, or perceived electability, would be prized then even more than it is now as a way to overcome the chaos of the convention and the fact that the nominee would be starting with little or no organization. That gives the establishment candidate a heavy advantage, especially if he can entice populist-minded delegates by naming a grassroots hero (like Rubio, say) as VP in advance. The only option I can see that might make it interesting is if the populist alternative somehow got Rand Paul to agree to be on the ticket with him/her. That would lock up Ron Paul’s delegates and would give the populist ticket an element of viability that might get Santorum’s and Gingrich’s delegates to take a second look. Can’t wait.


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. Now Jindal/Palin would. Epic.

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Where do I send my campaign contribution?!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Palin/Paul!!!; Rand Paul! He he!

blogforce one on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

From Red State Erick Erickson:

A prominent friend told me some weeks ago that he noticed an odd thing. In his state, several people who have been successful in getting themselves known as very probably Mitt Romney delegates for the Republican National Convention are also his supporters. And they are not just my friends’ supporters, they are also long time staunch Ron Paul supporters.

Why then would they, long time staunch Ron Paul supporters, align this year with Mitt Romney? He made calls and talked to friends in other states. All of them saw the same thing happening — long time Dr. Paul supporters working to become delegates to the convention pledging to support Mitt Romney and others.

If the field stays fractured at this level, with only a few people, but each getting delegates enough to prevent the front runner from an outright majority, there will be a second vote at the Republican National Convention.

Delegates are only locked in for their candidate during the first vote. After the first vote, they can vote for whoever they want. So if Mitt Romney is unable to clear an outright majority on the first ballot, suddenly he could see some of his delegates turn on him — turn and go back to Ron Paul.

It is an ingenious strategy premised on a convention where no one gets majority support early. It plays well to a primary calendar where the delegates are first awarded proportionally. Who knows if it is a campaign strategy or just his volunteers, but the Paul campaign has been active now for four years trying to take over local parties.

Imagine what a disaster that would be.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Palin would mop the floor with Bush.

ChuckTX on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

$,Thank you.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Would Governor Half-Term at least be able to name a newspaper she reads this go ’round?

changer1701 on February 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Forget that.

The really burning question that all of HA is anxiously waiting to learn the answer to is:

Was changer1701 able to figure out sooner than the “economists” that the Federal Reserve’s campaign of quantitative easing wouldn’t work?

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Midwestprincesse: I would prefer Palin/Jindal, as Palin is by far the better speaker (according to my LA relatives, Jindal is rock solid, but not a public speaker), and between them they would be GOP experts on two of the biggest issues of the day, energy and health care.

With Ryan to spearhead debt stuff, that _might_ work out.

The only concern I would have is you might be throwing good money after bad in a ‘Cash for Clunkers’ kind of way.

Scott H on February 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I like Jindal at the top because then you could call it the “crisis management” team. The rallies would be sooo epic. You’d take away the racism charge too. Plus, Jindal comes off as reasonable.

Plus, then we get Palin for 16 yrs. Whoa.

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Santorum’s contraception boom —

“We’re all Catholics now,”

said Mike Huckabee — won’t hold up.

How about…

… “We are all fetus’ now!”

… then show a sonagram of an abortion.

You might not be able to eat for a month…

… but Obowma will be finished.

THAT is the level of fight we are going to have the courage to fight with…

Seven Percent Solution on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Obama WANTS everyone to be talking about birth control. Every day the media talks about this instead of jobs and the horrible economy, he wins and is one step closer to reelection. You think he and Axelrod didn’t plan this?

tkyang99 on February 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Obama wants it for a number of reasons: excites the radical feminist base, reasserts his “power” to violate the constitution, “gently” introduces the enormous power that was given to him to tell just about anyone in the health care field what they have to do, many more.

Igor R. on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I apologize. I don’t speak hillbilly.

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Shhhhhhh!( xxessw‘s parents were siblings)

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

unseen: Tea Party types who think that raising the debt ceiling is a good idea in the current fiscal atmosphere? :p

Yeah… don’t think they’d go for Palin, either.

Scott H on February 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I have tried to explain to people the footsoldiers don’t matter for years. You could have 100 tea party footsoldiers but if the leadership is RINO you end up with 100 RINOS. change the leadership and those TEA party critters revert right back to fiscal conservatives. Why do you think they made such an effort to destory all the TEa party leaders like Palin?

unseen on February 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Should I just leave it on the nightstand like you are used to?

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

No I’d prefer that you would hang my shirt in the closet. Oh and get me a cold beer and put on your nightie.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

they will salt the earth on thier way out.

unseen on February 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

In which case they’d have salted the way in/out.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

What? don’t you know anything? Hillbillies and their cousins the Redneck’s aint allow to vote. He11, they aint even allowed to have an opinion…

SWalker on February 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Well sher, that’s cause we’re all unejumacated er sumthin./

Translation:

The hypothesis stated is that ruffians from the rural regions simply have not had enough erudition to form a proper opinions.

Signed,

A hillbilly from (gasp) West Virginia.

Pattosensei on February 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Raquel: I think the ONLY person that Paul could select as his VP and not completely turn the base off is Bolton.

Most people are correct in that Paul’s fiscal policy is basically second-to-none. He would have to shore up his foreign policy.

The issue being that Paul sees nothing wrong with his foreign policy, and so is quite unlikely to use his VP slot to balance the ticket in that regard.

Scott H on February 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Palin would mop the floor with Bush.

ChuckTX on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

She would turn him into a small shrubbery.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Palin would mop the floor with Bush.

ChuckTX on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Now that, she would be good at.

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Palin/Paul!!!; Rand Paul! He he!

blogforce one on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

that would be a good ticket

unseen on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Allahpundit can always be counted on to bring the Palin snark. She really knocked it out of the park at CPAC if Allahpundit is bringing his usual Palin snark. Romney is UNELECTABLE! We Need a Principled Conservative and that is Sarah Palin.

CoolChange80 on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Plus, then we get Palin for 16 yrs. Whoa.

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Hmm. I like I like…

Lanceman on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

How do you come to the conclusion that, on a national level, more people know about Jindal? I don’t see that.

Certainly Jindal can overcome that bad SOTU response. If he ever wants to pursue national office, he can use a different approach. He seems more interested in governing LA, and that’s a good thing imo. We need strong, Conservative governors. Other than a VP slot this cycle (a big if), I see him as a future POTUS candidate. Is he even interested?

conservative pilgrim on February 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Besides political junkies, not too many people knew about Sarah Palin before she was selected. A lot of people know about Jindal because of his responses to natural disasters, the oil spill, and his SOTU response (albeit negative impressions after that). Let’s not forget that when McCain had his little retreat of potential veep candidates, Jindal was one of the people invited so he got a lot of coverage based on that as well. Palin is obviously more well-known now but when she was announced as the selection, not even the news networks knew much about her.

GOPRanknFile on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Now that, she would be good at.

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Your sexism is showing.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

What? We’ve all fallen into Obama/Axelrod’s plan, hook, line and sinker, how can people not see this?

Obama WANTS everyone to be talking about birth control. Every day the media talks about this instead of jobs and the horrible economy, he wins and is one step closer to reelection. You think he and Axelrod didn’t plan this?

tkyang99 on February 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

There is a difference between talking about birth control and getting into a holy war with the Catholic Church. This is now a religious freedom issue that is freaking out a lot of people who might have otherwise been stupid enough to have voted for Obama.

William Eaton on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

She would turn him into a small shrubbery.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Sorry, couldn’t resist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UbtcmjfKa8

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

. Now Jindal/Palin would. Epic.

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Where do I send my campaign contribution?!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Would my personal address be the wrong thing to do? I’ve got future loans to pay!

No I’d prefer that you would hang my shirt in the closet. Oh and get me a cold beer and put on your nightie.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Hahahahahaha

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Sarah Palin would be the right candidate to face Obama. She is the outsider. If the Republicans want to beat Obama Palin would have the best shot. Jeb Bush not so much.

CoolChange80 on February 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Palin as the candidate would be a disaster. Generally speaking, a brokered convention would be a disaster. Fortunately, I think that Palin is too smart to let herself get sucked into that kind of a mess.

If she really does have aspirations to higher office, then she must know that now isn’t the time.

ghostwriter on February 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Now Jindal/Palin would. Epic.

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Where do I send my campaign contribution?!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Send it to SparkPlug. I will make sure it gets put into the campaign coffers for Palin/Jindal

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

$, Thank you.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM

It is an ingenious strategy premised on a convention where no one gets majority support early. It plays well to a primary calendar where the delegates are first awarded proportionally. Who knows if it is a campaign strategy or just his volunteers, but the Paul campaign has been active now for four years trying to take over local parties.

Imagine what a disaster that would be.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

It has long been known that Mittens has promised Ron Paul that if he wins, Ron’s son Rand will be seated at the table of power…

… and that is why Ron is still in this race. For Rand. Period.

Seven Percent Solution on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

After the bullchit we’ve been through this primary season, if my candidate is still in the race at the time of the convention, and it ends up being brokered, I’m going to be really pissed.

Even if it is Palin against anyone.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Spawn starts college this fall-so no dice. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

MidwestPrincesse: Avoid racism charge only to walk into the sexism charge? Why the hell do we care either way?

This is unusual for me, but I think Palin/Jindal is the more electable combination. Look at it this way. If you put people as polarized in the name recognition category the wrong way around on the ticket (which would be the Jindal/Palin option), everyone will talk about Palin as the ‘one that matters’ anyway, and so you’ll avoid very little of the attacks based on the ticket heading.

Palin at the top of the ticket is the only option if she’s on the ticket, I think.

Scott H on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

All of the Gingrich/Paul/Santorum delegates will vote for Sarah Palin on the second or 3rd ballot putting her over the top!
A brilliant strategy by Mrs. Palin as there will be NO time for the Democrats to get some schlump to run on a third party ticket to siphon off votes from the Republican ticket!
Democrats did it in Massachusetts with Tim Cahill -(a loyal Deval Patrick supporter who ran as an “Independent”), who then siphoned off 9% of the Centrist Democrats and independents allowing Deval to win in a plurality.

blogforce one on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Hey, how about a “Jeb Bush vs. Palin” brokered convention?

FIFY.

Jeb Bush isn’t nearly as beloved in Florida amongst Conservatives as the popular media likes to assume.

shannon76 on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Plus, then we get Palin for 16 yrs. Whoa.

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Me likey!

mom29js on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

It has long been known that Mittens has promised Ron Paul that if he wins, Ron’s son Rand will be seated at the table of power…

… and that is why Ron is still in this race. For Rand. Period.

Seven Percent Solution on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Link?

ghostwriter on February 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Spawn starts college this fall-so no dice. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I got yer spawn right here.

Lanceman on February 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

She would turn him into a small shrubbery.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Sorry, couldn’t resist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UbtcmjfKa8

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

hahaha. Still funny after all these years.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I noticed you’ve been honing your skills, good on you, good to start with the weak ones. Nice strategy.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Slowly!!!Eventually, will build up to veteran speed!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Spawn starts college this fall-so no dice. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

My education will only take three years. Thus, by that time, I could figure out a way to employ spawn.

See: Logic win. :)

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I do not want a monarchy. I don’t think the 1776 r-evolutionaries did either. A lot of them died to not have one.

VorDaj on February 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I got yer spawn right here.

Lanceman on February 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

WHACK!
*On a serious note…Sasha is sick. Gonna take her to the vet tomorrow.*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

i am not sure what a brokered convention is but it sounds really cool and i am all for it.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM

*On a serious note…Sasha is sick. Gonna take her to the vet tomorrow.*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Soon as possible. In the morning!

Lanceman on February 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Sorry, couldn’t resist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UbtcmjfKa8

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

hahaha. Still funny after all these years.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Hey Yokels! I posted that earlier in the thread.
*pout*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Hey Yokels! I posted that earlier in the thread.
*pout*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Sorry. I didn’t mean to infringe on your copyright. Don’t sue me. I got enough problems. hehe. Your post came first and Bmore stole it.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

unseen on February 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Neoconservative foreign policy has been a dismal failure financed with generational theft and it’s past time for a change. Business as usual is simply unsustainable, we have no choice. We can’t continue to press onward pursuing failed policies financed by condemning the futures of young Americans.

Older Americans that support generational theft are far bigger threats to America’s children than Iran is ever likely to be.

FloatingRock on February 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM

here i am. an adult grown male. for the first time. Sarah.

WTF are you guys thinking!!!! we have a freaking winner here with this girl.

ding! ding! ding! mtfers. Sarah 2012

renalin on February 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Now that, she would be good at.
xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

.
I used to be pretty good at it, back when I was a janitor at a large trucking freight terminal facility.

I’m quite certain Sarah has done her share of floor mopping over the years, and she wouldn’t be too proud to do it again, if the duty called.
.
How much mopping have you done, xxessw ?

listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Everyone looks like Ive been caught stealing. It was ALT’s not mine. Alt I’m sorry. SparkPlug laugh with ALT, she posted it first, I stole it and gave it to you. So really it came from ALT thru me. I’m sorry to HA. It might happen again so keep an eye out.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

renalin on February 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

You have a whole host of Sarah supporters around you here, but SHE DIDN’T RUN !

listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Palin/Paul!!!; Rand Paul! He he!

blogforce one on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Yes sir

Grunt on February 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Slow is good I’m told.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

unseen on February 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Good point. True here in NH. What’s most amazing is that she saw all this coming even last summer, maybe even prior to that.

shmendrick on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I find it hilarious that the author thinks that a Bush / Christie ticket would be a definite failure, yet believes Palin has a shot in hell of winning.

Never going to happen. She’s pure electoral poison, perhaps now more so than ever.

Vyce on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Palin would mop the floor with Bush.

ChuckTX on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Dude! You seriously did not think through all interpretations of your post. roflmao

ElectricPhase on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Obama WANTS everyone to be talking about birth control. Every day the media talks about this instead of jobs and the horrible economy, he wins and is one step closer to reelection. You think he and Axelrod didn’t plan this?

tkyang99 on February 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Why do you think Santorum is now “leading” in the polls?

tencole on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Everyone looks like Ive been caught stealing. It was ALT’s not mine. Alt I’m sorry. SparkPlug laugh with ALT, she posted it first, I stole it and gave it to you. So really it came from ALT thru me. I’m sorry to HA. It might happen again so keep an eye out.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

hehe. ALT caught you red handed trying to steal her thunder. Ok you are forgiven. Now get busy getting this thread hummin’.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Hey Yokels! I posted that earlier in the thread.
*pout*
annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

You are soooooooooooooooo cute, when you *pout*. : )

listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

A brokered convention scared me because conventional wisdom says we will not have the organization to win an election. But the other side of me wants needs a hope, whether it is Palin, Daniels, Rubio or whoever. We want something to believe in and Santorum/Romney are big duds.

I want something to fight for.

ConservativeLaw on February 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

It has long been known that Mittens has promised Ron Paul that if he wins, Ron’s son Rand will be seated at the table of power…

… and that is why Ron is still in this race. For Rand. Period.

Seven Percent Solution on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Link?

ghostwriter on February 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Next time…

… do your own work.

For Romney and Paul, a strategic alliance between establishment and outsider

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

At least this thread acknowledges that Santorum is unacceptable as an alternative to Romney, and that Romney may not get to the 50% level.

But Palin? Seriously? She may still get the “what are you reading” and I don’t want her to blurt out Green Eggs and Ham.

Tater Salad on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

QOTD is up, that mean articles to read, papers to right, Allah!

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

A brokered convention scared me because conventional wisdom says we will not have the organization to win an election. But the other side of me wants needs a hope, whether it is Palin, Daniels, Rubio or whoever. We want something to believe in and Santorum/Romney are big duds.

I want something to fight for.

ConservativeLaw on February 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Yeah. Me too. I am with you.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

A brokered convention scared me because conventional wisdom says we will not have the organization to win an election. But the other side of me wants needs a hope, whether it is Palin, Daniels, Rubio or whoever. We want something to believe in and Santorum/Romney are big duds.

I want something to fight for.

ConservativeLaw on February 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Yeah. Me too. I am with you.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Yea. Me three. *sigh*

tencole on February 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Safari Test.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM

At least this thread acknowledges that Santorum is unacceptable as an alternative to Romney, and that Romney may not get to the 50% level.
But Palin? Seriously? She may still get the “what are you reading” and I don’t want her to blurt out Green Eggs and Ham.
Tater Salad on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I didn’t get a “Romney is superior to Santorum” take, from this thread.
You speak for your OWN conclusions, not everyone else’s.

listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Palin 2012. You Know You Want To. ™

A Sarah Palin/Rand Paul ticket is very interesting.

I don’t see any hypothetical Jeb Bush ticket beating that one.

Until then, it’s Gingrich unless Santorum rightfully earns the nomination by slicing and dicing Willard.

But there is no need to tease Hot Air readers with threads like this. (Or are we Hot Air viewers?)

Just establish a Permanent Sarah Palin Open thread.

Emperor Norton on February 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Signed,

A hillbilly from (gasp) West Virginia.

Pattosensei on February 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

ROTFLMAO… Ya, folks keep trying to tell me that too, what with me being a RedNeck from Rural Southern California and all. Funny thing is, of all those elites betters of mine, can’t say that any of them have objects with their name written on them on, a) the Surface of Mar’s, b) the moon, or c) in high earth orbit. Where as poor little uneducated redneck me can honestly make that claim, funny how that works out…

SWalker on February 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Safari Test.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Chrome test. Still here.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Who throws a curve on 3-0???

joey24007 on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Well it’s going to be Jeb Bush (Mitch Daniels) and Sarah Palin (Paul Ryan) if it goes to convention, hopefully.

Daniels was in W’s administration for awhile and Palin is one of the loudest proponents of Ryan and his plan, endorsing his Roadmap long before everyone else jumped on board with the budget.

cpaulus on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Chrome Test.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I know, I know. It’s not going to happen. But you can’t throw traffic bait this sweet at me and not expect it to be posted. When I saw it, my eyes lit up like a hitter sitting on a 3-0 count with the bases loaded watching a lollypop curveball start to break.

It’s okay, AP. Gotta earn a living.

kim roy on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

i would love for there to be a jeb vs sarah convention. watching sarah completely dominate over jeb would be hilarious. you think he could have electrified the crowds like she did at cpac? lol!!

Sachiko on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I used to be pretty good at it, back when I was a janitor at a large trucking freight terminal facility.
I’m quite certain Sarah has done her share of floor mopping over the years, and she wouldn’t be too proud to do it again, if the duty called.
.
How much mopping have you done, xxessw ?
listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Excellent point

SP could and would mop a floor, or hunt for food, or run a state government honorably and well

she can raise a large family and single handidly hit the commie party with broadside after broadside of obvious points about spending that the rest of spposed conservative candidates don’t seem to be able to focus on to well

makes alot of sense that the bureaucracy that loves a fat life on the private sectors backs doesn’t have room for an autonomous spirit such as hers that puts the citizens first

Sonosam on February 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

You withdraw our forces and not only would the world quickly go into another world war but the $ stops being the world currency and our debt becomes unsustainable as nobody needs $’s we have a symbotic releationship with the world.

But the debt already IS unsustainable.

We protect them and they look the other way as we spend more than we can afford.

unseen on February 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

And stick our children and grandchildren with the bill?

FloatingRock on February 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Mitt Romney like Ronald Reagan on Abortion switch

Ronald Reagan had a similar shift in views on the abortion issue, according to a Los Angeles Times article headlined “Romney isn’t the first to flip on abortion.”

In 1967, then-California Gov. Reagan signed a liberal abortion law legalizing the procedure in cases where a woman’s mental as well as physical health was at risk.

The number of abortions in California soared after the bill was passed, and Reagan came to regret singing it, the Times reported. By the time he ran for president in 1980, Reagan had declared his support for a constitutional amendment prohibiting all abortions except to save the life of a woman.

“Reagan was an Establishment, Elitist RINO” – Palin/Newt/Santorum

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

How bout we make a new rule – no one named Bush on any national ticket for at least 12 years.

lonestar1 on February 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

i would love for there to be a jeb vs sarah convention. watching sarah completely dominate over jeb would be hilarious. you think he could have electrified the crowds like she did at cpac? lol!!

Sachiko on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

What a weekend..:)

She’s the best!

idesign on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

There is no unity in the Republican party and that is why we just may lose this election. It’s been like the Hatfields and McCoys around here without the shootin’. The number one goal is to defeat Obama and I will vote for whomever gets the nomination. However, if I had my druthers, it would be Palin. At least, I trust her and know that she wants the best for this country. I honestly don’t believe she is in politics to bask in the limelight. She could have done that in broadcasting. I believe she got in to make a difference. She is a natural. She is a leader and a motivator and most of all she is a fighter. She knows this country can’t take another four years of Obama or withstand the corruption that is inherent in Washington politics.

JannyMc on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Santorum’s contraception boom — “We’re all Catholics now,” said Mike Huckabee — won’t hold up. Because we’re not.

guess what? this contraception controversy isn’t gonna help the GOP at all in the general, in fact it will probably hurt. Many single women are independent voters and don’t want sexless creepy old men in robes trying to keep contraception from them, they’ll run to Obama….

DBear on February 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

portlandon on February 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM

We are going to get blitzed in other words. On another topic, thought you might get akick out of this, if you have a few minutes. Start about half way down on this page and follow it thru to the next. Only if you feel like it. Dire was good. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/12/quotes-of-the-day-939/comment-page-10/#comments

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Bagged him/herself a critter. Well done!

kim roy on February 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Mitt Romney like Ronald Reagan on Abortion switch

Ronald Reagan had a similar shift in views on the abortion issue, according to a Los Angeles Times article headlined “Romney isn’t the first to flip on abortion.”

In 1967, then-California Gov. Reagan signed a liberal abortion law legalizing the procedure in cases where a woman’s mental as well as physical health was at risk.

The number of abortions in California soared after the bill was passed, and Reagan came to regret singing it, the Times reported. By the time he ran for president in 1980, Reagan had declared his support for a constitutional amendment prohibiting all abortions except to save the life of a woman.

“Reagan had no core” – Hotair Alliance of True Conservatives

xxessw on February 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

If Palin were President:

MSNBC would be the #1 cable channel, Tylenol would sell like hotcakes, and liberal tears would flow like a river.

faraway on February 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Scott H on February 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The liberals aren’t having these in wars with the DNC right now. In fact it’s one big happy family, and they are getting ready to circle the wagons around Obama, and fight to the end. It’s totally unnerving that the establishment (aka the GOP) is under such heavy attack. It defiantly spells doom. The establishment is simply doing what it thinks is best to try and win the presidency, hold the house and maybe take back the senate. I see no harm in that. If you think you are being treated like a child, and being told what to do, you need to wake up. Bringing in conservative purity as a basis for a candidate is simply short sighted.

BTW, remember Obama wins, and all is lost for years to come. All for the sake of purity. Four more years of being up to are necks in Obama s— is not worth it.

rubberneck on February 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

How about NOT when it comes to Jeb…..I’M BUSHED!! And, unfortunately, at this time Palin is unelectable as POTUS.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on February 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I know, I know. It’s not going to happen. But you can’t throw traffic bait this sweet at me and not expect it to be posted. When I saw it, my eyes lit up like a hitter sitting on a 3-0 count with the bases loaded watching a lollypop curveball start to break.

It’s okay, AP. Gotta earn a living.

kim roy on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I get the feeling that this illustrates AP’s excitement at realizing the gift he had just been given.

;-)

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM

The number one goal is to defeat Obama

JannyMc on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

No, the number one goal is not to replace the D with the R, it is to save the country from them.

FloatingRock on February 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Anyone but Gingtorumney.

EddieC on February 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM

guess what? this contraception controversy isn’t gonna help the GOP at all in the general, in fact it will probably hurt. Many single women are independent voters and don’t want sexless creepy old men in robes trying to keep contraception from them, they’ll run to Obama

That’s what I was saying. It’s an obvious distraction, a ploy by Obama to get conservatives to focus on something else other than jobs and the economy.

tkyang99 on February 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM

How much mopping have you done, xxessw ?

listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Her trailer has high quality linoleum flooring throughout, even on the walls. That’s why she wants Palin.

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM

I like Jindal at the top because then you could call it the “crisis management” team. The rallies would be sooo epic. You’d take away the racism charge too. Plus, Jindal comes off as reasonable.

Plus, then we get Palin for 16 yrs. Whoa.

Midwestprincesse on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Jindal is brilliant, and would make a great president, unfortunately he can’t get there any time soon. He’s a great speaker if you aren’t looking at him. He has terrible TV presence. He is in dire, dire need of a decent haircut too.

If he works his way up slowly via cabinet positions, and the country gets used to seeing him, maybe, …maybe.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2012 at 11:47 PM

How much mopping have you done, xxessw ?
listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

That adult theater went out of business. That’s why the poor loser spends so much time mopping moping about here.

viking01 on February 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM

No, the number one goal is not to replace the D with the R, it is to save the country from them.

FloatingRock on February 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Agreed, but there is no chance of reform without Obama’s defeat. I’d like to believe that the Republican nominee will be someone who will get in there and drain the Jacuzzi.

JannyMc on February 13, 2012 at 11:53 PM

BTW, remember Obama wins, and all is lost for years to come. All for the sake of purity. Four more years of being up to are necks in Obama s— is not worth it.

rubberneck on February 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

You’re assuming they really care. Or that Obama laying waste to this country for four more years is something that’s necessarily an undesirable outcome for them.

It isn’t.

Remember, there is a distinct subset of the “true conservatives” who simply do NOT mind Obama ruining the economy, because they have delusions that four more years of a Democrat screwing things up will lead to the ascendance of the true con messiah to the presidency in 2016 (somehow. And when they can finally decide upon who that messiah is).

Vyce on February 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Vyce on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM,
ghostwriter on February 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
devolvingtowardsidiocracy on February 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

The 3 Stooges.

CoolChange80 on February 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM

I don’t know if this was posted – I cant read anymore after 3 days of Palin – but from the article but not quoeed above.

“Does one Sarah Palin equal a Bush, a Rove, a Spellings and a Hughes?”

1/2 * Palin = Bushs + Rove + Spellings + Hughes + Christie + Coulture + …. add all of the old guard up

BoxHead1 on February 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Sarah Palin would run the race that needs to be run against Obama. Mitt Romney would not and you all know it.

CoolChange80 on February 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

I like the piece and thought it was very entertaining, but in reality nothing like this is going to happen. I would say Bush is more likely to get in than Palin.

Last Spring Pailin floated her trial ballon when she went on her bus tour. I assume this was to get a gage to see if the media were still obsessive nut cases. Sure enough, the media followed her to every stop and parsed her pronunciation about every word she spoke. I think after that she realized she had a great job already and wouldn’t subject her family to their attacks anymore.

Roymunson on February 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM

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