Palin on a brokered convention: “I would do whatever I could to help”

posted at 1:25 pm on February 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

Quote: “I cannot predict what will happen in the future, but I know that I have got the fire in my belly to try to help, to try to make a difference. And if that involves running for public office at some point in the future, I’m game for that.” Now all that’s standing between us and the greatest blog story ever is Jeb idly wondering aloud in front of reporters whether the Bush brand might be in better shape these days than everyone thinks. Oh, and I guess we’d need a Gingrich comeback to happen at some point too to make sure the delegates split three ways. Don’t sweat the details, though. Dude, this is happening.

Well … no, it probably isn’t. And even if it did, wonders WaPo, would Palin stand a chance?

One, her clout is dubious. Her popularity peaked long ago, and the supporters she does have won’t necessarily follow her lead. When Palin praised former House speaker Newt Gingrich on her Facebook page, many of her fans balked. While Palin can amplify tea party concerns, she doesn’t speak for or carry that group.

Two, she isn’t what people are loooking for. The names that come up when talk of a brokered convention surfaces — as either candidates or potential dealmakers — are relatively moderate politicians with broad support: former Florida governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. A polarizing figure like Palin is hardly in the mix.

Fair enough, but go read Ben Domenech’s post posing the provocative question of who Republicans should support if they become convinced that Obama’s going to win in November regardless. I argued the other day that if we get to a brokered convention, the eventual nominee will be so weakened by party chaos that delegates will break for the most electable option simply to give the GOP a fighting chance against The One. But maybe that’s wrong. If the economy starts to hum and O jumps out to a big lead, the calculus for some party powerbrokers might shift towards choosing a sacrificial lamb as his opponent. If they opt for a tea partier and Obama goes on to win, then they can scapegoat the movement as being “too extreme” and unelectable. If they stick with Romney and Obama beats him, then they’ll have the same problem they had after 2008 but only more so — a conservative base convinced that it’s the RINO establishment that’s unelectable and that the party needs to move further right. Palin’s too savvy to offer herself up as a sacrificial lamb if the race looks like a lost cause, but maybe some other conservative isn’t: This would, after all, be a shot at the presidency, albeit a long shot. I wonder what grassroots righties would do in that case. Would you want a conservative candidate to emerge from the brokered convention, even if it appeared likely he/she would lose, or would the calculus shift to supporting Romney and letting him be thrown to the wolves? So much heart-ache in the fact that we’re even thinking about this.

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Okay, let’s do this, lol.

Fallon on December 31, 2014 at 5:58 PM


Clinks in all time zones, just to be safe.

YUMmmmmmmmmmm filet mignon and champagne, Prosecco. . . .beer. . . where’s the truck lol?

I come bearing little sliders of all kinds: french dip prime rib, burgers, carnitas with guac, BLT’s, grilled cheese, mini chili dawgs, lots of chips & crackers for the cheese spread, baby fruit kabobs. . .mini eclairs, truffles. . .

I’m getting hungry lol.

Opinionator on January 1, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Happy New Year #1 :)

Sending Big Love for a Better Year.

Opinionator on January 1, 2015 at 12:03 AM

And again. . .

Sorry that link got screwed up, Fallon. Gremlins? You knew where I was going, though, because you were already there ;)

My only resolution is to buck up so I don’t have to stay in the truck.

Thanks, Sarah.

Thanks, Refugees :))))

Big Prayers for All of you and yours.


Opinionator on January 1, 2015 at 1:09 AM

Y E A R…!!!

E V E R Y B O D Y …!!!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 3:05 AM

…the beer truck…turned out to be a Liquor Truck.
Turned out Baileys Salt Carmel Cream was on Special…so half the truck is loaded with that!…hope no one is lactose intolerant!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 3:08 AM

Happy New Year!

I guess I dozed off. Time to start warming up the leftovers, yum! And, I think, if people can have mimosas, a little Baileys will be delightful with a prime rib slider, just sayin’…

Fallon on January 1, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Happy New Year!!!! *clink!* Here is to 2015 being the best year ever! XOXO!

Bmore on January 1, 2015 at 12:17 PM

After we eat up all the leftovers, we’ll need to pack up the Beer & Baileys truck and head south. It looks like there will be a pilgrimage to B9′s new little place by the ocean.

Fallon on January 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Fallon on January 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

It is a small snack bar/bar- beach side

…she’ll do fine!…she has the personality where people will gravitate back to the stand when they are in the area.
She just needs to have plenty of ‘lotion’ …and I better volunteer…before Spark Plug does!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Happy New Years (belated) everyone!!! Sorry I missed the New Years Eve festivities but I found myself flying to Seattle on Mon.!!! Daughter needs my moral support so I jumped on the first plane out of Detroit and here I am! It’s strange being 3 hrs. behind out here…by the time I sit down to check out QOTD everyone is headed for bed.

Jugs…How about those bowl games yesterday :) Way to go Spartans, and yes even the Buckeyes! I did root for them…Big Ten and all. I figure our days are coming with Harbough at the helm, just might take a year or so.

Well, flying home tomorrow so going to enjoy my last day in Seattle.

wolverinefan on January 2, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Well, flying home tomorrow so going to enjoy my last day in Seattle.

wolverinefan on January 2, 2015 at 1:19 PM

I hope you had a good time, Wolvie. I’m certain your daughter appreciated your visit. Safe travels home.

Fallon on January 2, 2015 at 5:11 PM

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 1:58 PM

It would be fun to have a meet up there. Someday…

Fallon on January 2, 2015 at 5:12 PM

I think I’m going to take a break from HA for a little while. No worries. Just need a break.

Fallon on January 5, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Batten down the hatches, refugees. She’s back! :-)

Not me, Sarah! LOL

Fallon on January 24, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Hee hee, Fallon :) Happy to see you! I’m dealing with new upper dentures. . . otherwise, I got beyond the 6 week crud and am holding steady.

Sarah’s making her mark :) *I am cautiously optimistic :)*

Hope all goes very, very well for you Fallon, and All.

Please let us know how you’re doing, Refugees. I’ve been awful about keeping up but I’ll try harder.

Miss you guys!

Opinionator on January 26, 2015 at 3:43 PM

My prayers for you and your Mom, Fallon.


I thought about her earlier today.

May God hold her ever so gently.

Love you.

I am talking to my Mom and asking her to welcome her when the time is right…

Sweet Fallon, I am so very sorry.

Opinionator on January 28, 2015 at 3:14 AM

Sweet Fallon, I am so very sorry.

Opinionator on January 28, 2015 at 3:14 AM

Just got home tonight. She is still hanging on, OP. She is one tough cookie. Thank you.

I hope you continue to heal and feel better. These are such strange times, but they can’t keep us down. We have American pioneer blood in us.

Fallon on January 31, 2015 at 10:21 PM


I know for certain your mom (and dad) passed along their strengths to you, Dear One.

I’m grateful you made it safely through that white knuckle drive (uugghh) – and that at least some of your siblings are there to lend a bit of support.

As another of your sisters, I marvel at your words of support for me and incredible sense of humor at a time like this! You had me chuckling at our pioneer blood and I started thinking, ‘yeah, remember your great, great grandfather and also your Irish relatives who escaped the famine for a better life here. What you’ve dealt with is a piece of cake compared to that so just buck up! ;)’

My prayers continue. . .and huge hugs are being sent to you.

Anything I can do for you? Just name it.

At the very least, your cozy chair and Refuge are here to always offer a bit of solace and peace. . .along with those like me who love you dearly.

If I could tell your mom how grateful I am that she brought you into this world – and how many times and ways you’ve helped me here I would. I plan to speak to her directly when the time is right.

Opinionator on February 3, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Oh, and……….Psalm 23……….how perfect was all that?!

Opinionator on February 3, 2015 at 2:50 PM

I need a little refuge. Thanks for the comfy cozy chair. Today we made arrangements. The poor funeral director, he had no idea what to do with a bunch of goof offs. Though, he did ask if he could come to our house for the holidays.

He kept bringing “drafts” of my mom’s obituary to me to proof. I kept changing wording and things. After the third try he said, why don’t you take this home, write it and email it back to me. Yeah, I have control issues, lol.

Good heavens. Oh well lots of busy work to do between now and the funeral. Pictures to sort through and copy, songs to be learned by the young ones. Thank heavens the gift of music past me by. I love to hear my kids and nieces and nephews sing.

Thank you, OP.


Fallon on February 6, 2015 at 11:34 PM

Though, he did ask if he could come to our house for the holidays.

LOLOL! Ahh, Fallon. Sorry for my delay in getting here – I have been grieving with you and for you. So sorry you weren’t able to be there at the moment but I’m sure she understood. I wasn’t there either at the moment my mom left ‘here’. My plane touched down one hour too late. However, like you, too, I had been able to say goodby. I told her I was on my way and getting there (to a hospice in S.D.) as fast as possible but that if she needed to go, it was okay. . . At that point she was on a z pack for pain/cancer, but managed a little groan to let me know she understood.

I have been feeling your heart acutely. One time long ago we talked about this. As with my mom, I was sort of grateful yours was no longer suffering/unable to communicate as before. I picture her and my mom yukking it up together :), both of them more beautiful and vibrant than ever. I’m saying a special prayer that at some point (also like me), you’ll have the joy of a visit from your mom via a dream as I did. She was radiant, in her prime, and let me know she was by my side as always. I believe that’s true of your mom as well.

Like you (sort of), too, I was tasked by my sibs with writing something for her mini ceremony at hospice. [I think they felt guilty as I was the last to know her status - they all had plane tickets before I even knew she was close to leaving.] I ended up writing a letter to her rather than about her, as one would do with an obit. I was not able to attend her ‘real’ funeral in Atlanta some time later.

When is your mom’s funeral? Will it be in your town? I would like to be with you in heart and spirit. . . I would also love to read her obit – which I’m sure is lovely – if you care to share it.

It’s weird. I’m shedding tears for you as I type – yet I’m also relieved and grateful she’s home.

Sending more love, Dear Fallon. What a fine tribute to you, all the outpouring of love and support you’ve received from HA and The Captain himself :) ! No one is more deserving of it than you, my Sis.

I’m sure your mom is ever so proud of you, too.

Opinionator on February 8, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Sarah was stellar; Mark was awesome.

These two, at least, give me hope for better days ahead.

Missing you, Refugees. Am I the only one left in our haven? I will not abandon it or you. With new controls ‘afoot’, a safe place is even more important. . .

If anyone reads this, please say a prayer for one of my brothers, who has to have that bone marrow transplant after all.

Sending love.

Opinionator on February 28, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Hi OP…no, you’re not the only one left :) I check this thread out occasionally also. Were you on another thread a while back? I think I saw you comment but never had the chance to read what the thread was about.

I will pray for a successful bone marrow transplant for your brother…keep us (me) posted.

What are these “new controls” you are referring to? I haven’t been spending as much time on HA lately to keep up with what’s going on.

Hope you are staying healthy and the situation with your house problems have been taken care of…leaky roof and all!

wolverinefan on March 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

If anyone reads this, please say a prayer for one of my brothers, who has to have that bone marrow transplant after all.

Sending love.

Opinionator on February 28, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Praying for your brother and sending love back atcha. Sorry, I’ve been away. This place seems to bring out my very serious and my very playful side. I haven’ been feeling either way lately… :-(

I’m still in protective numb mode. I’ll be back, though. Can’t really stay away too long…

Hi Wolvie!

Fallon on March 3, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Hope all is well, OP. Still praying for you and your family.

Fallon on March 15, 2015 at 10:55 PM


Waiting for an echo…

Fallon on March 23, 2015 at 10:47 PM

Good Morning and Goodnight.

Fallon on March 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Hi Gang……….

Recovering. Will be here to catch up tomorrow or Monday.


Love you.

Opinionator on March 28, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Hope you are okay, OP. Prayers and positive thoughts continue in your direction.

Fallon on March 31, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Thanks for thoughts and prayers Wolvie and Fallon!

I will catch up – so I say on April’s Fools – !

Today I have to go back to the dentist and then to a church food bank to find some ham or something. To top it off I have to haul garbage out to the alley for pick-up (after three weeks!).

For now, here’s some wonderful potatoes:

Op’s Easter Potatoes

Thin slice 2.5 lbs. potatoes with a mandolin. Rub a 9 X 14 with cut garlic. Blanch potatoes for 5 min. and drain. Layer half the potatoes with salt and pepper (a little thyme is good), 1/2 C creme fraiche and 3/4 C shredded Gruyere. Repeat with all quantities. Bake at 425 uncovered 45 min. [I also (well) caramelize lots of onions to stick in both layers - makes it even more decadent.]

I’ll catch up later lol.

Opinionator on April 1, 2015 at 12:57 PM

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