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

HAHAHAHAHA!

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.

XXXXOOOO

Opinionator on January 1, 2015 at 1:09 AM

H A P P Y
N E W
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

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