Sarah Palin to Obama: I challenge you to debate anytime, anywhere

posted at 4:50 pm on March 13, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Quick question: Is the average American more likely to vote against Barack Obama because he was close to a Harvard law school professor who advanced critical race theory or because, under his administration, unemployment has never been below 8 percent and gas prices have risen to as much as $6 in some places?

The Obama campaign is masterful at turning distractions to the advantage of the incumbent president and his reelection effort. Conservative backlash to the contraception mandate becomes the Obama campaign’s vehicle to rally the ire of liberals and to paint conservatives as extreme on social issues. The release of a video that underscores Obama’s radical past becomes a vehicle to rally the ire of liberals and to paint conservatives as extreme on racial issues.

By now, conservatives should know what happens when we discuss anything in terms other than freedom and the president’s failures as a president: The president uses our words to his political advantage, even if he has to lie to do it. Conservatives want to ban contraception! Conservatives think Obama will bring back racial discrimination against whites!

Ed thinks the Obama campaign’s use of Sarah Palin in a campaign ad is evidence that they don’t have a very savvy playbook. I disagree. Unless voters do a little research into critical race theory, the president’s connection to it and the full context of Sarah Palin’s comments, they’ll see the Obama campaign ad, think Sarah Palin is stupid and representative of the GOP at large, and either stay home on Election Day or vote Obama. That ad isn’t going to hurt Obama’s reelection effort, that’s for sure.

The Obama machine’s ability to distort and spin what conservatives say isn’t necessarily a reason not to engage in discussions about the morality of contraception or about critical race theory, though. The Internet is the perfect salon for such discussions — a place for us to hash out ideas … and not worry so much about what effect our discussions will have on the elections in November.

The campaign trail is not such a place. In the midst of all the distractions, the GOP candidates — and anyone who could be perceived as surrogates for them, including Sarah Palin — have to maintain strict message discipline. Fortunately, in her response to the Obama campaign’s ad against her, Sarah Palin, for the most part, did that:

“I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s ‘enemy of the week’ if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the issues Americans are actually concerned about,” Palin wrote in a note on her Facebook page, posted late Monday. Palin was responding to a Web video fundraising for Obama that uses recent footage of Palin criticizing the president.

Palin also offered a challenge to Obama.

“I’m willing and free to discuss these issues with the President anywhere, anytime,” Palin wrote. …

Palin said it is an example of Obama’s “diversionary tactics” that “shows that our President sure seems fearful of discussing the economy, energy prices, and all the other problems people need addressed.”

At this point, if the GOP candidates really want to beat Obama, their every word and action should primarily be determined by this consideration, “Will this help me beat the president in the general election?” That sounds cynical, but it’s politics. Incidentally, it’s also why I marvel that so many people want to run for office.

What we need in the White House is a good president. What we need on the campaign trail is a good politician. Any one of the GOP candidates would be a better president than Obama; now’s when we need them to prove they’re all also better politicians.

Update: I was not saying that conservatives shouldn’t vet the president — or that the candidates shouldn’t attack the president for his failures. Just saying they have to be mindful of easily twistable sound bites. To some extent, sure, it can’t be avoided: Obama can and will use anything they say against them. But sometimes they make it way too easy for him. What Sarah Palin did in her response to the ad was perfect: She brought up all the issues O is ducking and also said we need to continue to tell the truth about his past. She just didn’t wade into issues that aren’t immediately comprehensible to the viewer. As I said above, there’s a medium for digging into the nitty gritty — and it’s not TV.


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RepubChica on March 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Keep in mind, though, that Tina is 23 or 24–most of us weren’t fed up enough at that age to really speak our minds. And, how many 24-year-olds do you really want to hear that kind of frankness from? They’re still forming a solid philosophy. I think Tina is on the right track, and will work her way toward having Michelle Malkin’s courage (which she probably did not fully have at 24).

DrMagnolias on March 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

So yeah, all of us urban types are provincial or something. When it all comes down to it, nothing beats Chicago and NYC.

libfreeordie on March 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Do you purposely make it appear that I said something other than what I said?

When people do things like this, for me, trust is the first thing that flies out the window.

Did you mean to do this, or was it a mistake? I’m not sure if this is the first time you and I have crossed paths, so I’m not going to assume that you meant to do it. Would you please clarify?

Saltysam on March 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Mama Griz on the prowl. She knows how to bring it to the Won and get under his skin. He’s still running against Bush so why not throw Sarah into the game.

Kissmygrits on March 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM

What a crock. The loudest whines I’ve ever heard have come from liberals in California and New York after learning that their states have received less than they put out, when they’re the ones that promote the whole redistribution cesspool in the first place.

Then if you point it out to them, they get a real stupid look on their face and scream that everybody should get their fair share. And they still don’t have the epiphany. Brainless.

Saltysam on March 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

This is such a good point, it cannot be overstated. Redistributionists are all for redistribution when it means the money goes into their pockets. The rest is just posturing and posing in an effort to look morally superior to those who share their absurd notions.

DrMagnolias on March 14, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Nobody in politics is less interesting than Palin.

echosyst on March 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Yeah, that’s totally why nobody ever comments on these threads when Palin says something and the media pick up on it. /

Aitch748 on March 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

DrMagnolias on March 14, 2012 at 9:11 AM

In a wider look at this, it is also encouraging.

Many conservatives know from experience that more than a few liberals are – liberals by default. They have not yet discovered the conservative philosophy in which they apply toward everything else in their life, and have really not gone through the process of looking at policy, federalism, and liberty with the lens they carry around on everything else.

It can’t be ignored how powerful the propaganda is, but I think most people value liberty for themselves. With rational people, it’s really just a small jump for them to incorporate civility and tolerance in order to respect liberty for others. Granted, liberals-by-default are susceptible to their emotional habits, but until I see the complete collapse of reverence for the Bill of Rights, I keep my hopes that propaganda, in a free society, CAN be toppled with reason.

Saltysam on March 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

RepubChica on March 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM,
Absolutely , Tina Korbe and those like her display a milquetoast Republican cowardice, which is not helpful at best.Mark Levin would also call Tina Korbe a hack and he would be right.

CoolChange80 on March 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

When Sarah Speaks…People Listen!

kirkill on March 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Barack Obama bullies a private citizen kind of like Joseph McCarthy 60 years ago. Sarah Palin should ask Barrack Obama “Have You No Decency Sir?” Clearly Obama doesn’t

CoolChange80 on March 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Mark Levin would also call Tina Korbe a hack and he would be right.

CoolChange80 on March 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Maybe, maybe not, but please let Mark Levin speak for himself. He does a fine job, don’t you think?

Saltysam on March 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

echosyst on March 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM,
You wish.

CoolChange80 on March 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Nobody in politics is less interesting than Palin.
echosyst on March 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM

The Obooba campaign apparently disagrees with you.

Akzed on March 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Are you sure Palin didn’t run that ad? She is trying to keep her name out there so that she keeps raking in the $$ even though she is irrelevant.

lhuffman34 on March 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Well, huffy, then why don’t you call up the US attorney and swear out a warrant since that would be illegal on several fronts? Oh, that’s right, you know she’d hand you your head.

SDN on March 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Tina Korbe is NO Michelle Malkin. Michelle Malkin is a fighting Conservative just like Sarah Palin, Tina Korbe is the typical hack on blog with very little to say.

CoolChange80 on March 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM

For Pete’s sake, Cool, she’s just a baby and probably still laboring under certain assumptions of what’s expected of her. I’m confident she will learn to go for the throat in time. And if not, it’s not like reading her stuff will subtract from your life span, like Brooks or Frum do.

swinia sutki on March 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Tina Korbe is NO Michelle Malkin. Michelle Malkin is a fighting Conservative just like Sarah Palin, Tina Korbe is the typical hack on blog with very little to say.

CoolChange80 on March 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM

So you say. I think Ms. Korbe is doing just fine.

zoyclem on March 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

libfreeordie on March 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

‘Insistent’-not ‘insistant’.
For a supposed graduate of ‘higher education’-you’re really quite illiterate.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM

No, no, ALT. You misunderstood what lefty was saying.
He meant that he was high when he was supposed to graduate. Being functionally illiterate, however, he wasn’t able to express those thoughts in a way that normal, intelligent people could decipher.

Solaratov on March 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Tina,

how many ways can you say the same thing? Is this the 7th 8th or 15th time you have wished for Palin to shut up and sit down?

unseen on March 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

The 1% lives mostly in blue states. Of course they should pay more in taxes; it’s their patriotic duty, right?

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 9:23 PM

So we may conclude, that Urban Elitist will get off of it’s kiester and start living up to it’s duty paying it’s fair share as a red blooded Commie leftist American.

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

MooCowBang on March 14, 2012 at 12:15 AM

there’s a SuckBangBlow in myrtle beach on 17 bypass. you its offspring?

renalin on March 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Now, there’s a succinct, well-reasoned rebuttal from a typical ‘liberal’, if I’ve ever seen one.

Solaratov on March 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Tina,

how many ways can you say the same thing? Is this the 7th 8th or 15th time you have wished for Palin to shut up and sit down?

unseen on March 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Unseens fear is palpable. This fear extends into the rest of the Obama~ites and the leftinista base. Axelrod has forgone his appearance on Maher because he fears that what he’d say would be used against Obama by Palin

Here’s why: From a recent PBS Interview~

JUDY WOODRUFF: . . . on whether to encourage your donors to give money to the so-called super PACs, does this mean you don’t think you can win this election based on the contributions of ordinary Americans?

DAVID AXELROD: Well, no.

We certainly appreciate the contributions of ordinary Americans — 1.3 million people have donated to the president’s campaign, most of them in small contributions, 98 percent of them in small contributions. And we appreciate that.

What we’re looking at, though, Judy, is something we have never seen before, something unleashed by that Supreme Court ruling. And we’ve seen massive amounts of money coming in to these super PACs. And by our estimate and by their own estimate, they intend to spend upwards of half-a-billion dollars, above and beyond what the Republican nominee and the Republican National Committee is going to spend in this election.

And faced with that, you know, we had to act. The president believes deeply that these super PACs are an unwelcome development in our politics and is going to continue to try and find ways to reform them, up to and including a constitutional amendment.

But right now, these are the rules, and the question is, are we going to have two sets of rules or are we going to have one set of rules? And we couldn’t sit — we simply couldn’t sit by and allow $500 million, $600 million, $700 million of negative ads be run against us, with no one on the other side responding.

Axelrod KNOWS that if Obama debates Palin, not only will he LOSE, Palins SuperPAC will raise significantly MORE cash as a result. It’ a win~win. She throws down the gauntlet( which Obama will refuse)to Obama and she’ll win OR he accepts and he loses to her in a debate.Naturaly, Obama won’t be the a$$clown to make the misogynist statement refusing Palins challenge. He’ll have some lackey make some pathetic statement refusing.

Either way, Obama loses.

But here’s what I love MOST of all.
JUDY WOODRUFF: . . . on whether to encourage your donors to give money to the so-called super PACs, does this mean you don’t think you can win this election based on the contributions of ordinary Americans?

DAVID AXELROD: Well, no.

We certainly appreciate the contributions of ordinary Americans — 1.3 million people have donated to the president’s campaign, most of them in small contributions, 98 percent of them in small contributions. And we appreciate that.

LOL. He knows Obama can’t hack it on the pissant contributions of the likes of Urban Elitist, Useen, LiberalforLife et al that ilk. This means that without campaign cash to donate, you’re pretty much worthless to Obama.

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Sarah Palin would wipe the floor with Obama. She would wipe the floor with him in a debate, in an election, on a fishing boat, in a marathon, on a bike, in a forest, anything.

Obama is an empty suit who was propped up by the insane media establishment.

rightConcept on March 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Unseen is a Palin supporter.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Unseen is a Palin supporter.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

There are many Palin supporters. I am another.

rightConcept on March 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Tina Korbe is NO Michelle Malkin. Michelle Malkin is a fighting Conservative just like Sarah Palin, Tina Korbe is the typical hack on blog with very little to say.

CoolChange80 on March 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM

lol…you don’t wear envy well. But since you’ve missed the “boat”, Tina was hired by Michelle through Ed. You seem to be clueless about how that works. Tina could out think you with her brain tied behind her back.

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Unseen is a Palin supporter.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Uh~huh…

“What Sarah Palin did in her response to the ad was perfect: She brought up all the issues O is ducking and also said we need to continue to tell the truth about his past. She just didn’t wade into issues that aren’t immediately comprehensible to the viewer. As I said above, there’s a medium for digging into the nitty gritty — and it’s not TV.”

4:50 PM ON MARCH 13, 2012 BY TINA KORBE

So, is unseen ready to eat crow ? I have a big ole steamin’, heapin’, helpin’ full of it

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

There are many Palin supporters. I am another.

rightConcept on March 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Then you’ll appreciate that fact being pointed out to a subsequent poster who pegs you for the exact opposite.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Do a google search on Unseen’s posts throughout the Palin Wars. Seriously.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Then you’ll appreciate that fact being pointed out to a subsequent poster who pegs you for the exact opposite.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Say what?

rightConcept on March 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Sarah, now you already know that the J@ck@ss-In-Chief has NO GUTS!?! (I would pay to see that debate, though!?!)

Colatteral Damage on March 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Then you’ll appreciate that fact being pointed out to a subsequent poster who pegs you for the exact opposite.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

try again.. I like Palin…she has more cojones than you do

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

lol…you don’t wear envy well. But since you’ve missed the “boat”, Tina was hired by Michelle through Ed. You seem to be clueless about how that works. Tina could out think you with her brain tied behind her back.

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Um…no, she wasn’t. She was hired well after Michelle sold this site to Salem Communications.

MadisonConservative on March 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

So, is unseen ready to eat crow ? I have a big ole steamin’, heapin’, helpin’ full of it

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

lol you can’t read well can you:

Ed thinks the Obama campaign’s use of Sarah Palin in a campaign ad is evidence that they don’t have a very savvy playbook. I disagree. Unless voters do a little research into critical race theory, the president’s connection to it and the full context of Sarah Palin’s comments, they’ll see the Obama campaign ad, think Sarah Palin is stupid and representative of the GOP at large, and either stay home on Election Day or vote Obama. That ad isn’t going to hurt Obama’s reelection effort, that’s for sure.

If you bothered to read Tina’s post it is all about tina telling Palin to sit down and shut up. Tina was one of those that before Palin made a decision to run or not was telling her not to run, to stay out of the race, to be a “cheerleader” or a king marker. After Palin decided not to run Tina was one of the first of those that decided staying out of the race wasn’t good enough. they want Palin off the stage. The stay out of the race and rally the base garbage they were spewing before is seen as nothing but crap. they don’t like the woman for whatever reason and Tina never misses a chance to tell Palin to just go away.

unseen on March 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM
DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Consistent misreading of every single referenced PRO-PALIN post as an ANTI-PALIN post. Weirdest case of dyslexia I’ve ever seen in these threads. Not the worst, just the weirdest.

Like the poster says:

lol you can’t read well can you:

unseen on March 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Defeat Nobama with his own book. Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” Rule #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating.”

Sarah Palin and all of us need to apply Rule #5 unmercifully in any and all exchanges with Obamabots. Nobody likes to be associated with a loser. The Left made fun of Bush so often and for so long that even his supporters tired of defending him. The same will work with Obama. If a constant drumbeat of ridicule is correctly and humorously applied, his supporters will sleep-in rather than go to the polls.

SpiderMike on March 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM

You go Girl.. Thats one debate I would dvr & watch.

mmcnamer1 on March 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

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