McCain: I think Palin should be the VP nominee

posted at 9:45 am on April 4, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Yesterday, Sarah Palin emphasized in her interview with Matt Lauer that whoever becomes the GOP nominee should not play it safe in his selection of a vice presidential running mate. She declined to answer outright whether she thinks this year’s VP nominee should have more experience on the national stage than she did in 2008, but she did say she thinks the presidential nominee should “go rogue” with his pick.

Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain backed up those statements today with this:

On CBS’s This Morning, McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, was asked whether he agreed with his former running mate that Romney should ‘go rogue’ in picking a vice president.

“I think it should be Sarah Palin,” McCain answered, laughing. And while he did not backtrack from that statement, he did say that there was a “wealth of talent” in the GOP field, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

It’s an interesting proposition. She’s far more seasoned than she was in 2008, with a loyal fan base that would be incredibly energized by her presence on the ticket. But would she accept? She declined to run for the presidency herself, maintaining that she can have more influence as a media presence than as an actual candidate. If she worried she wouldn’t have enough influence as the presidential nominee or the president, then she surely wouldn’t be satisfied with the level of influence the vice presidential nomination offers, even if it was her launching pad to the fame she now enjoys.

The willingness of any Republican to accept a slot on the 2012 GOP ticket will be in part determined by the probability of victory. At this stage in the game, as Obama leads Romney nationally and stoops to the lowest possible attacks on Paul Ryan, the vice presidential nomination might not appear so much a reward as a challenge. If not Sarah Palin herself, the vice presidential nominee will have to at least possess her pluck and fighting spirit. The eventual GOP nominee better not play it safe, indeed.


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upinak @ 9:58am – Yes liberal4life is just another one who spouts the talking points given from the left. If only some people really knew what is taken from Alaska. Also good to see you back posting.

oldbearak on April 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM

She lived-still lives-in Illinois. Her vote wasn’t going to make a difference ,anyway.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Well she made damn good and sure it didn’t.

gryphon202 on April 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

When will you get over the fact that COD kicked Mike Castle’s ass?

I repeat – a bankrupt flawed candidate kicked his ass.

And kicked it hard.

HondaV65 on April 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Well, IF Romney were to pick her, I guess he lost the
STAR JONES vote??

ToddPA on April 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Everything old is new again, or as Yogi said . . . it’s deja vu all over again.

Let’s hope Dole isn’t considering another run.

rplat on April 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I think the idea that there is no GOP party leadership is bizarre and out of touch with reality.

Doomberg on April 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Just to be clear, I didn’t mean to say or infer that there is no GOP party leadership. Of course there is…you’re simply not getting the difference between “leadership” and “establishment” is all.

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

No more conservative talent wasted as RINO VP’s. If RINOs are so awesomely awesome, then pick a RINo VP too.

How about Bush 41 as Romney’s running mate? That’s a much better fit, and he’s only served one term!

bitsy on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I guess we will never know how he really feels, my guess is that he feels his loss had a lot to do with Gov. Palin.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Heh,

What a confusing race this has been. I’m still trying to figure out how Santorum has been labelled the Conservative in this race as he has as many sins as the rest of the field (Romney included) but whatever.

Regardless of the reasons, Palin has become toxic and should not be considered for the general ticket. She would make a fine choice for a position in a new administration but I’m not sure she would want back into public life anytime soon anyways.

Zybalto on April 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

HondaV65 on April 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I ain’t NOBODY’S ‘slave’, sweetheart.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I think the idea that there is no GOP party leadership is bizarre and out of touch with reality. Does anyone really think that every single activist, congressman, etc in the GOP is exactly equal to each other, and that none of them have any more influence than one another?

Does anyone deny that, say, the Obama administration combined with their big donors and key legislators and think tanks is in charge of the Democratic Party?

Doomberg on April 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Yes there is an establishment , a core of connected people and their sidekicks. Thats one reason why inside trading for them are still legal in practice.

the_nile on April 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Yeah, that’s a good idea. I’m sure Romney won’t have any Steve Schmidts on his campaign staff to undermine Romney’s VP pick this year if said VP is too much of a scary true-con for his staff’s tastes or anything. /

No, let Mitt fail on his own.

Aitch748 on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

She was the only thing that alive in that campaign, because she talked the issues, she warned us clearly what Obama would bring,
but people were too amused by Fey (or some even more disreputable
caricature) You think they won’t go after Ryan’s SSI, or Rubio’s contratemps with the state party, or Christie’s dodgy record in NY
politics,

narciso on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Much as I love Sarah..

We don’t need to refight the last war,.. this time a new face, new voice.. hopefully a social conservative, but Romney has many things to consider and balance.. I like Rubio.. but I suspect Romney will surprise us with who he picks.. just a gut feeling.

mark81150 on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

McCain: I think Palin should be the VP nominee

No, John.

Just no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Vyce on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I don’t think McCain will ever forgive anything.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

He’s a seriously angry dude. He tends to refer to anyone he doesn’t like as a ‘pajama wearing VC mofo’.

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

oldbearak on April 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM

thanks, but I am in a lull, only going to be here for a bit.. than *POOF* I will disappear again. :)

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I think McCain has some serious issues that pertain to his personality. I wouldn’t say narcissist entirely, but something close to it.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I guess we will never know how he really feels, my guess is that he feels his loss had a lot to do with Gov. Palin.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

After Bush pulled the trigger on TARP and McCain voted yay for it he was toast, although Sarah wanted to fight on, the fight had gone out of McCain.

That’s how it looked watching the events unfold, and if John McCain uses Sarah Palin being attacked by the liberal media as the balm to soothe his ego, that’s his business. It doesn’t change the reality.

Dr Evil on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I don’t think McCain will ever forgive anything.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

He’s a seriously angry dude. He tends to refer to anyone he doesn’t like as a ‘pajama wearing VC mofo’.

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Or a Hobbit :)

Dr Evil on April 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

He’s a seriously angry dude. He tends to refer to anyone he doesn’t like as a ‘pajama wearing VC mofo’.

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

yes he is, to bad he can’t use that anger in a productive way.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

That is what Schmidt, admitted the following spring, it was likely to be an uphill battle, but it could have been fought, much better.

narciso on April 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Or a Hobbit :)

Dr Evil on April 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

You mean his daughter? Oh yeah.. I went there.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Why do I suspect that this RINO and his country-club GOP would do this, just to keep her fearsome and refreshingly honest criticism stiffled?

Can you image what Mr Etch-a-Sketch would require her to not say?

If there is anyone more unwilling to take the necessary risk, than “button your lips” MCain did against Obama, it is Romney?

Naw, this is just John, paying her back for her endorsement of him in AZ-one of her “not so fine” moments.

Don L on April 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Marco Rubio is not eligible to be Vice-President. And even if he were eligible (which he isn’t) he’s too young, at the age of 40.

Emperor Norton on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Castle lost, dude. It’s 2012 now. Get over it.

Doomberg on April 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Ronald Reagan won big in 1980 on a conservative platform. That was so long ago that it has nothing of value to teach us any more, which is why no one ever talks about it, right?

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I’d vote for Palin when Romney is the nominee.

Conger on April 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Or a Hobbit :)

Dr Evil on April 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

You mean his daughter? Oh yeah.. I went there.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

You know Maggie McCain is why Obama’s favorite song is “I ain’t goin back to Maggie’s fat farm no more”

Yeah I went there lol!

Dr Evil on April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Who was the fool, here,

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2236587/posts

narciso on April 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

She lived – still lives – in Illinois. Her vote wasn’t going to make a difference, anyway.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! The truth burns. Thanks for reminding me that I’m just tilting at windmills here in the great Land of Lincoln. Gawd, I hate wind farms…

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

It is as if the ongoing battle between the elite GOP old guard, the right wing of the Political Class, and the truly conservative wing of the party doesn’t exist. Romney and the old guard, personified by the likes of Karl Rove, are locked in battle with the up and coming conservative reformers of the Tea Party. Palin is one of the strongest supporters of the reformers, and the old guard is terrified of her and her supporters.

There is a reason Romney has hired people associated with Palin’s old enemies from the McCain campaign. Romney is the old guard candidate. He long ago recognized that Palin was a serious threat to him politically and has been working hard behind the scenes to discredit her and to marginalize the conservative reform forces in the Republican Party.

There isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that Romney and the Republican old guard would ever do anything that would legitimize Palin in any way. They know they aren’t just fighting Democrats, they are fighting the forces of reform, i.e., the Tea Partiers, for control of the Republican Party. It looks like they will win this nomination battle, but they are on the defensive across the board. As more and more Tea Party aligned candidates win down ticket, they will be forced to concede more and more control over the party apparatus.

But much of the analysis simply ignores the ongoing struggle within the GOP. Why would that be?

novaculus on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Romney/Rubio will defeat obambi. Morning in America. And for those of you that will change my spelling of “Morning” – just think about 4 more years of our current admin.

VegasRick on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You shouldn’t underestimate Willard’s tin ear, and that will contribute to his selection of an awful running mate.

Emperor Norton on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

McCain… is complicated.. how could he have been such an inspirational war hero,.. but have so many other issues as he does?

I don’t know if he blames Sarah.. he shouldn’t, you’d think he’d understand that being the head of the ticket, made him responsible for it’s conduct, and his level of leadership. He ran as if loosing was ok with him, as long as the media was nice to him..

complicated.. almost confused.

mark81150 on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

If you think for a second that the Establishment would turn over the Presidency to Palin in 8 years, you’re nuts.

faraway on April 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

We tried that already

Much as I love Sarah…

We don’t need to refight the last war,… this time a new face, new voice…mark81150 on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

We need a different face. She’s too toxic at this time.

talkingpoints on April 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM

You shouldn’t underestimate Willard’s tin ear, and that will may contribute to his selection of an awful running mate.

Emperor Norton on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Painfully possible. Hopefully not.

talkingpoints on April 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

All that aside, it may be what Romney has to do to get conservatives on board

Sekhmet on April 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Is this 2008…?

Realclearblue on April 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

generally have a case of McCain-drangement.

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You really have to give it up, dude. McCain was a terrible candidate, not at all a conservative, and a key example of the GOP establishment, believing he was somehow entitled to the White House because of his tenure. He was as crappy as Crist. You pick losers, my friend.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

If people dont realize McCain was taking a swipe at his former VP nominee – who was hammered post 2008 from him and his own people… including his offspring, then I am at a loss.

Odie1941 on April 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Please God make it so.
Obama 2012

plewis on April 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Sarah, if asked, please refuse.

Don’t hitch to yourself to disaster-in-waiting Mittanic.

Norwegian on April 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

And let me guess, you should be the POTUS candidate too?

Shut up and go away McLame! You’ve already made your (black) mark on history. Kindly shuffle off to your well-earned retirement and stop making a fool of yourself in front of all America.

MelonCollie on April 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Please excuse my shallowness for just a second.
Romney and Palin would be the best looking President/VP in history!

Throw in Mitt’s business/economic expertise—Palin’s steel spine and her energy expertise and that’s quite a package.

But I would be happy with Paul Ryan as VP too.

bailey24 on April 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I was going to say that this item was comment-bait, but there aren’t that many responses.

I respect McCain’s loyalty to his former running mate, but this would be a bad idea.

Mister Mets on April 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Romney could put Minnie Mouse on the ticket and beat Obama. These last 2 weeks have been a disaster for him. The Democrats plan to avoid doing a budget is going to have a disastrous effect on their chances to win re-election in the House and the Senate. Why vote for a political party that, in the name of getting re-elected, refuses to pass a budget that deals with our problems? Obama has already proven himself to be in over his head so who’s going to vote for him. If you put just these 2 facts together, the Republicans win.

bflat879 on April 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

It describes people who think that someone like Christine O’Donnell could ever win office in a state like Delaware, because the only thing that ever matters in an election is ideology. Period. Not vote counts, not charisma, not money, not political support, not issue positions, and not the constituency sought to represent. You, from your comments, are not among those people.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

You know what? Maybe you better hope that those of us who despise Romney don’t get the idea to use the “Christine O’Donnell Precedent” and start publicly slamming Romney AFTER HE WINS THE PRIMARY (as opposed to merely not voting for him). You’re not helping your candidate by continuously reminding us of how the GOP openly turned on O’Donnell AFTER THE PRIMARY, bad candidate or not. The GOP’s gross disloyalty to its own candidates and its flat refusal to defend their own is actually part of the reason why I no longer habitually vote GOP and won’t be supporting Romney in the general.

Aitch748 on April 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

But much of the analysis simply ignores the ongoing struggle within the GOP. Why would that be?

novaculus on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The big reason you don’t see a lot of analysis from mainstream sources is despite the Tea Party making a lot of noise, it hasn’t been able to accomplish much. It basically lost every key battle after the 2010 elections such as the debt ceiling struggle. It’s not clear whether at this point serious conservatives have any political muscle left to put a crimp into Romney’s ambitions.

Now, if Romney loses in 2012 because a large percentage of conservative voters stays home, that will be a different story and at that point I think the intra-party struggle will burst out into the open. At the very least we’ll hear stories about this when the GOP leadership throws a temper tantrum.

I think this is unlikely to happen though. More likely we’ll see roughly the same situation we did in 2008 with conservative voters trooping to the polls despite their loathing of Romney because they fear Obama even more, while the independents stay home.

Doomberg on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

She’s too toxic at this time.

talkingpoints on April 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM

It’s not true but it’s repeated often enough to be a talking point by some with another agenda. She’d never run with Romney. BTDT.

You shouldn’t underestimate Willard’s tin ear, and that will contribute to his selection of an awful running mate.

Emperor Norton on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Who magnifies Romney’s weaknesses? One of the Maine sisters?

Fallon on April 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Palin is rightfully avoiding Toxic Mittens like the plague.

McCain was only half-joking, but Palin wouldn’t accept a fixed game like the one Romney has planned. Mittens and his people know how to fight Conservatives. They are absolutely at sea when it comes to fighting Democrats.

Obama will beat Mitt Romney like a rented mule. Palin will wisely stay on the sidelines, prepping herself to lead the Purges that will happen after Romney leads the Moderates over the cliff.

More and more downticket races are going to Palin’s kind of people. That’s the trend that will work against people like Romney and the Bush clan. Palin didn’t run this time because the race was a fixed game. In 2016, especially after the economic chaos that is about to ensue, things will be very, very different.

And it will be a very different, and much more populist, GOP.

victor82 on April 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Dr Evil on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

With tin foil hat firmly planted and chin strapped tied, I still think Soros was behind that. Everyone needs a conspiracy theory and that’s mine.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Hell with VP, Palin/West 2012

clippermiami on April 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Senile v. Stupid.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Christine did about as well, with all the knives in her back, as Whitman did with her 150 million dollars in California, actually better among independents, no apologies were ever made when the ethics complaints, including those filed by Ross, turned out to be bupkis,

narciso on April 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Romney will not pick anyone whose popularity will “upstage” him.

Amjean on April 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The laughing WAS the backtrack, folks. I’m still ashamed that I cast a vote for this smug old douchebag.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

As am I.

Dunedainn on April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I guess not to be unexpected, given his history. I’ll be happy if he can finish out his career without going all mavericky anymore. The only thing is have ever gotten him was face time on TV.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Romney will not pick anyone whose popularity will “upstage” him.

Amjean on April 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

True…

idesign on April 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Shut up, Mav!

vityas on April 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

NO

gerrym51 on April 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The big reason you don’t see a lot of analysis from mainstream sources is despite the Tea Party making a lot of noise, it hasn’t been able to accomplish much. It basically lost every key battle after the 2010 elections such as the debt ceiling struggle. It’s not clear whether at this point serious conservatives have any political muscle left to put a crimp into Romney’s ambitions.

Very well stated. I suspect that what is going on downticket, though, is a concerted effort by people associated with the Paultards and the TEA people to grab more control of the grass roots. 2012 was way too early, for example, for Palin to sieze power because the Party Apparat is still under the control of the Bushtards and the “Rising Tide Lifts All Yachts” wing of the GOP.

As more and more county and state committees collapse under the weight of the populist assault, especially as economic conditions begin to worsen, the Establishment will find it harder and harder to maintain control.

People don’t realize what the Paultards have been doing on the county level. This has been going on since 2008. Palin is only now getting started with an effort to catch up. The Romney people don’t play this game, because they are only interested in the WH. Palin and the Paultards know that the real game is in the Party apparat and in the Congress where the money is appropriated.

victor82 on April 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Aitch748 on April 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Thank you.

pannw on April 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Hell with VP, Palin/West 2012

clippermiami on April 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

No Brokered convention!
Mitt/Jindal.
Mitt/Ryan.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The laughing WAS the backtrack, folks. I’m still ashamed that I cast a vote for this smug old douchebag.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

As am I.

Dunedainn on April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I am annoyed more so that ashamed about that old Bastage. For some reason, he just stopped campagning. And no matter how hard he tries to deflect it to Sarah, saying she was at fault, it just makes him look worse and worse and now he isn’t just grumpy, he is a bitter bit’chy old man with nothing to prove to anyone… and he knows it.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I don’t see it happening ….

she was saddled with one RINO … mclame
why would she take on another RINO – Mittens ?

not going to happen …

looks like Ryan …. at least that is my guess …
sorry to see a promising political career go up in smoke
but there it is ….

Mitt should pick someone he is comfortable with
like Hillary /

conservative tarheel on April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

There have been remarks made recently by some of Romney’s fans (John Sununu and Ann Coulter) about what a bad idea Sarah Palin was as the VP in 2008. Now we have McCain suggesting that Romney should choose Palin again.

Makes me think there is some pressure going on behind the scenes to pick Palin.

Cheetah1956 on April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I guess not to be unexpected, given his history. I’ll be happy if he can finish out his career without going all mavericky anymore. The only thing is have ever gotten him was face time on TV.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

he is going to have a heart attack and die on the floor due to yelling and screaming.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Senile v. Stupid.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yup, that sums up Barry and Biden perfectly.

BTW, that’s the new bumper sticker

2012-Go for BROKE with Barry and Biden.

ToddPA on April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Couldn’t see Palin even wanting to get near that dead weight to begin with. First thing that would happen is the Romney people would start backstabbing her and using her as a scapegoat for their own sinking campaign.

idesign on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

You really have to give it up, dude. McCain was a terrible candidate, not at all a conservative, and a key example of the GOP establishment, believing he was somehow entitled to the White House because of his tenure. He was as crappy as Crist. You pick losers, my friend.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Granted we’ve been down this road a few times in the past…but you’re not getting what I’m saying. I mean, exactly whom makes up this “GOP establishment” anyway?

And as for McCain, the guy with the high rating from the ACU you think wasn’t “conservative enough”, y’all spent too much time tearing him down, instead of trying your best to make sure he would win the presidency, and THEN let a conservative congress “mold” him if you will.

Instead, we got Obama. Really dodged a bullet there :/

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Senile v. Stupid.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

We have that now!
biteme v. obambi

VegasRick on April 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I think John McCain should just shut up. After the way he treated Palin, his own VP pick, anything he says about her is just embarrassing himself.

RebeccaH on April 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

MadCon…to add:

Mentioning Crist is below the belt :/

And hey, I agree my support for certain candidates tend to guarantee they crash and burn.

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Who magnifies Romney’s weaknesses?

* FL Senator Marco Rubio. If they complain there are two Mormons on the ticket, Willard will have to reply Rubio has converted and is no longer a Mormon. This will call attention to the fact that there’s still one Mormon on the ticket, which is the single biggest negative on Willard’s resume. Gallup has found that 21% of voters will not vote for a Mormon.

* VA Governor Bob McDonnell. He looks more like a corporate executive than Willard does, and when they are pictured together, I wonder, “When does the Board meeting start?”

Emperor Norton on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Obama thanks you for the supporter, effing weasel.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Oh, come off it. He’s not an Obama supporter and you know it.

Dunedainn on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Instead, we got Obama. Really dodged a bullet there :/

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

And we’re setting the stage and about to repeat history… sigh.

Why do you think conservatives are pushing back so hard this time? We actually want to WIN and not go through an empty exercise in republican politics-as-usual.

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

As much as I want Sarah Palin to be president I have recently come to terms with the fact that it isn’t going to happen. Let’s face it–an electorate diseased enough to elect a reprobate thug like Obama is never going to vote for someone like Palin. We have entered the days where people call evil good and good evil. Palin was wise not to cast her pearls before swine.

At this point, my hopes for her are what Andrew Breitbart’s were–that she will become a red state Oprah and weild a substantial amount of influence that way. Since most voters these days refuse to crack a book, that may be the best way to reach them.

Kataklysmic on April 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I thought McCain and Graham were going to lead a militia into Libya to free the slaves.

kozmo on April 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Doomberg on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The battle for control of the GOP is being fought down the ticket, challenging Political Class Republicans from the right. For example, here in Indiana the old RINO Dick Lugar is in a serious primary battle, after facing virtually no opposition for years. The Tea Party rallies served to get people acquainted and realize their numbers and strength. Now they are battling for control of the GOP from the bottom up.

Romney will be the last hurrah for the Old Guard, no matter what happens. Conservatives and Tea Partiers will vote against Obama, not for Romney. And then they will continue to fight for control of the party apparatus. By 2016, if the reformers aren’t in control they will be too powerful to ignore.

novaculus on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I think he did it for a cheap laugh, but there are still many who would get out there and work like crazy to get Gov. Palin in office. I’m one of them. As it is, I’ll vote for Gov. Romney and whomever he picks because I have to. There is no margin of error in this election. President Obama has to be defeated in November and Romney appears to be the best choice to get that low information voter that we need to win. I wish Americans would take their vote more seriously and research for themselves, but a lot don’t bother, sadly.

poli-nana on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Christine did about as well, with all the knives in her back, as Whitman did with her 150 million dollars in California, actually better among independents, no apologies were ever made when the ethics complaints, including those filed by Ross, turned out to be bupkis,

narciso on April 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

It may interest people around here to know that it was Mitt Romney and Karl Rove who went out there and basically pi$$ed away Meg Whitman’s $150 million dollars right into the Pacific Ocean.

If you want to know how the race against Obama will end in a whimper, watch how Romney and his imported crew of experts help to f**k up the Meg Whitman race. Meg, you’ll recall, was running against Jerry Brown, a zombie candidate who was last governor of California when Robin Williams was auditioning for the lead on Mork and Mindy. They even didn’t foresee the “illegal Mexican worker” scandal.

Amateur night.

The Romney Campaign not only wears clown shoes, but demonstrated a studied incompetence in its last big race. Watch Obama do to Mittens what Jerry Brown did to Meg. I will bet anyone here a box of Krispy Kreme donuts not consumed by Ron Jeremy that the Obama people know whom ALL the illegal aliens are who mow Mitt’s lawns. And Gloria Allred has their files already, and the lawsuits are being written up as we speak.

This campaign writes itself for the Democrats. Sad to say.

victor82 on April 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

And hey, I agree my support for certain candidates tend to guarantee they crash and burn.

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

copy/paste… just for old times sake. *wink*

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Makes me think there is some pressure going on behind the scenes to pick Palin.

Cheetah1956 on April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Naw. Not now. But when convention time rolls around and he finds himself down 10pts to Obama, more so with women, yeah the pressue will mount.

He’ll still won’t do it.

WisRich on April 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I couldn’t care less what that moderate old fossil McCain has to say.

Term limits.

AttaBoyLuther on April 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

A ticket with a liberal President paired with a conservative VP? Nah, never work.

Crusty on April 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

heh, Johnny Mac is just angling for the veep slot himself.

OkieDoc on April 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’m as big a Palin supporter as you need find. No. Rmoney could definitely sure up his right, he is lacking, Sarah isn’t the way for him to go. She would overshadow him. She has all the things he seems to lack. Rmoney would have to have stones the size of Gibraltar. He doesn’t. I do think Palins suggestion to look at someone like West is a good one. Rmoney seems to think he has a lock on the Tea Party crowd, they do want in the worst way for 0 to be gone. He may be correct. Some will peel off possibly and not support Rmoney unless there is a TP VP type on the ticket. My guess is they won’t. Besides Rmoney will easily make up the defectors to his right with replacements from the left, right?

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Well we’ve seen how Vorstedt (sic) and Dewine, shivved Kasich, and they are ready to do that to Walker, who she cultivated when he was a little known county exec, she rallied for Prosser, took a victory
lap in Madison, endorsed Ryan, but as they say in my ‘neck of the woods’ Lo Que Importa es el Cash, roughly show me the money.

So which page of McDonnell’s thesis from Bob Jones would be featured first, or Jindal’s exorcisms, they had to make up carp, like the Kilkenny letter to go after Sarah.

narciso on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

And we’re setting the stage and about to repeat history… sigh.

Why do you think conservatives are pushing back so hard this time? We actually want to WIN and not go through an empty exercise in republican politics-as-usual.

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Absolutely we are about to go through all that again. It’s unfortunate, given the importance of this upcoming election. But social cons especially aim their “pushing” at our own GOP nominee instead of where it belongs right now…at the Democrats.

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

There have been remarks made recently by some of Romney’s fans (John Sununu and Ann Coulter) about what a bad idea Sarah Palin was as the VP in 2008. Now we have McCain suggesting that Romney should choose Palin again.

Makes me think there is some pressure going on behind the scenes to pick Palin.

Cheetah1956 on April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

There is. This is about winning the Senate.

The Establishment doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about Romney. They know he’s an ambitious little scrunt whose father got his butt kicked by Nixon, of all people.

But by G-d, those Senate Committee Chairmanships almost guarantee control of the Swag Bag, and that’s what counts in D.C..

The Beltway War Criminals look at the same internals that Mittens people do, and they can’t help but notice how people aren’t exactly throwing themselvea at Mitt’s feet. If people don’t turn out, this could affect the real 2012 deal, control of the Senate!

This race is about control of the Senate Rules Committee, Senate Finance, and the Banking Committee. The rest is just Mitt Romney’s towering ego talking. That’s why you are hearing this Palin pushback from people downstream who don’t like her; they are hearing things from Inside that the Big People are not happy with the Senate polling they are seeing.

If Palin can get these people a Senate Majority and control of the swag, they will line up to kiss her tee-hiney. Even if Romney loses, they will thank her. They are starting to come to the conclusion that Mittens can’t hack it.

They need Turnout Juice. Romney don’t have the Mojo.

But I think Palin stays away.

victor82 on April 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

copy/paste… just for old times sake. *wink*

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

What up, upster! Haven’t had the pleasure of your company ’round these parts in a while. You can check out of HotAir any time you want, but you can never leave.

That would make a good song… :)

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

McCain, thanks for your service. You are truly an American hero. Now go climb under a rock with that guy in the Geico commercial.

rjoco1 on April 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

McCain is just happy he was able to get his Senate gig back.

Meanwhile, Palin is poison. Pure poison.

Anyone that has anything to do with her politically is a fool.

Moesart on April 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I mean, exactly whom makes up this “GOP establishment” anyway?

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

GOP lifers, for the most part. Congressmen and party darlings that got way too comfortable during their 12-year control of Congress, spending left and right and completely abandoning conservatives principles because they thought they were unbeatable, with Bush having secured his second term. Then the Left came along and wounded them in 2006, and they realized they might lose their power.

So what do they do in 2008? Push the oldest, blandest candidate with the ancient war hero commemorations and mock every conservative that dared to come near them. As a result, there was no energy or enthusiasm for the old schmuck, and so they brought on Palin, who brought him more energy than anything had in the whole campaign. It wasn’t enough, and they failed.

2010 rolls around, the Tea Party is charged, and what happens? The Dems are swept out of the House, not because of GOP energy, but because of Tea Party energy. Ideological fervor gets things done(like Obama 2008), and the failed Vice Presidential conservative shows her kingmaking abilities. It’s a tremendous victory for the Right.

Now, here we are, once again, sitting with another bland establishment figure that couldn’t give a s**t about conservatism or the Tea Party. No energy. Can’t even get securely through this damned primary. But who backed him? The big GOP moneylenders and institutional bigwigs…and still, he’s struggling, because the people don’t want him. As it stands, he may or may not win. I’m guessing he won’t, because his history of flip-flopping makes even Kerry look consistent. So, my guess is that these history-challenged sherry-swilling dips**ts will pressure Romney to go after a perceived conservative(probably Rubio or possibly even Jindal), and once again, it will fail to move people, even more dramatically because we learned our lesson last time around.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

victor82 on April 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM
novaculus on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM
victor82 on April 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The CA GOP has been thoroughly eviscerated and is close to moribund. Following the Whitman/Fiorina debacles (it’s a relief to see that Romney last night trying something besides the “I’m a competent businessman” tack that was proven to be a field-test failure last fall by the two women), we now have the Democrat Party-controlled “re-districting” scam and the “two-tier primary” scam that insure a Democrat lock on the state for another generation.

Add that to the flight of the traditionally-Republican middle class and small businesses from the state (you’re welcome, Texas), and it’s going to take a total meltdown of the state before any alternative to Democrat rule can arise phoenix-like from the ashes. If there’s anything left to rise.

Breitbart was right about focusing on the culture over politics. Because he could see the futility of doing anything else in his own state.

de rigueur on April 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Mentioning Crist is below the belt :/

JetBoy on April 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

No, below the belt would be making insinuations about your support for Crist involving things below the belt.

POW.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Oh, come off it. He’s not an Obama supporter and you know it.

Dunedainn on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Honda’s been here forever-so I know that-but if you refuse to vote for Romney in the general you ARE helping to reelect Zero.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Allen West would be a bold VP pick….. so we can be sure Romney won’t go with him.

Bitter Clinger on April 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Honda’s been here forever-so I know that-but if you refuse to vote for Romney in the general you ARE helping to reelect Zero.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

So goddamned sick of this. No. Let me spell it out for you.

A vote for Romney is a vote for Romney.
A vote for Obama is a vote for Obama.

A vote for neither is:

A vote for Romney, if you’re an Obama supporter.
A vote for Obama, if you’re a Romney supporter.

In other words, it’s neither. So shut up with this stupid bullying union thug-style bulls**t. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for parroting this political intimidation tactic.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

he is going to have a heart attack and die on the floor due to yelling and screaming.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Wow, think what that would do for Cspan’s ratings!

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

She declined to answer outright whether she thinks this year’s VP nominee should have more experience on the national stage than she did in 2008,

Tina that is just complete an utter bullcrap. She answered the question by saying she would put her record up against all the possible VP candidates. Or in other words she never accepted the meme that she didn’t have experience. Unlike it seems you who seems to have fallen for the left’s spin.

unseen on April 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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