Palin snubbed by GOP convention?

posted at 10:01 am on July 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So says Newsweek, and apparently Sarah Palin.  Six weeks out from the Republican convention in Tampa, Palin has yet to get an invite to the big show.  According to Newsweek’s Peter J. Boyer, Tea Party activists are furious over the snub … although there seems to scant evidence of that in the article itself:

Palin would certainly light up the base at the convention—her 2008 vice-presidential acceptance speech was, in terms of partisan enthusiasm, the high-water mark of the McCain campaign—but a jolt of Palin at Romney’s convention seems most unlikely. The Romney campaign prides itself on a slavish adherence to script, and Palin cannot be trusted to avoid the impulse to go rogue. That is why, perhaps, the Romney campaign has not asked Palin to speak at the convention nor contacted her about even attending the party’s marquee event in Tampa. Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence. Palin does not seem surprised. “What can I say?” she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention, just before heading to Michigan to deliver an Obama-thumping speech. “I’m sure I’m not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on the road to bankruptcy, and engaging in crony capitalism.”

“In accepting those consequences,” she added, “one must remember this isn’t Sadie Hawkins and you don’t invite yourself and a date to the Big Dance.” …

“Romney’s just not a fighter,” says Jenny Beth Martin, head of the Tea Party Patriots, the largest of the activist groups. “That’s why it would be good for him to have someone like Palin speaking at the convention. He needs to do something to rile up his base, to make them enthusiastic. And I don’t mean just the Tea Party. I mean die-hard Republicans. I live in the second-most-Republican county in the state of Georgia, and the folks around here are not enthusiastic about him.”

The lead-in splash at the top of the web page says, “The Tea Party is livid” over a lack of an invitation (see update), but has anyone heard this?  We’re at least in contact with a number of Tea Party organizations, and to my knowledge none of us has heard that Palin won’t get an invitation to speak, nor of anger over a lack of an invitation to this point.  In fact, I’m not sure we know of anyone who has been inked into a specific speaking slot, including some of the actual presidential contenders from this cycle.

The quote from Martin is the only one Boyer provides from any grassroots leaders, by name or anonymously, and it doesn’t seem very “livid” to me.   Most of Boyers’ assessment of Tea Party activists come from a rehash of commentary and reaction to Romney during the nomination fight.  The Romney camp apparently declined to respond to Boyers (with one exception, to which I’ll return momentarily), and they declined to respond to me when I asked them about this article today, preferring to focus on their new strategy to attack Obama over his crony capitalism.

After reading the article, there doesn’t appear to be much in which to respond, frankly, except one point.  The article seems to be pretty heavy on sourcing from Palin’s camp, and very little from Tea Party activists. In fact, it seems very heavily sourced from Palin herself.  The one comment made by “one adviser associated with the campaign” was that they thought Palin’s contract with Fox would preclude her from speaking at the convention, which Palin refutes herself on the record (and Fox concurs).  It looks like a shot across the bow, leveraged through Boyers with some very weak Tea-Party-is-angry dressing, aimed at Team Romney to give Palin a platform in August.  We’ll see if the message is received, and what the response will be.

Update: The “livid” part came from the “dek” that gets added by editors, not by the reporter.  If you put that expectation aside, the article is actually pretty straightforward.  Also, be sure to read what Herman Cain has to say about Tea Party temperament, which is — to no one’s great surprise — skeptical but open to convincing.


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Sarah was the only one on the last ticket who gave us a fighting chance against obama.
interesting that the same crowd that threw Sarah under the bus in 2008 are now around romney.
the same crowd that refuses to call obama a liar to his face, instead pussy foots around.
romney even asking for apologies.

someone outta tell mitt that obama is a christian gun toting right to lifer, that should get his blood boiling

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 5:41 AM

I’m off to work . . . . . . BUT KEEP THE COMMENT COUNT GOING . . . . after all, I hear she’s not “relevant” you know.

listens2glenn on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Love it!

I’ve got to get cleaned up so as to take our WWII vet to the doctor for his quarterly check-up, then it is off to work I go and later a meeting with the TEA Party Patriots, but I shall return!

DannoJyd on July 17, 2012 at 5:43 AM

2000 comments or bust.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 5:50 AM

DannoJyd on July 17, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Take it for what it’s worth, but you sound like the former smoker who obnoxiously gets up in the face of every current smoker he comes across. Even when one goes out of their way to be courteous and deferential.

Just my .02.

Full Disclosure: I was born and raised in Chicago and Chicagoland. I refuse, even at gunpoint, to enter Cook County.

98ZJUSMC on July 17, 2012 at 5:53 AM

fitting handle for you. trying desperately all night to turn romney lead into gold.

We have gold, alchemist, its called Sarah Palin.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Palin decided either Barack Obama wasn’t enough of a threat to this country as founded to motivate her to run and put a stop to him, or she just had other, better, more important things to do than to save America.

alchemist19 on July 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 5:35 AM

So says one of those Palinstinians who has said they won’t for Mitt against Obamandias! You’re a political suicide bomber.

MJBrutus on July 17, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Sending signals, Assuming it’s all true. GOP likes the idea of a third party. Would make them structually the minority. Whew! Pressure’s off. Less messy leading. Palin floats this to force their hand and shame them into inviting her. If it ends in no invite then it’s Palin 2016, for the Patriot Party.

curved space on July 17, 2012 at 6:06 AM

alchemist19 on July 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM

the gope told her in no uncertain terms, they would destroy her if she ran. She couldn’t fight two battles at the same time. she’s reloading now.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Palin decided either Barack Obama wasn’t enough of a threat to this country as founded to motivate her to run and put a stop to him, or she just had other, better, more important things to do than to save America.

alchemist19 on July 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Palin sacrificed more in 1 year than you will in a lifetime to defeat 0bama. Indeed, it is only because of her efforts that McLame won in my county.

While Sarah still works to get conservatives elected that will represent We The People you sit there and support elitist 0bama lite.

BTW, did Sketchy finally decide if 0bamacare is a tax, or not? Either way, the man remains a hypocrite.

DannoJyd on July 17, 2012 at 6:22 AM

These Sarah Palin groupies are a silly bunch. I love looking at the Sarah Palin threads where her worshipers tend to congregate.

We see exchanges like the following…

Sarah Palin groupie 1: “Hey, guys! We only have a few more comments to go to get this thread to 1,500 comments.”

Sarah Palin groupie 2: “Yeah, we can do it. We’ll show the lamestream media and the establishment elite types that Sarah really does generate excitement like no other!”

Hours and hours and hours later and after lots of random chit chat between the various Sarah Palin groupies and the people who stop by to have a little fun with them….

Sarah Palin groupie 1: “Hey, people! We did it! 1,800 comments. Wow! And they say that Sarah Palin is irrelevant! Someone who can get people to post this many comments is not irrelevant.”

Sarah Palin groupie 2: “No kidding. Let them call us a bunch of Sarah Palin-worshiping shut-ins who just post the same things over and over about how Sarah is our true saviour. They don’t know anything. 1,800 comments speaks for itself!”

Sorry, guys. Hate to break it to you, but Sarah Palin is, at best, simply a gimmicky/novelty former politician. She never displays much substance in any of her tv appearances, and she hasn’t improved much since 2008 with regard to her ability to discuss policy. The way some of you have created this myth of the infallible and heroic Sarah Palin is awfully similar to the kind of behavior seen among members of the cult of Obama.

Anyway, though Palin is right on many issues, we really dodged a bullet when that woman decided not to run for president (after teasing and leading on her starstruck worshipers for months). Since then, Palin has behaved extremely ungraciously towards our Republican nominee and has displayed a tendency to often want to make things all about her. The Obama campaign LOVES it whenever Palin’s name pops up in the news, and they would have loved nothing more than to have been given the chance to run against the incompetent Palin a second time. Please, let’s not make this woman the face of the Republican Party again! She’s a fine, patriotic woman, to be sure, but she is far from one of our brightest conservative lights.

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Your last name isn’t “Queeg”, is it?

My take.

kingsjester on July 17, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Bluegill is either stupid, ignorant or a malicious liar. I would pick the latter. His attacks reek of Alinsky. Of course if she was so in-substantive, passe or irrelevant he would find something better to do but here he is 24/7, almost like he was getting paid for it.

He ignores, for example, her political work in the last six months.
Take one subset of that, her work with US Senate candidates where it looks like she will be four out of four so far, some of them long shots, all solidly conservative. As was written earlier that is 4% of the US Senate, or close to 8% of a majority. Find me another politician who accomplished that feat.

Viator on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

why are you here soiling a Palin thread. shouldn’t you be out canvassing among the independents for your boy mitt.
oh, right, your job is to alienate the millions of Sarah’s followers, so that a vast majority of them won’t end up going to the polls.
your boy is surrounding himself with all the loser mccain people. yet you blame Sarah. pathetic.

mitts losing the election. get out the vote sista! LOL

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 AM

On a road trip so my responses will be brief:

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

No clichés. That was/is his management style. Google is your friend.

Buy Danish s/b better – she definitely has the brains for it.
alchemist19 was groveling, which made the Schadenfreude worth it.
Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM

According to this^^^ analysis of yours, to say “+1″ or to agree with another commenter, is “groveling”. That is not what “grovel” means. And there was no “schadenfreude” – because that requires finding joy in someone else’s misery. Perhaps you meant to say “irony” although there’s none there either because no one was “groveling”.

And away I go….

Buy Danish on July 17, 2012 at 7:17 AM

We see exchanges like the following…

Sarah Palin groupie 1: “Hey, guys! We only have a few more comments to go to get this thread to 1,500 comments.”

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

And when you are here, what do you do? YOU follow and assist the Sarah Palin supporters! LMAO@YOU!

DannoJyd on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 AM

why are you here soiling a Palin thread.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Is that some kind of joke? It must be. After all, renalin, there is no bigger thread soiler than you. With the departures of AngryEd and DrTesla, I believe that you have now assumed the mantle of HotAir Thread Soiler in Chief.

You bounce around to the various threads and post nothing but things like, “Mitt’s a socialist!” and “Obama’s gonna win” and “Mitt stinks” and “Wow, that anti-Mitt Obama ad sure was amazing. Hahaha!” over and over and over.

Your predictable antics are both comical and sad. You give Sarah Palin groupies a bad name and HotAir an even worse one.

No wonder people make fun of posters like you. You are nothing but an Obama-supporting fake conservative troll who likes to taunt conservatives on a site like this with endless pro-Obama comments. If that’s what you choose to do in your spare time, then fine, but don’t be surprised when people laugh at you and never take you seriously.

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Dude! Crack kills! Admitting your problem is the first step in getting the cure.

BTW, do keep on posting here so others can see what liberal Romney supporters are all about. Your posts reflect on Romney quite nicely. /s

DannoJyd on July 17, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I don’t see why everybody is still whining about Sarah not be ready for the presidency. Obama has certainly lowered the bar on the qualifications. Sarah would have done so much better.

She should be allowed to speak to fire folks up. Mitt sure ain’t going to.

bartbeast on July 17, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Anyway, though Palin is right on many issues, we really dodged a bullet when that woman decided not to run for president

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

What are you going to say when the dope Mitt loses and he will?

Did you see Obama and The First Lady kissing it up on TV? Romney and stay at home wife(hahaha) ain’t going to beat the kissing bandits.

oldyeller on July 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Elitist out of touch Etch-a-sketch snubbed by the masses issues his own death warrant.

LOL!

Jayrae on July 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Did you see Obama and The First Lady kissing it up on TV? Romney and stay at home wife(hahaha) ain’t going to beat the kissing bandits.

oldyeller on July 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Yes, no one can beat them because they were kissing on TV. Or something.

Another nonsensical ABR rant…

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Another nonsensical ABR rant…

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I know, right? That makes almost as much sense as rombots insisting that Mitt is conservative because ROMNEYCARE!

gryphon202 on July 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I know, right? That makes almost as much sense as rombots insisting that Mitt is conservative because ROMNEYCARE!

gryphon202 on July 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Shouldn’t you be at Obama HQ, ensuring another four years of this so you can get your precious TrueCon in ’16? Isn’t that how ABR logic works?

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Yeah, this thread has only one thousand eight hundred twenty-three comments on it. That’s because Palin is irrelevant — it’s not as if she can get people to start screaming “STFU you freaking attention whore” over and over and over again merely by saying “I’ve been bringing the hammer down on corruption on BOTH sides of the political aisle, so it doesn’t surprise me too much if I don’t get invited to speak at the GOP convention this year.”

/sarc

Aitch748 on July 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Shouldn’t you be at Obama HQ, ensuring another four years of this so you can get your precious TrueCon in ’16? Isn’t that how ABR logic works?

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I’m not ABR, chump. That ship sailed when he secured the nomination. Now ask me why I’m criticizing him anyway. Go ahead. Ask.

gryphon202 on July 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Man, these Palin threads always incite such hyperbole here.

I neither worship nor hate Sarah Palin (or Mitt Romney). In fact, I do like her (and Romney, too).

What I hope happens is that Romney calls Palin, himself. Graciously invites her to the convention to give a speech. How would she respond? She’d probably graciously accept the invitation, give a great anti-Obama AND pro-Romney speech, and everyone wins.

We do not need to behave like liberals.

RedCrow on July 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

From page 5 of this thread. After eleventy kajillion comments, it still makes sense to me.

RedCrow on July 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Palin decided either Barack Obama wasn’t enough of a threat to this country as founded to motivate her to run and put a stop to him, or she just had other, better, more important things to do than to save America.

alchemist19 on July 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM

You really should make up your mind, you know. Either there’s something really wrong with her or she’s actually capable of “sav[ing] America”.

Cleombrotus on July 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Shouldn’t you be at Obama HQ, ensuring another four years of this so you can get your precious TrueCon in ’16? Isn’t that how ABR logic works?

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Oh, what are you worried about? Doesn’t the country hate Obama enough that they basically don’t care too much about what kind of person they replace him with? Aren’t they pissed off enough that they’ll overlook whatever flaws Romney might have?

Or are you worried that maybe people actually DON’T hate Obama that much and might be in less of a mad rush to replace him than we think?

Aitch748 on July 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Anyway, though Palin is right on many issues, we really dodged a bullet when that woman decided not to run for president

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

It fascinates me that Rasmussen did a poll a year or so ago that claimed that, if Palin were the GOP nominee, fully one fifth of all conservatives polled said that they would not only not vote for that nominee, they wouldn’t merely stay home in protest, but they would actually make it a point to go to the polls and vote for Obama. AND — another tenth of all conservatives weren’t sure if they would vote for Palin or not.

That’s right — Buy Danish told another poster on this very thread that the poster was a “political suicide bomber” for not wanting to vote for Romney, simply because the alternative was Obama, yet if the alternative to Obama was Palin, then one fifth of all conservatives would hold their noses and vote Democrat because four more years of Chicago politics and rule by executive order and using federal power to stop local authorities from cleaning up massive oil spills would be preferable to having somebody who says “You betcha” in the White House.

I always wondered where Rasmussen found so many conservatives who could vow to vote for Obama. But I think bluegill is one of them.

Aitch748 on July 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Yeah, this thread has only one thousand eight hundred twenty-three comments on it. That’s because Palin is irrelevant — it’s not as if she can get people to start screaming “STFU you freaking attention whore” over and over and over again merely by saying “I’ve been bringing the hammer down on corruption on BOTH sides of the political aisle, so it doesn’t surprise me too much if I don’t get invited to speak at the GOP convention this year.

/sarc

Aitch748 on July 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM

C’mon , this is about more than that.

Doesn’t Sarah always rightfully rip crap like Newsweek as being part of the “LSM”? The question, then, is, why did someone like her, who knows better, proceed to use that medium to criticize the GOP? That smacks of sour-grape, passive-aggressive, McCainesque behavior, and excuses shouldn’t be made for the lack of judgment she displayed.

If you wish to argue that she was acting in the most productive/mature way she could have when she abetted Newsweek as she did, be forewarned that I will derisively laugh at the attempt :)

Bizarro No. 1 on July 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

No Palin No Peace.

romney can run. but he can’t hide.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

For some reason bold looks better when italicized on the iPad. Bold alone isn’t as good.

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 2:50 AM

True.

Ok we know BMore has an “in” with Ed.

Maybe BMore could ask Ed to give us a yellow highlighter option. That would be so cool.

But only if BMore thinks its a good idea too.

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

I saw this. Ed doesn’t like me enough for a highlighter option.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

The usual stench of rotting fish in the a.m. nothing new. Get some of that Wolly world perfume , would ya. Bigot!

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

From page 5 of this thread. After eleventy kajillion comments, it still makes sense to me.

RedCrow on July 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

As always good to see you. Back at it I see. Good job! ; )

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM

bluegill on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

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why are you here soiling a Palin thread. shouldn’t you be out canvassing among the independents for your boy mitt.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 AM

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Don’t listen to them, bluegill.

The more you comment, the more others will counter-comment and run the comment count up on this “irrelevant” thread about an “irrelevant” former governor (or so I’m told).

listens2glenn on July 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Yes sir, let’s make sure that Palin is not invited to the convention and is not given a prime time speaking slot.

We do not want Republican party unity.

We do not want women to vote for the Republican party candidate.

We want Obama to win.

Romney Campaign Disses Palin: Throws Party Unity Overboard
http://spectator.org/blog/2012/07/17/romney-campaign-disses-palin-t

john.frank on July 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I’m just brainstorming here, but how about this idea? Lets invite no speakers to the Convention, let Mitt handle the entire thing by himself. Thoughts? Anyone?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Here’s another can of sardines. 2,000 comments or bust!

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM


Aitch748 on July 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

That’s right — Buy Danish told another poster on this very thread that the poster was a “political suicide bomber” for not wanting to vote for Romney, simply because the alternative was Obama…

ing
Really? Source that for me please by link to the comment. Thanks in advance.

yet if the alternative to Obama was Palin, then one fifth of all conservatives would hold their noses and vote Democrat because four more years of Chicago politics and rule by executive order and using federal power to stop local authorities from cleaning up massive oil spills would be preferable to having somebody who says “You betcha” in the White House.

I have no idea what you’re babbling about. I voted for McCain/Palin in 2008 and began as an enthusiastic Palin supporter. I always vote and always vote for the Republican candidate no matter how stinky the options.

Buy Danish on July 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Del for this thread to move any further forward its gonna take fuel.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Delete the “ing” dangling there on it’s own^^^ Have no idea where that came from!

Buy Danish on July 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Here’s another can of sardines. 2,000 comments or bust!

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM

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Del’, for this thread to move any further forward its gonna take fuel.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

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That’s pretty good fuel !

I was getting really “energized” by that, until I (expletive) saw (expletive) Levi. : (

Really great, otherwise.

listens2glenn on July 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Why is there no more Ed Morrisey show?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Why is there no more Ed Morrissey show?

Sorry Ed, I do it every time. If it makes you feel any better they misspell my name all the time too.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Thread death 7:39 7-17-12

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

WELL! While the Romney supporters were busy attacking the Republican base here the 0bamaGanda media decided to stick it to their candidate yet again:

Is Mitt Romney Stealing Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory?

After reading the latest topics here at Hot Air the answer is a resounding HELL YES!

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Thread death 7:39 7-17-12

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

It’s alive!!!

tom on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

No?

tom on July 18, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Oh well. Pulling the plug after all…

tom on July 18, 2012 at 9:14 PM

0bama is a nice guy! 0bama is right! /projecting Romney supporters

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

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