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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Cry me a river, Sarah. You don’t deserve an invitation and it would be disastrous to give you a speaking slot. Maybe at 2:00AM on the first night, for the C-SPAN cameras.

Esoteric on July 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

More people anointing themselves head of the conservative wing of the party and presuming to speak for it.

There’s a lot of that going around these days.

KingGold on July 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

She hasn’t been very gracious to Romney, has she?

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Seriously – sometimes it’s better to do these things behind the scenes.

Now the media has another distraction from Obama and his record.

Grrrr

gophergirl on July 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I don’t watch conventions usually but having Santorum speak and not her would make me shudder. Please Scott Walker and Marco Rubio at least.

Marcus on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

This is nothing more than a distraction, planted solely to divide us. Don’t fall for it.

nobar on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

First time I’ve visited HA in months.

I was right to stay away.

Won’t be back for months either …

HA has abandoned conservatism for Romney Republicanism.

Hint: Romney Republicanism is the same as Rockefeller Republicanism.

And it will go the way of the Whigs.

Just watch and see.

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Well, Romney has dissed the conservative base of the Party
for a year now…..why stop.

OT, Sarah Palin gave a speech on Saturday in Michigan.
Why don’t you run a thread on that HotAir??

Palin Quote from Saturday:

“I’m tired of this President whining about inheriting a mess.
With all due respect Mr. President, what you inherited
was the Leadership of the greatest Country on Earth”

Yeah we don’t want this woman anyhwhere near that convention!!

These people are

ToddPA on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

It’s a Newsweek article. It’s simply a Leftist attempt to stir up trouble among the right. Zero credibility.

rbj on July 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Has she even formally endorsed Romney? I like Palin, but she hasn’t been much of a team player lately.

RedRedRice on July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Reads more like an attempt to create a controversy as yet another distraction for republicans.

We really need to continue to dismiss LSM attempts to set narratives for us. I mean come on, this was from Newsweek, remember the 1 dollar rag? Why even give them pixels? I would rather be commenting on an article from the National Enquirer, they at least break a real news story occasionally.

Skwor on July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The lead-in splash at the top of the web page says, “The Tea Party is livid” over a lack of an invitation, but has anyone heard this?

They’re not livid….yet. Probably because this is the first I’ve heard that she isn’t being invited to the convention. If she does indeed get snubbed, I think it’s a terrible move by Romney and his campaign. Granted, you don’t want her or anyone else overshadowing the main event on Thursday night, but they could stick her in a slot on Tuesday to allow enough time to pass before Romney gives his speech.

In defense of Mittens, it is worth nothing that Palin has yet to officially endorse Romney(at least as far as I’m aware). Yes, she’s said repeatedly that she’d vote for anyone other than Obama, but that’s not exactly the same thing as publicly backing the dude.

Doughboy on July 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Behind the scenes?

Call off Romney’s goons who are very much all over the public airwaves for four years, including this very week, dissing, demeaning, and lying about Palin.

Passive agressive bullies who, when contacted point blank on this issue by the reporter in this article, refuse to respond.

Honestly, HA peeps just do. not. pay. attention.

You are Fox News sheep.

Hint: Fox News is the Republican Media Complex.

AKA not conservative.

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Man are you two full of it! Do you really think that snubbing one of the most charismatic members of your party is a good thing? Can you not see the enthusiasm she can create in the base? As for Palin “Deserving” an invitation, you are plain wrong. She had over a 60% endorsement record last time and has the political sense to promote winners.

inspectorudy on July 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

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.

Yep.

I don’t watch conventions usually but having Santorum speak and not her would make me shudder. Please Scott Walker and Marco Rubio at least.

Marcus on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Yep.

peski on July 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Concern-troll shields up!

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Endorse Romney officially. Case closed. Don’t be squishy. Her “endoresement” sounded a lot like Rick Santorum’s. A non-endorsement endorsement.

Philly on July 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

GOP Death Panel

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Ummm.. the article’s purpose is not to report on whether Palin is invited or not. The purpose of the article is to create an uproar within the Tea Party and to get them to turn against the Republican machine. Get some infighting going.

And they’d love to see Sarah get a speaking slot due to this article creating a stir. They know Palin’s favorable rating is lower than Obama’s. If they can tie Romney to Palin in some way, they’d run with it every single day. How he was some crazed moose-hunting, ultra-right wing, racist, redneck, stupid Tea Party candidate.

That’s what they’re hoping on.

ButterflyDragon on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Wow.

Palin not a team player?

Do. some. research.

Romney’s goons, including new hire Kevin Madden, PUBLICLY dissed VP nominee Sarah Palin days before the 2008 election.

Why?

For Romney’s 2012 benefit.

Team player?

PAY

ATTENTION

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Won’t be back for months either …

HA has abandoned conservatism for Romney Republicanism.

Hint: Romney Republicanism is the same as Rockefeller Republicanism.

And it will go the way of the Whigs.

Just watch and see.

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Yep much better you go where everyone agrees with you.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Follow up to post.

That would qualify as QUOTE OF THE YEAR.

But the chickensh*t gutless wonders who comprise
the GOP establishment will decry it as POLARIZING!!!!!!!!!!!

Never before has the GOP been this out of touch.

ToddPA on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Has she even formally endorsed Romney? I like Palin, but she hasn’t been much of a team player lately.

RedRedRice on July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This.

taternuggets on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Sarah will be the true ‘Bain’ of his existence if she doesn’t get invited to the convention. She whipped her Detroit audience into a frenzy this weekend and she would do the same at the convention.
Flip Flopney’s not worthy to shine her toenails and if she’s willing to look beyond his liberal past and embrace his candidacy, he better reach out and quick.
Truth be told, no one is inspired to vote for Romney, which makes his VP pick all the more important. A person we can at least pretend is running. That being Jindal, RIce or Rubio.

AmeriCuda on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Ms. Palin hasn’t yet endorsed Romney by name. He has been presumptive nominee for three months. Maybe Romney is not in love with her conservatism, but she clearly is not in love with his brand of politics. Given that, how does she expect to be given the stage?

xkaydet65 on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

..see ya.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

…I’m not a member of the Tea Party…I’m just conservative…the establishment Republicans better be careful how they handle the only person who was out there for the stimulus and health care fight…(while our “leaders” were in a fetal position…sucking their thumbs, and crying about their wet diapers!)

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Well it’s a good thing you’ve decided to grace us with your presence to tell us all how horrible we are and how we’ve “caved” to our nominee.

However did we get along without you to guide us?

gophergirl on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Enough of the St. Palin Worship already!

Sheeeesh!

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

well maybe Palin would’ve been invited if she wasn’t planning a ‘gathering’ a few blocks away that will draw attention away from the convention an on to her.
While I think Palin should’ve been allowed to speak @ the convention, She seems to have forgotten that MITT is going to be the nominee-not her. The focus needs to be on HIM-NOT her.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Well gosh, no sooner than I post my comment and look at the comments before mine and I’m proven right. The outrageous outrage is right on cue.

ButterflyDragon on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Cry me a river, Sarah. You don’t deserve an invitation and it would be disastrous to give you a speaking slot. Maybe at 2:00AM on the first night, for the C-SPAN cameras.

Esoteric on July 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Cry us a river Esoteric. It would be disastrous to give
you a login to this website..oops.

ToddPA on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hey Ed, here is a top TeaParty spokesman saying the same thing about Romney. Maybe you need better sources..:)

“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.”

Ed, quit making things up!

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Ms. Palin hasn’t yet endorsed Romney by name. He has been presumptive nominee for three months. Maybe Romney is not in love with her conservatism, but she clearly is not in love with his brand of politics. Given that, how does she expect to be given the stage?

xkaydet65 on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

ego?

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Here is the picture that goes with this article

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

“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.” …

She likes to play the martyr, doesn’t she?

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Newsweek, a known reliable source on Palin and the Tea Party. Was that article written by a journolister?

Viator on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

So many supposed anti Obama voters here seem awfully easy to manipulate with a story written to do just that. Yep go on with your righteous outage over a faux controversy created by a faux news magazine.

No wonder liberals keep winning, so many on our side are so easily lead by their noses with a few insinuated stories.

Skwor on July 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Sarah will be the true ‘Bain’ of his existence if she doesn’t get invited to the convention. She whipped her Detroit audience into a frenzy this weekend and she would do the same at the convention.
Flip Flopney’s not worthy to shine her toenails and if she’s willing to look beyond his liberal past and embrace his candidacy, he better reach out and quick.
Truth be told, no one is inspired to vote for Romney, which makes his VP pick all the more important. A person we can at least pretend is running. That being Jindal, RIce or Rubio.

AmeriCuda on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

..if the snub eventuates and no pipe of peace smoke — in other words, there is a perceived rift — it will be interesting to see how the MSM now cottons to her given the fact that they eviscerated her in 2008 and after.

Other than that, you oughtn’t let those grapes sour too much.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Look, I love Sarah, but I think they’re right to keep her on the sidelines for this one. Really, do we need to hand Obama a golden opportunity to make it all about her, because he would.

This is a man who ran against Bush in 2008, not the actual nominee – he would relish the opportunity to use soundbites from a Palin convention speech in his anti-Romney ads.

tdpwells on July 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

So many supposed anti Obama voters here seem awfully easy to manipulate with a story written to do just that. Yep go on with your righteous outage over a faux controversy created by a faux news magazine.

No wonder liberals keep winning, so many on our side are so easily lead by their noses with a few insinuated stories.

Skwor on July 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Exactly!

ButterflyDragon on July 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

1000 comments, easy.

notropis on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Won’t be back for months either …
…….
hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You nistas are sure a fickle and funny bunch.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Ms. Palin hasn’t yet endorsed Romney by name. He has been presumptive nominee for three months. Maybe Romney is not in love with her conservatism, but she clearly is not in love with his brand of politics. Given that, how does she expect to be given the stage?

xkaydet65 on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I don’t think she gives a rat’s azz about an invitation. The lack of one will not go well for the Romney team.

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Big non-story.
Harold Stassen won’t be invited, either.

KornKing on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

You fill a needful gap around here.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Romney and his Boston brain trust are all so wicked smart… that they’re losing to Jimmy Carter 2.0.

Palin 2016

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

well maybe Palin would’ve been invited if she wasn’t planning a ‘gathering’ a few blocks away that will draw attention away from the convention an on to her.
While I think Palin should’ve been allowed to speak @ the convention, She seems to have forgotten that MITT is going to be the nominee-not her. The focus needs to be on HIM-NOT her.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

John “Bhopal” Coale (Husband of Greta) funded her superpac, negotiated her contract for FOX and funded her Bus Tour Fail.

Nuff Said

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

give me a break… a weak effort by Palin sycophants… IMO, she’ll be at the convention and will have a deserving speaking role, but there is nothing to please these people. Nothing.

gatorboy on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

so is she a team player or is she a rogue calling out RINO’s and saying “the things that need to be said”?? you ‘nistas need to pick a narrative.

chasdal on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Meanwhile, Governor Palin looks like she may be four for four (so far) on her senate picks and will be instrumental in changing the political dynamics of the US Senate.

Viator on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Won’t be back for months either …
…….
hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Wow, it took all of five minutes to break your very important promise.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

What exactly has Sarah Palin done to help the cause this year? Anything? All she’s done is work on raising her own profile by appearing on FOX occasionally and updating her FB page from time to time. And then she wants to instruct Mitt Romney to “energize” Conservatives? If Conservatives can’t get “energized” by the actions of Barack Obama and the rest of the Leftist horde then they aren’t worth thinking about. No room for divas in this fight. Get on board or STFU.

cicerone on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

“Romney’s just not a fighter,” says Jenny Beth Martin, head of the Tea Party Patriots, the largest of the activist groups.

This BS again.

I guess we should just ignore all of the ads Romney has put out attacking Obama in the past few weeks / months. How ironic that we have a “Tea Party Patriot” saying this, when this very website has a story up this morning of Romney calling out Obama for lying about him.

“Tea Party Patriots” and “true cons” need to come to grips with the fact that Romney HAS been fighting against Obama. But I guess because he hasn’t been foaming at the mouth, calling Barack a Kenyan-born socialist deliberately working to destroy America, that’s not considered “fighting” or whatever.

In other news: oh, look, Sarah Palin complaining about something, how totally unlike her.

Vyce on July 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Uh. Invite Palin.

Axe on July 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Wow, it took all of five minutes to break your very important promise.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

He and libfreeordie are cut from the same cloth.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Here is the picture that goes with this article

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

cough…sputter…lol

coffee allover the keyboard

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Get on board or STFU.

cicerone on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Do we do like Mitt Romney and sip iced tea, lakeside, in a lawn chair? Good way to fire up the base.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Wow.

Palin not a team player?

Do. some. research.

Romney’s goons, including new hire Kevin Madden, PUBLICLY dissed VP nominee Sarah Palin days before the 2008 election.

Why?

For Romney’s 2012 benefit.

Team player?

PAY

ATTENTION

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

This is the problem , romneys goons cant stop talking shit about Palin.

the_nile on July 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I had forgotten that the Gentlewoman from AK had yet to ENDORSE Mitt.
Poor, Poor Sarah Palin.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Sarah Palin brought fresh air to the convention last time as a candidate. Since then, she resigned as Alaska’s governor and took a gig as a Fox News Contributor. She made some noise during the lead up to the primary season, especially in Iowa.

Her daughter has been in the news, but mostly in the Entertainment Tonight spotlight. Her daughter’s daughter’s father has also made news from time to time.

This might be a good time for Sarah Palin to keep a lower profile, possibly appearing frequently as a guest on Sean Hannity’s show during the convention. I think there’s a place for Sarah in the party going forward, but the podium at this year’s convention is not the right time or place.

EconomicNeocon on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

OT: Romney has decided VP pick!

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

You fill a needful gap around here.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

And ironically, he has one heck of a gap between his ears.

MelonCollie on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I don’t want Palin at the convention… but I want her front and center at the inauguration.

ninjapirate on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

cicerone on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

ah, the voice of ignorance.

renalin on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Vyce on July 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

And the ads are uniformly fantastic.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Isn’t she going to be there as a Paid, Fox News correspondent, like Rove etc?

How does Rove handle it, professional vs. commitment to the GOP?
This is not her turn to be a star of politics, but a paid pundit.

Fleuries on July 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Well it’s a good thing you’ve decided to grace us with your presence to tell us all how horrible we are and how we’ve “caved” to our nominee.

However did we get along without you to guide us?

gophergirl on July 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

heh. Isn’t it nice of some folks to come remind us that we’re sheep and cannot think for ourselves….?/

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Ed, quit making things up!

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Maybe you should try reading for comprehension. I had that quote in the post.

Ed Morrissey on July 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Why would a liberal want a conservative to give a speech at his coronation?

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Wow, it took all of five minutes to break your very important promise.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

He and libfreeordie are cut from the same cloth.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

It’s because nobody replied and he felt jilted. “PAY ATTENTION”, to ME! It’s all about ME!

kirkill on July 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I really do think that Gov. Palin is a good, patriotic American-no brainer-but if given choice between doing what’s good for her country-supporting mitt and not trying to make HERSELF the center of attention-or feeding her ego…her ego will ALWAYS win.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

In fact, it seems very heavily sourced from Palin herself.

Interesting what we now are calling heavily sourcing – she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention,

What was she supposed to say when contacted? Maybe you would have preferred she say she’d never heard of Newsweek?

As far as I’m concerned I hope she never says a word about Romney and when the Mittbots whine because some of the base have no interest in Mitt I hope someone reminds them of karma.

katiejane on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

give me a break… a weak effort by Palin sycophants… IMO, she’ll be at the convention and will have a deserving speaking role, but there is nothing to please these people. Nothing.

gatorboy on July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Short of handing her the nomination and groveling at her feet, you’re right, nothing would.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

More RINO belittling of those who will eventually overtake the rotting GOP.

Czar of Defenestration on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Palin is definitely a standard bearer, but for all of you Palinbots, she doesn’t know crapola about oil. During her time as governor, she actually caused drilling in AK to go down with her coalition of moderate Republicans and Dems in the legislature. They have not had a single bid received for a state lease sale since her “Get Big Oil” legislation.

The state has done well to roll back some of the legislation enacted during her time at the helm.

Kermit on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Ed Morrissey on July 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Comprehension?
You’re talking about idesign. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Of course etch A. sketch hasn’t invited her. I mean, why would he? Not like he wants a repeat of the 1976 convention now, does he?

She gets up on that stage and reminds everybody what a disaster etch A. sketch is as the GOP nominee and would be as a President.

All the mittwits on this thread know this, Sarah gets up on that stage , she will light the place up if not outright burn it down. And you all know it. So why would he want that?

HerneTheHunter on July 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

This is the problem , romneys goons cant stop talking shit about Palin.

the_nile on July 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Yeh that’s it . Nailed it./

*Note: drugs and alcohol should be outlawed.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

As far as I’m concerned I hope she never says a word about Romney and when the Mittbots whine because some of the base have no interest in Mitt I hope someone reminds them of karma.

katiejane on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Yeah, that’ll surely help topple Obama…spite.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Ed, quit making things up!

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Maybe you should try reading for comprehension. I had that quote in the post.

Ed Morrissey on July 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Ouch.

Idesign: TOP 3 Baby!!! Congrats !!!

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Kermit on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

SNL baby!

HerneTheHunter on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Wow.

Palin not a team player?

Do. some. research.

Romney’s goons, including new hire Kevin Madden, PUBLICLY dissed VP nominee Sarah Palin days before the 2008 election.

Why?

For Romney’s 2012 benefit.

Team player?

PAY

ATTENTION

hrh40 on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

This is the problem , romneys goons cant stop talking shit about Palin.

the_nile on July 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Yep. I had one leg on the Romney train, up until this weekend. But after going into hiding and seeking an apology (as he’s getting slaughtered) – then slamming Palin, I’m done.

And Romney is done, even if he doesn’t realize it.

The Boston goons are so smart that they are losing to Obama in every poll – despite the horrible economic news. Real good, champs.

Goal now is to support conservatives for Senate and House to hold Obama in check for 4 years.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

what do the romneybots need with the Palinistas and RP supporters anywho. they got those precious independents.LOL LOL LOL

renalin on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

“Romney’s just not a fighter,” says Jenny Beth Martin, head of the Tea Party Patriots, the largest of the activist groups.

Uh, clue for Jenny-Beth:
Romney’s likely to become President of the USA (unless Palin & her minions pout too much), & you just don’t get there by being sweet.

Mitt may not be as ultra-conservative as we would like, but he sure is a fighter.

itsnotaboutme on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I like Palin, but making an issue of this is a lose/lose proposition for all concerned. Cut it out, Sarah.

DRayRaven on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Us Palin fans will let our ‘sour grapes’ toward Romney go the day he squashes his sour grape (Madden) and apologizes to her.

AmeriCuda on July 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

No matter who speaks, it’s time to go on Offense! No more Defense! Attack! Attack! Attack! Tora Tora Tora!

kirkill on July 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Republicans are running the liberal Romney, which is about as bad as it can get, so Palin not speaking or speaking doesn’t really matter. BTW, unlike most Republicans, Palin supported the Rice VP rumor. Get rid of Obama, and maybe give the Republicans Hillary in 2016. I’ve already switched back to Libertarian Party…will vote against Obama, but not for Republicans.

Karmi on July 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Mitt seems to be going out of his way to damage the GOP.

This is wrong on so many levels.

His supporters here belong on a Democrat Site. Well for that matter so does “that Republican Registration is just a technicality” Mitt.

As I have been saying. Mitt can only win if the Democrats abandon Obama and vote for him. Many Republicans will not vote for Mitt.

Mitt is all for Congress. Congress with that huge 9% support of Americans. Mitt favorite of 9% of Americans.

What a disaster this year is. But do not despair Congress will have more Conservatives in it and with Obama even more in 2014 and 2016 perhaps a chance to fix the country. 2012 was a poor chance anyway we would never have 60 Senators anyway. Perhaps we can get enough in 2014 to Impeach Obama/Biden.

Steveangell on July 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Sarah Palin-”We are in a political culture of universal deceit.”… “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” … “Our nation can no longer afford partisan apathy” …

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

AmeriCuda on July 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Sarah’s not the nominee. It’s about Mitt now.
Grow up and quit whining.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Seriously – sometimes it’s better to do these things behind the scenes.

Now the media has another SELF CREATED distraction from Obama and his record.

Grrrr

gophergirl on July 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

My take on the whole situation… LSM trying to create a tempest in a TEA pot (pun intended)

Khun Joe on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The Palin brigade is out in force today.

wargamer6 on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I am the Tea Party, I am Andrew Breitbart, and I’m not livid over anything but Obama’s pathetic record and destruction of Capitalism.

kirkill on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Has she even formally endorsed Romney? I like Palin, but she hasn’t been much of a team player lately.

RedRedRice on July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I’m sure they said that in Alaska when she was going after corrupt “team players”.

MadisonConservative on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I love Sarah Palin. I was greatly disappointed when she decided not to run. But right now there’s more important things to focus on than whether or not she’s going to speak at the convention and frankly I’m surprised at Ed for falling for this distraction.

As someone asked upthread, do we even know if the speakers list has been completed.

Also, someone upthread said Palin hasn’t been much of a team player lately. Might I suggest that person go to The Right Scoop and watch all of the recent videos of her not being much of a team player lately.

P.S. and O/T DRUDGE is at it again. Top Headline:

“HE’S MADE HIS DECISION!”

Flora Duh on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The Boston goons are so smart that they are losing to Obama in every poll –
kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

That’s a lie, isn’t it? They’re tied, with Democrat over-sampling.

Marcus on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Romney and his Boston brain trust are all so wicked smart… that they’re losing to Jimmy Carter 2.0.

Palin 2016

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Gee…I don’t see Gov. Perry, Newt, Santorum whining about Team Romney.

Nope!

Why is that….maybe because they’re focused on the objective which is to beat Obama and the Democrats.

Not to indulge themselves or their fans in a personality cult thingy.

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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