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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Dear Movement Conservatives:

It’s not Mitt Romney who has betrayed you, it’s Sarah Palin.

Palin long ago gave up her rebel status, mended fences with the status quo, and became part of the establishmnet. She’s using you for her own personal aggrandizement.

Just ask Orin Hatch.

By taking this shot across Romney’s bow, and causing more dissention in Republican ranks during a historically important and difficult election year, she’s aligning herself with the Bush/Rove/Murdoch wing of the Republican Party that wants Romney to lose this year so they can pick up the pieces in 2016 with a Bush/Rubio ticket and Amnesty ready for prime time.

Palin claims she wants to give Tea Party Conservatives a voice at the Convention, but it’s really all about her, her ambition, and her petty, personal pique.

Rather than betray conservatives, Romney stuck to his conservative position on illegal immigration and his view of Obamacare as unconstititional even as his own party attempted to force him to the left on those issues.

Romney may not be a True Conservative, but he is a true outsider and not part of the Republican machine.

They are afraid of him because he is uncorruptable, and they are deeply corrupt.

Think of the Republican establishment as the Olympic Committee before Romney rolled into Salt Lake City.

Palin is sitting right up there with them.

Don’t be fooled by this fake controversy.

Palin needs to go away now. She’s so….2008.

Mr. Arkadin on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Dongemaharu on July 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Ooops and multiple clicks.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

So Palin has put a story out there to improve her standing

Rational Thought on July 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

In Newsweek? You are an idiot.

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

What amazes me about “our” side is that we get embarrassed by grassroots conservatives like Sarah Palin because she’s a straight talker and doesn’t appear to be an elite wonk. Yet the other side have total embarrassments like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Joe Biden, continue to praise the stream of idiocy, lies, and gaffes that comes out of their mouths, and we devour our own for next to nothing trying to keep to some standard of legitimacy the left applies only to our side and not their own…

Pqlyur1 on July 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Speak for yourself.

I’m embarrassed by the Palin worship…similar to the Paul worship…similar to the Obama worship…

yada yada yada

Romney is the nominee against the opposition…The objective is to beat the opposition and make them hurt worse than 1980

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

We knew her scam all along.

Moesart on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Tell us about her “scam”, smart guy.

MadisonConservative on July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

She all but stopped Obamacare with two words, but she chose not to run for POTUS. Now she should get on board or watch the show from the cheap seats.

xkaydet65 on July 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Cheap seats? Those are the money seats. If she actually puts herself into the ring she might lose, which would in turn hurt her revenue stream from ghost-written books. That’s why she prefers to snipe from the sidelines.

AngusMc on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Mr. Arkadin on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Palin has endorsed Orrin Hatch, therefore she has betrayed us more than the guy who endorsed, by proxy, ObamaCare.

MadisonConservative on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Wow. Twerp is like a Moth to Flame when it comes to her need to marginalize Palin at every opportunity. Its kind of strange.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

they are losing to Obama in every poll ……
kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

You were proven to be a liar….yet you just keep on rolling. You and Ipalin are of the same cloth.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

‘nistas go on and on about sarah’s jedi like manipulation of the MSM so its not a stretch to believe she would use newsweek….

chasdal on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Newsweek. pffft.

ctmom on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Romney campaign is tanking.

They should want Palin on their staff, every day every hour of the day. Palin would know that it was her job to be an attack dog and growl she would. And she could do it on MSNBC, CNN, etc.

I am tired of watching a failing campaign because we have a horrible candidate that cannot emote.

I don’t think there’s a story in this other than Newsweek trying to make something out of nothing, but Romney’s campaign needs to either hire Palin or have her on the podium every day of that convention. Because who else is going to get people motivated? Jindal is good in small doses, Paul Ryan is wonky and Walker is statesman and isn’t “get out to your local sites” to get involved and that’s what this campaign will be about. Who gets more involved. Palin is that source to get the troops out and excited to get involved.

The fact that people can’t see how bad Romney’s campaign is right now, is just mind-boggling.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Hey Did I miss Palin’s endorsement? I’ve her rattle on and on about the ‘anybody but obama’ (ABO) and to my knowledge she was forced to mention Romney’s name by Hannity.

Palin has been on the train for every candidate but Romney

Perhaps she and her followers are the true ‘obots’

Redford on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

You were proven to be a liar….yet you just keep on rolling. You and Ipalin are of the same cloth.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Both probably need to start reading for comprehension, huh?

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The speakers list has not even been completed at this time..Has anyone seen it?!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The Romneyites don’t need to invite Sarah Palin, or any other conservative to their ever so tasteful convention. They have us over a barrel, since if we don’t vote for the Mittster we’ll have another four years of Obama.

So relax, Romney fans. Yes, I’ll vote for your guy, even though I’m fairly sure if he’s elected Obamacare will not be repealed, and we will go forth being progressively regulated out of existence. Just don’t expect me to work on his campaign, or send him money.

Scriptor on July 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Should Romney invite the following person to speak at the convention:
2008 Republican VP candidate
Gave the best speech at the 2008 convention
Keynote speaker at CPAC in 2012
Keynote speaker at RightOnline in 2012
Most important endorsement in 2010 election for Kelly Ayotte, Nikki Haley, Suzanna Martinez and many others
Key endorsements in 2012 primary for Ted Cruz and Deb Fisher

This should be a no brainer. Wake up Romney campaign.

JLADevelop on July 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

So, she has a small loud fan club. So what? So does Ron Paul.

Moesart on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

So take the combined numbers and cast them against Romney. What do you see now?

BTW, you would be SHOCKED to learn how many of their supporters are ELECTED GOP delegates today {I am one of those}, and it is the job of the delegates to get out the vote.

GOP Elitists = FAIL

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Moesart on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This person ^^^ is another one who shows up on every Palin thread to spew and vent nonsense. Its pathological.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The source is anonymous, but we have seen and heard from Brian Jones,
who conjured up the CYA memo for Schmidt, Madden who made the fuss about the ‘wardrobe’ and Mike Murphy, who bad mouthed her to the press on open mike,

narciso on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 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

THIS!

lovingmyUSA on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The fact that people can’t see how bad Romney’s campaign is right now, is just mind-boggling.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Yeh I know that lead in Rasmussen and with in the margin of error in most…just terrible…tanking even.

/

Oh and if you think SP would give up her Fox gig…puhleez.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

A lot of the Base has pointed out that Romney has a Trust Issue for them. They don’t trust him to thing Conservative First when pressure is applied by MSM. They Believe that Conservative for Romney is an Acquired Taste.

Acting in this manner, that is to say Deflating the enthusiasm of those people is NOT a method to instill that needed trust nor to garner the enthusiasm of that MAJOR portion of the Base.

If this little Manoever is for real, they’d better rethink a thing or two or they may not like who stays home in November.

Too many people are tired of being stabbed in the back and prefer to see the knife coming.

jaydee_007 on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The speakers list has not even been completed at this time..Has anyone seen it?!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Morning Dire. No I haven’t seen it. Thanks for a very reasoned approach as usual. ; )

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The speakers list has not even been completed at this time..Has anyone seen it?!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I know Dave won’t be there.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Picking Palin as VP, or someone as rock solid a conservative would be about the ONLY way Romney could get me to pull the lever that gives him my vote in November. There is an absolute 0 out to as many decimal places as is possible to calculate that he would do this.

astonerii on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Remember it was Romney spokesman Kevin Madden who trashed Palin on TV one month before the election. It was also the Romney camp who were the unnamed sources for 4 years trashing Palin in the press, hoping to halt her 2012 run.

And now the Romneybots are complaining about being team players. LOL!

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Wow. Twerp is like a Moth to Flame when it comes to her need to marginalize Palin at every opportunity. Its kind of strange.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Palin threads tend to bring out the usuals.

CW, chasdal, and other “more moderate” Conservatives and then tell the Palin folks to stop their fan-dom when they can’t stop typing in her threads. It’s odd behavior.

Oh and hi! :)

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 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

THIS!

lovingmyUSA on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

THIS!

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Wow. Twerp is like a Moth to Flame when it comes to her need to marginalize Palin at every opportunity. Its kind of strange.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Palin envy…:)

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I don’t think there’s a story in this other than Newsweek trying to make something out of nothing, but Romney’s campaign needs to either hire Palin or have her on the podium every day of that convention. Because who else is going to get people motivated? Jindal is good in small doses, Paul Ryan is wonky and Walker is statesman and isn’t “get out to your local sites” to get involved and that’s what this campaign will be about. Who gets more involved. Palin is that source to get the troops out and excited to get involved.

The fact that people can’t see how bad Romney’s campaign is right now, is just mind-boggling.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Having Palin that involved makes it all about her, and it’s not.

Besides, I don’t think the Romney campaign is tanking or anything of the sort. It’s July, remember? Besides, he’s still right there with Obama despite the latter’s advertising blitz.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You were proven to be a liar….yet you just keep on rolling. You and Ipalin are of the same cloth.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Both probably need to start reading for comprehension, huh?

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

That and the ability to acknowledge their lies .

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Four years later, being passed over for Sarah Palin may work in Mr. Pawlenty’s favor. “In a lot of ways, he’s the anti-Palin,” said Steve Schmidt, a strategist to Mr. McCain who expressed regret for her selection.

“Here’s a guy who is prepared to be president on Day 1. In any normal year, he would have been the pick.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/us/politics/pawlenty-looked-at-as-romney-running-mate.html?_r=1

PappyD61 on July 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

This is still the New York Slimes talking. Pawlenty may have been a stronger candidate in 2008, but as a FORMER Governor, Pawlenty suffers from the same “electability” problems as Palin, and is also a failed Presidential candidate from this year. Besides, Steve Schmidt didn’t do any favors to McCain or Palin by his disastrous handling of the campaign, so why should we trust his judgment now?

Pawlenty could be a good Vice President, but he doesn’t really add much to a Romney ticket, as would somebody like Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, or even Rob Portman.

Steve Z on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

You fill a needful gap around here.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Your gaps have needs?

Solaratov on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Pretty sad that Hotair turned into Mitbots and Palin hate.

Is this Hotair’s own doing or TownHall’s?

ChuckTX on July 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

No kidding….when exactly did that happen anyways?

You guys literally make me sick. 3-4months ago you all were appalled to think that Mitt would be our nominee….now you all think he walks on water. What happened to you guys?!?

Thinking that Palin is not a team player, and doesn’t deserve to be at the gop convention…..are you guys nuts??….are you even listening to what you all are saying??

When you think conservatism…..Palin is the first thing that comes to mind, she draws a crowd where ever she goes, she gives it to Obama like no other, she inspires and encourages the gop base better than anyone….especially Mitt.
Most important, Mitt can’t win without her.

Is this how Mitt will govern?……You guys better watch what you wish for.

tencole on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

First – I’m a Palin fan and I’ll vote for Romney no matter what. But, I think it’s short-sighted to snub Palin. She’s a force and can envigorate his campaign. The few that she may turn off will vote for him anyway. Hey, what’s the choice? I really don’t think we’ll have many that won’t vote at all because Palin spoke at the convention.

NotEasilyFooled on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Palin envy…:)

ipalin on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Fixed

All Palin, All the time.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Ed, quit making things up!

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

…you’ve been here long enough!…Why would you even say that?
I like Sarah Palin prolly more than anybody here…but I don’t go all bluegill on people. Please!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Hi. I think I remember you. You are very insightful and a good debater IIRC.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

She’s like a moth to the flame when it comes to her need to be in the headlines.
My comment STANDS.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Which shows that you didn’t even bother to click the link, because that video wasn’t from any network or cable news organization, it wasn’t from her Super Pac or C4P. It was personally recorded by someone who attended the speech who then turned it over to The Right Scoop.

Yup, that sounds like it fulfilled her “need to be in the headlines.”

Flora Duh on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

A very strong spark this a.m. ; )

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Palin has been on the train for every candidate but Romney

Perhaps she and her followers are the true ‘obots’

Redford on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

OR perhaps not every ‘republican’ is as liberal as you.

BTW, since the TEA Party is certain to reduce its support for Willard will you now sign up as a GOP volunteer in order to replace those grass roots activists?

Thought not.

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

…and Ed thanks you for your click.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Yes, clicking on the thread and commenting is my radical way of expressing myself. Who’da thunk it!

Dongemaharu on July 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Has there ever been a previous election cycle vice-presidential nominee NOT invited to the GOP convention? If not, then the GOP needs to smarten up. Aren’t they the ones who want the “big tent?” Like it or not establishment GOP, Palin does represent a sizeable faction of conservative voters in this country–voters they need if Romney is to be elected.

KickandSwimMom on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

they are losing to Obama in every poll ……
kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

You were proven to be a liar….yet you just keep on rolling. You and Ipalin are of the same cloth.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Show me a poll other than Rasmussen that has Romney up by more than a point. Every poll is tied (within margin) or Obama us up outside margin.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Ejecting the most dangerous president ever elected is all the inspiration I need.

Get over yourself.

You are either on the side of that objective or not.

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Ahh ye, the ol “you’re either with us, or against us” tripe.

You can extract your Cranium from your Rectum where it now
resides, because you apparently have gotten over yourself,
and no longer think. Good luck.

ToddPA on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

First – I’m a Palin fan and I’ll vote for Romney no matter what. But, I think it’s short-sighted to snub Palin…..
NotEasilyFooled on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

This is hilarious….

we don’t even know if that is what is happening. I suspect there are discussions going on behind the scenes.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Well, Newsweek and the Dems got what they wanted… infighting.

This is how the Dems are going to tear down Romney and anyone else who is on the republican ticket.

Hindsight….

upinak on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

If that liberal romneycare snubs Sarah at the convention he is dead to me.

Obviously, if she does speak, she’ll outshine every establishment snot their.

A few years ago we made fun of democrats not having a pro life guy speak at their convention, now if this story is true the republican rats won’t let a strong conservative woman speak.

How far has the GOP fallen since reagan!

Danielvito on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Livid? No. But I’ll be pissed if she isn’t invited.

The Rogue Tomato on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Palin has endorsed Orrin Hatch, therefore she has betrayed us more than the guy who endorsed, by proxy, ObamaCare.

MadisonConservative on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I like how they complain about her not being enough of a “team player” and then others in the very same thread complain that she’s a sellout for endorsing Hatch.

Which is it, Romney supporters? Is she a “sellout” or is she a “troublemaker?” Pick a narrative and stick to it.

Doomberg on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I’m skeptical.

SouthernGent on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I mean at this point Romney owes Palin nothing..Palin owes Romney nothing..I have a feeling thing will move ni their proper time!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

What does Palin expect?

How many RINO’s did she kill since 2010? You’re not going to ingratiate yourself to the guys who throw the party, by targeting their friends.

As for Romney, she endorsed Newt by proxy and hasn’t said jack-squat since.

She stepped all over the Iowa caucus and tried to snuff out Rick Perry because he was perceived as a threat to her position.

Now she trades emails about being un-included?

She’s had a hundred opportunities to rehab her image and always takes the path that plays to her vices; attention and competition.

If she doesn’t get a grip on this, her personal life will go up in flames.

budfox on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Yeh I know that lead in Rasmussen and with in the margin of error in most…just terrible…tanking even.
/

Oh and if you think SP would give up her Fox gig…puhleez.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Oh and if you think that CW would give up his commenting in Palin threads on HA…puhleez.

Ooooh being behind in a poll is soooo winning! Tell me who’s going to be excited to work at a local site BECAUSE OF Romney. I want to know these people. Who is excited to waste their gas money in order to go house to house canvassing? Do you not know how campaigns work? Keep up your thread commenting gig.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Show me a poll other than Rasmussen that has Romney up by more than a point. Every poll is tied (within margin) or Obama us up outside margin.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Wait a minute. What was YOUR statement?

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Keep up your thread commenting gig.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

You lost .

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

All Palin, All the time.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

so you still have some neurons left i see. bravo.

renalin on July 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Besides, I don’t think the Romney campaign is tanking or anything of the sort. It’s July, remember? Besides, he’s still right there with Obama despite the latter’s advertising blitz.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Seriously?!? With Obama and his illegal/unconstitutional ways, the ecomony and jobs still in the tank, fast and furious, immigration, EOs, ObamaCare…..and Obama being Obama….Mitt should be Way ahead, but he isn’t.
Both Mark Levin and Palin are literally giving him the words to say, yet Mitt just doesn’t get it. It’s soooeasy, yet for Mitt sooo hard. *sigh*

tencole on July 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

This is still the New York Slimes talking. Pawlenty may have been a stronger candidate in 2008, but as a FORMER Governor, Pawlenty suffers from the same “electability” problems as Palin, and is also a failed Presidential candidate from this year. Besides, Steve Schmidt didn’t do any favors to McCain or Palin by his disastrous handling of the campaign, so why should we trust his judgment now?

Pawlenty could be a good Vice President, but he doesn’t really add much to a Romney ticket, as would somebody like Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, or even Rob Portman.

Steve Z on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Agreed. I think Pawlenty’s basically a wash. I don’t think Portman adds much, either, so my preference is Jindal.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I am a Tea Party co-founder of the largest group in Southern California. I am a Palinista. I am a Democrat. I am neither angry or surprised by this decision. With the narcissist-in-chief we have in office, who has gone wild with the Executive Order pen, I have only one goal: Total defeat of the Once.

I will only get angry at Team Romney if Obama is re-elected.

Don’t bother me with drama until Nov. 7th.

Mutnodjmet on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Keep up your thread commenting gig.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

You lost .

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Oh and you said tanking. You, ipalin, and Kevin cannot keep your stories straight.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Wow. Twerp is like a Moth to Flame when it comes to her need to marginalize Palin at every opportunity. Its kind of strange.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

…right now I’m curled up in a fetal position…afraid to tell twerp I love Sarah Palin more than her…and there’s no bunny suit involved!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Yeah, Goofy Johnson, that’s the ticket. The next Arlen Specter of the Republican Party, jeez.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Palin has been on the train for every candidate but Romney

Perhaps she and her followers are the true ‘obots’

Redford on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

OR perhaps not every ‘republican’ is as liberal as you.

BTW, since the TEA Party is certain to reduce its support for Willard will you now sign up as a GOP volunteer in order to replace those grass roots activists?

Thought not.

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I don’t need to sign up…been doing this for 20 years. Palin was a rare talent. Best in a long time. Palin chose celebrity. Which is fine. She can thanked the GOP for making 25 million dollars. Palin chose and she probably chose what was best for her family…monetary security.

Redford on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

To beat Obama, we’ll need a unified Party. Palin has been ready to play ball for months, but she won’t kiss Romney’s a$$. Nor should she.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

She’s not been ready to play ball for months, and it is the bitter Palin fans who seem to be the ones averse to unifying the party around anyone other than her. And she taps right into that by playing the martyr to Newsweek, of all places.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Yep!

She played her hand during the primaries and caused months of distraction while she strung people along…and I don’t blame Team Romney a bit.

I’m fine with Newt,Santorum,Perry et,al. working to fireup conservatives to focus on the objective.

They should fireup the base…They ran in the primaries and are now on the team to beat Obama.

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I mean at this point Romney owes Palin nothing..Palin owes Romney nothing..I have a feeling thing will move in their proper time!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

fixed!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

These threads tend to draw two types:
1. Those who think Palin is more interested in her own fame and bank account than anything else.
2. Those who have taken down their crosses and pictures of Jesus and put Palin up in their place.

AngusMc on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Ritalin can always be counted on to bring so much. Thank you.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Sarah still stands for the common man. mitts been bought and paid for.

renalin on July 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Nothing says “common man” like a shallow, fame-obsessed reality TV star who gets paid a million a year to look good on TV while spouting platitudes.

Hollowpoint on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Yawn.
Not even gonna give this divisive ‘squirrel’ any appropriation of my brain cells.
Sigh.

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Romney is losing to Jimmy Carter 2.0 (he of 41 straight months of 8%+ unemployment, 32 straight months of $3+ gas).

And yet Romney can’t break away.

That’s all you need to know about the electoral smarts (and personal charm) of the Boston Robot.

Dumbasses.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Hatch and Rice endorsement, she’s dead to me.

Mr. Arrogant on July 16, 2012 at 11:12 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

Remind you of anyone? mmmm mmmm mmmm

Solaratov on July 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Should Romney invite the following person to speak at the convention:
2008 Republican VP candidate
Gave the best speech at the 2008 convention
Keynote speaker at CPAC in 2012
Keynote speaker at RightOnline in 2012
Most important endorsement in 2010 election for Kelly Ayotte, Nikki Haley, Suzanna Martinez and many others
Key endorsements in 2012 primary for Ted Cruz and Deb Fisher

This should be a no brainer. Wake up Romney campaign.

JLADevelop on July 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

GAME, SET, MATCH.

ToddPA on July 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

As a former Palin fanatic who even wrote an article entitled
Everything I Need to Know About Sarah Palin, I Learned from Sir Ernest Shackleton, I have to say that the last person I want to see or be reminded of at the Convention, is Sarah Palin.

Hindsight makes it clear to many that what we loved about Sarah was what we had hoped she was, wanted her to be. We should have voted for her speech writers!

The treatment of Palin by the media was motivated in great part by their hatred of what she represented, but when we face the truth about what she contributes, where is the substance now? What will Sarah Palin contribute to the convention? If she was in a position to judge, execute, or legislate, it would contribute to the real needs of America. She needed to stay in office in Alaska and do her job to the end. Imagine if Scott Walker said, “My staff can’t run the state because I am a lightening rod!”

There was a moment in The Dead Poets’ Society when the boys either stood on the desks or remained sitting. Sarah had her moment to stand on the desk by staying in office and running for an office in which she could have done real good. She let it pass. She told her supporters that she could be of more use on Fox than in the White House. The classroom is now empty and her ability to do anything of real substance is gone.

wchambers on July 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Here we go with the Palin is “making it all about her” meme.

Even when she endorses candidates and they win, instead of being happy, we hear “Palin need to STFU and stop making it all about her.”

She didn’t even run but “its all about her” whereas Perry ran but somehow THAT magically wasn’t about him?

Double standard is the norm for Palin haters.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

…right now I’m curled up in a fetal position…afraid to tell twerp I love Sarah Palin more than her…and there’s no bunny suit involved!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

lolz..alt is a big girl..She can handle it!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

we don’t even know if that is what is happening. I suspect there are discussions going on behind the scenes.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Right….

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/07/romney-adviser-sarah-palin-will-not-be-speaking-at-gop-convention/

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Palin has endorsed Orrin Hatch, therefore she has betrayed us more than the guy who endorsed, by proxy, ObamaCare.

MadisonConservative on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I like how they complain about her not being enough of a “team player” and then others in the very same thread complain that she’s a sellout for endorsing Hatch.

Which is it, Romney supporters? Is she a “sellout” or is she a “troublemaker?” Pick a narrative and stick to it.

Doomberg on July 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Romney endorsed hatch…

the_nile on July 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Romney is losing to Jimmy Carter 2.0 (he of 41 straight months of 8%+ unemployment, 32 straight months of $3+ gas).

And yet Romney can’t break away.

That’s all you need to know about the electoral smarts (and personal charm) of the Boston Robot.

Dumbasses.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Reagan was losing to Carter at this point in 1980, I do believe. Gosh that Reagan and his campaign, what dumbasses! /

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The speakers list has not even been completed at this time..Has anyone seen it?!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

It’s a living document. :) And at the moment, it doesn’t have Palin on it.

Axe on July 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Let me see:

Kevin said MR was losing in all polls-proven wrong

Idesign-posted a quote from a TP leader and used it to trash
Ed when Ed had the same quote in his own post.

and Midwest Prince claimed that MR was tanking then had to admit he was at least in the margin or error of winning.

This is a hoot…..thanks for playing.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

THIS IS what a true conservative sounds like, and this one even has a message.

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Hi. I think I remember you. You are very insightful and a good debater IIRC.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

… I have missed her… she is young and insightful! It’s been a number of months! Welcome back!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

No Palin…

No Peace!

idesign on July 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Maybe it’s my imagination, but …
I see a lot of new names talking smack about Mrs. Palin, the GOP, etc. …
Granted, there is plenty to critisize, but it’s like the DNC memo went out as a NEWS FLASH! and all of a sudden the cöckröaches come out.
Just an Observation
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I saw this coming frm a long time ago!..Just waiting to see the first match to light it!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Sound the horn. OMG even HollowHead showed up.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Oh and if you think that CW would give up his commenting in Palin threads on HA…puhleez.

Ooooh being behind in a poll is soooo winning! Tell me who’s going to be excited to work at a local site BECAUSE OF Romney. I want to know these people. Who is excited to waste their gas money in order to go house to house canvassing? Do you not know how campaigns work? Keep up your thread commenting gig.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Good Point. I knew you were a good debater.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

You guys literally make me sick. 3-4months ago you all were appalled to think that Mitt would be our nominee….now you all think he walks on water. What happened to you guys?!?

Thinking that Palin is not a team player, and doesn’t deserve to be at the gop convention…..are you guys nuts??….are you even listening to what you all are saying??

When you think conservatism…..Palin is the first thing that comes to mind, she draws a crowd where ever she goes, she gives it to Obama like no other, she inspires and encourages the gop base better than anyone….especially Mitt.
Most important, Mitt can’t win without her.

Is this how Mitt will govern?……You guys better watch what you wish for.

tencole on July 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

+INFINITY.

They can’t tencole…..they HATE HER!! They dislike Obama,
but the truly despise this woman!!

ToddPA on July 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Having Palin that involved makes it all about her, and it’s not.

Besides, I don’t think the Romney campaign is tanking or anything of the sort. It’s July, remember? Besides, he’s still right there with Obama despite the latter’s advertising blitz.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Good. The message SHOULD BE the message that Palin has been putting forth the past few years. It would FINALLY get mainstream traction. That’s why I want it out there, every day all day.

That’s what I said. If you can’t tell right now that Romney’s campaign is tanking because you think that it’s super-early and campaigns magically get volunteers the last day before a campaign and that’s the day that truly matters, then you’re mistaken.

He should be ahead of Obama. That’s the point. Obama is a horrible candidate and it should be beyond easy to be ahead of him by a point or two.

Midwestprincesse on July 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Thanks!
*Btw renlin: I’m a cute little 4-eyed, freckle-faced, red-haired mutt…and I’m fine with that.*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This election is NOT about Obama. If it was Romney would be in total attack mode relentlessly and unmercifully attacking and carpet bombing the Marxist’s dismal record just like he carpet bombed his GOP opponents.

The fact that the loser is on defense, defense, defense it PATHETIC!

This election is about the Ruling Class verses the Country Class and keeping the power in the corrupt Rockefeller wing of the GOP.

Frankly, I question the ego manic’s sanity that he would risk alienating millions of conservatives and losing to the Marxist. This is the actions of someone who does not care in the least about this country.

This is a power hungry push back to the conservatives.

I don’t want anyone who would take that kind of risk any where near being in charge of this country.

Mitt, you are power crazy on steroids. You’re done. You’ve lost my vote.

Jayrae on July 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I don’t need to sign up…been doing this for 20 years.

Redford on July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Excellent! Fantastic news!

Care to share with me what you will be telling the PISSED OFF Conservatives that show up at your GOP Victory HQ? I personally don’t hsve a thing to offer them this year other than our TEA Party candidate for the Senate.

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Sarah Palin US Senate endorsements 2010

Rand Paul: Club for Growth 100% – ACU 100%
Marco Rubio: Club for Growth 97% – ACU 100%
Kelly Ayotte: Club for Growth 98% – ACU 80+
Patrick Toomey: Club for Growth 97% – ACU 80+
John Boozman: Club for Growth 73% – ACU 80+

2012

Deb Fisher:
“The Republican establishment spent nearly $3 million to support state attorney general Jon Bruning. The Washington conservative establishment spent nearly $3 million to prop up their candidate, Don Stenberg, who never got traction despite all of his endorsements. But it took just 135 words from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to propel Fischer to the head of the pack and give her the momentum, buzz, and name identification to capitalize on some of the groundwork she had diligently laid.”
Fisher likely to beat Dem carpetbagger Bob Kerry

Richard Mourdock
:
“Despite all the attempts by the left to dismiss Sarah Palin as “irrelevant’ and ‘Sarah Who” and the GOP establishment to try and tar her with the 2008 loss, the voters, especially the Tea Party, find her very much a person whose opinions they should consider. A Google search for “Palin endorses Mourdoch” brings up 266,000 articles. If that is irrelevancy then please give me some for this blog. With the victory of Richard Mourdock In the GOP Senate Indiana primary tonight over 36 year veteran Dick Lugar, Palin adds to her 62% winning margin for those she endorsed who went on to battle Dem’s. This includes the now forgotten but at the time crucial Wisconsin supreme Court fight which the left had put so much effort into.”

“The contest in Indiana could still end up a one-sided affair. Both the nonpartisan Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report rate it as leaning Republican.”

Ted Cruz (in primary against the Texas GOP establishment):
In response to a letter from Ted Cruz, Governor Sarah Palin wrote: “We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State. Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack,” Governor Palin added. “Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.” Ted Cruz responded, “Governor Palin has been an inspiration to conservatives across Texas and across the Nation. She is principled and passionate and never afraid to speak truth to establishment power. I am humbled and honored to have Governor Palin’s support as we fight to restore fiscal sanity to the circus that is Washington. With Governor Palin’s support, and the support of tens of thousands of conservatives from all across Texas, we will turn our country around, rein in out-of-control spending and debt in Washington, and restore the Constitution.”

Cruz leading in some polls

Incumbent Orrin Hatch, Utah endorsed by Palin
“The warmth is mutual. “She and her husband are the handsomest couple that I’ve ever met,” Hatch says, smiling, as we chat in his spacious Senate office. “They’re both top-flight people and I got angry with the mainstream media constantly running her down.”
Hatch openly acknowledges that he has long and doggedly sought Palin’s support. For him, strong personal relationships are an elemental part of politics. They do not trump his principles, he says, but they have enabled him to become a force on Capitol Hill.”

Viator on July 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It’s a living document. :) And at the moment, it doesn’t have Palin on it.

Axe on July 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

LoLz..I haven’t seen anyone’s name on it!!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Mitt, you are power crazy on steroids. You’re done. You’ve lost my vote.

Jayrae on July 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Expected.

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Karmi on July 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Barack appreciates your dedication, fervor and high moral standards of no compromise…….
Oh, yes…and your vote.

Solaratov on July 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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