On Palin & her potential lack of an invitation to the GOP convention

posted at 10:01 am on July 17, 2012 by Dustin Siggins

Yesterday morning Ed tagged a Newsweek article that tried to make hay out of the fact that Palin may not receive an invitation to speak at the GOP convention. Ed pointed out that this may not actually be a big deal, both to Palin and the grassroots, and I agree with comments made below the post by RBJ and Skwor that it’s likely just Newsweek trying to create controversy out of nothing substantive.

However, this is where RBJ, Skwor and a great deal of the Hot Air viewership and I may split our views. While I am not a fan of Mitt Romney’s candidacy, and think he is far too moderate in almost every way, I am not disappointed that Palin may not speak at the convention. In fact, I’m quite pleased.

When Palin first came onto the national scene in 2008, I knew literally nothing about her. I actually thought that Romney should have been the VP pick that year, since back then he had the backing of many prominent conservatives and his Olympic, gubernatorial and business background would have been useful during the economic crash. Of course, back then, I also thought he was a conservative — clearly, I’ve learned better since.

But back to Palin. I decided to keep an open mind prior to her 2008 GOP Convention speech, but afterwards was the only person in a roomful of conservative interns who thought it was merely decent. Everyone else was ecstatic about what she had said. I also watched part of her much-maligned Couric interview, but heard from my friend Adam Brickley — who as a college student helped launch Palin to the national spotlight — that I should not put much weight into what I saw there. I then spent the next two years reading her op-eds, watching her speak, and discussing the excitement many other young conservatives had for Palin and her future within the GOP, and realized I just didn’t think Palin added much to the conservative movement. Yes, she has her positive attributes, both personally and with regards to public policy. But between her unpopularity with the general public (yes, partially created and exacerbated by utterly dishonest media portrayals of Palin and her family, as well as completely hateful attacks on her by Paul Krugman and others after the Giffords shooting) and her lack of knowledge on issues outside of anti-corruption and energy policy, I think inviting her to speak at the convention would be a poor decision for the GOP.

Of course, inviting Palin to speak would have its positive effects. Certainly, much of the conservative base would be excited to see and hear her, and it would give them hope that Romney and the GOP establishment isn’t trying to take conservative votes for granted. Additionally, she is certainly a more powerful speaker than Romney and most of the GOP leadership. However, I think the negatives of such an appearance outweigh the net positives for those whose sole electoral goal is to get Obama out of office — including potentially scaring off moderate voters who are open to voting for Romney and giving the liberal media the opportunity to attach Romney to the largely unpopular Palin.

This is not to say the GOP should continue its path to liberal and corrupt political stances. I think one can be a philosophical, small-government conservative and still not want Sarah Palin leading the party, but her legions of fans do have a point that often it is establishment Republicans who are focusing on getting Palin out of the party. However, inviting Ted Cruz, Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, or any of several dozen other prominent conservatives to speak at the convention would provide the needed conservative slant in the lineup of speakers as well as the policy-strong opinions needed to stand up against a biased media intent on getting Obama re-elected.

 

 

 


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Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 3:47 AM

You really are clueless.

unseen on July 18, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Maybe so, but I wasn’t the gutter-merchant taking shots at Bachmann for having migraines or raising foster kids. LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

John the Libertarian on July 18, 2012 at 3:48 AM

When Perry became a threat, you smeared him with all this made-up innuendo about crony investments.

John the Libertarian on July 18, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Yep, and for her trouble MM was called a harpy, shrill, a shrill harpy, extreme, and an extremist by some who claim not to have a problem with women holding positions of power…

Oh. Wait. You meant unseen and not MM…

Gohawgs on July 18, 2012 at 3:47 AM

Congrats you two. Good night.

Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 3:50 AM

A little music for those who continue to bash someone who is supposed to be “irrelevant”…

Gohawgs on July 18, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Nice teamwork.

Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Dustin Siggins is an associate producer with The Laura Ingraham Show and co-author with William Beach of The Heritage Foundation on a forthcoming book about the national debt.

Gohawgs on July 18, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Seems like not inviting the first and only female GOP VP nominee is just playing into that whole “War on Women” meme from the DNC camp, but whatever. I’m sure the GOP isn’t stupid enough to let their fear of conservatives outweigh their desire to beat their true enemies, conservatives Democrats.

Buckshot Bill on July 18, 2012 at 5:39 AM

I honestly don’t get the argument that Dustin’s making….

1) He can’t say anything negative about Palin other than “She doesn’t add anything to the conservative movement”.

2) Admits that most (if not all) her negatives are due to the media spinning and lying about her.

3) Admits that she is a personality that sparks the base.

But doesn’t think she should be invited to the convention… because what? The media is going to lie and spin about her more? SO we’re going to let the LEFTIE Media decide who we should and shouldn’t have making the speeches at the convention?

GREAT!!! Let’s have a line up of all those media darling moderate-establishment Republicans that can’t fire up the base do the speaking for ‘everyone’ else in the party, do our fighting for us.. just so we don’t piss off anyone else who wants us to move even MORE to the left…

for someone who claims in his comment to want says “I think we need to uproot the existing D.C. establishment in both parties and basically start over”.. you just did a damn FINE job of saying, hell, let’s just go with the usual D.C. establishment people at the convention and pretend like we’re really making a change.

I thought the convention was the “grand stage” to let ALL Our power players in? Hell, the Democrats don’t WANT to go to their own convention and you guys are wanting to push Republicans/Conservatives OUT of ours!)

DaSaintFan on July 18, 2012 at 6:06 AM

It is clear that Mitt Romney does not want to be upstaged by Sarah Palin. But does he realize by denying her a seat at the table that he has tainted the food that he plans to serve at the banquet and by so doing embarrassed himself?

technopeasant on July 18, 2012 at 6:11 AM

why woud Sarah stand on a gope stage in Tampa, and give up everything she believes in to thow her support behind a man who believes in nothing but himself, his family and his religion. no way.

renalin on July 18, 2012 at 6:28 AM

i have studied Sarah for these past 4 years. Her intellect far surpasses mine or anyone i have known.

…Her mind is always working, always analyzing.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

This quote from the Obama-supporting, Mitt-bashing Sarah Palin groupie Renalin just about says it all.

You Sarah Palin worshipers are pathetic. Ugh. You’re as embarassing to conservative sites like HotAir as the birthers and the 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Even the Ron Paul fanboys have stronger arguments than you obsessive Palin superfans. You people exaggerate and re-imagine Palin’s career in order to create some kind of myth about her supposed heroic exploits in Alaska, when in reality she quit in disgrace half-way through her FIRST term.

Sarah Palin may be right on several issues, but she was also one of the most incompetent, divisive and unqualified candidates ever to appear on a national ticket. She wasn’t even ever any good at faking competence in tv interviews during the campaign. Even I admit this, and I supported her and voted for her! I think we can admit that she wasn’t the best choice for VP, and move on. Clearly, she never would have survived a primary campaign season; the woman could barely get through a serious news interview without looking like an unprepared 7th grader trying to fudge his/her way through an oral exam.

So, let’s set aside the fact that she couldn’t name two Supreme Court cases, that she couldn’t name a single founding father without struggling, she didn’t know about the Korean War, she reportedly didn’t know Africa wasn’t a country, etc. Okay, so maybe she isn’t the most knowledgeable or experienced national former politician out there. All that can be pardoned at this point, I suppose, as long as her heart is in the right place.

BUT then we consider the way she has acted in the last year. We look at how she has tried, and CONTINUES to try, to undercut support for our Republican nominee. We see how she has actively set out to raise the hopes of gullible, emtpy-headed shut-ins like the internet troll Renalin and other Sarah Palin groupies, leading them to believe that she was ready to jump into the presidential race and that they should withhold support from the one person who was clearly going to be the nominee, when in reality she knew she would never run, since she wouldn’t want to risk killing her money-making brand by headlining yet another embarrassing loser of a campaign.

We see that, not only is Palin a shallow, incompetent poseur who never had any business on a national ticket, but she’s also a self-centered narcissist who apparently cares more about generating headlines and attention for herself than in doing everything she can do ensure that Obama is defeated. Palin could learn a thing or two from the vastly superior Michele Bachmann about how to conduct oneself after a losing campaign.

So, if Palin doesn’t make an appearance at this year’s nominating convention, it will probably be for the best. The woman is bad news. Though we wish her the best, she must never again be seen as the face of the Republican Party or of conservatism. The fact that the Obama campaign delights whenever her name pops up in news headlines tells us everything we need to know. Sarah isn’t the center of the conservative political universe, and hopefully she will come to grips with that sooner rather than later, so we won’t have to go through this all again in 2016 when Mitt is running for reelection and Sarah demands to be queen of the convention ball yet again.

bluegill on July 18, 2012 at 7:56 AM

bluegill on July 18, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Off your meds I see…:)

idesign on July 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

bluegill on July 18, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Get some help…soon. Please.

kingsjester on July 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

It really doesn’t matter if Palin speaks or not. Liberal Republicans don’t want to hear her speak and Conservative Republicans (if there is such a thing anymore) aren’t going to vote for Romney regardless of what Palin or anyone says.

CrustyB on July 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM

It really doesn’t matter if Palin speaks or not. Liberal Republicans don’t want to hear her speak and Conservative Republicans (if there is such a thing anymore) aren’t going to vote for Romney regardless of what Palin or anyone says.

CrustyB on July 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Surrendering before the real fight begins? I expected that.

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

That’s the problem, it’s like asking a vegan to throw a steak on the grill…it ain’t going to happen. Mitt knows that the conservative love their meat, and don’t care about his tofu…

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Spot on!

This is what everyone is seeing today:

Is Mitt Romney Stealing Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory?

After reading the new topics here in Hot Air I can see the answer is Hell Yes He Is!

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

All righty then, with a new Palin thread up. I pronounce this one dead. 10:01 7-18. All Palin comments should be directed to the new Palin thread here.

Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

You people exaggerate and re-imagine Palin’s career in order to create some kind of myth about her supposed heroic exploits in Alaska, when in reality she quit in disgrace half-way through her FIRST term.

bluegill on July 18, 2012 at 7:56 AM

.
How many times are you going to kill that horse?

listens2glenn on July 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

How many times are you going to kill that horse?

listens2glenn on July 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Hey!

Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

bluegill on July 18, 2012 at 7:56 AM

LOL, maybe if you stamp your feet next time you will get some much-needed attention.

Seriously, seek help.

Norwegian on July 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Seriously, seek help.

Norwegian on July 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The very least she could do is seek perfume. ; )

Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Good job, Team!

Cindy Munford on July 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

why woud Sarah stand on a gope stage in Tampa, and give up everything she believes in to thow her support behind a man who believes in nothing but himself, his family and his religion. no way.

renalin on July 18, 2012 at 6:28 AM

Yeah why would she? And if that’s what she believes then why didn’t she voice that to Newsweek instead of playing the victim/martyr card?

Meow on July 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Good job, Team!

Cindy Munford on July 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

LOL! : )

Bmore on July 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Sarah Palin the incompetent quitter is a joke.

She helps Obama more than anything.

bluegill on July 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Nope, wrong. Palin should be invited and speak. They have four days I believe and plenty of nobodies will get time at the dais, she will make the place rock.

waelse1 on July 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Sarah Palin the incompetent quitter is a joke.

She helps Obama more than anything.

bluegill on July 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Blah, blah, blah…blah

Your darling darling, until his testosterone shot this week, has done more to help the obamanation during the past couple of months than Axlrod has…

Gohawgs on July 19, 2012 at 12:42 AM

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

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

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