Why Palin should speak at the Republican convention

posted at 8:41 am on July 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve certainly generated a lot of commentary over the last two days over what may be a nothingburger — the fact that Sarah Palin has yet to be invited to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  As Rick Santorum told Jonathan Karl this week, no one has been invited to speak at the convention — at least not yet.  There’s almost no doubt that Santorum will get a slot, having run second in delegates in the nomination race, and since he hasn’t received his slot yet, it’s fair to assume that those decisions haven’t quite been made yet.

Dustin took a lot of heat yesterday for suggesting that having Palin off the schedule might not be a bad idea:

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.

Based on the reaction, one might have thought Dustin had called Ronald Reagan a Communist.  No one in politics is above criticism (just as no writers on politics are above criticism for their criticism), and when we treat people like they are, we get … Barack Obama, for one. A wise manual on life instructs us to put not our trust in princes, a handy axiom to keep in mind while working in politics.  Nothing Dustin wrote was mean-spirited or dishonest.

As it happens, I disagree with Dustin, but not exactly for the same reasons I saw in the comments yesterday.  I think the RNC needs to invite Sarah Palin to speak at the convention — and moreover, I think it would be bad manners to not invite her.  Four years ago, she took the slings and arrows for the party as John McCain’s running mate.  That should at least earn her the respect of her party, even from those who may not want to back her as a candidate for office now or in the future.  What does it say about the party if we can’t fit the previous #2 banner-carrier somewhere in four evenings of speeches?

The convention isn’t exactly an exclusive club, after all — and neither is the Republican Party.  This isn’t the Tea Party Convention, nor the Moderates Convention, nor the Establishment Convention, nor the Paleo-Cons Convention.  It’s the Republican National Convention, and it is supposed to unite all of the various factions and philosophies within the Big Tent of the GOP as we head into a tough fight for the White House, Congress, and all of the state races.  Palin’s obvious influence and appeal to grassroots voters makes her (separately from the above argument) a must-have for the four-day event.  By the same token, we also need to have Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Santorum in prime speaking slots, as they put their lives on hold and garnered significant support for their candidacies, and their supporters need to be united under the same Republican banner, too.

Herman Cain should speak … mostly because Herman Cain is one of the best orators in the conservative movement.  In fact, can we get him two speaking slots?

Nor should those be the only featured speakers.  Let’s hear from Chris Christie and Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio and Sam Brownback, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Brian Sandoval, and Susan Collins and John McCain, too.  I don’t agree with any of these people 100% of the time — well, maybe DeMint and Rubio — but I agree with them enough for their contribution to matter.  They each speak to constituencies we need to reach in this election, even when we don’t see eye to eye.

Conventions are about unity, and they’re also long enough to fit practically everyone who wants to appear.  I’m looking forward to hearing Palin and Cain fire up the grassroots, DeMint and Paul remind us of the need to limit government power, Gingrich to hammer critics of the party, and Mitt Romney to unite everyone under one banner for the final ten weeks of the campaign.  Let’s start working on that unity now.

Update: My old friend John Ziegler agrees with Dustin and disagrees with me.


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She’s the star of the party, an opinion leader, charismatic. Otherwise, she’s a nothingburger. /detractors

Paul-Cincy on July 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

People read when she Facebooks…by the millions. People react to her when she Facebooks.

That’s all the justification needed.

MNHawk on July 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Why shouldn’t the future Secretary of Energy speak at the convention?

honsy on July 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

We’ve certainly generated a lot of commentary over the last two days over what may be a nothingburger…posted at 8:41 am on July 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s start working on that unity now.

I agree with that

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

No one in politics is above criticism

She’s divisive. Jesus was divisive too. /admittedly that was over-the-top :)

Paul-Cincy on July 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

She should speak, and endorse Romney there on the podium

thebrokenrattle on July 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

No reason not to have her speak. She’s not a loose cannon. She’s reasonable. She is loved and admired by the base. I’m sure she’ll be asked.

If she isn’t…? Well, maldito sera la madre….

princetrumpet on July 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

It would be sheer lunacy to keep her out of the convention. I do think she needs to be more publicly supportive of Mitt Romney’s candidacy(unless behind the scenes they’ve asked her to keep her distance), but she’s too influential with the conservative/Tea Party wing of the GOP to deny her a speaking slot.

Doughboy on July 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Based on the reaction, one might have thought Dustin had called Ronald Reagan a Communist.

Failing to heap praise on Palin seems to be the basic equivalent.

Go RBNY on July 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Ed, give it up. The GOP Elitists and the Romney camp are determined to march us in lockstep right off of the cliff, so perhaps we need to apply the spurs and run a few Gary Johnson topics here?

I’ve always found that a swift kick to the head tends to wake up even the most stubborn mule.

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Kay Bailey Hutchison?

zzzzzzzz

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I’d rather hear Allen West then Herman Cain & I think Allen West can fire up the base just as much as Cain ever did.

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Let’s start working on that unity now.

Okay. But, as Marvin and Tammy sang, “It takes two, Baby.” Conservatives can not be the only ones compromising.

Yes, we want to get the Manchurian President out of office, also. And, yes, the majority of us are willing to hold our noses and vote for Romney. However, the “Fiscal Conservatives” need to tone it down, if they want this to happen.

Instead of “reaching across the aisle, Republican Liberals and Moderates need to reach across the Party. Reagan did.

kingsjester on July 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

If Romney is as savvy as I hope he is, she will get that speaking slot…and she will dominate and inspire.

SKYFOX on July 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Ruh Roh, the blue gilled one is not going to be happy with you Ed./

Flora Duh on July 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

If they’re looking for that old Bob Dole magic, keep her out. Her crowds make noise and interfere with the afternoon naps.

RBMN on July 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

There is definitely something wrong with Hotair if now you have to reference PDS’er Ziegler as support…

ChuckTX on July 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Romney has better manners and better political skills than to allow his nominating convention to disrespect Sarah Palin.

This to shall pass… and Sarah will give a great speech at the convention.

WhatNot on July 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Because people need to be reminded that Bachmann would have wiped the floor with Palin?

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Conventions are about unity, and they’re also long enough to fit practically everyone who wants to appear. I’m looking forward to hearing Palin and Cain fire up the grassroots, DeMint and Paul remind us of the need to limit government power, Gingrich to hammer critics of the party, and Mitt Romney to unite everyone under one banner for the final ten weeks of the campaign. Let’s start working on that unity now.

…thank you Ed!

My old friend John Ziegler agrees with Dustin and disagrees with me.

…well… Ziegie must be senile…because Dusty is a political juvenile! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Ruh Roh, the blue gilled one is not going to be happy with you Ed./

Flora Duh on July 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Yep. Major League Rant on its way.

kingsjester on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Without Sarah”s fire the convention will just be blowing smoke!

tim c on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

All too often, John Zeigler seems like a stalker scorned to me. A bit creepy, he is.

kscheuller on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Nothing Dustin wrote was mean-spirited or dishonest.

Repeating the media lies is mean-spirited, but we understand you loyalty and protecting one of your own. It would’nt be right for you to throw the rookie under the bus so early, or even at all, I suspect he will eventually just “fade” away.

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.

He has no idea what “knowledge” she possesses, I would say that a Governor, a mature Governor, knows a bit more than a journalistic kid would ever be able to conceive. That was the quote of an arrogant child thinking he has a better understanding than a seasoned, mature, adult. Let me assure you, any mother, most any mother of children would have more general knowledge of how the world works than this snot nosed kid, let alone someone who ran a state, was in charge of one of the largest military installations, negotiated trade agreements, and has now studied the political scene for the past several years.
Dustin just repeated what he had seen in Huffington, Politico, the liberal websites…same verbege, same lies, same distortion, all with the caveat of

yes, partially created and exacerbated by utterly dishonest media

But can’t resist repeating the lies…Dustin needs to be taught some manners, but more importantly, he needs to be just taught.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Not clicking that Huffpo link, Ziegler can suck air. That said, it is funny all the hullabaloo over something that has`nt even happened(or not) yet.

NY Conservative on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

If the rino’s diss Sarah Palin, the romney clown can go shove it.

Mr. Sun on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Let’s start working on that unity now.

After Hotair trashes Palin??

Some unity…

ChuckTX on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Oh snap! You done it now Ziegler. Let loose the hounds pbots of hell.

Romney is the nominee. He earned it the old fashioned way. That makes him the leader of the GOP at least until Nov. She has not even endorsed Mitt to date, yet she betcha by golly wow deserves a prime time spot at the convention??
An old military saying goes something along the lines of “Being a good leader is to first be a good follower” Romney has set that example in previous elections when someone else was nominated — something the rabid Palin faithful should keep in mind before they flock to Ziegler’s site to say things like

Ziegler has proven to be a hack with a grudge. Your opinion means NOTHING to the conservative base. Right now, you’re merely adding fuel to the hatred from the left. Go away, John.

which reflect many of the comments made at HA toward those less convinced of Ms. Palin’s influence.

Bradky on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

And shes not hard on the eyes too….

Unlike…Botox

Electrongod on July 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Update: My old friend John Ziegler agrees with Dustin and disagrees with me.

John, the scorned lover…

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Geez Ed. Third Palin story/opinion this week. Is it really that slow this week that you need to stir up some views? (not that I have a problem with that, mind you).

nobar on July 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Oh, you hadn’t mentioned that Ziegler’s post is in the “Huffington Puffington Post.” If that doesn’t ooze political prostitute, I don’t know what does. Now, Ziegler is even creepier. I didn’t know that was possible.

kscheuller on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Yeah, something’s wrong with John Ziegler. Every Palin hit piece he writes seems way too personal.

gumbyandpokey on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Based on the reaction, one might have thought Dustin had called Ronald Reagan a Communist. No one in politics is above criticism (just as no writers on politics are above criticism for their criticism), and when we treat people like they are, we get … Barack Obama, for one.

Right. So when can we expect similar hard-hitting “criticism” of our Glorious Nominee?

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

PALIN represents what the Republican Party SHOULD and COULD be. Of course she MUST speak at the convention, AND IF Romney is smart, he will fly to Alaska (a trip he should make anyway), meet with Sarah , listen to her concerns and ask her to publicly join his team. Sarah will never agree with Romney on everything, but, she is very pragmatic – she knows that obama must go and she knows that she has an important role to play in removing him from power. If Romney can get her on board, she can rally her millions of supporters – but, Romney must put out the effort.

Pork-Chop on July 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

After Hotair trashes Palin??

Some unity…

ChuckTX on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Yup , trashing the base and then demand unity. Arrogance.

the_nile on July 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

But can’t resist repeating the lies…Dustin needs to be taught some manners, but more importantly, he needs to be just taught.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I don’t think he can learn so I choose to ignore him.

SKYFOX on July 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

If either Palin or Ron Paul is snubbed at the convention, the GOP will be making a huge mistake.

petefrt on July 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

which reflect many of the comments made at HA toward those less convinced of Ms. Palin’s influence.

Bradky on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Her rallies are convincing, no one pulls in a more rabid pro-American crowd than Sarah…sorry to destroy your hatred with facts, but no one in the Republican party throws a party like Sarah.
You have a lineup of powerful motivators this year, Christie, Palin, Ryan, always the great speaker Rudy…you have the making of a rally that would go down in history of a great American revival.
Each one with great strengths, throw in Scott Walker, a hero to conservatives, and you have the foundation for a convention that would rock America.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I agree with Ed. Time for Romney to call a team huddle.

donkichi on July 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

From Ziegler’s piece:

Quite simply, Sarah Palin has no business speaking at this convention. She made her decisions and she bet on the wrong horse. Now she must accept the consequences (and contrary to her ludicrous claims, those ramifications have nothing to do with “calling out both sides”). She can attend as a Fox News commentator where I am sure she will try hard to diminish Romney at every opportunity.

Absurd. Should we exclude everyone who primaried Romney or supported someone who primaried him? That would be some 75% of Republicans.

I am sure she will try hard to diminish Romney at every opportunity.

WTF? Clueless comment. She will unite behind the GOP and Romney 100% and there will be no detracting, snarky comments, or naysaying about Romney from her. None. Zero. This guy is supposed to know Palin?

Paul-Cincy on July 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Based on the reaction, one might have thought Dustin had called Ronald Reagan a Communist.

Failing to heap praise on Palin seems to be the basic equivalent.

Go RBNY on July 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Are you kidding? Try being anything less than worshipful toward His Holy Mittness.

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Oh, you hadn’t mentioned that Ziegler’s post is in the “Huffington Puffington Post.” If that doesn’t ooze political prostitute, I don’t know what does. Now, Ziegler is even creepier. I didn’t know that was possible.

kscheuller on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I believe this kid Dustin was also a Huffington contributor, something that seemed to not have been mentioned in his resume.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Not giving Palin a respectable speaking invitation to the convention is a bigger news story and distraction for Team Romney than giving her one.

Robert_Paulson on July 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Update: My old friend John Ziegler agrees with Dustin and disagrees with me.

Point proved.

kevinkristy on July 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

If Romney is as savvy as I hope he is, she will get that speaking slot…and she will dominate and inspire.

SKYFOX on July 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

From your lips to God’s ears.

Right now, Romney’s getting his a$$ kicked because he doesn’t know how to dominate narrative. Establishment GOPers never learn, because they are always secretly ashamed of their money, and they live in a naive world in which they expect a News Media right out of Geobbels’ daydreams to play fair with them.

The disdain for Palin from Romney’s camp has been palpable over the years, despite the surface politeness from Mittens himself. At some point, however, it was up to him to step on it and put the interests of unifying the Party for the fall ahead of the narrow prejudices inside Team Romney. That he has failed to do this up to now is a feature, not a bug.

That Reagan had largely done this by the this time in the 1980 cycle is something that I keep repeating. The only thing that was left was the deal that Reagan thankfully didn’t make with Ford and Kissinger in Detroit that left him with George H.W. Bush. But he was careful to mend fences with all the other candidates before Detroit that year.

Romney should not be occupied on two fronts; that he is speaks to the incompetence of his campaign, and no one else’s.

victor82 on July 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Based on the reaction, one might have thought Dustin had called Ronald Reagan a Communist.

Failing to heap praise on Palin seems to be the basic equivalent.

Go RBNY on July 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Pal, basically that is what he did…just repeated the lies of the media.
You don’t need to heap praise on her, just to honest and not repeat the lies. That should not be too hard to do, unless you have some kind of warped hatred.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Right on, right on! Let them speak. Let them all speak. We need unity in the face of the Chicago Machine.

And as for Ziegler, rejected guys are mean.

Sekhmet on July 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Does Palin know that no one has been invited yet? She sure didn’t seem to, based on her response to Newsweek.

changer1701 on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

gumbyandpokey on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

+1

Robert_Paulson on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

If either Palin or Ron Paul is snubbed at the convention, the GOP will be making a huge mistake.

petefrt on July 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The mistake will be made. It’s what the GOP is best at doing. Neither will appear at the convention, but we’ll get a barnburner from Jeb, I’m sure.

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Not giving Palin a respectable speaking invitation to the convention is a bigger news story and distraction for Team Romney than giving her one.

Robert_Paulson on July 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The irony…

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Got a couple minutes to spare, or maybe a couple hours if you have been watching Gov. Palin and not listening to what she has been saying for the last four years about government responsibilities. Compare her remarks with the Romney speech yesterday and find the differences. Just different words used, same message.

News2Use on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

My hatred? LOL – thanks for illustrating my point about some of the HA comments.
If your “rabid pro-American” crowd will sit out the election because SP was not on the convention speakers list I’d say that were rabid yes, pro-American not so much — more pro personality cult.
To get elected Romney needs to convince the independents and soft Dems to switch sides or sit it out. That requires a bit more finesse in message than the red meat you want to see thrown for no strategic gain other than a feel good moment for people generally already on board with the GOP.

Bradky on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Right. So when can we expect similar hard-hitting “criticism” of our Glorious Nominee?

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

We got Allahpundit for that….he criticizes EVERYONE.

thebrokenrattle on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Sarah Palin is as important to the Republican Party as Charlton Heston was to the NRA.

Hows that for an over the top pro Palin statement?

meci on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Oh, you hadn’t mentioned that Ziegler’s post is in the “Huffington Puffington Post.” If that doesn’t ooze political prostitute, I don’t know what does. Now, Ziegler is even creepier. I didn’t know that was possible.

kscheuller on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Huffington banned Breitbart on van jones order, but Ziegler is willing to give his services. creepy dude.

Ziegler also tries to defend Sandusky and Paterno.

the_nile on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

You don’t need to heap praise on her, just to honest and not repeat the lies. That should not be too hard to do, unless you have some kind of warped hatred.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

What lies?

changer1701 on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Open with Palin, close with West, watch a simultaneous eruption of Liberal brain matter…

hillsoftx on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Four years ago, she took the slings and arrows for the party as John McCain’s running mate.  That should at least earn her the respect of her party, even from those who may not want to back her as a candidate for office now or in the future.  What does it say about the party if we can’t fit the previous #2 banner-carrier somewhere in four evenings of speeches?

‘Nuff said, no?

Cleombrotus on July 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Are you serious? THREE Palin posts in as many days? This is craziness for that “irrelevant, snowbilly, reality star, dunce quitter” from Alaska.

We’ve certainly generated a lot of commentary over the last two days over what may be a nothingburger

But let’s go ahead and post another one to meet the daily quota of hits. Because there aren’t other important issues to discuss.

conservative pilgrim on July 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

+10000

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Right now, Romney’s getting his a$$ kicked because he doesn’t know how to dominate narrative.

victor82 on July 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

But that’s not something that can be taught, and no one’s going to help him overcome it. It’s what you get when you nominate a sucky candidate.

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I believe this kid Dustin was also a Huffington contributor, something that seemed to not have been mentioned in his resume.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Yep. Seems like a young kid trying to make his way in politics/journ0lism. Doesn’t really have a true home right now. So a hit piece on Palin is a great door opener for a gig with 95% of the political media (Daily Beast, HuffPo, Politico, National Journal, etc).

kevinkristy on July 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The problem with Mittwits, is they think when Sarah talks about limiting government, cronyism, energy, they think she is targeting Mitt because he is so squishy on those subjects…but it is what she has talked about for years.
It’s like when a pastor give a sermon and people begin to think “is he talking about me?”, no, it’s just that some people fall into that scenario.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Let’s start working on that unity now.

Okay. But, as Marvin and Tammy sang, “It takes two, Baby.” Conservatives can not be the only ones compromising.

kingsjester on July 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

IMHO, it is the GOP and Romney that is compromising. They are compromising our core values and working to give the win back to the Democrat Party. If I were wrong I wouldn’t be seeing headlines like this:

Is Mitt Romney Stealing Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory?

Remember the good old days when ABO was on everyones mind?

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

… ooze political prostitute,

kscheuller on July 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

ROTF. That one’s a keeper.

platypus on July 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

We’ve certainly generated a lot of commentary over the last two days over what may be a nothingburger

May be?

Good Lt on July 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

and Susan Collins

Well, OK. Even a bad example teaches us something.

Cleombrotus on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

As Rick Santorum told Jonathan Karl this week, no one has been invited to speak at the convention — at least not yet.

Yet Palin is wailin’ already about being stood up for the party.

The former point guard is not a team player.

itsnotaboutme on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Open with Palin, close with West, watch a simultaneous eruption of Liberal brain matter…

hillsoftx on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

What, a puff of dust that you can barely see?

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I believe this kid Dustin was also a Huffington contributor, something that seemed to not have been mentioned in his resume.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Yeah he is. But he’s also a contributor at Breitbart and The American Spectator. Maybe he likes playing it down the middle.

*shrugs*

Flora Duh on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

conservative pilgrim on July 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Bitter much?

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

We got Allahpundit for that….he criticizes EVERYONE.

thebrokenrattle on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Point me to any AP post that was quite as “critical” in tone as whtashisname’s piece yesterday. Any of them. If Romney got the Palin treatment here, the ‘bots would go apoplectic.

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The mistake will be made. It’s what the GOP is best at doing. Neither will appear at the convention, but we’ll get a barnburner from Jeb, I’m sure.

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Jeb couldn’t burn a barn with five gallons of kerosene and a box of matches. (Yes, I know that was your point. I just couldn’t resist.)

Extrafishy on July 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Instead of “reaching across the aisle, Republican Liberals and Moderates need to reach across the Party. Reagan did.

kingsjester on July 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

This.

I’ve come to accept the fact that our big tent is more like a junior-high dance. A big room full of people at first glance, but upon further inspection it’s really a bunch of cliques. All of which warily eye the other for any hint of difference or weakness. Once exposed, let the mocking begin.

BacaDog on July 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

What lies?

changer1701 on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Read my post above, I stated the lie…right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Yeah he is. But he’s also a contributor at Breitbart and The American Spectator. Maybe he likes playing it down the middle.

*shrugs*

Flora Duh on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Of course, so he, like a rudderless ship, takes him where the wind pushes him.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM

John Zeigler hasn’t been arrested yet??

ToddPA on July 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Does Palin know that no one has been invited yet? She sure didn’t seem to, based on her response to Newsweek.

changer1701 on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Facts interfere with her compulsive need to play the victim card.

Go RBNY on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I believe this kid Dustin was also a Huffington contributor, something that seemed to not have been mentioned in his resume.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

SO was Senator Jim DeMint.

You seem to forget HuffPo is older than this place, and had at one time hundreds of people writing columns. Remember during the last election, all the Hillary supporters left it. I know it’s full of liberal loons today but the comment board is surprisingly 50/50 from when I’ve ventured there.

Marcus on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

MNHawk on July 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

meghan mccain?? is that you??

chasdal on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

A wise manual on life instructs us to put not our trust in princes, a handy axiom to keep in mind while working in politics.

I was thinking something along these lines over the last two days. Save your faith for your god and your family. (Even family will disappoint sometimes–they’re only human–but you don’t have a choice.) Much less likely to have your heart broken when you realize the person wasn’t what you made them out to be.

I’ll never be able to muster such vehement passion for anyone I don’t know, it doesn’t matter if they say everything I believe.

RedCrow on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Go RBNY on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Your stupidity knows no bounds.

HerneTheHunter on July 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Does Palin know that no one has been invited yet? She sure didn’t seem to, based on her response to Newsweek.

changer1701 on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Facts interfere with her compulsive need to play the victim card.

Go RBNY on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Yeah. Because we all know that Newsweak can be trusted to report accurately on all things Palin./

gryphon202 on July 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Compare her remarks with the Romney speech yesterday and find the differences. Just different words used, same message.

News2Use on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Yup! It was one hell of a barnstormer. A sucky candidate does not make a speech like Mitt gave yesterday – off teleprompter, no less.

kscheuller on July 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

But let’s go ahead and post another one to meet the daily quota of hits. Because there aren’t other important issues to discuss.

conservative pilgrim on July 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Like what? Romney’s tax forms? *zzzzzzzzzzzzzz*

ddrintn on July 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

If either Palin or Ron Paul is snubbed at the convention, the GOP will be making a huge mistake.

petefrt on July 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Why not Donald Trump too?…He can speak up on Obama’s missing records, his doomed economic policies. He’s also a biggie celebrity with a fat twitter feed & high ranking Teevee reality show

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/07/trump-piles-on-demands-obama-release-college-transcripts-passport-

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Dustin’s bio is out there on the web. He is a bright young man. But, does seem to be a Moderate, like Jazz Shaw.

kingsjester on July 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Because people need to be reminded that Bachmann would have wiped the floor with Palin?

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Well she certainly had a good start at doing just that when she hired Ed (trigger-finger) Rollins to take her down. Bachmann lost my vote and my respect instantly for that Obama-like move.

Don L on July 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Mittbots vs Palinbots in Thunderdome. Two bots enter, only one leaves.

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Compare her remarks with the Romney speech yesterday and find the differences. Just different words used, same message.

News2Use on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Yup! It was one hell of a barnstormer. A sucky candidate does not make a speech like Mitt gave yesterday – off teleprompter, no less.

kscheuller on July 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Mitt did good. I’d like to see more of that from Mitt. Excellent stump speech, and I hope he doesn’t run out of steam between now and the convention.

/DeadlySerious

gryphon202 on July 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Who were the speakers in 2008? Does anyone remember? In 2004, I remember Zell Miller and Rudy. Beyond that? (sound of crickets chirping)

rhombus on July 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

As Rick Santorum told Jonathan Karl this week, no one has been invited to speak at the convention — at least not yet.

Yet Palin is wailin’ already about being stood up for the party.

The former point guard is not a team player.

itsnotaboutme on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

And that is a problem

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Mittbots vs Palinbots in Thunderdome. Two bots enter, only one leaves.

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Popcorn…git cher popcorn heah!

kingsjester on July 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

itsnotaboutme on July 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I swear to God, I hear one more time that “Palin is not a team player” and I’ll f**king go postal up in this motherf**ker.

HerneTheHunter on July 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Facts interfere with her compulsive need to play the victim card.

Go RBNY on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Wow! 2 days in a row of this mindless IDIOT taking
the morning shift for Bluegill…

ToddPA on July 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

My hatred? LOL – thanks for illustrating my point about some of the HA comments.
If your “rabid pro-American” crowd will sit out the election because SP was not on the convention speakers list I’d say that were rabid yes, pro-American not so much — more pro personality cult.
To get elected Romney needs to convince the independents and soft Dems to switch sides or sit it out. That requires a bit more finesse in message than the red meat you want to see thrown for no strategic gain other than a feel good moment for people generally already on board with the GOP.

Bradky on July 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

So now you are saying you are sypathetic with Sarah, that you now respect her?
Who said anything about sitting out the election? Where did I state that, you seem to create quite a fantasy for you to spew your garbage.

Notice, and you didn’t, that I included Christie, Rudy, not exactly super conservatives, but a “buffet” of speakers, each one with a strong following and rabid supporters, and all with a pro-American message. That should be the line up, to appeal to everyone.

My advice, which you won’t take, is read the posts entirely, and not focus on a couple of words…you miss the meaning, as you did with my post.

right2bright on July 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Ziegler must really have a burr up his arse that his little movie gambit turned him into a RINO.

HopeHeFails on July 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

And we know which team has “I need a hero” playing in a constant loop in their head!

Bradky on July 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

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