Guess who’s on a winning streak in endorsements?

posted at 3:21 pm on August 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I’m not surprised by this, but I am a little surprised that the Washington Post noticed it.  Despite media claims that the Tea Party has gone dormant and that Sarah Palin’s influence has waned, the candidates she backs for office have an uncanny knack for winning their elections — even when they start far off the pace:

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin — though derided on the left and recently dismissed by former vice president Dick Cheney as a poor pick in 2008 — is nevertheless proving her enduring power within the Republican Party in the most concrete of ways: She keeps picking winners.

Each of five candidates she has endorsed this year who have faced primaries or other campaigns have won, including former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz, who Tuesday beatthe state’s well-connected lieutenant governor for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. …

She has endorsed just nine Republicans this year — five of them women, according to the Web site of SarahPAC, her political committee. In an interview on Fox News on Wednesday, Palin said that she is making down-ticket races, not the presidential campaign, a focus of her efforts this year. She called Senate and House races “so instrumental in reforming government, shrinking it, allowing the private sector to grow and thrive.”

This might be easy to dismiss if Palin made a habit of endorsing front-runners, but that’s not been the case.  Ted Cruz started off at a large disadvantage to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in practically every metric imaginable.  Dewhurst had Rick Perry’s endorsement, a high profile office, tons of his own money to use in the primary fight, and at one time a huge lead in the polls.  In the first round of the primary in May, Cruz only narrowly forced a runoff, at 30% and Dewhurst just a shade under 48%.  The Tea Party engagement that Palin helped facilitate took Cruz from 18 points down in May to a 13-point victory this week — a remarkable 31-point turnaround in just two months.

Similarly, Palin backed Tea Party upstart Richard Mourdock against longtime incumbent Dick Lugar in Indiana’s GOP primary.  Palin endorsed Mourdock late in the cycle, just a couple of weeks before the primary.  Lugar had been up as much as 25 points in the polls in early 2012, but two weeks prior to her endorsement, Mourdock’s internal poll had him even with Lugar.  One week after Palin endorsed Mourdock, he was 10 points up on Lugar in what the local newspaper called “a dramatic slide” for the incumbent.  By the time the election rolled around one week later, Mourdock ended up with a 22-point victory over the entrenched incumbent.

There are very few figures in national politics who could have contributed to those results in a significant fashion.  Barack Obama won’t have any kind of coattails this year, just to choose one example, and Democrats in down-ticket races may have to distance themselves from the party leader this year to remain competitive.  I doubt that any Democratic candidate for Congress is pining for the Joe Biden endorsement, either.  Of the four principals in the 2008 election, Palin is the only one whose clout has increased, and probably is the only one whose clout hasn’t decreased significantly.  That’s why the Palin-Cheney kerfuffle last week really missed the point.  Regardless of whether one thinks Palin was a good pick for the 2008 ticket, she has transformed into a highly influential activist with the grassroots.  Attempting to minimize that or marginalize Palin as a powerhouse in the GOP will likely leave Palin with the last laugh.


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Still working as hard as the ABR nutballs to drive away potential Romney voters, I see.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

You’re needed on the Romney thread, it only has 150 comments..:)

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Palin is our version of Obama:

What Obama has that Palin lacks is MSM support to hide the incompetence.

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

uh huh.

To be clear…..The Marxist, present-voting, urban-activist, junior-senator from the most historically corrupt city in the nation is exactly like the Conservative ex-governor of the largest state in the Nation.

wow.

Is this one a lib-troll or another demented RINO ala boner/McLame etc?

Share the ganja my friend!

Tim_CA on August 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I haven’t mentioned Romney once here.

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Honey, the folks here know you are second only to csdeven in your Romney fluffin’ and Palin hatin’.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:14 PM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

And take bluegill with you..:)

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 7:14 PM

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If only your screed could come true. Perhaps if you keep repeating it one day it may come true.

You really aren’t helping Romney with this BS. As a strong Palinista who has been trying to support him, you make it extremely difficult and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine what your BS does for someone a little less determined.

You really haven’t figured out the “attract with honey” bit have you?

kim roy on August 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Aw, so you feel you must artificially inflate yourself into the collective “we”, obviously masking some serious insecurities I have no interest in knowing about, in order to massage your clearly delicate ego?

Further, you must attach the words of others to me to give yourself the illusion of an upper hand?

Again, the concept of the individual is really important.

You are a single person, as am I.

Why can you not engage on an individual level?

Must be some personality defect, with projection as a primary defense mechanism.

Listen, you must come to grips with the fact that Sarah Palin is not the center of the universe. This will help you cope with the rest of life, and improve person to person interactions, which will be quite constructive for you.

Relax, enjoy life. Let the bitterness go. It’s all good.

Brian1972 on August 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Palin’s same lack of qualifications and displays of incompetence

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Again, you can provide zero proof. Just because you claim it does not make it so.

Stu Gotts on August 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM

You’re needed on the Romney thread, it only has 150 comments..:)

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Romney supporters have that one covered. I prefer to tangle with hatin’ idiots like blue gills and idiotdesign.

Here I get to make fun of a Palin hater (bluegills) and an 0bama suportin’ ABR nutball (YOU).

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM

We don’t hate Palin. She has many fine qualities. However, we don’t believe she was or is ready to be president. She’s also just not that interesting a topic.

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

She certainly has your undivided attention.

Who is “we”? Are you being paid to post?

kim roy on August 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Who is “we”? Are you being paid to post?

kim roy on August 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Nope, she gives it out for free.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Who is “we”? Are you being paid to post?

kim roy on August 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

It must have a frog in its pocket.

Stu Gotts on August 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Again, you can provide zero proof. Just because you claim it does not make it so.

Stu Gotts on August 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM

The intellectually dishonest do the above all the time. Just ask Harry Reid…

Gohawgs on August 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Aw, so you’re another one of Palin’s disgruntled groupies upset about the fact that we all know that Palin is incompetent and unqualified?

Look, we can admire Palin and find her motivational and even sympathize with her at times, but that doesn’t mean we would ever want her in a position of immense power.

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Who is this we you speak of? You and the other hypocritcal lying fishwives you get together and cackle with?

I dare you to read this. Then come back here and tell us Sarah Palin is incompetent and unqualified, so we call all see point and laugh at your obvious jealousy of an attractive, competent, politician and businesswoman.

btw, you still owe me a public apology for the lying accusation you made about me 2 weeks ago.

#WAR

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

btw, you still owe me a public apology for the lying accusation you made about me 2 weeks ago.

#WAR

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

That would take honor and integrity. We all know those don’t exist in blue gills.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Most of “their” comments are based on Mitt being passed over in ’08 for the VP slot…Don’t hold your breath waiting on an apology or retraction…

Gohawgs on August 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Aw, so you’re another one of Palin’s disgruntled groupies upset about the fact that we all know that Palin is incompetent and unqualified?

Look, we can admire Palin and find her motivational and even sympathize with her at times, but that doesn’t mean we would ever want her in a position of immense power.

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Wow, you sure know how to reach out to potential voters.

I’m not sure if you’re an Obama liberal trying to divide or a Romney liberal trying to divide, but the question is the same.

Please list some examples of the competence and qualifications of your preferred candidate?

I never hear either talk about their accomplishments. Obama doesn’t have any, but I wonder why Romney doesn’t mention his qualifications and accomplishments.

I don’t count Romney’s six year run for president that he started two years into his first term as an accomplishment.

Romney never talks about Bain Capital, which really should be his strength. Why?

Romney doesn’t point to his accomplishments of Romneycare and his jobs numbers as governor. Why?

Any idea why bluegill?

I understand that Romney is not Obama. I’ve got that much of the campaign’s message. ‘ABO’, we’ve got that part.

Oh, I also never got your answer on the 2008 VP pick that would have overcome the Bush fatigue, banking collapse and lead McCain to victory.

chief on August 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

chief on August 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

In fairness to Governor Romney, NOT the blue gilled one, he did point to some of his accomplishments yesterday while speaking in CO.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

you also may be interested to know that gays don’t kiss out in the open in Greenwich Village, NYC much less a CFA.

but i guess you know that:)

renalin on August 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

You’re welcome to come down to Texas and tell that to this 5th generation Texan’s face anytime – I’ll have my old Luchesse’s shined up and waiting for you, jackass.

JFS61 on August 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I’m not sure if you’re an Obama liberal trying to divide or a Romney liberal trying to divide, but the question is the same.

chief on August 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

You aren’t alone in that.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Hey bluegill. here’s a pic of Sarah at Steelmns BBQ
http://instagram.com/p/N4mG3USIUw/

hip huggers and a superman t shirt. take a nitro before clicking on the link.

renalin on August 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Twitter picture from BBQ event.

Sarah’s wearing a Superman t-shirt..:)

https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/GOPLadyBug/status/231531580525527041?photo=1

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

This one gives a better grasp of the crowd;

http://twitgoo.com/64jtkx

narciso on August 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

JFS61 on August 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

sorry about that. i gave a friend the gardenia floral boot, and she loved them to death.

renalin on August 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I’ve got one of those t-shirts. If it’s like the one I have it’s a Super Grandma shirt.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

So, you’re crediting Sarah Palin with the 2010 victories?

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 6:38 PM

So what you’re saying is the following, right?

If she’s been successful at picking the right candidates, she didn’t get there on her own. She didn’t get there on her own. I’m always struck by people who say “Well, it must be because she’s just so smart”. There are a lot of smart people out there. “It must be because she worked harder than everyone else.” Lemme tell ya somethin’, there are a whole lot of hard working people out there. If she was successful at picking winner, someone along the line gave her some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in her life (her family of teachers perhaps?). Someone helped to create these predictions of this unbelievable American system that allowed her to thrive. If you make it your business to pick the right candidates, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. A government incumbent made that happen so that all the other people like Palin could predict and benefit in 2010. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initative, but also because we do things together. I mean, imagine if everyone had made their own predictions. That’s be a hard way to always get successful predictions. So we say to ourselves ever since the founding of this country, you know, there’s some things we do better together. That’s how we sent a man to the moon dontcha know. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people and that’s the reason why I’m gonna burn the country to the ground this November because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own. We’re in this together.

So you’re giving credit where it’s due. To Obama. Well, can’t argue with you there.

MrX on August 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I’ve got one of those t-shirts. If it’s like the one I have it’s a Super Grandma shirt.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

And I bet you wear it well..:)

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

So you’re giving credit where it’s due. To Obama. Well, can’t argue with you there.

MrX on August 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

She ran away to the Romney/Chick-fil-A thread.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I guess Christine O’Donnell, Sharon Angle and Joe Miller don’t count.

JFS61 on August 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

my god man at least do some basic research before posting your talking points. Firs tof all none of them are running in 2012 which is what the comment was about. So far this election season Palin is 100% perfect everyone she has endorsed wontheir primary.

Second of all yes COD and Miller count if you ar etalking about 2009 where palin had about a 65-70% endrose record. Palin endorsed both of those in their primary both were trailing badly to the establishment icons. Both easily won their primaries. Angle Palin never endorsed in the primary and very half heartly endorsed in the general AFTEr Angle won her primary. Would you rathe rshe endorsed Reid. Seems many of the RINOS likeReid better than Angle and The bearded marxist better than COD.

so next time why don’t you do at least a goggle and understand what the hell you are talking about before you post rubbish and make yourselve look like a fool.

unseen on August 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

So what you’re saying is the following, right?

If she’s been successful at picking the right candidates, she didn’t get there on her own. She didn’t get there on her own.

MrX on August 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Bluegill is following the Obama model of “You didn’t Built That.”

What a tool…LOL

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Ed’s comment above that she has gotten people elected is not accurate — in fact she has gotten people nominated.

I am not a TEA partier, but support their general principles. I will be much happier, however, when they take a few marginally Democratic seats, as opposed to just picking off Republicans in already very conservative districts/states. That will actually help end Democrat obstructionism in Washington, and will partially make up for failing to get rid of Harry Reid when he was so vulnerable in 2010.

HTL on August 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

geez are you people suffering from stupid today? Palin had an almost 70% record in getting her endorses nominated and elected. in 2010. Around 70 of her people she endorsed won their seats. As far as the tea party picking off marginal dem seats. You must of missed the wave that took out the dem gov of WI andNC among others and replaced them with tea party GOP candidates. You must have also missed the nearly 700 seats that CHANGED hands (i.e frpom dem to gop control in 2010)

Please people if you are going to make comments at leas tknow what the hell you are talking about.

unseen on August 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

As always just replace the word foot with fish. Stenchfish.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Sarah and Todd Palin at #MOSEN event with Sarah Steeman, about to serve food..:)

https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/jmgehrke/status/231536719848169473?photo=1

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Check out the line waiting to get food at the Steelman rally..:)

https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/TexMex817/status/231539705953538048?photo=1

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Or should it be Stinkfish? Hmmm

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM

As a women, just let me say, dang conservative women are hawt. No wonder the blue gilled one is so jealous.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

The only explanation for her behavior has to be jealousy. It takes lousy to spell jealousy. The gilled one is certainly lousy with something. Rotting fish IMHO.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

If Dumbo had even half the experience and brains of Sarah Palin he might be able to figure something, anything that might help our economy.
I bet he didn’t even get a D in his elite schools because he was either smoking pot or sniffing coke,cutting class and was probably a foreign student( can’t see him spending any of his own money) but unlike what he demands of everyone else.
Sarah will keep doing what she does working behind the scenes to put more people that believe in America in Congress and the Senate and I will support her 100%.
I heard an old song on the radio the other day that Obama should adopt as his theme song “Your So Vain”.

concernedsenior on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Sorry should be you’re

concernedsenior on August 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Love her dearly, and yet hoping she’s wrong in Missouri. John Brunner is the best choice for us.

alwaysfiredup on August 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I know you are supporting Brunner and Sarah Palin. So that puts you between a rock and a hard place.

I’ve read Steelman’s record, which is considerable. I can’t find any elective office for Brunner, which I find troubling. Running for a U.S. Senate office in my opinion is a step too high. I know he has a business, but political office usually starts a little lower than a U.S. Senate office.

Why would you support Brunner over Steelman considering the above?
Just wondering, thanks.

bluefox on August 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Bruner was for that stupid Prop B “Puppy mill” legislation.

BAD Bad BAd

I’m in for Steelman or Akin. Need to finish my reaserch.

tom daschle concerned on August 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

@ tom daschle

This may save you some time.

Todd Akin http://www.akin.org/about-todd-akin A U.S. Rep from MO

John Brunner http://johnbrunner.com/meet-john/ A Businessman-Owner? of Vi-Jon Mfg Co.

Sarah Steelman http://sarahsteelman.com/ Former State Treasurer & State Senator Ran for Gov in 2008

bluefox on August 3, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Who is “we”? Are you being paid to post?

kim roy on August 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Nope, she gives it out for free.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM

And worth every penny.

kim roy on August 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

She never loses her focus. She doesn’t become strident.

vityas on August 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Exactly. And she doesn’t laugh in maniacal glee just because people seem to be following her leadership. I would have preferred a picture of her smiling gently and giving a knowing look.

Burke on August 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I guess Christine O’Donnell, Sharon Angle and Joe Miller don’t count.

JFS61 on August 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

You stung us with that. How are the winners of those elections doing? As for Joe Miller, kind of difficult to win when you have the repubs knifing you and the dems write in Murcowski as they knew their own candidate had no real chance.

arnold ziffel on August 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Is this one a lib-troll or another demented RINO ala boner/McLame etc?

Tim_CA on August 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I have observed there are two kinds of Republicans;

Type 1) they want you to vote for republicans for the sole purpose of Electing Republicans.

Type 2) they want you to vote for republicans for the purpose of accomplishing something after the election when it is time to govern.

Almost all RINOs are Type 1
Almost all Palin Haters are Type 1
All Establishment Republicans are Type 1

Bluegil?
You decide!

jaydee_007 on August 3, 2012 at 10:08 PM

jaydee_007 on August 3, 2012 at 10:08 PM

You’re three for three jaydee_007.

itsspideyman on August 3, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Rent free.

Gov. Palin has been living rent free in the peabrains of her haters for four years now. They still have nothing, and she has the heart of those who believe as did our founders.

She endorses a candidate, they win.

She stands up for Chick-Fil-A, they have a recordbreaking day. (Granted, the event was Huckabee’s idea, but how many would have learned of it from him? It was when Palin posted about her and Todd planning to take part that I first became aware of it. Credit Sarah)

She writes about the real things going on in this nation, and the right way to deal with them. There is no hate in her, only motivation to improve our country and glorify God.

The haters begged for volunteers to sift through her official emails to find some dirt, and came up empty. Think about that. Look through 24,000 emails from just about anyone and not come up with some miscue. Every move the haters make against her backfires stupendously. That includes the RINOs, the former Vice President, and squish pseudo-con talkers, as well as the bedwetters on the Left.

You just keep swinging at her. She’ll just keep on keepin’ on, and laughing at you while she does it.

Freelancer on August 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Palin is our version of Obama:

What Obama has that Palin lacks is MSM support to hide the incompetence.

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

And you’re our version of Eleanor Clift: whiney, jealous, witchy and fugly.

bw222 on August 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM

By being patient and shrewd, and sticking by her principles, Palin is slowly pulling the GOP to her.

It’s a Fabian Strategy, and it will work in the long run. Everyone in the GOP High Command is out for themselves. Palin is ambitious, yes, but she also recognizes that the rank and file hate the Beltway leadership. She knows that by helping to steer the Party back to Reaganism and away from the cancer of Bushtardia, she helps herself.

Palin is winning in a way that Ron Paul can’t because her conservatism is Paulite without being Jew-baiting or extremist. I bet that Palin even has a significant amount of her portfolio in PM’s. And she is authentic in a way that the Presumptive Nominee is not because she tends to remain the same over time on general principles of liberty and small government. At the same time, Palin has been tacking towards more 10th Amendment views on issues like how governments should handle gay marriage, for example, while remaining opposed to it personally (in 2008, she was in favor of a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage; you don’t hear that from her anymore).

Palin has been very much affected by the rise of the Paultards and the 10th Amendment Movement while maintaining her own beliefs that she got from her dad and from Reagan. This will stand her in good political stead over time, as the GOP moves towards Paul, and towards her, and away from Bushism and Big Government Conservatism, whether Romney is elected or not.

victor82 on August 3, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Of the four principals in the 2008 election, Palin is the only one whose clout has increased, and probably is the only one whose clout hasn’t decreased significantly.

True.

So, why aren’t Romney & the RNC beating down her door to get her on the podium at the GOP convention?

(crickets…)

cs89 on August 3, 2012 at 11:47 PM

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

.
And you’re our version of Eleanor Clift: whiney, jealous, witchy and fugly.

bw222 on August 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM

.
Oh, YEAH !

‘gill, like it or NOT, that analogy FITS.

listens2glenn on August 4, 2012 at 12:01 AM

So, why aren’t Romney & the RNC beating down her door to get her on the podium at the GOP convention?

(crickets…)

cs89 on August 3, 2012 at 11:47 PM

How do you know they haven’t been?

Stu Gotts on August 4, 2012 at 1:03 AM

John Brunner for Missouri Senate, the choice of Missouri grassroots conservatives. He’s really an impressive speaker, will talk to anyone about absolutely anything and conservative even off the cuff. He was a Marine so he knows discipline. He was a businessman so he understands an economy. He’s got the best chance of knocking off McCaskill and giving us a solid tea party senator in DC. Vote Brunner.

alwaysfiredup on August 4, 2012 at 1:48 AM

alwaysfiredup on August 4, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Didn’t I read that all 3 R contenders are running ahead of McCaskill in the latest polling?

Gohawgs on August 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Palin said that she is making down-ticket races, not the presidential campaign, a focus of her efforts this year. She called Senate and House races “so instrumental in reforming government, shrinking it, allowing the private sector to grow and thrive.”

Sarah has her stuff together.. I hope the left keeps calling her stupid, and I will watch and laugh as she kicks their leftist ass every time..

RockyJ. on August 4, 2012 at 4:30 AM

She called Senate and House races “so instrumental in reforming government, shrinking it, allowing the private sector to grow and thrive.”

Rock on, Sarah. If the Obama’s mendacious media minions manage to keep him in the White House, the down-ticket races are even more critical.

talkingpoints on August 4, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Republicans are more annoyed by Palin than Democrats. She’s taking a wrecking ball to the Republican establishment. It annoys me because I think we are fooling ourselves into thinking the people she gets elected are effective. I think they are shut out and set up to fail because of who they stepped over to get the DC.

pc on August 4, 2012 at 7:02 AM

How do you know they haven’t been?

Stu Gotts on August 4, 2012 at 1:03 AM

New to these parts, stranger?

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/19/priebus-no-ones-been-invited-to-speak-at-the-gop-convention-yet/

cs89 on August 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I think they are shut out and set up to fail because of who they stepped over to get the DC.
pc on August 4, 2012 at 7:02 AM

The RINO’s have failed us and they know it.

So far the new conservatives are outnumbered and mainly Congressmen and on 2 year stints. When the conservative Senators start taking there place for 6 years the game goes long term. And don’t forget the Governorships. it’s gonna take a lot to pull up the the deeprooted weeds of Democrats and RINO’s in DC.

gracie on August 4, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Rock on, Sarah. If the Obama’s mendacious media minions manage to keep him in the White House, the down-ticket races are even more critical.

talkingpoints on August 4, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Critical. Let’s help Sarah wherever we can. Give to her PAC or support whom she has endorsed.

gracie on August 4, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Republicans are more annoyed by Palin than Democrats. She’s taking a wrecking ball to the Republican establishment. It annoys me because I think we are fooling ourselves into thinking the people she gets elected are effective. I think they are shut out and set up to fail because of who they stepped over to get the DC.

Like Rand Paul or Jim DeMint? Marco Rubio? How about Portman, Thune or Coburn?

Viator on August 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Republicans Establishment,cocktail Party, RINO squishes,are more annoyed by Palin than Democrats

pc on August 4, 2012 at 7:02 AM

fify

idesign on August 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Palin is our version of Obama:

What Obama has that Palin lacks is MSM support to hide the incompetence.

bluegill on August 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I’d bet you say stream of conciousness things like this all of the time.

Obama is more than incompetent. He has absolutley NO influence. If you need proof, look no further than the 2010 Democrat massacre. Clearly you and RINO’s don’t get it. Cheyney’s a RINO and he doesn’t get it.

And in November, you’ll be served another helping of revenge. Cold.

DevilsPrinciple on August 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Love the Palin! Love her, love her, love her!

She IS the feminist that represents me.

I saw her in Michigan at the tea party event at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. She is even more beautiful in person, she is just a tiny little thing with the broadest shoulders of anyone I have ever seen. A marvel of a human being in all she has accomplished.

shar61 on August 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

You Palin worshipers are an interesting bunch. We feel a little sorry for you, to be honest. To you Palin groupies, anyone who doesn’t revere Sarah Palin or consider her to be presidential material is somehow not a “real” conservative.

Hate to break it to you, but almost anyone with ears and a functioning brain can tell that Sarah Palin isn’t exactly one of our brighest conservative lights. The truth is that many conservatives agree with Palin on the issues, but do not see her as presidential or as a good spokesperson during the general election. We agree with her on most things, but ARE VERY GLAD she did not run again.

Interesting how you Palin groupies are so quick to throw Dick Cheney under the bus after he made a perfectly legitimate point about the need for our VP nominee to have significant experience.

bluegill on August 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

shar61 on August 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Glad you got to see her. I’ve always heard good things come in small packages:-) With Sarah, that is certainly true!!!

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

You Palin worshipers are an interesting bunch. We feel a little sorry for you

bluegill on August 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

By we, are you talking about your multiple personalities? LOL

idesign on August 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

bluegill on August 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Speaking of lights, yours has been out for a long time. Oh, and your use of “we” isn’t fooling anyone. The “we” you speak of is for the obots/trolls/anti-Palin/anti-Conservatives which you are a part of. Best to stop pretending that you support Romney.

You may try and fool newbies that don’t post often, but we (the true we) will try to inform them of you.

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The proof is in the puddin’!——-GO SARAH!!!

Herb on August 4, 2012 at 12:08 PM

You may try and fool newbies that don’t post often, but we (the true we) will try to inform them of you.

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Not fooling anyone. I first thought it was a Palin fan who was stirring the pot by pretending to be a deranged PDSer. After a few dozen of it’s posts I realized it was a real life obsessive Palin hater.

BoxHead1 on August 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

After a few dozen of it’s posts I realized it was a real life obsessive Palin hater.

BoxHead1 on August 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Guys, wake up. Not all conservatives think Palin is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Is this THAT difficult for you to come to terms with?

I mean, really. She’s a patriotic woman who supports worthwhile causes, but she’s not our most competent or qualified conservative representative. Deep down you know it’s true.

It’s great she has her small pocket of hardcore groupies, but among most voters (regardless of ideology) she isn’t taken all that seriously.

bluegill on August 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

It’s great she has her small pocket of hardcore groupies, but among most voters (regardless of ideology) she isn’t taken all that seriously.

bluegill on August 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

No one is taken all that seriously right now. Look at Cong. approval ratings. Palin at least pulls enough clout to help a senate candidate win an election. Certainly more national influence then christie or portman.

Look, it’s obvious that ,at least, your internet persona HATES Sarah Palin. This is an extreme position for a conservative to have.

You must recognize the obvious talents she brings to the table, her natural believable charisma and principled determination … Maybe SPs strengths makes you feel inadequate (Just a guess).

You’ve been obsessing long enough that you must know she has a sterling record in governing (at 3 levels) and she has an historic unprecedented never to repeated 30k pages of emails that any member of the public can read through. In fact the media poured through all pages and found nothing but a competent and concerned professional. No one has cleared a higher bar then the 30k pages of emails that SP cleared.

Palin brokered the the largest private-sector energy project in US history. That’s something, huh? She had the highest approval rating of any US governor ever. She beat a power house to become governor. But this is a waste of time because you know it already. The truth is not driving your obsession.

BoxHead1 on August 4, 2012 at 1:28 PM

New to these parts, stranger?

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/19/priebus-no-ones-been-invited-to-speak-at-the-gop-convention-yet/

cs89 on August 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Nope.

Nobody’s been officially asked to speak, but how do you know they haven’t already talked about it? Pure conjecture on your part.

Stu Gotts on August 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

bluegill on August 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

You claim she’s incompetent and unqualified, yet provide no proof because there’s zero evidence of incompetence.

Stu Gotts on August 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Why would you support Brunner over Steelman considering the above?
Just wondering, thanks.

bluefox on August 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Rock and a hard place doesn’t begin to describe it, but I “call it as I see it”. Steelman has a lot of questionable votes in her history, including being the only Republican to oppose tort reform, voting to put union perks into state building contracts (and taking SEIU money) and sponsoring SuperTIF “economic development” legislation (read: massive developer giveaway) that is bleeding taxpayers dry. She’s an embarrassing public speaker and McCaskill will look really good next to her, and we can’t have that. Steelman has hired all establishment players to run her campaign. Brunner hired all grassroots players to run his campaign. None of the local tea partiers will support Steelman because she’s just not a reliable conservative; she’s timid, doesn’t have good political instincts and is easily led. She’s really not a grizzly at all. Can’t support her, not even with the Palin endorsement.

alwaysfiredup on August 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Didn’t I read that all 3 R contenders are running ahead of McCaskill in the latest polling?

Gohawgs on August 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

They are. Brunner has the biggest lead, which is why the Dems are running more anti-Brunner ads than anti-anyone else. The “anti-Akin” ad is really a pro-Akin ad, talking about how very conservative he is. It’s kind of funny, they are so desperate.

alwaysfiredup on August 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM

My friends when Pollutico writes something like this about Governor Sarah Palin something is afoot.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79373.html

Viator on August 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Viator on August 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

They’re making a big deal about it because Palin’s pick in MO is going to lose and they want to be able to trumpet the loss. I hate that MO is going to break her winning streak, but she picked the wrong horse. She could have led either Brunner or Akin to victory, but she won’t be able to pull it off for Steelman.

alwaysfiredup on August 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

alwaysfiredup on August 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I can appreciate the difficulty. It would be more difficult for the voters in MO also. I wasn’t aware of some of the record you listed about Steelman tho. She does appear to have a speaking problem, not sure if she doesn’t know what she is saying, memory or being nervous. Having listened to two of the debates, I still don’t know:-)

It is puzzling to me that if you know her voting record on the issues you mentioned, that Sarah Palin wasn’t aware. Just thinking
out loud.

My concern with Brunner is that he’s not held elective office before; at least I haven’t found any info on that. That concerns me since he’s not been tested in any way and may be compromised very easily.

When it comes down to the voting, it’s up to Missouri. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Thanks for your input:-)

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

alwaysfiredup on August 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Than ponder me this…

Why is McCaskill running positive ads for Adkins, saying he is the “true” Conservative and is for limited government as well as family values?

Maybe you need to do some re-thinking….

http://abcnews.go.com/politics/t/blogEntry?id=16907866

idesign on August 4, 2012 at 6:54 PM

BoxHead1 on August 4, 2012 at 1:28 PM

You’ve listed many great things about Sarah Palin!! Too bad they are lost on ‘gill.

I’ve read many many of the ‘gill’s comments and no one would speak of or hate Sarah Palin other than a Dem/GOPe/Troll or an Obot. Certainly no Conservative!!

No matter the agenda here from ‘gill, it isn’t helpful to the Conservative cause.

I usually keep my “ignore” key handy, but once it awhile, I forget to use it:-)

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 7:10 PM

My friends when Pollutico writes something like this about Governor Sarah Palin something is afoot.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79373.html

Viator on August 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I read all three pages of that article. It is interesting that Politico would write it, but it was informative.
Steelman was outspent by Brunner, a St. Louis businessman and first-time candidate who has spent close to $8 million of his own money on the race.

Brunner sought Sarah’s endorsement in April, but made a public criticizm of Palin. Therefore he didn’t receive her endorsement. Now he is even still criticizing her via his campaign manager: “she has endorsed an anti-business moderate instead of a conservative candidate,” said campaign manager Jon Seaton.

It would be helpful if Brunner had an elective record to research.
I still have the opinion that Brunner should have run for City Council, Mayor or some other office before a U.S. Senate seat.

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Can you say momentum ..:)

Rep. Gary Cross Switches Support to Steelman.

http://www.sarahsteelman.com/article/rep–gary-cross-switches-support-to-steelman

idesign on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Rep. Gary Cross Switches Support to Steelman.

http://www.sarahsteelman.com/article/rep–gary-cross-switches-support-to-steelman

idesign on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Last minute changes…. I noticed this that I wasn’t aware of before either:

Steelman has been endorsed by over 50 conservative Missouri State Representatives, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), the Susan B. Anthony List, the Tea Party Express, Missouri Right to Life, National Right to Life, View Pac, ShePAC and Maggie’s List.

Good to see add’l endorsements.

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

You want to know how well Palin is doing nationally?

The Haters (no, not Bluegill, King Gold, et al. I’m talking about Malia Litman and the vicious lefties who run Palingates and places like that) are down to bi*ching about what she is wearing and accusing her of taking drugs again.

When the Usual Suspects are left with that kind of stuff and the Straightjacket Crowd pulls out Trig Truth on Twitter again, you know that Sarah is on a roll.

If Steelman actually pulls this thing off, there’ll be hell to pay.

victor82 on August 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Hey bluegill…

I mean, really. She’s a patriotic woman who supports worthwhile causes, but she’s not our most competent or qualified conservative representative. Deep down you know it’s true.

Since only you know who is “our most competent or qualified conservative representative”, please name them. Or is it just that you’ve been assured that such exists, by a completely credible source?

Nobody, and I do mean nobody, is out on the public stage speaking out for the United States of America and its Constitution as is Gov. Palin. Your continued declarations that she isn’t competent won’t suddenly make it so. It didn’t work for csdeven, and it won’t work for you. So again, I call your bluff. Name those most competent folks on the Right who are more active, more substantive, and more influential than Sarah.

Freelancer on August 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM

victor82 on August 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Never heard of those sites and we don’t want to give them any traffic:-) We have enough Palin haters on HA.

Either we have more Anti-Americans in this Country or a ton of paid trolls/obots. Probably from both sides of the aisle in the case of the latter:-) Those in office love their positions and the status quo, LOL

Like you say, Sarah is on a roll. Make them cry Sarah:-)

bluefox on August 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I go way back to the Vent days. I haven’t commented in ages. But I decided to come out of retirement if for no other reason to boost this post to 500 comments. Yeah, I still love Governor Palin and still take her opinions very seriously!

ncc770 on August 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I mean, really. She’s a patriotic woman who supports worthwhile causes, but she’s not our most competent or qualified conservative representative. Deep down you know it’s true.

Well, who then? Who is better qualified? Mitch McConnell, our leader in the Senate? Charles K? George Will? Who are we going to listen to? Medved? Savage? O’Reilly, Hannity? Nobody else, in my mind, comes close. Nobody else put together such a consistent record of shrewd and wise policy statements on taxes, government overreach, liberal lies, the need to return to a neo-Reaganite “strong but restrained” foreign policy, etc. etc. as Sarah Palin on her Facebook postings over the last couple years. Nobody else acted like a leader on crucial issues and endorsed such a worthwhile group of solid conservatives as she has. Mark Levin just a couple days voiced the sentiment that “Sarah Palin understands the Constitution and free market economics better than all her critics put together.” Anyone who thinks Palin just mouths political platitudes hasn’t been listening to her.

The only other conservative out there whose excellence shines out for me again and again and whom I would have no trouble following is Thomas Sowell. I consider him the conservative movement’s finest intellectual leader. It’s interesting to me that Palin suggested his name for vice president.

Burke on August 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Maybe some quotes from that Pollutico article I recommended might be useful. Remember Pollutico has been at the forefront of Alinskey style attacks on Palin. They were deep in the Journolist cabal who were the first group who banded together to destroy Sarah Palin:

“A win would only enhance Palin’s reputation as the most powerful down-ballot force in Republican politics. She’s a rock star right now in Republican Senate primaries. She’s hit a pretty strong streak,” said Scott Bensing, a former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “She gives the impression that she has deeply held beliefs she’s willing to take on water for and doesn’t really care what her critics think. She comes off resolute and principled.”

“And while other politicians, at times, are willing to make an endorsement based on a staff or consultant relationship, there’s a sense that Palin doesn’t operate that way. “In many ways, I think their process is the most pure. With so many politicians, you have to kiss a ring or see a gatekeeper. With the Palins, it’s not like that. They are watching from afar and if they like you, they are in,” said a Senate campaign aide who has interacted with the Palins. “They’re as far away from Washington as a politician can be. It sounds like a small thing, but it’s true.”

“Palin turns the conservative litmus strip bright red, and the fact that she is endorsing another female makes it that much more electric.”

“She marches to her own drum,” said the adviser. But that’s part of the intrigue surrounding Palinworld. While she fields dozens of candidate requests for endorsements, campaigns often receive little notice that Palin’s blessing is coming. A small coterie of paid staff conduct the vetting process and a recommendation is presented, but an aide to Palin stressed the decision is “completely and totally Sarah’s.” Operatives who have successfully courted Palin for their candidates — who agreed to elaborate on their interactions only on the condition of anonymity — described the process as shrouded in secrecy and filled with suspense.

Viator on August 5, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Viator on August 5, 2012 at 7:31 AM

That article was very good and fair. Hard to believe that Politico
wrote it. Glad you posted it and the add’l info from it.

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Burke on August 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I’m sure you know we have a few posters that either express their hatred of Sarah Palin or don’t like her very much. A few days ago, I asked one to tell me who was speaking for the Conservatives before Sarah came on the scene. The reply took a couple of days, but they had no answer:-) The reply only changed the subject.

Nice comments on Sarah by the way:-)

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Love Palin but think she has it wrong on Steelman (candidate US Senate, MO).
Steelman came to the Kansas City area last summer to speak at a fund raiser for the Republican party of my county. Before she spoke, I was all for her (platform ok … not Claire, etc..). After she spoke, I thought “No way will this person hold her own against the incumbent.”
In only one word, weak.
Steelman actually led me to take a look at the other candidates.

Do consider the reason why a left-leaning blog like Politico would run that 3 page article “Sarah Palin: Senate kingmaker”, and her endorsement of Steelman.

darlus on August 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Since this posting is still receiving comments this morning,
I thought I would throw my two cents in -

The rino repubs in office had better get their act together.
2014 is right around the corner and there are many who are
up for electon.

Palin, the Tea Party, Jim DeMint, etc. are not going to stop
with 2012. And I don’t think anything the LSM, the rinos and
whacked out dems throw at Palin will stick. They threw their wad,
now they are left with nothing.

Amjean on August 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Do consider the reason why a left-leaning blog like Politico would run that 3 page article “Sarah Palin: Senate kingmaker”, and her endorsement of Steelman.

darlus on August 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Than ponder me this….

Steelman has been endorsed by over 50 conservative Missouri State Representatives, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), the Susan B. Anthony List, the Tea Party Express, Missouri Right to Life, National Right to Life, View Pac, ShePAC and Maggie’s List.

idesign on August 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM

bluegill, answer the question, it’s an easy one for someone with your resources, someone who can be so certain of Palin’s lack of competence. Answer the question.

bluegill? anyone? Bueller?

Freelancer on August 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Five Hundred

tom daschle concerned on August 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

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