Palin not speaking at Republican convention?

posted at 12:41 pm on August 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I put the question mark on the headline for a reason.  Everyone began reporting this last night, based on a statement from Sarah Palin herself.  Greta van Susteren got the scoop on the statement:

Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced Community Organizer’s plans to “fundamentally transform” our country are unfortunately coming true. This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path. This is imperative. As President Clinton said in 2008 while candidate Obama and lapdogs in the media were thrashing his wife’s record and reputation, this is “…the biggest fairy tale.” For the sake of America’s solvency and sovereignty we must close this nonsensical book in November

Reuters and the Associated Press followed by reporting definitively that Palin won’t speak at the convention. Neither had any additional information to further support that conclusion.  The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake offers some analysis, but no further confirmation.  However, as I read that statement, I don’t see any solid demurral from Palin, only that she looks forward to “other voices” at the GOP convention, and that her focus will be on House and Senate races … which is where Palin has focused since the midterms.

Perhaps this is Palin’s way of making it easier for convention organizers to keep her off the agenda; maybe she agreed to issue a soft denial for the sake of unity.  She explicitly supported Romney and Ryan in the statement and attacked Obama on their behalf.  Still, I think it’s a mistake to keep her off the dais.  Palin electrified the convention in 2008, and it’s just good manners to have the #2 from the last ticket speak at the next convention.  Few people in the party can fire up the grassroots like Palin does, and few people will draw the attention she gets.  If there is still room to offer her a speaking slot, the convention should do so, and do so quickly.


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Here is something for all you smart guys. Chris Christie will give the Republican National Convention keynote:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79699.html

Bmore on August 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Suhail Mohammed approves.

/facepalm

gryphon202 on August 14, 2012 at 8:47 AM

At the beginning of this thread, I had two theories.

Weird.

Preibus said he wanted her to speak at the convention. As head of the RNC and coming from the Ryan/Walker/Johnson wing of the GOP, he’d been in a position to make that happen. Only two things could have stopped it.

1. Bigger forces (Romney/GOP insiders) didn’t want it to happen.

2. Palin didn’t find the slot and/or restrictions on what she could say acceptable.

WisRich on August 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

It appears that it was a combo of both. from RCP:

The following morning, two Republican sources with knowledge of discussions between the Palin and Romney camps told RCP that Palin would not attend the convention after not receiving an invitation to speak in prime time.

Furthermore:

The Romney campaign has long maintained an internal policy of speaking only glowingly of Palin in public settings, but their concern remains evident that she is a polarizing figure in an election that will be decided by voters with whom she is not popular.

BuzzFeed.com reported on Saturday that in alluding to the differences between the Ryan pick and McCain’s choice of Palin, one senior Romney adviser sarcastically referred in an email to “the number one policy wonk in the country . . . Sarah Palin.”

Looks like Romney didn’t want her their and the only to save face with conservatives was to offer some mickey mouse slot and let Palin either accept or decline.

She declined.

WisRich on August 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

She declined.

WisRich on August 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

We’ll never know for sure. I don’t trust the Dutch rudder dextrosphere to tell me what really happened.

gryphon202 on August 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress

Unless we limit Representatives to one four year term, and Senators to one six year term, we will never have an honorable Congress. There is simply no other way.

Haldol on August 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

kingsjester on August 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

As a 5’10″ 220 lb. Caucasian living in the NW Corner of MS, who has written over 860 blogs, and is followed on Twitter by the Senate Republicans and thehill.com, I look forward to laughing at you on the evening of November 6th, 2012…with relish.

Hmmmnnn … Dude? … it’s come to this … as a palate cleanser … Palin … awesome … I wanna kinda er, sorta lick the heels of her shoes, kinda. LOL. Plus, LULLZ, dude, hmmnnnn, it’s come to this on the palate-cleansing front … hmmmnnnn, Dude! And er, LOL. The obligatory palate-cleanser and the boredom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obesity_in_the_United_States
It’s come to this.

220 is much too much for five-ten, at least in my squad. Hmmnnnn … dude?

JackieB on August 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

kingsjester on August 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

As a 5’10″ 220 lb. Caucasian living in the NW Corner of MS, who has written over 860 blogs, and is followed on Twitter by the Senate Republicans and thehill.com …

Exit question, hmmnnn dude? You’re running almost a thousand blogs? Really? It’s come to this? Name one, just one. Hmmnnnn, dude?

JackieB on August 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

As a 5’10″ 220 lb. Caucasian living in the NW Corner of MS, who has written over 860 blogs, and is followed on Twitter by the Senate Republicans and thehill.com, I look forward to laughing at you on the evening of November 6th, 2012…with relish.

kingsjester on August 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You’ll need a lot of relish to make those lefties palatable. Make sure you cook ‘em well to kill off all the parasites. And the scrawny splintery bones — ugh! Better stock up on dental floss.

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Reagan actually made an effort at party unity. Back in 1980, he actually held Unity Dinners with each of his defeated opponents to help them retire their campaign debts. …

victor82 on August 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Wow! I didn’t know that. Just makes me admire Ronald Reagan even more!

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I’ve had to spend a lot of time in flyover country, unwillingly. Goodness, they’re fat people. And not too bright. Most of the world’s weight must be in those little towns in America’s mid and south-west. A lot of the world’s stupidity is there, too. Sorry about that.

JackieB on June 29, 2012 at 1:23 AM

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I’m noticing a pattern here.

Bmore on August 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

.

Er, no. Come November, Obama will win, Romney will be dust, and all the subliterate fat white folks in flyover country will be choking on their grits (or whatever it is they eat to make them so laughably fat) before hurrying to the local school board to lobby for an end to any teaching because education warps the minds of our blessed American young.

JackieB on June 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

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As a 5’10″ 220 lb. Caucasian living in the NW Corner of MS, who has written over 860 blogs, and is followed on Twitter by the Senate Republicans and thehill.com, I look forward to laughing at you on the evening of November 6th, 2012…with relish.

kingsjester on August 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

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( s i g h )

You’re a college boy or girl, aren’t you Jackie’ ?

If we put you on a farm with all the tools and seed necessary, I seriously doubt you could survive.

But those fat, stupid, sub-literate “cracker” folk have been feeding themselves . . . AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING YOU … for a very long time now.

Those country folk don’t need you to survive.

But you sure as (expletive) need them.

And what you’re calling “education” is indoctrination into atheism, and Socialized Government.
We as parents (and grandparents) believe we have a right to reject and defy such a curriculum in our public schools.

listens2glenn on August 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

JackieB on August 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I have to add this. I just have to.

What an odd little person you are.

Emphasis on “little.”

theotherone on August 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM

listens2glenn on August 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

You’re a college boy or girl, aren’t you Jackie’[sic on the lone inverted comma at the end]?

What does that even mean? Let’s guess …

Yes, listens2glenn (you’ve got to love that name; it says so much), a university conferred a higher degree on me. Problem?

JackieB on August 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM

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