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A dangerous dance for the NRCC

posted at 11:18 pm on June 7, 2009 by

Whatever you think of Sarah Palin, the NRCC’s treatment of her in the run up to tomorrow’s fundraising “gala” has been atrocious. And I don’t just mean in a “that’s not how you treat someone” sort of way. I really mean it in a “that’s not how you raise money and win elections” sense. The anonymous suggestion that

“You dance with the one who brung ya,” said the [campaign committee] official, who stressed that event organizers were still happy to have Palin appear and be introduced.

is patently absurd and borderline offensive. As the Politico article notes, the NRCC first announced that Palin would keynote the event. Then Palin became simply a speaker at the event. And then, tonight, an attendee… maybe. It’s as if the NRCC initiated this “dance” with Palin as a couple, then as friends, ending with the NRCC leaving the dance with someone else… Newt Gingrich.

I have no skin in the “who’s headlining” political game, and I want the NRCC to raise as much money as possible for Republicans who hold the ideals of small, responsible and responsive government. If Palin was happy to be “a” speaker and not “the” speaker at the fundraiser, terrific. It’s a PR-money-bomb-Sarahcuda-Newtapalooza bonanza, hopefully. And maybe it still will be without Palin’s presence (we’ll never really know,) but if you hear an ominous “squeeaaaak” echoing across the halls of Congress, that’s the sound of Palin-affilliated money spickets shutting off all over the country.

Sarah Palin was the most effective fundraiser the Republican Party had in 2008, and I find it incredibly short-sighted and bordering on political malpractice for the NRCC to do anything but harness her energy and the dollars her persona brings to the table. This event should not be all about a single personality, but about the Party, which is exactly why the NRCC’s apparent second-thoughts on bringing a politician with a (gasp!) national following because it might overshadow another politician with a (gasp!) national following seem so suspicious and unseemly.

Surely the Speaker did not endorse the move. Two stars shine brighter than one, and I have to hope the Speaker would be happy to share the stage for the sake of the Party’s 2010 hopes, despite the NRCC’s best (and worst) efforts to protect him.

Meanwhile, the NRCC should hope that its dance card doesn’t start shrinking. Reputations stick, and school’s just begun.

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The GOP needs a voice and a message. That could be Sarah, but the whiny sissies in congress are afraid of having her out front. Newt could be the new Lee Atwater, because the cowards in congress see what happened to Newt. They are afriad to standup, so what happened to Newt will be repeated.

This backstabbing of republicans has got to stop. Get on Offense, Please.

billypaintbrush on June 8, 2009 at 12:29 AM

The powers that be in the nrcc have picked their next candidate and it’s another old white guy. These guys couldn’t find their butts in the dark. They are stuck in the same old political thinking from the last century. The dems have upped the game and speed. It would be like Prairie View playing the Florida Gators for the NC.

Kissmygrits on June 8, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I will give money exclusively to SarahPac now. The last I gave to the RNC was after Michael Steele gave his last speech criticizing Obama.

This was a stupid move that is sure to ruffle feathers on a bird that needs to save EVERY FEATHER IT CAN.

portlandon on June 8, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Apparently the NRCC isn’t hearing the people donating to the Palin PACs. The GOPs loss I guess.

katiejane on June 8, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I said a long time ago to the Repub Party, not another cent to you. ALL of my money goes to candidates or projects in which I believe. Bet’cha can’t guess who got my first donation of the year. If you guessed Sarah…well, you know.

Mr. Grump on June 8, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I love that woman!

JamesLee on June 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Not only did they disinvite her at the last minute, they are again attacking her with Fox News conveniently covered under anonymous sources.

Read this article, its so precious:

However the source, who spoke to FOX News on the condition of anonymity, said that if the governor did attend, she would be recognized, but not speak.

“We’ll say nice things about her,” said the source. “But she’s so unpredictable. She just thought she could swoop in.”

See, if she attends, they’ll say nice things about her. What an offer! How can she refuse!

Even conceding that the fault lies entirely at Sarah’s end, how can GOP treat a sitting governor this way? Trash talk behind her back? This is not even her competitors but NRCC which is supposed to stay neutral. Why is it training it fire on Palin? These wusses refuse to say a negative word about Obama but she is fair game I guess.

promachus on June 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM

If the GOP continues to make bonehead moves like this, then we’ll have no chance in 2010 let alone 2012.

Kini on June 8, 2009 at 12:16 PM

The anonymous suggestion

Politico is, with all due respect, a giant pile of crap. And anything that Politico’s Imaginary Friend says is quite a few steps below that on the believeability scale.

logis on June 8, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Patrick, Politico is not a Palin supporter or fan. Never has been so using the anon suggestion is like using a person off of Jay Leno’s street questions and asking them what State Sarah Palin is Gov. over. 50% of them always get it wrong.

upinak on June 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM

More anonymous reports? Anyone think they make this crap up? It could just be the same person.

In any event, I can see Palin going with a smile on her face. This was a very, very stupid move IMO.

deidre on June 8, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I don’t know – I think Newt’s ego has gotten out of control and he couldn’t deal with sharing the podium with Sarah Palin – he’s not a great speaker and looks bad in comparison. He wants to be president, and doesn’t realize he’s got no chance in hell.

CatoRenasci on June 8, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I have thought that the behavior toward her since the election has been atrocious.

Nothing has changed.

It’s horrible sexism.

AnninCA on June 8, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Is it NRCC? Or NRSC?

PrincipledPilgrim on June 8, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Well, the fastest way this idiots at the NRCC will get a clue is when we all return their postage paid envelopes for fund raising with ZERO dollars to them and a copy of the receipt we print as we donate to Sarah’s PAC. Nuff said. I don’t think they would be dissing someone in her position if that person was a man, either. Their is a lot of misogyny, however potentially unintended, in their behavior. It disgusts me. And I voted for that idiot Cornyn when I lived in TX and donated to his campaign. No more. I am only donating to the primary opponents directly who promise to stop this insane spending.

karenhasfreedom on June 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

sarah Palin is a fun candidate for sure, but she is not the right person to head up the Republican party.

The Republicans need to be working on crafting the best words to articulate the consevative message. The Democrat party is the one for rinos, and the conservative message should be reinforced not watered down.

The fragmented people should be attracted to the unifying message,not the message scattered to chase the fragmented people. A rifle shot, not a scatter gun shot.

saiga on June 8, 2009 at 12:49 PM

The very reasdon I trashed today’s GOP request for donations.

Onager on June 8, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I smell a bad smell…phew…it smells like arrogant country club centrists…

…IT SMELLS LIKE JEB AND MCSWINE!!!

babylonandon on June 8, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I sent the latest RNC questionairre and $$request back in the postage paid envelope with a big NO and wrote,
“Already gave, to SarahPAC.”

lonestar1 on June 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Gov. Palin is going to be on John Zeigler’s radio show tomorrow.

Blake on June 8, 2009 at 1:09 PM

is patently absurd and borderline offensive.

BORDERLINE OFFENSIVE….?!

Maybe if you consider the border to be South America and everything from here to there IS offensive….

Mcguyver on June 8, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Palin has a magnetism that can’t be learned. She draws a crowd because people want to see and hear her; not the latest RNC talking points (which are a little abstract at this particular time). And, that is even with the constant attacks coming from the liberal media and even those within her party that cling to the old boys club mentality.

Gingrich could be a very valuable player in 2010 and 2012 in an advisory capacity, but he ain’t the one to meet the challenge in 2012.

joedoe on June 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Gov. Palin will be on Hannity’s show tonight!

joedoe on June 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

The beltway REPs did not speak out about Obama’s economic stimulus package BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID IT MIGHT WORK. Do you all understand what that means. the BELTWAY REPS think GOV spending WORKS. They think gov programs WORK. The are more afraid of Palin than OBAMA. Do you all understand NOW?

unseen on June 8, 2009 at 1:22 PM

The leaders of the NRCC are idiots for treating Palin this way. I don’t give my hard earned money to idiots. Palin has more brains in her pinky than the NRCC leadership combined.

GT on June 8, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Is the NRCC entertaining the idea that Newt would be contender for 2012? Many, many of us like Sarah–a lot. Wondering if the GOP in-crowd has fallen for the persona created for Sarah by the Dems?

jeanie on June 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I find it incredibly short-sighted and bordering on political malpractice for the NRCC to do anything but harness her energy and the dollars her persona brings to the table.

Bordering on… malpractice? The only way it isn’t malpractice is if you think the NRCC’s main objective is to set a baseline so low that anything else it does – including mass seppuku – looks like an improvement.

CK MacLeod on June 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM

No more dough for NRCC, NRC, GOP or any other Republican organization.

ihasurnominashun on June 8, 2009 at 1:55 PM

This “on again, off again” nonsense is simply revolting.

And this from the Republican Party.

If she’s left out, the Republicans have gone Whig. I will do what I can in the D.C. area to get motion on a third party.

Period.

Lockstein13 on June 8, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Lockstein13 on June 8, 2009 at 2:20 PM

If you are in DC area, you can go protest NRCC tonight. Show the whigs what this is all about.

promachus on June 8, 2009 at 2:27 PM

I will donate to individual candidates, or Sarh Palin’s PAC. The GOP, NRC, and the rest can FOAD.

thmsmgnm on June 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Surely the Speaker did not endorse the move.

Where the hell do you get that opinion? Cool you throwing down the standard leftist tactic of stating the absurd as a given.

Of course Newt knew. Until someone proves otherwise I suggest he ordered it. To think a man of his prominance isn’t orchestrating his appearances is naive or, in Patrick’s case, probably a collegial tip of the hat.

I’m sick of conservatives feigning stupidity to maintain proper ettiquette. It’s time to call it as it is. This was a power play by the old beltway boys to stomp on the disstaff rube from Alaska. More ominous these pigs don’t give a damn about losing her fundraising potential. They’re more interested in keep the GOP in their grasp than saving the country or winning back the majority.

Put the pennies on their eyes.

rcl on June 8, 2009 at 2:53 PM

GOP = DEAD. The GOP has cooperated with the Dems in the expansion of government power, the culture of corruption, and in selling their self-aggrandizing program to the voters rather than listnening to what the voter’s have to say.

I hope Palin runs in 2012 as an Independent. The stench of the rotting elephant corpse cannot possibly help her.

Looking forward to the next teaparty. There are always a lot of GOP operatives in attendance – you can spot them by the sneers that pass for smiles and the precious little GOP brochures they hand out. I love unloading on the bastards. I especially love it when the rest of the real people join in the fun.

Venusian Visitor on June 9, 2009 at 1:22 AM