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Fun rumor of the day: Palin reconsidering?
HotAir ^ | 11/02/11 | Allahpundit

Posted on 11/02/2011 6:04:56 PM PDT by nhwingut

It’s wafer thin but lots of fun to game out, and I figure our resident Palinistas would appreciate having a new reason to believe after last month’s great disappointment. Here you go. The ballot deadlines have passed in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, which means there are three possibilities. One: It’s not true. Two: It is true but she’s going to run third party, which means she doesn’t have to worry about primary deadlines. Three: It’s true and she’s going to run as a Republican, having been lured back into the race by the vacuum on the right after Perry’s collapse and Cain’s sudden vulnerability. What about NH, SC, and FL, though? Well, in theory she could run hard in Iowa, win there, and then immediately start campaigning in states with later primaries while Romney, Perry, and Cain duke it out over the rest of the early states. That would be awfully risky given the momentum that Romney would have if, as expected, he wins in New Hampshire and Florida, but the media would love the suspense of watching Palin defy the conventional playbook by skipping traditional early “must wins.” Imagine the drama if Romney steamrolled Perry and Cain and turned up on Super Tuesday with only Palin, the Iowa winner, left to stop him. Gut-check time for Republican voters: Would they opt grudgingly for Mitt on grounds that Palin might be unelectable or would they rally to Palin on “Anyone But Romney” grounds? Three words, my friends: Blog. Traffic. Apocalypse.

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1 posted on 11/02/2011 6:05:01 PM PDT by nhwingut
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To: nhwingut

4. Allahpundit is making this up because he is obsessed with hating on Palin and is sad she isn’t in the news.


2 posted on 11/02/2011 6:08:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: nhwingut

The smallest thread of hope.


3 posted on 11/02/2011 6:08:25 PM PDT by Misplaced Texan (July 4, 2009 - the first day of the 2nd Revolution!)
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To: nhwingut

4 posted on 11/02/2011 6:10:17 PM PDT by stormer
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To: nhwingut

Hey. A man can hope. Else we are left with Romney.


5 posted on 11/02/2011 6:10:25 PM PDT by nhwingut (Draft Palin '12... For 3rd Party Run)
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To: nhwingut

Vulnerability? A point higher in the polls and huge fund raising increase makes him vulnerable?


6 posted on 11/02/2011 6:11:14 PM PDT by Ingtar
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To: nhwingut
Get up, Swale!!
[whack!!]
You can finish!!
[whack!!]
Get up you stupid horse!!
[whack!!]
[whack!!]
7 posted on 11/02/2011 6:12:13 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nhwingut

I think a candidate already had to file by now to be on the ballot. (not sure though)


8 posted on 11/02/2011 6:14:06 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: mnehring

Blog and news traffic are way down since she decided to not run. So the haters work even harder to work her into a story.


9 posted on 11/02/2011 6:14:09 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: nhwingut

If she runs I have no doubt NH, SC, and FL would all still nominate her through write-ins, no need for her to be on the ballot.


10 posted on 11/02/2011 6:17:19 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: nhwingut; All

With the way the world is swirling, down the proverbial bowl, this isn’t out of the realm of possibility. What is?


11 posted on 11/02/2011 6:19:44 PM PDT by TwoSwords (Has anyone seen my suspension of disbelief pills?)
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To: nhwingut
So, Sarah runs all next year as an independent but shows up at the Republican National Convention as a FUSION CANDIDATE.

Kissies all around ~ hug hug big group hug!

12 posted on 11/02/2011 6:21:03 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Misplaced Texan
The smallest thread of hope.

I'll take it! What better time to jump in with all these clowns we have in the field. Pathetic.

RUN Sarah, RUN, PLEEEEAAAAASE!

13 posted on 11/02/2011 6:28:10 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: EEGator
I think a candidate already had to file by now to be on the ballot. (not sure though)

Placeholders are there. She just need to replace it with her name.
14 posted on 11/02/2011 6:29:38 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: nhwingut

Not particularly interested in those who can’t make a decision.

We don’t really have time for hmmm maybe...


15 posted on 11/02/2011 6:30:28 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: nhwingut

A Northern WH? wow, who’da thunk? That was the plan all along.. (oops!) Yup, attrition and media gnashing away at alll the other candidates..

.. not even Perry razin’ Cain will deter Sarah from her manifest destiny. Palin Cain 2012 (it’s about the best we could hope for under the circumstances.. and you know we could do a lot worse and likely will yet)


16 posted on 11/02/2011 6:31:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: American Dream 246

Thanks, now I know.


17 posted on 11/02/2011 6:34:59 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nhwingut

I WAS as strong a Palin supporter as anywhere on planet earth.

HOWEVER, the reason she gave for not running turned me off completely. She cited her priorities as:
1. God.
2. Family.
3. Country.

She got #1 right, but there are many times when country has to come before family. The easiest example harkens back to the founding of this country. The founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the founding of this nation. History shows most of them ended up losing their fortunes, many lost their lives, but none lost their sacred honor.

Clearly, these men put God first, and the nation second. They loved their families, but not second only to God. If the founding fathers had put family ahead of country we would still be part of the British empire.

For a more contemporary example, recurring throughout our history, just look at our military. If a soldier going into battle does not put his country ahead of his family, why should he risk his life? (Let someone without a family do it...)

Our country is in the most dire danger since at least the Civil War, and possibly since Valley Forge. We need a leader who is willing to put it all on the line. Many of us are willing to put it all on the line to follow that leader.

Personally, I thought Sarah Palin was that leader. She was the ONLY candidate I could enthusiastically support. I sent her hundreds of dollars in support, with as much as I could afford held back for when when she announced.

Now, however, I can no longer support her. When the call came, Sarah Palin hung up the phone.

Perhaps the most enduring quote from Sarah Palin will be a comment she made to Greta the night she announced she would not run. Sarah Palin: “Politicians will always let you down.”

She probably did not realize it, but her statement applied 100% to her.

I wish Sarah Palin all the best in her life. I am convinced she is an admirable and good person. But we need leaders willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. That is a level of commitment Sarah Palin is not willing to make.


18 posted on 11/02/2011 6:49:40 PM PDT by EternalHope (Politicians will always let you down. -- Sarah Palin)
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To: nhwingut

5. brokered convention


19 posted on 11/02/2011 6:56:05 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: nhwingut

She doesn’t have an organization and she is too late to ballot.(I think)

If she can make the case for entering, I’d be down with that and give her as much loot as possible.


20 posted on 11/02/2011 7:06:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: EternalHope

Did any of the Founding Fathers have a special needs child?

Just asking.


21 posted on 11/02/2011 7:11:49 PM PDT by PalinPlease
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To: nhwingut

I wish.


22 posted on 11/02/2011 7:21:15 PM PDT by free me (heartless)
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23 posted on 11/02/2011 7:40:22 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: nhwingut
Palin had the perfect storm on her side. Or did she? Maybe, just maybe, Palin had some issues that make the current problems Cain has look like nothing.

It made no sense that she did not run. Unless there was something big in her past.

24 posted on 11/02/2011 7:46:17 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: isthisnickcool
It made no sense that she did not run. Unless there was something big in her past.

You mean... CAIN sexually harassed PALIN? /sarc>

Cheers!

25 posted on 11/02/2011 7:51:30 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: nhwingut

Intrade Palin futures have doubled in the last week.

Just saying.


26 posted on 11/02/2011 7:53:26 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America First)
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To: EternalHope

You obviously are a follower...”But we need leaders willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. That is a level of commitment Sarah Palin is not willing to make.” Are you running for office? Are you pledging your fortune and your life?


27 posted on 11/02/2011 7:54:45 PM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: nhwingut

Ron Paul would also be a factor in any scenario.

If Palin announces, she would immediately take Perry’s and Cain’s support.

Whether the Cain sexual harassment stuff is a big deal, or not, it’s worse than anything on the Palin list of non-controversies.

And Perry is just awful.

So, it doesn’t really matter if Palin is on the ballot in NH or not. She would be in the race. And everybody choosing between Palin and Cain would pick Palin.

You have a Romney v Palin v Paul race. Ron Pauls support wouldn’t disappear if Palin got in the race.


28 posted on 11/02/2011 8:23:33 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: NonValueAdded

Palin could get in really late, win a California or something. Get the brokered convention that way.


29 posted on 11/02/2011 8:27:01 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: EternalHope

You are like a kid throwing a fit because someone will not do for them what you have decided they must do RIGHT NOW!

You seem to think there was but one signer of the declaration who pledged his life and sacred honor. No, it took more than one.

If you think this country is ready for a conservative constitutionalist president this election cycle, you have not been keeping up with political reality.


30 posted on 11/02/2011 8:31:56 PM PDT by ngat
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To: EternalHope

Your claim that you were as strong a Palin supporter as anybody on planet earth, is total BS!!!

Save it for Sunday, who do you think you are kidding.

With supporters like you, Sarah needs no enemies


31 posted on 11/02/2011 8:57:40 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: EEGator

May be too late for the primary ballot, but a VP choice can come from anywhere...


32 posted on 11/02/2011 9:03:08 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: nhwingut

Intrade contracts on this are intriguing.

They had been in my opinion too low, (in retrospect they were right) before Palin opted out of running.

Today Palin futures are climbing. Ticked up again just since my previous post.

What’s interesting though, is now there’s a new Palin contract:

Contract name: PALIN.RUN.PRES.DEC11

“Sarah Palin to formally announce a run for President before midnight ET on 31 Dec 2011”

That contract is climbing even faster. Up 30% today.


33 posted on 11/02/2011 9:07:34 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America First)
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To: EternalHope

I hear ya, EH, and I think she handled her opt out on October 5 very poorly. You’re right, we need a president who once nominated or elected won’t say, “Took a poll of my kids and they don’t want me to serve anymore.”

But pols use the family excuse all the time—see Christie and Daniels just this cycle—without it being held against them when circumstances and their minds change. It might be harder for Palin because she’s a woman and therefore some people suspect and expect the family over office choice from her more readily.

Still, she is so clearly the best candidate that we have that were she to jump in and run, I think you and we could dig deep to afford her the same luxury that male pols have with that. No need to dig now, she hasn’t declared and well may not.

But if she does, I think you can.


34 posted on 11/02/2011 9:16:18 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 5thGenTexan; EEGator

I think she’s too late for the NH, SC and FL ballots unless the states make an allowance for her. (Or she wages a vigorous write in campaign.) But they all award their delegates proportionally, FL is supposed to be losing half of their delegates, and she’d certainly have lost to Mitt in NH anyway.

It’s late, but she’s still got a chance.


35 posted on 11/02/2011 9:20:37 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

The thinking is among Palin supporters that the Bushtard Establishment is killing the potential opponents to Romney.

They want Romney to win because they know that that guarantees an Obama victory and Jeb Bush in 2016.

Palin could do this with a Winter Campaign, figuring that Conservatives hate Romney and that the guy has a glass jaw.

Best,

Chris


36 posted on 11/02/2011 9:22:45 PM PDT by section9
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To: An American!
Are you pledging your fortune and your life?

Yeah, ahole. I did that when I was on a combat B-52 crew. And I had a wife and two kids at the time. So stuff it.

37 posted on 11/02/2011 9:34:49 PM PDT by EternalHope (Politicians will always let you down. -- Sarah Palin)
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To: Friendofgeorge
With supporters like you, Sarah needs no enemies

Why don't you try making a point instead of just calling names. But that would take a brain.

38 posted on 11/02/2011 9:41:28 PM PDT by EternalHope (Politicians will always let you down. -- Sarah Palin)
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To: ngat
You are like a kid throwing a fit because someone will not do for them what you have decided they must do RIGHT NOW!

Either you can't read, or you can't understand what you read. Either way you missed the whole point.

39 posted on 11/02/2011 9:43:54 PM PDT by EternalHope (Politicians will always let you down. -- Sarah Palin)
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To: EternalHope

Are you pledging your fortune and your life?


Yeah, ahole. I did that when I was on a combat B-52 crew. And I had a wife and two kids at the time. So stuff it.

First, thank you, Eternal Hope, for your service to our country.

Second — really?! With the “ahole” stuff?! C’mon.

Third, why so reactionary about Sarah when male politicians use the same excuse not to run (Family) all the time?

Finally, like your “Eternal Hope” moniker. :-)


40 posted on 11/02/2011 10:57:51 PM PDT by patriot preacher
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To: dead

LOL


41 posted on 11/03/2011 4:57:13 AM PDT by tlb
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To: nhwingut
which means she doesn’t have to worry about primary deadlines

In NJ, all candidates for the GENERAL ELECTION must file before the PRIMARY DEADLINE, even though their names will not appear on the PRIMARY BALLOT, including Independents, Third Party, etc.
42 posted on 11/03/2011 5:00:17 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: nhwingut
At this juncture in US History....and my own personal "way forward"....Mrs. Palin is done.

She has largely disappeared from the news, appears infrequently on fox, has no new books out; in general, is becoming irrelevant to the current political and historical picture in the US.

I will predict that her tenure as a pundit on fox will come to an end before 2012; particularly if a rino/repub/conserv/tparty candidate eradicates the stain in the general election.

While the msm, the fox intelligencia, and the dem/lib/prog/pops all helped....Mrs. Palin drove the political stake through her own heart. She is done as a political force or a "voice from the right".

In a word....she is irrelevant to current politics in the US.

IMHO................

43 posted on 11/03/2011 5:11:07 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: section9

bttt


44 posted on 11/03/2011 5:23:41 AM PDT by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: EternalHope

I don’t know, EH. I have wrestled with that very problem. I have been raised my whole life to honor the God-Family-Everything Else priority scheme rather strictly, as a function of my commitment to Scripture. I have no doubt Sarah takes that same view, that this is God’s rule for her life. Not that those other things don’t impact family, but that I am obligated as a Christian to the well-being of my family, especially if the action in question was optional.

Is it really true, for example, that the only way to save the country is for Sarah to run? Some would say so, but I don’t think Sarah believes that. She repeatedly said the opposite, that she is not an egoist, thinking she’s the only one who could pull it out. She is by nature and training a team player, and given conditions on the field of play, she thinks her better role is passing the ball to a player with a better chance of scoring.

Furthermore, she has forfeited much “treasure” in quest of serving her country. To keep herself available for a possible campaign, she passed on an offer of a second season of her Alaska show, worth about ten million. That’s not the pattern of someone avoiding their public duty. That’s the pattern of a commited patriot. Being willing to serve doesn’t guarantee your number will come up, but it does tell people where your heart is.


45 posted on 11/03/2011 9:37:26 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer

A reasonable reply. Thank you.

So here’s a question for you: If you were serving in the military and got orders into combat, would you go? Even if you had a wife and two kids and your death would most certainly be bad for your family?

Personally, I think the answer is pretty clear: You would do your duty. Your country would come before your family.

My quarrel with Sarah Palin is not that she did not run, but the REASON she did not run. She explicitly said her priorities are, and always have been: God, family, country. In that order. Sarah Palin’s stated reason for not running made it clear that her family comes before the country.

This country is in enormous peril. We need a leader who can put the country ahead of themselves, including their own family. A lot of shared sacrifice will be necessary to right this ship, if it is not already too late. A leader who is not willing to sacrifice personally cannot ask others to do so and expect them to follow.

That does not mean she is not a good and decent person. I think she is.

But right now we need someone with the leadership ability and all out personal commitment of a Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill offered his countrymen “blood, toil, tears and sweat”, and he brought them through one of Britain’s darkest hours.

Personally, I thought Sarah Palin was our best hope to fill that role. I was wrong.


46 posted on 11/03/2011 3:15:49 PM PDT by EternalHope (Politicians will always let you down. -- Sarah Palin)
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To: chris37

She made a decision. Politics is like war though, and the facts can change, so the strategy must change with them. I’m sure that she doesn’t consider Mitt to be a viable alternative to Obama, therefore if it becomes obvious that Cain’s campaign is being derailed she will do the right thing and challenge the Mittless wonderboy.


47 posted on 11/03/2011 7:32:07 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can go to hell.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Yeah, it can’t possibly be that her family comes first, can it? From jump I thought Palin was real, and real people don’t blithely throw their family under the bus for personal gain. It was soon after Bristol’s encounter with the middle-aged gay walking talking metaphor for Palin hate that she punted. Punting is strategy too.


48 posted on 11/03/2011 7:52:24 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can go to hell.)
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To: EternalHope

Family comes before country absent threat of annihilation from a foreign enemy. To think that she is the only one capable is to be deluded. If she thought she was the only one capable she would be deluded. The fact that she has a clear grasp of what is really important proves she is not. True.


49 posted on 11/03/2011 7:56:34 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can go to hell.)
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To: EternalHope

Quite a lot of us thought that.

Quite a lot of us were wrong.


50 posted on 11/03/2011 7:58:12 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America First)
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