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Palin and O'Donnell
The Politico ^ | September 16, 2010 | Ben Smith

Posted on 09/16/2010 1:53:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin bet on Christine O'Donnell, and the victory enhances Palin's stature inside the Republican Party in that straightforward way.

More important, it shows that a candidate with her political weaknesses, only much more so -- questions about qualifications, experience, and a confrontational partisan profile, plus some sexism -- can win a Republican Party primary pretty much anywhere.

That's all good for Palin, and good for her prospects in particular of being her party's 2012 nominee.

I also can't help being reminded today by the storm of media and money on both sides of Palin's own rollout. O'Donnell, various outlets report today, thought Vince Foster was murdered, thinks condoms are an "insult," and isn't so sure about evolution. It's a festival of opposition research of the sort from which Palin never fully recovered.

O'Donnell's showing in November, though, will be important to Palin's prospects, and could hurt her as much as this week's results helped. Indeed, Palin's now yoked to some degree O'Donnell's campaign. If the Delaware conservative somehow wins this, that's a safe sign that in the right environment, Sarah Palin can be president....(continued)

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TOPICS: Delaware; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; congress; democrats; odonnell; palin; sarahpalin; senate
They're always trying to move the goalposts on her. She's beyond that now, Ben.
1 posted on 09/16/2010 1:53:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's a festival of opposition research of the sort from which Palin never fully recovered.

Which explains why the Libs and MSM have forgotten the former governor and have moved on to other targets. Sheesh.

2 posted on 09/16/2010 2:00:12 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Vince Foster committed the most ingenious suicide of all time: shooting himself, rolling himself up in a carpet, driving to the park and then depositing his own body in the woods next to a clean gun.

Truly brilliant. But I sometimes wonder why he went to all that trouble.


3 posted on 09/16/2010 2:01:06 PM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah they are going to find in Nov when O’Donnell wins in DE.


4 posted on 09/16/2010 2:04:36 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin bet on Christine O'Donnell, and the victory enhances Palin's stature inside the Republican Party in that straightforward way.

Oh come on. She bet on her four days before the election when then polls were already showing that O'Donnell had closed the gap and pulled even. By comparison, she had endorsed Ayotte weeks ago and damn near lost that one. Palin deserves no more credit for O'Donnell's win that DeMint does or Romney does. All of them jumped on the train long after it had left the station and gotten up to speed. All credit for O'Donnell's win go to O'Donnell herself and the Tea Party factions that have supported her all along with their time and their money.

5 posted on 09/16/2010 2:04:36 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I want to get paid to write garbage like this.
6 posted on 09/16/2010 2:06:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (If Obama was the answer---that must have been one stupid question!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Political weaknesses”, Mr. Smith? How about a president with NO strenghts or qualifications of any kind, save the ability to lie with the aid of a teleprompter???


7 posted on 09/16/2010 2:06:25 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They are scared of Sarah. The media, all liberals, the DNC, the establishment GOP.

What they tried to do to keep O'Donnell from winning the primary is exactly what you will see in 2011 and 2012 as Sarah ramps up.

But they will fail against her too.

WHAT PALIN REPRESENTS AND HOW SHE TRUMPS LIBERALISM

8 posted on 09/16/2010 2:07:11 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This might be the dumbest column I’ve read from Ben, and that’s going some.

LOL.


9 posted on 09/16/2010 2:08:20 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Jeff Head

(((( Jeff Head ))))

A blessing to see you here!!!!!

God speed!


10 posted on 09/16/2010 2:09:18 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

It must be tough to keep trying to get people to deny real life.


11 posted on 09/16/2010 2:12:28 PM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: onyx

Thank you! Those blessings back at you...ten fold.


12 posted on 09/16/2010 2:13:34 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Typical inside the beltway hack anti woman BS that is thoroughly being discredited. Whats up after this gig dies on you Ben?


13 posted on 09/16/2010 2:14:07 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: Non-Sequitur

I think Palin endorsed her earlier than that because I donated to her more than a week out and only after Palin announced the endorsement on Hannity.

Regardless, your point is valid, it was a very late endorsement and O’Donnell (with earlier TP supporters) deserves the vast majority of the credit.

Palin probably did have polls showing her closing on Castle, but the public polls showing a dead heat only came out a few days before the election, and after the endorsement. Even O’Donnell gives her credit. She raised money (like mine), and her robocall and radio spots probably did help.

While many might be hooting and hollering about how much DeMint or Palin impacted the outcome, I’ve not heard Palin or DeMint say any such thing. I have heard O’Donnell graciously thank them.

I think its called being a team.


14 posted on 09/16/2010 2:17:11 PM PDT by TexasGunRunner (Spay or neuter your pet coons, especially the bearded marxist variety!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People endorse candidates all the time. Suppose Mitt Romney had endorsed Ron Johnson, who won the Wisconsin R Primary on Tuesday. Would Politico now be trumpeting headlines about how Romney’s fate is henceforth tied to Johnsons?

No. Because they are using Alinsky tactics against both O’Donnell (singling her out and demonizing her) and Palin (guilt by association).

It’s crap and it won’t fly. It’s also a bit ironic that they only put forth these theories when it’s two attractive conservative women who aren’t part of the Ruling Class.

It’s pretty damned transparent, is what it is...


15 posted on 09/16/2010 2:17:20 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Non-Sequitur
All credit for O'Donnell's win go to O'Donnell herself and the Tea Party factions that have supported her all along with their time and their money.

And what does the next Senator from Delaware have to say on the subject?

"Thank you, Gov. Palin, for your endorsement," the Tea Party candidate said. "Because she got behind us war-weary folks, and gave us a boost of encouragement when we needed it."

16 posted on 09/16/2010 2:23:19 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

God Bless Palin and DeMint for the support...not to mention the airtime Levin gave throughout!


17 posted on 09/16/2010 2:29:22 PM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: vbmoneyspender

Deny the reality of Palin and you will become more delusional.


18 posted on 09/16/2010 2:30:18 PM PDT by techno
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Qualifications, experience, confrontational, partisan, sexist”, Ben? Why did you ignore these problems, which exist exponentially in the person of Imam Obama? Bob


19 posted on 09/16/2010 2:30:41 PM PDT by alstewartfan (our)
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To: agere_contra

‘Twas truly the world’s first and only eat a gun Immaculate Suicide.


20 posted on 09/16/2010 2:32:45 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: TexasGunRunner
I think Palin endorsed her earlier than that because I donated to her more than a week out and only after Palin announced the endorsement on Hannity.

Palin's endorsement hit the media late Thursday/early Friday. Four, maybe five full days before the primary. By comparison Palin endorsed Ayotte back in July.

21 posted on 09/16/2010 2:45:05 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: FlashBack

I think Mark Levin was key because he was probably the force behind the scenes that prompted Rush to get involved. Rush was on fire the last few days before the primary and I think that really helped to propel her.


22 posted on 09/16/2010 2:47:17 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: agere_contra

“Vince Foster committed the most ingenious suicide of all time: shooting himself, rolling himself up in a carpet, driving to the park and then depositing his own body in the woods next to a clean gun.

Truly brilliant. But I sometimes wonder why he went to all that trouble.”

Oh my goodness, that’s funny. OBVIOUSLY, he was protecting somebody.


23 posted on 09/16/2010 9:38:17 PM PDT by jamndad5 ("I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.")
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