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Palin the Pragmatic?
The National Review ^ | September 28, 2010 | Jay Nordlinger

Posted on 09/27/2010 10:00:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve poked around the California Senate race for the last several days, in preparation for a piece in the forthcoming National Review. And I discovered, or relearned, something I thought was kind of interesting. You know how many of our band blasted Palin for anointing Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Senate race, disregarding viability (or so it appeared)? Well, you recall that the GOP Senate primary in California featured three contestants: Carly Fiorina (the ex-CEO and eventual winner), Tom Campbell (the former congressman who is a moderate, basically), and Chuck DeVore (the assemblyman who is a true-blue, four-square conservative). Palin endorsed Fiorina, describing her as “the conservative who has the potential to beat California’s liberal senator, Barbara Boxer, in November.” (There should not be a comma after “senator”: because DiFi’s a liberal too!) (If a little less obnoxious about it than Boxer.) (Who is not less obnoxious?) (Remember when the late James J. Kilpatrick used to refer to Howard Metzenbaum, in his columns, as “Senator Obnoxious (D., Ohio)”?)

Of course, it is said that Palin likes to endorse women, too — mama grizzlies and all that. So who knows . . .

P.S. Don’t bet the ranch on Carly, v. Boxer, but don’t bet the ranch against her either. How’s that for firm prognostication?

P.P.S. Some GOP-ers, and anti-Boxerites, are anguished that Fiorina is running a conservative campaign, such as you could run in a Republican primary. The response of Carly’s people is, essentially, “What can you do? They say we’re running a conservative campaign. The truth is, we’re running a conservative candidate. She’s pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-free markets. Again, what’re you gonna do?” Very interesting. Fiorina has five weeks in which to persuade. She has some work to do. But then, she’s not afraid of hard work. And her election would be really important — a boon — to the cause of conservatism. It would be sweet to oust Boxer, yes; but it would also be sweet to install Fiorina. Republicans and conservatives across the nation should be more jazzed about this race — more concerned with it — than I sense they are. Just my two cents . . .


TOPICS: California; Delaware; Campaign News; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010; ca2010; carlyfiorina; chuckdevore; devore; elections; fiorina; obama; odonnell; palin; sarahpalin; tomcampbell
Comments?
1 posted on 09/27/2010 10:01:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the eye opening commentary here?


2 posted on 09/27/2010 10:03:42 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wasn’t Nordlinger outed as an islamist apologist recently”


3 posted on 09/27/2010 10:04:41 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: Walkingfeather

That Carly is more conservative than people here think she is...


4 posted on 09/27/2010 10:04:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Palin/Bolton 2012)
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To: Eagles6

Yes, but so was Pat and Ron and we see their opinions here all the time...


5 posted on 09/27/2010 10:05:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Palin/Bolton 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NO! NO! WAIT! MY APOLOGIES! MY MISTAKE!


6 posted on 09/27/2010 10:06:28 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dear Lord, help us to defeat the rodent that occupies Boxer's brain.

7 posted on 09/27/2010 10:07:58 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Eagles6

Who were you thinking of?


8 posted on 09/27/2010 10:08:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Palin/Bolton 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You were asking for comments, I gave one.

Actually I was thinking of Grover Norquist, not Nordlinger.

Those Viking spawn's names all sound alike. (If they were only protecting their homeland now).

9 posted on 09/27/2010 10:12:38 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: Walkingfeather

That Carly actually “is” conservative and “is” running a conservatives campaign and is not backing away from it....Palin picked the right person with the best chance and who is conservative as well.....


10 posted on 09/27/2010 10:15:21 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Carly is certainly far more conservative than Boxer.
Boxer has an ACU rating of 0.
I will be casting my vote for Fiorina and Whitman on November 2nd.


11 posted on 09/27/2010 10:19:21 PM PDT by counterpunch (End the Government Monopoly!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Don’t bet the ranch on Carly, v. Boxer, but don’t bet the ranch against her either. How’s that for firm prognostication? "

Over the weekend, The San Francisco Chronical refused to endorse Boxer. They are taking no side.

yitbos

12 posted on 09/27/2010 10:29:47 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: Eagles6

We come from the land of ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where hot springs blow.....

CA...


13 posted on 09/27/2010 10:32:08 PM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: bruinbirdman
By refusing to take a side, they have actually taken a side and it ain't with Boxtops.
14 posted on 09/27/2010 10:32:59 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

CARLEY'S AD AGAINST "MA'AM"


15 posted on 09/27/2010 10:40:05 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
"it ain't with Boxtops"

G-Man is peceptive.

yitbos

16 posted on 09/27/2010 10:45:01 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: MarineBrat

17 posted on 09/27/2010 10:47:12 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: counterpunch
Boxer has an ACU rating of 0.

That is just not a very good score at all.

18 posted on 09/27/2010 10:47:42 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: 2ndDivisionVet
tom campbell a moderate? I don't think that word means what he thinks it means.

Campbell was an out and out liberal and was one of the main reasons Palin endorsed Carly to ensure that Campbell would not win the primary.

19 posted on 09/27/2010 10:53:26 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: Bigtigermike

Palin picked the right person with the best chance and who is conservative as well.....


As a strong supporter of Chuck DeVore, I believe that Carly is doing better than he would have done. She needs to nationalize the election. Everyone in CA knows who Boxer is and that she will throw dirt as it’s the only weapon she has. Throwing dirt back at her will do no good as everyone knows exactly what she is.

Carly needs to show Boxer as an enabler of the Pelosi-Reid agenda, Obamacare, Cap & Trade, and further stimulus spending. Forget trying to show what a pompous ego-centric person she is and focus on the real goal, stopping the Obama agenda. The Central Valley water ads don’t help Carly in SF or LA and are a waste of money. Carly will win the Central Valley big time.

The media wants voters to see this election as a cat fight. They should see it as a fight against a big government agenda.


20 posted on 09/27/2010 11:34:02 PM PDT by excopconservative
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To: unseen1
Campbell was an out and out liberal and was one of the main reasons Palin endorsed Carly to ensure that Campbell would not win the primary.

Did Palin actually state that as a reason? Or was it presumed to be a reason by others?

21 posted on 09/27/2010 11:48:22 PM PDT by upsdriver (The revolution begins on Nov. 2 to take back our country. The American people vs the ruling elite.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe Grover Norquist ?


22 posted on 09/27/2010 11:49:14 PM PDT by Kellis91789 (Democrat: Someone who supports killing children, but protests executing convicted murderers.)
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To: upsdriver; unseen1
Sarah Palin's Facebook Endorsement of Carly Fiorina

~snip~

Please consider that Carly is the conservative who has the potential to beat California’s liberal senator, Barbara Boxer, in November. I’m a huge proponent of contested primaries, so I’m glad to see the contest in California’s GOP, but I support Carly as she fights through a tough primary against a liberal member of the GOP who seems to bear almost no difference to Boxer, one of the most leftwing members of the Senate. Carly needs our support in this crucial election year when we have a real chance of putting an end to the Pelosi/Reid “Big Government” agenda.

*That liberal member of the GOP was none other than Tom Campbell*

23 posted on 09/28/2010 1:29:12 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx

thanks for the assist.


24 posted on 09/28/2010 5:24:33 AM PDT by unseen1
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