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Marc Ambinder: Palin Was "Presidential-Esque"
CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | January 12, 2011 | Lauren Seifert

Posted on 01/12/2011 4:32:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On Wednesday's Washington Unplugged, CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder weighed in on Sarah Palin's video statement responding to critics who have blamed her for Saturday's shootings.

"It's a remarkable video for several reasons," Ambinder said. "If you look at the video, and you look at the scope of what she says, it's almost presidential-esque. "

Ambinder noted to CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante that her response before President Obama's scheduled remarks Wednesday evening elevates her status as a prominent Republican, "I think it makes her the most prominent Republican, in a sense, to respond or to 'prespond' to what President Obama is going to say tonight."(continued)

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TOPICS: Arizona; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; arizona; freepressforpalin; giffords; obama; palin; presidentpalin; sarahpalin; tucson
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She's been the "most prominent Republican" since the day she was picked by John McCain and lifted him in the polls. She's been going head-to-head against Mr. Obama since that day.
1 posted on 01/12/2011 4:32:53 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not “presidential-esque” Mr. Ambinder. The word you’re searching for is PRESIDENTIAL full stop.


2 posted on 01/12/2011 4:37:10 PM PST by Argus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She's been going head-to-head against Mr. Obama since that day.

And she's been dead-on in her critiques.

She seems to be able to simplify otherwise obscure situations (e.g., death panels). Remarkable woman, remarkable person.

And beautiful, to boot.

3 posted on 01/12/2011 4:37:21 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s why the LSM keeps going after her...they KNOW she’s the best.


4 posted on 01/12/2011 4:38:01 PM PST by madison10
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I doubt that Obama will be able to measure up to Sarah’s message about Tucson. The TOTUS will need to be at warp 5 for him to compete with Ms Palin’s comments.


5 posted on 01/12/2011 4:38:23 PM PST by chickadee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barry’s big “make or break” speech will be tonight. His political career is going to hinge on whether he can come across as a great uniter. At least that’s what the “media” has been saying.


6 posted on 01/12/2011 4:38:43 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("New laws are always a "good idea" until the first time you have to enforce them." - Unknown)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have little doubt that she will be a very successful candidate in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primaries.


7 posted on 01/12/2011 4:39:00 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was a remarkable speech IMO and the timing was brilliant.

And what have we heard from the other presidential hopefulls? Oh yes, Pawlenty said he wouldn’t have used that bullseye map.


8 posted on 01/12/2011 4:39:34 PM PST by conservativegranny
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She was Presidential. The time has come to increase the rhetoric. Pump up the volume of the depiction of these liberals as parasites and moochers. DO NOT TONE DOWN!! TONE UP!!!


9 posted on 01/12/2011 4:40:47 PM PST by Benchim
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I agree, she was great. In sad, but related news Charles Krauthammer once again made a total fool of himself tonight after throwing a hissy fit over this. I can only assume he wishes Mitt Romney or Mitch Daniels had been accused of being an accessory to murder.
10 posted on 01/12/2011 4:41:49 PM PST by redk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree. It was her very best appearence yet. Very Presidential, indeed.


11 posted on 01/12/2011 4:43:28 PM PST by baseballmom (Philadelphia Phillies - 2010 NL East Champions)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s compare Sarah Palin’s character and behavior to Hussein’s.

Just this evening it was revealed that Hussein is giving FREE T-SHIRTS out at the “Thriving” EVENT (that should be “solemn funeral” but dems can’t help themselves).

Free funeral t-shirts.

That’s Hussein.

FUNERAL FAIL, ZERO!!!


12 posted on 01/12/2011 4:43:35 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (Read my lipstick. "No More RINOs!")
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To: chickadee
Which is why it was smart to release her statement prior to his speech. Now he has to measure up. If she had done it after, it would be no less remarkable, but could appear in response to his.
13 posted on 01/12/2011 4:43:48 PM PST by moehoward
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To: FlingWingFlyer
If Obama’s speech falls flat tonight, aside from updates on the Congresswoman's health this whole story will disappear fast. Bet on it.
14 posted on 01/12/2011 4:43:58 PM PST by redk
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To: Argus

“It’s not “presidential-esque” Mr. Ambinder. The word you’re searching for is PRESIDENTIAL full stop.”

If a conservative said that about a liberal woman the feminazis would castrate him with a rusty can opener. He is making an oblique reference to her statue-esque figure. BTW, there is nothing wrong with the fact the Palin takes care of herself and has a great body.


15 posted on 01/12/2011 4:44:46 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: TheConservativeParty

I know, that is SO bizarre? T-shirts? At a funeral?

Idiots!


16 posted on 01/12/2011 4:46:04 PM PST by justsaynomore ("We the people are still in charge of this country!" - Herman Cain)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Better than anyone else I’ve heard on the matter. Although I did enjoy Jonah Goldberg’s brevity in calling the proposed speech legislation ‘sand-poundingly stupid.’


17 posted on 01/12/2011 4:46:15 PM PST by americanophile ("We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...knowing Dumbo like we all do, I have a feeling he's going political.....it's a world stage for a narcissist, Totus won't be able to hold him
18 posted on 01/12/2011 4:46:28 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin has been the most presidential-esque Republican since Reagan. That’s why the elites hate her. They’re jealous.


19 posted on 01/12/2011 4:47:13 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: TheConservativeParty

Oh my, are you sure about this? How awful. Wellstone, redux, only this time get a T-shirt as a souvenir !!


20 posted on 01/12/2011 4:47:49 PM PST by baseballmom (Philadelphia Phillies - 2010 NL East Champions)
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To: TheConservativeParty
YOU'RE BULLSH*TTING ME!!
21 posted on 01/12/2011 4:48:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: TheConservativeParty
Free funeral t-shirts.

You have got to be kidding me.

No way!

You'll be telling me next that Fred Phelps has been invited to sing a funeral paean to the dead.

22 posted on 01/12/2011 4:48:32 PM PST by agere_contra (2011: Year of the Blood Libel Media)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"If you look at the video, and you look at the scope of what she says, it's almost presidential-esque."

There is a reason for that; her presidency is inevitable.

ineluctable

That's why the Loughner-Left goes insane every time her name is mentioned.

23 posted on 01/12/2011 4:51:01 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: justsaynomore

It’s like something from The Onion.
I mean what genius at the Hussein Administration thought free t-shirts were a good idea?
Unbelievable tasteless behavior.

I think their actions since Saturday will come back to bite them, bigtime.


24 posted on 01/12/2011 4:51:49 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (Read my lipstick. "No More RINOs!")
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To: Ole Okie

Ambinder is correct, of course. You can always tell how dead on she is by the reaction of the scumbags. She has the lefty Democrats’ panties in such a twist it’s downright funny. It’s hard to believe this aired on CBS.


25 posted on 01/12/2011 4:52:25 PM PST by Lancey Howard ("Diversity is our strength" lol.)
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To: conservativegranny

Pawlenty wimped out. If you can’t show courage in a situtation like this, you should not be president. Sarah WAS brilliant.


26 posted on 01/12/2011 4:52:49 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: baseballmom

Yep.
Read it right here on FR about an hour ago.


27 posted on 01/12/2011 4:54:16 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (Read my lipstick. "No More RINOs!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nope. Check out this thread: T-shirt Memorial
28 posted on 01/12/2011 4:55:26 PM PST by madison10
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To: TheConservativeParty
Free funeral t-shirts.

The scumbags are making up for their missed opportunity at the Paul Wellstone funeral rally. Look for the same t-shirts to shortly go on sale for $14.99, proceeds to be donated to the DNC (or affiliate).

29 posted on 01/12/2011 4:56:02 PM PST by Lancey Howard ("Diversity is our strength" lol.)
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To: Benchim; All

She did look presidential....that was what I was thinking as I watched the video:o)


30 posted on 01/12/2011 4:56:12 PM PST by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I sh*t you not, sir.
Read it here on FR.
The article said those preparing the floor seating, were placing the shirts on those chairs for those who sit there.


31 posted on 01/12/2011 4:56:23 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (Read my lipstick. "No More RINOs!")
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To: TheConservativeParty

We don’t disbelieve you, we still can’t quite believe just how crass the Left are.


32 posted on 01/12/2011 4:56:51 PM PST by agere_contra (2011: Year of the Blood Libel Media)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“His political career is going to hinge on whether he can come across as a great uniter.”

I’m sure Chrissy Matthews will do his best to adore whatever he says and lavish praise upon the magic muslim. Count on it.


33 posted on 01/12/2011 4:58:24 PM PST by oust the louse (When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


ABC News and WH said they don't want to "sully" this evening with politics.
34 posted on 01/12/2011 4:59:04 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: agere_contra

Nope, the article was posted about it within the last hour.

Let’s hope this awakens any remaining sheeple about how crass and power-hungry Hussein and his minions are.

Even democrats have to see this behavior is abhorrent. Well, wait, they do hold abortion out as their holy grail, so maybe funeral t-shirts are OK with them.


35 posted on 01/12/2011 5:00:03 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (Read my lipstick. "No More RINOs!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How can she be elevated any more than she already is? It’s literally impossible to be more elevated than she is. She’s up at Everest while most are still way down at the base camp.

That said, as a fan of hers I have to say I don’t get the solo video thing. I think it comes off as a bit cold/distant and doesn’t really have the personal connection.

That’s one thing Obama gets. He’s always in public, always before adoring crowds and cheering throngs. Even his race speech was before an audience and not just a video of him sitting down somewhere.(If it had been it would have come off much worse). Look to 2007. Hillary announces her candidacy on a video from her living room with just herself. Obama announces his before thousands of cheering supporters in Springfield, IL. Which came off better? Who won the nomination. He’s always being seen with people, always connecting, always being photographed and showed as the center of an adoring mass.

I think a statement in front of an audience is always better. Now, I realize she’s not going to call for some crowd to show up to see her talk about this. To her credit, Gov Palin also usually appears in public and has seen her share of adoring crowds.

In this case, I’d have just released the statement, I don’t really see what the point of the added video was. But, if people like it, great.


36 posted on 01/12/2011 5:01:16 PM PST by jeltz25
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To: redk

Highly astute comment.


37 posted on 01/12/2011 5:07:11 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: jeltz25

I thought it was an elegant tribute to the dead that she chose this moment to go to the extra trouble of making a video.

But oh man: it’s such a battle of unequals. Palin puts out a pitch-perfect speech, and The President Of The United States responds by releasing a range of funeral T-Shirts.

You can’t make this stuff up.


38 posted on 01/12/2011 5:08:49 PM PST by agere_contra (2011: Year of the Blood Libel Media)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump for later


39 posted on 01/12/2011 5:09:28 PM PST by Ro_Thunder (Nov 2nd, 2010 - The adults get home, and are back in charge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

CBS News is a joke.

This plaudit changes nothing.


40 posted on 01/12/2011 5:10:50 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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To: roses of sharon

“Together we trive” ? What a gay slogan.


41 posted on 01/12/2011 5:11:02 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: mas cerveza por favor

trive=thrive


42 posted on 01/12/2011 5:12:27 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: jeltz25

Governor Sarah Palin is excoriated by the left and some of the right because she doesn’t fit well with the elites - she is not one of them.

She is just a regular American who resonates with other regular Americans. And the more they love her, the more the liberals hate her. Polls aside, she has a good chance now of defeating Obama in 2012.

The more they pile on her, the better she gets. She is in fact a unifier because she speaks straight over the heads of the media and articulates what most Americans think.

As far as her experience is concerned, she is better qualified than Barack Obama ever was and we know all about her. We know some things about Barack Obama and none of them are inspiring.

People don’t want to see the same old faces in the Republican primaries.

Go Sarah!


43 posted on 01/12/2011 5:13:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dianne Sawyer also described her as “almost presidential” tonight.


44 posted on 01/12/2011 5:15:16 PM PST by alnick
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To: Argus

The only problem with Sarah’s speech is that it was released too soon. An hour before Obama’s would have been good.....


45 posted on 01/12/2011 5:47:58 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: madison10
That’s why the LSM keeps going after her...they KNOW she’s the best.

YES! I've thought this from day one - she is so fabulous that they felt they had to destroy her - she is their worst nightmare. Just imagine if she were advocating wealth redistribution, unions unions unions, abortion, and illegal immigration - they'd be licking her feet.

46 posted on 01/12/2011 5:59:14 PM PST by Aria ( "Remember, attitudes are contagious, so make sure yours are worth catching." Sarah Palin 9-18-2010)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d vote for her twice


47 posted on 01/12/2011 5:59:35 PM PST by Skeez (O)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This speech needs to go viral on the internet.....That was the speech America needed to hear.... Sarah Palin is the best there is out there, you can have Romney huckleberry and everyone else..... This was the most Presidential I have heard anyone in two years, maybe longer........did you see her eyes....she never looked away, she never showed any signs of reading even if she was....she was absolutely great They're really going to attack her now. I salute you Madam President


48 posted on 01/12/2011 7:18:26 PM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: jeltz25
That said, as a fan of hers I have to say I don’t get the solo video thing. I think it comes off as a bit cold/distant and doesn’t really have the personal connection.

That's a good point. Anyway, I respectfully disagree with the general tenor of the article. I think Palin did herself a disservice with her remarks. Were the accusations against her outrageous? Of course. All the more reason they don't need to be dignified with a response IMO. Palin seems to have difficulty remaining silent when she is accused. (Remember David Letterman's tasteless comment about her daughter? I don't think she should've dignified that with a response either.) I think she just gave her detractors more ammunition to accuse her of using a tragedy to further her own image.

I think Palin should've just said that this situation is a terrible tragedy, and that she is praying for the victims to have a full and speedy recovery. Period.

In general, when you are insulted, I think the best response is no response. If you're someone as popular as Palin, you have millions of people who are willing to jump to your defense--I don't think you need to defend yourself directly, or at least not in public.

I don't expect mine to be a popular opinion, of course, YMMV.

49 posted on 01/12/2011 7:27:58 PM PST by rissole
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To: rissole

I agree she does tend to respond more personally than others, but I think she’s gotten better at being more selective. There was a time when she’d respond to everything. The media likes to goad her.

The Letterman example you cited wasn’t all her. She was asked about on an interview with Matt Lauer. She didn’t bring it up first. I suppose she could have given a no comment. She didn’t really say all that much, and it sort of grew over the next day or so.

It can be tough deciding when to comment and when not to. If you say nothing then they just repeat it over and over and it goes unchallenged and it becomes accepted and people believe it.

That was one of my big complaints with W. He had this hands off attitude. He’d never repsond to anything, just let the media and the democrats and the left bash him incessantly, lie constantly, etc... He’d say “well, I’m the President and I’m above that, I don’t want to go down to their level”. But he’d just take it and look what happened. His approval tanked, the GOP’s standing tanked, and it led to Obama and dem dominance for 2 years.

He did a great job addressing the critics and the lies in Decision Points and on his book tour. He was great on Oprah, Leno, the Lauer interview on NBC. If he had done stuff liek that when he was in office and responded that way I think things would have been different.

So, I don’t think you needto respond to everything. But when the natl media and many in the dem establishment pretty much spent the past three days singling her out as the culprit and being responsible for a mass killing and assassination attempt, I think that rises to the level of something that merits a reply.


50 posted on 01/12/2011 8:47:35 PM PST by jeltz25
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