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Palin casts shadow as Republican frontrunner to declare his candidacy (Willard)
The Irish Times ^ | June 2, 2011 | Lara Marlowe in Washington

Posted on 06/01/2011 11:09:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

THE FRONT-RUNNER for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, will formally declare his candidacy in New Hampshire today.

Romney received 17.4 per cent of intended votes in the “Real Clear Politics” average for the April 10th to May 26th period. But the Gallup polling institute calls him “the weakest front-runner in any recent Republican nomination campaign”.

Romney’s announcement has been upstaged by the antics of the former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who launched a “One Nation” roadshow wearing a black leather jacket and storming into Washington on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle on May 29th.

Palin’s bus, adorned with pictures of the Liberty Bell and the US constitution, will arrive in New Hampshire just in time to divert media attention from Romney.

In a May 26th Gallup poll, Palin scored almost even with Romney. Yet he may welcome a challenge from her, in the belief that Republicans will see him as a safe alternative to her erratic behaviour and gaffes.

Many analysts had written her off last winter, when she released a self-pitying video saying her adversaries committed a “blood libel” by linking her use of gun metaphors to a mass shooting in Tucson.

Palin and her family met the property magnate Donald Trump and his wife, the Slovenian-born model Melania, to eat pizza near Times Square in Manhattan on Tuesday night.

Trump recently dropped out of the contest for the Republican nomination. On a visit to Ellis Island yesterday, Palin said she and Trump discussed “trade . . . what it is we can do with China and some of these other countries that are speeding past us”.

Palin called Ellis Island “one of the symbols of course of our country, and . . . a reminder too that immigrants built this country.”

That did not, however, soften her heart towards present-day immigrants.

“The immigrants of the past, they had to literally and figuratively stand in line to become US citizens,” she said. “I’d like to see that continue.”

Palin’s bus tour has overshadowed coverage of all other Republican hopefuls. She is coy about her intentions, though her trip to New Hampshire, where the first Republican primary will take place next February, and her stated intention to visit Iowa, where a Republican straw poll will be held on August 13th, fuel speculation that she may seek the nomination.

While other candidates court media attention, Palin relies on her website, SarahPAC.com, and Fox News – which pays her $1 million annually – to convey her message of militant motherhood, patriotism and Christianity.

She refuses to release her itinerary in advance.

“I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media,” she told her on-air confidante, Greta Van Susteren of Fox. “I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this, and that would include not necessarily telling them beforehand where every stop’s going to be.”

Although Romney made the obligatory pilgrimage to Bible Belt Iowa last week, he has concentrated on the more sophisticated state of New Hampshire, where he owns a home, and which is contiguous to Massachusetts, the state he governed for four years.

He holds degrees in law and business from Harvard, was a successful management consultant, founded a private equity firm and was the chief executive for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. He is regarded as non-ideological and pragmatic – characteristics also attributed to Obama.

Like the former governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman, another Republican contender, Romney is a Mormon.

As Ryan Lizza points out in the New Yorker magazine, Republicans were for health-care reform – including the “individual mandate”, which they now vehemently oppose, and ‘cap and trade’ greenhouse emissions control – before they turned against them.

Romney’s candidacy is the best illustration of this fickleness. As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with the late senator Ted Kennedy to enact health-care reform, signing a law in April 2006 that established near universal coverage in that state.

The Massachusetts law was long celebrated as an achievement. But after Obama modelled his affordable care act on Romney’s legislation, it became Romney’s greatest handicap.


TOPICS: New Hampshire; Campaign News; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: elitism; enemedia; laramarlowe; mediascum; normalphobia; obama; palin; pds; revengeissweet; romney; romneycare; sarahpalin; smellthefear; waronsarah
Sounds like the Irish are impressed with Myth. I'm sure we can arrange to transfer him to their team.
1 posted on 06/01/2011 11:09:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Although Romney made the obligatory pilgrimage to Bible Belt Iowa last week, he has concentrated on the more sophisticated state of New Hampshire

LOL!--that statement is going to go over well in Iowa!

2 posted on 06/01/2011 11:17:06 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He is regarded as non-ideological and pragmatic – characteristics also attributed to Obama.

Who wrote this drivel? I mean, honestly.

3 posted on 06/01/2011 11:18:23 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Talk about damning with faint praise...

The author just couldn’t objectively describe what Mrs. Palin is doing. She HAD to sprinkle all these insipid little comments “upstaged by the antics of the former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin,” “when she released a self-pitying video” “That did not, however, soften her heart towards present-day immigrants.”

Everyone here by knows my opinion of a Palin run — but I have great respect for Mrs. Palin and this kind of yellow journalism, although par for the course, should never be allowed to stand unchallenged.


4 posted on 06/01/2011 11:18:53 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: freedumb2003

In the past, hasn’t the previous VP candidate been considered the ‘front runner’ when subsequently running for Prez?
This puzzles me.
Haven’t researched it, just going on memory.


5 posted on 06/01/2011 11:31:38 PM PDT by GlockLady
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

PUKE!!! Romney will not get a vote from me, Primary or General election. He is not a Conservative by any measure of his actions...


6 posted on 06/01/2011 11:33:18 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: GlockLady

>>In the past, hasn’t the previous VP candidate been considered the ‘front runner’ when subsequently running for Prez?<<

Not really as a rule. The current VP is usually considered to have the inside track for the nomination when the sitting president runs 8 years.


7 posted on 06/01/2011 11:35:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he has concentrated on the more sophisticated state of New Hampshire.”

Gag!


8 posted on 06/01/2011 11:35:51 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
WHY oh why is all the focus on Gov Sarah? Enough already about her!

"Sarah Palin, who launched a “One Nation” roadshow wearing a black leather jacket and storming into Washington on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle"

I want to know what romney wore and what he drove when he made his obligatory pilgrimage to Bible Belt Iowa. Did he storm in, sail in, breeze into Iowa? Did he pray? bring his Bible? open it? Who was with him? who did he see? what did he eat? did he burp?

Why do we only get such details about Gov Sarah?

9 posted on 06/01/2011 11:47:03 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Looks like Palin’s getting ready for a clambake:

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20110601/NEWS0602/705269991


10 posted on 06/02/2011 12:38:51 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Jeff Winston; Diogenesis; Clemenza; Impy; GOPsterinMA; rabscuttle385; darkangel82

Oh, c’mon. Slick Willard and Emperor Zero are like identical twins. Both are confirmed Socialists, disastrous leaders and pathological liars. They also have the most deranged whackjob supporters, too, who think they’re both the Messiah.


11 posted on 06/02/2011 1:03:33 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
My point doesn't have to do with the similarities between Romney and Obama.

Do YOU think Obama is "non-ideological and pragmatic"??

12 posted on 06/02/2011 1:17:30 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As Trump said. Romney is a “Stiff”.


13 posted on 06/02/2011 1:18:26 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: GlockLady

Often “considered” times, yes, especially since 1960. Although sometimes they run and fizzle out in the primary and on a few occasions, they decline to run...

1960:
JFK (D)-had been considered almost a “de facto” VP candidate in ‘56

Nixon (R)-Sitting VP

1964:
LBJ (D) former VP, then President

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (R), lost in the primary to Goldwater

1968:
Humphrey (D)-Sitting VP

Bill Miller (R), Goldwater’s running mate in ‘64, didn’t run

1972:
Ed Muskie (D), Humphrey’s ‘68 running mate, lost in primary

1976:
Sargent Shriver (D), McGovern’s running mate, lost in primary

1980:
Bob Dole (R), Opted to run for reelection to Senate after failing to register in early primary

1984:
Mondale (D), Carter’s VP

1988:
Geraldine Ferraro (D), Mondale’s running mate, didn’t run

GHW Bush (R), Reagan’s VP

1992:
Lloyd Bentsen (D), Dukakis’s running mate, didn’t run (but got Cabinet app’t)

1996:
Dan Quayle (R), candidacy fizzled out early

2000:
Al Gore (D), Clinton’s VP

Jack Kemp (R), Dole’s ‘96 running mate, opted not to run

2004:
Joe Lieberman (D), Gore’s running mate, candidacy floated but opted out

2008:
John Edwards (D), Kerry’s running mate, lost primary

Dick Cheney (R), opted not to run


14 posted on 06/02/2011 1:25:51 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s hoping he’s the front runner in the “Race to the Bottom” marathon!


15 posted on 06/02/2011 1:30:34 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Jeff Winston

Hell, no. He’s about the most ideological and NON-pragmatic President in history. If a Republican acted the way he did (albeit in opposition to his stances), the media would destroy him as a “dictator.” Pretty much what was done to the moderate, pragmatic Dubya. Contrasted with Clinton, Dubya resembles Bubba (post-1995) more than Zero (in fact, Zero’s refusal to follow the Bubba template is what will likely cost him a second term). Although Zero is like the 1993-95 Bubba, but infinitely worse.


16 posted on 06/02/2011 1:31:13 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

My point exactly. :-)


17 posted on 06/02/2011 1:57:44 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he worked with the late senator Ted Kennedy
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That should be the kiss of death for his campaign.

Any Republican who would work with Ted Kennedy isn’t fit to be called a Republican. Yes Senator Hatch, This means you.


18 posted on 06/02/2011 4:18:10 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A bit of the blarney by The Irish Times.
Wonder how much Romney paid them to lie for him.

"As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with the late senator Ted Kennedy to enact health-care reform,
signing a law in April 2006 that established near universal coverage in that state.
The Massachusetts law was long celebrated as an achievement."

What a lie and inaccurate reporting.

Massachusetts health care, previously the best in the USA,
is FINISHED in that THE PEOPLE cannot get access.
.... and Pharoah Romney fled Massachusetts.

19 posted on 06/02/2011 4:46:27 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Jeff Winston

Someone who thinks like the speechwriter who wrote Romney’s announcement drivel:

“We didn’t know what sort of a president he would make. It was a moment of crisis for our economy, and when Barack Obama came to office, we wished him well and hoped for the best.”

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1342381&srvc=next_article


20 posted on 06/02/2011 4:51:37 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

New Hampshire is where Massholes go to escape the consequences of the mess they’ve made in Massachusetts.

Fitting that Romney has a house there.


21 posted on 06/02/2011 4:59:25 AM PDT by kevkrom (Palin's detractors now resort to "nobody believes she can win because nobody believes she can win")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’d like to walk up to Milt and say “smell my fingers”.


22 posted on 06/02/2011 5:35:15 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That did not, however, soften her heart towards present-day immigrants.

“The immigrants of the past, they had to literally and figuratively stand in line to become US citizens,” she said. “I’d like to see that continue.”

I see nothing hard-hearted about her comment.

23 posted on 06/02/2011 6:13:38 AM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Odd, the way the LSM, Dems, lefties in general and RINOs are all in such a rip over her bus tour.

They have been ranting since 2008 she is a know nothing lightweight who has no chance. Now they are bitching she is peeing all over their parade, while Sarah is smiling and telling them it is just rain. LoL


24 posted on 06/02/2011 10:17:16 AM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney’s announcement has been upstaged by the antics...

Many analysts had written her off last winter, when she released a self-pitying video...

I thought this article was kinda catty for a straight news article. So as I often do I searched the writer's name...

From Wikipedia...

Lara Marlowe is a United States journalist and author, who is currently US correspondent for The Irish Times, after having spent many years as the paper's Paris correspondent. Marlowe also spend 15 years as a journalist for Time.

Spouse(s) Robert Fisk (1994 – 2006)

25 posted on 06/02/2011 11:38:33 AM PDT by gogeo (Palin/Bachmann 2012)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I’d like to walk up to him and take his wallet. I’d tell him friends in MA need it to pay for health insurance. ;d


26 posted on 06/02/2011 12:42:46 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

That’s a good one!


27 posted on 06/02/2011 1:30:17 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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