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Sarah Palin to keynote CPAC
Hot Air ^ | January 5, 2012 | Tina Korbe

Posted on 01/05/2012 5:56:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

For the past four years, she has swayed, danced and dodged around the Conservative Political Action Conference, but, this year, Sarah Palin says she has committed to deliver the keynote address Feb. 11, the last day of the conference. ABC’s The Note recounts the rocky history between the former vice presidential candidate and CPAC’s sponsor, the American Conservative Union:

She declined to keynote the event in 2011, citing a scheduling conflict. But her refusal to participate fueled speculation that she wasn’t going because of GOProud, a gay Republican group, that planned to attend. She denied that was the case. Her political action committee, SarahPAC, did sponsor a reception at the convention.

In 2010, Palin cited ACU’s business dealings, particularly those of its then-chairman David Keene, as the reason for dodging CPAC.

In 2009, she initially accepted an invitation to kick off the convention, but then dropped out, saying that she had to attend to the “duties of governing.” She sent a taped message instead.

And in 2008, Palin cancelled her speech just two weeks before the event. By then, she had not been named Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential candidate, but in 2007, the man who would eventually become her running mate was booed by the crowd.

Why now? It’s fun to speculate. Could be that she’s keen to recover her standing in the CPAC straw poll, in which she’s fallen over the years. Could be that she doesn’t have quite so many opportunities to nab headlines as she once did. Could be that she thinks CPAC could be an ultra-dramatic setting to drop an endorsement. Or it could be that she still believes strongly in the message of limited government that she’s articulated from her first day on the national scene — and sees this as a timely opportunity to remind voters of that message.

It’s certain, though, that she’s still a lightning rod for emotion and opinion. As just one recent example, her remark to the effect that Michele Bachmann should drop out of the presidential race drew exceptional cheers and jeers. Today, Twitter and the blogosphere are alight with folks who say they’re excited to hear Palin speak at CPAC and those who say they saw this coming and, frankly, consider Palin a little passé.

Before I went to Ames, Iowa, this summer, I thought I was indifferent to the Sarah Palin appeal. But on a hot day in August, I wandered around the Iowa State Fair for an hour in a vain attempt to catch a glimpse of her. That taught me she matters to me — if for no other reason than that she matters to y’all. I’m still not always sure why — but I’m always curious. CPAC will be my first time to hear her live — and I confess: I’m excited.


TOPICS: Alaska; Issues; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; cpac; palin; sarahpalin
Santorum or Gingrich endorsement? Something else?
1 posted on 01/05/2012 5:56:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, that loser Keene’s gone. He was her big hang-up.


2 posted on 01/05/2012 5:59:03 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why now? For one thing, she can square it with her conscience, since the jerk who kept putting GOProud at the center of attention has been ousted. He almost succeeded in destroying CPAC by making it into advocacy central for gay activism. I don’t blame Sarah for not saying why she was avoiding the last few conventions, but she was certainly right to do so.

And now that the puke has been cleaned up, hopefully things will be different at the next CPAC convention.


3 posted on 01/05/2012 6:06:02 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I just don't know why such irrelevance gets invited to this type high profile event. /s

as if a sarcasm tag is needed

4 posted on 01/05/2012 6:11:33 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pay attention, Tina, and you will see how it’s done!


5 posted on 01/05/2012 6:11:40 PM PST by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah! Endorse Newt or Ricky S.... NOW!

Time to make a decision or go away.


6 posted on 01/05/2012 6:18:05 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Santorum or Gingrich endorsement? Something else?”

Yes, something else. In the media hype over picking a presidential nominee, everybody else seems to be forgetting we are also selecting candidates in these primary electios for Senate and House, not to mention statehouses, Governors etc.

My prediction is Palin will continue where she left off in 2010 when her party-building efforts led to the Republican majority in the House and the historic Tea-Party turnaround.


7 posted on 01/05/2012 6:29:24 PM PST by ngat
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To: ngat
I believe your assessment is spot on. She seems to be one of the few high profile Republicans who realizes that the top of the ticket doesn't mean squat if we don't get the rest of the deal right.
8 posted on 01/05/2012 6:36:32 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum... I appologize for not having all the bells and whistles the other posters do, yet I do believe in Rick Santorum for our next CIC.


9 posted on 01/05/2012 6:40:06 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s hope she can set CPAC back on the right path. Pun intended.


10 posted on 01/05/2012 6:41:45 PM PST by rintense
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Accurate statement, gbc.


11 posted on 01/05/2012 6:43:19 PM PST by rintense
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To: CainConservative
"Sarah! Endorse Newt or Ricky S.... NOW! Time to make a decision or go away."

Spoken like a partisan-warped Cainservative.

LMAO!!!

Hate to poop on your cupcakes, but I'm pretty sure she's going to announce her surprise candidacy there. She did promise that, if she ran, we could expect a very "unconventional" run. This would fit.

Very nicely, indeed...

8^\

(P.S.) To all the Palinophobic nanny-complex wannabe-mommies and the "Stop with the teasing, I just can't take it any more!!!" drama queens out there, don't waste yout time telling me to "Let it go."

For as long as I draw breath, I will do everything in my considerable power to see to it that Sarah Palin runs for President in 2012.

If she doesn't end up President, it will not be because I didn't give it everything I could. And nothing is going to change that... least of all some Palinophobic nanny-complex wannabe-mommy, or some "Stop with the teasing already, I just can't take it any more!!!" drama queen.

8^)

12 posted on 01/05/2012 6:59:47 PM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: Gargantua

February 11 is her birthday. I would love for her to either announce on endorse on her birthday.


13 posted on 01/05/2012 7:04:17 PM PST by Lilyjuslan
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To: Gargantua

Are you O.K.?


14 posted on 01/05/2012 7:04:17 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: rintense

Thanks. We really need a veto proof Congress, just in case Mitt gets the nod (he is every bit as dangerous as Obie).


15 posted on 01/05/2012 7:06:07 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I know I'm going to be accused of being a troll, but I simply cannot stay silent here. Sadly, some still want to delude themselves that what Palin has to say now that she's no longer a presidential candidate, still holds has much weight and relevance as it did when she was running. Sorry, but seeing that this was posted at 6:56 pm, and there are a mere 14-15 comments confirms that Palin no longer generates the excitement that she did when she was a potential presidential candidate.

I was a huge Palin supporter, but rejected the notion that she would be as effective as a private citizen, as she was as a potential presidential contender. Doubt me? Ask yourself why the media is no longer going after her? The answer is easy...they NO LONGER SEE HER AS A THREAT AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN.

While i know it won't happen; if she did announce that she changed her mind and decided run, everything would change. Folks would cling onto every word she says.

Just my 2 cents.

16 posted on 01/05/2012 7:28:40 PM PST by Artcore
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To: Artcore

Um, she was never a presidential candidate. She was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, is that what you’re referring to?


17 posted on 01/05/2012 7:34:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: gov_bean_ counter; rintense

In some ways, Milt is more dangerous than Mr. Obama. He will be painted as a “conservative Republican” by the media (see Nixon, Dubya and Bush 41 as examples) and every “reach across the aisle” fiasco will be ascribed to his being conservative. Lose/lose.


18 posted on 01/05/2012 7:37:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I clarified my statement further in my post when I said “potential presidential candidate.” Sorry for the confusion.
19 posted on 01/05/2012 7:38:33 PM PST by Artcore
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Agree.


20 posted on 01/05/2012 7:47:43 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Artcore

There are still HUNDREDS of articles a day about her. Click on “Palin” here and take a look at my and the others’ threads. I am probably the #1 poster of Palin threads. Yes, the “interest” in her has died down a bit after her October demurral, but she still get about as much or more attention as the candidates and is often placed on the same level as the resident.


21 posted on 01/05/2012 7:49:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I look forward to watching her speech. She’s a brilliant speaker with a valuable message. If only the GOP establishment was on board with her message, we MIGHT be able to salvage our rights and freedoms. Instead, the GOP establishment is her sworn enemy.

Go Sarah! I just WISH you were running for president.


22 posted on 01/05/2012 8:13:26 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: Gargantua

LOL! Calm down, gal...

Who is your backup to Sarahcuda that’s actually running?

Btw, Cain needs to get off the pot along with Palin and endorse one of the three conservatives in the race, too.


23 posted on 01/05/2012 8:14:08 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: ngat

And that is the best roll for her, absent her running for president. I like her as kingmaker for GOP Tea Party candidates.

The only chance we will have to repeal Obamacare with Romney will be to control the Senate and House and have them DEMAND REPEAL.

Romney says he will repeal Obamacare, but I don’t trust him further than I can spit. The master of the flip would flop again and say he was misunderstood, that he would “correct” Obamacare.

Once and always a liar. Gingrich was right about that.


24 posted on 01/05/2012 8:16:10 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

— role —


25 posted on 01/05/2012 8:22:30 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: Gargantua; CainConservative; calcowgirl; indylindy; Pan_Yans Wife; DoughtyOne; ...
RE :”Hate to poop on your cupcakes, but I'm pretty sure she's going to announce her surprise candidacy there. She did promise that, if she ran, we could expect a very “unconventional” run. This would fit. Very nicely, indeed..... (P.S.) To all the Palinophobic nanny-complex wannabe-mommies and the “ Stop with the teasing, I just can't take it any more!!!” drama queens out there, don't waste yout time telling me to “Let it go.

Teasing??? Oh yes !

Yep, it sure was unconventional. Much more than those that kept asking her to run ever thought it would be.,

26 posted on 01/05/2012 8:52:13 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: Gargantua

To: pgyanke
You are 100% correct, and past tense “Mattered” is also appropos. Her amazing popularity was due, the majority of it, to the hope that she would do for America what she did for Alaska. That was always her unspoken promise in the hearts and minds of millions upon millions of sincere, hard working, God fearing American patriots.

I still don’t understand how you can one minute say how you honor our troops for their willingness to sacrifice all for our country, and then in the next minute, turn your back on that same country as it cries out for your leadership in its hour of life-or-death need.

I’m dangerously close to despising her for her gutless decision, and for ripping the beating heart out of the country I love. She has really pissed me off, and she may well have destroyed our chance of winning in 2012.

It’s going to take an energized base to beat Obama, Acorn, SEIU, Soros, etc. I just don’t see anyone among the current field that conservatives can get excited about.

“Buck up or stay in the truck!”

“If you can’t ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn’t join the circus.”

“Don’t retreat… RELOAD!”

What a bad, sad joke.
50 posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011 11:02:30 AM by Gargantua (President Palin isn’t coming, and she’s brought America down with her…)
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27 posted on 01/05/2012 9:21:31 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Could be that she doesn’t have quite so many opportunities to nab headlines

Not at all. I think she can really turn up the heat if she wanted to. I believe she has kept a low profile so as not to take attention away from the primary candidates.

28 posted on 01/05/2012 9:33:30 PM PST by Moorings
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To: Gargantua; Pan_Yans Wife; indylindy; Gilbo_3
RE :”I still don’t understand how you (Palin) one minute say how you honor our troops for their willingness to sacrifice all for our country, and then in the next minute, turn your back on that same country as it cries out for your leadership in its hour of life-or-death need.
I’m dangerously close to despising her (Palin) for her gutless decision, and for ripping the beating heart out of the country I love. She has really pissed me off, and she may well have destroyed our chance of winning in 2012.

WOW, what made you think she would 'run' anyways? You sound like you think she led you on.

Check out that 'running' outfit.

29 posted on 01/05/2012 9:40:22 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: sickoflibs

She’s gonna run alright. She is so good and everyone wants her so badly that her name won’t have to be on any ballots to win.


30 posted on 01/06/2012 12:49:31 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In 2009, she initially accepted an invitation to kick off the convention, but then dropped out

And in 2008, Palin cancelled her speech just two weeks before the event

You know, there might just be a pattern here.
Seems like I've heard of her doing things like that before, I just can't recall....

31 posted on 01/06/2012 4:14:33 AM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe her CPAC speech isn’t about announcing a run for POTUS, it’s about (a) increasing her value for 2016/2020 or (b) increasing her value as VPOTUS 2012.

By hook or by crook, if it’s not (a) or (b), it will be to get air time at the GOP convention this summer. The GOP leadership might not liker her, but they’ll need her. If they snub her at the convention, it will tick off the base. If they BAR her from the convention you’ll get a lot of pissed off people (some of which own powerful radio microphones).

Imagine our Sarah walking amongst the crowd during the convention rallying the troops!!!! If you thought a Palin impersonator as last year’s CPAC was a ruckas, imagine the real thing at the convention!!! Ohhhhhh, that’s gonna make the bigwigs steam.


32 posted on 01/06/2012 7:26:41 AM PST by ak267
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To: Gargantua

“but I’m pretty sure she’s going to announce her surprise candidacy there”

And I am sure you will be clutching her waist on the back of the snowmobile as she rides down the center isle of the convention floor.


33 posted on 01/06/2012 9:32:57 AM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: humblegunner
Hahahahaha! Let us all know when you (or your favorite candidate) are repeatedly invited, nay, even once invited to give the kickoff speech at CPAC! For that matter, please name one other person who CPAC has had to chase down. And why would that be, if she's a "washed-up quitter" or whatever you are intimating?
34 posted on 01/06/2012 10:15:33 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For that matter, please name one other person who CPAC has had to chase down.

I believe they always have caterers.

You know, someone to serve sandwiches and such.

35 posted on 01/06/2012 10:30:12 AM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: humblegunner
Many times, your comments about Governor Palin being in the kitchen like a good House Frau may be demeaning and misogynistic, but they usually make sense in the context of the thread. Not this time, buddy.
36 posted on 01/06/2012 10:40:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, you know...

Some days chicken, other days feathers.


37 posted on 01/06/2012 11:05:45 AM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Matt Hatter
"...you will be clutching her waist on the back of the snowmobile as she rides down the center isle of the convention floor."

How did you know???!!! That is so weird! You're spookin' me out, Karnac-dude...

38 posted on 01/06/2012 2:39:58 PM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: Carthego delenda est
"Are you O.K.?"

Define "O.K." Try to be specific... I'm pretty sure the question assumes facts not in evidence——you cad, you bounder.

8^)

39 posted on 01/06/2012 2:44:12 PM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: Gargantua

“You’re spookin’ me out, Karnac-dude...”

I could go into your late night activities with her life sized poster on your wall but that might get me banned. Don’t mess with Karnac-dude.


40 posted on 01/06/2012 4:44:30 PM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: Matt Hatter

You pegged that sucker. ROTFLMAO!


41 posted on 01/06/2012 4:48:55 PM PST by dforest
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To: Matt Hatter
"...but that might get me banned. Don’t mess with Karnac-dude."

I'm not worthy. LOL

Seriously (?), you are one of the funnier suhmenobatches buzzing peskily about my coiffe, so to speak. Sally forth, Kar'Du. An honorable foe, indeed.

Just FYI, while I was typing this, I was snickering. Which is not a licesne for you to start acting all gay. We clear KD?

:^|

42 posted on 01/06/2012 9:57:36 PM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: humblegunner

Im with you now

Im done with gurl power

Her...Bachmann...please....they fizzled


43 posted on 01/07/2012 1:15:26 AM PST by wardaddy (I fear we cannot beat Roger Ailes and beltway GOP)
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To: Artcore

Good post...my Palinista evolution as well

I wanted her as my candidate

Now?

I could care less except her endorsement might be good for a few points bump

I hope she has a nice time being a mom and wife now

I actually value that more


44 posted on 01/07/2012 1:26:35 AM PST by wardaddy (I fear we cannot beat Roger Ailes and beltway GOP)
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To: Gargantua

Crystal.
And don’t forget, the clouds in your coffee are not really Sarah in her running suit. Just a dream.


45 posted on 01/07/2012 5:01:10 AM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: Gargantua

I will say you are slightly humorous in a raffish sort of way.


46 posted on 01/07/2012 5:11:12 AM PST by Matt Hatter
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