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Gingrich Hoping for Boost From Sarah Palin
RealClearPolitics ^ | January 19, 2012 | Scott Conroy

Posted on 01/18/2012 11:10:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On June 3, 2010, a phone rang at the campaign headquarters of Iowa gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad.

Leo Hough, a receptionist, picked up and was greeted by a familiar voice. It was Sarah Palin, calling to let the campaign know that she was about to endorse Branstad on Facebook and Twitter.

There had been no previous discussions between the former Alaska governor and the candidate, who was as pleasantly surprised as everyone else when told the news.

That episode is typical of how Palin has made endorsements: suddenly, independently and without fanfare.

After leaving an indelible mark on the 2010 midterm elections, Palin has had a minimal impact thus far in this cycle. But one presidential candidate is hoping that the Mama Grizzly is about to come out of hibernation.

Despite the deeply held maxim that endorsements are overrated, Newt Gingrich and his senior aides are increasingly hopeful of gaining Palin’s support, which could mark a significant turn in the Republican nominating fight.

In a Fox News appearance on Tuesday night, the 2008 vice presidential nominee stopped just short of endorsing Gingrich but told Sean Hannity that if she were a South Carolina resident, she would vote for him “in order to keep this thing going.”

Palin’s husband, Todd, endorsed Gingrich earlier this month, and top Palin aides have told RCP that both members of Alaska’s most famous political couple speak favorably of the former House speaker in private...

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: South Carolina; Campaign News; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: gingrich; newt; palin; sarahpalin
It must gall them to have to write these stories.
1 posted on 01/18/2012 11:10:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Palin has had a minimal impact thus far in this cycle. But one presidential candidate is hoping that the Mama Grizzly is about to come out of hibernation.”

Just do it, Sarahcuda!


2 posted on 01/18/2012 11:12:38 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

Bummer that Santorium surge doesn’t seem to have legs, but anything to stop ObRomney.


3 posted on 01/18/2012 11:26:26 PM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: CainConservative

I’ll call her later today and let her know what “CainConservative” wants her to do...


4 posted on 01/18/2012 11:32:47 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

Ok, Fanboy.


5 posted on 01/19/2012 12:08:11 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: NavVet

Newt, Santorum, or Cain ..and I’m happy.


6 posted on 01/19/2012 12:09:18 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: NavVet

Newt, Santorum, or Cain ..and I’m happy.


7 posted on 01/19/2012 12:09:21 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Indeed and I’m thrilled!


8 posted on 01/19/2012 12:26:18 AM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find it amusing that Gingrich is now groveling to make the final sell to Sarah Palin for her endorsement and to win over her supporters. Not that she matters any more...or so they say.


9 posted on 01/19/2012 3:18:06 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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Gee, I missed the groveling. As far as the rest - bunny / pancake.


10 posted on 01/19/2012 3:24:34 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Gee, I missed the groveling.

Gingrich sees Sarah Palin as vice president, Cabinet secretary

Gingrich on Palin: I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I’m president.

Gingrich: I'd like Palin in my administration

All I can say is that if Palin cuts a deal with the Newt, then she'd better get it in writing since he can't be trusted.

Gingrich: ‘Strategic Blunder’ for Palin to Mock Obama as ‘Community Organizer’

Gingrich says Palin will not be the future GOP leader

Fox Primary: Gingrich Says Palin Must "Slow Down" And "Think Through What She Is Saying"

11 posted on 01/19/2012 3:54:14 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Support?

Like a Saturn V rocket on a launch pad!

really, what could go wrong?

The Palin haters have no sane arguments, they are now the ones walking around in public with their underwear on the outside and assbackwards.


12 posted on 01/19/2012 3:58:27 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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Newt’s last stand - hiding behind a woman’s skirt.


13 posted on 01/19/2012 4:05:05 AM PST by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Involving Sarah Palin in any way, endorsement, administration, whatever, will only make my favor of Gingrich grow.


14 posted on 01/19/2012 4:13:57 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Veep! Would she take it again? (please, please, please, please, please.....)


15 posted on 01/19/2012 5:12:59 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But if Gingrich pulls off the upset, or comes close to doing so, her potential to impact the race going forward will grow significantly.


16 posted on 01/19/2012 6:10:45 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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Asked how impactful a Palin endorsement would be, one Gingrich aide replied succinctly: “Big.”


17 posted on 01/19/2012 6:18:41 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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