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Sarah Palin tips her hand
The Daily Caller ^ | February 16, 2012 | Bart Marcois, Romney volunteer & RNC LDS Outreach Liason

Posted on 02/17/2012 12:01:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Has Sarah Palin just announced her candidacy for president? On Wednesday night she told Fox Business host Eric Bolling that she still has the fire in her belly and is still game to run for office. More telling, however, is what she said about the current GOP nomination battle and the possibility of a brokered convention.

Palin’s comments leading into the South Carolina primary, encouraging people to vote for Newt Gingrich because the party is strengthened by a long primary battle, were bewildering at the time.

“I want to see this thing continue, because iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel. If I had to vote in South Carolina to keep this thing going, I’d vote for Newt and I would want this to continue.”

Leaving aside metallurgical analysis comparing honing knife blades to the hammer blows of negative campaign ads, the comments were incomprehensible from a strategic point of view. Gingrich at that time was administering a beating to the entire capitalist system, with his attacks on Romney’s wealth and the investment world. It was not clear how that process would help any eventual Republican nominee run against the class-warfare campaign sure to come from President Obama.

After Newt lost Florida by 15 points, Governor Palin announced that she would vote for him in Nevada, again “to keep this thing going.” Even while admitting that the process “thus far, hasn’t been really attractive to the electorate” and saying about negative ads that “when a bell is rung, it’s really tough to un-ring that bell,” she still wanted it to continue.

Why would she want the process to continue if it is causing permanent harm to the Republican candidates?

On the Fox Business Network Wednesday night, Bolling asked Palin about the possibility of a brokered convention, and whether, if asked, she would consider being drafted to be the nominee. She responded: “We could be looking at a brokered convention. … If months from now, if that’s the case, then all bets are off, as to who it will be, willing to offer themselves up in the name of service to their country. I, uh, I would do whatever I could to help.”

It’s becoming clear why Governor Palin wants the nominating process to continue, even though it’s really tough to un-ring the bell of a process that turns off voters. She has no interest in seeing any candidate gain the support of the majority of the GOP delegates, because she believes she could step into a brokered convention and walk out as the Republican nominee. She shares with Gingrich an ability to fire up the base, to draw admiring shouts and standing ovations from audience members. She also shares with him a disdain for conventional campaigning, which critics call a lack of discipline. Those characteristics are ideally suited to winning an election process that lasts only three days and takes place in a single city, but they are liabilities in a process that takes months and covers 50 states.

Palin just gave the clearest signal yet that she intends to compete for the presidential nomination if there’s a brokered convention in August. What is a Republican voter to do? Whatever it is, the voters in Michigan, Arizona and the Super Tuesday states had better start doing it right away. Because if we don’t, we will miss the only chance we have to stop socialized health care and a host of other evils that would result from a second term for Barack Obama.

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Bart Marcois, a former principal deputy assistant secretary of energy, is senior vice president at Policy Impact Communication.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; gop; lds; mormons; palin; rnc; romney; sarahpalin
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
And if the convention picks Jeb Bush who did not appear on a ballot in a single state during the primaries, will you consider that a legitimate choice?
51 posted on 02/17/2012 1:39:32 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Face it dude, people don’t care for Newt. Without a debate, he is toast, burnt toast.

If he was so great, he would at least be on top within his own party of voters. But he isn’t. Just the way it is.

If you think he can beat Obama and he can’t even get a majority of people in his own party to vote for him, you are nuts.


52 posted on 02/17/2012 1:39:32 PM PST by dforest
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To: throwback

If this is Sarah’s strategy and she astutely assessed the probability of a brokered convention months ago; I’ll bet she has a plan once a brokered convention becomes a reality.


53 posted on 02/17/2012 1:48:50 PM PST by Josephat (The old claim your evengelizing people who haven't heard the gospel, but go to a Catholic country tr)
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To: Josephat
So would somebody please ask her, Why didn't you run!!!! I was entirely prepared to support her. The only reason I voted and donated to McCain in ‘08 was because of her. I had the bumper sticker on the back of my truck. She never showed. I shouldn't get on these Palin threads because I'm done with her. She's a disappointment. I've moved on to the people actually running.
54 posted on 02/17/2012 1:51:21 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: dforest
LOL! Right, and Romney's big money attack ads and brainwashing the ignorant fools who go where the wind blows them had nothing to do with it. Remember, Newt was in the 40% realm before Romney launched a multimillion dollar negative campaign against him. Santorum sat unnoticed in the background and let it happen.

There is much here that is not only the fault of painfully ignorant voters, but those who have no sense of loyalty or duty. They merely follow the crowd, go with who everybody else is currently going for.

But you also fail to understand that the same thing can reverse itself in days under this chaotic electorate.

55 posted on 02/17/2012 1:56:31 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“It’s becoming clear why Governor Palin wants the nominating process to continue, even though it’s really tough to un-ring the bell of a process that turns off voters. She has no interest in seeing any candidate gain the support of the majority of the GOP delegates, because she believes she could step into a brokered convention and walk out as the Republican nominee.”

Sure, you can draw that conclusion if you’re willfully ignorant of the context of her statement. Sheesh...


56 posted on 02/17/2012 1:58:01 PM PST by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: Qwackertoo

My feelings exactly


57 posted on 02/17/2012 2:03:51 PM PST by The Wizard
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To: throwback

Perhaps when she weighed the cost to her family and the direction the race was going, she saw a way to achieve her goal with minimal damage to her family or her campaign fund. If so, she is ballsy and brilliant. Most importantly, she is good and positive. We need that.


58 posted on 02/17/2012 2:05:14 PM PST by Josephat (The old claim your evengelizing people who haven't heard the gospel, but go to a Catholic country tr)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just another writer who attracts hits by putting Palin’s name in the heading.

She has made it fairly clear that she opposes Mitt, and who could blame her. Beyond political philosophy, his minions have savaged her for several years now.

Of his two remaining opponents, she has indicated her preference for Gingrich. The writer again trots out the slam that Gingrich was attacking capitalism, when in fact he was attacking Romney’s way of doing business, which is not exactly the same thing. Remember Romney’s people shredding documents early in the campaign?

She didn’t want to flatly endorse Gingrich, as a Fox pundit, but she has done everything short of it. Her husband endorsed him, and she in effect encouraged him to hang in all the way to the convention - hence, her remarks about the brokered convention. The writer assumes for the sake of an internet piece that Sarah wants a brokered convention for her own purposes, when in fact a brokered convention seemed at the time the only hope against the Romniacs.

I don’t think she has attacked Santorum. She opposes Romney and prefers Gingrich (as do I). Its not very complicated. I likewise seldom attack Santorum. I like Gingrich better, but I would vote for Santorum with an easy conscience, something I can’t say about Romney, mainly after the way his proxies treat his opponents.


59 posted on 02/17/2012 2:06:26 PM PST by marron
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeehaw!! Go Sarah!


60 posted on 02/17/2012 2:14:05 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When the McGinness book came out and Sarah decided not to run, it was pretty clear that she started to plot a pathway to a deadlocked convention. Remember that her lawyers called every primary state and got detailed info on the last possible moment to file for the primaries? She decided not to run just after that.

She has lost nothing in the last year by not running and getting 10 standing ovations at CPAC pretty much told the world that she was viable.

I think she decided not to run a conventional campaign to give her family some peace while the others slugged it out. She traded this family time for the shot at a deadlocked convention nomination.

If there was no chance she would return to the race at the end, the Julianna Moore movie, “Game Change”, would have been cancelled. The Democrats fear SP the most because of her rabid fans and her unpredictable campaign behavior.

All of the polls of Obama versus Romney, Gingrich and Santorum are useless at this point because the R’s have not yet begun to relentlessly hammer Obama on his record. Stay tuned, Obama will look like an incompetent Hitler-wannabe by October.

Pair her with Paul Ryan as VP, Gingrich as Chief of Staff, Romney as Secretary of Commerce and Ron Paul on the FED board and they are our best shot.

She would also be the only Protestant in the race, which should not be overlooked. (BHO’s Black Liberation Theology doesn’t count) In 2008, 57% of Republicans were Protestant and 23% were Catholic.


61 posted on 02/17/2012 2:23:22 PM PST by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Josephat
You guys are hopeless. I've listened to you through last summer, and the fall, “she's coming, she's getting in, just watch”. Doesn't happen. Now this “brokered convention” pipe dream. At some point, you have to dance with the person who brought you and stopping watching the door for the dream date. Good luck with that. If it happens, email me and let me know I'm the biggest loser of all time. If not, I hope you have a good dog to console you. In future, I will attempt to not comment on Palin threads because they are populated by hopeless romantics. Meanwhile I'll send my money to someone with their name on a ballot somewhere.
62 posted on 02/17/2012 2:28:44 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: dforest

Obama is an abomination... but I know that and can adjust my life accordingly. Romney, Newt, Rick are all liars and politicians (though I repeat myself). I don’t know what to expect from them. I’d “...rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.” as Hamlet put it.

As to whether my write-in vote is noticed - I will notice it and since it will likely be my last such vote (I am 77 years old) it will have to suffice as my last act of rebellion to tyrany.


63 posted on 02/17/2012 2:41:59 PM PST by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It reads like a moron wrote it.


64 posted on 02/17/2012 2:57:02 PM PST by free me (heartless=no humanity)
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To: oldfart

Rick Santorum is not a liar.


65 posted on 02/17/2012 3:20:17 PM PST by dforest
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To: dforest

“Rick Santorum is not a liar.”

He’s a politician, isn’t he?


66 posted on 02/17/2012 3:22:15 PM PST by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: pvoce
I believe she can pull this off too.

Everybody focuses on the fact that she missed the deadlines for the primaries and therefore impossible for her to win nomination.

Not so.

Should a clear winner not emerge from the primary process, the convention will be thrown wide open and all those Santorum, Gingrich, Romney and Paul delegates will be free to choose another candidate.

Unless Santorum, Romney, Gingrich or Paul are able to suddenly pull away from the pack and amass a commanding lead in pledged delegates - we are headed for a brokered convention.

67 posted on 02/17/2012 3:42:53 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Rick Santorum for President - 2012)
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To: Yaelle
I am a fan of Palin but when the country needed her, she chose not to serve.

in what way? let's not forget that McCain, in all intents and purposes, had conceded the election to Zero before the polls opened their doors - we voters didn't stand a chance. He went Perot on us and there was nothing Sarah could have done about it. Since then, and unlike McCain btw, Sarah's been a constant presence on the political scene - a kingmaker in her own right - which has been for the good of the country - much to the consternation of the Dem party (and some repubs) who just can't stop talking about her! Is there anyone left in America who doesn't know who she is now? That's star-power. That's the 'it' factor.

If Sarah, as hinted at some few weeks ago, decides to pair up with Newt, I believe we've got a winning team that will put Zero and his Congress into a tailspin. And if we don't beat Zero, well, we ain't seen nuthin' yet - without having to worry about re-election, Zero will pull stunt after stunt after stunt.

If Sarah's strategy this past year has been to avoid the traditional and ever-more-invasive slime slinging of the primaries she experienced last time, while doggedly keeping to her bus tours and growing her base exponentially, well, it's been a very successful strategy, and I say more power to her. Run Sarah Run !

68 posted on 02/17/2012 3:44:31 PM PST by blueplum
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To: Vigilanteman

Stop slandering Sarah Palin!


69 posted on 02/17/2012 4:19:31 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
Go to YouTube: Game Change is the top video preview no matter what you're viewing. How much is that costing HBO? That's how much they still fear her.
70 posted on 02/17/2012 4:25:31 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: Andy from Chapel Hill

Oh, and Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt! PERFECT! THe biggest @$$hole in Hollywood playing the biggest @$$hole in politics!!


71 posted on 02/17/2012 4:27:10 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: onyx; darkwing104; Old Sarge
"Romney was actually the more conservative candidate to McCain in ‘08."

I love it when they actually "out" themselves.

72 posted on 02/17/2012 4:36:52 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: throwback
After a dozen other people have slogged through the trenches for a year fighting the good fight of long days, crowds, lack of sleep, endlessly pleading their case, begging for money, yada, yada, the queen will deign to intervene at the convention to assume the crown when asked. I'd rather vote for someone that worked for it thank you.

You make it seem like they stormed the beaches of Normandy and slogged their way through mud all the way to the Rhine. A romantic notion, I suppose but I'd rather nominate a winner than a worn-out loser. And if neither of these four can accumulate a majority of the delegates on their own come convention time, they will surely be losing to Obama in November.

73 posted on 02/17/2012 5:31:04 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Rick Santorum for President - 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
On Wednesday night she told Fox Business host Eric Bolling that she still has the fire in her belly and is still game to run for office.


74 posted on 02/17/2012 5:36:53 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

While I don’t see Palin getting into the race when there is still a lot more money for her to make I would certainly prefer her over Romney and even Gingrich should she actually be serious. She has some baggage herself she would bring with her BUT it would a lot less than what Gingrich and Mittens are having to lug around. I suppose we will just have to sit back see how things shake out leading to the convention.


75 posted on 02/17/2012 5:50:36 PM PST by Ron H.
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To: 9YearLurker
Plus Palin went against the GOP-e in Alaska and won.
76 posted on 02/17/2012 6:03:38 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

nail dot head. article written by...guess who?


77 posted on 02/17/2012 8:36:59 PM PST by redhead (Don't take what doesn't belong to you. LIFE BELONGS TO GOD.)
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To: dforest
Santorum never hurt Newt,

So you approve of lying - we'll never see eye to eye

he isn’t liked too much by the electorate

Is that one of your self approved lies or is this a personality contest and nothing about who is the best of lead America.

All of your venom isn’t going to help a darn thing. That is his fault.

My venom? Another one of your self approved lies. Venom is from the liar and it's Rick's own fault I think he's a pawn of satan, the master of lies. It worked for barry because those attracted to evil vote for evil. One nation, under satan, they like it and want more but never on my vote and it helps w/my soul that I didn't bow to satan to bring America down. You have to answer for your own actions. Those who approve of lies here will spend their eternity with the master of lies. He hates truth spoken, also, and calls it venom.

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

78 posted on 02/18/2012 12:42:38 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: throwback
Romney was actually the more conservative candidate to McCain in ‘08.

You are certifiably nuts! A Governor instituting PRO HOME marriage, is PRO ABORTION, signed into law Big Gov't/ socialism Healthcare, appointed liberal judges and with not a drop of patriotism in him is NOT even a Republican much less a conservative!

Thanks for exposing yourself, troll!

79 posted on 02/18/2012 1:02:11 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name
Oh how quickly we forget. Here's a quote from a Fund piece in '08 to refresh your memory:

Last week's editorial endorsement of Mr. McCain by the New York Times, which delighted in recounting every one of Mr. McCain's disagreements with conservatives, didn't help. "John has to begin a new phase of his campaign," says one prominent Republican in Congress who is backing Mr. McCain. "He has to decide if he wants to be a leader of the conservative movement that he says he joined after Ronald Reagan inspired him to enter politics in 1982. If he does that, he can be accepted. If he doesn't, he will have to settle for a shotgun marriage with conservatives."

The only way McCain got any of the base to the polls was by putting Palin on the ticket. And I'm nuts. Make an argument. That's how you convince people.

80 posted on 02/18/2012 8:23:39 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: throwback; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2848324/posts

Do you all know that there is another conservative Republican that is also running but that the media has hidden from us?

The media must be really scared that Roemer will bring back jobs to the U.S. From China.

As founder and head of Business First Bank, a small business community bank for the past 16 years, Roemer has watched as his American industrial clients have been wiped out by Chinese competition. In his first speech on how to restore jobs, Roemer said that no other candidate for president either has the insight or the guts to recognize what has gone wrong with the American economy.

“There is a bear in the room,” says Roemer. “It’s fat. It’s eaten our jobs.” That bear is China. “Why is it I’m the only presidential candidate who can see the bear?” he asks.


81 posted on 02/18/2012 10:51:58 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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