Free Republic
Browse · Search
GOP Club
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Analyst: Romney Will Choose ‘Extreme Opposite Of Palin’ As Running Mate
WUSA-TV ^ | June 1, 2012

Posted on 06/01/2012 7:06:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Regardless of the political affiliation or level of engagement of a person’s community, most people would be hard pressed to find someone unfamiliar with the name Sarah Palin.

A dynamic and polarizing figure who was often the subject of scrutiny and target of political satire, Palin is the former Alaska governor and vice presidential contender that Americans either love or hate.

The ambivalence she’s inspired in the nation after numerous gaffes and missteps along the way in 2008 has not lessened much over the past four years since her time in the spotlight.

She has also become a figurehead on the prow of the USS Tea Party, a conservative movement responsible for causing its own political divides throughout the nation and keeping her name in a place of prominence.

The fallout from what some have called a disastrous performance during the 2008 election continues to this very day.

Perhaps the most notable and timely example is the repeated appearance of her name in speculations regarding the choice of running mate for official GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney – usually mentioned as a moral, the personification of a lesson to be learned.

The continued factoring of Palin into such conversations leads many to wonder – how do her words and actions affect politics in 2012, four years after her candidacy?

Her influence is not to be negated outright – after all, as Politico pointed out earlier this week, Palin has made several successful endorsements recently, such as Senate hopeful Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Her support has been perceived to be something of a game-changer for candidates on the receiving end of it, and in a positive way.

She also lent support to Rick Santorum, before ultimately dropping out of the race.

Joanne Bamberger, manager of Pundit Mom and an author of the book “Mothers of Intention,” feels that her influence does exist, but will likely stay isolated to a small sect of the American populace.

“I think her positive is her negative – she is still going to appeal to the really committed Tea Party supporters,” she said to CBSDC. “But if you’re talking about the presidential race, Senate races, local races, whatever they are, the Tea Party is an uber-conservative, small minority of people voting.”

She additionally noted that a Palin endorsement smacks somewhat of Karl Rove-ian politics, in the strategy of appealing to niche voters and galvanizing a passionate but ultimately small sect of Americans toward a candidate, rather than appealing to a larger, broader base of constituents.

Barbara Kellerman, a James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, agreed when she spoke with CBSDC.

“She remains attractive, sure – in every sense of the world – appealing to many people ideologically and personally,” she said. “But those people are increasingly very much in the minority, very much among the right wing of the Republican Party.”

Added Kellerman, “Are there people in the United States who pay attention to her? Sure. Is her political clout even within a remote distance to what it was a couple of years ago? The answer is no.”

As for Palin’s influence on the selections of a running mate for Romney, both Kellerman and Bamberger see Romney steering clear of a wild card such as Palin.

“I think the level of consciousness regarding the mistake the McCain campaign made … (will cause) the Romney campaign to make extreme efforts to distance itself from it,” Kellerman said. “They will seek someone politically skilled, serious, somber, adult, mature … someone no one will question as a solid pick for the vice presidential slot, who in the event of a calamity would be fit to be president.”

She added, “There has really been an evolution from 2008, a gradual recognition and nationwide acknowledgement of the reckless pick by the McCain campaign. Few defend it anymore – some may have in 2008 and 2009, even 2010, but not in the last year or two.”

Bamberger envisions a male running mate for Romney, but for different reasons.

“Lots of people are saying that Romney has to pick a woman as a running mate because of the perceived war on women, but if I were a betting woman, I would say that he would steer clear of any women and pick someone he is most comfortable with,” she said. “[Not] because of Palin – he’ll choose the extreme opposite of Palin because that’s who Romney is. He’ll pick someone very much like him, in the mold of George H.W. Bush picking Dan Quayle. Another white guy … with a similar background who is not going to overshadow Romney.”


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: palin; romney; sarahpalin; teaparty
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-121 next last
Linseed Grahamnesty? Juan McLame? Tim Pawlenty?
1 posted on 06/01/2012 7:06:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

If it’s Lincoln Chafee, expect a revolt.


2 posted on 06/01/2012 7:09:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is crap. He will pick Martinez of New Mexico.


3 posted on 06/01/2012 7:09:24 PM PDT by Perdogg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wait until she speaks at the convention.

They don’t get how she rings true.

Truth escapes the spiritually blinded.


4 posted on 06/01/2012 7:09:58 PM PDT by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mittens is walking on thin ice as it is.


5 posted on 06/01/2012 7:11:57 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
They aren't called SeeBS for nothing.
6 posted on 06/01/2012 7:12:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Romney will pick extreme opposite of Palin."

Bastard'd better not.

7 posted on 06/01/2012 7:12:44 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

so. An ugly, stupid communist. is that what this guy means?


8 posted on 06/01/2012 7:13:33 PM PDT by redhead (Libs can't win without cheating--Conservatives don't have to cheat to win)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Barbara Kellerman? I never heard of her.


9 posted on 06/01/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitch Daniels? He did attend the Bilderberger’s meeting.


10 posted on 06/01/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney and his vicious Team decimated the GOP
in 2008 for Romney’s Soros and Romney’s Obama.
His attacks through his Legion FOCUSED on Gov. Palin
to THROW the election.

Romney does not represent a single true long-lasting
genuine conservative value
and does not deserve anyone’s vote.


11 posted on 06/01/2012 7:15:02 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
the subject of scrutiny and target of political satire

Screw that crap! Sick of it. She was/is the victim of left wing hate and lies. The only analysis that is appropriate is one that includes vengeance.


12 posted on 06/01/2012 7:15:13 PM PDT by I see my hands (If you say what you think then no one will like you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Joanne Bamberger, manager of Pundit Mom and an author of the book “Mothers of Intention,” feels that her influence does exist, but will likely stay isolated to a small sect of the American populace.

Who? What?

13 posted on 06/01/2012 7:16:11 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
The opposite of Palin... so, a liberal, old, minority dude, with no family and no real world experience. Oh and also ugly.

Yeah, sounds like a good plan.

14 posted on 06/01/2012 7:16:30 PM PDT by delapaz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The ambivalence she’s inspired in the nation after numerous gaffes and missteps along the way in 2008 has not lessened much over the past four years since her time in the spotlight.”

What a bunch of bovine excrement this article is. I stopped reading after that statement. It became to much.


15 posted on 06/01/2012 7:17:28 PM PDT by Parley Baer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The opposite of Palin is Obama - profoundly unprincipled and unqualified.


16 posted on 06/01/2012 7:19:10 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



17 posted on 06/01/2012 7:19:14 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: delapaz

Alcee Hastings?


18 posted on 06/01/2012 7:19:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
He'd be a fool if he didn't pick Rubio.
19 posted on 06/01/2012 7:19:41 PM PDT by deweyfrank
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Extreme opposite?

So RINOmney will choose an dorky repulsive male who has never done anything on his own?

We’ve already got that.

We call him Obama.


20 posted on 06/01/2012 7:22:39 PM PDT by Da Coyote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Opposite? Jesse Jackson?


21 posted on 06/01/2012 7:25:26 PM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Writer is trying to influence Romney to pick a loser


22 posted on 06/01/2012 7:26:12 PM PDT by uncbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Then Romney is extremely foolish. Let’s face it not many republicans are to the left of Romney himself and he is held in great disdain by the base. He should tread carefully. I am already considering not casting a vote for president. I doubt that I’m the only one.


23 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:46 PM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s gonna pick Obama?


24 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:52 PM PDT by correctthought ("Obamunism is a temporary setback on the road to freedom" - Liberty Prime)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Which CBS slug wrote this crap? Is it not obvious this piece was written to sow more division among conservative voters? No one ever slaps these asshats when they are 180 degrees wrong. But they are treated as if they are so insightful when they manipulate the voting public like this piece of crap.


25 posted on 06/01/2012 7:29:00 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: delapaz

... an ugly old dude with no balls

Though we had that the last time.


26 posted on 06/01/2012 7:31:46 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m not going to try to predict what Romney’s going to do but I do know this: this article was written by a dedicated Palin-hater.


27 posted on 06/01/2012 7:32:39 PM PDT by samtheman (select environmentalists with clue > 0 .... Result set: no rows returned)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary’s available...


28 posted on 06/01/2012 7:33:27 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah is the only choice.........I will not be surprised if he does indeed chose her....


29 posted on 06/01/2012 7:35:44 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Libby Dole?


30 posted on 06/01/2012 7:38:02 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anyone but Congoleum Rice.


31 posted on 06/01/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OrangeHoof

Jon Huntsman, Bilderberger.


32 posted on 06/01/2012 7:39:10 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: deweyfrank

uh oh, Rubio? they’ll be here soon


33 posted on 06/01/2012 7:40:00 PM PDT by thestob (Vote or P. Diddy will kill you)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Meghan McCain?


34 posted on 06/01/2012 7:41:41 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The extreme opposite would be 0bama.


35 posted on 06/01/2012 7:41:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: deweyfrank
He'd be a fool if he didn't pick Rubio.

I wholeheartedly agree. He's the future of the GOP.
36 posted on 06/01/2012 7:41:58 PM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I think the level of consciousness regarding the mistake the McCain campaign made … (will cause) the Romney campaign to make extreme efforts to distance itself from it,” Kellerman said.

Wow, what a steaming pile of BS. Palin gave McLame a surge of interest. He would have lost by a much larger margin if he had picked the type of VP these fools are trying to say Romney will pick now. Again, "journalism" designed to divide the Right.

37 posted on 06/01/2012 7:43:47 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MHGinTN

Makes sense. At a Romney event i went to in Feb, his people were talking about choosing a VP who is more centerist than he, as if he was a real conservative.


38 posted on 06/01/2012 7:44:59 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d personally like Sarah Palin to stay the “H” out of it this time around. Remain an outsider, and above it all. She shouldn’t have her name soiled by association with Romney. The guy is dirt.

Romney will pick someone he can control. A yessiree Bob sort for VP IMO.

My two cents............


39 posted on 06/01/2012 7:49:20 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
If Romney wants the conservative vote, he'll pick Palin.

If Romney want the women vote, he'll pick Palin.

If Romney wants to win, he'll pick Palin.

The key is, will she accept?

40 posted on 06/01/2012 7:49:20 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOP_Party_Animal

I voted for mccain because of PALIN.mccain didn’t fight to win,and he hindered PALIN.mccain has made his political caree playing off being a lousy pilot! I believe the plane he was shot down in while probably violating his flight instructions was the FIFTH plane he lost.


41 posted on 06/01/2012 7:52:40 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

” - - - - “Lots of people are saying that Romney has to pick a woman as a running mate because of the perceived war on women, - - - “

Why let Obama choose the criteria that Romney uses to pick his Veep?


42 posted on 06/01/2012 7:55:22 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Joe Lieberman.


43 posted on 06/01/2012 8:03:55 PM PDT by Museum Twenty (To see myself as others see me? Sounds like a terrible fate! I take great comfort in self-delusion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: thestob
I have no problem with the Cubans. They’re hard working people. Just like us Pollacks, Italians, and Irish. We all believe in family.
44 posted on 06/01/2012 8:05:28 PM PDT by deweyfrank
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: thestob
If Romney wants to win, he should pick Rubio.

If he wants to lose, pick Rob Portman...so dullllll!

45 posted on 06/01/2012 8:10:36 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut more than anything else.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: correctthought
>"He’s gonna pick Obama?"

Or Joey B. LOL

46 posted on 06/01/2012 8:12:47 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmmmm. Someone black, male, liberal, gay and hates to fish.


47 posted on 06/01/2012 8:13:27 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: deweyfrank

I have no problem with Cubans, Chinese, Indians, Blacks, Mexicans.....any one.... who is hard working, does not want to be on public dole and loves this country.


48 posted on 06/01/2012 8:13:40 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut more than anything else.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I give the chance of Palin being picked at less than 1%. And if he picks here, his chance of getting elected drops to 1:100.


49 posted on 06/01/2012 8:16:47 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: thestob

You don’t mean those who think that a 18th century Swiss writer authored the Constitution.


50 posted on 06/01/2012 8:17:41 PM PDT by gusty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-121 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
GOP Club
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson