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Where is Sarah Palin?
WLS-AM ^ | July 16, 2012

Posted on 07/17/2012 1:41:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Last May, a cult-like throng of journalists chased Sarah Palin and her bus along the East Coast, eager that she’d drop the slightest of hints that would answer an almost fanatical question: Was she jumping into the GOP primary?

This weekend she gave a speech in front of hundreds of supporters, revving them up with some of her favorite lines — blasting both President Obama and “crony capitalism” and calling the “bitter clingers” to action. She even unveiled this new line to huge cheers:

“We’re little tea pots, and we’re getting steamed up because Obama is tipping us over, pouring us out and draining the entrepreneurial spirit from us, that which grew America into the most exceptional nation ever known,” she said at a tea party event for wounded soldiers in Belleville, Mich., sponsored by the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity.

She was once the most visible spokeswoman for the conservative cause, and now her reality star daughter Bristol gets almost more attention. Not that the elder Palin isn’t still good at it; she riles up a crowd in a way no one on the GOP side can. So why the fading headlines?

SarahPAC is still a secretive organization, but those willing to lift the veil a bit say she’s actively taking a step back and not much is going on inside. What’s not clear is if they are gearing up for attack or if she will stay in the background.

Even her chief of staff has left, ABC News has learned. Michael Glassner was hired last February and it set off a flurry of early will-she-won’t-she run headlines. He recently left SarahPAC because there just wasn’t enough for him to do, according to several sources knowledgeable of the inner workings of the organization.

They are still fundraising, though. According to their Federal Election Commission filing Friday they raised $780,000 over the past three months. That’s up from only $388,000 they raised in the first three months of the year.

Despite the slower schedule, she is focused on congressional candidates as opposed as to the top office. She went after Obama in Michigan (“Why would anybody want to fundamentally transform what is so good and free and strong about America?” she said, according to the Detroit News), but she isn’t firing up the crowd for the presumptive GOP nominee, a visible distinction.

Palin never officially endorsed Mitt Romney, and she prefers to slam Obama rather than praise his challenger.

Palin’s next steps are a bit of a mystery, but why isn’t she hitting the road with Romney, jazzing up the so-called base that the former Massachusetts governor has struggled so hard to win over?

“I think it would be essential for victory in the fall for Gov. Palin to be involved in galvanizing turnout in key battleground states,” said Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of the right-wing Breitbart News who is also Palin’s friend. “In order to win, we need the same type of surge in the fall of 2010 among tea party and grassroots organizations, working-class people — and Gov. Palin talks to that audience better than anybody else today. … There is no scenario for victory in November in the battleground states that is not directly tied to turnout. Governor Palin is the key that picks that lock.”

Palin has yet to make an appearance on the road to the White House being traveled by Romney. As we approach Romney’s announcement of his own running mate, four years after Palin was plucked from the frontier, the headlines about the pride of Wasilla are almost more about her daughter’s reality show than her comments or aspirations. Her daughter, Bristol, stars in Life’s a Tripp on Lifetime.

And what about the Republican National Convention next month — the place she made such a splash just four years ago — there’s no sign that she will have a speaking role, but we do know her political action committee will be there, if not on site.

On FEC forms filed in April, SarahPAC spent $4,500 to reserve space at the Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa for the event. It’s a five-minute walk from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the actual convention will be, and it’s easily accessible to all the big GOP leaders and delegates, as well as the thousands of journalists who will descend on Florida.

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax hawk, said the Romney campaign would be wise to build a strong relationship with Palin just as it has done with Ron Paul, the libertarian candidate who marshals a loyal following in the GOP. But with Palin, formalities might matter — Romney shouldn’t expect Palin to beg for a speaking slot at the convention, he said.

“Some people need to be invited. Some people need to be told, ‘We want you,’ ” Norquist said. “People like to be asked.”

And in a hint as to how Palin is thinking about Romney’s campaign and what advice she would give, Bannon said he believes she would agree with a Romney surrogate who hasn’t always been so kind to Palin.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: palin; romney; sarahpalin; teaparty
It seems the Romney people aren't as smart as many think they are.
1 posted on 07/17/2012 1:42:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So if Romney kisses Her ring, he suddenly becomes acceptable?


2 posted on 07/17/2012 1:45:07 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: humblegunner

No sandwich reference? I’m dissapointed in you, buddy.


3 posted on 07/17/2012 1:47:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Romney doesn’t invite her onboard she can still have a huge impact by working to get tea party candidates elected. Sarah wins either way. Romney can only lose if he ignores her.


4 posted on 07/17/2012 1:47:27 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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5 posted on 07/17/2012 1:47:54 PM PDT 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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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t give a damn where she is.


6 posted on 07/17/2012 1:49:50 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: don-o
I know she has her own place in Tampa for the convention.

Donald Trump and I think Ron Paul do also.

7 posted on 07/17/2012 1:50:04 PM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No sandwich reference?

That was only half as effective as I'd hoped.

I was forced to quit that halfway through.

8 posted on 07/17/2012 1:50:13 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: humblegunner
"So if Romney kisses Her ring, he suddenly becomes acceptable?"

Not quite. If Romney acknowledges Palin's capabilities, charisma and conviction, he might suddenly become acceptable.

9 posted on 07/17/2012 1:51:00 PM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sara is off in deep meditation; contemplating her navel and why she is supportive of the LOST!


10 posted on 07/17/2012 1:52:20 PM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: eCSMaster
If Romney acknowledges Palin's capabilities, charisma and conviction, he might suddenly become acceptable.

You're a seriously defective moron. You know that, right?

11 posted on 07/17/2012 1:53:40 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

And many more millions don’t care about you!


12 posted on 07/17/2012 1:56:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One of my favorite photos. To the newbies on the board, that's FR Mondo Jim Robinson shaking hands with the lovely Sarah Palin.


13 posted on 07/17/2012 1:58:01 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hear she was seen in Scottsdale in the last few weeks. Good luck with your search.


14 posted on 07/17/2012 1:59:01 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People are just trying to make it through a long, hot summer. Midwest farmers are wondering what they’re going to do with scorched corn, the economy continues to suck, and London proves it can screw up anything.

No one is paying attention to Presidential politics....


15 posted on 07/17/2012 2:00:12 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This makes me feel like Romney wants this convention more like it will be scripted. That worries me. Palin could fire up conservatives and more important the Tea Party. Another great conservative who has tremendous knowledge about politics is Michelle Malkin. That gal would create a firestorm.

We have some FR jackasses that seem to be liberal hacks.

16 posted on 07/17/2012 2:00:31 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: humblegunner
A moron is an idiot. Therefore, a seriously defective moron would be a genius.

Thank you bumblehummer, for the compliment.

17 posted on 07/17/2012 2:01:45 PM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: humblegunner

18 posted on 07/17/2012 2:02:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: don-o

19 posted on 07/17/2012 2:04:01 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank you fatso…

I am pleased to know I am very popular among millions.

Thank you for sharing.


20 posted on 07/17/2012 2:08:43 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I heard she wasn’t going to the Convention. Am I wrong? I would love for her to give a prime time speech.


21 posted on 07/17/2012 2:17:01 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: bigbob
No one is paying attention to Presidential politics....

Which is good for our side. The less time they have to contemplate the more likely they are just going to walk in on Election Day, look at Obama, and pull the flush handle.

22 posted on 07/17/2012 2:18:11 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: scooby321
I know she has her own place in Tampa for the convention.

Know what's gonna happen in Tampa? Mitt Romney is going to be nominated to run for President against Barak Obama.

23 posted on 07/17/2012 2:22:15 PM PDT 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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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

The thing about being a so-called “fatso” is that you can lose the weight, but you can’t cure stupid.


24 posted on 07/17/2012 2:29:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah came out in support of Mitt back in April.


25 posted on 07/17/2012 2:35:04 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08. Right?)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Rombutt is on his own. Gov Palin knows, as should all right thinking Conservatives, that a Romney presidency has disaster written all over it unless Conservatives occupy a lot more seats in Congress.


26 posted on 07/17/2012 2:36:44 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Millions???

HA!! Sparky, zip up your pants, your delusion is showing.

27 posted on 07/17/2012 2:40:25 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: miss marmelstein

I saw a headline which said she had not been asked to attend.


28 posted on 07/17/2012 2:54:48 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The thing about being a so-called “fatso” is that you can lose the weight, but you can’t cure stupid.

You are so correct.


29 posted on 07/17/2012 4:12:57 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: NoLibZone

The ineligible poser RINO Milt:
"You expect ME to speak up ... for her?
My attacks on that woman are ... just the right size."

30 posted on 07/17/2012 4:58:43 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Umm...she’s out there, helping Republican candidates and giving Barry (and a large number of downticket Democrats) all kinds of grief, and doing it the way she wants to do, rather than the way the Romney campaign would require her to do. Aside from that, I gather she’s building up funds, building her Rolodex, letting her kids grow up, and biding her time until 2016 or 2020. In short, looking out for her own interests and letting Mitt and his campaign worry about theirs.


31 posted on 07/17/2012 5:30:24 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Diogenesis

32 posted on 07/17/2012 6:28:09 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08. Right?)
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To: NoLibZone

Gov. Palin suffers from Stockholm Syndrome from her 2008
VP-’assassin’, Bishop RomneyCARE, the GOPe Backstabber
and sole author of DEATH PANELS and socialized medicine.


33 posted on 07/17/2012 6:31:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Diogenesis

You are on the wrong side, of this fight.

Seriously.


34 posted on 07/17/2012 6:33:21 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

FRiend, the fight is against GOVERNMENTAL CONTROL
of FREEDOM and MEDICINE and FAMILIES.

So explain why you defend the AUTHOR of gay marriage
pushed through by HIS WHIM and not by a vote,
who incidentally is also the AUTHOR
of DEATH PANELS. He also supports
Sharia, TARP, TAXES, and the 911 Victory Mosque.

So why don’t you defend Mr. RomneyCARE on this, here, now.


35 posted on 07/17/2012 6:41:01 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Judging from the comments on this thread I would say Sarah has lost her ability to unite us in a common cause.


36 posted on 07/17/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Zombies are just good looking democrats.)
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To: Diogenesis

I am not now, nor never have been about defending Romney about anything except winning.

For that however, he deserves support. At least in my opinion.

I support Sarah Palin enthusiastically, from my heart, and I always will.

See the difference? :D


37 posted on 07/17/2012 6:52:36 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: CyberAnt

That’s basically what I heard about Sarah. Grrrrr....


38 posted on 07/17/2012 7:14:46 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope she’s cleaning a salmon somewhere.


39 posted on 07/17/2012 7:18:10 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And many more millions don’t care about you!

+1

40 posted on 07/17/2012 7:50:06 PM PDT by Ron H. (Obama, America's public enemy #1.)
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To: humblegunner

No,but if he thinks he can win without conservativesthen go Ahead Mitt lock her Out,take your best Shot,your in Charge


41 posted on 07/18/2012 4:46:20 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Alaska’s current governor Parnell just said no to Obamacare in Alaska.

So where has Sarah Palin been?

Working with conservatives to keep Alaska Obamacare free.

Now if anyone wants to really know where she might be currently then maybe they should go to the Orlando theme parks.She does have a family, its summer.


42 posted on 07/18/2012 5:23:54 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

It is clear that you wilL know NOthing until you have mASTered the art of RAndom capitaliZAtion.


43 posted on 07/18/2012 1:18:46 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: miss marmelstein; All

I’m hoping Romney appoints Sarah “Energy Secretary” .. and she blows all the elites out of the water with her record breaking reforms; reforms which put America back to #1 status in the energy dept.

I’m rooting for her.


44 posted on 07/18/2012 3:27:01 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: humblegunner

Sarah is the best stump speaker I have ever heard, but she is more Davy Crocket than Daniel Webster. Crockett did not get along well with Jackson. His humorous, folksy and well received speeches are fun to read even today, because they always had “Bite.” By comparison, Mr. Romney’s speeches try to “gum” their opponents to death. I hope between now and the election,Mr. Romney remembers to put in his dentures.


45 posted on 07/20/2012 11:21:11 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: RichInOC

Pretty much. Why do they insist on underestimating this woman?


46 posted on 07/20/2012 11:23:12 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: CyberAnt

Doubt it. Remember that even if Romney wins and serves two terms, she will still be less than 60 in 2020. I am voting for Romney, expecting to be disappointed by his administration. My guess is that Palin feels the same.


47 posted on 07/20/2012 11:27:21 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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