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Give Palin the microphone
The St. Tammany News ^ | August 12, 2012 | Jeff Crouere

Posted on 08/12/2012 12:24:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP is slowly releasing the names of speakers for the upcoming convention in Tampa. This week it was announced that former presidential candidate Rick Santorum will address the delegates. Among the other confirmed speakers is former Republican Party presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

As the Republican Party prepares to challenge an incumbent president in November, it needs to have total unity in its ranks. One good way to solidify support from conservatives and Tea Party activists who are lukewarm toward presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is to invite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at the convention.

Over the past year, Palin has had the magic touch in her endorsements. Her endorsed candidates have won races all across the country, including the recent victory in the Texas Senate GOP primary. Conservative candidate Ted Cruz was not only endorsed by Palin, she made a highly publicized visit to the state to speak on his behalf. In many of these endorsements, Palin has supported underdog candidates with limited funding. As in Texas, Palin usually endorses candidates opposed by the Republican Party establishment. It is a way to support conservatives and at the same time challenge the moderate country club wing of the party that has been in control for so long.

Palin and her Tea Party supporters are tired of the Beltway elite running the Republican Party. Likewise, the GOP powerbrokers don’t care much for Palin. For example, in a recent CNN interview, former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized her selection as John McCain’s running mate in 2008.

Cheney’s disapproval only helps to generate more support for Palin. He is also dead wrong. In 2008, she brought enthusiasm and excitement to the McCain campaign. While some liberals claim she was the reason for his defeat, nothing could be further from the truth. She energized a dead campaign with a weak nominee. Right after her selection, the polls shot up for McCain. Palin gave a tremendous acceptance speech at the GOP convention and was well received on the campaign trail. While she made some missteps in “gotcha” television interviews, the fault lies with the McCain campaign, which did not properly prepare her for the media grilling.

Once the 2008 campaign ended, she soon thereafter resigned as governor of Alaska. Of course, she did not go away and actually increased her public profile. As a best selling author, reality TV star and Fox News commentator, Palin has become the most popular advocate on behalf of the Tea Party and conservatism.

Whenever Palin arrives to campaign, the media and a swarm of supporters always follow. She is a crowd favorite because conservatives admire her strong principles and courage in standing up against a negative onslaught from the media and her political enemies.

To unify the party, excite conservatives and bring viewers to an otherwise dull convention, Mitt Romney needs to give Sarah Palin a prominent speaking role. While Romney is not conservative or affiliated with the Tea Party, Palin has the credentials to reach those voters on his behalf.

Political conventions are a time that parties come together to unite behind a candidate, but all factions of the party need to feel included. Romney won the nomination even though he is not conservative. In contrast, most of the convention delegates and GOP activists are clearly conservatives. These rank and file members of the Republican Party would love to hear from Sarah Palin at the convention, as would millions of Americans watching at home.

By giving Palin a speaking role at the convention, Romney will help ensure harmony in the party and give reluctant conservatives more of a reason to vote for him in November.


TOPICS: Florida; Campaign News; Parties
KEYWORDS: palin; romney; sarahpalin; teaparty

1 posted on 08/12/2012 12:25:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t knwo about the rest of the FReepers, but I just cannot wait to hear Juan McCain tell us once again that there is no danger in voting for Obama.

The article mentions that we need total support from the whole party and then they say that McCain is speaking.

Mr.” Go along to Get along” himself.


2 posted on 08/12/2012 12:29:25 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am withholding a sizable donation to Romney Neil he invites Sarah to speak at the convention.


3 posted on 08/12/2012 12:32:29 PM PDT by Laserman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Give Palin the microphone Give Palin the Nomination
4 posted on 08/12/2012 12:34:56 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hearing Sarah Palin today on Fox News it sure sounded like she wasn’t being invited to speak at the convention. She was asked about speaking and she said something about how others who are fresh faces should speak. If she had been invited she would have said so, but instead she showed such grace and class. The RNC would be making a huge mistake not having her speak, if she doesn’t speak, I wont watch, that simple


5 posted on 08/12/2012 12:40:42 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Uncle Slayton

The failure of the RCC to invite Palin to speak is proof they are not simply out of touch but rotten to the core. No one has done more for the Republican party during the past 4 years than Palin. She is the only reason 50% of the party mewmbership has remained in the party. When she goes the party membership goes with her.Can’t happen too soon.


6 posted on 08/12/2012 12:40:53 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

is to invite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at the convention.........................................LOL, does Romney have enough money to pay for all the extra space and seats he’ll need if she speaks? Last election showed there wasn’t enough room anywhere she went. As I see it, Romney is scared stiff of her, as much as Obama and the MSM. I’d say let him stew without her, and let her put herself in a better position for 2016. But the choice is what, 4 more years with Obama? My wife will have to pull me by the ears to vote for that shifty car salesman. Palin will make him or break him, so the choice is his. This has got to be, by far, the WORST election choice of my lifetime.


7 posted on 08/12/2012 12:42:56 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Romney is an idiot if he doesn’t allow Palin to speak, but I wouldnt be surprised if he didn’t, he associates with slime balls(Schmidt, Madden, and Wallace) who have been trashing her since day 1 so that their golden boy could run in 2012. Even after all that Sarah STILL shows class and says that she is “All in” for Romney/Ryan, these people trash her and she shows grace. Every time I see Romney on TV I keep on saying to myself “I have no choice, I have to vote for you” can’t stand him but what choice do I have, its either live in Tyranny or vote for a slime bucket and I refuse to live in Tyranny


8 posted on 08/12/2012 12:49:48 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Eleanor Clift of Newsweek recently said: “She (Palin) will be a force at the Republican Convention whether she does it from the floor or from the parking lot”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/08/05/eleanor-clift-shocker-sarah-palin-will-be-force-republican-convention#ixzz23MWsrkYx


9 posted on 08/12/2012 12:50:56 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: Sarah Barracuda

2 rich white guys! WTF were they thinking? the only appeal they have is ABO. Remember the GOP originally over looked Reagan, so who knows maybe in 2016 they’ll get it right? LOL!!!


10 posted on 08/12/2012 12:55:40 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
I agree, the choice this year is simply pathetic. Regretfully, my family is voting for Mittster only because the Commie will destroy the country if allowed to stay another four years.

However, our my time and work and money will go only to down-ticket conservatives in my State and others. In 2010, we gave directly to West, Noem, Walsh,Bachmann,Johnson (WI)and others which Palin directly endorsed.

11 posted on 08/12/2012 12:57:07 PM PDT by libertymaker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sadly, they probably won’t.


12 posted on 08/12/2012 1:00:32 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Venturer
Mr.” Go along to Get along” himself.

I love being lectured about civility by a guy who wants to start about 5 more wars right now.

13 posted on 08/12/2012 1:00:43 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Face it. The definitive Republican politician isn't Reagan. It's the Mayor from JAWS.)
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To: Venturer
Mr.” Go along to Get along” himself.

I love being lectured about civility by a guy who wants to start about 5 more wars right now.

14 posted on 08/12/2012 1:01:00 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Face it. The definitive Republican politician isn't Reagan. It's the Mayor from JAWS.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d love to be wrong but I don’t see the Beltway boys giving her the mike, and for this reason: recall who made the Democrat convention keynote address in 2004 and where that individual is now.


15 posted on 08/12/2012 1:07:49 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I don’t agree.

Ryan has “it”, same as Palin does. And his running mate does also, unlike Palin’s “partner”.

I am hopeful. Very much so, in fact.


16 posted on 08/12/2012 1:11:05 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Laserman

double ditto on that. plus they must ask newt as well.


17 posted on 08/12/2012 1:16:28 PM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Laserman

double ditto on that. plus they must ask newt as well.


18 posted on 08/12/2012 1:16:54 PM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Sarah Barracuda
And the Republicans need to bolster their image with females.

Where are you going to find a better example of conservative femininity?

19 posted on 08/12/2012 1:18:21 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: Venturer

Now that Ryan’s his #2, i think he will have to let Palin speak. I’ve been saying on other threads that I think she should be given the job of introducing Ryan at the convention. As the former VP candidate, and one who shares many of Ryan’s views, she would be a natural for this role. Even the MSM couldn’t find too much fault with the reasonableness of her being given that task.


20 posted on 08/12/2012 1:27:38 PM PDT by zencycler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Formally making a deal with Palin is the smart, sensible, grown-up thing for the Romney campaign to do. So of course, it hasn’t happened yet. And I’m not holding my breath for it.


21 posted on 08/12/2012 2:07:22 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Uncle Slayton

BTTT!


22 posted on 08/12/2012 3:31:41 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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23 posted on 08/12/2012 3:32:29 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I will make NO donations to the campaign or the RNC until she speaks.


24 posted on 08/12/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: RichInOC

“...making a deal with Palin is the smart, sensible, grown-up thing for the Romney campaign to do...”

It is also the politically savvy and wise thing to do but that isn’t Gov.Romney. He is not a real politician, and whether that is good or bad, it is yet to be seen if he learned anything from being a failed governor.

I believe he is afraid of her and what she represents: the conservative heart of America.

And we’re both correct in our assessments on it happenning - like when Hell freezes over!


25 posted on 08/12/2012 3:39:36 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
LET PALIN SPEAK!

LET PALIN SPEAK!

LET PALIN SPEAK!

If there was a movement, a ground-swell of support for her to speak, then RR couldn't refuse. They really couldn't. It would also be a litmus test for Romney's ability to endorse Tea Party demands, testing whether he has the inner strength to make "unsavory" conservative decisions that go against his grain. Let the ground-swell BEGIN!!!

LET PALIN SPEAK!

LET PALIN SPEAK!

LET PALIN SPEAK!

26 posted on 08/12/2012 3:45:33 PM PDT by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: Scooter100
Fantasy scenario:

In the news, and up to the last minute, it is known that she won't speak.

At the convention, John McCain steps up to the microphone. After a long silent pause, he slowly looks from left to right...and then quite suddenly, and with increasing volume, he announces that he will relinquish his speaking time tonight to, "That tireless worker, an inspiring patriot.....from the great State of Alaska, I give you my former running mate and good friend, Governor Sarah Palin!!

Shocker! .....a roar goes up that can only be described as explosive, followed perhaps by the greatest and longest standing ovation in Republican convention history!

ELECTRIC!!

What a night!

Well, I can dream, can't I?

27 posted on 08/12/2012 4:05:35 PM PDT by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
It doesn't matter. Palin does not have to attend their little party to be heard by the American people, she has her own relationship with us. Palin will still support the establishment because they are our best hope. They will continue to ignore the grass roots as we slowly envelop them.
28 posted on 08/12/2012 4:46:09 PM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: oldbrowser

At first I was really pissed off that she wasn’t invited to speak(Or whatever the story is) but after thinking about it I have come to realize its a blessing in disguise. Sarah doesn’t need to kiss Romney’s behind in order to get to speak at the Convention. If Romney loses, they can’t put the blame on her, they can’t do to her what was done in 2008. This way she will focus on the Senate and the House(Both of which we need to take control besides the Presidency) and that is where she will make the most difference. If they don’t want her at the Convention that’s fine, I won’t watch, it will be a bore fest anyway, it’s their loss, NOT hers


29 posted on 08/13/2012 12:02:24 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Louis Foxwell

Agree.


30 posted on 08/13/2012 12:56:20 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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