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Sarah Palin and the End of an Era: Split from FNC highlights fade of Tea Party as well as her own
The National Journal ^ | January 27, 2013 | Jill Lawrence

Posted on 01/27/2013 11:43:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The news that Sarah Palin will no longer be a paid contributor to Fox News puts an exclamation point on the end of an era, or at least a chapter, in U.S. political history. She could land somewhere else, and she still has her Facebook friends, but it’s hard to imagine she’ll find a more visible or influential platform than Fox.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee has been fading from the scene for some time, as she inadvertently highlighted when she complained on Facebook during the Republican convention in August that the network had canceled her scheduled interviews that night. Her brother, Chuck Heath Jr., told Alan Colmes last week on Fox Radio that his sister is “kind of laying low right now,” though he wouldn’t or couldn’t say when asked why.

Once the face of an energetic and politically potent Tea Party movement, Palin is leaving Fox at a time when polls show the Tea Party at an all-time low in both membership and favorability. Her departure also coincides with calls by some leading Republicans for their party to stop saying things that erode the GOP brand and turn off voters in droves.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said bluntly this week at a Republican National Committee meeting in Charlotte that the GOP needs to stop being “the stupid party,” and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he agreed. The two were talking in particular about losing Senate candidates Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana, both of whom made inflammatory (and in Akin’s case, flagrantly ignorant) comments about rape.

But Palin, with her flamboyant rhetoric, has stoked her own disproportionate share of controversies. This is the woman who, after all, coined the term “death panels” to describe discussions between patients and physicians...

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


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: contract; elections; foxnews; obama; obituary; palin; polls; sarahpalin; teaparty; teapartyexpress; teapartyrebellion
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How many times are they going to write her obituary?
1 posted on 01/27/2013 11:43:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If she was on Fox I never saw her but once.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 11:49:04 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But Palin, with her flamboyant rhetoric.....

Yup, belief in the Lord, sanctity of human life, the constitution, honor and honesty are all flamboyant rhetoric.

Pound sand Jill Lawrence.

3 posted on 01/27/2013 11:55:31 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: freekitty

Sarah Palin should have her own TV channel.


4 posted on 01/27/2013 11:57:24 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Molon Labe)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

She already has a spiffy studio in her home in Wasilla.


5 posted on 01/28/2013 12:00:26 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They will write her obit millions of times. They fear her.


6 posted on 01/28/2013 12:13:57 AM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( John Boehner is our Pierre Laval. We need a Charles DeGaulle.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As many times as it takes...

I suspect shes just gearing up for a stronger attack. Fox has been keeping their “commentators” limited in what they can say I am sure.


7 posted on 01/28/2013 12:19:45 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’ve heard rumours she may be headed towards Blaze tv. That’s one of the reasons she declined a renewal of her contract.


8 posted on 01/28/2013 12:20:27 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you support the tea party, do not let yourself be worn down by the establishment. Every election, local, state, and federal, is a fight for the country.


9 posted on 01/28/2013 12:21:33 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
  So the press is saying that conservatism and the tea party movement are kaput - again? I guess they're relieved that they have nothing to worry about in 2014.

  and they're not even afraid of Obamacare's death panels...

  but they should be.
10 posted on 01/28/2013 12:22:48 AM PST by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

11 posted on 01/28/2013 12:37:59 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The author mentions the "demise of the Tea Party," but doesn't provide any facts to support the declaration. The refusal of conservatives to vote for Mitt Romney does not signal the demise of a movement, only a refusal to compromise a moral position (i.e., Tea Party members are not politicians!).

If the Tea Party movement has indeed faded, as the author claims, how does the she explain the surge on gun sales?

12 posted on 01/28/2013 12:40:36 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
This might explain the author...


Ummm. Meet jill.

13 posted on 01/28/2013 12:50:33 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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jill lawrence is definitely flame retardant.


14 posted on 01/28/2013 12:53:00 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: MestaMachine
Formerly Jack Lawrence?

Not that there's anything bizarrely abnormal about it. /s

15 posted on 01/28/2013 12:54:30 AM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since when did the TEA Party depend on the MSM??

Wishful thinking from a leftist no doubt


16 posted on 01/28/2013 1:10:41 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They keep trying to convince us she is GONE and not worth listening to-—when I think she is one of the most logical and Feminine woman out there. Such a refreshing contrast to the dykey, immoral, lying Hillary......they hate the contrast with all the creepy, slimey, ugly, Flukey Leftists.

Got to remove women who love themselves, their femininity who have manly men, and reject the obscene view that women are interchangeable with men.

.....I don’t watch Fox anyway-—quit when the Saudis bought shares and they started calling the Muslims “Youths”-—the ones burning all the cars. Just covering up the Truth-—like the other networks. Fox News is part of the Hegelian Dialectic-—to Progress us to the Left. It is helping to boil the water for the death of God and God-Given Rights.

Otherwise, they would be much more effective with getting the Truth out, because logic and reason and sanity is on Palin’s side. They confuse and blur the issues too much. They hate people like Palin-—who can make great soundbites.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 1:13:32 AM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh .....

She's re-loadin'

18 posted on 01/28/2013 1:17:52 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The two were talking in particular about losing Senate candidates Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana, both of whom made inflammatory (and in Akin’s case, flagrantly ignorant) comments about rape.

But we don't talk about the GOPe Romney that was at the top of the ticket huh Bobby?

19 posted on 01/28/2013 1:46:36 AM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: knarf
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh ..... She's re-loadin'

Huntin' RINO's and Ratz...

20 posted on 01/28/2013 2:11:13 AM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A beautiful woman and a true patriot.


21 posted on 01/28/2013 2:15:41 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Um, Jill .... my guess is that Sarah is ‘reloading’. On Fox, she was preaching to the choir so you’re really not going to like it when she starts going to work on you Lefties. Something else .... keep thinking the Tea Party is ‘fading’ .... we love it when the enemedia gets ambushed by their own stupidity.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 2:54:13 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: MestaMachine

“If you want to know how depraved a culture is; take a look at it’s women...”


23 posted on 01/28/2013 2:59:35 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And whom did Sarah Palin endorse in Missouri? Was it maybe ... Sarah Steelman? As for Indiana, I put that one on the doorstep of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and for his losing touch with the base of the party. I’m surprised the National Journal didn’t blame our failures to pick up Senate seats in Montana and North Dakota on Palin, not to speak of Romney’s failure to defeat Obama.


24 posted on 01/28/2013 3:17:02 AM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: who knows what evil?
If you insist...

I definitely see what you mean.

25 posted on 01/28/2013 3:22:12 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: MestaMachine

I can’t take credit; it was a quote from my pastor...


26 posted on 01/28/2013 3:29:12 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: TigersEye

or rhetorically FLAMBOYANT /s


27 posted on 01/28/2013 3:44:56 AM PST by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At this moment Jill Lawrence probably has a Sarah Palin voodoo doll and is sticking pins in it. And she probably has a Tea Party Gadsden flag on a wall and throws darts at it in her spare time.


28 posted on 01/28/2013 3:48:35 AM PST by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Besides which and such, FOX News has no more relationship to the tea party movement than MSLSD or any of the rest of the LSM drones. Puh-leeeeez, lamer lib National Journal lady. Get a clue.


29 posted on 01/28/2013 4:17:29 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: MestaMachine
OMG she's got that whole Andre the Giant facial thingee going on their....

I am gonna owe somebody a keyboard and screen this morning...:-)

30 posted on 01/28/2013 4:17:58 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...The news that Sarah Palin will no longer be a paid contributor to Fox News puts an exclamation point on the end of an era, or at least a chapter, in U.S. political history. She could land somewhere else, and she still has her Facebook friends, but it’s hard to imagine she’ll find a more visible or influential platform than Fox.... “


Flip the context and the same lamer lib National Journal lady would NEVER under ANY circumstance concede that Fox has ANY influence whatsoever.


31 posted on 01/28/2013 4:21:04 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: MestaMachine

Meet Jill...formerly Jack?


32 posted on 01/28/2013 4:26:47 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This was arranged by the GOPe comprising Rove, Romney, Powell
and the other Soros-Obama plants.


33 posted on 01/28/2013 4:37:03 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, the ugly truth is that Palin lost a tremendous amount of political momentum and much of her grassroots infrastructure (best seen in such sites as Organize4Palin and Conservatives4Palin) when she told Mark Levin that she was not running for President. Those groups and others are still around, but much of their energy and membership has simply dissipated over the past year. Moreover, PalinTV (which was a strong effort to bypass the MSM and to get Palin's unedited words directly out to the public) no longer has its own web presence but is now just a Youtube channel. I'm not sure that she will ever be able to recover what she has lost by her decision, unless she runs for and wins Begich's seat in 2014, which would revitalize her political standing and give her a springboard for 2016.

As far as the TEA party movement goes, it is in fact in some disarray now, mostly at the hands of the corrupt, crooked, GOP-E, which fought it harder than the Rats. Since Palin chose not to run, it did not have any real leaders to coalesce around, and was successfully infiltrated by GOP-E hacks and operatives, who then tried to direct its energy to Team Romney. I remember some of FR's resident chest beaters claiming two years ago that the TEA party was self-sustaining and did not need any leaders. Well, that has proven to be wrong-headed, and so here we are, stuck with Obama for four more years (or more), and a fetid, feckless GOP-E now doing his bidding in Congress.

34 posted on 01/28/2013 4:42:23 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jill, bless your little heart. Sarah has not retreated. She is reloading. Keep writing her obituary if it helps calm your fears, but the fact is, the fight has only just begun. You can take that to the bank!


35 posted on 01/28/2013 4:57:24 AM PST by cblue55 (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I see things haven't changed much.


36 posted on 01/28/2013 5:07:35 AM PST by McGruff (What difference does it make? - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Timber Rattler
I'm sorry but the TEA Party started out as and has always been a movement not a political party.

If you want to see it, go to a gun show where there are hours long lines of people just to enter the show....even Oragne County California! (as is what happened this very weekend)

37 posted on 01/28/2013 5:11:40 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: CAluvdubya
I'm sorry but the TEA Party started out as and has always been a movement not a political party.

Well, that may be the case, but movements don't mean a hill of beans unless they can coalesce into something more tangible and get their candidates elected, repeatedly. The TEA Party was on the verge of that in 2010, but because of the GOP-E/Obama onslaught, it failed spectacularly in 2012, and quite frankly doesn't look like it is going to do anything this year or next.

Unless someone can pull it all together again, and give the TEA Party Movement something with which to revitalize itself and focus its energy on, then it is indeed finished as a movement. Being a "silent majority" just doesn't cut it anymore.

That's the unvarnished truth, like it or not.

38 posted on 01/28/2013 5:30:21 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

There’s alot of truth in those two paragraphs you just wrote. I still have a hard time with Gov. Palin because she had all the momentums and let it slip through her fingers.


39 posted on 01/28/2013 5:40:47 AM PST by Clyde5445
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah walks her own path. It’s not the one we all think it should be. I wanted her to run for President, but had to accept her decision. The MSM would have been all over her, worse then ever, distracting from the big issues.

Sarah is again walking her own path. Each time, she has been blessed, and has blessed others. Many just HOPE she has lost her voice. Sometimes the quiet voice is the loudest.


40 posted on 01/28/2013 5:41:23 AM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For somebody so irrelevant, they sure have a hard time not talking about her.
41 posted on 01/28/2013 5:47:13 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Clyde5445
Well, we'll never know exactly what transpired between her Indianola speech on September 3, 2011, and her announcement on Mark Levin's show on October 5, 2011 that led to her decision to let it all go. It could have been McGinniss's stalking, Bristol's run-in with the LGBT mafia, the death threats against Trig, Trig's developmental problems associated with her being away, Rick Perry's announcement of his own candidacy, or McCain/Malek calling her up and telling her that the GOP-E would not support her even if she won the nomnation, or all or none of the above.

What we do know is that Palin's decision to not run took most of the wind out of the TEA Party's sails, and vindicated the Alinskyite attacks used against her by both Team Romney and Obama.

Honestly, I don't know how she can ever recover politically since 2012 was her best chance, with a full head of Conservative steam in her boilers and the grassroots infrastructure that she would need to run an "unconventional campaign" in place, with people like Pete Singleton laying the groundwork in Iowa.

It was tremendous opportunity lost, and the TEA Party movement is suffering because of it.

42 posted on 01/28/2013 6:02:47 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler
Seemes they spoke out loud and clear against Romney at the voting booth.

They spoke out loud and clear for Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby.

They are again speaking out loud and clear against gun ban laws.

Reports of their demise have been greatly exagerrated...

43 posted on 01/28/2013 6:05:45 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: MestaMachine

"THAT'S a woman???"


44 posted on 01/28/2013 6:07:51 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: CAluvdubya

So why was Romney the Republican candidate then if the TEA Party held such sway?


45 posted on 01/28/2013 6:10:54 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Maybe you should change your handle to Rip Van Winkle. Seems like you slept through the ‘primaries’.
And then maybe you should talk to Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Naybe Tim Scott and others. You really think the TEA Party is dead?


46 posted on 01/28/2013 6:33:18 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Sarah Palin should have her own TV channel.

________________________________

Really? She couldn't pull enough viewers to keep a once-in-a-while gig on FOX but you think she could support her own channel? Maybe on Wasilla Public Access...maybe.

47 posted on 01/28/2013 6:36:08 AM PST by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Did he win? Did the TEA Party turn out and vote for him?


48 posted on 01/28/2013 6:36:50 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: MestaMachine
No, I don't think that it's dead, but dwindling. How many people on FR have been complaining lately about how their local TEA party groups have pretty much fallen apart despite their best efforts (including mine)? Where are the rallies with the Gadsden flags? Why was Romney the Republican nominee, and why is Obama still the president.

Going into denial is a surefire strategy for continued defeat.

49 posted on 01/28/2013 6:38:40 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: COBOL2Java
No. THIS is a woman.


50 posted on 01/28/2013 6:40:06 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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