Skip to comments.Does Palin have a second act?
Posted on 03/16/2013 5:47:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In January 2009, Sarah Palin had the world on a string. A potential Republican presidential field-clearer for the presidency, every sentence she uttered was news. A Fox News contract awaited her. So did book deals.
Four years later, Palin is without a clear option for elected office - or a clear sense she has an interest in any position of real public influence. She never took an active, leadership role in the tea party movement, beyond showing up at a scattered handful of events and talking it up on television. For many Americans, her name is now primarily a punchline and if she is envisioning a comeback, it may simply be too late.
Once as polarizing as a 1990s-era Hillary Clinton, she can still rouse the conservative base and create headline ripples, and has instincts for picking candidates in a primary battle that other Republicans follow. She is getting the most speaking time at CPAC when she takes the stage Saturday at the Gaylord National hotel in Maryland, and her speech is among the most anticipated.
But as a force within the party, Palin has gone from sixty to zero within the span of a single presidential cycle.
"There was a ton of potential there, and it's conceivable that there could be a second act, but it's a little hard to see it now," said Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who championed Sarah from Alaska as a potential VP pick in 2008 for Sen. John McCain.
"She didn't run, obviously, in 2012, and she hasn't really made herself a leader on any particular issue," added Kristol, arguing that one either needs to hold office or make themselves relevant on an issues front . "Usually you have to do one of those things...otherwise you're just another pundit."(continued)
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I personally think that Palin made a decision to raise her family first.
I believe that job will be much more complete next time around, and look forward to her running in 2016.
They sure spend a lot of time and effort telling us someone is irrelevant.
Not that her values are wrong...they are not.
Our next leader will have to speak truth not to power but to idiots...and make it understandable and self evident.
Do you see anyone besides her on the horizon that could accomplish that task?
She’s so much more effective in a supporting role like she’s doing now.
I would love for her to be POTUS but I sadly think that she has decided it’s not in the cards - the rats did too good a job trashing her. Even some Freepers trash her.
To me, as funny as it was, the rack and rifle joke in her speech wasn’t something you’d want to come back and haunt you if you planned on running for POTUS.
But I could be wrong. In fact, I hope I am.
The only person in view at the moment is Dr Ben Carson.
That’s what I think too. Her youngest daughter came into the spotlight at a difficult time and I think the Palins saw what Bristol went though and said “family first” means something. I don’t blame her a bit for taking advantage of the opportunities to earn enough money to make sure her family would be taken care of in the future.
Much as I’d preferred otherwise, stepping out of the spotlight is necessary in order to make a second appearance.
The humor of Winston Churchill was much more colorful than that joke, and it only increased the interest factor. I hardly think a joke is going to cause her to fail.
However, I do think that someone that is able to make a joke now and then is much more interesting than one who never does. If persuasion is the issue, humor is a valuable tool.
Unless it is a bias against women telling jokes. There is always that to deal with.
Me? I laughed my ass off.
Guess you missed these:
Dr. Ben Carson: Your right to own a semiautomatic should depend on where you live
Dr. Ben Carson: I dont think Chris Christie and GOProud should be excluded from CPAC
Don't play coy little reporter. For some of y'all in the "better than the rest of you" media it always has been.
Well I thought it was funny and there’s nothing at all wrong with a POTUS with a sense of humor but she’s been brutalized for less.
I despise what they’ve done to her. But as Pat Caddell said - for his party winning is a matter of life and death importance. They’ll do anything.
Are you serious? The Republican field in 2016 is likely to be much stronger - crowded with far more competitive conservatives than 2012. It will almost certainly contain several strong candidates such as Walker, Jindal, Paul (Rand), Rubio, etc. Additionally there will be some moderate types like Christie who will be very powerful candidates.
Palin had a golden opportunity to run as a conservative in a pitifully weak field in 2012 and she passed it up. She almost certainly wouldn't have gotten the nomination and I am sure she knew that - but it would only be more difficult for her next time around when she'd face even tougher competition. She isn't going to run 2016.
This man Dr. Carson is a perfect foil and trump personage against Obama and Obama’s enablers. He i.e. Carson doesn’t seem to want to take on Obama being the anti of much of what he i.e. Carson speaks for but the implications are plain. Watch out for Obama to try and suck up to what Carson is saying especially as to GOD in his i.e. Obama forked tongue spiels.
I think one has to look at Palin’s family.
Seriously. She had to make that decision as a Mom. For all the things she may someday be, at that time Mom was the most important job she had available.
I certainly hope she has moved above and beyond that in 2016.
I believe she is considering it.
Gov. Jindal and Senator Rubio are not eligible to be president, or are we disregarding that now because of Mr. Obama? Their parents were NOT US citizens at the time of their birth.
I love Sarah, but in this country at war, she cannot get elected.
That said, she can certainly lead a major effort to defend us against the tyranny being imposed by Obama.
Have you forgotten Trig, Sarah's special needs child? Won't she need to be there for him??
She would make a fantastic Energy Secretary.
Still I believe she’s reached balance. I believe it’s possible for her to progress, beyond just raising a family in 2016.
I was disappointed last time, however I remain hopeful.
He said, indirectly, that Obama was trying to destroy the country...but he did so without pointing the finger.
Will that be effective? We'll have to wait to find out.
I prefer full frontal assault...but that's just me.
Carson might be much more strategic than me...and more effective.
Interesting comparison considering that Churchill was relegated to virtual obscurity during most of the 1930's reign of Chamberlain and his appeasement ilk.
He re-appeared, big time.
Sure she has an exciting future but not as president. I understand she has a devoted following on FR but not so much nationally.
I don't see how that would come back and haunt her. How would the libs use it in a way that could possibly hurt her?
And yet, despite her family, she ran for VP and all the other offices prior to that. Palin didn't run in 2012 because she knew she'd likely lose in the primaries - and the odds would even be more against her in 2016 when she'd face much tougher competition.
Oh good grief, not this birther nonsense again. Jindal and Rubio were born in the United States and are eligible to be President. Period.
Never say never.
Ronnie Reagan was cooked after the 1976 presidential cycle.....alot can happen in 4 years.......
There’s a reason Palin turned down the FOX channel new contract....we can only speculate.
Palin still seems to arouse the rank and file of the Conservative right.......ie... she’s not dead by a long shot!
Kristol’s a guy with his finger on the pulse of the Tea Party.
Which law school did you attend?
I agree with you about this, amnesty would not help win over Hispanics and it would be a disaster for Republicans. I also suspect Paul is much more like his Dad than he lets on, and I believe conservatives should be wary. That said, no matter the reservations many of us have, Paul has a strong following and may win over a lot of traditional conservatives despite some of his more libertarian views.
I listen to constitutional experts like Mark Levin, not birther conspiracy theorists that can't get anywhere in the courts with their made-up version of what a natural born citizen is. Rubio was born in Miami and he is eligible to be President. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge and he is eligible to be President. That's all there is to it.
I don’t claim credit for what someone else already noted, but, I swear that is the modern Statue of Liberty.
14th Admendment citizens are NOT Natural Born Citizens. The words of WKA are clear that Under the 14th Admendment their rights are the same as if they were NBCs, but does not include them as such. Sorry you are ill-informed.
While the term in irself has been around for centuries with various definitions the term (ie Nomenclature as refered to in Minor v Happersett) as used in the 18th century merant someone born to the native soil whose parents were its citizens.......nothings has changed that evn in light of Obama’s distortions....*Ever notice that Obama never calls himself a Naatural Born Citizen???? He always says “I was born here I am a citizen....Nice! But that isn’t the Article II requirement......nor is it for Rubio, or Jindal....sorry pal
To the contrary. Palin has a HUGE number of supporters separate from FR. In fact, most of them don't even know FreeRepublic exists.
Got to tamp down excitement about Palin...
Wrong. Sarah knew winning the primaries was quite possible BUT that she would lose the general election BECAUSE the GOP-E would see to her loss. The timing wasn't right. However, that's changing as anyone following the events of the day can see that the political establishment is falling out of favor with millions of people all across the nation. People are fed up!
So people say God is dead so we are not to believe since they say it is so? Sarah is alive and well and I am behind her 100 percent. My money is also. Let the hate begin!!!
i just thought it was pretty bawdy but maybe I’m wrong.
It certainly wouldn’t stop ME from voting for her!
We shall see.
Given the choice between Palin/Cruz/Tea Party or the ossified, corrupt, constantly-capitulating GOP-Establishment, I’ll always go with the former. The latter can simply die for all I care. I’m through with them, after a lifetime of exclusive “R” voting. Any candidate with a single fetid whiff of the GOP-E will never again get my vote.
For all the folks that for four years kept heralding Romney’s “electability,” while calling Palin “damaged goods” and happily repeating each MSM attack and deranged tabloid smear, they can all go choke.
Nor is Cruz elegible. It amazes me that three of the leading republicans are not NBC. Almost like someone planned it.
Makes them feel like THEY are relevant.
There’s no such thing as coincidence.
She’s only 49 years old, for goodness sake. Mitt Romney was 65 and John McCain was what, 105? when nominated.
That’s ridiculous! McCain was only 103!
The MSM’s champion, BJ Clinton, IS a joke! (now we know the meaning of “IS”!)
And BJ Clinton COMMITTED acts infinitely more vulgar than anything hinted at in a double entendre about gun racks.
Some might advise Sarah that, “If the shoe (joke) fits, WEAR it!”
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