Skip to comments.Bill Kristol: Palin Would Be 'Formidable' Presidential Candidate
Posted on 02/07/2014 2:46:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin would prove "formidable" in a 2016 run for president, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted Thursday.
"She's a huge political talent. She has a real populist streak, and a real feel for, sort of, middle America in a way that very few politicians do," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"The truth is, she might be kind of formidable," he added.
Her biggest obstacle, Kristol maintained, would be explaining why she stepped down as Alaska's governor before serving her entire term.
Kristol advised the next Republican nominee to "spend some time talking to her," because she "has a feel for what people out there care about, and a way to formulate things, and she should be part of the conversation."
Kristol revealed a list of his nine top possible Republicans who could vie for the nation's top office. In light of New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's troubles over the "bridge-gate" scandal, Kristol predicted the Republican establishment would instead rally behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
"Jeb Bush will be the establishment candidate," Kristol said. "I think [Chris] Christie's in trouble. I think Jeb is much more likely to run than people have thought. And he will have formidable establishment support."(continued)
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After a statement like this, Bill Kristol can no longer be considered the poster child for the neocons.
I’m amazed to hear this from the lips of Bill Kristol.
As for why she stepped down from the governorship, she and her family could no longer afford to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees because of multiple bogus lawsuits by liberals which were funded by taxpayer dollars.
But before she stepped down, she made sure she had a solid Lieutenant Governor in position to replace her.
It’s Kristol so I don’t think his motives are pure. If he is talking up Palin then it’s a jedi mind trick to get her into the race to help split the Conservative primary votes amongst Cruz, Palin and Paul in order to ensure a jebba the bush victory.
Misleading headline, “might be kind of” is not the same as “would be”. Can you hedge any more?
I think she’ll coordinate with Senator Cruz so that they won’t be running against each other.
Another push for JBush.
As Rush commented today, a recent poll shows that a majority of people still blame the last Bush for the economy.
It has been 6 years now, and the Bush name is still being blamed. THE BUSH NAME IS STILL TOXIC.
Run Jeb or his son and GOP loses.
Her biggest obstacle, Kristol maintained, would be explaining why she stepped down as Alaska’s governor before serving her entire term.
Really? She explained why already.
Kristol wants Palin to be distracted focusing on something that happened almost 6 years ago!
I don’t get it. He hates her, always has.
Kristol was pushing for Palin way back at the start.
He always has to play the jackass, and throw feints and dodges here and there, but early on he was a Sarah stalwart, believe it or not.
I remember him being on Fox after her convention speech and he was proud as punch.
Below is a clip I dug up. There are plenty of others. This is an insulting piece as regards Palin, but it does point to Kristol as one of if not the earliest Palin supporter.
We could do better. But probably won’t.
As the most popular Governor in America, perhaps ever, and as a reformer taking on both parties, Palin was getting noticed by some, before her selection for veep.
Here is a February 2008 Vogue article.
Yes, he did, along with a handful of us freepers that were following her since she got the Governorship in 06'. Kristol might be a RINO and at times, and at times we can't stand him, but maybe just maybe he is looking at the field for 16' and seeing a train wreck between Christie, and Santorum and the Huckster thinking they still have a chance and want to throw their hat in ditto that the warm bowl of Mush Jeb Bush is uggh, gag me on that one.
He's no dummy, we need someone that excites, we tried two dullard's and got our @$$es handed to us, maybe just maybe even he wants to win this time around...
Maybe, he's being honest. I mean, if Conservatives don't trust Kristol, why would they be swayed by this?
I’m tired of establishment GOP pundits..period.
Palin is the most vetted candidate...ever. And right now she is the best thing for America. All I know is this. if Palin doesn’t run, if a Republican wins, Palin needs to be either EPA chief or secretary of the interior.
I guess we’ll always remember it differently.
I can’t even imagine the number of teeth we’re going to have to knock out before that campaign is over.
Kristol leaves the Saudi run, and Rove influenced Fox News and gets conservative?
And folks here think Fox News is still conservative
As taildragger points out (Post 16) Kristol is a pain in the butt (and more so every day, it seems) but in this case he was steadfastly and demonstrably on your side.
Seems pointless to waste energy hating on a guy who helped as much as he did. Another 2008 account, from the Daily Beast, no less, who despise Kristol as much as you do:
Reagan in a dress.
0’shamu has only said one intelligent thing in her life. When Sheryl Crowe suggested everyone should only use one sheet of toilet paper, she bellowed:”Did you ever see the size of my ass?”
The video of her resignation speech would be played 24/7 by the media and the democrats. And Palin looked pretty bad in that speech.
Of course for every gop candidate, they will play something 24/7. For Romney it was the 47%. For Gerald Ford it was him bumping his head.
But I think her resignation speech could be a killer. It is the same as “the potato incident” for Quayle. It is the Dukakis Tank Ride.
Of course Hillary has her “sniper fire” incident.
Yeah, OK. Kristol loves her then. Now, don’t worry about my psyche.
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is on *my* s***list, not that anybody should care. Meh.
Meet Jeb’s wife Columba. As elusive as bigfoot, English as a second language and oops tried to sneak about $12,000 worth of goodies in from a European shopping trip without paying duty on it. Yeh a winning campaign.
What the GOP elites don’t want to talk about is that 2016 is going to be a duke out between Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Either one OK by me.
Sorry, i posted this by mistake to this thread! Meant for O’Gasbag..
“All I know is this. if Palin doesnt run, if a Republican wins”
How can Palin who I would support in the blink of an eye or anyone else WIN with the last two elections (and 2012’ even more so than the first) being subject to MASSIVE fraud which no one had the guts to call out?....Do we think they will actually allow a conservative to win after not even being the least bit challenged on the fraud?...I honestly do not see how a republican much less a conservative can win any election from here on out.....
“”Kristol was pushing for Palin way back at the start.”
Palin is still my top choice, by far. With Cruz as back-up.
The only qualms I would have about Palin getting the nomination has nothing to do with her, but with the country as a whole. With America in such a seeming death-spiral, rapidly decaying economically, culturally and morally, I’m hardly inclined to wish this unsalvageable mess onto her. It would be like hanging a rotting animal carcas around her neck.
It all seems increasingly pointless anyway, as I fully expect the GOP-E to serve up yet another noxious, Dem-lite hack by the time 2016 comes along. As someone who has voted in every small, local, primary and presidential election all my life, it would have been almost inconceivable to imagine that I might one day just give up on voting altogether, but I’m getting pretty close to that point. But for Palin, I’d pull out all stops, both moneywise and physically legwork.
Sarah devoted a whole chapter to explaining that in her book, "Going Rogue". It ought to be required reading for any conservative who still buys into the left's 'quitter' meme.
I don't think the leading conservative contenders are going to fall for that Jedi mind trick. They know the GOP-e's game all too well, and will likely decide amongst themselves who's going to challenge the establishment RINOs for the nomination.
I personally feel that thinking had a lot to do with why Sarah bowed out last time. Notice that the wind went right out of her sails when Rick Perry jumped into the race (after promising us Texans that he wouldn't).
I think even then, she saw how the dynamics would play out in the nominating process.
Not to laugh at your troubles or s-—list.
I would just say your psyche sounds pretty sound to me.
Kristol went to Alaska and “discovered” Palin for McCain. He went there on a cruise, and Palin met the boat.
Kristol has described her as “shrewd”.
I don't. Not even a little bit.
Then maybe Hillary can get a similar opportunity to explain why she served for 8 years out of the 12 she was elected to serve. Is she a quitter?
But she hasn’t been to Hahvadd.
Imagine the day after an election win by Sarah. Libs jumping off the Golden Gate or moving to Tibet... imagine more possessions and more religion too...You could say I’ma dreamer but I’m not the only one...
Just be cautious though, this kind of talk get's the PDS PUTZES panties in a twist.
Shoot some people on F.R. will be doing that.
Uncle Sam please hold my Hand- Republican Types.
In NJ and Philly vernacular: JUST OOOHHHHH!!
I can see them bung heads just KISSIN those heels!
It’s why they HATE that girl this much!
SHE MAKES THEIR KNEES WEAK AND ......
Its a family forum, but I think you know where I’m going with this.
Bill Meyher wants, in the pit of his perverted stomach, TO SUCK THOSE TOES! (He is a little, deranged pervert.)
To me, Sarah Palin is a good, strong, wholesome woman who can stand up and deliver our nation from evil.
Sometimes, Queen Boudica is a needed entity.
Well, Bill, just imagine you are sued, PERSONALLY, for every single column you write that some opposition group doesn't like. Now the company for which you work has to spend money on administrative tasks pursuant to the lawsuits, but YOU have to pay the attorney fees. How long do you think you would stay in that position before you realized that in order to save your company money, and keep yourself out of bankruptcy, you would have to quit the job. I think you would quit just to stop the harassment.
THAT is what happened to Sarah Palin. As long as she was in that office, the lawsuits were going to continue to be filed, and the people in her office were going to have to spend their time working on filings, and gathering information for the plaintiff's attorney's, rather than spend time on the business of the state of Alaska. Sarah knew what they were trying to do, and if it hadn't been so wasteful to the state, and financially destructive to her family, she might have fought longer, but she finally decided to give in. And it became clear it was only a political hatchet job, because the lawsuits stopped when she left office. It wasn't the JOB she was doing they wanted to stop, they wanted to ruin HER, personally.
What they didn't count on was Sarah's making herself a name on the national stage APART from politics, and that has really frosted their a$$es!
Please make certain you never miss a Palin thread to express your dislike of Palin. We don’t care, but you want us to. It wouldn’t seem right without you making it known that you don’t like her. Yet, we don’t care.
Wow I didn’t realize that, until right now.
Way to support Palin early.
Way to go Kristol.
The explanation’s easy. The oath of office is not a suicide pact.
“Formidable establishment support” you say? I say bring it on; we’ll see who’s left standing - GOPe or We the People.
That Dodge Charger commercial with ‘George Washington’ in it comes to mind.
She explained quite well why she stepped down - I was listening, but apparently Kristol missed it.
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