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Palin Edorsement of New Hampshire Hopeful Draws Ire of Conservative Paper
Politics Daily ^ | July 21, 2010 | Tom Diemer

Posted on 07/21/2010 3:47:17 PM PDT by neverdem

Sarah Palin got some push-back Wednesday, but not from one of her liberal critics in the "mainstream" media. No, it was a conservative -- and influential -- New Hampshire newspaper that tartly dismissed the former Alaska governor's recent endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte.

In a front-page editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid wrote that Palin's endorsement should "neither surprise nor upset the other campaigns" since voters in the state are "rarely impressed by what outsiders have to say."

Better pay attention: in a state that traditionally hosts the first presidential primary -- and will again in 2012 -- the Manchester newspaper wields considerable clout, particularly among Republican voters.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, "isn't making these endorsements because, as she claims, she had spent time in New Hampshire and thus knows that the people here are a lot like Alaskans. She spent a few hours here one day during the 2008 presidential election. That's still more time than she spent getting to know Ayotte, but it takes quite a lot longer to know New Hampshire," McQuaid said in the editorial. The publisher called Ayotte a formidable, legitimate contender in a four-person race for the GOP Senate nomination. But he advised other candidates: "Don't fret over what a 'Mama Grizzly' from Alaska does. Right now, Granite Staters have more to worry about in keeping bears away from bird feeders."

In a Facebook posting, Palin praised Ayotte as a "Mama Grizzly" and said she was the "strongest common-sense conservative who can win in the fall."

Ayotte, the former New Hampshire attorney general, is well financed and the front-runner in polls heading into the Sept. 14 Republican Senate primary. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) is the likely Democratic nominee in a contest to succeed Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-N.H.), who chose not to seek a fourth term.


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1 posted on 07/21/2010 3:47:25 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Did she endorse another open-borders RINO like McCain?


2 posted on 07/21/2010 3:49:45 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: neverdem

Incoming!!!


3 posted on 07/21/2010 3:51:05 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: neverdem

It’s a shame that the word “conservative” has to be qualified with “common-sense”.

Remember when a conservative was a conservative? Now we have Compassionate Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, Common-Sense Conservatives, etc.


4 posted on 07/21/2010 3:54:14 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: neverdem

The Union Leader stopped being a Conservative paper in 2000.


5 posted on 07/21/2010 3:54:41 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny...its principles are the founding principles." - M. Levin)
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To: neverdem

Suck it up, folk.
Sarah paddles her own canoe.
Nothing new here.


6 posted on 07/21/2010 3:57:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: jessduntno

Yep, you are right ... My Wife worked there a long time ago. But when Loeb died ... poof and look there was a RINO.


7 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:00 PM PDT by Tarpon (Obama-Speak ... the fusion of sophistry and Newspeak. It's not a gift, it's just lies.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
I really wish someone would tell Palin to drop the idiotic common sense BS.

A real conservative has common sense naturally.

It is becoming tiresome, repetitive and means nothing.

8 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:06 PM PDT by dforest
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To: jessduntno

“The Union Leader stopped being a Conservative paper in 2000.”

Oh?


9 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:15 PM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Remember when a conservative was a conservative? Now we have Compassionate Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, Common-Sense Conservatives, etc.

That is true too..

I’m shocked that a conservative paper even exists in the Northeast.. :-]


10 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: neverdem

I don’t know Kelly Ayotte, but some of the Freepers on an earlier thread did not speak well of her.


11 posted on 07/21/2010 4:02:32 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Retired Greyhound
It’s a shame that the word “conservative” has to be qualified with “common-sense”. Remember when a conservative was a conservative? Now we have Compassionate Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, Common-Sense Conservatives, etc.

Conservatism IS common sense. What's the problem?

12 posted on 07/21/2010 4:02:44 PM PDT by FreeReign
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-—”Remember when a conservative was a conservative?”-—

Yes, but to be fair, 90% Conservative used to be acceptably Conservative. Also, back in the day of Reagan, people weren't excommunicated for things like endorsements. Do you recognize how many Freepers would have refused to vote for Reagan after amnesty, or for that matter, choosing Bush for a V.P.?

These days, even at FR, candidates like Hayworth, Palin, Rubio, Haley, Coats, Ayotte, Rand Paul, and more than a few others get blasted as traitors, RINOs, etc.

I stick to the 90% rule - I'll take any of the above any day. Also, stances on issues mean 1,000,000 times more to me than whether or not Palin endorsed Fiorina, or Hunter endorsed McCain, or DeMint endorsed Graham. I love every damn one of those folks, still.

13 posted on 07/21/2010 4:03:31 PM PDT by TitansAFC ("At that point in time (2000 race), McCain was as conservative if not more so than GWB." --- pissant)
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To: indylindy

-—”It is becoming tiresome, repetitive and means nothing”-—

So is Palin bashing, but I doubt that’ll stop you.


14 posted on 07/21/2010 4:04:36 PM PDT by TitansAFC ("At that point in time (2000 race), McCain was as conservative if not more so than GWB." --- pissant)
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To: NormsRevenge

New Hampshire should no longer be thought of as a conservative state...according to former Governor Sununu; more people are moving out than moving in fior the first time in 40 years. NH = Boston suburb, and getting worse.


15 posted on 07/21/2010 4:05:24 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: indylindy
I really wish someone would tell Palin to drop the idiotic common sense BS. A real conservative has common sense naturally

That's the point. It's a pitch to people who don't consider themselves conservative. It's telling these people that conservatism IS common sense (and the liberalism isn't).

16 posted on 07/21/2010 4:05:25 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Frantzie
Did she endorse another open-borders RINO like McCain?

According to her website her views on immigration mirror Palin's - secure the border, enforce the laws, and not a clue on what to do with those already here.

17 posted on 07/21/2010 4:06:12 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: indylindy

I completely agree. I agree with just about everything Palin stands for, but I have to confess she grates on me sometimes. I don’t like “common sense conservative” and the whole “mama grizzly” thing is really off-putting. That said, I do support her and wish her the best, but I wish she would drop some of that business.


18 posted on 07/21/2010 4:07:30 PM PDT by Chester Jones
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To: TitansAFC

Bring it on. Can you tell me what a common sense conservative is? Tell me, what is it? McCain? FioRINO? Linseed? Maybe Bachmann?

Words mean something. Or they should. Slogans are like HopenChange.


19 posted on 07/21/2010 4:08:18 PM PDT by dforest
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To: jessduntno

The Union Leader, which was so instrumental to Reagan’s success in 1980, and backed his strong showing in 1976 as well, has fallen from the high place it once held in Conservatives’ esteem. Joe McQuaid isn’t fit to carry Bill Loeb’s briefcase.

The Union Leader can’t move the needle at all anymore. But Sarah Palin sure can. And she will do it in NH.

If Loeb and his wife were still alive, the Union Leader would be trumpeting her endorsement of Kelly Ayotte. And the Union Leader would be promoting Palin 24/7 just as they did Reagan.

Her endorsement is a huge boost for Ayotte and means she will easily crush her primary opponents and then dispatch the hapless Dem Hodes in November.

And Palin will have yet one more ally in a key early state. And the beat goes on.


20 posted on 07/21/2010 4:08:31 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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