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The myth of Palin's frontrunner status
Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 12/01/2010 7:48:56 PM PST by neverdem

Much of the punditocracy is obsessed with Sarah Palin. It's understandable on several levels. First, she makes for good copy and has a knack for coining catchy phrases ("death panels") and new words ("refudiate" -- it's now in the dictionary). She is controversial and opinionated, so given the choice between, say, a story on John Thune and one on Palin, it's a no-brainer to choose the best-selling author, TV reality show star and Tea Party darling. But conservatives suspect there's also some mischief-making afoot -- the desire by liberal-leaning members of the media and the White House to make Palin the symbol of the Republican Party, which they are convinced will translate into her presidential run, her nomination and a shellacking for the GOP at the polls in 2012.

You don't have to buy into a conspiracy to see that many in the media and on the left are convinced Palin will be the nominee. In fact, they seem to be in a bit of a time warp. Howard Kurtz recently praised her media savvy, an observation widely held by conservatives -- 18 months ago. Unlike conservatives who have had time to process the Palin phenomenon, non-conservatives are just beginning to evaluate her as more than a punchline or an object of ridicule. They suspect conservatives are oblivious to her shortcomings. But that's simply wrong.

For months now the real story on the right has been the search for new presidential contenders. There is far more awareness than many in the media imagine among conservative activists, Tea Partyers included, of Palin's limited appeal to independent voters. Her backing of questionable...

--snip--

And now there's Mike Pence...

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
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This is Jennifer Rubin's first column for WaPo. She used to be at Commentary until yesterday. I don't think MA's version of Obamacare is Romney's main problem. Didn't MA have a veto proof majority in each house?
1 posted on 12/01/2010 7:49:02 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Pence, DeMint, Bolton, Bachmann, Hunter. Let’s get some conservative blood into this race.


2 posted on 12/01/2010 7:51:37 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: neverdem
Yes, it is Mitt Romneycares main problem.

Second was his expressed willingness to give Massachusetts's gays the right to force the boy scouts to accept gay men.

All his other deal killing actions as Governor pale next to those two.

3 posted on 12/01/2010 7:54:10 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: pissant

Bachman was just on Greta. She says there are over 60 members of the Tea Party Caucus.... and that is before counting any incoming freshman.

She sounded great.


4 posted on 12/01/2010 7:54:16 PM PST by earlJam
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To: neverdem
Much of the punditocracy is obsessed with Sarah Palin.

So, Jennifer, why are you writing about Sarah Palin in your very first article for the Washington ComPost?

5 posted on 12/01/2010 7:55:39 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: neverdem

Good article. Thanks for posting.


6 posted on 12/01/2010 7:56:34 PM PST by FTJM
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To: MrEdd

Well, you can add Romney’s forcing all the clerks in the state either to perform gay marriages, or get fired.

And his support for taxpayer-funded abortions.


7 posted on 12/01/2010 7:57:03 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: pissant; Cicero; neverdem

Poll: Palin leads GOP field for 2012
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2636008/posts


8 posted on 12/01/2010 7:57:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Re: Gov. Sarah Palin: Even the lion has to defend himself against flies. ~German Proverb)
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To: neverdem
So you are a RomneyBOT, now?

Romney's problems INCLUDE RomneyCARE, RomneyDEATHpanels,
RomneyMarriage, Romney's destruction of the Mass. Constitution,
and on, and on, and on.

Backstabber and spoiler Mitt Romney is unelectable.
Gov. Palin is ineluctable.


9 posted on 12/01/2010 7:58:05 PM PST by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: neverdem
Indeed, more Republicans -- on the Hill and around the country -- are beginning to suspect that she might not run

I really hope they're right. If she runs, she'll be a disaster for the party, even if she doesn't win the nomination.

10 posted on 12/01/2010 7:59:25 PM PST by curiosity
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To: neverdem

I’m sure “Jennifer Rubin” is another high-quality, objective “journalist” trained at the finest school of journalism and that her opinion and desires never find their way into her articles.

Snort.


11 posted on 12/01/2010 7:59:45 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: neverdem


12 posted on 12/01/2010 7:59:50 PM PST by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: earlJam

She looks great too. Unfortunately, she is my #2 babe now in the House. Kristi Noem bumped her.


13 posted on 12/01/2010 8:00:50 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: neverdem

Palin’s status as frontrunner in the 2012 Republican nomination process is certainly not jeopardized by anything posted in the Washington Post.

They wish.

I actually liked Romney a lot for some time, but as events unfold, it is evident that he is a dud.

Would he make a better Administrator than Palin?

No doubt.

Is he one of us?

No chance.


14 posted on 12/01/2010 8:03:30 PM PST by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: neverdem

Shrewd analysis. Thanks.


15 posted on 12/01/2010 8:03:30 PM PST by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: curiosity

She will likely have alot of ‘disasters’ for company in the primary.


16 posted on 12/01/2010 8:04:07 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: neverdem

Why Jennifer . . . I find your remarks controversial and opinionated (confrontational too).


17 posted on 12/01/2010 8:04:14 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: pissant

TCIWWP (That Comment Is Worthless Without Pictures)!


18 posted on 12/01/2010 8:04:50 PM PST by piytar (0's idea of power: the capacity to inflict unlimited pain and suffering on another human being. 1984)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Al B.; Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK; Clyde5445; Virginia Ridgerunner; ...
Pence, DeMint, Bolton, Bachmann, Hunter. Let’s get some conservative blood into this race.

Hunter, still? LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

Like Sarah Palin, I also love competition! Let's have everyone run, so that when she triumphs, everyone will know she's the best!

Bill Kristol's dream ticket:

"Ryan-Odierno 2012!"

Thankfully, Kristol is not for Sarah. No more false accusations that he's her "neo-con" (read Jewish) mentor by anti-Israel trolls here.

19 posted on 12/01/2010 8:05:41 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: curiosity; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; ...
Gov. Palin is NOT a disaster, RomneyBOT.

It was Romney and his stinking Team that foisted
Obama on the USA.

20 posted on 12/01/2010 8:07:03 PM PST by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: piytar
The babes of the GOP:


21 posted on 12/01/2010 8:07:52 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: onyx

You have to admit that Ryan-Odierno doesn’t sound bad, especially the Odierno part.


22 posted on 12/01/2010 8:10:09 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: curiosity

[If she runs, she’ll be a disaster for the party, even if she doesn’t win the nomination. ]

As if Romney, Newt and Huck aren’t even bigger disasters? Come on, who are you kidding??


23 posted on 12/01/2010 8:10:14 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: neverdem

Whatever you do, don’t google-image Jennifer Rubin with safesearch off. Some disturbing images return.


24 posted on 12/01/2010 8:10:21 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I’m sure “Jennifer Rubin” is another high-quality, objective “journalist” trained at the finest school of journalism and that her opinion and desires never find their way into her articles.

I dont think she went to journo school. She is a lawyer by training and just started writing a few years ago when she left her longtime law practice.

She's damn good IMO.

25 posted on 12/01/2010 8:10:21 PM PST by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: curiosity

I’ve never believed she is going to run. I believe that her main motivation is the palin brand and how to profit from it. Nothing wrong with that but while her choices make the cash register ding they do not make for a serious run at the toughest job in the world.


26 posted on 12/01/2010 8:11:54 PM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: neverdem
This is not written filled with confidence that BamBamKennedy is a sure thing... so the left is left to influence peddle which potential GOP candidate they can ‘McCain’ as their candidate of choice.
27 posted on 12/01/2010 8:12:43 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: neverdem

Palin’s (potential) success is likely to rise as she is continually pilloried by the press and other liberals. Republicans will circle around “our girl” and she will continue to thereby be vaulted by us to super candidate status -— which is either EXACTLY what they want ... or the OPPOSITE of what they want (cant really read them on this yet)


28 posted on 12/01/2010 8:14:04 PM PST by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I’m sure “Jennifer Rubin” is another high-quality, objective “journalist” trained at the finest school of journalism and that her opinion and desires never find their way into her articles.

There never seems to be a lack of freepers who are seemingly proud of how much they don't know.

29 posted on 12/01/2010 8:15:44 PM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Gay State Conservative

Didn’t MA have a veto proof majority in each house forcing their version of Obamacare on Romney? Didn’t he veto a number of its provisions initially?


30 posted on 12/01/2010 8:17:22 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: freespirited

Yeah, we need more lawyers writing for the Wash. Compost.

And we need to pay attention to what lawyers writing for the Wash. Compost tell us about a nobody politician (so they claim) that is not the frontrunner (so they claim) and has no chance of winning (so they claim) and who is stupid (so they claim) and who Republicans would be well advised to turn away from (so they claim).

Yeah. That’s original.

If all they claim is true, why do they fear her so much?


31 posted on 12/01/2010 8:17:38 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: neverdem

"Alright you hired. Give your Sarah Palin article to write-up, and send in the next Sarah Palin writer applicant on your way out! I need more, more!"

32 posted on 12/01/2010 8:19:16 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
"Welcome to Right Turn
By Jennifer Rubin:

To those of you who've read my work before and to those who haven't, welcome to Right Turn, an opinionated blog on politics and policy. Conservative readers, I promise not to go "native" and, like former Supreme Court Justice David Souter, slide left as soon as I'm "in." Liberal readers, I hope you'll find what I have to say provocative and interesting -- and discover that you actually agree with me now and then.

So who am I, and what am I doing on The Post's website? Well, five years ago, I never dreamed I'd be writing for The Post. For two decades I was a labor and employment lawyer in Los Angeles. Then in 2005, my husband and I decided that California was becoming a mess. (This is a theme I'll come back to time and again.) We moved to Virginia, not with the expectation that I'd become a blogger, but to gradually phase out my career as a lawyer, spend more time with our two sons and enjoy living in a red state. But people plan and God laughs. Virginia turned blue shortly after we arrived, and I discovered that the most rewarding job I could do was to write about politics. Talk about a second act.

After freelancing for a couple of years, I found a home at Commentary magazine. I was front and center, sometimes ahead of the pack, on a number of stories, including the New Black Panther scandal, the ill-fated Chas Freeman appointment, the ill-conceived awarding of the Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson and the rise of the Tea Party movement. I've taken a hard look at the American Jewish community and the internal battles in the right. And I've written on the sins of omission and commission by the mainstream media, which too often are handicapped by unexamined biases."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2010/11/welcome_to_right_turn.html

33 posted on 12/01/2010 8:20:43 PM PST by FTJM
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To: neverdem

So, which is it? Are they scared to death of her and trying to destroy her, or are they pushing her on us because they think she’ll lead to a “shelacking”? It can’t really be both, can it?


34 posted on 12/01/2010 8:22:56 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: pissant

I like babes with brains and I know Michele has a strong mind. We’ll see if Noem has what it takes.


35 posted on 12/01/2010 8:23:07 PM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: ari-freedom

She sounds awfully good so far.


36 posted on 12/01/2010 8:24:42 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Diogenesis
So you are a RomneyBOT, now?

No, but I think so called Romneycare is a bum rap. The rats in MA had veto proof majorities in their legislature forcing it on him.

37 posted on 12/01/2010 8:27:09 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: pissant
Pence, DeMint, Bolton, Bachmann, Hunter. Let’s get some conservative blood into this race.

Might as well scratch Bolton off your list.

He supports Gay Marriage and is soft on Abortion.

He ain't going anywhere and is nothing better than a novelty candidate because of his Foreign Policy credentials.
38 posted on 12/01/2010 8:27:54 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: neverdem
The rats in MA had veto proof majorities in their legislature forcing it on him.

Sorry, Romney signed and has been proudly boasting of it being his.

You're making excuses for something Romney did with knowledge and is currently boasting about it.

Apparently he does not have the same feelings about this that you do.
39 posted on 12/01/2010 8:29:31 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

He “supports” gay marriage in the sense that it is for states to decide.

And his ‘soft on abortion’ has no basis in fact. What little he said in your linked piece is not indicative of soft.

His take on US sovereignty is unmatched with perhaps the exception of Hunter and DeMint.

I wouldn’t count him out yet.


40 posted on 12/01/2010 8:30:29 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: neverdem

His main problem is he’s from Massachusetts, which is a death knell to any candidate.


41 posted on 12/01/2010 8:30:31 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: earlJam

Bachman had to back down on her quest for a leadership position. I wonder why? Anyone?


42 posted on 12/01/2010 8:30:32 PM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: curiosity
I really hope they're right. If she runs, she'll be a disaster for the party, even if she doesn't win the nomination.

Actually, with the exception of Palin and Demint, all of the other potential POTUS candidates are guaranteed to bring a second term for Obama.

Only Sarah and Demint have a chance of winning.
43 posted on 12/01/2010 8:32:41 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: FTJM

OK.

I saw Compost and wrote it off.

Don’t have time to follow another blogger, but go ahead and support her for as long as she stays true to the base.

Still not sure why the Compost took her on.


44 posted on 12/01/2010 8:34:14 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: FTJM

Forgot to add that she sounds like the same “conservatives” (Rove, et al.) who wrote off Christine in DE and Palin because they are not mainstream GOP.

Yes, “conservatives” needs to be in quotes given the context.


45 posted on 12/01/2010 8:35:25 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: curiosity

If she runs, she’ll be a disaster for the party, even if she doesn’t win the nomination.


Yes, let’s run someone with no name recognition, no executive experience, in fact, let’s ask the democrats who we should run. Maybe the media can help us choose our standard bearer. Better yet, let’s just re-elect Obama.


46 posted on 12/01/2010 8:35:42 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: pissant

Still beating the useless Hunter drum I see,


47 posted on 12/01/2010 8:36:28 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: wtc911
I believe that her main motivation is the palin brand and how to profit from it.


48 posted on 12/01/2010 8:38:11 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: neverdem; Jim Robinson
No, but I think so called Romneycare is a bum rap. The rats in MA had veto proof majorities in their legislature forcing it on him.

So you are saying the Massachusetts legislature over rode Romney's healthcare veto?

If they did, I am a liar and an effing troll.

If they did not, well one of us is a liar and an effing troll either way.

The record shows just which one of us that is.

49 posted on 12/01/2010 8:38:22 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We don’t want her to be in the lead this early. To me this is like a horserace, Remember Secretariat always came from the back covered in mud and dirt to shock the field he won and in the race he was expected to lose because it was too long a race he ran well away from the field...


50 posted on 12/01/2010 8:41:09 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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