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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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