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Accidental Good Fortune? Strategic Genius By Woman Tony Knowles Called ‘Alley Cat Smart’ Sarah Palin
conservatives4palin.com ^ | August 16, 2011 | "John Smith"

Posted on 08/16/2011 8:11:57 PM PDT by RonDog

Accidental Good Fortune? Or Strategic Genius By The Woman Tony Knowles Called ‘Alley Cat Smart’

Posted on August 16 2011 - 8:49 PM - Posted by:

Guest Submission by “John Smith”

Sarah Palin’s political tactics always have been unconventional. Supporters like me know this, and even we alternate between “aha” moments and total confusion as to what she’s doing. As we’ve watched the GOP primary season evolve, as we’ve watched Bachmann and Perry enter the race and have tried to digest all of the quote “mixed signals” from Palin herself, it is hard not to arrive at the conclusion that she might not run after all. That conclusion would be wrong, for while her tactics may seem and probably are unconventional, her strategy has always been obvious. She’s running, and she probably has been since November 2008.

I suspect that even in 2008, Sarah Palin had a general idea that she’d run for President in 2012 depending on how the next 20 months or so played out. After all, she admitted as much on The Bob & Mark show then as Kelsey recorded here. Well, in terms of how things went in the midterms, the general mood of the country, and President Obama’s performance, things couldn’t have played out any better for her 2012 chances.

Oh, she’s had some high moments and some low moments, but, going into the late spring, everything lined up as well as could be expected for a Palin 1976 style run of her versus the establishment, with all Anyone But Palin (ABP) forces coalescing around Mitt Romney.

Then Michelle Bachmann started looking more and more like she was ready to enter the fray, especially as the bus tour came to a close on June 2. That, in turn, created a difficult dynamic. It would be tough enough to go one on one against Romney with all ABP forces behind Romney. Leaving aside the stalking horse theories, it would have been infinitely more difficult to confront that challenge AND ward off Bachmann’s attack from the right flank at the same time (she may not have seen Bachmann as a threat to eclipse her, but she most assuredly knew the dynamic put Romney in the cat bird’s seat.

That’s when I think Palin called an audible and laid the seeds to bait Rick Perry into the race. This is complete speculation, the type of thing one believes if one thinks Palin, as Tony Knowles once said, is ‘alley cat’ smart . . .

On the bus tour at the beginning of the summer, she twice offered unsolicited praise for Rick Perry, suggesting that he’d make a fine candidate for President. The first mention came early in the tour. The second mention came on the last day of the tour, in an interview with Sean Hannity. What made this interesting is that she never before or since specifically made unsolicited mention of a potential candidate. She knew perfectly well that Perry continued to say that he had no interest in running, and she knew perfectly well that stories were coming out at the same time that Perry did not see a path to the nomination for himself if Palin were in the race.

Then, after June 2, Palin did the strangest thing. She disappeared. She retreated to Alaska. One week later, Newt Gingrich’s entire Iowa campaign team, which included long time Perry campaign people, resigned en masse. The “Perry for President” talk began in earnest.

For the rest of the month, Palin pretty much stayed out of sight. We later heard something about jury duty, even though the jury duty didn’t begin until July 1. In total, Palin wrote very little and said very little over a 70 day period. When she would talk 2012, she’d say she had a fire in the belly but otherwise still was contemplating. To an experienced political pro, I suspect that looked like she was saying “I’d rather be kingmaker for the right person”.

So, the Perry machine got ready for an entry to the race, and it was clear two weeks ago that Perry was in for one simple reason: He saw a GOP race without Palin shaping up like the Texas 2010 primary. On one side, you had the DC establishment person in Romney (not unlike Kay Bailey Hutchinson in Texas). On the other side, you had the nutty purer tea party type in Bachmann (not unlike Debra Medina in Texas). So, the Perry plan would be to run like he did in 2010: Appeal to tea party types, let the purer tea party type implode, and then use a Palin endorsement at the perfect moment to seal the win against the DC establishment opponent.

It’s a really smart plan if Palin is sitting out the race. But, then, about 10 days ago, the damndest thing happened. Palin re-tweeted an article about Perry’s spending and debt record. A week ago, Palin then announced she was restarting the bus tour and would be including a stop at the Iowa state fair. During interviews at the fair, she took a few jabs at Perry, and a few more at Bachmann.

All of this raised an interesting question: If Palin was planning to endorse Perry, then why fire a few shots across his bow? If she’s not going to endorse Perry and we know she won’t endorse Bachmann or Romney, then what’s her game plan? Well, maybe the game plan is that she’s running (that she’s always been running) and holding off the announcement as long as possible.

This, of course, begs two obvious questions: One, if she’s running without declaring, then why abruptly end the bus tour with the “time to take Piper back for school” excuse? Two, why is she holding off the announcement as long as possible? The answer to both questions is the same: As Sun Tzu wrote, “All warfare is based on deception.”

Time for a little more speculation: While Rick Perry has visions of a race that shapes up like the 2010 Texas GOP primary, Sarah Palin sees a race that can shape up like the 2006 Alaska GOP primary if she goes pretty much dark for two more weeks.

Why two more weeks? Michelle Bachmann is under the full glare of the media after her straw poll victory. She’s got Rick Perry employing his 2010 primary playbook. Simply put, Bachmann, already polling worse and bleeding support more than others care to admit, will be in Cain territory in two weeks. At the same time, the Perry versus Romney war has begun and will be in full bloom in two weeks (and, frankly, more likely by this weekend). In two weeks, Bachmann will be pretty much out of it, and Perry will have a slight advantage over Romney, and an expected Palin endorsement of Perry coming to seal the deal, exactly how Perry’s team envisioned things when he entered the race.

There’s just one problem with that theory: I don’t think that’s Palin’s plan. Endorsing Perry is the safe play, perhaps the conventionally smart play. But, then I remember hearing somewhere a politician who doesn’t act like a typical politician note that “a ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why the ship was built”. I think about how that person is anything but conventional. I think of that person often talking and writing about how she’d rather sleep well than eat well. And, I begin to realize that, whether by design or coincidence, what looks like a plan has come together:

While Rick Perry may have visions of 2010, I suspect that Palin has visions of 2006. Everyone knows the GOP primary was a three way race. You had Murkowski, the serious challenger in Bitney, and Palin, who was seen as an afterthought initially. Murkowski and Bitney exchanged blows. Palin avoided a lot of direct fire. Then came the “Alaskans deserve better” moment in the debate in which everyone realized that Palin had transcended both of them. Think about that. Then envision Palin versus Perry versus Romney. Put another way, imagine the 2010 Texas GOP primary IF Perry hadn’t gotten a Palin endorsement and IF Medina hadn’t imploded. Simply put, it would have been anyone’s game.

If you’re Perry, are you going to attack Palin if she enters the race? No, you don’t. First of all, he needs to focus on Romney. Second, his initial strategy would be to hope Palin fizzles quickly. Third, he’d view Palin as being the kingmaker at some point, even if it were at a brokered convention. Oh, he’d fire some shots across her bow, but it wouldn’t be a full blown attack.

Now, if you’re Romney, you’d like nothing better than to take Palin out immediately. The problem with that is twofold. One, if you take Palin out, you pretty much assure her supporters and her support goes to Perry. Maybe that’s inevitable, but the last thing you want is to be fighting BOTH Perry and Palin at the same time. Two, like Bitney with Murkowski, Perry is seen as the more direct threat to Romney’s base of support. So, even from Romney, Palin would avoid a lot of the direct fire, at least for a time.

Speaking of Bachmann, I suspect that Tim Pawlenty’s departure from the race led to another mini audible. I’m not suggesting that Palin wasn’t going herself to get Piper back to school. But, with Pawlenty in the race, you had a Pawlenty versus Bachmann undercard. Now, you don’t. What to do? Well, why not disappear again and let Bachmann deal with the withering scrutiny and Perry for two weeks?

Think about it: At the end of the month, the GOP primary effectively will be Perry versus Romney. Oh, some people out there will be trying to build up Bachmann still, but she’ll be done because most of her support will be soft (perhaps it always has been soft anyway, but I digress). But, Palin won’t have to bother with her in the same way you had a Pawlenty versus Bachmann undercard. While she’ll have to ignore what I expect to be a lot of instigation from Bachmann, Palin simply will eclipse her in the end.

Then, what briefly had become a two horse race gets transformed back into a three horse race, where she’ll get her chance to transcend the two quote “serious” primary candidates, just like she did in 2006 in Alaska. What once would have been a Palin versus Romney one on one or a Palin versus Romney and Bachmann handicap match could at the end of the month be a three way race in which ABP forces are divided and thus more easily (relatively speaking) conquered IF Palin closes the sale with those primary voters who I suspect in the end will be hers to lose.

Anyway, that’s my epiphany du jour. Maybe there’s nothing to it. Or, maybe Sarah Palin really is “alley cat” smart.



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P.S.: If you’re like me, the real fun lies in speculating about when and how Palin will announce.

Some people cite Constitution Day, September 17, but I think that’s either too tight or too late in light of some of the current state filing requirements. Personally, I look to the dates of August 25 (the day McCain called her at the fair), August 27 (the day she flew to Arizona), August 29 (the day she was introduced as McCain’s pick), and September 3 (the day of her convention speech).

I keep thinking about Palin’s DO OVER reference. Is it really that simple? She said she wouldn’t be a candidate on when she returns to Iowa, so she’ll announce on September 3.

Then again, you’re only a candidate officially once paperwork is filed with the FEC (Perry only became an official candidate today). In that case, maybe she submits her resignation to Fox News on August 27 (a Saturday), leaving people to spend the weekend speculating what that means. Then, she makes a surprise announcement at the Alaska state fair in a call to Bob & Mark on August 29 and makes September 3 her first speech as an unofficial candidate.

So many options, so many variables . . . it’s what makes trying to foresee what never has been done before fun.


1 posted on 08/16/2011 8:12:01 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog; onyx

I’m saying August 29.


2 posted on 08/16/2011 8:15:53 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: RonDog

I’m leaning towards September 3rd on her speech but there will be a signal on August 28 or 29 in Alaska...She likes the DO-OVERS theme and those days fit with that theme.

Karl Rover suddenly firmly believes that’s she about to run, he may not know anything concrete about it but he has changed his mind after so long awhile.


3 posted on 08/16/2011 8:18:00 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: thecodont

We are all pretty much talking about sometime between August 27 - Sept 5 timeframe...in the next few weeks.


4 posted on 08/16/2011 8:21:00 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: RonDog

We sure need a good President. Run Sarah Run


5 posted on 08/16/2011 8:24:59 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: RonDog

Glad somebody finally acknowledges the smarts of alley cats!!


6 posted on 08/16/2011 8:29:26 PM PDT by alley cat
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To: RonDog

This article brings me a nice chuckle. It’s all very logical, and quite probable. And WAY beyond the PDSers capabilty to understand.

I can’t see Palin NOT running, so this fits nicely.


7 posted on 08/16/2011 8:29:36 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If we were civilized we would throw Liberals off the nearest cliffs.)
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To: Lakeshark; Virginia Ridgerunner; GonzoII; Gargantua; DBeers; reformed_dem; Right Wingnut 2; ...

Ping!


8 posted on 08/16/2011 8:29:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: thecodont

Hmmm...it’s a lot of speculation but it holds together as a theory from what I can tell and there’s no question that Sarah is really really smart.


9 posted on 08/16/2011 8:33:37 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: RonDog
The most interesting news today was buried in a comment at another C4P posting today:
blerch Today 05:34 PM

Out of all this hoopla, the main story of Palin's attendance at the Iowa State Fair has been buried. Palin met with Iowa O4P coordinators Peter Singleton and Michelle McCormick in the VIP tent for lunch and they then spent the rest of the day around her at the fair. Then, on Sunday, as reported by Scott Conroy, they were both in attendance for speeches given by Bachmann, Perry, and Santorum in Waterloo, working the room, reaching out to people and getting a feel for what is going on in the other camps. If Palin had discouraged them on Friday or sent signals that she may very well sit out, they would not have been there. In fact, they probably already would have gone back to their respective home states of California and Texas. Yet, two days after meeting with Palin at the Iowa State Fair, they are at a candidate event, doing their thing. To me, that is the most telling sign that she is in.

Also, it is interesting that Conroy reported that Peter and Michelle were there on Sunday, as it seems that no other reporter digs deep enough to report on something like this. He is becoming one of the best political reporters in the business because he actually talks to people who are not insiders.

The C4P posting itself dealt with The Other McCain's debunking of Hillyer's hit piece on Palin at the Iowa State fair. It has been mentioned by the media, but not much commented on, that Palin had more staff present with her there than in the past. And this is the first I've ever seen mentioned of direct contact between Palin and the previously purely unofficial grassroots Organizing4Palin forces. That there now is confirmed contact and the volunteers are still working is a good sign that she at least hasn't made up her mind NOT to run. She's either truly still undecided or has decided to run and is prepping her entrance.
10 posted on 08/16/2011 8:35:56 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Balding_Eagle
This article brings me a nice chuckle. It’s all very logical, and quite probable.

And WAY beyond the PDSers capabilty to understand.

In addition to Sun Tzu, it appears that Governor Palin has been studying USAF Colonel JOHN BOYD.

Lately, she has been getting inside EVERYBODY'S "O.O.D.A. loop." ;)
See wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_Loop

11 posted on 08/16/2011 8:40:35 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

Thank You for posting that excellent article!


12 posted on 08/16/2011 8:40:35 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: Aria; section9
See also, from C4P's section9:
This is the best outline of what she has done this summer that I have read from anybody.

Period. Superbly done.


13 posted on 08/16/2011 8:46:18 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog; Virginia Ridgerunner

Fun read. Wonder who ‘John Smith’ is? :)


14 posted on 08/16/2011 8:50:56 PM PDT by Al B. ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: alley cat

:o)


15 posted on 08/16/2011 8:52:27 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Bigtigermike
Karl Rover suddenly firmly believes that’s she about to run...

Do tell......

16 posted on 08/16/2011 8:53:18 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: RonDog
Sarah is just letting everybody fight over the ball and bruise each other.
Perry eventually gets the ball (happening now), but fumbles by continually tripping over his past (next 4 to 5 weeks).
Sarah then picks up the ball and gets in the end zone.

Sun Tzu smiles approvingly.

17 posted on 08/16/2011 8:57:29 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Sun Tzu Sarah ping


18 posted on 08/16/2011 8:57:40 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Al B.
Fun read. Wonder who ‘John Smith’ is? :)

Todd Palin? ;^)

19 posted on 08/16/2011 8:59:18 PM PDT by Mensius
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As I posted on THIS thread:
Palin and Romney know the same thing: Few are paying attention

Believe it or not, in their quests (or probable quest in Palin’s case) for the GOP nomination both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are working under the same premise: No one is paying attention right now.

Sure, some people are paying attention. But that "some" is probably you and me and maybe 5% of the rest of the voting population.

Figure that between just 2-5 million people have watched any of the debates thus far.

While Thursday night’s 5 million viewers was impressive for primary debate standards, it still represents less than 4% of the usual voter turnout. That means 96% of the 2012 voting public (among them at least 52 million McCain voters) on a Summer Thursday night, against little other programming, in the middle of a depression, during a media-hyped GOP race, with a chance to pick a candidate to throw out the Golfing Fundraiser-in-Chief, couldn’t even be bothered to tune in.

Palin knows this. And Romney knows this. And this explains each of their strategies...

-- snip --

Governor Palin is leading **her** forces in the same strategic way that WILLIAM WALLACE led **his** small, but dedicated, army -- in the very risky (but ultimately, very successful) "delayed" defense against the superior forces of the English "heavy horse" attackers.


Hold... Hold... Hold...
NOW!

He, too, goaded a prideful superior force into (unwisely, as it happened) committing themselves fully against him, so that he could use their strengths against them -- when the timing was EXACTLY right for victory.



20 posted on 08/16/2011 8:59:31 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Windflier
Ha, beat you by 11 seconds :^)
21 posted on 08/16/2011 9:01:35 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun; Norm Lenhart
Ha, beat you by 11 seconds :^)

Well, I thought of it first! LOL

22 posted on 08/16/2011 9:05:14 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
Knew you would be zooming to this thread at Mach 2.
23 posted on 08/16/2011 9:09:18 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the ping, 2DV. This is one of the best pieces of reasoning/deduction about Palin running that I’ve seen.

Excellent stuff.

The clincher is the report that Sarah met for some time with O4P organizers, who then stayed on in Iowa, meeting with party operatives after she left for Alaska.

Very telling.

And the stuff about luring Rick Perry into the race so that she could pit him against Romney is political brilliance of a grade we’re unaccustomed to in politicians. That’s playing the game at the Art of War PHD level.


24 posted on 08/16/2011 9:14:35 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: The Cajun

Heh...well, to be fair, 2DV pinged me to it. Saw the title, and couldn’t help but click ;-)

Awesome piece.


25 posted on 08/16/2011 9:18:14 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

TokyoRove was thinking so yesterday on Hannity and then today he said the same thing, that it looks likes she’s about to announce, now Rove probably doesn’t know Palin’s inner circle thinking but something probably trigger him to say that


26 posted on 08/16/2011 9:25:08 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: RonDog

Verrrrrry interestingk!
...and verrrrry sneaky of her!
Run, Sarah, run! :)

27 posted on 08/16/2011 9:35:41 PM PDT by LUV W (It's the Obama Downgrade!)
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To: Bigtigermike
Watch what happens to Perry over the next couple of weeks as he gets 2 years of Palinization in 30 days.

Didn't realize the Governor was in attendance for the speeches. Was this the same one where Bachmann cut short the speech and left early?

28 posted on 08/16/2011 9:37:06 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Bigtigermike

I think Rove was just considering her Labor Day an St.Louis keynotes when he said that about her coming schedule looking more serious. He would be one of the LAST people to know any inside baseball on her. Plus he is incapable of thinking outside-the-box.


29 posted on 08/16/2011 9:39:16 PM PDT by GlockLady (Right is right even if nobody else is doing it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone else is doing it.)
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To: Bigtigermike
TokyoRove was thinking so yesterday on Hannity and then today he said the same thing, that it looks likes she’s about to announce, now Rove probably doesn’t know Palin’s inner circle thinking but something probably trigger him to say that

Well, Rove has been a major player in big league politics for a long, long time now. He can probably see through these kinds of chess plays from a thousand miles away.

I can't stand the guy, but he is an expert in this area.

30 posted on 08/16/2011 9:40:16 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
He can probably see through these kinds of chess plays from a thousand miles away.

Maybe, but he is one who is entrenched in the "conventional wisdom" of the DC crowd. My best 'guess' is that someone spilled the beans recently as the Palin's have admitted recently to reaching out for "advice".

31 posted on 08/16/2011 9:44:49 PM PDT by Mensius
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To: Windflier
As the Governor expands her team it will from time to time and unfortunately spring leaks.

Plus Rove is an unprincipled weasel, but he's not stupid.

32 posted on 08/16/2011 9:45:00 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Watch what happens to Perry over the next couple of weeks as he gets 2 years of Palinization in 30 days.

Per the writer's analysis, that may be part of Palin's strategy. If so, she will have likely caused him to get beaten to a pulp without ever lifting a finger.

Sneaky like a fox....an arctic fox.

33 posted on 08/16/2011 9:48:25 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Mensius
Maybe, but he is one who is entrenched in the "conventional wisdom" of the DC crowd. My best 'guess' is that someone spilled the beans recently as the Palin's have admitted recently to reaching out for "advice".

Can't argue with that reasoning, but he probably put those pieces of data into a larger data set, and came to that conclusion.

I just have to believe that he's watching everything that's going on, and is seeing the underlying strategies and tactics being employed by all of the candidates. I think you just would, after such a long time in the business.

I still think it's interesting that he went on record with that prediction. Could be a warning signal to the establishment crew, ya think?

34 posted on 08/16/2011 9:55:35 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Rove is an unprincipled weasel, but he's not stupid.

Agreed. Whatever tidbits of data he's using to analyze this, he's seeing something develop.

Now, if he were a Freeper, he would have figured it all out a long time ago .. LOL

35 posted on 08/16/2011 9:58:15 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: RonDog
Accidental Good Fortune? Or Strategic Genius By The Woman Tony Knowles Called ‘Alley Cat Smart’
Whoever picked the title to this article was a SERIOUS student of Governor Palin.

For those of you who:

- are not from Alaska,
- have not seen "The Undefeated" yet, or
- are not HARD CORE Sarah Palin fans...
Tony Knowles is:
an American Democratic politician and businessman who served as the seventh Governor of Alaska from December 1994 to December 2002.

Barred from seeking a third consecutive term as governor in 2002, he ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2004 and again for governor in 2006. [losing to SARAH PALIN]

And, even if you **did** know that much, here's MORE, from www.businessinsider.com:
Before she was Sarah Palin, she was the governor of Alaska.

The story of her rise in Alaska politics is not one that conforms with her media image, so it is rarely told.  But it is an extraordinary tale; one woman against the vaunted Murkowski machine, who used all of her considerable political skills to defeat the state's thoroughly corrupt Republican Party. 

Joshua Green of The Atlantic Monthly tells this story well.

Some excerpts:

-- snip --

“She’s what I call ‘alley-cat smart,’” Tony Knowles, the former Democratic governor, told me.

“It’s not about ideology. She knows how to pick her way down the political route that she feels will be the most beneficial to what she wants to do.”

In the Republican primary, Palin crushed Murkowski, delivering one of the worst defeats ever suffered by an incumbent governor anywhere. She went on to have little trouble dispatching Knowles, an oil-friendly Democrat...

Like Johhny Carson used to say, "I did not know that!"
The number of people who **did** know this kind of "inside baseball" information must be farly small, one would suppose. ;)

36 posted on 08/16/2011 9:59:47 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Windflier
Could be a warning signal to the establishment crew, ya think?

I imagine you're right. Figured that the "establishment's conventional wisdom" was purely a ploy to dissuade her from running. The DC folk are very predictable, yet so many get sucked into that thinking. If she wins, the establishment loses, and that fright just encourages me all the more. Seems we are THIS close.

37 posted on 08/16/2011 10:01:57 PM PDT by Mensius
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To: Al B.

“Fun read. Wonder who ‘John Smith’ is? :)”

Todd. :)


38 posted on 08/16/2011 10:10:38 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: Mensius

Ya beat me to it.


39 posted on 08/16/2011 10:11:54 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: Mensius
...the "establishment's conventional wisdom" was purely a ploy to dissuade her from running.

Yes, and now that Rove sees that she's up to something, he's got to alert the 'good ole boys'.

Good luck with that, Rove. You trained 'em all in the old school machine politics, and now none of them has the skills to beat a real stealth fighter.

40 posted on 08/16/2011 10:12:28 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Believe it was I-O4P crew who was.


41 posted on 08/16/2011 10:14:49 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: RonDog

When she’s ready.

If Sarah runs, she’ll do it her way. nd she’ll shake up the field significantly.

OTOH, maybe she’s having fun taunting the media to pay them back for 2008.


42 posted on 08/16/2011 10:15:24 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: thecodont

Sounds to me like the thing to watch for would be her resignation from FOX News.


43 posted on 08/16/2011 10:18:49 PM PDT by redhead (I will vote for Sarah Palin, even if I have to write her in. —)
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To: RonDog
“She’s what I call ‘alley-cat smart,’” Tony Knowles, the former Democratic governor, told me.

“It’s not about ideology. She knows how to pick her way down the political route that she feels will be the most beneficial to what she wants to do.”

And this, from a former Democrat Governor, whom she stomped in her run for the Alaska Governor's office. You almost couldn't ask for a better recommendation than that.

44 posted on 08/16/2011 10:19:34 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

I think that there is a whole lot of inside info (or at least high level speculation) running the course. Was listening to Rush today and he was doing that one-sided conversation with Snerdley thing he does. “Snerdley” told him about a scroll on FOX, Rush immediately said millions of Americans were waiting for just that news. Then he asked if there was a question mark behind the scroll... He said he wouldn’t say what it was cuz it was too big. Then Rush went to inferring that Christie or Ryan could join the race... Anyone know what that ‘scroll’ said? I was at work and had no access to TV. It certainly was interesting to say the least, there was an obvious storyline directly under the surface.


45 posted on 08/16/2011 10:22:49 PM PDT by Mensius
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To: Sea Parrot
Ya beat me to it.

Didn't mean to... =)

46 posted on 08/16/2011 10:24:26 PM PDT by Mensius
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To: Windflier
he is an expert in this area.

Rove? Yeah, I really admire the way the Bush years ended. A real masterpiece.

47 posted on 08/16/2011 10:26:37 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mensius
Was listening to Rush today and he was doing that one-sided conversation with Snerdley thing he does. “Snerdley” told him about a scroll on FOX, Rush immediately said millions of Americans were waiting for just that news. Then he asked if there was a question mark behind the scroll... He said he wouldn’t say what it was cuz it was too big.

I could only listen off and on today, so I didn't catch that segment. Very, very interesting.

Now I've got a mystery sandwich. I'm dying to know what 'news' was on that crawler (considering that its "big", and that "everyone has been waiting for it"). It couldn't have been news about Christie or Ryan joining the race. "Everyone" isn't exactly waiting for that news.

Wonder what it was?

48 posted on 08/16/2011 10:30:07 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
"he is an expert in this area."

Rove? Yeah, I really admire the way the Bush years ended. A real masterpiece.

I suppose I should have been more specific about what I meant there. Rove has been working major campaigns for close to thirty years, and so he's got what most would consider to be "expert" experience in that area.

As far as how he performed as an advisor to Bush, well, that's another hat, in which he got completely different results. I agree that they were disastrous.

49 posted on 08/16/2011 10:34:19 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: alley cat

woof


50 posted on 08/16/2011 10:39:21 PM PDT by woofie
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