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Jon Stewart: Sarah Palin "Either Running for President or Crazy"
Opposng Views ^ | Sep 29, 2011 | Michael Allen

Posted on 09/29/2011 12:07:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

Sarah Palin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren this week that she was worried that the presidency could prove to be “too shackling” for her maverick style and somehow limit her.

Wednesday night, Jon Stewart took aim at her claims on "The Daily Show."

“The biggest contemplation piece in your process is that becoming the president would diminish your power?” Stewart asked. “You’d be the f***ing president! You would be the commander-in-chief of history’s greatest fighting force. What do you mean? What possibly do you mean? And don’t misunderstand, I am not trying to talk you into running. It is just, by most people’s standards, the presidency is one of the higher level positions we have.”

Stewart added: “So here’s the thing, you can have a colorful bus and drive to early primary states or you can go around telling people what you would do if you were president. But when you put those two together, there’s really only two possibilities: you are either running for president of the United States or you are a crazy person.”


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She ain't crazy.
1 posted on 09/29/2011 12:07:06 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

FWIIW, martha gets this wrong like so many other libtard talking points.

Most POTUS’ have shared one comment after their tenures: they have been amazed at how LITTLE they could do, much less say. The fact barry the zero has been both too stupid to know what he can’t say and his agenda has been designed and propelled by a liberal congress and his handlers doesn’t change that.


2 posted on 09/29/2011 12:11:01 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (California: Making Texas more Conservative one voter at a time)
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To: freedumb2003

Since they can do so little, why do they get blamed for so much?


3 posted on 09/29/2011 12:15:36 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: freedumb2003

The proof is in when the Dembos had a majority in both the House and the Senate TOTUS still couldn’t get anything done.


4 posted on 09/29/2011 12:16:19 PM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Jon Stewart is right. How can being the most powerful person on the planet be shackling? The President has the most power and opportunity to change the country and to some extent the world.


5 posted on 09/29/2011 12:17:47 PM PDT by Lou Budvis
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To: Lou Budvis

There are any number of aspects of the Presidency that could be shackling. For example, you couldn’t play golf any time you wanted.

Oh, wait ...


6 posted on 09/29/2011 12:20:37 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Leaving Stewart’s ranting and raving aside, I wonder what Sarah Palin is up to. Judging by her interview with Greta Van, it appears she isn’t going to run, yet she takes enough of an interest in the GOP presidential nomination that she makes a point of setting up the “crony capitalism” charge against Perry.


7 posted on 09/29/2011 12:23:23 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Stewart needs to note that while being president conveys a lot of power, running for president imposes a lot of restrictions, without granting any power. The problem is that running against Obama in November 2012 means giving him a free hand between now and then. If some other candidate meets her criteria, the best move would be to let that person run, while she holds Obama to the fire until election day.
8 posted on 09/29/2011 12:24:34 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: montyspython
The proof is in when the Dembos had a majority in both the House and the Senate TOTUS still couldn’t get anything done.

Uh, what do you call Stimulus and Obamacare?
9 posted on 09/29/2011 12:27:49 PM PDT by GLDNGUN
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

She ain’t crazy, she’s my shackling.


10 posted on 09/29/2011 12:27:54 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Lou Budvis

I wonder if Palin realizes -

We’ve moved on.

And he us correct in a sense that she’s either a stalker or she’s going to run.

OK - Flameproof suit is on now.


11 posted on 09/29/2011 12:28:02 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: stuartcr

>>Since they can do so little, why do they get blamed for so much?<<

They can INFLUENCE a lot and they can STOP a lot. In this case, barry is the face and sock puppet for those who are making the real decisions, especially on what we can jokingly call “foreign policy.”

But that isn’t the same as being able to DO a lot or not being shackled on what can be expressed. Even barry’s puppeteers have learned to shut him up and make him stick to their TOTUS scripts.


12 posted on 09/29/2011 12:30:00 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (California: Making Texas more Conservative one voter at a time)
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To: GLDNGUN

Two, albeit large f-ups, out of all the crap they wanted to pass?


13 posted on 09/29/2011 12:32:12 PM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“And don’t misunderstand, I am not trying to talk you into running.”

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Too late Liebowitz.

You F’ed up.

Just because of your self-important, habitually unfunny drivel, she now actually WILL be running.

You. So. Important.


14 posted on 09/29/2011 12:34:07 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"You’d be the f***ing president! You would be the commander-in-chief of history’s greatest fighting force. What do you mean? What possibly do you mean? And don’t misunderstand, I am not trying to talk you into running. It is just, by most people’s standards, the presidency is one of the higher level positions we have."

Good point, John.

Where was this rant when Obama said "That's above my pay grade", when he was running for President?

15 posted on 09/29/2011 12:35:01 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Stewart too dim to understand that being President forces you to act in certain ways you may not want to. Like being attentive to a-holes.


16 posted on 09/29/2011 12:35:14 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, "Paradise Lost")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ve noticed that MOST of the pundits took her to mean that CANDIDATE was the *title* she didn’t want with handlers and others like donors and party hacks trying to shape her and define her and control her message.


17 posted on 09/29/2011 12:38:58 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Wanna confuse obama? Ask him his REAL name.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You either want to serve for the nation or to serve for yourself. We only need the former. Get off the stage for the latter.


18 posted on 09/29/2011 12:39:40 PM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: montyspython

I’ve grown tired of the Sarah Palin circus. Either announce and throw your hat in the ring or get off the stage.

She knows whether she’s going to run or not. She’s not announcing one way or the other to either (1) not have to stand on stage and debate the other candidates (and basically, get a free pass for months while the other candidates bloody each other’s noses and face intense media (and voter) scrutiny or (2) keep herself in the news and continue to get attention/publicity and speaking engagements. She’s selling herself one way or another, if its as a declared candidate, then she loses her paid speaking engagements and tv appearances. If she’s not declared, she gets to go on TV or do paid speaking engagements and promote her “brand”.

I lost all respect for her when she did her little reality TV show. She’s no better than Kate Goslin. To say that the presidency might be too constraining for her??? Really? What office would she prefer? Supreme Leader? President for Life? Does she want dictatorial powers?

Sorry, but Sarah Palin is not cut out to be president. She quit the office of Governor after two years. Hell, Clinton was being impeached and he stood tall and stayed in office. She gave a BS reason for stepping down. Funny how she then turned around, got her tv gigs, wrote some books and made a fortune. And all her swooning, adoring fans fall all over themselves saying how brilliant, how wonderful she is.

The presidency would be too constraining for her. She would actually have to do something. She would have to be accountable for her comments, her actions and decisions. As talking head or reality TV star she can do and say whatever she wants and not have to answer for anything.

Frankly, I wish that she would just shut up and go away.


19 posted on 09/29/2011 12:47:26 PM PDT by RayBob (If guns kill people, can I blame misspelled words on my keyboard?)
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To: RayBob

“Hell, Clinton was being impeached and he stood tall and stayed in office.”

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Wow.

Just wow.......


20 posted on 09/29/2011 12:50:41 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: RayBob

I totally agree with you, I was with her in the beginning, but now, I’m so done with her


21 posted on 09/29/2011 12:52:01 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: RayBob

Would you prefer a traditional, Mitt “Dole” Romney candidate who will run a conventional campaign and allow the liberal media to decide who wins and who loses?


22 posted on 09/29/2011 1:01:12 PM PDT by proudpapa (Palin-West - 2012)
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To: eater-of-toast

She isn’t running, YET....

Neither was Ronald Reagan when he was making similar remarks about Phil Crane and Bob Dole in the fall of 1979.

And remember, George Bush I won Iowa and PR BEFORE Reagan took Iowa.


23 posted on 09/29/2011 1:05:11 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

OOPS. meant New Hampshire...


24 posted on 09/29/2011 1:05:58 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: RayBob

“I’ve grown tired of the Sarah Palin circus. Either announce and throw your hat in the ring or get off the stage.”

I completely agree, it’s getting tiresome.


25 posted on 09/29/2011 1:06:45 PM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: Scythian

If you’re sooooo over her, then why do you keep camping out in Palin threads? Seems you could find better things to do with your time.


26 posted on 09/29/2011 1:08:31 PM PDT by Jess79
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To: Lou Budvis

That is only true if first, you assume that Sarah Palin is the only person in the world to hold her particular worldview, and therefore the only person who would sign bills and push ideas that would free up our country.

And second, if you think that having one president who would do 5% more than the next guy who could win the office is better than having 20 new house seats voting for your specific agenda, and 5 new senate seats pushing your ideas.

Given the choice, it might well be more empowering to endorse a presidential candidate who agrees with you 95%, and then go find 5 senate races and 20 house races, find candidates who are with you 100%, and get THEM elected.

As others have pointed out, even having congressional majorities doesn’t get the president’s proposals enacted. You need people in congress who support your vision.

Palin could also be deciding whether she can actually WIN the presidency while pushing everything she wants; but I’m certain she could get 25 congresssional seats elected that agreed with her, which would be a powerful statement.

Jon Stewart is a comedian. The idea that what Palin means by “power” is to control the armed forces is absurd.


27 posted on 09/29/2011 1:09:27 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Palin has actually been pretty consistent, regarding both ‘titles’ and the inherently corrupting tendencies of government power. It’s been a long-standing theme of hers, and represents how she’s practically an “anti-politician” politician at heart. There’s an incongruity with her outlook and the typical establishment political power mindset, to put it mildly, and she does tend to put the latter into a bit of a tizzy.

I think she’s running.


28 posted on 09/29/2011 1:12:43 PM PDT by greene66
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To: RayBob

“Clinton was being impeached and he stood tall”

There’s only one mindset that can possibly think of Clinton as having “stood tall” during those days.


29 posted on 09/29/2011 1:16:14 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale." It's true. Watch The Undefeated.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“She ain’t crazy.”

But poor widdle jon-boy. She drives him there. Gotta’ love it.


30 posted on 09/29/2011 1:19:19 PM PDT by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: RayBob

That needed to be said.


31 posted on 09/29/2011 1:19:58 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: RayBob

To avoid the circus of the media and the way they handle debates is the best thing a candidate could do. It shows she takes the American people seriously, that she doesn’t want to subject us to the media’s idiocy.

The debates are a ridiculous game. You take them seriously, given how they’re run? You take the debates seriously?

Governor Palin speaks directly to the people, this is what she’s been doing and it’s what she’ll keep doing. To go around the media is both morally right and intellectually brilliant.


32 posted on 09/29/2011 1:20:21 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale." It's true. Watch The Undefeated.)
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To: RayBob

To avoid the circus of the media and the way they handle debates is the best thing a candidate could do. It shows she takes the American people seriously, that she doesn’t want to subject us to the media’s idiocy.

The debates are a ridiculous game. You take them seriously, given how they’re run? You take the debates seriously?

Governor Palin speaks directly to the people, this is what she’s been doing and it’s what she’ll keep doing. To go around the media is both morally right and intellectually brilliant.


33 posted on 09/29/2011 1:21:22 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale." It's true. Watch The Undefeated.)
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To: LearsFool

“That needed to be said.”

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Because the first 478 times here on FR somehow, just weren’t enough.....


34 posted on 09/29/2011 1:23:07 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: jivin gene

Living rent free in his head....


35 posted on 09/29/2011 1:25:47 PM PDT by onona (Words spring songs in my head, what can I say ?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Pssst, Jon, she’s not crazy.


36 posted on 09/29/2011 1:29:28 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Jon Stewart telling Sarah Palin she can’t have it both ways. This from the guy who inspired the expression “clown nose off, clown nose on” for his tendency to lecture political commentators seriously, then when they want to discuss his comments seriously, retreat to “Hey, I work for Comedy Central”. I love irony.


37 posted on 09/29/2011 1:33:57 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Jon Stewart: Sarah Palin "Either Running for President or Crazy"

Who's Jon Stewart?

38 posted on 09/29/2011 1:34:29 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Sounds like Jon's timer is about to go off.


39 posted on 09/29/2011 1:38:25 PM PDT by McGruff (Vetting - The process of examination and evaluation of a candidate's record.)
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To: reasonisfaith
To avoid the circus of the media and the way they handle debates is the best thing a candidate could do. It shows she takes the American people seriously, that she doesn’t want to subject us to the media’s idiocy.

The debates are a ridiculous game. You take them seriously, given how they’re run? You take the debates seriously?

Governor Palin speaks directly to the people, this is what she’s been doing and it’s what she’ll keep doing. To go around the media is both morally right and intellectually brilliant.

You have got to be kidding me. You really believe this? As for your tagline about her not being for sale???? She did Sarah Palin's Alaska for free? She donated all of her royalties from her books to charity? She always refuses the honorarium for her speaking engagements?

Sarah Palin is developing and marketing her brand. She is making a fortune and doing so on the backs of all her adoring fans who wait breathlessly for her next book...

Sarah Palin is a politician and as such, is self-serving. She's made a fortune being "a maverick" or "going rogue". Its easy to stir the pot and make a fortune at it when you don't have to be accountable for your actions. If she were in office, she would be accountable. She's not.

It seems to me that she wants to hang out on the sidelines sniping at Rick Perry as a crony capitalist, or "Herb" Cain as the "flavor of the month", or Bachman or Romney or the rest, doing her best to bloody their noses and then jump in late in the game to avoid scrutiny and avoid the rigors of the campaign. She refuses to stand toe to toe with the other candidates and risk embarrassing gaffes (that she likes to harp on re the other candidates) yet you feel that this is somehow brilliant? Its not brilliant, its cowardly. She's not taking the American people seriously; quite the contrary, she is showing her contempt for them and the process.

I think that Sarah Palin has started to believe all the fawning accolades of her supporters and has gotten quite full of herself. SHe doesn't want "handlers" telling her what to do; she does not want to be constrained by campaigning or actually doing what it takes to be president. She (and her supporters) seem to believe that she should just be allowed to walk in at the convention and be ordained as the candidate.

Sarah Palin is far from brilliant. I've heard her on tv; I've even attended speaches she's given. Somehow, I come away with the impression that she does not actually believe what she is saying. She seems to like playing provacatuer. She likes to stir the pot and get attention and her sycophant supporters all gather round in a happy little Sarah circle-jerk congratulating her for her brilliant insight; her wonderful comments... SHE SOUNDS LIKE AN UNEDUCATED BOOB WHEN SHE SPEAKS!!!! How can you poeple take her seriously?????

40 posted on 09/29/2011 1:43:08 PM PDT by RayBob (If guns kill people, can I blame misspelled words on my keyboard?)
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To: eater-of-toast
I wonder what Sarah Palin is up to

I observe human beings professionally.

There are lots of PDS (Palin derangement syndrome) and PAS (Palin adoration syndrome) theories on this site, and any one of them may be correct.

The most probable thing, however, IMO is that there is some personal or family problem that is holding up what she obviously wants to do.

On September 3, she made references to "my plan", speaking about eliminating capital gains tax and tax breaks. Her Facebook notes, some of them, have been quite detailed about certain issues a President would need to deal with.

Before the VP nomination, she had a reasonably well-balanced personal life. She has become both a political leader and a celebrity since then.

Celebrity is brutal on family life, with so many examples that it is unnecessary to mention any to illustrate.

Maybe the price of Being Sarah Palin is higher than she thought. Maybe going forward means leaving important things behind.

Those issues don't conform to schedules.

Just my opinion, understand, but it fits the facts better than many others.

41 posted on 09/29/2011 1:46:12 PM PDT by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

According to the May Nielson ratings, Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers.

Hey Jon Boy, Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page has almost 3.5 million fans and supporters as her audience.


42 posted on 09/29/2011 1:46:40 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: Scythian

Some of her comments on Greta totally baffled me, as well as her demeaner. What do you mean, running for president would be to shackling? Makes no sense to me.


43 posted on 09/29/2011 2:01:20 PM PDT by Roklok
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To: EyeGuy
And don't forget the pep rally that the House of Rep. Democraps held to CELEBRATE the IMPEACHMENT!

To them, IMPEACHMENT is only a Democrap resume builder!
44 posted on 09/29/2011 2:14:47 PM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: Lou Budvis
I HATE to agree with Jon Stewart on ANYTHING. But... "Shackle-y" is about the most idiotic made-up word a potential candidate could use.

Yes, Sarah, the Presidency is "shackle-y." It is hard and stuff. There's stuff you gotta do. Its more than some stupid "reality show."

The fact that she even USED such a word, which is loaded with doubt in her own ability to rise to the occasion and be dedicated to the task, reveals her true character.

Sarah, you have had all the time in the world to decide whether or not the Presidency is too "shackle-y" for you.

If you don't know by now, maybe you are not cut out for the job.

45 posted on 09/29/2011 2:55:04 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Bush called us "vigilantes." Perry calls us "heartless.")
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To: Lou Budvis
>>“Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country?"<<

The more I read this, the more I realize what a load of horse manure it really is.

She is suggesting that if she doesn't run for President, it will be because she fears that AS President, she will be shaped by her handlers, and that her message will be what contributors and pundits want it to be?

And she is afraid that she won't call it like she sees it, and that she won't affect positive change in the country?

"That’s the biggest contemplation piece in my process.”

Then the White House is the LAST place this insecure and uncertain person needs to be.

46 posted on 09/29/2011 2:57:31 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Bush called us "vigilantes." Perry calls us "heartless.")
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To: montyspython; RayBob; Scythian; atc23; ex-snook; LearsFool; Roklok

Please see posts #45 and 46.


47 posted on 09/29/2011 3:06:00 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Bush called us "vigilantes." Perry calls us "heartless.")
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

You hit the nail on the head. Palin doesn’t want to be President? OK she should unshackled herself and take off to Arizona.


48 posted on 09/29/2011 3:17:45 PM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: ex-snook

Can anyone imaging Ronald Reagan saying anything REMOTELY LIKE THIS?:

“Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country? That’s the biggest contemplation piece in my process.” — Sarah Palin

(She’s looking for an escape hatch, and a way to make her followers believe her failure to run is for the “greater good.”).


49 posted on 09/29/2011 3:37:08 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Bush called us "vigilantes." Perry calls us "heartless.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I decided some time ago to quit paying attention to any of the Gov. Palin fortune tellers (pro or con) and simply take her at her word. She’s been 100% consistent in every interview, including the most recent one with Greta, in stating that she hasn’t decided yet. I choose to believe her. I choose to believe she’s essentially honest, and not one to be deliberately deceptive or disingenous.

Taking her strictly at face value compels me to conclude that she may be too indecisive for me to automatically throw 100% support behind her whenever or if ever she makes a decision to run. Now, if she declares, I will consider her and weigh her debate performances, official policy statements, and formal candidate interviews, just as I am those of everyone else on the field.

Until a few weeks ago, a Gov Palin candidacy would have had my unhesitating support. Now she would have to earn it again.


50 posted on 09/29/2011 3:49:59 PM PDT by lonevoice (Impeach, we much. We much...and we will much...about...that...be committed.)
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