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Depression ahead for Palin industry
Politico ^ | October 6, 2011 | Ben Smith

Posted on 10/06/2011 1:50:34 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

The muted GOP reaction to Sarah Palin’s departure from the Republican presidential field Wednesday suggests the party had moved on months ago. Not so for the thriving cottage industry that grew at her feet, and whose future is now in danger.

Palin-lovers, Palin-haters, a half-dozen publishing houses, and elements of the mainstream media who tracked her plans long after the Republican campaign bypassed her suddenly face a future without their entertaining, unpredictable, and now scarcely-relevant subject.

Palin’s circle of online admirers greeted her announcement with shock and dismay. The camp who saw her as a nascent American Mussolini, with shock and joy. And the publishers, broadcasters, and reporters who yoked themselves to Palin were already moving on.

“I hope I can continue to cover the GOP primary and election as I have been doing,” said ABC’s Shushannah Walshe, the co-author with RealClearPolitics reporter Scott Conroy of the 2009 “Sarah from Alaska,” a evenhanded biography of Palin based on their time covering her as network campaign “embeds.” Conroy declined to comment on what her withdrawal would mean for him, but had already turned his attention to intense coverage of the early primaries, and posted a story Wednesday night that barely mentioned his former subject.

The partisans were more emotional.

“The reason I wanted her to run is if there were one person who could [win the nomination] it was her,” said Tony Lee, a Human Events writer who regularly took to Twitter to lecture dimwitted pundits on how they were missing her obvious and calculated steps toward declaring a candidacy.

The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan, who risked his mainstream reputation to question Palin’s character, politics, and even maternity, told POLITICO that now he can “get a life.”

“Helping to prevent her from getting her hands on power was one of my guiding goals once I realized the MSM was never going to do it,” he wrote. “I lost vast tracts of time and not a few t-cells trying to understand and expose this farce and it’s a huge relief that this preposterous saga is over. Just knowing she isn’t a threat is a huge psychic relief if you care about America and the world.”

The Palin industry rested on two premises: That she was personally capable of mounting a presidential campaign and that Republican voters, whose admiration for her was unquestioned, actually wanted her to run.

Doubts have built steadily about both of those notions — her inability to finish her term overseeing a small state government suggested the presidency was out of reach, and there was little evidence she was capable of laying the groundwork for a national campaign. And Republican voters, in polls and interviews, said increasingly they saw her as a party cheerleader, not a player. Tellingly, by early 2010, a majority of Republicans polled said she wasn’t qualified to be president.

But Palin’s admirers, detractors, and those who fed the dreams and fears of both held the line, and made the case: She was disorganized like a fox, preparing to run an unconventional but formidable campaign. Those pundits had it all wrong.

“Many prominent political analysts and Republican operatives have expressed skepticism that Palin is seriously considering a presidential bid, since she has not taken many of the steps that candidates traditionally take before jumping into the race, such as signing early-state consultants, contacting key powerbrokers and boosting their travel schedules,” Conroy wrote in July. “But Palin has a long history of shunning the Republican Party machinery and taking an unconventional approach to campaigns — a mind-set that appears to have been in play throughout the past several months.”

As the summer continued, her standing in polling sagged. Still, with some frequency, there were voices suggesting the real story was being overlooked.

“It’s important to note that no matter what, Palin plays by her own rules. It’s plausible that she could decide on Sept. 3 that she does want to announce without alerting her inner circle, much like her decision to resign from office in July 2009,” Walshe wrote. “Palin knows that a surprise announcement in front of her most passionate supporters would solidify her as the candidate that can always suck the oxygen out of the room. In a cycle with so many announcements before the announcement, she would be able to trump all the beltway pundits who have signaled her demise since 2008.”

Others in the Palin-media complex went far further. Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, whose husband John Coale backed a Palin campaign and helped Palin set up some political infrastructure, at times seemed to act as a Palin surrogate. When The Daily Caller published prurient quotes from boxer Mike Tyson about Palin, Van Susteren crusaded against its editor, Tucker Carlson, calling him “a pig” and a “purveyor of smut” and labeling the article he published an instance of “violence against women.”

And Van Susteren also at times blended admiration and prediction.

“First, I have absolutely no inside track (despite what some may think) but I am guessing Governor Sarah Palin is running for President in 2012,” she wrote in July, after privately celebrating the July 4 holiday with Palin.

Coale didn’t respond to inquiries after Palin dropped out, but Coale, a trial lawyer who typically supports Democratic causes, told POLITICO’s Alexander Burns earlier this week that he was prepared to switch his allegiance to pizza executive and talk radio host Herman Cain.

“I think [Cain] would be my guy if Sarah doesn’t get in,” he said. “The less establishment the better.”

Van Susteren’s consolation prize: The first Palin interview after her Fox colleague chose to break the news in an interview with radio host Mark Levin.

Of course, partisans of both sides and much of the press – POLITICO included – pursued the Palin beat with gusto and had an interest of sorts in seeing Palin as a candidate.

“Fox News has been making a serious charge about mainstream political reporters: They hate Sarah Palin,” POLITICO wrote last February. “This is not just wrong; it’s absurd. The reality is exactly the opposite: We love Palin.”

She spawned an industry not just of click-driven online news, but of books. She wrote two; her daughter Bristol wrote one. Estranged former aides and family-members cashed in too, with the father of Bristol’s son penning, “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs.”

The legendary non-fiction writer Joe McGinniss moved in next door for a critically-panned long-form evisceration, but any number of lesser-known writers also took their cracks at it. Conroy and Walshe came out with the first and perhaps most straightforward attempt at a biography. They were followed by an array of admiring tomes – Matthew Continetti’s “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star” and Stephen Mansfield’s “The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin” — and ones warning of her danger, such as Geoffrey Dunn’s “The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power,” and “Going Rouge: An American Nightmare,” by Richard Kim.

And there were the frankly commercial quote books: “You Betcha: The Witless Wisdom of Sarah Palin” designed for the haters, and “The Quotable Rogue” for her admirers.

Amazon.com lists more than 200 Palin books in all, many self-published.

“There’s little doubt that had Palin entered the race in, say, June (when The Quotable Rogue was released and she was on a bus tour), it would have nicely boosted book sales,” emailed that book’s author, The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis. “As it is, The Quotable Rogue will now likely become a graduation present or stocking stuffer for people who already like and admire Governor Palin — which is fine by me.”

By the time a pro-Palin film, “The Undefeated,” was released this summer, though, the boom had mostly passed, and it closed after a short and modest run.

“I owe lotsa people dinners,” Lee, the Twitter Palin admirer, said ruefully.

The media professionals and staffers on the margins of Palin’s world, meanwhile, expressed some relief that the spotlight would now dim.

Tina Andreadis, who managed Palin’s book tour for HarperCollins, joked that New York Magazine’s Palin chronicler would finally leave her alone.

“At least Gabe Sherman will stop torturing me!” she emailed.


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1 posted on 10/06/2011 1:50:36 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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2 posted on 10/06/2011 1:54:06 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Second Amendment First

“The muted GOP reaction to Sarah Palin’s departure from the Republican presidential field Wednesday suggests the party had moved on months ago.”

It could also suggest that her supporters wanted her to run for president more than being a kingmaker.


3 posted on 10/06/2011 1:55:58 PM PDT by Politics4US
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To: Second Amendment First

With her departure announcement yesterday, that huge noise was a collective sigh of relief — from the Republican elites.

Their next order of business will be to contain Cain.

If Romney is the nominee, okay — they can live with him or another Obama term. They tend to like the status quo — and the Republicans will probably gain the Senate, so they can control much of the agenda even without taking the White House.


4 posted on 10/06/2011 1:56:48 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Second Amendment First

Ben Smith is an idiot.


5 posted on 10/06/2011 1:56:51 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Second Amendment First

She would have made the debates worth watching. Hopefully she can help to keep Romney away from DC.


6 posted on 10/06/2011 1:57:45 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I’m still stunned by this.

If she never appears on tv again, I would not care.

She needs to go spend time with her beautiful family. Perhaps if she had been around watching her kids instead of being gov., Bristol would have made better choices in her life.

Every time she is on tv or radio , all cheery, like nothing ever happened, it is more salt on our wounds.

Just go away Sarah. Just go away.


7 posted on 10/06/2011 1:57:55 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Second Amendment First
And the publishers, broadcasters, and reporters who yoked themselves to Palin were already moving on.

A media simpleton from Politico missing the irony of of his umpteen article about Palin, declaring the media is moving on.

If he's serious about no longer covering Palin , Ben can finally start to type with both of his hands.

8 posted on 10/06/2011 1:59:15 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Perhaps we can now “Move On”.


9 posted on 10/06/2011 2:01:14 PM PDT by rob777
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To: Second Amendment First
Crazy the reactions she created and the attention she received, good and bad. I wish her all the best.

She's a force of nature, but she didn't looked as well in the last interview I saw as she has in the past.

10 posted on 10/06/2011 2:01:56 PM PDT by GBA (The Constitution and conservatism must win in 2012!)
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To: Second Amendment First

The “Palin-media complex”? Uh...sure, Ben.


11 posted on 10/06/2011 2:02:46 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Second Amendment First

Not a Palin hater, but I believe she made the right decision. She’s not ready....yet.

I do think she should have made this decision much sooner, however.

Cain taking a month off will benefit him immensely, if he uses the time to strengthen his campaign staff and sharpen his message. He clearly is the best viable candidate we have left, as conservatives, and a good look at his resume and life’s experiences shows me that he is the most qualified person running, in either party.

And at the risk of getting flamed, I will state the obvious...he is VASTLY more qualified for POTUS than Palin.


12 posted on 10/06/2011 2:04:06 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Reagan69

Check out my new TAGLINE !


13 posted on 10/06/2011 2:05:02 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Second Amendment First

The Andrew Sullivan quote reminds me a lot of all the people here who are happy she’s not running. Look who you’re aligning yourselves with.


14 posted on 10/06/2011 2:05:02 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: rockinqsranch

Ben Smith is an idiot.

We are reloading and getting refocused on 2012 lots of Senate Seats to take like about 15 Dems hitting the bricks and another 60 House seats works for me. Oh yes and a Republican President beating probably Hilary because Obama will be too cowardly to run.


15 posted on 10/06/2011 2:05:47 PM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: Reagan69

Quit whining.


16 posted on 10/06/2011 2:06:17 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Second Amendment First
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17 posted on 10/06/2011 2:06:40 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: rockinqsranch

Ben Smith is also a moron.


18 posted on 10/06/2011 2:07:01 PM PDT by samtheman (Palin. In your heart you know she's right.)
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To: Reagan69
Palin: “I Apologize To Those Who Are Disappointed In This Decision”. Now stop whining.
19 posted on 10/06/2011 2:08:19 PM PDT by McGruff (Still a member of Sarah's Army)
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To: Second Amendment First

Meanwhile, helping to prevent the community agitating marxist from getting his hands on power was one of our guiding goals once we realized the MSM was never going to do it. We lost vast tracts of time and not a few t-cells trying to understand and expose this obamination fraud and alas and tragedy for our nation that this monstrous horror saga is not over yet for another year and a half. Just thinking that he and his hyenas minions WILL NOT be a threat to this country very soon is a huge psychic relief if you care about America and the world.


20 posted on 10/06/2011 2:08:31 PM PDT by parisa
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To: rottndog

No argument here. I’m enjoying his rise in the polls, though realizing it’s probably temporary.


21 posted on 10/06/2011 2:13:33 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: ReneeLynn

Quit telling me what to do.


22 posted on 10/06/2011 2:15:09 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: vicar7

“We are reloading and getting refocused on 2012 lots of Senate Seats to take like about 15 Dems hitting the bricks and another 60 House seats works for me.”

Works for me too. Getting the Congress back into the hands of the American people is priority one.

Getting that Republican President is icing on the cake.


23 posted on 10/06/2011 2:16:33 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Ubama is going to beat whatever RINO the GOP ruling-class appoints, which will loosen their grip sufficiently that they aren't going to have much of a say on who gets nominated in 2016.
24 posted on 10/06/2011 2:19:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: McGruff

Hollow words... like “Game On”., “Fight like a girl”.

But hey, I’ve got 4 DVD’s to show for my support. Would you like to buy one? They cost me $100 each.


25 posted on 10/06/2011 2:19:37 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Second Amendment First

Well, I haven’t been commenting on these threads. Unfortunately, I don’t see any other candidate who can match her as a person who could straighten our country back out.

It’s the biggest job any American President has ever faced, at least since the Civil War, and I don’t think any of the others are up to the job.

Well, we’ll just have to see what happens next. We do what we can. May God come to the aid of our country.


26 posted on 10/06/2011 2:19:43 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Second Amendment First

It’s for the best. Palin has many admirable qualities, and I myself turned from a strong critic to someone who admitted I’d misjudged and underestimated her in some ways, but I still hold to a few positions. One, she ducked heavy fire by ditching her elected office in Alaska, which augured poorly for her ability to handle with excellence the toughest job in the world, and, two, she has serious family issues, namely one child, or possibly two, that have demonstrated immaturity, self-centeredness, foot-in-mouth disease, and a dismaying appetite for the spotlight that would feed the scandal beast continually while Mom was in office.

Let the Palins make their millions, but please, let them spare us the drama of a Palin White House.


27 posted on 10/06/2011 2:20:03 PM PDT by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: McGruff

It’s absolutely stunning to me that Piper, Willow, Track or Bristol had the fate of our nation in their hands.

Don’t you find that unbelievable?

Maybe back in June, but in October?


28 posted on 10/06/2011 2:21:48 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: rottndog

“....he is VASTLY more qualified for POTUS than Palin.” LOL

No, I am not going to flame you, but I will likely laugh at you for the rest of the day. LMAO


29 posted on 10/06/2011 2:22:45 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: CaptainK

A media simpleton from Politico missing the irony of of his umpteen article about Palin, declaring the media is moving on.

^^^^^

Exactly!


30 posted on 10/06/2011 2:23:21 PM PDT by maica
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To: Reagan69
(I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !

That's not what I recall. You've been saying snarky things about her in just about every post, for quite some time.

31 posted on 10/06/2011 2:23:30 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: beckett

Very true. The kids would have been a contest feed for the media. It would have been ugly.


32 posted on 10/06/2011 2:23:37 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: beckett

Very true. The kids would have been a contest feed for the media. It would have been ugly.


33 posted on 10/06/2011 2:24:11 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: rockinqsranch
Getting the Congress back into the hands of the American people is priority one.

And we need a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate to silence the liberals who will block every effort to undo Obamacare, Dodd/Frank, etc, etc, etc

34 posted on 10/06/2011 2:24:20 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Cain for President - Because I like the content of his character)
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To: Second Amendment First
Interchangeable: Ben Smith/Idiot! Idiot/Ben Smith! Ben Smith/Coward! Coward/Ben Smith! Liar/Ben Smith! Ben Smith/ Liar!

In the dictionary, the word Obama brown- noser is followed by a picture of Ben Smith.

Politico is a den of cowards, liars and Obama whores without the slightest chance of redemption. Ever!

35 posted on 10/06/2011 2:26:49 PM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: Cicero

Please check out my Youtube account, then tell me I didn’t support her.

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee

and, as a matter of fact, I was working on a new one when the news came down.

I started “turning” on her after the Greta interview a few weeks ago. She sounded like she was preparing her supporters for a let down.


36 posted on 10/06/2011 2:27:13 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Second Amendment First

They don’t learn do they? Nothing can hurt Sarah Palin. She IS kryptonite.


37 posted on 10/06/2011 2:27:20 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Agree. Getting the Congressional House, and Senate back into the hands of the American people is priority one.


38 posted on 10/06/2011 2:28:09 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: McGruff
Now stop whining. No kidding. STOP!
39 posted on 10/06/2011 2:29:16 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Gator113

Have you read Cain’s resume? Compared it side by side with Palin’s? There is no comparison...Laugh all you want.

Cain actually has a huge record of achievement, spanning decades. Palin...not so much.


40 posted on 10/06/2011 2:29:27 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Cicero

Some of my prior snarky posts:

Palin’s self-imposed deadline looms
Thursday, September 29, 2011 1:38:54 PM · 6 of 49
Reagan69 to Blood of Tyrants
She’ll run. After all the effort and prep she’d done, of course she will.

She is playing a game of chicken with the GOP. Not only will she have to battle the Dems, she’s got an immediate battle with the establishment GOP on her hands.

They are going to hand us Mitt Romney, just like they did McCain, come hellp or high water... and whether we likeit or not.

Sarah Palin Has Until Late December to Jump In, and Still Win
Monday, September 26, 2011 6:51:59 AM · 131 of 157
Reagan69 to Freepmanchew
I’m one of those obnoxious Palinista’s but this article is just stupid.

The author lists the dates of the primarys in each state but fails to mention that there are legal deadlines for filing to get your name on the ballot.

The first is Utah’s = October 14th.

Giving Up on Bachmann
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:16:41 AM · 12 of 166
Reagan69 to freespirited
Give Sarah a chance !

Palin Defends Perry on Social Security
Monday, September 12, 2011 11:40:39 AM · 48 of 63
Reagan69 to Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Sarah Palin is running. If any of you are thinking she will be ensorsing Perry, you best find your Plan-B.

CRONY CAPITALISM - THY NAME IS RICK PERRY !

For a few.
I finally came to the conclusion last night that I’d been “had” along with many other Palin supporters.


41 posted on 10/06/2011 2:32:11 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: rockinqsranch

Getting that Republican President is icing on the cake.

Amen to that and I have a long time to make a decision as to who I support. I know that the GOP is picking a President because Obama cannot cheat enough to win.


42 posted on 10/06/2011 2:32:48 PM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: rottndog

LOL.... I don’t need to read Cain’s resume to know that he’s gong to lose.

He’s a nice man that won’t be elected president.

LOL


43 posted on 10/06/2011 2:34:54 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: Second Amendment First

She gets to go home and love her family. The GOP establishment gets to try to make a success out of what right now is Herman Cain and a mess. The political press has to make the whole thing sound interesting. I know who I think is winning here, and I mean really winning, not just “Hi, I’m Charlie Sheen, and I have no new job to go to but I just did a Tony Montana faceplant in a mound of blow on the way out the door to the TV interview so I’m” winning.


44 posted on 10/06/2011 2:34:54 PM PDT by RichInOC (TBA 2012.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
And we need a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate to silence the liberals who will block every effort to undo Obamacare, Dodd/Frank, etc, etc, etc

Not really...a strong majority, populated with true conservatives equipped with enough testicular fortitude, can repeal anything Obamination has signed, using the same reconciliation process the dumbocrats used to pass those items.
45 posted on 10/06/2011 2:35:11 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Reagan69

What ARE you talking about?


46 posted on 10/06/2011 2:35:45 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: Gator113

OK, great. Which RINO do you support and will vote for?


47 posted on 10/06/2011 2:37:19 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Reagan69

Ha! I’m the exact opposite. I still find Palin appearances one of the incredibly few things about the whole dismal political scene that still manages to cheer me up! Of course, I’ve despised the debates, I’ve despised the putrid Rove/Morris type of punditry, I’ve despised the whole repellent, circa-2011 ball of wax, politically speaking. It’s all-out scum city, and I admittedly have little faith this set-up will even allow the possibility of the country being saved if the attempt was even made.

Maybe my disdain for all this reveals a certain strain of flyover-country populism, and it’s in this venue that anti-politician “Citizen Sarah” is just as potent to me now as last week. I’m going to continue following her and supporting her. Sorry you’re unhappy! Really. I’m not being facetious.


48 posted on 10/06/2011 2:42:13 PM PDT by greene66
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Ubama is going to beat whatever RINO the GOP ruling-class appoints,

Only if it's a 3-way race.

Baraq loses any 2-way matchup in a landslide

He only got 53% last time against McLame and having no negatives attached to him at all. Now he's the Captain of the USS Depression.

49 posted on 10/06/2011 2:51:09 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Politics4US

I bet my response is typical of many ....If Palin chose to run it would have been great ...she would have my support. Since she doesnt want to run ....thats great too and I think she will do a lot of good. About all there is to it


50 posted on 10/06/2011 2:51:51 PM PDT by woofie
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