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Palin Factor Starts To Emerge in GOP Race
The New York Sun ^ | January 20, 2012 | Benyamin Korn, Special to The Sun

Posted on 01/21/2012 12:33:06 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Who is the leader of the “Not-Romney” movement within today’s GOP?

Is it Newt Gingrich, whose surge in the South Carolina opinion polls puts him within striking distance of front-runner Mitt in tomorrow’s vote?

Is it Ron Paul, whose dedicated core of “hard-money” but isolationist supporters gives him 15 to 20% in every Republican contest?

Or is it Rick Santorum, recently endorsed by a raft of Christian evangelical leaders?

For my dollar, the leader is Sarah Palin, whose endorsements continue to carry more weight among conservatives than any other national figure and who is well-positioned to play a king-making role in the 2012 elections similar to her “Mama Grizzly” performance guiding the Republican surge in 2010.

How did this happen? She’s not running. She’s in Alaska. Since declaring herself a non-candidate at the beginning of October, Mrs. Palin has kept a pretty low profile.

Until recently, her main contribution to the political discourse was castigation of “Congressional insider trading,”a practice exposed by one of her SarahPac advisors, Hudson Institute fellow Peter Schweitzer, in a new book called “Throw Them All Out.” That expose gave rise to competing Congressional reform bills, the best of which would make it illegal for Federal legislators to routinely do what Raj Rajaratnam.

Before that, at a much-noted speech to Iowa Tea Partiers back in August, Mrs. Palin the political wordsmith injected “crony capitalism” into the public discussion. That phrase has captured the corrupt connivance between Big Business and Big Government which challenged the anti-business protestations of the “Occupy” crowd....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; freepressforpalin; gingrich; newt; palin; romney; santorum; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 01/21/2012 12:33:16 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah knows who dirty, sneak-attacked her. Who kept her out of this race. I suspect it’s payback time now. Sarahcuda style.


2 posted on 01/21/2012 12:47:29 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, I’m still hoping for her to save us all come convention time...


3 posted on 01/21/2012 12:50:50 AM PST by Wyoming Cowboy
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To: Wyoming Cowboy

In what way? To be tapped for VP by Gingrich?


4 posted on 01/21/2012 1:02:17 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I have considered that as an option for Newt, if he goes the distance, which I believe that he will. But I think that Sarah’s sword is double-edged. Not so much in her endorsements, but if she were to be chosen by the Rep. Nominee, I think that she might hurt the nominee almost as much as she would help, which would be a lot. She has a great negative rating, as well as positive. I think that a Rubio or Allen West might be a better choice (for Newt) for VP.


5 posted on 01/21/2012 1:22:40 AM PST by matthew fuller (Mitt is not a used car salesman- he's an aborted fetus salesman! http://www.stopstericycle.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

INTRADE now:

Newt Gingrich to win the 2012 South Carolina PrimaryEvent: South Carolina Primary (Republican)
83.9%
chance

Mitt Romney to win the 2012 South Carolina PrimaryEvent: South Carolina Primary (Republican)
17.7%
chance


6 posted on 01/21/2012 1:33:50 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: matthew fuller

ALL CONSERVATIVES start with insurmountable negatives, although in real life we have only seen one (Reagan) actual conservative, but that mantra you chant is one reason that we join the establishment in never presenting a conservative.

We defeat ourselves before we even start, Palin is a vastly superior vote getter, campaigner, and elected official than Mitt Romney, yet he is sold as the only electable guy.

Palin kicked tail in Alaska, she was the most popular Governor in America, which is another way of saying “unifying”, she did this while being a strong reformer, who her own party was fighting tooth and nail.

The point is, that of course conservatives start in the hole in media driven public perception, but during a 700 million dollar sales campaign, they become almost media equal, beat the Democrats, win the election, and then go back to being hurt by the media to a large degree, but they get to govern none the less, and let history record their greatness.


7 posted on 01/21/2012 1:34:39 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
she dropped out of the race. She's about as relevant as Cain
8 posted on 01/21/2012 1:34:50 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: matthew fuller

I’d love to see Allen West picked for the VP slot by Gingrich. You’d then see so much racism exhibited by the Leftists that they’d be foaming at the mouth like a rabid dogs and would just end up alienating more potential voters for Obama.


9 posted on 01/21/2012 1:45:31 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: paul51

The facts are staring you right in the face. She’s having a direct effect on the nomination process as you’ll see tomorrow night. Saying she is as relevant as Cain just makes you seem like an idiot.


10 posted on 01/21/2012 1:52:26 AM PST by toddausauras (The)
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To: ReneeLynn

Palin is wearing her high-heels and dancing La Cucaracha on the testicles of the GOP.


11 posted on 01/21/2012 2:14:38 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Owie!


12 posted on 01/21/2012 2:20:44 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: toddausauras
some people just have to have someone. All the emperors have clay feet
13 posted on 01/21/2012 2:28:09 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: paul51

Yet here we are, we just saw the polls that show that George W, and Governor Palin are the two most influential endorsements.

You not knowing her importance reveals your ignorance, it isn’t an argument against national reality.


14 posted on 01/21/2012 2:34:19 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

I’m pretty sure I know her importance


15 posted on 01/21/2012 2:40:59 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: paul51

Evidently not.

You are so ignorant of her importance as an endorsement, much less her influence, that you equated her with Cain, I’m not even aware of Cain’s endorsement being polled, would you share that with us?


16 posted on 01/21/2012 2:53:00 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You betcha.


17 posted on 01/21/2012 3:04:17 AM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not sure if I’m rooting for Santorum to drop out or stay in. The last time he endorsed Mitt Romney


18 posted on 01/21/2012 3:08:13 AM PST by tsowellfan (http://twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: paul51

Endorsements are for followers, nothing more.


19 posted on 01/21/2012 3:34:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: paul51

Bologna.


20 posted on 01/21/2012 3:35:26 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: paul51
she dropped out of the race. She's about as relevant as Cain

__________________________________

She didn't drop out.....she never had the courage to get in.

And, the article says that her endorsement is the king maker.....ok, exactly whom has she endorsed in this consets?

21 posted on 01/21/2012 3:35:31 AM PST by moose-matson (I keep it in my head)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She could actually implement all her as-stated "instant and continual" legislative reforms from the "bully-pulpit" of the Vice Presidency, now that I think about it.

Possible Gingrich/Palin ticket coming?

22 posted on 01/21/2012 3:38:07 AM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Much of the Santorum support was the ex-Palin supporters, but now that Sarah is endorsing Newt, as well as Chuck Norris, Santorum’s numbers have dropped off the chart.

Santorum is also showing his true colors, which are, when he is behind, he gets that Little Boy “ME TOO! ME TOO!”, “But I did this, and I did that” when I was a somebody, and brags about his rather sad, moderate record, as if he was some stellar conservative in the Senate. (When he was not even close.)

Santo, reminds me of Huckabee. Almost a carbon copy, who won Iowa, touted his shaky, moderate record as “conservative” and who brags himself up while his audience is being put to sleep by his lack of personality.

23 posted on 01/21/2012 3:47:39 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: paul51

LOL. That’s pretty ignorant. What axe do you have to grind? Your statement only makes it clear that there is one - because the statement itself is foolish and ignorant.

You can hate her all you want, but saying something like that is, well, dumb.


24 posted on 01/21/2012 3:55:16 AM PST by Principled
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To: Jack Hydrazine

No.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-rlc/2835295/posts?page=16#16


25 posted on 01/21/2012 4:19:30 AM PST by Wyoming Cowboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Newt falters, which, we must admit, is possible...

And if it becomes clear, as it will, that Romney cannot beat Obama...

Well, then...


26 posted on 01/21/2012 4:24:44 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: toddausauras

Now, now; too early to figure out who the idiots are!


27 posted on 01/21/2012 4:28:40 AM PST by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think that a Rubio or Allen West might be a better choice ....................................................I’d love to see West in there, There are several high ranking officers out there that would crap in their pants if he was VP. Talk about payback.


28 posted on 01/21/2012 4:29:26 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO YOU ELECT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT!)
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To: paul51
"She's about as relevant as Cain"

Your thoughts about Sarah makes YOUR future thoughts about anything on FR also irrelevant.

29 posted on 01/21/2012 4:37:16 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: cripplecreek

Well said.


30 posted on 01/21/2012 4:38:29 AM PST by monocle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Recent weeks have seen a resurgence of the Grizzly factor. In a December 1 appearance, as a Fox News commentator on the GOP race, Mrs. Palin uttered one sentence in praise of Rick Santorum’s “ideological consistency.” Immediately the former Pennsylvania senator’s numbers began to climb.

Her intrinsic authenticity and honesty gives her immense credibility with conservatives.


31 posted on 01/21/2012 4:39:07 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTTT


32 posted on 01/21/2012 4:39:55 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I hadn’t thought about that, but you are right. In particular the ones who haven’t get their third star.


33 posted on 01/21/2012 4:43:02 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: paul51

It’s funny watching people click on Palin threads to call her irrelevant. The irony is astounding.


34 posted on 01/21/2012 4:43:52 AM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin has had ZERO influence in this race. She kinda, sorta endorsed Newt last week. Until then she was quiet.

How can anyone possibly claim she's influenced the race when she was silent?

35 posted on 01/21/2012 4:45:36 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I kind of thought the Dump Romney movement came from voters who looked at Romney's record and saw too much of a RINO and a flip-flopper than they could stomach.

I don't know why they give the credit for having Republican smart voters to Sarah Palin.

36 posted on 01/21/2012 4:45:36 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Palin is wearing her high-heels and dancing La Cucaracha on the testicles of the GOP.


37 posted on 01/21/2012 4:51:42 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: Venturer

Palin’s doing GREAT right where she is. Having far more influence than she ever could have as a presidential or VP candidate. LOOK at the effect she had on this S. Carolina race. I really don’t want her to stop doing whatever she’s doing now ...because it’s working. They can’t attack her — and she’s free to operate. Perfect.

Newt will know whether it’s right to select her as VP, or not. Leave it up to him.


38 posted on 01/21/2012 4:55:33 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I await your thoughts... Photobucket I await HER endorsement.
39 posted on 01/21/2012 4:58:30 AM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I’d love to see Allen West picked for the VP slot by Gingrich. You’d then see so much racism exhibited by the Leftists that they’d be foaming at the mouth like a rabid dogs and would just end up alienating more potential voters for Obama.

^ this

40 posted on 01/21/2012 4:59:38 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: LibsRJerks

I don’t believe Palin actually endorsed Gingrich, she only said I would vote for him if I were allowed to vote in SC.

Newt has made some great debates, and he has scored big in them. I credit most of his rise in SC to those debates, and Newt.

Certainly a few voters may have come on board because of her statement, but I give more credit to Newt and the debates.


41 posted on 01/21/2012 5:02:39 AM PST by Venturer
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To: toddausauras

I vote that we have another idiot lurking about!


42 posted on 01/21/2012 5:06:44 AM PST by tiger63
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All
Palin is wearing her high-heels and dancing La Cucaracha on the testicles of the GOP.

Correction...

Palin is wearing her high-heels and dancing La Cucaracha on the testicles of the GOP Establishment, The RINO Punditry Class, and the Apparatchik Minions within (and including Willard) the Romney Campaign that have had it out for her since the Fall of 08'.

Revenge is a dish served cold, and where she is from she knows cold.

I think she has just begun serving some of it up....

43 posted on 01/21/2012 5:09:16 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Phony baloney Nikki Haley was asked about the Palin Factor by Gretta Van.... last night, the pathetic NH said she has seen or heard nothing about Sarah Palin, but went on to say she was a dear friend??? Some friend, what a joke!!

Ya NH and MB and Sarah are all dear friends...LOL

I hope NH is thrown out of office first chance SC voters get.


44 posted on 01/21/2012 5:20:12 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: Venturer

Newt was asked about Sarah`s semi endorsement, he stated that it was easy to see the impact, it was very real (paraphrasing from memory)


45 posted on 01/21/2012 5:22:44 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: raybbr

In denial I see


46 posted on 01/21/2012 5:24:26 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: toddausauras

well said, there are a number on this thread that could wear the handle you so well chose


47 posted on 01/21/2012 5:27:12 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: paul51

Which one?


48 posted on 01/21/2012 5:41:44 AM PST by doberville
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good article. I’m not in SC, but between Newt and Santorum, it is a tough call. Newt’s personal life is yucky, his politics were good when he ran the House, but he goes off the shoulder every now and then (to say the least) - but then Newt seems able to attack the bad guys (i.e., media, Dems, etc.). Rick, at least in my book, was a good conservative in the Senate - on close votes he was ALWAYS with the conservatives (unlike the real RINOs). Once in a while he vote local (like protecting unions, something understandable, somewhat, in PA), and he did support his president...even for big government. But I don’t remember any votes where Clinton wanted something passed and Santorum was supporting him and angering the base. So, to me, he would have done well as president. But Rick was boring and it wasn’t clear if he had the stomach to take on Obama - something that McCain CLEARLY was not up to in 2008.

But then Sarah spoke, and that was it for me. It was Newt all the way, and I’m not even a big Sarah person. There’s just something about her guidance when the two remaining viable candidates are that close to each other.


49 posted on 01/21/2012 5:49:24 AM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: matthew fuller

I believe Palin could best serve as the head of a department. I’d pick her to head the Dept of Energy and give her a deadline of two years to downsize it to a small office to monitor (but not interfere) with the states’ departments of energy. Also to fill the national reserves with oil until completely stocked. Make the oil companies drill and turn over 90% of all federal land to the states.


50 posted on 01/21/2012 6:09:37 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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