Skip to comments.Sarah Palin's Newt Gingrich Embrace
Posted on 01/27/2012 1:24:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The circling of wagons against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been quite a spectacle. Establishment dinosaurs like former Sen. Bob Dole, the Reaganite grande dame Peggy Noonan, the moderate agoniste David Frum, the reclusive Web guerrilla Matt Drudge, even the flame-throwing Ann Coulterrarely do you see such a diverse array of establishment and movement conservatives in such united opposition to someone who's at least nominally conservative.
Myself, I'd rather see former Gov. Mitt Romney crushed under those wagon wheels.
And so, apparently, does former Gov. Sarah Palin. In an interview with Fox News Business Network, Palin opined:
"Look at Newt Gingrich, what's going on with him, via the establishment's attacks. They're trying to crucify this man and rewrite history, rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years. So it's not just Ron Paul. I believe it's also Newt Gingrich that the establishment, that the liberal media, certainly that the progressives and Democrats don't like."
There's little doubt that, in her tiptoeing characterization of the opposition to Gingrich, she meant to include everyone I included above.
So it came as quite a shock to my system when I found myself saying, "Go Sarah!"
And then I mentally slapped myself across the cheeks.
Of course Sarah Palin is taking this tack. It's in her long-term political interest to see Mitt Romney bloodied and defeated in November. Palin and Rush Limbaugh are the figureheads of a subset of movement conservatives who scorn tactical pragmatism. And if President Obama wins, it will have been a sweet vindication for Palin and Limbaugh and the principled Romney doubters like RedState.com's Erick Erickson who believe that Republicans' failingseither in office or in the failure to win officeare almost always a retribution for the betrayal of conservative values.
It's hard to take totally seriously Palin's defense of Gingrich; if she had chosen to run, I imagine she'd have taken the same line against Gingrich that her congressional counterpart Rep. Michele Bachmann took (and which Romney is now taking to great effect): that the former speaker is a sleazy influence-peddler. It's easy to imagine because it's the truth.
But since she can't stop Romney directly, she undermines him indirectlywhich is why she intervened in the South Carolina to help deliver the state to Gingrich and why she's speaking out on his behalf now. It's not out of love for Gingrich; it's simply to keep the race going, and thereby damage Romney.
As a short-term tactic, Palin's magic worked brilliantly. But only briefly.
I should note that I don't think Palin is acting purely from a position of calculation. She's more in touch with the conservative id than anyone in Washington; she knows Romney is a weak candidate precisely because of his utter fraudulence.
It's going to be interesting to see what how just how tightly she ultimately chooses to embrace the Romney candidacy in the coming months.
Kind of old news, but always important to repeat. Two of Mitts slimy operatives, Schdmit and Nicole Wallace were at the front of destroying Sarah, starting in mid Sept 2008.
As she pulled McCain ahead in the polls (8pts) Mitt ordered his slimy minions to take Sarah out.
You had the sleazy Schmidt the starter of the Sarah robe story. Nicole Wallace repeatedly lied to Sarah and "forced" her to sit through nine hours total(over two days) with the contemptible Couric.
Sarah new quite quickly it was a setup and wanted out the interview, but Nicole made sure she suffered through the crap from Couric.
Mitt's operatives are a slimy as anything the left has. Mitt is a power hungry madman. He wants the office of President to gratify his own ego. Mitt has no concern at all for our Constitution. He has contempt for the Conservative belief in limited government.
That's pretty much a perfect statement for the primaries.
Meanwhile, Dole and McCain are proclaiming that RINO Romney is "the most electable".
Have to presume that they considered themselves to be the most electable too.
Pretty good, but you forgot NY along the Southeast Coast.
The Republican aparat cares about running their little family business, The Republican Party. From this perspective, it’s manifestly clear that Gingrich is the worst of all possible worlds. He brings along big negatives, and represents a huge tactical risk. Even worse, if he wins, he’s the insider’s insider, knows all the players, where all of the skeletons are buried, and is going to be looking to shake things up, for a wide range of reasons.
If you’re the comfortable manager of the “respectable Republican” brand, there is simply nothing to like about Newt.
On the other hand, us Neanderthal right-wingers grasp, as the aparat does not, that this is not simply another election. The stakes include the last chance to stop, and ultimately reverse the statist project in its tracks; if we give Obaman, and Pelosi, and Reid, and Soros and Buffet and all the rest the next four years to implement their agenda, there will be no way to resurrect anything even resmbling the democratic Republic we started with in 1789.
Winning this one election won’t save us, but losing will surely sink us.
Those are the stakes that we care about. The party aparat just care about their cushy jobs and Georgtown condos.
She has more power than anyone in the political world. Rush has played his card in this primary. The GOP trashed her since she has a powerful voice. She keeps on going. I appreciate her helping Newt. I hope she will endorse or at least make a speech at one of his rallies. She came on strong in Wisconsin against the unions. She is not afraid to challenge the rinos. Maybe she is not at her breaking point. I think if they take Newt down, she will come back and fight like hell. I don't think she is going to toss the country aside for another liberal who has empty promises. Why do people want the same old direction with Romney is beyond me. His ties to Goldman -Stock market. He claims to care about the country though he comes in and raids the profits from a company then fires people -one company after another. That will come back up from the dems- you can see it in an ad-we are done, he'll lose. He will not be the next president. He buses in people like Obama does. He is such a fraud.
Does Governor Romney not realize that the moon is a goldmine of minerals and a great stepping-off point for a mission to Mars or other destinations? If America mined the moon, we could leave China in the dust.
Thanks, I’ll include that in my next post!
I’m amazed at how much a person can claim to know about the thought processes of another without any basis for knowing other that a big fat guess based on one’s own biases.
Of course this guy is only saying what he is saying because of some plan of his to _________, and some latent _________, which of course must have been caused by the mother who __________ every Thursday.
What an asshat.
Today, Romney is at the Space Center trying to get votes after ridiculing the idea. What a total fool. That area is in bad economic times for him to just say that shows he is completely out of the norm. He had his groupies chanting for the moon jab, now we know they were bused in and given special seats. I say send them onto the moon-first ride.
LOL, this is what neurolinguistic programming sounds like when used by someone who's drunk.
I think if Todd joined Newt, since he endorsed him, it could make a difference.
And the “oh, and let me introduce you people to my wife” moment would be pretty outstanding.
Don’t trust him.
Oh, lordy. John Boehner, the head clown of the 4-man attempted GOP coup against Newt Gingrich’s speakership in 1997? John Boehner, the head clown of the “oopsie, intercepted” cell phone conference call that got turned over to Jim McDermott, the NYSlimes, and the ethics committee to try to hang Newt with in 1997? That John Boehner? We’re on to you, you big cry baby. You can send your cronies and peons out to do your dirty work yet again, but don’t think for a minute we don’t see you this time.
And by the way, we are building a commercial space port in New Mexico and maybe someone should ask Billionare Richard Branson, heavily invested in the concept of commercial space exploration, how crazy Newt’s ideas are.
People don’t give Todd enough credit. I think having Todd saying a few words for Newt might change things.
Matter of fact, I would love to find a depository for pictures of her and even Michelle Malkin. I just can't find a whole lot of them these days.
I can’t speak for people.
I simply know, Todd had enough going on to marry Sarah Palin.
I give the guy all sorts of credit.
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