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Sarah Palin's Newt Gingrich Embrace
US News and World Report ^ | January 27, 2012 | Scott Galupo, former Boehner staffer

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 Coulter—rarely 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' failings—either in office or in the failure to win office—are 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 indirectly—which 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.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bloodythursday; boehner; boehnerbetrayal; elections; florida; gingrich; gop; gope; hitonnewt; hitonsarah; hitpiece; newt; palin; pds; rinos; romney; sarah; scottgalupo; teapartyrebellion; waronnewt; waronsarah
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No wonder we're in the mess we're in if this guy was an aide to John Boehner.
1 posted on 01/27/2012 1:25:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My takeaway as well. Oyvey!


2 posted on 01/27/2012 1:28:53 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dear Sarah,

ENDORSE Newt now. THEN fly to FL with Todd for Sat-Tues!

Thanks.


3 posted on 01/27/2012 1:29:23 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

MAYBE not the place to stand. Florida is a hybrid state. The North is South, the South is Cuban/Jewish, Orlando is California, and the West Coast is the Midwest,


4 posted on 01/27/2012 1:34:10 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin and Rush Limbaugh are the figureheads of a subset of movement conservatives who scorn tactical pragmatism.

Let's see now. Where exactly has "tactical pragmatism" gotten us so far? John McCain? Bob Dole? Gerald Ford? Yeah, that's the ticket. You could add GHW Bush if you want. He only won in the afterglow of Reagan and then couldn't hold on to it for a second term.

5 posted on 01/27/2012 1:35:42 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: newheart

Paraphrasing, “Electability” gave us Ford, Bush I, Dole, McCain. Voting for the crazy right-winger gave us Ronald Reagan!!


6 posted on 01/27/2012 1:39:11 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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7 posted on 01/27/2012 1:40:41 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Myself, I'd rather see former Gov. Mitt Romney crushed under those wagon wheels."

So who does Galupo like? ... apparently not Mitt, or Newt, or Palin. Perhaps he just enjoys trashing all Republicans.

8 posted on 01/27/2012 1:40:53 PM PST by Kennard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So lets make Sarah the bad guy, not the establishment? Anyone believes that should join a cult.


9 posted on 01/27/2012 1:43:55 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Voting for the crazy right-winger gave us Ronald Reagan!!

Bingo! As I recall, RR wasn't too popular with the Rockefeller wing either.

10 posted on 01/27/2012 1:44:11 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think everyone should now understand that it was Romney behind the attacks on Sarah, and I mean all of them. Just look at his attacks on Newt and Cain.


11 posted on 01/27/2012 1:44:35 PM PST by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican SOCIALISTelites, are Big Government socialists,)
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To: CainConservative
Greta is on Newt's bus as we speak filming this evening show....Do ya think maybe Sarah gave her a call?

Check your local listings for time. And make sure you sign up for gretawire early to get any message through.

12 posted on 01/27/2012 1:46:41 PM PST by hoosiermama
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To: Kennard
So who does Galupo like? ... apparently not Mitt, or Newt, or Palin. Perhaps he just enjoys trashing all Republicans.

Well, seeing as Crybaby Boehner is a Democrat plant, he probably likes Obama.

13 posted on 01/27/2012 1:47:10 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

IMHO - It was Romeny and his ilk that have been behind all of the attacks to last 3 years against Sarah, all one needs to do is look at how they are attacking Newt and how he attacked Sarah and it points to Romney.


14 posted on 01/27/2012 1:49:30 PM PST by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican SOCIALISTelites, are Big Government socialists,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ATTENTION FLORIDA FREEPERS

How is this line from Romney playing in Florida?

“If a manager at a company of mine recommended that we start a lunar colony, I’d fire him.”


15 posted on 01/27/2012 1:57:44 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

Romeny must have disliked:

Christopher Columbus

Magellan

Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project

that whole jet airplan thingy

JFK and the moon landing effort

Moore’s law

those crazy computer kids in that garage...


16 posted on 01/27/2012 2:03:35 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was hoping for pictures.


17 posted on 01/27/2012 2:09:23 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: stockpirate

Remember Coulter last year saying she didn’t think Palin should run because “she’s more powerful where she is, doing what she’s doing?” Now we can see that was a message from a forked tongue with ulterior motives.


18 posted on 01/27/2012 2:10:16 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: nikos1121

oops forgot to state “nobody knows about it”

it is like santorum abandoning FL, the MSM is attaking big time. Heavy flack.


19 posted on 01/27/2012 2:13:33 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: stockpirate

100% agree!


20 posted on 01/27/2012 2:15:56 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (1/26/12: Replaced my drudge.rino link, with "Townhall.com". Buh bye Matt.)
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To: stockpirate
I think everyone should now understand that it was Romney behind the attacks on Sarah, and I mean all of them

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.

21 posted on 01/27/2012 2:25:40 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: Jim Robinson
“Electability” gave us Ford, Bush I, Dole, McCain. Voting for the crazy right-winger gave us Ronald Reagan!!

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.

22 posted on 01/27/2012 2:26:01 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: RobbyS

Pretty good, but you forgot NY along the Southeast Coast.


23 posted on 01/27/2012 2:29:50 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


24 posted on 01/27/2012 2:31:40 PM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She is just like us-she can see what the establishment is doing to get their selection.

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.

25 posted on 01/27/2012 2:33:53 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: nikos1121

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.


26 posted on 01/27/2012 2:38:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: DNA.2012

Thanks, I’ll include that in my next post!


27 posted on 01/27/2012 2:51:48 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


28 posted on 01/27/2012 2:55:06 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: nikos1121
Why take away the interest for young minds to learn about space and exploration. NASA was ruin by Obama. The other countries are doing space research so we are suppose to not worry about that.

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.

29 posted on 01/27/2012 2:55:47 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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' failings—either in office or in the failure to win office—are almost always a retribution for the betrayal of conservative values.

LOL, this is what neurolinguistic programming sounds like when used by someone who's drunk.

30 posted on 01/27/2012 2:56:50 PM PST by Talisker (Apology accepted, Captain Needa.)
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To: CainConservative

I think if Todd joined Newt, since he endorsed him, it could make a difference.


31 posted on 01/27/2012 2:58:38 PM PST by dforest
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To: dforest

Excellent idea.

And the “oh, and let me introduce you people to my wife” moment would be pretty outstanding.

:D


32 posted on 01/27/2012 3:00:41 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (1/26/12: Replaced my drudge.rino link, with "Townhall.com". Buh bye Matt.)
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To: Talisker

_Erick Erickson

Don’t trust him.


33 posted on 01/27/2012 3:00:49 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just why should I give a tinker's dam about the opinions of a “former Boehner aide?” I trust no one from the old media; talk radio; inside the Beltway flaks or cable TV pollsters/talking heads/analysts. (I will give Levin, Sarah and Gretta kudos for having courage and integrity. The rest; not so much!)
34 posted on 01/27/2012 3:01:06 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


35 posted on 01/27/2012 3:01:58 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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36 posted on 01/27/2012 3:02:41 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: longtermmemmory

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.


37 posted on 01/27/2012 3:05:51 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

People don’t give Todd enough credit. I think having Todd saying a few words for Newt might change things.


38 posted on 01/27/2012 3:06:33 PM PST by dforest
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To: Christie at the beach
I can't believe I'm saying this but I miss not having Sarah in the mix these days. I love to hear her speak and I miss seeing her pretty face on the TV.

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.

39 posted on 01/27/2012 3:08:09 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: dforest

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.


40 posted on 01/27/2012 3:09:26 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (1/26/12: Replaced my drudge.rino link, with "Townhall.com". Buh bye Matt.)
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To: Jim Robinson

It’s always fun to make sarcastic references to “Former President McCain” and “Former President Dole”, those experts on “electability”. :o)


41 posted on 01/27/2012 3:11:21 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Having a family man, rugged, father of five, couldn’t hurt, could it?

Todd endorsed him. He is a handsome man and he is someone the guys...and the gals, like, right?


42 posted on 01/27/2012 3:13:19 PM PST by dforest
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To: Christie at the beach

read my posts:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2839012/posts


43 posted on 01/27/2012 3:27:17 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

REad my posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2839012/posts


44 posted on 01/27/2012 3:28:39 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: longtermmemmory

REad my posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2839012/posts


45 posted on 01/27/2012 3:29:27 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: JediJones

REad my posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2839012/posts


46 posted on 01/27/2012 3:30:47 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: Jim Robinson
Paraphrasing, “Electability” gave us Ford, Bush I, Dole, McCain. Voting for the crazy right-winger gave us Ronald Reagan!!

Exactly, and with two landslide wins, too, along with a Republican House after taking it away from the demonrat's decades of rule.

47 posted on 01/27/2012 3:42:56 PM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Someone needs to tell Romney the moon has riches beyond any dream of Bain but there for the taking. Travel to the moon would be expedited.


48 posted on 01/27/2012 3:45:01 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: DNA.2012
Have to presume that they considered themselves to be the most electable too.

In RINO speak that means 'It's My Turn'.

49 posted on 01/27/2012 4:19:01 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: nikos1121

Wasn’t it mentioned in another debate that Romney was quoted as saying he liked to fire people?


50 posted on 01/27/2012 4:28:51 PM PST by Toespi
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