Skip to comments.Is Sarah Palin still a threat to Obama?
Posted on 02/14/2012 1:51:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney may have won the straw poll at the end of the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. over the weekend, but CPAC's real star was Sarah Palin, says Josh Lederman at The Hill. Among the many speakers, the former Alaska governor "received far-and-away the most spirited and enthusiastic reception" from the 10,000 conservative activists in attendance. And the former vice presidential candidate, who opted out of the 2012 presidential race in October, "appeared to relish her role as conservative attack dog, blasting Obama and Democrats," and bringing the crowd repeatedly to its feet. Is Palin, even from her spot on the sidelines, a dangerous threat to the president's re-election campaign?
Palin is more powerful than ever: Most politicians including President Obama and his GOP rivals "talk to their audiences or, worse, at them," says Andrew Malcolm at Investor's Business Daily. But Palin "speaks for them." She ignites Republican crowds and reminds them "what they can accomplish this year and beyond if united." And since she's not a candidate, she can remain in attack mode all the time without worrying about playing defense which makes her Obama's worst nightmare.
"How does Sarah Palin connect so well with her crowds?"
But her sparkle makes the real candidates look dull: In one night at CPAC, the former GOP vice presidential candidate fired off "a year's worth of sarcastic one-liners at 'Professor Obama,'" says Melinda Henneberger at The Washington Post. When she mocked Obama's "winning the future" jobs plan as "WTF," it was positively "whoop-inducing." But it also "flat-out depressed some in the crowd," because they don't get nearly as fired up about the actual Republican candidates.
"CPAC 2012: Sarah Palin, motivator-in-chief"
In the end, Palin hurts the GOP: "This used to be the party of ideas," says Craig Medred at Alaska Dispatch. But Palin is stirring up Republicans with "silliness and clichés as if they amounted to some sort of political philosophy." Her pep talk "made conservatives look to have become the party of God, slobber, and nonsense." It's a sad day for the GOP when it rejects "thinkers" like Newt Gingrich and embraces Palin, who "traffics in jingles" but doesn't have "a clue how to fix this nation's problems."
"Palin's CPAC speech more rah-rah than substance"
As long as Sarah Palin can still fog a mirror, she’s a threat to Obama.
I think she’s Obamas ONLY threat.
Sarah Palin is the only one who can beat Obama.
Moot Gantry is adept at winning polls that provide him the opportunity to buy votes.
What a farce!
Palin has the spirit and fire that we crave in a prospective nominee. She moves us from our seats, as does Gingrich with his ideas and Santorum at times with his convictions.
Romney of course has neither the spirit, nor the fire, nor the convictions nor the ideas. As a candidate he evokes the same feeling as a Gerald Ford.
A Palin speech causes the desire to march to the polling place this minute, torch and pitchfork in hand. That is very dangerous to a liberal democratic nominee.
If the GOP convention is brokered there is a very, very good possibility she could become the Pubbie POTUS nominee which is why you have hit pieces like this that put her down instead discussing any substantive.
The Leftists think they put Palin out and away and keep insisting that the TEA Party is dead and gone, but I can’t wait to see them proven wrong once again.
I beg to differ there Mr. Craig Medred at Alaska Dispatch,
Sarah Palin's Energy proposals will fix our economic problems in a heartbeat.
And her "crony capitalism" clean-up will fix our ethics problems.
Four years of a Palin Presidency will again make us the World Leader we are destined to be.
After that the sky's the limit.
Sarah and COL Allen West for the ticket, not what we have now and certainly not the north east RINO
The first white woman they reject
her and either COL Allen West or the NM Gov
What is this drivel, 2DV, and why are you posting it here?
Sarah isn't running. What makes you think she'd accept a "brokered" nomination?
I hope she gets in the race and or helps Newt. Sarah is awesome.
You got it!
They’re so full of it. She could say the most substantive thing in the world and the headline would be “No Substance Palin”. I know libs personally as I assume most of us do. They are so intellectually dishonest when it comes to Palin. To the point where it really is a kind of disorder, or at least outright and willful stupidity.
Craig Medred is a known Palin-hater. She got on his sh!t list when she took on Republican corruption before she became governor. The Alaska Mafia whose charter is to destroy Sarah Palin is still alive and well.