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Is Sarah Palin still a threat to Obama?
The Week ^ | February 13, 2012 | Various pundits

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"


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cpac; palin; romney; sarahpalin
Who ever paid attention to the Alaska Dispatch before Gov. Palin came on the scene?
1 posted on 02/14/2012 1:51:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As long as Sarah Palin can still fog a mirror, she’s a threat to Obama.


2 posted on 02/14/2012 1:54:30 PM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think she’s Obamas ONLY threat.


3 posted on 02/14/2012 1:54:39 PM PST by albie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If they have to ask, they know the answer!
4 posted on 02/14/2012 1:54:56 PM 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: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin is the only one who can beat Obama.


5 posted on 02/14/2012 1:58:03 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moot Gantry is adept at winning polls that provide him the opportunity to buy votes.

What a farce!

http://www.MitigateRomney.com


6 posted on 02/14/2012 1:58:37 PM PST by publius321
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


7 posted on 02/14/2012 2:01:12 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


8 posted on 02/14/2012 2:04:35 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin, who "traffics in jingles" but doesn't have "a clue how to fix this nation's problems."

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.

9 posted on 02/14/2012 2:09:25 PM PST by eCSMaster (Excommunicate evildoers)
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To: BuffaloJack

Sarah and COL Allen West for the ticket, not what we have now and certainly not the north east RINO


10 posted on 02/14/2012 2:12:23 PM PST by manc (FOX, Drudge have shown their bias for the establishment after their attacks on Newt, watch out Rick)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


"We'll keep our God, our guns and our Constitution, and you keep your change."

11 posted on 02/14/2012 2:14:39 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah.

The first white woman they reject


12 posted on 02/14/2012 2:15:29 PM PST by NoLibZone (Buffet proves calls for more taxes is to buy votes,not reduce deficits.He pays less than Bush rates.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

her and either COL Allen West or the NM Gov


13 posted on 02/14/2012 2:16:32 PM PST by manc (FOX, Drudge have shown their bias for the establishment after their attacks on Newt, watch out Rick)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is this drivel, 2DV, and why are you posting it here?


14 posted on 02/14/2012 2:17:13 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Jack Hydrazine
If the GOP convention is brokered there is a very, very good possibility she could become the Pubbie POTUS nominee

Sarah isn't running. What makes you think she'd accept a "brokered" nomination?

15 posted on 02/14/2012 2:17:22 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: manc
Search under, "obama's worst nightmare" and this turns up....!


16 posted on 02/14/2012 2:19:04 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah is tops. Genuine and she lives her conservatism.

I hope she gets in the race and or helps Newt. Sarah is awesome.

17 posted on 02/14/2012 2:20:38 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: cotton1706
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.

You got it!

18 posted on 02/14/2012 2:22:13 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


19 posted on 02/14/2012 2:26:57 PM PST by toddausauras (FUMR x 1,000)
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To: eCSMaster

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.


20 posted on 02/14/2012 2:27:38 PM PST by RefudiateObama2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s jealous of her.


21 posted on 02/14/2012 2:50:55 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: 2ndDivisionVet
"Palin's CPAC speech more rah-rah than substance"

Substance? They want substance? These bastards don't understand substance when they hear it. The fact that Sarah can distill complex issues into digestible bites is a talent – not a fault. One problem with the left is they believe being smart is the same as being complicated. Today, simple themes and charisma will when elections – that is missing on our side right now.

22 posted on 02/14/2012 2:56:34 PM PST by vortigern
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To: albie
"I think she’s Obamas ONLY threat."

Not only that, she's also the only one who knows what is needed to turn this bus around before it goes over the cliff...

...IMMEDIATE AND RELENTLESS REFORM!!!

In over a year of more than a dozen "actual" candidates spouting tomes of platform policies and presidential plans, I have yet to hear anyone but Sarah speak to this most certain and pressing need.

A brokered convention delivers Palin, or we are cooked.

8^\

23 posted on 02/14/2012 3:18:57 PM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: albie
"I think she’s Obamas ONLY threat."

Not only that, she's also the only one who knows what is needed to turn this bus around before it goes over the cliff...

...IMMEDIATE AND RELENTLESS REFORM!!!

In over a year of more than a dozen "actual" candidates spouting tomes of platform policies and presidential plans, I have yet to hear anyone but Sarah speak to this most certain and pressing need.

A brokered convention delivers Palin, or we are cooked.

8^\

24 posted on 02/14/2012 3:19:36 PM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So now the left is dragging out bed-wetters living in mommy’s basement for punk and puke political analysis.

Hahahahahaha! Can we spell desperation? Alaska Dispatch. Send the poodle boy a Pampers hamper.


25 posted on 02/14/2012 3:26:18 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She totally emasculated him when she said the troops should get the Commander-in-Chief they deserve. That had to smart the rhin skinned one.


26 posted on 02/14/2012 3:32:17 PM PST by jersey117 (Perry 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In a word
Yes


27 posted on 02/14/2012 3:35:19 PM PST by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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To: ILS21R

Now that was extremely funny and extremely true.


28 posted on 02/14/2012 3:53:49 PM PST by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: Gargantua
Getting this one in early. Will repost, again, 6 months prior to January 21st 2013.


29 posted on 02/14/2012 4:17:47 PM PST by Evil Slayer
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To: sickoflibs

I have no comment.


30 posted on 02/14/2012 4:45:27 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: MEGoody
General William T. Sherman's demurrals of any willingness to seek the presidency are often abbreviated as "If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve."

Governor Palin's annoucement that she was not running was hardly a Shermanesque statement.


31 posted on 02/14/2012 4:59:25 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Craig Medred

32 posted on 02/14/2012 6:47:04 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: publius321

Great little scene from that movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amznbi0lFaU


33 posted on 02/14/2012 8:33:15 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: 9YearLurker

If you don’t like that, this’ll make your head explode:

The Right-Wing Id Unzipped
http://fabiusmaximus.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/35479/


34 posted on 02/14/2012 8:53:25 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: conservatism_IS_compassion
Per the link you provided, a Shermanesque statement is "a clear and direct statement by a potential candidate indicating that he or she will not run for a particular elected position."

Sarah said she wasn't running. That seems pretty clear to me. So again, what makes you think she'd accept if "drafted" by a brokered convention?

35 posted on 02/15/2012 9:34:39 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Fred Nerks
Craig Medred

Oh.....my .... God .....

Well, guess we know what Craig likes to do, huh?

Where's his survival kit of Granola and tofu? He must have "et" it, huh? Well, I guess he'll get paid by somebody for his little melange hit piece on Sarah.

36 posted on 02/15/2012 1:22:28 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: MEGoody
To be truly Shermanesque, a statement has to close off all possibilities. All Palin did was say that she was not conducting a campaign. She said nothing about not accepting a draft, let alone not serving if elected.
The reality is that conducting a campaign for the nomination alone is a daunting prospect. Made more so by "Campaign Finance Reform" laws which if in effect in 1980 would have prevented Reagan from running.
I adopted my tagline, Draft Palin, on the basis that according to unconstitutional (but upheld by Sandra Day O'Connor) Campaign Finance "Reform" laws, people independent of Gov. Palin could forward her name without triggering burdensome requirements on her. Very few Freepers seemed to be on board, tho - and we see what the field got reduced to without her participation. I think the Freepers who wouldn't prefer Palin to any of the current candidates are pretty thin on the ground.
The reality is that of the last four standing, only Romney is a governor - and most FReepers recognize that Gov. Romney has no conservative track record. And the other reality is that no sitting president has ever been defeated for reelection by anyone who wasn't a former governor (and Harding was the only senator to ever defeat a governor in a WH bid).

We are in a pretty bad pickle.


37 posted on 02/15/2012 2:46:32 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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