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How do you solve a problem like Sarah? Romney misses out in stand-off
dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 16th, 2012 | Daniel Bates

Posted on 07/18/2012 6:37:33 PM PDT by Mozilla

She is the Tea Party diva who lit up the 2008 Presidential campaign.

But four years later Mitt Romney is facing one of the most vexing questions of his campaign: what to do with Sarah Palin?

In an increasingly uncomfortable stand-off, he has not invited her to next month’s Republican national convention whilst she has failed to give him her full backing.

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The result is that the Republican presidential candidate is left without the endorsement of a woman who can energise his base in a way he can only dream of.

The former Massachusetts governor - who is so emotionally cold friends reportedly call him ‘Tin Man’ - is facing nagging questions about how he can appeal to the Tea Party which still feels he is a left wing flip flopper.

Palin would fill that role but would constantly be in danger of going rogue - and not sticking to the carefully crafted scripts.

--snip--

The crux of the problem for Romney comes down to his relationship to the Tea Party - or lack thereof.

Quite simply Romney is not thought to be steely enough, not enough of a bruiser and pales into comparison with the woman who famously described herself as a ‘Lipstick Pitbull’.

His lack of willingness to defend himself - be it on his record at Bain Capital or his offshore bank accounts - is making him look weak.

Speaking to Newsweek, Jenny Beth Martin, head of the Tea Party Patriots, the largest of the activist groups, said: ‘Romney’s just not a fighter

‘That’s why it would be good for him to have someone like Palin speaking at the convention. He needs to do something to rile up his base, to make them enthusiastic. And I don’t mean just the Tea Party.

‘I mean die-hard Republicans.'

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chosenloserromney; loserromney; palin; rinoromney; rinos; romney; teaparty; weakromney

1 posted on 07/18/2012 6:37:45 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Newsweek also reported that many Tea Party activists feel that Romney is a ‘guy served up by Republican elites who speaks conservatism with an establishment accent’ and not one of their own.

Adding to tensions is the feeling that Romney sat back during the Republican primaries and watched the Tea Party candidates tear each other apart before jumping in at the end.

This has all led to a lack of enthusiasm for him - a Washington Post poll last week found that just 38 per cent of his voters will back him ‘very enthusiastically’. The comparative figure for Obama is a striking 51 per cent.

So when Palin said on Fox News last week that Romney should appeal to the grassroots more and ‘light our hair on fire’, it would have struck a chord with many of them.

Whether or not she can still light things up, however, is an entirely different story.

Palin’s influence has waned from the days when a single posting on her Facebook page could change the political landscape.

But she still hold huge power, especially amongst the conservative heartlands that Romney desperately wants to court.

She is also miles ahead of Romney when it comes to social media: on Facebook Palin has 3.4m likes whilst Romney has 2.3m. On Twitter Palin has 804,000 followers, whilst Romney has 658,000.

In an email to Newsweek, Palin claimed she was being snubbed by the political elites for speaking out, a line she has used repeatedly to paint herself as a maverick outsider.


2 posted on 07/18/2012 6:42:33 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Mozilla

VP candidates are not publicly invited ahead of time to convention. Most of us didn’t even know her name four years ago. MR wouldn’t dare ignor her/us.


3 posted on 07/18/2012 6:43:26 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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Palin’s influence has waned.....

Righhhhht...you keep thinking that.


4 posted on 07/18/2012 6:45:41 PM PDT by ak267 (The Law Of the Sea Treaty...LOST...must be defeated...CALL YOUR SENATORS!!!)
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To: Mozilla

Mitt runs the GOP convention and decides who comes?

Where is that written?


5 posted on 07/18/2012 6:46:54 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08. Right?)
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To: Mozilla

I really don’t see the problem. Say some nice things about her, give her time for a speech at the convention.

Why is this so difficult?


6 posted on 07/18/2012 6:47:03 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Mozilla


7 posted on 07/18/2012 6:47:58 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: DManA

The GOP-E don’t like her. Thing she would go off script. They are terrified of Palin and the tea party.


8 posted on 07/18/2012 6:50:21 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: hoosiermama
MR has no Conservative friends ~ in fact, the guy who torpedoed the Steel Mill for Romney while he was off the job at Bain is today Obama's major bundler (for campaign funds).

You sit down and do business with slimeballs like that day after day you gotta' be devoid of emotion.

I doubt MR would know what to do if he encountered a Conservative.

9 posted on 07/18/2012 6:50:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: hoosiermama
> VP candidates are not publicly invited ahead of time to convention. Most of us didn’t even know her name four years ago. MR wouldn’t dare ignor her/us.

I doubt Palin would accept the VP slot again, especially if there's a significant chance of Romney losing to Obama. She's already painted by the media as the "failed VP candidate from 2008" -- "Twice-failed" does not go down well at all.

Romney might be cynical enough to ask her to be VP, KNOWING SHE'LL DECLINE. This gives him cred for "trying" to craft a conservative ticket, even though it's just cr@p politics.

No, sadly, I think the Republicans are going to have their little Establishment party and to hell with Conservatives. Prepare to be ignored, bigtime.

It is a Dark Day in America, FRiend.

10 posted on 07/18/2012 6:52:49 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Mozilla

As we all know the GOP-E is stupid. They should be terrified the tea party doesn’t vote for him.


11 posted on 07/18/2012 6:58:11 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Mozilla

Tokyo Rove needs to pull his head out of his a$$


12 posted on 07/18/2012 6:59:28 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: dayglored

Not as dark as Barack Hussein Obama raising his hand and being sworn in again on January 20, 2013.


13 posted on 07/18/2012 6:59:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Mozilla

“Palin’s influence has waned from the days....”

BS. Unadulterated bovine excrement.


14 posted on 07/18/2012 7:03:07 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Mozilla

I keep thinking surely... SURELY they will invite her and give her a decent speaking slot. Otherwise it’s a pretty clear-cut message a la Barbara Bush to “stay the hell up in Alaska.” Might as well be an all-out invitation by Romney/Bush and the GOP-E for her to just LEAVE the Republican Party. No other way to interpret it.


15 posted on 07/18/2012 7:08:06 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Mozilla

“Palin’s influence has waned from the days....”

BS. Unadulterated bovine excrement.


16 posted on 07/18/2012 7:11:35 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: greene66
It is almost too late for the GOP
Soon to be the Champion of TARP, TAXES, DEATH PANELS and STATISM.


17 posted on 07/18/2012 7:11:35 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mozilla

But four years later Mitt Romney is facing one of the most vexing questions of his campaign: what to do with Sarah Palin?
__________________________________________

Willard we know what to do with Governor Sarah Palin...

Our vexing question is what to do with you...


18 posted on 07/18/2012 7:12:00 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

The RINOS should know that a civil war will eliminate them too.


19 posted on 07/18/2012 7:19:34 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: Gator113

Not to be too technical about it, but I believe the manual sez: MALE bovine excrement. ;o)


20 posted on 07/18/2012 7:19:52 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Mozilla

But four years later Mitt Romney is facing one of the most vexing questions of his campaign: what to do with Sarah Palin?
__________________________________________

Willard we know what to do with Governor Sarah Palin...

Our vexing question is what to do with you...


21 posted on 07/18/2012 7:25:45 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Mozilla
"Mitt Romney is facing one of the most vexing questions of his campaign: what to do with Sarah Palin? "

Ask Sarah to give the speech nominating Romney.

She'll do a great job; she'll be inspirational.

And the nominating speech won't upstage any of Romney's speeches. It will amplify his presence.

22 posted on 07/19/2012 1:31:07 PM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: Mozilla

He needs to do something to rile up his base
***We are no longer the base. He and the GOP-E think they can win this election without conservatives. And he’s probably right, because Obama is a disaster of a president.


23 posted on 07/19/2012 1:52:30 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Mozilla

“Palin’s influence has waned from the days when a single posting on her Facebook page could change the political landscape.”

dream on


24 posted on 07/19/2012 1:56:01 PM PDT by Jeff Vader (voting for romney, would much rather have Sarah Palin)
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To: Mozilla
Last nite on “Jay Leno”, he mentioned to “Newt” that Sarah had not been invited to the convention. Newts’ response was that no one has been invited yet including himself. So, this must just be more “media hype” or some reporter acting like Olberman, Matthews or Rather. It's a shame that you get so wrapped up in yourself that you have to fabricate articles.
25 posted on 07/19/2012 1:59:33 PM PDT by Gertie
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To: Mozilla

Where did you copy & paste that from?


26 posted on 07/19/2012 2:11:02 PM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: ROTB

>Where did you copy & paste that from?

My bad. Never mind.


27 posted on 07/19/2012 2:18:21 PM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: ROTB; Mozilla

>Where did you copy & paste that from?

My bad. Never mind.


28 posted on 07/19/2012 2:20:13 PM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: Mozilla
Newsweek also reported that many Tea Party activists feel that Romney is a ‘guy served up by Republican elites who speaks conservatism with an establishment accent’ and not one of their own.

He is. And, couldn't make less of difference if Palin speaks at the convention or not or whether he picks a pro-life VP.

Romney is a liberal and governs out of political expediency. A tiger is a tiger (remember that one Maha Rushie?) and Romney is what he is. Nothing is going to change Romney's true nature.

29 posted on 07/19/2012 2:45:56 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Tucker39

Thanks for the help. LOL


30 posted on 07/19/2012 5:14:59 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Mozilla

“He needs to do something to rile up his base, to make them enthusiastic. And I don’t mean just the Tea Party.

‘I mean die-hard Republicans.’”

He’s got the die-hard republicans. What’s he going to do about the die-hard Conservatives?


31 posted on 07/19/2012 5:23:31 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Mozilla
Whether or not she can still light things up, however, is an entirely different story.

I think that Palin purposely took a step back from the limelight since last fall. She did not want to suck the oxygen away from the GOP primaries and the election campaign.

They are scared to invite her to speak at the convention because she could become the talk of the convention and Mitt would look weak next to her. It would remind the base once again what they are missing this election.

32 posted on 07/19/2012 9:17:35 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: DManA

I am sure Palin will be given the chance to speak. If she wants to, the first thing she needs to do is to endorse the candidate and ask the campaign “What do you need me to do? I am ready to help in any way I can. “


33 posted on 07/20/2012 8:12:08 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

She needs to ask him - why are you attacking me? Do you really think I’M the enemy?


34 posted on 07/20/2012 8:19:02 AM PDT by DManA
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