Skip to comments.Palin's Absence From Convention May Expose Rift
Posted on 08/14/2012 10:53:54 AM PDT by Lorianne
If one of Mitt Romney's goals in choosing a running mate was to mine the same mother lode of conservative excitement that John McCain tapped by picking Sarah Palin four years ago, there's one additional dilemma for Romney to address: Palin is still around.
A day after Romney unveiled House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick, Palin suggested in a statement posted by her Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren that she would not speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Though she has faded from her once commanding perch on the national political scene, Palins role in the Republican Party heading into the campaigns final stretch remains a consequential matter for the Romney team to address.
The former Alaska governor has demonstrated a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races, but her penchant for doing things her own way has left the lingering possibility that she could either boost the standard-bearer or become a thorn in his side.
For this reason, it was notable when she initially offered only a lukewarm reaction to Romneys selection of Ryan.
... two Republican sources with knowledge of discussions between the Palin and Romney camps told RCP that Palin would not attend the convention after not receiving an invitation to speak in prime time.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
Which is it?
Romney tried to destroyed her in 2008.
I want to see Palin pain in butt for Romney in case he gets elected.
Or being the smart politician she is, Ms Palin decided that her presence would be a distraction. Going would also tie her in a lot of tea partiers eyes to the GOP Establishment. She is much more effective is she maintenance her position as an outsider to, rather then as part of, the GOP machine.
I found it interesting that Sarah made a campaign ad for Sarah Steelman in Missouri instead of Todd Akin. Based on what I know of the two, Akin is the more conservative.
Steelman lost to Akin, by the way. Not sure what message we are to glean from that.
Sarah is all about doing what is best for the country. She is not a grudge-holding establishment type. On a related note, I got a call from the RNC last night looking for cash. I told the guy I was no longer ever going to donate to the party at large. All of my donations from now on will only be to individual campaigns that I feel best represent my values. I told him the GOP establishment no longer represents the things that I value.
Excellent! Good job! They can never hear that message often enough.
Exactly, which is why I fear that a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama-Lite.
She did a fine job of destroying herself with that Couric interview. She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials. You and I both know she isn’t stupid, but first impressions are nearly impossible to overcome, that was the first most people saw of her, and that was perhaps the worst response to a question ever.
Rift? The past four years taught me that, after a lifetime of exclusively voting Republican, the GOP no longer represents me nor my interests. The Tea Party, which occasionally bisects the GOP, does. Only representatives of the latter will get my support and my vote. No more pro-forma voting for some generic “R” candidate out of habit, just because some noxious “D” is on the other side. I’ve had it with the backstabbing bastards of the GOP-E. They can rot in hell.
>>>>She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials.
I know some section of american people lack commonsense , understanding of reference or phrase usage. If they can’t figure out what she is referring, its not her fault, It is poor schooling and bad teachers.
She was referring that Russia is neighboring country and one deal with neighbor everyday. When state is on International border, they have to deal with other countries. Russia is not a small or peaceful country.
Its very difficult to educate to close minds, whatever reasons, poor teachers, education, parents or just close minded or slow.
Where do these "Journalists" get this stuff?
As far as I've seen, Sarah was very enthusiastic about Ryan from the outset.
I want to see a REVOLT at the convention, Rombag tossed, and Palin take his place.
Right... my odds of winning $305 Million in tonight’s megamillions are better.
She is the leader of the Tea Party....She will be free to speak out if Mittens gets to far of track...Ryan may turn out to be a good pick for VP....he can keep Mittens on track....then again they can just stuff him in an office somewhere..maybe they will make Sara head of the EPA or Energy Dept
You hit that one right on the head.
Liberal Republicans hold conservatives in far, far more contempt than they do Democrats. I have seen it lots of times here in the state of Kansas in my 12 years or so here. If a squishy Republican gets nominated, conservatives are coerced into voting for the RINO by the party but if a conservative wins the primary, "country-club" Republicans will walk in mass. Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins provide an excellent example of that a few years ago. Mutual support is not a two-way street in their minds.
I'm afraid that Paul Ryan is simply window-dressing to draw over Tea Party supporters. If Romney wins, Paul Ryan will have as much influence in the Romney Administration as the WH janitor.
Rombag and the entire GOP establishment are slime. At least Ryan’s okay. Romney is vile. Anyone who doesn’t feel extreme loathing for him is a disgusting RINO sycophant.
There is only one thing that would cause me to vote for Willard and that is a public apology to and request for forgiveness from Sarah for the four years of trash he had his people dish her. Short of that I dont care if he made me his vice president I still wont vote for him. He is a lying scumbag. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
I’m not a fan either, but he isn’t going to be replaced at the republican convention. Your choices are Romney, Obama, 3rd Party, or stay home.
Sometimes VPs have to take over.
When a woman’s running, Sarah’s been wrong as many times as right. Unfortunately, she’s in a damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-dont position where female candidates are concerned. And it has hurt her. Once she removes that criterion, that glass-ceiling mentality, her overall record will improve mightily.
So are you voting for Obama?
Um, it was Tina Fey in parody of Palin who made the crack about seeing Russia from her house. Sarah’s comment was that Alaska is within visual range of Russia, and it really is. The entire, uncut interview puts her comment in proper context. Did you know Alaska has one of the few governors who actually gets involved in nuclear missile defense? But if your handler gives away full editorial control to a lefty journalist who wants to make you look bad (and that is what happened here), they could make anyone look bad, even Reagan.
But that's okay. Only Sarah Palin is supposed to get things right every time.
Palin never said that...now you’ve lost all credibility.
And the problem is that we all DO understand it, and we all DO believe it. But read the tag line...
Once again the leftist propaganda bots simply make things up to validate their ideological dogmas rather then report the truth. There was NOTHING "lukewarm" about Ms Palin's response.
Well I see the Benedict Arnold wing of the conservative movement is alive and well
You people are the useful idiots of the Democrat propaganda machine.
Romney: Ryan and I are on the same page with our budgets
>> “It wasn’t the Couric interview, it was the interview with Charlie Gibson.” <<
To the informed, (and I suppose only to the informed) she completely ‘pantsed’ Gibson by her refusal to cave to his personal concept of “the Bush Doctrine.” Even David ‘Roddam’ Gergen stated that.
* The Senate will be where the action is
* Either we get 60, or close to it, and have to deal make or ram-rod a new agenda through and undo everything Obiongo did.
* Their are 5 or 6 with Tea Party Leanings in the Senate.
* IF Sarah's efforts are Fruitful, she will Double That.
* The Gelding McConnell will then have to deal with a Tea Party Faction that is 20% of his Caucus.
* They can make or brake Legislation.
IMHO Romney will regret the day he messed w/ her going back to 08', she literally will be at that point, a minister without portfolio, but will pull him to the right whether he likes it or not for 4 to 8 years...
‘It wasn’t the Couric interview, it was the interview with Charlie Gibson. And she didn’t say she could see Russia from her house, she said “... you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”’
Thanks for clearing that up. That makes it so much better that she said it in response to a question about her foreign policy credentials while introducing herself to the country. I don’t care for Romney, but you can’t blame him for Palin’s boneheaded quips back in ‘08.
Tonight’s megamillions is “only” $36 million. Tomorrow night’s powerball is the big one. It’s up to $320 million now.
#From the Thursday, September 11, 2008, World News:This interview is a good reminder that the biggest concern during the 2008 primary season was defense and foreign policy. That was the big appeal of John McCain.
CHARLES GIBSON: Let me ask you about specific national security situations. Let's start, because we are near Russia. Let's start with Russia and Georgia. The administration has said, we've got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?
SARAH PALIN: First off, we're going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain's running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we've got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable. And we have to keep...
GIBSON: You believe unprovoked?
PALIN: I do believe unprovoked. And we have got to keep our eyes on Russia. Under the leadership there.
GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of this state give you?
PALIN: They're our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.
GIBSON: You in favor of putting Georgia and Ukraine into NATO?
PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia. Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously he thinks otherwise.
GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?
PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean that is the agreement. When you are a NATO ally, is, if another country is attacked, you are going to be expected to be called upon and help.
It wasn't until the Stock Market tanked, after the Palin nomination, that the economy jumped to the front of the line. Where it remains today.
Since Romney is known for his business acumen and Ryan is supposed to be the big economy wonk, don't be surprised if something happens in September/October that brings foreign policy back to the forefront.
Palin needs to disappear and allow Romney/Ryan to move forward without her baggage from 2008.
I was disappointed at first but I agree with you after I thought it through.
There is the money shot. It is IMPERATIVE we win both houses, including ousting as many RINO incumbents as we can muster.
After having my butt handed to me in the primary's 3 times, I was going to wait and see. I thought I would not know what I was going to do prior to election day......until Romney shocked the cr@p out of me and chose Ryan.
If Ryan can't shove Romney to the right (I believe he has a good shot), then both houses will. If we have Ryan AND both houses we can most CERTAINLY shove Romney to the right.
He may not like it but tough noogies.
As Rush said "there is one of US on the ticket". When Palin ran in 2008, there wasn't really an US yet...we were just establishing ourselves.
2010 was a swift kick in the jack-a$$....and we were pretty new. We have now had an additional 2 years to "hone".
As you might recall, every candidate and talking head said exactly the same thing. I figured then this election was a hoax.
She most certainly did not. She said you could see Russia from a part of land in Alaska (not verbatim).
Which by the way, while watching State Troopers in Alaska, one episode was filmed from that island. THEY as well said, on a clear day you could see Russia.
I guess you missed the interview where Romney said he would be in charge and he has his own budget posted on his web page.
You're confusing Saturday Night Live with reality.
You mean all that "baggage" she brought with her to kick jack-a$$ butt in 2010?
"a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races,"
Is THAT the "baggage" you're speaking of?
Itsahoot responses:I guess you missed the interview where Romney said he would be in charge and he has his own budget posted on his web page.
MNJohnnie, based on Romney's verifiable history of flip-flops, why would you believe anything he says? Notice that he couldn't seem to stay on point for even 24 hours.
A political strategy question here: Why when Romney is claimed to be such an economic guru does he bring on another economic specialist to the ticket? Particularly, one whose political philosophy is so far from Romney's?
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