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Not a fan: Krauthammer calls Palin 'rather weak' and gives her 'no chance of winning' in 2012
The Daily Caller ^ | December 31, 2010 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 12/31/2010 2:46:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Is the idea that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could be America’s next president laughable? Not only to many on the left, but also to conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer.

On Friday’s broadcast of “Inside Washington,” Krauthammer offered several reasons why Palin shouldn’t be considered the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election.

“What do you mean if not Sarah Palin in 2012?” Krauthammer said. “Who’s saying she’s going to be the presidential candidate? I don’t even hear her saying it. Her chances of being are smaller than half a dozen other people. If you talk to Republicans, I don’t think there are what, more than one in three who would tell you she has a chance of winning the presidency or even the nomination.”

Because of that, he said, she wasn’t the favorite.

“And she is not the favorite,” he continued. “She has a very strong core constituency but outside of that I think she is rather weak.”

Krauthammer has previously downplayed Palin’s chances and indicated he favors Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. He said Palin would not be the ideal candidate to unseat a “vulnerable” President Barack Obama.

“Her negatives are over 50 percent,” Krauthammer said. “She has no chance of winning a general election. Why would you want a candidate who is going to lose against a Democrat who is going to be vulnerable and who is also extremely ideologically ambitious?”

He even employed a Keith Olbermann catch phrase to describe Palin and said even fellow Republicans didn’t see Palin as qualified.

“A half-term governor? I’m not sure Republicans think of her as qualified.” Krauthammer said.

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...In 1978, Krauthammer quit medical practice to direct planning in psychiatric research for the Jimmy Carter administration, and began contributing to The New Republic magazine. During the presidential campaign of 1980, Krauthammer served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale....

...In January 1981, Krauthammer began his journalistic career, joining The New Republic as a writer and editor....

...on domestic issues, Krauthammer is a supporter of legalized abortion; an opponent of the death penalty; an intelligent design critic and an advocate for the scientific consensus on evolution, calling the religion-science controversy a "false conflict;" a supporter of embryonic stem cell research using embryos discarded by fertility clinics with restrictions in its applications; and a longtime advocate of radically higher energy taxes to induce conservation....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Krauthammer

Yeah, quite the conservative...

1 posted on 12/31/2010 2:46:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chuck has a weak chin.


2 posted on 12/31/2010 2:48:26 PM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is a first-class jerk!


3 posted on 12/31/2010 2:49:26 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Once again Charles lets his Elite panties show in public. Has anyone asked him exactly who in the Republican bank of contestants he thinks is the best and why?


4 posted on 12/31/2010 2:50:05 PM PST by fish hawk (reporter to old Indian: you lived here on the reservation all your life? Old Indian, "not yet".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People also said that an incompetent, Marxist manchild from Kenya becoming president was also “laughable”. Who is laughing now.


5 posted on 12/31/2010 2:51:49 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("The Dems have a 'war room' for everything but war..." - Dennis Miller)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Krauthammer is wrong as hel!.
6 posted on 12/31/2010 2:52:49 PM PST by Logical me
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If you talk to Republicans, I don’t think there are what, more than one in three who would tell you she has a chance of winning the presidency or even the nomination.”

If you talk to Republicans, I don't think there are more than one in three who have even HEARD of Mitch Daniels.
7 posted on 12/31/2010 2:53:05 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (quipment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yea, like we have never heard this from him before. Apparently Charles is not getting enough people to pay attention to him nowdays so this tripe line of his keeps coming up. Then again, maybe he is so scared she will actually do it that he has to keep convincing himself that she won’t so his establilshment world view apple cart won’t be upset.

His only hope of remaining gamefully employed in the beltway is to keep the establishment RINOs in power. If the Tea Party tide keeps rolling, Charles just might have to retire because nobody outside of his sphere of “intellectuals” give a rat’s fart what he thinks anymore. Even a person with hearing good enough to hear a mouse pissing on a cotton ball won’t get a tickle in their ear when he roars.


8 posted on 12/31/2010 2:54:43 PM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suppose for his one in three, he quizzed David Frum, Peggy Noonan and Scott Brown.


9 posted on 12/31/2010 2:54:53 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (quipment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why would you want a candidate who is going to lose against a Democrat who is going to be vulnerable and who is also extremely ideologically ambitious?”

Well, if the alternative is a candidate who will be willing to implement a milder version of the same agenda and play nice with the ambitious ideologues on the left, permanently paralyzing the remaining resistance to the Leftist agenda, it seems comparatively attractive.
10 posted on 12/31/2010 2:57:20 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (quipment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is a first-class jerk!


11 posted on 12/31/2010 2:58:14 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The egomaniac Krauthammer has ended 2010 as Dr. Misgynist
who worked with Rove to destroy O'Donnell and
tried to hurt (as if the paid pussies could) Gov. Palin.

"Go Mitt. Go Mitt. Go Mitt."


Click here for HARRY info

12 posted on 12/31/2010 2:58:35 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why not Palin? Here are facts: Barack Obama never was an executive in his entire life (Community Organizer)and...it shows in his utter incompetence. Joe Biden is as dumb as human being can become. John Kerry is a total waste as a human being and a public servant. Shall I go on!!! Charles, my boy, you gotta be kidding. I’ll trust, street smart Sarah Palin over any of these deadbeat America haters!!! And.....let my remind you Mr. Kraut, that Marco Rubio was to be slaughtered by Charlie Crist, and just how many votes did Rubio kick his useless butt by, say close to one million. Kraut, get a new fruit cart to vend from. This anti-Palin fruit ain’t sellin’!!!


13 posted on 12/31/2010 2:59:28 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is surprised, he wasn’t a Reagan supporter either?!


14 posted on 12/31/2010 2:59:44 PM PST by A. Morgan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yes the Kraut has reverted to his former self, a suck-nuts Mondale liberal. Charles Krauthammer is a genuine teabagger--for Obama.
15 posted on 12/31/2010 3:00:27 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
ineluctable

16 posted on 12/31/2010 3:00:43 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As much as I would love it if Sarah Palin became our President...I’m afraid she cannot. She can do more where she is and is out there doing it now. I love and admire Sarah Palin but don’t think she will run much less win. We have to support others whom we can be more certain about like Herman Cain. The man is brilliant and has an EXCELLENT chance of winning if he chooses to run. No romney, no mccain, none of the stale old same oh, same ohs.


17 posted on 12/31/2010 3:01:30 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I always thought Charles was one of our most profound thinkers and a paradigm of conservatism. Some people at FR have exposed his past, which I have looked into. I have come to the realization that this guy just may be a charlatan. At a minimum, he bears watching.
18 posted on 12/31/2010 3:01:30 PM PST by Cisco Nix (Real Conservatives stay sober and focused)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah could kick his RINO a$$.


19 posted on 12/31/2010 3:01:59 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think you are going to see an interesting event over Sarah Palin as she campaigns. The libs want to her to win the nominaton. They are going to register as Republicans in primaries to help too.

All the while, the old guard in the Republican party are praying she doesn’t run.


20 posted on 12/31/2010 3:02:35 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Actually, Krauthammer is exhibiting the sort of prejudice so many high church and Jewish people have against ANYONE who has ever been a holy roller.

They simply cannot stomach the idea that someone might dance in religious observance, or jump and shout, or toss their arms in the air.

I'm sure the "Kraut" is smart enough to get over it if he really tries, but I think he'd rather get pushed down another stairwell FIRST.

So, guys, no, I'm not a Pentecostal but I do recognize the problem here ~ because it's so terribly universal. Watch Karl Rove go off his nut faced with the prospect of COD running for political office ~ (No, I don't have that one handy, but I saw it).

Sometimes these guys get even ~ former Republican party boss in the state legislature was a long term pol from Columbus Indiana, and they organized and got him bumped. He must have sneered at them or something.

21 posted on 12/31/2010 3:02:43 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: fish hawk

He is elisist. I wonder if any of it has to do with age.


22 posted on 12/31/2010 3:03:20 PM PST by libbylu
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The more he talks the more you have to like her.

Happy New Year


23 posted on 12/31/2010 3:03:42 PM PST by bray (Voting for Palin will explode heads on both sides.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I want to scream every time that someone says that Palin would make a bad president because she doesn’t have enough experience. I guess the experience thing would explain why Obastard has been such a disaster.


24 posted on 12/31/2010 3:03:50 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Charles Krauthammer, like most beltway elites, is completely blind to the historic epoch unfolding before us now. He pooh-poohs the Tea Parties, the mandate of the midterm elections, and of course, the leader of the burgeoning revolution in America.

Ten years from now, the world will be talking about how President Palin turned America (and the world) around, but few will remember this jaded pontificator.


25 posted on 12/31/2010 3:04:04 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s the definition of a jealous, elitist a-hole


26 posted on 12/31/2010 3:04:28 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Diogenesis

Your HARRY poll shows that “Half-term governor” Palin comes in with a huge plurality for first place. In second, half term governor Chris Christie. In third, 1/3 term Senator Marco Rubio.

Are we seeing a trend here? Maybe being a half-term governor is a plus, not a minus. Maybe conservatives want a new face, or at least one that isn’t too comfortable with the ways of Washington, or even the state house.


27 posted on 12/31/2010 3:05:25 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (quipment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Face it—if she gets nominated in ‘12, they will harp on the Quitter aspect. And frankly, its justified. She quit when things got tough and chose to be a professional celebrity. . AWas it fair? No, but life ain’t fair. Anyone here who imagines that charge won’t stick is smoking something. I think it great that she raises $$ for conservative candidates, but she is simply not electable as POTUS.


28 posted on 12/31/2010 3:07:00 PM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Krauthoitytoity--

Heh--he's SUCH a smartypants...

I'd really like to know how one gets into Harvard Med School without a science degree. I guess it can happen, maybe he really did take calculus and organic chemistry? Or, maybe it was family connections that got him in?

I'd like to hear what he'd have to say about that...

29 posted on 12/31/2010 3:09:01 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Krathammer is a hawk because of Israel but is a reliable liberal of social issues and the ultimate elitist.

I have stopped watching FNC because it has become RINOvision.

30 posted on 12/31/2010 3:09:28 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Cisco Nix
"I have come to the realization that this guy just may be a charlatan. At a minimum, he bears watching."

He's one of a long series of fifth-columnists who are effective for an election cycle or so and then become "independents" or outright democrat because "the Republican party has swung so far to the right". There must be a dozen people who have done this over the past twenty years. People who were quoted and characterized by the media as conservatives but when they slipped up or when they were needed for other things, zip, they just slid right into the democrat fascist camp and were welcomed with open arms.

31 posted on 12/31/2010 3:09:33 PM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: cubreporter
As much as I would love it if Sarah Palin became our President...I’m afraid she cannot.

Thank you for your "concern". Now, please step aside and let the Governor through. She's got an appointment with destiny.

We have to support others whom we can be more certain about like Herman Cain.

Oh, by all means. Let's nominate someone who only one out of a hundred Republican voters have ever heard of, and who has never held elective office before. By all means.

Who signs the front of your paychecks anyway? Are you assigned to work Free Republic, or do you just freelance?

32 posted on 12/31/2010 3:11:11 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who bought Kraut? I always liked him for an intellectual sort, but in these awful times why be so persnickity against Palin and lauding the ONE for this and that recently? Something more than opinion is up with Charles.

Maybe his readership is down, requiring shock shucking for a boost.


33 posted on 12/31/2010 3:12:30 PM PST by RitaOK
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To: Dr. Sivana

If you talk to Republicans, I don’t think there are more than one in three who have even HEARD of Mitch Daniels.”

Absolutely. And when they get to know him far fewer than that will actually like the guy. Krauthammer said a few weeks ago Daniel’s lack of charisma is actually a positive after the current disaster in the WH. Of course, Kraut also forgot to mention he was one of the faux conservatives who has periodically slobbered all over zer0.


34 posted on 12/31/2010 3:13:47 PM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: Windflier

Sorry you didn’t like my post. Those are however, my thoughts and my right to post them. You also have the right to jump on them too. Happy New Year.


35 posted on 12/31/2010 3:14:57 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: rbg81

36 posted on 12/31/2010 3:15:21 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Windflier

Oh, by all means. Let’s nominate someone who only one out of a hundred Republican voters have ever heard of, and who has never held elective office before. By all means.
Who signs the front of your paychecks anyway? Are you assigned to work Free Republic, or do you just freelance?””
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Puh-leeeze....my monitor! Hilarious. :)


37 posted on 12/31/2010 3:16:10 PM PST by RitaOK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Her negatives are over 50 percent,” Krauthammer said.

Blah, blah, blah...get lost ground chuck. An opinion from you is not much more valuable than an opinion from Chrissy Matthews.

38 posted on 12/31/2010 3:16:41 PM PST by PGalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Sarah appeals to a lot more people than the libs would care to admit.....if she does run, she could have a huge win.


39 posted on 12/31/2010 3:16:49 PM PST by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: rbg81
Face it—if she gets nominated in ‘12, they will harp on the Quitter aspect. And frankly, its justified. She quit when things got tough and chose to be a professional celebrity. . AWas it fair? No, but life ain’t fair.

Sure they will. And will that persuade you to vote for Obama? No?

Use your head. Those who can be swayed by the MSM's knocks on Sarah Palin weren't ever going to vote for her anyway. Sarah's supporters already know the truth of the events surrounding her resignation, and understand that she outfoxed those who were trying to destroy her.

You're pushing the enemy line, here. I hope you know that.

40 posted on 12/31/2010 3:17:12 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Krauthammer is needed by his democrat masters now, they’ve destroyed all the pundits in their own camp that used to attract independents. They have to bring their fifth-columnists openly back into the fold so as to have someone to argue their case that isn’t already a known liar and fascist.

They really believed their own “forty years of democrat rule” propaganda and because they did, even those who played the role of moderate or conservative democrat showed their true fascist colors. Now everyone knows you can’t trust anyone who is a democrat so they’re working to bring some so called conservatives and independents up to speed to help them.


41 posted on 12/31/2010 3:17:32 PM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where is Charles SourKraut hammer's record of public elected office and what public policies did he propose, draft and sucessfully work through the legislative process and sign into law?

I believe he is only another elitist pimp of the election industry!
42 posted on 12/31/2010 3:19:39 PM PST by leprechaun9
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To: rbg81
Let them. Aside from the occasional gibbering idiot, no one will care that she took hold of her career and made a change--.
43 posted on 12/31/2010 3:19:46 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Neocons are worried!


44 posted on 12/31/2010 3:20:23 PM PST by jd777
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To: fish hawk

“Has anyone asked him exactly who in the Republican bank of contestants he thinks is the best and why?”

Wanna bet he’d say, “Romney?”


45 posted on 12/31/2010 3:20:43 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Rashputin

I can say this much, that when I first started watching him, something did not sit right with me. His looks, a shifty demeanor, comments that were incongruous and non sequitur yet vaguely fit. The old adage “follow your gut” rings true again. I will be paying close attention when he speaks from now on.


46 posted on 12/31/2010 3:22:12 PM PST by Cisco Nix (Real Conservatives stay sober and focused)
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To: rbg81
Nonsense.

Your analysis of her stepping down as the Governor of Alaska as dooming her prospects revolves around the fact the entire narrative over the issue has been dictated by those who either loathe her or those who do not want her to run under any circumstance.

Once her reasons are laid out for all to ponder, assuming she does decide to run and then has center stage to present her “side” of any given issue, I believe your analysis falls apart. To be fair about this issue, hyping it to the extreme as you and others have does not make sense when you actually weigh the reasoning behind the move, and to idly dismiss the underlying reasons and to characterize her motives in a flippant manner simply states to me that not only are you dishonest about your reasoning behind such an analysis of that situation, you are actually reaching to find any undesirable available to voice your disapproval of the person in question.

In other words, this is a weak argument that has no chance of “weighing her down”, IMO.

47 posted on 12/31/2010 3:22:43 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Charles and Bill Kristol are both McCainiacs and hate seeing Palin making inroads against the RINOs. Elitist SOBs.


48 posted on 12/31/2010 3:25:32 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain)
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To: Windflier

“You’re pushing the enemy line, here. I hope you know that.”

Doubting a candidate’s electability is “pushing the enemy line”? What nonsense.


49 posted on 12/31/2010 3:25:50 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Windflier
You're pushing the enemy line, here. I hope you know that.

I don't know about that, Windy. Where Palin is concerned, her devoted fans are hopeful to the point of irrationality.

When I look at the prospects of a Palin candidacy, what I see is the liberals yelling "don't throw me into that briar patch."

50 posted on 12/31/2010 3:26:08 PM PST by r9etb
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