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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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To: miss marmelstein
Very well could be... I think for several reasons that he is. I know that he is a disgusting excuse for a man and that has nothing to do with his car crash and his paralysis. HE worked for carter and modull... I mean no more need be said.

LLS

101 posted on 12/31/2010 4:16:55 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a dim to enter the kingdom of GOD!)
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To: muawiyah

The absolute truth!

LLS


103 posted on 12/31/2010 4:18:37 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a dim to enter the kingdom of GOD!)
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To: cubreporter; Trolleyman

I’m with you guys. Don’t know a thing about Herman Cain but your central theme is correct.


104 posted on 12/31/2010 4:20:02 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: windsorknot

They are not going to be taken in twice. Believing someone can effectively change nearly intractable policies and procedures by having a regular American persona and non-ivy league degree is as ridiculous as if Obama could have done it because he was black.


106 posted on 12/31/2010 4:20:41 PM PST by erlayman
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To: Gen.Blather

Wanna bet he’d say, “Romney?”

Of course he would! So would Rove. So says Morning Joe and his crew, so says the Republican Establishment, so say most liberals. So Romney it will be, after all he’s supposed to be a money-magnet for the Wall St and banking crowd.

All Hail the Media pick for the Republican Caniodate of 2012! ... sort of like a repeat of 2008...

Which was a repeat of Dole in 1996...

Romney vs. Obama in 2012

But then the world will end that Dec so we won’t have to worry about it anymore.


107 posted on 12/31/2010 4:21:13 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Charles Krauthammer is an elitist snob. What college you attended takes precedence for him over everything else.

I expect him to endorse Obama over Palin in 2012. The sickness is that bad in his head.


109 posted on 12/31/2010 4:23:29 PM PST by devere
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Krauthammer is right. Mitchell is a for real, accomplished and able conservative who would be an inspired choice to head the ticket. He’s got none of Palin’s glamour, but a thousand times her ability, and an incredibly impressive track record.

Conservatives wake up, and stop being dazzled by a photogenic face. Look beyond the glamour and listen to how thin and scattered her argumentation is, and how little depth of intellect and learning she displays. She is a lightweight with no significant accomplishments, who bailed out way too early from elective office to make a killing in the private sector. There are signs all over the place that she lacks the temperament for an honest to god leadership position.

We cannot afford another failed presidency, and that’s exactly what Palin would deliver.

Sober conservatives should have no trouble recognizing the superior leader when comparing Palin and Mitchell. Hands down, Mitchell gets the nod.


110 posted on 12/31/2010 4:25:44 PM PST by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: Windflier

“Instead of thumbing your nose at the majority of us for giving Governor Palin our unreserved support, how ‘bout you spend some time studying up on her record of public service and life history?”

Having concerns about her electability is “thumbing your nose at the majority of us”? How bizarre. It’s called “FreeRepublic”...you might focus on the “Free” part.

Don’t be so presumptuous as to think that someone who doesn’t think exactly like you hasn’t “studied up on her record”...I am quite aware of her life history and public service. I’m a supporter but not a worshipper.


111 posted on 12/31/2010 4:27:41 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: r9etb
You think and wish it were fear

Do you have your logic circuits unplugged or something? Tell me why the leftstream MSM would spend two years denigrating someone who they feel is a weak laughingstock of little consequence?

Plug those circuits in before you answer.

...they think she's the one who Obama could beat.

If that's so, then why haven't they been able to take their eyes off of her since she lost the 2008 election?

Go on. Explain to me why the lib/Dem/MSM hasn't given Palin a moment's rest since 2008, and why they've devoted countless hours trying to convince America that she's an un-educated backwoods hick, who "can see Alaska from my house!"?

Use a bit of logic here, friend.

If the lib/Dem/RINO/MSM establishment really thought that Sarah Palin was the one to beat, they'd be singing her praises - not trying to kill her with a thousand cuts. They'd be giving her the softball routine and writing little puff pieces about her. Mostly, though, they'd be ignoring her.

112 posted on 12/31/2010 4:33:23 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

5/20/09 - “the key to Krauthammer’s appeal is the clarity of his opposition to Obama, which began soon after a December 2006 column in which he urged Obama to run for president and guaranteed that he would lose.”

The campaign began, and Krauthammer didn’t believe the hype. Where others were moved by Obama’s mass appeal, Krauthammer found his campaign “cultlike.” His broad statements of purpose made him a cipher on the specifics. The famous race speech was, Krauthammer’s headline declared, a “brilliant fraud.” His friendships with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers showed his “cynicism and ruthlessness.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22743.html


113 posted on 12/31/2010 4:34:20 PM PST by anglian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Finding out who’s better is why we play the game. Let’s play the game.


114 posted on 12/31/2010 4:34:54 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: BOOM. Taste My Cluebat!)
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To: 9YearLurker

Hogwash. This is America...anyone can run. Look at obama.


115 posted on 12/31/2010 4:35:15 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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after a December 2006 column in which he “urged Obama to run for president and guaranteed that he would lose.”


116 posted on 12/31/2010 4:35:49 PM PST by anglian
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To: Magic Fingers

I can’t believe it’s come to this. Apparently, we’re not even allowed to have a primary.


117 posted on 12/31/2010 4:38:04 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Magic Fingers
What THIS is about is YOU telling someone they’re “pushing the enemy line” because they expressed doubts about her electability.

You don't hear so good. I explained to you in a previous post that the "quitter" meme has been thoroughly debunked thousands of times on this website by hundreds of independent thinkers.

Pushing the "quitter" meme at this late date IS pushing the enemy line, and most people who frequent this website know it.

Now, perhaps you ought to take my earlier advice and get yourself up to speed on Governor Palin before accusing me of spouting "bullshit".

118 posted on 12/31/2010 4:38:51 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: 9YearLurker

Well yes...Gov would be good too. We don’t have different opinionos of Gov Palin. I agree with you that she is by far the strongest, most principled and charismatic candidate we have thus far.
Yes, we would love to see her run and win but...and... as you said....the reality, TV and magazine items make us wince as well. We like her a lot. Believe me... so I guess where we disagree is me thinking she could not win and you thinking she can. We just need to have someone in the wings who can come out and blow the sox off everyone. We need fresh faces and new blood. Solid ideas which Sarah certainly has and backing OTHER than her/their own base.


119 posted on 12/31/2010 4:41:31 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: Trolleyman
Somebody around here has to be the voice of reality.

Geeez....all this "concern" around here is almost too much love to handle.

120 posted on 12/31/2010 4:42:50 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: cubreporter

Herman Cain has a business background that would knock the socks off a lot of people. I just think he deserves a chance.


Cain ran in the Republican primary for Senate in 2004 and only got 26% of the vote. If he wants to be President, he will have to win some elections first. The money doesn’t come to candidates who aren’t proven winners.


121 posted on 12/31/2010 4:42:51 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: rbg81

I think it great that she raises $$ for conservative candidates, but she is simply not electable as POTUS.

That’s what I have been trying to say all along but people just don’t seem to get it for some reason. She does so well in raising $$$ so why not keep her where she does good? She has helped a lot and can continue to do so in the next two years.


122 posted on 12/31/2010 4:45:55 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: Trolleyman
Did you join FR yesterday just to bash Palin.

Can you spell T-R-O-L-L?

123 posted on 12/31/2010 4:46:15 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Trolleyman
"PleasePleasePlease don't throw me in the briar patch!"

Heh....you may get your wish, n00b.

"Smile. Wait for flash."

124 posted on 12/31/2010 4:47:11 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: rbg81

The political psychopaths who targeted Governor Palin with charges of non-existent ethical breaches were in effect shooting at the citizens of Alaska.

In stepping down from her position as Governor, Palin drew fire away from the people she took an oath to serve.

Whenever given a choice between personal gain and moral or public duty, Palin has always chosen duty.


125 posted on 12/31/2010 4:48:48 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Rules will never work for radicals (liberals) because they seek chaos. And don't even know it.)
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To: beckett
I often wonder if the folks comparing her to Ronald Reagan have ever heard any of his radio commentary. He was the sharpest, clearest-thinking individual I ever had the honor of listening to. The word "brilliant" doesn't come close to doing him justice. He was a visionary for the ages.

I like Sarah Palin. I think she's a thoroughly decent woman and a forceful advocate for the America we all want back. But Ronald Reagan she is not. The comparison does The Great Communicator (and even greater thinker) a great disservice.

126 posted on 12/31/2010 4:49:43 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: beckett
Sober conservatives should have no trouble recognizing the superior leader when comparing Palin and Mitchell.

You're right. It's Governor Palin, hands down.

Who is this Mitchell person?

127 posted on 12/31/2010 4:49:52 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: randog

Well, look up Herman Cain and read up on him. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


128 posted on 12/31/2010 4:49:52 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: Windflier
“You don't hear so good. I explained to you in a previous post that the “quitter” meme has been thoroughly debunked thousands of times on this website by hundreds of independent thinkers.”

My hearing starts to fail when idjits start lecturing via orifices intended for elimination. The poster was talking about the opposition's use of her quitting, and if you think they won't do so you've got your head even deeper in the sand than you do up your arse.

“Now, perhaps you ought to take my earlier advice and get yourself up to speed on Governor Palin before accusing me of spouting “bullshit”.”

Perhaps you ought not waste your time giving me advice. If I were ever going to be turned off from voting for Sarah it would be prompted by rude, demagogic fools like you.

129 posted on 12/31/2010 4:51:23 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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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.

As opposed to all the nice things they will say about who?

She quit when things got tough and chose to be a professional celebrity.

This has been gone over ad nauseum, anyone who cares to know the truth knows it. Alaska's ethics laws were being used to paralyze her administration. If she hadn't resigned you would be parroting some line about all her ethics violations. If she had tried to repeal the laws you would be telling us how she was against ethics.

130 posted on 12/31/2010 4:51:23 PM PST by hopespringseternal
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To: beckett

please explain the the views of palin compared to your choice then....

show me the overwhelming superiority of mitch versus palin, please provide examples....


131 posted on 12/31/2010 4:51:53 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: Magic Fingers
I am quite aware of her life history and public service. I’m a supporter but not a worshipper.

Fair enough.

I don't worship her either, but I do support her enthusiastically. I've looked carefully enough at all of the presumed hopefuls to conclude that Governor Palin outclasses them all by a country mile.

132 posted on 12/31/2010 4:53:05 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: bwc2221

Palin cannot win. She has become a joke to over half the population. She should have finished her term and then did something substantial with a company working with energy exploration. Built some credentials. Instead she does a reality TV show on TLC and commentary on FOX news. That will not do it. I just hope she uses her considerable pull for the benefit of the GOP candidate in 2012 and doesn’t support a 3rd party one that does nothing but guarantee 4 more years of Obama.


133 posted on 12/31/2010 4:53:12 PM PST by roostercogburn
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

“I can’t believe it’s come to this. Apparently, we’re not even allowed to have a primary.”

Pathetic, ain’t it? And from these supposed “free thinkers”.


134 posted on 12/31/2010 4:53:48 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana a GOP presidential front-runner? Yeah, now there is a guy who can draw a hell of a crowd anywhere in America.

What is Krauthammer smoking?

135 posted on 12/31/2010 4:53:54 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: excopconservative

That was in 2004. Let’s see what he can do today?


136 posted on 12/31/2010 4:54:05 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: r9etb

If Palin is such a loser, why the hell is the whole country worried about her prospects. Losers are ignored and given no ink.


137 posted on 12/31/2010 4:56:03 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank you for revealing the often overlooked liberal side of Charles Krauthammer. He is pro-choice and pro-gay marriage — and vehemently anti-Palin.

During the 2008 campaign, Krauthammer urged social conservatives to “grow up” and support Rudolph Guiliani for president. The cross-dressing, wife-ditching candidate from Babylon on the Hudson got far fewer votes than Palin ever would.

Now Krauthammer is pushing another squishy “conservative” Mitch Daniels. Mitch wants a truce on social issues. He does not care if the liberals destroy the foundations of civilization, most recently the Marine Corps with the repeal of DADT.

Krauthammer is good on materialistic issues — like economics. But he is utterly secular and disdainful of those who know believe that man — and society — cannot live by bread alone.


138 posted on 12/31/2010 4:56:28 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: Windflier

“I’ve looked carefully enough at all of the presumed hopefuls to conclude that Governor Palin outclasses them all by a country mile.”

That doesn’t mean that anyone who has concerns about her electability is “pushing the enemy line”.


139 posted on 12/31/2010 4:56:37 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Mean Maryjean
As much as I follow the news and keep up with current events, I must confess that until recently, although I'd heard his name mentioned about, I could in no way identify who Mitch Daniels was. I just didn't know who he was, even though I'd heard his name. Now, if that's the reality for me, someone who is so into following the news and what's going on in the political scene, think how much more of America has no idea just who is Mitch Daniels.

Maryjean,

Daniels is the guy who wants a truce on social issues.

That is why Krauthammer loves Daniels.

Krauthammer wants to surrender permanently on social issues.

140 posted on 12/31/2010 4:56:37 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Trolleyman
I assume you have no idea why she stepped down as Governor of Alaska, so I would advise you to Google “Palin” and “Nuisance lawsuits” for a starter.

If you care to research the reasons, there is an abundance of discussions on the subject here at FR.

141 posted on 12/31/2010 4:57:15 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Trolleyman

“As much as I would love it if Sarah Palin became our President...I’m afraid she cannot.”
“Somebody around here has to be the voice of reality.”

The reality is we are going to elect Sarah Palin President and you are going to have to get used to it.

Start practicing, troll.


142 posted on 12/31/2010 4:57:32 PM PST by devere
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To: reasonisfaith

That is pure horses patooty. Sounds good to the folks who wish to believe it, sounds like excuses to anyone else.

An oath to serve is an oath, right? Those people elected you because they chose to believe in you. By telling them you are doing them a favor by stepping down, you would have to fade into the background instead of making tons of bucks and setting your sights on higher office.

Now how do you explain you want to be POTUS, but if folks start hammering you and things get tough, as they actually will, you will step down to do the people a favor? Who buys that stuff?

If Palin gets the nomination, I will hope that the person who should have been the President is VP.


143 posted on 12/31/2010 4:59:26 PM PST by dforest
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To: cubreporter

I fully agree with you. We will be attacked for having a differing opinion than others. Sigh.


144 posted on 12/31/2010 4:59:41 PM PST by Trust but Verify (Let's party like it's 1773!)
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To: rbg81

Clinton (for all his flaws) stuck it out and walked away with huge legal bills. He didn’t quit.


And that’s a good thing? Quitting would have been a very good thing for the country, but Clinton didn’t care that he was dragging his country through a septic tank. Gov. Palin had been totally immobilized by a national democrat party focusing its energy on one state governor to the detriment of the people of that state. She did what was best for Alaska. She took the bullseye off of Alaska and allowed it to go forward knowing she was taking a great risk politically.

She then transformed that risk into the success of the tea party, the 2010 midterm election, and the lead up to a presidential run. Considering that everything our current President touches turns to crap, we need a leader who knows how to turn crap into success. Gov. Palin’s resignation and her recovery from it has proven that she is qualified.


145 posted on 12/31/2010 5:00:24 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: indylindy

I was wondering when you would show up.


146 posted on 12/31/2010 5:01:01 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: bwc2221
Daniels is a Princeton man, another Ivy Leaguer.

Got it in one. Krauthammer: Oxford and Harvard. Daniels: Princeton and Georgetown. Anytime you see one of these overeducated fools dissing Palin (Idaho), check out their wiki: In almost all cases, you're going to find ivy. Kruthammer, Frum, and most of the rest of this confederacy of dunces are appalled at the temerity of someone who went to anything but an ivy-league school aspiring to the presidency. They would have likely had the same objections to a graduate of Eureka College in Illinois.

You can expect Kraut to settle for Romney (Harvard) or Jindahl (Brown) if Daniels doesn't run or runs but bombs out; however, he'll express serious reservations if Pawlenty (Minnesota), Jeb Bush (Texas) or Rick Perry (Texas A & M) throw their hats into the ring.

Needless to say, Huckabee (Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) won't have a prayer with these folks.

147 posted on 12/31/2010 5:01:53 PM PST by Spartan79 (Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem.)
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To: FreeReign

Plus from what I’m reading, he’s another Ivy Leaguer...gosh, haven’t we had enough of them? I do say that, however, without first knowing anything much at all about the man.


148 posted on 12/31/2010 5:04:18 PM PST by nfldgirl
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To: bwc2221

Gawd, I am glad you missed me. It is easier to flame and insult people like me. Mainly because we know baloney when we see it.


149 posted on 12/31/2010 5:05:26 PM PST by dforest
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
I like Sarah Palin. I think she's a thoroughly decent woman and a forceful advocate for the America we all want back. But Ronald Reagan she is not.

I don't think we do a disservice to The Gipper by comparing Sarah Palin to him. It's only a comparison. No one (that I know of) has said that she is his equal, but she bears such a striking resemblance to the man, that it's hard not to link the two.

Reagan had 20 years more seasoning on him when he ran for the presidency in 1980, than Sarah does today. Give her another 20 years, and she will likely be just as deep as he was then.

I see Palin as a Reagan disciple and heir of the first order, and one who has inculcated his (and the Founders') wisdom as well as we could ever hope to find in a presidential candidate.

It's these, and other similar attributes, that have caused me to give my full support to Governor Palin, should she decide to run.

150 posted on 12/31/2010 5:07:12 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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