Skip to comments.Could a Palin presidential bid rewrite the campaign rulebook?
Posted on 08/23/2011 8:29:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Conventional wisdom dictates that Sarah Palin is not running for president: it's too late; the field is too crowded, and many think she is more interested in making money than running for office.
On top of that, the onetime vice presidential candidate has failed to build substantial campaign apparatus in crucial early primary states. She has seemingly declined to aggressively court big-name, big-dollar Republican donors, and she has watched as countless top GOP operatives join her possible competitors' campaigns.
Palin, many believe, has handicapped her own prospects for 2012 and decided to sit it out.
"Her campaign, if it is a campaign, just truly baffles me," says Republican strategist Eric Woolson, who managed former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's Iowa campaign in 2008 and worked on former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's 2012 bid until his recent withdrawal from the race. "She's not doing interviews; she really doesn't have the infrastructure around her that she would have typically set up by this point of the game... All of us would say, gosh, she should have had that infrastructure in place two years ago."(continued)
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What does he think happened at the Fair in Iowa. Talk about being out of touch.
I hope so.
I have a large coffee, with plenty of loot in it, set aside for her.
“she really doesn’t have the infrastructure around her’
Not true, the MSM is ready to go!
What they have yet to figure out is that Sarah is CHANGING the game!
Palin is not playing by their rules. So they have their panties all in a wad.
Boo freakin’ hoo.
CBS is running so damn scared she will run. Go Sarah!!!!!
The Communist Broadcasting System — rewriting reality before it does not happen....
Sarah Palin is all about common sense, which puts her far-far ahead of establishment politicians.
Whisteling past the graveyard........
When she does announce it will require all of our attention to contributions, door knocking and phones to make it happen! People will HAVE to “give ‘til it hurts”!
They’re scared of her because with a real conservative at the top of the ticket, especially one that the Tea Party people will walk over glass to vote for, there could be an electoral sweep the likes of which they haven’t seen before.
They know people will not vote for Obama again, and like 1980, they’ll vote for whoever is opposing him. So they’re attempting (as always) to get the most democratic republican to win the nomination.
If Palin runs and starts winning caucuses and primaries, and then the nomination and starts building a groudswell despite everything they’ve thrown at her, they are done.
And by they, I mean the establishment of both parties and the media.
Here is what I see too. How does she mount a serious campaign without the basics? There are certain things that are unavoidable in a nationwide run. Money and organization are the main ones.
Reagan rolled in late in '80, which is what everyone points to for Palin, but he had built up a solid machine during the '68 and '76 run. He had men in his staff that were old pros at big campaigns. He had the big money people ready to write checks. Palin has none of this.
IMO she is campaigning for vice president.
It is my belief Sarah will run this election and I pray Sarah will win. The candidate running with Sarah is important. Perhaps Rick Perry for VP, or Mitt Romney. Stranger things than this could happen!
It is never too late to run a "phony campaign" (no expensive campaign manager, no expensive staff, no expensive advertising, no infrastructure) if your only goal is to hype your celebrity status to enhance future book sales, speaking fees and generate future Reality TV contracts.
Donald Trump engaged in such a "phony undeclared campaign" a couple of months ago and Newt Gingrich is running such a "phony declared campaign" right now.
September 3 is being hyped as the latest "Sarah Declaration Day". Since a declaration will mean a loss of the lucrative FOX News contract. my gut feeling is that Palin will remain in Donald Trump "phony undeclared campaign" mode rather than switch over to the Newt Gingrich "phony declared campaign" mode.
The question is how long The Big Tease Game can be sustained until even her more loyal followers realize that they are being toyed with.
Yeah, well that might be the case at FIRST, but if they want donations to the PARTY, the party probably shouldn't be seen as dissing Sarah in any way. Already conservatives are loathe to send money to the GOP, and any perceived slight of the conservative candidates will dry that up even more. Besides, I think she would generate the kind of excitement that results in millions from the 'grass roots'.
You are right, but what has changed? She can organize for free. She can put up organizational plans, organize precinct captains, direct call centers, and mailings online for free. She can have a small cadre of trusted supporters with her in the same room, and they can delegate from their laptops to people on the ground.
She doesn't need hundreds of local offices (saving tons of campaign money), she doesn't need mass printings (each area can tailor make mailings and send them locally, again saving money), and she sure doesn't need the media buys that other candidates will need for name recognition boosts, she can focus on media buys in areas that will bring in fence sitters.
She posts on Facebook that she needs $3 million for a media buy in South Carolina, and she will have $5 million in 24 hours. She tweets that she need 500 people to walk the streets of Manchester, New Hampshire, and she will have 1000 volunteers in hours.
She understands the power of social networking and it will save her tons of money and energy that others will devote to things that are no longer needed.
I was wondering how long it’d take for your crowd to get here. Gettin’ slow!
Poly may soon be on the clock.
Why in the world would she accept a nomination she has already attained?
She must be running for President of Fantasyland.
Do you have a link to that story? I believe you, and I’d love to read that story.
But they weren't REAL interviews, you understand, because they weren't conducted by REAL journalists, like those from ABC-NBC-CBS, or CNN-PMSNBC. ;o)
Perhaps they haven't heard of this Internet thingy. Flash mobs can now coalesce in hours, not months or years.
I did miss it. I would like to see the story if you have it.
I think CNN had a front row seat. Wolf Blitzer even commented on here willingness to take on all questions.
If you recall as well, Her very first speech (during acceptance), HER teleprompter had problems and she winged it for a couple minutes until it was straightened out, nary a soul realized. She’s very fast on her feet and prepared for those situations.
sorry, “her willingness”.
Have you seen my tagline? I raised just over $40,000 for Fred Thompson in the very short time he was in the race. I was the chief fundraiser for the Polk County GOP in the mid-eighties. I am only one individual supporting her. If anyone is living in "fantasyland" it's her detractors. If thousands of Paulestinians can raise millions and rent blimps, think what millions of real conservatives can do!!
NO...she is following Ronald Reagan’s playbook.
Happy Tuesday morning to you! Here’s a little present:
What is definitely NOT baffling is her popularity and the crowds she draws...wherever she goes.
When you look at the crowds she drew (20K-30K a pop) as a vp candidate in 2008. When you look at the profound impact she had on the 2010 elections, when you look at the people who turn out now, wherever she goes when she is not even an announced candidate...well, the libs, MSM, left, socialists, and RINOs are in for a surprise in 2012.
Click on the link below and scroll down to see those crowds from 2008.
I believe she will double and treble those numbers in 2012 as a presidential candidate.
I believe she is going to announce on 9/3. I welcome her into the race and will work as hard as I can to help her win. Watch her numbers go through the roof...to the astonishment and baffling of the pundits.
I believe she will take on and defeat the other GOP candidates, and then believe that she will mop the floor with Obama.
She’s taking ‘em ALL to school: media, pundits, ruling class, etc., etc., etc.
[She posts on Facebook that she needs $3 million for a media buy in South Carolina, and she will have $5 million in 24 hours. She tweets that she need 500 people to walk the streets of Manchester, New Hampshire, and she will have 1000 volunteers in hours.
She understands the power of social networking and it will save her tons of money and energy that others will devote to things that are no longer needed. ]
Exactly. A lot of the naysayers here are so 2008.
A month and a half ago I had 10 followers on Twitter. I now have 600, all available for me to tweet to. And I guarantee by spring I will have thousands more, and I’m just one guy. I guaranteen I will be tweeting for Palin.
The Post Office is going bankrupt because mail pieces are down, people throw it in the trash. It’s a whole new ballgame.
EXACTLY! and not just political campaigning.
It 'should' baffle you, Eric. Considering you've obviously been working off a loser's playbook.
do these people not understand?
The MSM, very reluctantly, now hedging their bets and grudgingly putting up smoke signals that SP might really be about to jump into the ring.
How much have you raised for Palin?
Palin has nothing to add that Bachmann does not already have..
PAlin running would be counter productive..
That's funny right there, I don't care who you are.