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Mark Steyn: Sarah Palin a better king maker than GOP candidate
The Right Scoop ^ | May 13,2011

Posted on 05/13/2011 6:17:38 PM PDT by Hojczyk

Mark Steyn says he has a soft spot for Tim Pawlenty and believes he may be the last man standing to challenge Obama in 2012. He also says Newt won’t be President and that Trump isn’t conservative and trashes his demonization of China as the single source of all that ails us.

As for Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, Steyn says he wouldn’t advise them to enter the field of 2012 GOP candidates. He says Sarah Palin would make a better king-maker and Huckabee should stick with his successful Fox News show.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012elections; allenwest; allenwest2012; beatobamagowest; election2012; huckabee; ltcallenwest; marksteyn; onlywestwilldo; palin; pawlenty; sarahpalin; steyn; thedonald; trump; west; west2thewestwing; westisbest; westisnbc; westwouldwin
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1 posted on 05/13/2011 6:17:40 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

I think so......


2 posted on 05/13/2011 6:19:17 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Hojczyk

Sounds like Steyn sees it about the way I do...


3 posted on 05/13/2011 6:20:08 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Hojczyk

Waiting for the RINO accusations to begin......


4 posted on 05/13/2011 6:21:50 PM PDT by misterrob (You cannot call yourself a conservative if you support socialistic government programs!)
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To: Syncro; Al B.; sarah fan UK; Bigtigermike; Brices Crossroads; Virginia Ridgerunner; Clyde5445; ...

Photo by Syncro, actual size is DELIGHTFULLY HUGE

Is Mark sure she shouldn't stay at home with her kids?

5 posted on 05/13/2011 6:22:36 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Hojczyk

Eww Tim pawlenty? Might as well bring up the corpse of Bob Dole


6 posted on 05/13/2011 6:23:13 PM PDT by chevydude26
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To: Hojczyk

Pawlenty isn’t bad on substance, but if that was decisive Barack Obama would not be President. Palin may end up having to run.


7 posted on 05/13/2011 6:23:29 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Hojczyk

Steyn is Canadian, so I assume that he can’t vote in the U.S., despite all of the things that he says about the U.S. and U.S. politicians. Still, I like him a lot, and he’s very funny.


8 posted on 05/13/2011 6:24:16 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: cherry
This bunch needs some excitement..I hope she runs and makes them take on Reaganomics's..She can drive the oil and gas problem home... hope she runs...she can be vp or energy department
9 posted on 05/13/2011 6:25:25 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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He certainly missed the “Mark”.

The “kingmaker” meme is code for shut up and stay in the background....be our slave and raise money/recruits. While you’re at it, fix us a sandwich and get a beer..


10 posted on 05/13/2011 6:26:32 PM PDT by ak267
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To: All

“Mark Steyn says he has a soft spot for Tim Pawlenty and believes he may be the last man standing to challenge Obama in 2012.”

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When substituting for Rush, Mark also was angrily slamming the Constitutionalists (popularly known via Leftist demeaning terminology as the “Birthers”).

So that, plus his Pawlenty fandom, and dissing of Sarah Palin makes suddenly three things I vigorously disagree with the redoubtable Steyn on.

Ah well, I’m not fully on board with everything that comes from the formidable pen of VDH either.


11 posted on 05/13/2011 6:27:01 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: wendy1946
Which is dumb!

If Palin doesn't run, she is a NOBODY and who cares what she has to say? She's hardly on FNC and when she is, it's only for brief snippets. She's an exGovernor and a failed candidate for VEEP ( not her fault,but just saying......)..........which amounts to nothing, should she not run. And I say this being a supporter of hers.

Unlike the vast majority of others, who are/are talked about being in the GOP primaries, her closets have been emptied, we know everything about her. She needs to run now, before her time has passed!

I never did think that the Huckster would run and he shouldn't.

12 posted on 05/13/2011 6:28:30 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: ak267

I agree with him. With Newt, Romney, Pawlenty and whoever all running in a pack in the high teens, whoever Plain backs wins. The smart move by one of these guys is to tap her as VP again.


13 posted on 05/13/2011 6:29:08 PM PDT by wny
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To: wendy1946

Yep.

Can’t lead if you can’t WIN.


14 posted on 05/13/2011 6:30:14 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: ak267

SPOT ON !


15 posted on 05/13/2011 6:30:30 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: EyeGuy

I didn’t hear anger in his voice. I really like the guy. BUT, Sarah will make a better *queen*maker, IMO, fighting for her *own* Presidency. Bob


16 posted on 05/13/2011 6:31:35 PM PDT by alstewartfan (While we lay under our roofs, the whole night filled up with the beating of hooves. Al Stewart)
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To: ak267

I refrain from disparaging remarks about Steyn, a mind and sensibility I stand in awe of. I do, however, hope he writes a column in full on his thoughts about Palin. Why should she be a kingmaker? Why shouldn’t she run? I truly want to know his thoughts.


17 posted on 05/13/2011 6:31:55 PM PDT by jobim
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To: Hojczyk

/agree with Steyn. I’ve been saying this about Palin for a while now.

Let her use her political capital to continue as a pundit. When she is proved right time after time, she’ll be in a position where the democraps can’t attack her as effectively. Then, if she wisely takes a cabinet position as, say, Secretary of Energy, she’ll have even more experience and capital than before.

Everyone is too damned impatient in politics these days. Which is NOT to say that our need is not pressing, but there are others than can step up like Herman Cain who have a better shot.

Yes, I said it: Herman Cain has a better shot than Palin.


18 posted on 05/13/2011 6:34:08 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: nopardons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7RKIpufStQ


19 posted on 05/13/2011 6:34:14 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the otherhand)
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To: Hojczyk

Right now I suspect the lady sees it the same way.....The looming election is a crapshoot. Can conservative and honest voters overcome the machinations of a well-organized opposition with nothing to fear if they violate electon law ? Looked at dispassionately the 2008 presidential election resulted in the dominance of an urban minority. Given that history why should the radical/progessive wing of the DNP change its tactics ? We’re already seeing incremental steps to re-inforce that result almost daily.... >PS


20 posted on 05/13/2011 6:35:19 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: Hojczyk

How about this idea. Let them all enter the primaries and let us decide.


21 posted on 05/13/2011 6:35:27 PM PDT by MCF
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To: Hojczyk

Steyn can say all he wants. The primary winner will rise to the top with a clear lack of fear of calling Obama AND the media what they are and showing the world exactly that.

Besides a fighter, the winner will address the issues, unlike the hate and fear mongering lying DemoRats.

So, let the games begin :-)


22 posted on 05/13/2011 6:35:37 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: alstewartfan

Oh he was plenty pissed. Saying he knew much more history about what has been traditionally considered “naturally born”, than any “birther”.

But look, I don’t have the time to listen to Rush much, and Steyn even less, so I don’t have a lot of background on his usual vocal inflections and cadence.

Agreed, on Governor Palin. She is the one.


23 posted on 05/13/2011 6:35:42 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: wny
That's utter garbage; not to mention ignorant and stupid!

None of those, whom you named, has a chance in hell of beating Obama and WHY should Palin be relegated to the VP spot, yet again, on a failed ticket? Newt and Romney are so easily destroyed ( they've mostly done it to themselves )and Pawlenty is a gigantic yawn fest with no grassroots backing!

If Palin doesn't run and win the primaries, not only will Obama win, but the GOP WILL lose the House and you can forget about any pickups in the Senate.

24 posted on 05/13/2011 6:35:49 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Hojczyk
It's a good thing that Steyn is never ever wrong about anything. I've even been thinking about changing my religion from being a Catholic. I'm going to start worshiping Steyn now. After all, the man IS perfect.
25 posted on 05/13/2011 6:39:01 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope for survival.)
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To: EyeGuy

Good points. Steyn is a brilliant writer, but a secular conservative. Like Charles Krauthammer and Jonah Goldberg, Steyn can perceptively diagnose our problems but fails to offer real solutions. We need a spiritual revival in addition to tax and budget cuts.


26 posted on 05/13/2011 6:39:03 PM PDT by heye2monn
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To: Hojczyk
Just more Lefty whistling past Lady Tombstone...

Thank you, Mark, for unwittingly admitting to your abject terror at the very thought of a President Palin. You can run, but you can't hide... because Sarah's coming.

LMAO!!!!

8^D

27 posted on 05/13/2011 6:39:53 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin 2012 ~ "Going Oval")
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To: Hojczyk

I like almost all of what Marc Steyn writes. He is brilliant.

But there are also large territories that he doesn’t cover.

What does he think about the Right to Life? I don’t really know.

What does he think about strong Christian dedication? I don’t really know.

What does he think about Christian family principles? I don’t know.

I’m not faulting him for any of that. But if Marc was running for public office (I guess he can’t run for POTUS), I’d certainly like to know the answers to those questions.

Tim Pawlenty is kind of a weak midget compared to Sarah. He wouldn’t have a chance fighting the MSM and all the forces of evil and corruption. And while his principles are sound, I’m not sure if he’s strong enough to stick to them under the kind of pressure he would face.

Sarah would.


28 posted on 05/13/2011 6:40:32 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: bolobaby
You're wrong about EVERYTHING you posted!

Cain would be easily destroyed by Obama, the MSM, and the other DEMs! Enough of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION candidates! Blacks won't vote for Cain, there aren't enough guilt ridden whites to vote for him, he has NO political experience and that really DOES matter! And nobody has even a glimmer of an idea about what lurks in his closets.

Stuff that mordant stupidity about a cabinet post; that's utterly USELESS!

Palin's time is now or never!

29 posted on 05/13/2011 6:41:12 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Hojczyk

As I mentioned once, Timmy can borrow Sarah’s steel spine, if she decides not to run. He could use it. Moreover, I can’t seem to keep awake when I listen to him speak.


30 posted on 05/13/2011 6:41:44 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: maine-iac7
West is NOT running !

He's only been in office a few months, for crying out loud! Leave the man alone !

31 posted on 05/13/2011 6:42:56 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: wny
you post: “With Newt, Romney, Pawlenty and whoever all running in a pack in the high teens, whoever Plain backs wins. The smart move by one of these guys is to tap her as VP again.”

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I doubt Palin would bother running for VP on a ticket with either of these can't win candidates.

What we need is Palin/West or West/Palin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7RKIpufStQ

Can't you see the libRats and the main slime media trying to fight against that team? First off, their favorite weapon, the RACE CARD would be canceled, over drawn.

32 posted on 05/13/2011 6:45:45 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the otherhand)
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To: maine-iac7

The left’s RACE CARD was in full throttle against Justice Thomas and Keyes; even when Keyes used the damned RACE CARD himself, several times over, in the past.


33 posted on 05/13/2011 6:47:40 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Hojczyk
MY PREFERENCES:

Sarah PALIN – President
John BOLTON – VP

Steve Forbes – Sec. of State
General Patraeus – Sec. of Defense
Mark Levin – Attorney General
Thomas Sowell – Sec. of Treasury
Jan Brewer – Sec. of Homeland Security

Dept. of Veteran Affairs – Merge with Defense
Dept. of Interior – Merge with Treasury
Dept. of Commerce – Merge with Treasury
Dept. of Transportation – Merge with Treasury
Dept. of Health & Human Services – Merge with Treasury
Dept. of Agriculture – Merge with Treasury

Dept. of Education – ABOLISH
Dept. of Energy – ABOLISH
Dept. of Labor – ABOLISH
Dept. of Housing & Urban Development – ABOLISH

34 posted on 05/13/2011 6:48:13 PM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: Hojczyk

I too, like Steyn a lot, but this is a brain fart. She’s not a king-maker. King-makers have general universal respect. Any liberal comments about Palin show their baseless derision so she’s not going to change any of their minds.
2012 is a deathmatch. She wins and we can roll back the last twenty yrs of this bs. She loses and insurrection starts. We can’t send in the second string anymore.


35 posted on 05/13/2011 6:48:21 PM PDT by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: nopardons
"If Palin doesn't run, she is a NOBODY and who cares what she has to say?"


The argument for her running boils down to her being a nobody if she does not run? I am not interested in choosing a candidate based on the idea that running will make them in to a somebody. There are people who I care what they say, and they have no political office. If someone needs a political office for people to care what they say, what they have to say can't be very compelling.
36 posted on 05/13/2011 6:48:25 PM PDT by rob777
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To: wendy1946
Right. Please, look at the (lack of) logic required for this ill-conceived mindset:

Voters respect and admire her so much that they'll vote for virtually anyone she asks them to...

...but not her.

Really? Really? You honestly believe that? C'mon. Get a grip. If the voters have that much respect for her political wisdom, it will be just as (if not much more) effective when she herself is the brass ring waiting inside the voting booth.

Just think about what you're saying, and look at how ridiculously incongruous the two positions juxtapose each other. I know how much the Left (and, sadly, the Old Boy Network RINO's) would love to get you to actually swallow this mindless, unthinking slop.

But their desperate flailing at retaining control of their power is no excuse for you to put your brain on "hold" and forfeit the bright future America has in store with simple, effective, Constitutionally grounded leadership.

If Sarah can effectively lead the masses to elect others, she can lead them to give her the helm for the next 8 years.And that's all we need to take our country back, and rid ourselves of the scourge of the Beltway weasels.

;^|

37 posted on 05/13/2011 6:50:27 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin 2012 ~ "Going Oval")
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To: Hojczyk

Everyone seems to be assuming that Sarah will not run. But if she does not, she will have the power to veto any of the other candidates - and I think that is a good thing. She holds the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The other candidates had beetr have nice things to say about her.


38 posted on 05/13/2011 6:51:01 PM PDT by Malesherbes (- Sauve qui peut)
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To: TwoSwords
BRAVO !

I concur.

39 posted on 05/13/2011 6:51:09 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Hojczyk

This might have been news yesterday, Mark is great, but like all of us he occasionally wrong. This nonsense uses up a lot of his good will.


40 posted on 05/13/2011 6:54:13 PM PDT by itsahoot (We make jokes, they make progress. Dimmitude, get used to it.)
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To: bolobaby
you say: "Yes, I said it: Herman Cain has a better shot than Palin."

I asy: Lt. Col (Congressman) Allen West would leave Cain in the dust.


41 posted on 05/13/2011 6:54:13 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the otherhand)
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To: Hojczyk

Pawlenty comes from a blue collar back ground. A meat packing, union town, I believe. After all, that was his answer to every single question in the first debate.


42 posted on 05/13/2011 6:56:16 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: FReepers
Why Yes, Mr Obama, We DO Want A Moat Filled With Alligators


Alligators at Fort Pulaski

Support FR

43 posted on 05/13/2011 6:57:54 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: EagleUSA
you say: “The primary winner will rise to the top with a clear lack of fear of calling Obama AND the media what they are and showing the world exactly that.”

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LOL. Kinda like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGIZtD4ufFo

44 posted on 05/13/2011 6:58:43 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the otherhand)
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To: rob777
You've misrepresented what I said and interpretted my meaning, for your own purposses.

If Palin doesn't run, not only will her time have passed, but she has no standing. Sure, YOU and others might be interested in what she has to say, but that isn't how politics and our nation works. Who gave a damn what Harold Stassen had to say, for instance, after he ran and ran and ran for president? Who cares what the Huckster has to say now?

I never claimed that Sarah "NEEDS" an elected office, for anyone to care what she has to say; however, if she doesn't run, now, she's a has been; someone who failed to enter the fray, when she could have. It doesn't make her look good.

46 posted on 05/13/2011 7:00:53 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: maine-iac7

I keep seeing West put on the front or back of people’s ‘dream ticket’. West had a nice military career and has been in congress for five months. Has he given any indication that he is at all interested in running for a higher office?


47 posted on 05/13/2011 7:02:03 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

But, did he serve in Viet Nam?


48 posted on 05/13/2011 7:02:31 PM PDT by WVKayaker (Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!)
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To: Malesherbes
Frankly, I don't give a damn who she backs, should she not run. That would in no way influence my vote. And I don't believe that she has the power to chose anyone, for the rest of us.

And FWIW...............I do believe that she IS going to run.

49 posted on 05/13/2011 7:02:55 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Hojczyk

Don’t know of any time that Mark Steyn has been wrong...and he seems to continue his record here (hard as that is to accept).


50 posted on 05/13/2011 7:04:44 PM PDT by Deagle
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