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Palin predicts Santorumís rise in Iowa
WaPo ^ | Dec. 2, 2011 | Nia-Malika Henderson

Posted on 12/02/2011 2:04:41 PM PST by fightinJAG

Sarah Palin, who decided not to run for the White House and has so far been only a bit player in the race, name dropped Rick Santorum in her assessment of the GOP field, saying that he is the candidate who has been most ideologically consistent and will likely start getting a look from conservative voters.

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1 posted on 12/02/2011 2:04:45 PM PST by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG

Please let this be true.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 2:07:39 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: fightinJAG

If she will endorse him, this is a smart play. Pump him up and see if she can nudge his polls up. If so, expect a post-Christmas endorsement.


3 posted on 12/02/2011 2:08:10 PM PST by montag813
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To: fightinJAG

I’m not sure Rick may want that endorsement...

She smiled upon Rick Perry.....he tanked

She smiled upon Herman Cain....he tanked


4 posted on 12/02/2011 2:09:20 PM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: fightinJAG

The most assinine, distorted headline I have seen outside of protecting liberals or assaulting conservatism!

Sarah just picked a name out of thin air....nothing more.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 2:10:03 PM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: fightinJAG

YES! I love Rick Santorum.


6 posted on 12/02/2011 2:10:50 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: fightinJAG
Sarah was always going to choose the winner.

That's why there have been all the stories about Myth demanding she endorse him.

7 posted on 12/02/2011 2:10:53 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: fightinJAG

Could be, but he’s got to rise in a lot more in Iowa to seal the nomination.

Huckabee pulled off a surprise win in Iowa in 2008, but fizzled out shortly thereafter.

I would like it if he did...Santorum is the only non-Romney (besides Paul) who hasn’t had a massive surge in the polls. If Gingrich declines, Santorum would be the only shot we have. Incidentally, I researched Santorum’s background and he’s actually got the most conservative record of all the candidates.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 2:11:25 PM PST by pcottraux
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To: fightinJAG

When this plays out it’ll save us from the crop of RINOs currently in the lead AND cement her status as the ultimate kingmaker.


9 posted on 12/02/2011 2:11:43 PM PST by PalinPlease
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To: BubbaJunebug

She didn’t endorse either of them (for President) and their tanking was of their own doing (well, Perry more so than Cain, but Cain didn’t handle things well)


10 posted on 12/02/2011 2:11:58 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: montag813

Outside of SP,and HC Santorum is the only other candidate I would consider.


11 posted on 12/02/2011 2:12:24 PM PST by samantha (Sarah is our TEAple. leader for America the Beautiful...Go Herman Cain.)
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To: fightinJAG

Good.


12 posted on 12/02/2011 2:12:36 PM PST by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: BubbaJunebug

How much farther can you sink than 1 percent?

Anything less and it’d be like he wasn’t polling at all.


13 posted on 12/02/2011 2:14:29 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: fightinJAG

She also was effusive in her praise of Newt Gingrich, saying that the reason for his rise in the polls was because people are ready for a serious candidate with serious workable solutions to our problems. Smart woman, that.


14 posted on 12/02/2011 2:14:42 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator

I posted a link on another thread about how John Kerry’s candidacy was dead in the water two weeks before Iowa. Then he did a big offensive there and carried off a huge upset.

So, it happens.


15 posted on 12/02/2011 2:15:17 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: fightinJAG; Huck
Now we are talkin'. Time to get some Conservatism back to the front and center of this election cycle. GO RICK...


16 posted on 12/02/2011 2:15:36 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: BubbaJunebug
Totally wrong,she did not smile on anyone. She only endorsed Perry for Governor and then he screwed that up. She likes Cain,but has not pushed him. She has said very nice things about Santorum,probably because their views are close.
17 posted on 12/02/2011 2:18:43 PM PST by samantha (Sarah is our TEAple. leader for America the Beautiful...Go Herman Cain.)
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To: fightinJAG

I would be so excited to vote if Santorum becomes the nominee. Bachmann too. I would love for them to make the ticket as a matter of fact. Put Cain in the Administration and we would be pretty good to go.


18 posted on 12/02/2011 2:20:34 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

I don’t see where you’re going with this.

Did you see Palin’s appearance on Hannity last night?

And she said in the article she is not endorsing anyone yet. But she did talk up Santorum last night and she used the word “consistent” several times.

“Consistent” is clearly an “not Newt” word.

I took from her appearance that she was saying that a lot of conservatives were going to take a second look at other candidates, including Santorum, before rushing headlong into Newt’s arms.


19 posted on 12/02/2011 2:20:56 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Oh your little RINO will be fine. Don’t worry. Ugh you liberal Republicans drive me crazy. Can’t you be happy that perhaps we MIGHT finally get a conservative as the nominee?


20 posted on 12/02/2011 2:22:29 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: pcottraux

Yes, Iowa is not all that good at predicting the nominee. But it doesn’t hurt to win, I don’t think!


21 posted on 12/02/2011 2:22:44 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: Sudetenland

You read too much into that. She is not endorsing Newtie.


22 posted on 12/02/2011 2:23:18 PM PST by samantha (Sarah is our TEAple. leader for America the Beautiful...Go Herman Cain.)
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To: fightinJAG
Sarah Palin, who decided not to run for the White House

So did the panhandler at I-10 and Shepherd Drive.

Do we need his take on things too?

23 posted on 12/02/2011 2:26:28 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: samantha

Palin is not endorsing anyone at the moment.

However, her use of the word “consistent” last night as she talked about Santorum was quite noticeable.

Considering the rap on Gingrich, calling another candidate the “most consistent conservative” was saying he was “not Newt.”

People tend to think that because someone recognizes that a candidate is smart, or a good debater, or as having workable solutions is not the end of the story. If the person is too inconsistent to deliver — or so inconsistent that he could completely demoralize and splinter the conservative movement for a while — none of the former means a hill of beans.


24 posted on 12/02/2011 2:27:31 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: fightinJAG

Yes, his name was exactly the one I began shifting toward after I learned of Gingrich’s foolish, foolish statement about life beginning at implantation.

Way back in 1995 when a Wisconsin congressman (name escapes me) made some noises about how the Republicans ought to embrace homosexuality as normal and Gingrich signalled that he was prepared to do that, I said to my friends, Gingrich doesn’t “get it” as far as pro-life and sexuality issues are concerned.

I was willing to hold my nose and vote for him, hoping he’d converted in the meantime to a more authentically pro-life and pro-natural sexuality, but that implantation statement raises a huge red flag.

If he clarifies it, if he walks it back, I’ll consider him, but if not, I’ve just about lost patience with him.

Henry Hyde used to say about Newt that he was 1/2 genius and 1/2 insane. That’s always made me leery of him but . . .

Of the remaning candidates, Santorum was the one I was beginning to take a closer look at.


25 posted on 12/02/2011 2:28:10 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: humblegunner

That is what you call a fatally flawed analogy.

Do we need YOUR take on things?

Not really. Mine either. But we’re all here giving our take on things because, well, that’s how things get discussed and evaluated.


26 posted on 12/02/2011 2:29:42 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: Houghton M.

Thank you for reminding me of Henry Hyde.


27 posted on 12/02/2011 2:32:48 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: fightinJAG

I’ve got less problem with Santorum’s philosophy than with his personality. Sorry, but while he’s had some good moments, my takeaway from his performance at the debates is “he’s a jerk”. YMMV of course.

I’d say Palin’s comment is more of a backhanded reminder that Newt has been all over the map at times than a pre-endorsement of Santorum. Bachmann has also been pretty idologically pure and Palin didn’t mention her...


28 posted on 12/02/2011 2:36:54 PM PST by bigbob
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To: fightinJAG
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Who will it be? Who will it be?
29 posted on 12/02/2011 2:39:14 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: bigbob

I think your analysis is very good.

On the “jerk” point, as far as I’ve ever heard about Santorum, he doesn’t have a reputation as a jerk at all, so I figure he’s not a jerk, so I think maybe the coming off as a jerk can be fixed over time.

Not that I saw that as strongly as you did. I was quite impressed with several of his debate performances. He seems to be able to cut right to the point, the principle of the matter, particularly on national security and the big issues.

Maybe if he were not fighting the frustration of always being relegated to the background, his personality would show through in a more favorable light.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 2:41:46 PM PST by fightinJAG (NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION! Everyone should pay taxes, everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: humblegunner
So did the panhandler at I-10 and Shepherd Drive.

Sometimes you are dumber than a box of rocks.

Apologies to the rocks.......

31 posted on 12/02/2011 2:42:04 PM PST by Lakeshark
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To: samantha
I didn't say that nor was it implied. Don't put words into my mouth (or keyboard).

The fact is that she was quite complimentary of him and not in any way condemnatory of him.
32 posted on 12/02/2011 2:42:53 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator
Oh your little RINO will be fine.

Hey butt seepage......don't call Cain a RINO!

This was hardly an endorsement and more of an analysis. I am commenting on all the people pleasuring themselves thinking that Palin actually endorsed someone.

33 posted on 12/02/2011 2:43:03 PM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Col Freeper
Love your graphic. That being said, I really like Palin and wish she had run for president, but I am not sure her all over the map comments serve a useful purpose.
34 posted on 12/02/2011 2:44:26 PM PST by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: Houghton M.
that implantation statement raises a huge red flag

So, you think Newt will have trouble keeping conservatives on the implantation? Sorry, just couldn't resist. You're correct to see red flags there.

35 posted on 12/02/2011 2:45:39 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: humblegunner

Ive always wanted to ask you this, what the hell is your problem? You come on Palin threads to trash her, what is your beef with her? How come you hate her so much? Seriously, its a relevant question, you say you think she is irrelevant yet all you do is post about her. Do I support her, yes, but at least I post on other threads that have nothing to do with her, all you do is post nasty stuff about her. You sound like one of those Democratic Underground freaks


36 posted on 12/02/2011 2:45:39 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: napscoordinator

I like Rick but he better pick up the pace as we are at 32 days and counting.


37 posted on 12/02/2011 2:48:16 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Ive always wanted to ask you this, what the hell is your problem?

I don't like her.

How come you hate her so much?

Dislike is not hate.

you think she is irrelevant yet all you do is post about her.

I never said that and I post about other things as well. False and Fail.

all you do is post nasty stuff about her

False and Fail again. Going for a Trifecta?

Get your stuff sorted out, pay attention and get back to me.

Not everyone has to worship the woman. Deal with it.

38 posted on 12/02/2011 2:53:25 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Hey butt seepage

Nice. I would expect that from a guy from DU, but not a fellow FREEPER. I know this is a tense primary season but sheesh you could just say the rest of your post without being nasty. I know your not a liberal. Sheesh.


39 posted on 12/02/2011 2:56:29 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: fightinJAG

Sounded as much like a Ron Paul endorsement as a Rick Santorum endorsement to me.


40 posted on 12/02/2011 2:56:45 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Erik Latranyi

Wait a minute. I am on your side. I support Cain. I just read your post again.....


41 posted on 12/02/2011 2:57:31 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: humblegunner

Hey you don’t have to like her, everyone has a right to their opinion, but the things that you post about her I can read the same thing on the Daily Kos..I thought Republicans are supposed to be more mature then those daily kos freaks. You don’t like her, hey that’s fine by me, but your obsessed with her, you take it to a whole new level. Read the things you post sometimes and think with a clear head if someone who is mentally stable would post something like that


42 posted on 12/02/2011 2:58:02 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda; Eaker; TheMom; thackney; Lazamataz; Allegra; TheOldLady; Darksheare; eastforker; ..
Read the things you post sometimes and think with a clear head if someone who is mentally stable would post something like that

I deny ever having claimed that I was mentally stable.

Fact is that mental stability isn't a requisite factor in having an opinion.

43 posted on 12/02/2011 3:07:08 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: fightinJAG

Sorry time for Rick to leave the island. He is a sanctimonious jerk!


44 posted on 12/02/2011 3:08:02 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: Erik Latranyi
The most assinine, distorted headline I have seen outside of protecting liberals or assaulting conservatism!

Sarah just picked a name out of thin air....nothing more.

Yup, people seem to overreact to virtually every thing she says. Palin can't even have a casual conversation without every tiny thing she says picked apart and blown out of proportion as if it were all part of some grand plan. It's even worse on C4P where they seem to see Sun Tzu like machinations behind every thing she says.

Palin is a political analyst for Fox News. She does political analysis for a living. This is what she has chosen to do. Every time she says something half decent about a candidate it doesn't mean she expects them to rise or surge in the polls. Every time she says something somewhat negative about a candidate, it doesn't mean she is plotting against them. Sarah is not trying to keep the field divided in some scheme to win the nomination through a brokered convention. She is not a candidate in 2012. She is not going to be a candidate in 2012. She is not going to run 3rd party in 2012. Palin WILL endorse the eventual GOP nominee - even if that person is Romney the chameleon. She has made it perfectly clear that getting Hussein out of the White House is an absolute must.

45 posted on 12/02/2011 3:17:01 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: BubbaJunebug

I’m not sure Rick may want that endorsement...

She smiled upon Rick Perry.....he tanked

She smiled upon Herman Cain....he tanked


when your already in the tank there is no where to go but up!


46 posted on 12/02/2011 3:35:25 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: samantha

“Totally wrong,she did not smile on anyone.”

She has not endorsed anyone but she DID in fact “Smile” on Cain.

“I’m not saying that Herman Cain is the flavor of the week. I’m one of his biggest fans, and I would never dismiss him or speak negatively about him.” - 9/30/2011 “Freedom Watch, Fox Business Network

“He’s not a politician. I think that’s why I like him so much!...he knows how to make a payroll...glad he’s in the fray!”

And on Perry:
“Sarah Palin praised Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s flat tax plan Thursday evening in an interview on “The Sean Hannity Show” on Fox News.

“Rick Perry — now coming out with, really embracing Steve Forbes’ flat tax idea — that’s going to gain momentum. I look forward to hearing more of the details,” she said. “In fact, when I heard that Rick Perry was embracing of Steve Forbes’ idea, I went into my garage and dug out an old book from 1999 that Steve Forbes had written,” she said. “Many aspects of it make so much sense,” added the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee, who declined to run for president in 2012.”

Again, not an endorsement but yes, she has smiled on them both. Google news and a little research is an amazing thing....


47 posted on 12/02/2011 3:43:15 PM PST by Snark
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To: napscoordinator
Wait a minute. I am on your side. I support Cain. I just read your post again.....

So I hope you understand my reaction when you said I support a RINO candidate.

All is forgiven.

48 posted on 12/02/2011 3:46:22 PM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: lone star annie

No not a “sanctimonious jerk” just someone consistent, over the course of his career, on his stands. Adamently prolife.

I believe intellectually he could meet or exceed Nootie Patootie in a one on one debate. And he carries NO baggage.


49 posted on 12/02/2011 3:46:22 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ( Disappointed? You betcha!)
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To: fightinJAG

I’d love to see Santorum as the nominee!


50 posted on 12/02/2011 3:46:59 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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