Skip to comments.Palin Factor Starts To Emerge in GOP Race
Posted on 01/21/2012 12:33:06 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Who is the leader of the Not-Romney movement within todays GOP?
Is it Newt Gingrich, whose surge in the South Carolina opinion polls puts him within striking distance of front-runner Mitt in tomorrows vote?
Is it Ron Paul, whose dedicated core of hard-money but isolationist supporters gives him 15 to 20% in every Republican contest?
Or is it Rick Santorum, recently endorsed by a raft of Christian evangelical leaders?
For my dollar, the leader is Sarah Palin, whose endorsements continue to carry more weight among conservatives than any other national figure and who is well-positioned to play a king-making role in the 2012 elections similar to her Mama Grizzly performance guiding the Republican surge in 2010.
How did this happen? Shes not running. Shes in Alaska. Since declaring herself a non-candidate at the beginning of October, Mrs. Palin has kept a pretty low profile.
Until recently, her main contribution to the political discourse was castigation of Congressional insider trading,a practice exposed by one of her SarahPac advisors, Hudson Institute fellow Peter Schweitzer, in a new book called Throw Them All Out. That expose gave rise to competing Congressional reform bills, the best of which would make it illegal for Federal legislators to routinely do what Raj Rajaratnam.
Before that, at a much-noted speech to Iowa Tea Partiers back in August, Mrs. Palin the political wordsmith injected crony capitalism into the public discussion. That phrase has captured the corrupt connivance between Big Business and Big Government which challenged the anti-business protestations of the Occupy crowd....
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Sarah knows who dirty, sneak-attacked her. Who kept her out of this race. I suspect it’s payback time now. Sarahcuda style.
Well, I’m still hoping for her to save us all come convention time...
In what way? To be tapped for VP by Gingrich?
I have considered that as an option for Newt, if he goes the distance, which I believe that he will. But I think that Sarah’s sword is double-edged. Not so much in her endorsements, but if she were to be chosen by the Rep. Nominee, I think that she might hurt the nominee almost as much as she would help, which would be a lot. She has a great negative rating, as well as positive. I think that a Rubio or Allen West might be a better choice (for Newt) for VP.
Newt Gingrich to win the 2012 South Carolina PrimaryEvent: South Carolina Primary (Republican)
Mitt Romney to win the 2012 South Carolina PrimaryEvent: South Carolina Primary (Republican)
ALL CONSERVATIVES start with insurmountable negatives, although in real life we have only seen one (Reagan) actual conservative, but that mantra you chant is one reason that we join the establishment in never presenting a conservative.
We defeat ourselves before we even start, Palin is a vastly superior vote getter, campaigner, and elected official than Mitt Romney, yet he is sold as the only electable guy.
Palin kicked tail in Alaska, she was the most popular Governor in America, which is another way of saying “unifying”, she did this while being a strong reformer, who her own party was fighting tooth and nail.
The point is, that of course conservatives start in the hole in media driven public perception, but during a 700 million dollar sales campaign, they become almost media equal, beat the Democrats, win the election, and then go back to being hurt by the media to a large degree, but they get to govern none the less, and let history record their greatness.
I’d love to see Allen West picked for the VP slot by Gingrich. You’d then see so much racism exhibited by the Leftists that they’d be foaming at the mouth like a rabid dogs and would just end up alienating more potential voters for Obama.
The facts are staring you right in the face. She’s having a direct effect on the nomination process as you’ll see tomorrow night. Saying she is as relevant as Cain just makes you seem like an idiot.
Palin is wearing her high-heels and dancing La Cucaracha on the testicles of the GOP.
Yet here we are, we just saw the polls that show that George W, and Governor Palin are the two most influential endorsements.
You not knowing her importance reveals your ignorance, it isn’t an argument against national reality.
I’m pretty sure I know her importance
You are so ignorant of her importance as an endorsement, much less her influence, that you equated her with Cain, I’m not even aware of Cain’s endorsement being polled, would you share that with us?
Not sure if I’m rooting for Santorum to drop out or stay in. The last time he endorsed Mitt Romney
Endorsements are for followers, nothing more.
She didn't drop out.....she never had the courage to get in.
And, the article says that her endorsement is the king maker.....ok, exactly whom has she endorsed in this consets?
Possible Gingrich/Palin ticket coming?
Santorum is also showing his true colors, which are, when he is behind, he gets that Little Boy “ME TOO! ME TOO!”, “But I did this, and I did that” when I was a somebody, and brags about his rather sad, moderate record, as if he was some stellar conservative in the Senate. (When he was not even close.)
Santo, reminds me of Huckabee. Almost a carbon copy, who won Iowa, touted his shaky, moderate record as “conservative” and who brags himself up while his audience is being put to sleep by his lack of personality.
LOL. That’s pretty ignorant. What axe do you have to grind? Your statement only makes it clear that there is one - because the statement itself is foolish and ignorant.
You can hate her all you want, but saying something like that is, well, dumb.
If Newt falters, which, we must admit, is possible...
And if it becomes clear, as it will, that Romney cannot beat Obama...
Now, now; too early to figure out who the idiots are!
I think that a Rubio or Allen West might be a better choice ....................................................I’d love to see West in there, There are several high ranking officers out there that would crap in their pants if he was VP. Talk about payback.
Your thoughts about Sarah makes YOUR future thoughts about anything on FR also irrelevant.
Her intrinsic authenticity and honesty gives her immense credibility with conservatives.
I hadnt thought about that, but you are right. In particular the ones who havent get their third star.
It’s funny watching people click on Palin threads to call her irrelevant. The irony is astounding.
How can anyone possibly claim she's influenced the race when she was silent?
I don't know why they give the credit for having Republican smart voters to Sarah Palin.
Palin’s doing GREAT right where she is. Having far more influence than she ever could have as a presidential or VP candidate. LOOK at the effect she had on this S. Carolina race. I really don’t want her to stop doing whatever she’s doing now ...because it’s working. They can’t attack her — and she’s free to operate. Perfect.
Newt will know whether it’s right to select her as VP, or not. Leave it up to him.
I don’t believe Palin actually endorsed Gingrich, she only said I would vote for him if I were allowed to vote in SC.
Newt has made some great debates, and he has scored big in them. I credit most of his rise in SC to those debates, and Newt.
Certainly a few voters may have come on board because of her statement, but I give more credit to Newt and the debates.
I vote that we have another idiot lurking about!
Palin is wearing her high-heels and dancing La Cucaracha on the testicles of the GOP Establishment, The RINO Punditry Class, and the Apparatchik Minions within (and including Willard) the Romney Campaign that have had it out for her since the Fall of 08'.
Revenge is a dish served cold, and where she is from she knows cold.
I think she has just begun serving some of it up....
Phony baloney Nikki Haley was asked about the Palin Factor by Gretta Van.... last night, the pathetic NH said she has seen or heard nothing about Sarah Palin, but went on to say she was a dear friend??? Some friend, what a joke!!
Ya NH and MB and Sarah are all dear friends...LOL
I hope NH is thrown out of office first chance SC voters get.
Newt was asked about Sarah`s semi endorsement, he stated that it was easy to see the impact, it was very real (paraphrasing from memory)
In denial I see
well said, there are a number on this thread that could wear the handle you so well chose
Good article. I’m not in SC, but between Newt and Santorum, it is a tough call. Newt’s personal life is yucky, his politics were good when he ran the House, but he goes off the shoulder every now and then (to say the least) - but then Newt seems able to attack the bad guys (i.e., media, Dems, etc.). Rick, at least in my book, was a good conservative in the Senate - on close votes he was ALWAYS with the conservatives (unlike the real RINOs). Once in a while he vote local (like protecting unions, something understandable, somewhat, in PA), and he did support his president...even for big government. But I don’t remember any votes where Clinton wanted something passed and Santorum was supporting him and angering the base. So, to me, he would have done well as president. But Rick was boring and it wasn’t clear if he had the stomach to take on Obama - something that McCain CLEARLY was not up to in 2008.
But then Sarah spoke, and that was it for me. It was Newt all the way, and I’m not even a big Sarah person. There’s just something about her guidance when the two remaining viable candidates are that close to each other.
I believe Palin could best serve as the head of a department. I’d pick her to head the Dept of Energy and give her a deadline of two years to downsize it to a small office to monitor (but not interfere) with the states’ departments of energy. Also to fill the national reserves with oil until completely stocked. Make the oil companies drill and turn over 90% of all federal land to the states.