Skip to comments.Palin's Absence From Convention May Expose Rift
Posted on 08/14/2012 10:53:54 AM PDT by Lorianne
If one of Mitt Romney's goals in choosing a running mate was to mine the same mother lode of conservative excitement that John McCain tapped by picking Sarah Palin four years ago, there's one additional dilemma for Romney to address: Palin is still around.
A day after Romney unveiled House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick, Palin suggested in a statement posted by her Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren that she would not speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Though she has faded from her once commanding perch on the national political scene, Palins role in the Republican Party heading into the campaigns final stretch remains a consequential matter for the Romney team to address.
The former Alaska governor has demonstrated a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races, but her penchant for doing things her own way has left the lingering possibility that she could either boost the standard-bearer or become a thorn in his side.
For this reason, it was notable when she initially offered only a lukewarm reaction to Romneys selection of Ryan.
... two Republican sources with knowledge of discussions between the Palin and Romney camps told RCP that Palin would not attend the convention after not receiving an invitation to speak in prime time.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
Which is it?
Romney tried to destroyed her in 2008.
I want to see Palin pain in butt for Romney in case he gets elected.
Or being the smart politician she is, Ms Palin decided that her presence would be a distraction. Going would also tie her in a lot of tea partiers eyes to the GOP Establishment. She is much more effective is she maintenance her position as an outsider to, rather then as part of, the GOP machine.
I found it interesting that Sarah made a campaign ad for Sarah Steelman in Missouri instead of Todd Akin. Based on what I know of the two, Akin is the more conservative.
Steelman lost to Akin, by the way. Not sure what message we are to glean from that.
Sarah is all about doing what is best for the country. She is not a grudge-holding establishment type. On a related note, I got a call from the RNC last night looking for cash. I told the guy I was no longer ever going to donate to the party at large. All of my donations from now on will only be to individual campaigns that I feel best represent my values. I told him the GOP establishment no longer represents the things that I value.
Excellent! Good job! They can never hear that message often enough.
Exactly, which is why I fear that a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama-Lite.
She did a fine job of destroying herself with that Couric interview. She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials. You and I both know she isn’t stupid, but first impressions are nearly impossible to overcome, that was the first most people saw of her, and that was perhaps the worst response to a question ever.
Rift? The past four years taught me that, after a lifetime of exclusively voting Republican, the GOP no longer represents me nor my interests. The Tea Party, which occasionally bisects the GOP, does. Only representatives of the latter will get my support and my vote. No more pro-forma voting for some generic “R” candidate out of habit, just because some noxious “D” is on the other side. I’ve had it with the backstabbing bastards of the GOP-E. They can rot in hell.
>>>>She actually cited that she could almost see Russia from her house when asked about foreign policy credentials.
I know some section of american people lack commonsense , understanding of reference or phrase usage. If they can’t figure out what she is referring, its not her fault, It is poor schooling and bad teachers.
She was referring that Russia is neighboring country and one deal with neighbor everyday. When state is on International border, they have to deal with other countries. Russia is not a small or peaceful country.
Its very difficult to educate to close minds, whatever reasons, poor teachers, education, parents or just close minded or slow.
Where do these "Journalists" get this stuff?
As far as I've seen, Sarah was very enthusiastic about Ryan from the outset.
I want to see a REVOLT at the convention, Rombag tossed, and Palin take his place.
Right... my odds of winning $305 Million in tonight’s megamillions are better.
She is the leader of the Tea Party....She will be free to speak out if Mittens gets to far of track...Ryan may turn out to be a good pick for VP....he can keep Mittens on track....then again they can just stuff him in an office somewhere..maybe they will make Sara head of the EPA or Energy Dept
You hit that one right on the head.
Liberal Republicans hold conservatives in far, far more contempt than they do Democrats. I have seen it lots of times here in the state of Kansas in my 12 years or so here. If a squishy Republican gets nominated, conservatives are coerced into voting for the RINO by the party but if a conservative wins the primary, "country-club" Republicans will walk in mass. Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins provide an excellent example of that a few years ago. Mutual support is not a two-way street in their minds.
I'm afraid that Paul Ryan is simply window-dressing to draw over Tea Party supporters. If Romney wins, Paul Ryan will have as much influence in the Romney Administration as the WH janitor.
Rombag and the entire GOP establishment are slime. At least Ryan’s okay. Romney is vile. Anyone who doesn’t feel extreme loathing for him is a disgusting RINO sycophant.
There is only one thing that would cause me to vote for Willard and that is a public apology to and request for forgiveness from Sarah for the four years of trash he had his people dish her. Short of that I dont care if he made me his vice president I still wont vote for him. He is a lying scumbag. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
I’m not a fan either, but he isn’t going to be replaced at the republican convention. Your choices are Romney, Obama, 3rd Party, or stay home.
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