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Sarah Palin Interview At Breitbart.Com

Posted on | January 26, 2013 | 65 Comments

by Smitty

Mark Levin reports

1. What’s next for you?
Short term: I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism. That means broadening our audience. I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can’t just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience.
Focus on the 2014 election is also imperative.

The lady is among the more charismatic figures of our day. What one hopes to see is serious direction and substantial reform, i.e. that which the GOP is not delivering.

I don’t doubt the lady can do it. The question is the degree to which the GOP elite is willing to go ‘scorched earth’ rather than permit her to succeed. After all, it’s not “her turn”.

Read the whole thing.

Update: color Mataconis unimpressed:


  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I do not think Sarah Palin will run for office (at least not President in 2016). I suspect her mission may be speaking out on conservative issues and garnering support. So far (at least over the last couple of years) she has done pretty well at it.

  • c4pfan

    I’m excited that Sarah isn’t tied to having to get permission to do an interview & the topic.

  • joethefatman

    Mataconis? Didn’t he vote for Gary Johnson? How does that make his opinion somehow important? She’s sure to be “impressed” with him. /sarc

  • c4pfan

    I agree. Fighting corruption in the GOP is way over due.

  • DaveO

    F*ck Mataconis. Palin’s gotten more Republicans elected than the NRSC and NRCC and the RGA.

    Tar and feather the whole stinking lot of Establishment Republicans and their spokestooges.

  • Philip James Jr.

    If jerks and dolts label themselves as “libertarian” does that give them the licence to make absolutely crap comments and somehow be thought of as “smart” or “witty” when we all know that an ahole like Obama is also thought of as “smart” and “witty”…. kind of puts all of them in the same sewage bucket, doesn’t it? Who the F cares what this Mataconis thinks anyway? Who the F is he?

  • McGehee

    color Mataconis unimpressed

    Color me uninterested in what impresses Mataconis.

  • gvanderleun

    Tell Mataconis that if we wanted a comeback we’d have scraped it off his chin.

  • IsraeliCojones

    Who’s this Macaroni guy? Never heard of him.

  • Blake

    The GOP should be nervous. Palin talked clearly about cleaning up the GOP house.

  • PhillyCon

    Exactly. Is he an Erickson type?

  • blueniner

    Beware of Geeks er Greeks bearing gifts……LOL..

  • section9

    Someone tell Mataconis to f*ck off. He’s about as useful to the Liberty Movement as Himmler planting Trees For Israel in Haifa. Palin doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ what the Establishment thinks of her anymore; she’s just declared war on them and she’s coming for their scalps.
    I’m betting on Palin.

  • section9

    Doug Mataconis is a lawyer in VA who publishes the Outside the Beltway website. He’s a libertarian Republican activist who hates Palin like poison. For all of his posing as a libertarian, he’s basically an Establishment guy, so that’s basically where he’s coming from.

  • section9

    No. Erickson actually likes Palin.

  • sodakhic

    That was a real comedy in 2010 when Palin helped win back the House.

  • William_Teach

    I just have to wonder, where was Sarah during the 2012 elections? We could have used her like in 2010.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Half the jackasses that call themselves libertarians don’t give a fig for any kind of genuine liberty.

  • McGehee

    He’s a guest poster at OTB, but he and his like-glanded commentariat dominate the place so much it’s no surprise people think it’s his.

    OTB actually belongs to James Joyner, who is merely a squish (as proven by his letting his site get taken over).

  • McGehee

    She was on Fox. I sure don’t need an explanation for why she jumped.

  • K-Bob

    I’m going to go out on a limb and declare that anytime Palin puts a post, comment, interview, or “tweet” on the web, it gets more views than his (Mataconis’) entire lifetime of posts, comments, interviews, or tweets combined.

    That’s each time. It’s like comparing the United States Marines to the Jamaican bobsled team. Now that’s comedy.

    And then there’s the geometric expansion of residual page views from people putting up posts, tweets, and comments about what she wrote.

  • K-Bob

    She was easier to find than Waldo.

    Much, much easier.

  • K-Bob

    Didn’t he invent the radio?

  • Eric Ashley

    I hope she does run because it sure would be sweet to prove in mile high letters of fire that the RINOs were Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

  • section9

    Thanks for the correction. Mataconis is the “face” of OTB. I thought he ran the place.

  • section9

    I will tell you what I learned from people closer to the process than me. Palin tried to make her peace with the Mittlerjugend, but the Mittens people, especially the Bush hangers-on, blackballed any presence of her around the campaign. FWIU, the Crossroads guys pressured her endorsees not to have her show up with them during the Fall, which is why you didn’t see her campaign after the Convention. It backfired enormously; more casual Palin types got the message and stayed home.

  • geoffmartin7777

    Looks like they cleaned up her English. That’s not the way transcripts of her with Greta look like.

  • elaine

    And what, exactly, is Doug Mataconis doing to defeat the left’s onward march of taking over this country?

    I’ll take Palin leading us into the fray any day over hangers-on who sit on their hands letting other people do all the work and then bashing them for any success or failure.

    If Doug Mataconis wants to be a leader, then let him lead. And if all he wants to do is trash talk anyone who would lead, then he best join his fellow travelers on the left…

    I’m done with shits like Mataconis.

  • Adjoran

    She’s probably wise to do this from a number of perspectives. Fox is as stereotyped in the popular public mind as she is, staying would only tend to reinforce that. On her own, she doesn’t have to submit to approval (news networks do limit the overt advocacy they permit) or show up with an expected POV.

    I hope Palin doesn’t just become contracted “talent” on another network, either.

  • Adjoran

    Mataconis is a libertarian. As with all their purist “true believers,” he is an unreliable ally for conservatives on any issue which doesn’t hew strictly to Libertarian orthodoxy.

    He knew going in that his actions might result in Obama’s reelection. Whether it did, or even contributed in any small way, is irrelevant. The key is he DID NOT CARE, not a bit.

  • Adjoran

    Quite apt! Doug & crew are about as scary as The Van Buren Boys.

  • IsraeliCojones

    He should have thought of it before, then, instead of systematically trashing Palin and her supporters after Tucson…

  • SDN

    They remind me of nothing so much as this Heinlein quote:

    Most self-described “pacifists” are not pacific; they simply assume
    false colors. When the wind changes, they hoist the Jolly Roger.

    Substitute Libertarian for pacifists and “for liberty” for pacific.

  • SDN

    See my paraphrase of Heinlein above….

  • SDN

    She was also active in a number of down-ticket races.

  • Garym

    That was Macaroni….. oh wait….

  • PhillyCon

    Uh, did you miss his mocking countdown of a Palin candidacy? How is that liking someone? RS McCain did a post a couple days ago on Erickson, you should check it out.

  • McGehee

    Mataconis is about as libertarian as Arlen Specter.

  • PhillyCon

    This is why I can’t stand those conservatives on our side who bash Palin using Leftist language.

    Here is someone trying to fight and what do the people on “our side” do? They just bash her. Incredible.

    What do the Leftists do? They circle the wagons and protect their own. I think of Pelosi with a 7 percent approval rating and losing the House in 2010, but no, they double down and just re-elect her as leader.

  • labman57


    Rupert Murdoch no longer wished to pay her an exorbitant salary in exchange for a few banal commentaries, and the Whining Wannabe from Wasilla needs more green in order to maintain the lifestyle to wish she has become accustomed. Hence her quest to “share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom” … to the highest bidder.

    I suspect she is not prepared for the forthcoming disappointment.

    Sorry, Sarah … but the American people have spoken.
    And they have said “Thanks, but no thanks” to your political career to nowhere.

  • K-Bob

    I hope you proudly carry that delusion for several more years.

  • K-Bob


  • K-Bob

    You ought to see all the “uuuhs” and stuttering they remove from your hero’s speeches and interviews. You could fill a room with ’em. They also go out of their way to writ “baby” when he clearly says, “babeh” and “You know” when he clearly says “yo”. By now, they probably have a stutter filter devised just for Obama. It’s algorithmic.

  • K-Bob

    Yeah, but legal pot, man! Come on!

  • Richard Mcenroe

    She refused to go blonde?

  • elaine

    Newsflash! Obama and the dems won, in spite of all your fearmongering about the Supreme Court’s future, etc.

    I voted for Romney — in spite of my principles and my concerns that he was nothing more than democrat lite, and even though I knew he wouldn’t need my vote to carry my state. I did what you advocated, in spite of knowing it wouldn’t make a beans worth of difference in the end, just so I could get to this point and say that you were wrong.

    I’m really tired of your constant bashing of libertarians. The problem for the GOP isn’t libertarians “stealing” votes from republicans or sitting out the race. The problem is the GOP has no principles and stands for nothing. When they get in a fray with the democrats, they take a token opposition stance and then when they get whacked by the dems and the media (I repeat myself), they cave.

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

    In other words, republicans are just as poll-driven in their political leadership as democrats are. And when the media calls them a bunch of big meanies who hate grandmas or kids, they just let it happen. Every. Single. Time.

    You think the average Joe doesn’t notice this? THIS is the GOP’s problem — they don’t oppose the left ENOUGH. We can support them as conservatives or libertarians, but in the end, they’re not much different from the dems we hate. So we’re basically supporting our enemies, even though “our” guys sport an “R” after their name.

    It hardly matters if we elect a Republican like Bush if he turns around and appoints someone like Roberts (who was the deciding vote upholding the legality of Obamacare) — we STILL don’t have an actual conservative appointee on the bench. And we won’t get one, either, until we elect an actual CONSERVATIVE for President.

    So all your fearmongering is for naught, Adjoran. All your advocating that we all suck it up and support the GOP is for naught. Because what we have in so doing is a bunch of weak-willed, lily-livered cowards who would sooner piss themselves than actually stand up against spreading fascism.

    That’s not the libertarians fault, Adjoran. That’s all on every republican and conservative who continues to let the party elites get away with foisting their yes men onto the electorate as the party’s candidates. The problem isn’t that we’re not appealing to the young people or Hispanics or gays. The problem is that the GOP seems to think that the only way you can appeal to these folks is to sell the same bill of goods as the democrats are selling. If we’re just going to offer the same solutions, how are we different from democrats?

    Doug Mataconis may be a libertarian, but Jennifer Rubin isn’t, and she takes a similar attitude toward Palin as being someone upon whom she should look down. The problem is ALL these people — Mataconis, Rubin, Bill Kristol, the “braintrust” running the GOP — have more in common with democrats than they do with any of us. That’s why they resent Palin and would rather ruin her and help a democrat win than see her elected President.

  • DaveO

    EBL – agree she won’t run for POTUS, but for the Senate, where she can support Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. Paul is broadening his father’s brand to include the TEA Party. As Senator, she will succeed where Cornyn never could: getting conservatives elected to the Senate.

    And Governor Palin being a Senator would completely unhinge Senator Murkowski and position Miller for a successful run in 2016.

    Only question: who is working to get conservative Secretaries of State and Attornies General at the state level to go after voter fraud/election theft?

    One would think Libertarians would care more about liberty than smoking pot and getting invited to Establishmentarian cocktail parties.

  • DaveO

    Not so much her English as her accent. That turned off more folks than her politics. As for the One: in High School speech classes across the nation, points are deducted for overuse of transition words. Obama would never have passed HS Speech class.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Senators make bad presidents ninety-five percent of the time.

  • Bob Belvedere

    No. Erickson actually likes Palin. Perhaps in a parallel universe…