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Sarah Palin Is Doing A Far Better Job Of Not Running For President Than Jeb Bush

Posted on | December 28, 2014 | 22 Comments

by Smitty

She seems to be having a much better effect on actual conservatives in office than His Jebness:

Governor Palin endorsed 22 candidates for various offices during the midterm finals, including senators, governors, lieutenant governors, congressmen, and attorneys general. Of those so endorsed, an incredible 20 were elected – contrasted with, for example, Hillary Clinton’s record of 8 wins out 24 endorsed candidates.

Beyond the success of her endorsed candidates lies a much deeper reason for Palin being seen as “Achiever of the Year”: those Palin endorsed in their respective primaries who then went on to win the general election battles. As in the past with, among others, senators Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte, and Deb Fischer, and Governor Nikki Haley, who owe their elections in their primary campaigns to Palin’s endorsement at a critical juncture, so too could new senators Ben Sasse and Joni Ernst, and new Alaska governor Bill Walker (and, remarkably, his Democrat lieutenant governor Byron Mallott) be considered to owe all or a substantial part of their nominations to Palin’s endorsement.

For all her detractors’ cries of “irrelevance” and “she’s just a reality show entertainer” (those two being among the nicer epithets), Palin goes on, election cycle after election cycle, populating Congress with her endorsed candidates in a cost-effective manner, and in such numbers that the likes of Karl Rove with his 1% success rate can surely view only with hidden admiration, if not downright envy.

She seems an acknowledged ambassador to the conservative base:

If former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin enters the 2016 presidential election, she will face stiff competition from a wide field of qualified Republican candidates. However, she may face greater challenges from her numerous detractors, especially those in the liberal media whose vitriol towards Palin knows no bounds.

Many believe that Palin is most powerful as a conservative spokesperson who has a remarkable ability to motivate and inspire her base. In fact, she has been confirmed as a speaker at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January 2015. She will be joined by at least nine GOP presidential hopefuls and whether her purpose at the event is to motivate or throw her hat in the election ring is uncertain.

It remains to be seen if the base’s contempt for the Vichy GOP can be overcome by dread of Her Majesty, the way the dread of the Goreacle led to (barely) enough support for a Republican “triumph” in 2000. All I can say is that I’m not voting for another Bush. Should Sarah Palin opt to run (and, in all candor, I’m more of a Scott Walker fan) she could well play the Ross Perot role in a Bush/Clinton ’92 re-run.

And I don’t care, Rove. You and any other Progressive jackwagons on the False Choice Express can tell me that failure to vote for candidate B is really a vote for candidate C. Screw you, to the wall, with a large diameter drill. IF the Vichy GOP foist Jeb on the base, AND we suffer eight years  of Her Majesty, it’s YOUR flipping fault for  nominating the chap.

I don’t actually bear any personal animus toward Jeb. I’m just not playing along with this anti-American dynastic noise. The argument that the Commies are cheerfully doing so via Her Majesty is strangely non-compelling. If Jeb wants to earn some respect, how about calmly announcing that he’s declining a run in a few months, and offering his talents in service of his country a la the Koch brothers, and funding outfits like Heritage and AFP? Such a move would do more to advance the needed  reforms in this country than actually running for the sake of polishing his ego.

I cannot support Jeb at all. I could support Sarah, in the same vein I supported Romney in 2012. I’d sooner support a third attempt at POTUS from Ward Cleaver than I would seeing Jeb on the ticket. No, no, a thousand nos, and again: get lost with the dynastic politics => “CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

via Hot Air and Instapundit

Update: Memeorandum thread

Comments

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBG9zqKlqSMeoGWk8Sabog iizthatiiz

    Tell us what you really think :))

  • DaTechGuy on DaRadio

    Hillary nominating the replacement for ginsberg, and maybe Scalia?
    I’d vote Bush vs doing that

  • Exgunman

    With a “False Repug” like bush as prez, it won’t make any difference. Both lead the country down the tubes………..

  • gop4ever

    Nobody can get a nomination without Wall Street approval.

  • JRD1

    Sorry those days are over.

  • JRD1

    Corrupt crony capitalism.

  • gop4ever

    At the top levels, there is no red or blue, only green.

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    Sorry, not enough bait.

  • hope4palins

    Thank you. I obviously prefer Palin over Walker, but other than that we’re on the same page. I might (probably would) vote for Walker in the General election if he got the Nomination. I’ve voted for all of the gopE candidates in the General elections except for Ford since 1968 (I wrote in Reagan in ’76). Romney was the last one I’m doing that for. Their record since 1944 in POTUS elections is a miserable 45%, and that’s including Bush41 getting Reagan’s third term and Bush43 getting incredibly lucky in ’00. I’m not voting for one of theirs ever again. Period. I will instead, after watching them lose their third POTUS election in a row in ’16, enjoy the delightful spectacle of their Stupid Party withering away to its well deserved political death. Re Bush v Clinton, in the immortal words of Mrs Clinton, “What difference does it make now?”. Or, from a bygone era, George Wallace: “There’s not a dimes worth of difference between the two Parties”. Stopped clock and all that.

  • JRD1

    All Americans are still angry about the mortgaged backed security debacle. Anybody who runs against Wall Street wins. The Dauphin and Hilda-beast should run on the same ticket.

    The Bush name is toxic. You know damn well NO Democrats will cross over and vote for Jeb because according to the Left it’s all still Bush’s fault. I doubt if Bush even wins the Indys like Etch-A-Sketch did because many Indys still believe it’s Bush’s fault, and MORE conservatives WILL stay home than did in 2012.

    The corrupt gopE doesn’t want to win the general. Maintaining leadership of the party is more important. The corrupt gopE will spend $1 billion to elect Hillary. The corruption must continue at all costs.

    Anyone who threatens to drain the swamp will be vilified.

    It’s your funeral.

    We’ve adopted the gopE motto: “Better a Democrat than someone who is NOT one of us.”

  • gop4ever

    I have my own ideas about how(winning)the general election was never intended by McCain or Romnus

  • TR

    Nice piece to highlight the AmThinker essay on Sarah Palin. Glad to see you, Smitty, taking the blogger role on politics. And DaTech (the RINO from MA, just kidding my friend, lol) is just like the rest of us, pragmatic but perhaps like me too, as I am sad since the GOPE sells out EVERY time before they even line up for the battle.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Jeb is not one of us.

  • Jim R

    Color me cynical, but Jeb is getting support (in the form of press coverage and favorable poll results) from MiniTru as “their” candidate:

    — They think he’s easily beatable

    — If he DOES win, he’s the least objectionable Republican

    — It’s a great big “f*ck you” to the conservative base

    They did the same thing with Yosemite Sam. He was “The Maverick” in the primaries, and then “The crazy, mean old man* who’d die immediately after taking office and stick us with the detestable Palin” as soon as he had the nomination.

    =====

    (*) This is actually an accurate assessment, IMO.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Jeb Bush can’t win the nomination. His stance on immigration and common core are poison to the base. Apparently he co-wrote a book ”Immigration Wars” with Clint Bolick which George Will feels demonstrates some mitigating nuance to Bush’s immigration stance.
    Clint Bolickwww.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-immigration-and-common-core-stand-in-jeb-bushs-way/2014/12/26/622035a8-8ba6-11e4-8ff4-fb93129c9c8b_story.html.
    I doubt this nuance goes far enough to get Bush off the hook enough to matter on immigration. Supposing that it did Common Core is still a deal breaker. Even Will understands, as apparently Bush does not, that Common Core no what the motivation it’s proponents, is yet another thin edge of another giant wedge of federal intrusion.
    No matter what merits Common Core may have, and I don’t see any merits at all, more federal involvement in anything is not a solution to any of our problems.

  • http://ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    Rove’s rolodex is chockful of candidates for the Three(de)feat. How many November losses will it take before the blossom comes off this turd?

    From way in the back drifts the answer, “At least one more,” and I fear it may be right.

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    So is he (a) daft, (b) in Tea Party suppression mode, or [Psycho sound effect] (c) secretly working for her majesty?

  • Adobe_Walls

    I’m gonna go with (a) and therefore (b). The problem is he believes he’s right, for the party, for the times and for America. Though I gotta admit his plan for loosing the nomination in order to win the general election is definitely thinking outside the box.

  • Art Deco

    The difficulty with all of your commentary is its assumption that Karl Rove or some other set of Svengalis are akin to Lucy van Pelt pulling the football away from the abused ‘conservative’ base. You do not have ‘conservative’ presidential candidates for the following reasons:
    1. They do not run.
    2. The GOP electorate (i.e. the 7.5% of adult citizens who go and cast ballots in GOP primaries and caucuses) do not vote for them.
    3. The ones they do vote for are often some variant of ‘talk radio host’ in their mundane life (recall Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, Steve Forbes, and Alan Keyes).
    4. The working politicians with a semblance of principle who do run and collar a certain bloc of votes are regarded retrospectively with disdain or indifference by the sort of combox denizen forever complaining about ‘RINO’s. Sometimes this disdain is understandable (Ron Paul), sometimes indicative of sectarianism (re. M. Huckabee, Titoist deviationist), and sometimes of sheer cussedness (R. Santorum).
    5. Betwixt and between people are all discussing the flavor of the month (e.g. the Rubio boomlet a couple of years back).
    Your problem is not the Bush clan or Karl Rove (whose best days are indubitably behind him).

  • Squid Hunt

    But…but…We HAVE to vote for Bush or Obama…er…Hilary will WIN!

  • Squid Hunt

    Wait, wait. Pelosi said men don’t get questioned about their age. Only women.

  • Quartermaster

    You misspelled Hitllary.