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Your Monthly Sarah Palin Wink

Posted on | December 19, 2011 | 34 Comments

by Smitty

Time says:

Palin: “It’s not too late for folks to jump in. Who knows what will happen in the future.”
Interview airs Monday at 10 pm ET.

This is via Ace, who posits:

As far as I know FoxNews hasn’t had this talk with Palin, or, if they did, she clarified her intention as wishing to continue as an analyst.
Although things could always change, I’m not sure where this idea springs from that Palin is actually interested in a run for President. It is odd that someone with a desire to be president would quit — um, resign from office for perfectly understandable, even noble, self-sacrificing reasons, I should say– the office which confers upon her the quality of presidential plausibility.

I’m dubious. Herman Cain’s abortive campaign is instructive. He had not done the homework, and tried to play in the champagne league with a kool-aid staff. Opposing campaigns and the media just lobbed allegation grenades at him until he was done.

In the case of Sarah, admirer though I am, the questions are:

  • Where is the staff?
  • Have you really done the homework?

The lady has the personal charisma of the rest of the GOP field combined. What I hope is that she is called, and answers up, as VP for whoever wins the GOP primary. Such a move capitalizes on her charisma, and is a good investment for eight years out, with the executive credentials to shut up everyone with the exception of Andrew ‘the Unsilenceable’ Sullivan about the Alaska governorship.

Update: linked at The POH Diaries.


34 Responses to “Your Monthly Sarah Palin Wink”

  1. Anon Y. Mous
    December 19th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    What I hope is that she is called, and answers up, as VP for whoever wins the GOP primary.

    Has this ever happened where a candidate, after being the VP nominee on an unsuccessful ticket, comes back in the next election as the VP again? I’m not saying there can’t be a first time, but I imagine why this doesn’t happen is that nobody who is on the top of the ticket wants to pair up with someone from the previous losing ticket.

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  3. M. Thompson
    December 19th, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    Dole ran for Veep on Ford’s re-election ticket in 1976, and for the big chair in 1996. . .

    To think, some one could vote for him who wasn’t even alive the last time he ran for a national office.

  4. Garym
    December 19th, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    I don’t think she would want to be second. McCain and staff held her back instead of unleashing her in 2008 and after the election, the staff buried her in the media to cover their asses for such a lousy campaign. She won’t get fooled again.

  5. smitty
    December 19th, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    If it’s part of a strategy, it may make sense. That McCain’s 2008 blew it is kind of a given.

  6. M. Thompson
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    10 letters for biggest tease in politics?

  7. ThePaganTemple
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    She needs to be on the top of the ticket if she’s on it at all. She damn sure shouldn’t get on another ticket with another fucking RINO like McCain, in other words, like Romney. But she probably doesn’t want the shit, and after seeing everything that’s been going on the last few months, damned if I blame her.

  8. Garym
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm


  9. smitty
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    Why the top? Why not take the seasoning and give the country 16 years of continuity?

  10. serfer62
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    If her reason for withdrawing, and she was running, then she cannot accept the VP slot for the same reason 

  11. Garym
    December 19th, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    I agree that it would be good for her, but she was shackled by the McCain campaign. She was calling TV programs and talk radio, on her own, trying to get booked, but the campaign said she was going rogue and reeled her back in. She won’t get fooled again.

  12. Garym
    December 19th, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    Also true.

  13. Anonymous
    December 19th, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    I’m surprised to see the smear machine thrown against Herman Cain described so casually as a “homework” issue.

  14. smitty
    December 19th, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    That is called alluding to something, while not swerving into a tangent.

  15. ThePaganTemple
    December 19th, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    Why the bottom and get saddled with some RINO like Romney and get tarred with that brush? If she was President, she could pick her own VP which would probably be a true patriot, somebody like West or Rubio, then you might actually have that shot at sixteen years of continuity.

  16. ThePaganTemple
    December 19th, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    Herman should have kept his “machine” in his pants. Those kinds of “smears” are hard to get out.

  17. K-Bob
    December 20th, 2011 @ 2:18 am

    Ace commenting on Palin is pointless to quote.  He’s a great blogger, but has totally lost his perspective with regard to all things Palin.

    Sure Palin might not have the staff, but homework?  Really?  What freaking “homework” could she have possibly missed after all this time?  I don’t even get that question.

    You can already see it building, too.  That great, anger-faced, spittle-bejeweled wave of ranting among certain parties about how she “can’t” get back in.  Like there’s some sort of rule or law preventing it.

    I’m not calling for her to get back in.  I doubt she’d want to at this point.  But if she decides to, and the ***holes in the Republican party who stood against her start their crap up again, it’s time to shove them under the bus.

  18. PhilipJames
    December 20th, 2011 @ 3:40 am

    So, the complainers are out and talking about Sarah again.
    There must be serial memory loss out there. Sarah Palin has been saying for almost 6 months now that this will be an unconventional campaign, that she likes hard fought primaries and that it is way too early to think that who we see now will be the only candidates.
    How many friggin times have you heard her say in the last 6 months that candidates will come and go?
    The only thing I can figure out is that all of you are scared that she will come back into the race some time next year and beat the sh*t out of your favorite candidate because all of them are pretty friggin useless.
    As for organization, ever hear of the Tea Party? You know, the organization that basically won the 201o elections for the Republicans. As I heard in an interview by Steve Bannon, do you really see the Tea Parties getting super excited about working really hard and donating all their money to Mittens or Gingrich?
    And finally, how do you know she isn’t talking about someone else besides herself?
    Like I said, all I hear from the complainers is the same old crap.

  19. ThePaganTemple
    December 20th, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    Hey it would tickle the shit out of me if she got in the race, I think she would get at least well over thirty percent of the vote the very first primary she was in and from there  there would be nowhere to go for her but up.

    As for Obama, she would eviscerate that little punk.

  20. Garym
    December 20th, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    The rinos would rather lose with a rino than win with a conservative.

  21. ThePaganTemple
    December 20th, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Exactly. All they really give a shit about is keeping their power and influence over the party with all the perks and privileges that entails. As far as they’re concerned, being out of power actually has its advantages. Who needs that responsibility and all the downside it brings. That’s your basic RINO philosophy. Just give me and my buds our tax breaks and look the other way when it comes to certain regulations and you can feel free to fuck everybody else. To hell with what’s right for the country, the American people, and the constitution.

  22. Edward
    December 20th, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Agreed.  Am I to take this nonsensical jackassery seriously?

    “It is odd that someone with a desire to be president would quit — um,
    resign from office for perfectly understandable, even noble,
    self-sacrificing reasons, I should say– the office which confers upon
    her the quality of presidential plausibility.”

    She resigned as Gov of Alaska because she was being sued into bankruptcy along with her family.

    As Ace should know.  And if Ace doesn’t know this then he is an ignorant asshole.  If Ace does know this then he is being a manipulative asshole.

    Frankly which is why I’m here and not there.

  23. Edward
    December 20th, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    At least I wouldn’t have to worry about her being a fighter.

    Hell I also hope she throws her hat in the ring.  Just to bitchslap the snot out of some rather complacent folks.

  24. Anonymous
    December 20th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    It is delightful to think of Governor Palin as a Veep candidate again. She is sure to bring the huge silent base along to assure a win for whoever ends up as nominee. Sure the ruling party will go all out negative, but all that the challenger needs do is point out that Obama now has a record to defend. No one can attack him like Sarah Palin,  in that traditional role of running mate she will shine. And shut up the opposition (Obama-Biden/Bayh/Clinton)).  The Governatoress is not being a tease, she is keeping her powder dry.

  25. Tennwriter
    December 20th, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Yay for Sarah.

    I agree with the ‘time to shove the scumsucking RINOS under the bus’, and the RINOS are happy to lose ideas.

    I disagree though that she could not do the VP again.  She would need a public agreement on having pretty much free rein from her President.  And that would solve that.

    I think that Santorum and her are close enough in policy that they could do that, and Santorum is not as egotistical as coughNewtcough so he could take the occasional being upstaged which would ensue.

    But if she wants to run for president, yeah, I’d vote for her.

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  27. K-Bob
    December 20th, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    I pointed that out to Ace, and he responded in the comments. He quoted me and wrote something like (paraphrasing), “This? This is the reason she quit? Over something that minor?”

    As I wrote before, Ace probably grew up with no depression-era old folks around. NONE of those people would blandly accept the notion of being driven to bankruptcy as a “minor” thing. He simply does not understand what being a self-dependent family means.

    Because of that problem, the supporters of “moderates” are people who still have one foot firmly over the line dividing Conservatives from statists. They still think bankruptcy and overextending yourself isn’t really so bad.

  28. K-Bob
    December 20th, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    It’ll be like 2000 all over again, but with Romney on the losing side.

    That way he can go on to become a bloated, bearded, global-warming nutjob. Hey, may as well go whole hawg.

  29. K-Bob
    December 20th, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    I believe shewould accept the VP role with Newt, Santorum, or Perry.  She’s had good things to say about each of them.

    She would bring more such a ticket than any VP in history ever has, I would suspect.  And it would be really, really fine if she were to provide that continuity you mentioned.  In some ways, it would be a better outcome than her running at the top now.

    Provided D.C. doesn’t “get” to her.

  30. K-Bob
    December 20th, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Mike Medved

  31. Edward
    December 21st, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    So Ace really didn’t know?  He never actually bothered to find out?

    What an ass.

    The bankruptcy in this case wouldn’t have been the “nudge nudge, wink wink” kind where the paper debts exceed the real assets.

    Palin was only half-way through her term as Gov and would have faced the same legal bills after a bankruptcy as before but only this time without any protections at all.  And it isn’t easy living in Alaska.  The fuel bills alone can eat your entire bankroll and I don’t think the Palin family was all that wealthy to begin with.

    In addition to that being the Gov of Alaska also meant that she couldn’t earn -any- money outside of her regular salary.  So her potential legal liabilities were unlimited while her potential earnings were capped at a level far below those liabilities.

    Add to that the fact that she, by law, couldn’t accept any donations to her legal defense while as Gov meant that even her supporters couldn’t help out.

    Really for a presumably major political blogger to not have any of these very pertinent facts and, worse yet, to not –ever have had them over the past 4 years including the previous election cycle– shows what an incompetent jackhole Ace has become.

  32. K-Bob
    December 21st, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    That’s a very well written description of the problem she faced. And faced it down like it was a charging feral pig, I might add.

    But you overstate the problem with Ace. The fact is, he knew about these things, but chose to dismiss them as being not all that burdensome. So no, he isn’t stupid. Not in the least. And he did write many things in her defense, from time to time.

    It’s just that all of his positive statements about Palin end up being a damn-with-faint-praise sort of backhanded compliment.

    I’m not real hacked off at the guy. I’m more disgusted with a lot of the commenters there. I maintain that he’s attracted a lot of left-of-center types who act conservative-ish because Ace (and his friend Allahpundit) are so squishy they attract those types.

    Maybe we need folks who can do that to help get the more intelligent kinds of liberals over the transom. I don’t know. I know I sure don’t need to see the kinds of disgusting attacks on Palin, O’Donnel, Angle, and others that I see over there.

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